Olympic Artwork wins National Competition

Raffy is celebrating this week after his work was awarded first prize in the Under 12 section of a national competition.

Raffy (aged 10) was among 60 members of Year 5, 6 and 7 who took part in a competition to design a poster advertising the Olympics, drawing attention to the classical roots of the Games.  Pupils took all sorts of different approaches, encorporating classical columns, silhouettes of famous Greek buildings and the famous discuss Greek thrower (‘Diskobolos’).  Some even made the most of their Classical Greek lessons and tried their hand at including Greek text in their posters in an attempt to help people to make the link between the Modern Games and the Ancient Olympics.

Raffy’s prize is to receive a congratulatory letter from the Mayor of London – Boris Johnson – who is himself an ardent fan of all things Classical, and a great figurehead for the teaching of Latin and Greek across the capital.  Raffy’s work will be on display at the Mayor’s Office in London over the summer.

The competition was organised by IRIS a national Classics group which seeks to promote the teaching of Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation in schools across Britain.  A pupil from Year 6 at Castle Court previously won the junior section of their poetry competition based on the story of Jason and the Argonauts.  More information about IRIS is available from their website: http://irisproject.org.uk/index.php

Year 5 off to France

Year 5 have just returned from their three day trip to France.  The trip helped to bring together their history and geography topics as well as further developing their French linguistic skills.    An early start on day one did nothing to dampen the spirts, and by their return three days later they had visited Pegasus Bridge, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha, Longues-sur-mer, Arromanches, Carentan, Ste. Mere Eglise, Valognes, Utah and Caen.  The wind and rain did not stop all having a great time. If you would like to see more then please click on the following link: French Trip Photo Story

National Swimming Finals

The Castle Court Year 6 boy’s swimming relay team have reached their second national final this season. 

The English School’s Swimming Association have held heats across the country over the last six months, pitting the best  school swimming relay teams against each other.  These events culminated in a number of regional finals.  The Castle Court Year 6 boys’ freestyle and medley relay teams won the south-west  regional finals at Millfield, and are now going to the National Finals in Sheffield in June. The boys beat teams from King Edwards Bath, Monkton Coombe, Blundells Prep and Bristol Grammar amongst others, to win their places in the Sheffield based finals.

At the same event the combined Castle Court Year 5 and 6 girls’ team were placed 5th in the medley relay and 7th in the freestyle and have also won a place at the National Finals in the medley relay.

The Year 6 boys’ team are also in the Independent Prep Schools freestyle and medley relay final in May.  Ben (Year 6 Castle Court) will also be taking part in the individual freestyle final at the same event, along with Izzy (Year 6 Castle Court) who is in the individual breast stroke final.