Castle Batch News!
Jim Gump Visit to School!
Chartwells Easter Competition
Well done to our two winners of the Easter Colouring Competition. Congratulations to Lettie from KS1 and Megan from KS2!
Thank you to everyone who worked with us on Friday when we had to rearrange the child collection plans due to our damaged tree. Due to the recent winds, our tree started to lift and lean towards the Yr1/2 area of the building and the roots could be seen. It is a large tree that could potentially have caused some damage so we organised a tree surgeon to come out to make it safe. They came out immediately and cut it down but we have managed to use the chippings to enhance the Forest School area. Please see the photos below.
Yr5 & 6 Tag Rugby
The Year 5/6 Tag Rugby team competed in the Level 2 Tournament held at Bristol Grammar School, Failand.
They were in a strong group and recorded wins against Backwell, Golden Valley and St Annes – only losing a match to Locking. We won our group and progressed to the semi-finals where we were unlucky not to win as there was some excellent play in this game and the team showed passion and commitment. However, we lost to a strong team from Wrington who went on to win the tournament.
Congratulations to all the children who represented the school with pride and resilience – coming together to truly play as a team. Well done Ben, Fin, Kieran, Andrew, Scott, Tom, Dan, Grace, Sunnie, Aaron, Henry and Olivia.Thank you to Shawn Thompson who helped support the coaching of the team at the tournament.
Term 3 Sport Report!
We started this term by holding our gymnastics trials for the Year 3/4 team and the Year 5/6 team. Sharon from Splitz Gym Club came in to run this and she also did a practice session with both teams, once they had been selected.
Our Year 5/6 gymnasts went to Gemini Gym Club on 21st January with Mrs Rees. They were a credit to our school and showed some impressive gymnastics skills. Well done to Mia H, Ella, Emma, Holly B, Mia S, Holly J, Ellie, Emily, Daisy and Grace.
The Year 3/4 team went to Nailsea on 11th February with Mrs Sweet. They worked really hard and tried their best. Our Level 2 team won the bronze medal and Mia A also gained an individual silver medal for her combined score on the floor and vault. Congratulations to Emily H, Rosie, Emily F, Holly, Amelia, Mia, Megan, Imogen, Maddie and Nicole.
Back to January and 15 children from Year 5 took part in a Dodecathlon event at Hutton Moor on 14th January. This involved ten different activities and the children worked together to try and get points for their team. Great work from Jack WS, Toby, Riley, Charles, Liam, Zach, Leah, Mia T, Eden, Courtney, Lexi, Ashton, Emma, Elliot and Jackson.
On 12th February, Future Stars staff came in to help organise the tag rugby trials for the Year 5/6 children. Nearly 60 children came out to take part and they impressed everyone with their rugby skills and commitment. Congratulations to Ben, Fin, Kieran, Andrew, Scott, Tom, Dan, Grace, Sunnie, Aaron, Henry and Olivia and good luck at the tournament in March! Huge thanks to Dan Lawton of Future Stars for some fantastic photography.
Whistle Down the Wind!
Priory students are putting this production on for this years performance, there will be some familiar faces from years gone by of Castle Batch students. Contact Priory school for tickets!
Choir visiting St Georges Nursing home
Our Choir visited the St Georges Nursing Home to entertain the residents with some festive carols. They also delivered some handmade Christmas cards for all the residents which they were really pleased to receive. It was a lovely visit and the residents made everyone feel very welcome!
11 children represented the school at the North Somerset Schools' Swimming Gala held at Hutton Moor. There was a mixture of individual events and relays with 16 schools taking part. Our swimmers were fantastic and we ended up winning the gala by just four points from the runners up! We also had lots of individual successes in different races. Well done to all the children involved. They put in lots of effort and focus and even f they were nervous, they were determined to do the best that they could. An amazing result - well done!
Year 5 all had a taster session in Boccia and New Age Kurling. This was run by Kim Hazeldine and Sue ODgers from the North Somerset Schools PE Association. Both games involve accuracy and trying to get close to a target. There is also some tactical play involved! 8 children then went on to represent the school at a festival at Hutton Moor. They worked well in their teams and enjoyed the experience. Well done!
Our Track is here!
We came back from half term and we have a new track that the children are loving! The track has been put in to ensure we have an all weather pathway so the children can continue exercise when the bad weather makes the field too muddy. The children have been on it walking, running and setting themselves goals to beat each day! Huge thank you to Mrs Sweet who put in a lot of work applying for grants, organising sponsored events with the children to make this happen and to Friends of Castle Batch for matching the funding.
Year 4 Multiskills
14 children from Year 4 attended a multiskills festival at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. They had the opportunity to take part in fencing, speed stacking, badminton and laser run. All of these events were run by qualified instructors who were on hand to give specialist advice. The children had a great time and took part with determination and enthusiasm.
Speed stacking was the favourite event of the group!
"We showed determination in fencing when we had to try and get the right moves to score points." Nicole Year 4.
Yr5 & 6 Girls Football Competition
On Wednesday 26th September, 10 girls from Years 5 and 6 took part in a football tournament at WSM FC.
We were in a group with three other teams. Our first match against St Martins was very closely fought with both teams evenly matched. We came away with a 0-0 draw. We then played Uphill and had a convincing 4-0 win. Our last match was important and we needed a win. We played really well against Mead Vale and won 2-0.
Castle Batch finished top of their group and have progressed to the next level of competition. This will be held in November with date and venue TBC.
Congratulations and well done to all members of the team. They communicated with each other, showed determination and a positive attitude with some excellent play, in challenging conditions! Some players were talent spotted by WSM FC talent scouts too! Bring on the next round! - Ali Sweet
Our school will be promoting anti-bullying week and the theme (choose respect) this year on the 12th of November to the 16th. Also on the 9th of November we will be holding a wear blue day in school to raise awareness of anti-bullying around the school.
The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying.
Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.
The aims of this week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:
- The definition of respect
- That bullying is a behaviour choice
- That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
- That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online