All posts by Rebecca Stacey

Welcome Back! 2019 – 2020

Welcome Back!

A huge welcome to all parents and pupils here at school.  I trust you’ve all had a fantastic break – and managed to get some good weather somewhere – it seems as though we have come back to rain already!

As you know, we have said goodbye to Mr Tyrrell this year  but we are really pleased to welcome Mrs Helliwell who, having completed her teacher training, is now taking Class 2 full time. I’m sure you join us in congratulating her!

We will have our school ‘drop in’ to meet the class teacher on Wednesday 11th September – 3:45pm. This is for Classes 2, 3 and 4.

School Uniform

Full details (as well as a link to the online shop) can be found on the website and the only change this year is the introduction of the House Team-linked colour PE tops. This means that the River Team your child is in will dictate the colour of their PE top.

Please remember a waterproof coat as we do try and be outside in all weathers.

Music

Extra curriculum music sessions with Paul Hemingway and Jerry King are all available for specific instruments. If your child takes part in these sessions then please ensure they remember their instruments – and do speak to us if you are interested in these sessions for your child.

 

Parking

Remember that Parents and Carers are not to drive to the school gates at the start and close of school. Please park on the main road, or near the green, and walk up.

 

School Transport

If you think you are eligible for school transport there is a form to fill in. I would recommend that you do this, even if you do not attend to use the school bus every day. You can find the form here: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/schooltransport.asp

 

After School Clubs

Creative Writing Club and Running Club – for children in Key Stage 2 – will both begin next week. Creative writing club takes place on a Monday after school until 4:30pm and Running club on a Thursday until 4:15pm. Both clubs are free.

 

Kids Club and Breakfast Club 

Breakfast Club will be running as usual from 8am – please remember that the school does not open until 8:50am and children arriving before this will be placed into Breakfast Club and incur a charge. After school ‘Kids Club’ is open until 6pm. There are charges for this, and if you would like to know more please contact school.

 

School Dinners

The cost of a school dinner is £2.30 this year. The most up to date menu can be found on the school website. Remember that Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children receive a free school meal.

 

Friends Group

Our PTA – ‘Friends of Castle Carrock’ always do a fabulous job of raising money for the school and creating community links.  We have a Macmillan Coffee morning on the 27th September which will give you a chance to meet other parents and school friends. Donations of cakes for this are always welcome.

 

Safeguarding and Online Safety

The Governors take the safety of all children here at school very seriously and are committed to providing an inclusive education for all. If you have any concerns about children who attend our school please do speak to myself in the first instance. Advice for speaking to children about online safety and information about what we do in school can all be found on the website.

 

Homework and Google Classroom

As per our policy we will be carrying out a review of Homework this year. We continue to use Google Classroom, and the links to this can be found on the website. If you have any questions about these feel free to ask your class teacher.  There is a guide to using Google Classroom here. 

 And that is everything! As ever we will try to keep you as up to date as possible with all that is happening in school via the website, social media and text. Please make sure your details are current. 

 

 

Google Classroom – A Parents’ Guide

Castle Carrock make use of Google Apps for Schools, and the Google Classroom platform to share resources with the pupils.

Google Suite for Education is a group of tools that allow students and teachers to collaborate in real-time on a wide variety of documents, spreadsheets and and even websites. All tools are free, reliable and secure. You can find out about the suites here: https://sites.google.com/ab-ed.org/gsuite-for-parents/gsuite-tools

These can all be used and viewed at home and work can be set and handed in via the Google Classroom platform. The pupils are also able to comment on work and upload their own resources. It is an excellent introduction to online learning for our pupils and links well with the google drive applications such as google docs and slides.

How to find Google Classroom

‘Google Chrome’ tends to work best.

The children all have individual log-ins which can usually be found in their  school diary.

Go to classroom.google.com and log in with the children’s account details.

If you receive an error message check that you are not already logged in with a personal google mail account.

Here’s to our PTA!

I always mention our fabulous PTA – or Friends Group – whenever I show new families around school. Having an active PTA is about more than just fundraising – it’s about socialising – about creating a community for the school and putting on family-friendly events. And then there is the fundraising.

The fact is, though many of you may not realise it, the Friends group have contributed thousands of pounds to school life over the last few years. And, in a time of rapidly rising school costs this has been a lifeline for us.

Easter Fun Day

In the last four years the Friends group have:

  • Bought new computer equipment – facilitating our movement to a ‘Google Apps’ School.
  • Bought equipment for, and then helped maintain, the school garden.
  • Supported our Arts provision; paid for poets and musicians to come in to school.
  • Bought hundreds of new books and helped to refurbish our library.
  • Organised events that all the children can take part in  –  e.g. End of Year Disco, Halloween Parties, Easter Fun Days.
  • Supported school events such as the trip to the Panto in December and Christmas Dinner.
  • Supported the school by maintaining the garden, the art work outside and the flowers in and around the playground.
  • Manned the Facebook page and elements of the school social media.

All of this creates a very special school environment with a very positive relationship between school and parents. It means that our pupils access the best in educational experiences and the opportunities that come from these. It means that we can depend on a few extra hundreds of pounds for new books, for special visitors or for amazing school trips when we see them.

I just wanted to write this post to thank you all for supporting the Friends of Castle Carrock. Without the people who organise and run events, as well as everyone who attends events and, of course, spends money at these events, our school wouldn’t be the same at all.

 

Thank you!

 

Welcome Back!

Welcome back!

I hope you had a peaceful two weeks – it is a bit of a strange start to the term with two four day weeks, but we have got lots to cram in this term!

We start the term this week with Parents’ Evening – please speak to Dee if you have not got your appointment yet.

There is also a change to the staff structure in Key Stage 2 this term; as you may have been aware Mr Tyrrell was off before the holidays. I am pleased to be able to tell you that he is back now, but is working to a reduced timetable in Class 3. This means that the bulk of the teaching in the class will now be done by Mrs Helliwell, with support from Mrs McNeil. I believe that this arrangement will ensure consistency for Class 3 children – and we will be able to split Class 3 and Class 4 more frequently in the afternoons.

Arrangements across the school for next year are currently being finalised – but, as ever – if you have any concerns please do pop in and see me in school.

In other school news we are currently working with Tullie House to offer a Chinese Club on a Monday lunchtime, and thanks to equipment from Cumbria Stem we are starting a lunchtime Lego challenge club for Year 3. Our popular garden club starts up again this week as well, and if you can spare time for the garden do please get in touch! Running club also starts up again this Thursday.

We have also just been designated a Community Hub by the Computing at School’s association – this is an excellent opportunity for the children and staff here at school, and means that we lead the way in our use of technology in school and in the teaching of computing and ICT.

We put a letter out for interested Parent Governors before Easter – the deadline for this is next Friday. You can find out more details here.

Finally a reminder about the need for healthy snacks in school and a healthy packed lunch (if appropriate) – the number of children bringing chocolate bars in for playground snacks is increasing and I would take the chance to remind you that we encourage the children to make healthy choices; fruit, cereal bars and vegetable crisps. Please remember that we do not allow peanuts in school.

R Stacey
Head Teacher
Castle Carrock Primary School

Aspirations! 2019

It’s that time of year again!

As you know, every year we ask our older children what they are thinking of doing when they leave school. This always prompts some really great conversations about careers and subject choices and lets them ask any questions. We then try to invite people to speak to the children who already do these jobs, or who have some experience in this field. This is a really useful aspect of our curriculum as it allows the children to start thinking of the future and to think about the possibilities a good education opens up for them. It also improves their confidence as they learn to talk to adults and to listen to experts talk about their field.

So far this year we have had conversations about:

  • football coaches
  • vets
  • architects
  • music directors
  • digital content creators.

The children are interested in Zoologists, builders and mechanics. We have already had a Skype chat with a football coach, and we now need your help to find others who can talk to us.

If you can help, please contact the school office 01228670393.

Thank you!