Castle Court turned out in force last Sunday for The Poole Park Festival of Running. We had 22 athletes taking part in the minithon events. Iris won the 8-9 Girls race, running a mile in 6.57 mins. Eleanor finished just behind her in 4th place in a time of 7.10 mins. The girls team came 2nd. Lucy came 4th in the 10-11 Girls race in 6.27 mins, with Jemima close behind in 6.36. The girls team also came 2nd. The 10-11 boys team came 3rd with Lloyd finishing in 6.12 mins and Tommy 6.18 mins. Joshua won the 12-14 boys race, running 1.5 miles 8 min 36 secs. Freddie finished in 10 mins 14 secs. Every runner who came in the top 20 of their races was given a penguin – just to explain the photo below, which includes a selection of the runners!
The full programme has now been announced and courses are booking up fast. The two week holiday course runs from Monday 6th July to Friday 17th July, and this summer there is an additional four days filled with rugby, from Monday 17th August to Thursday 20th August. The two weeks in July will offer a chance for all children from two to 13 to have fun in the sun; art, nature walks, and adventures including for the older children horse riding, coasteerting, paddle boarding, archery, wheelchair basket ball and a trip to the newly opened Wibit waterpark in the New Forest. August sees the arrival of ex- Samoan rugby international Juniour Paramour to lead a pre season rugby camp. Places are limited, and going fast! Please call the school office on 01202 694438 to find out more.
Congratulations to Ella from Year 7, who after posting a phenomenal qualifying time, went on to win her age group free style event at the IAPS National Swim Finals held at Crawley. At the same event three other Castle Court swimmers, Hester, Rachel and Freddie, who had also won places at these national finals, all came away with personal bests. An excellent result, and well deserved as these swimmers put in a great deal of hard work with their early morning swim sessions.
The bank holiday weekend has been a busy one for members of the Castle Court Tennis Academy. James and Alex were at the European Tour Competition at Bressuire. Both boys did extremely well. James partnered up with the Belgium number 3 to win the Boys 10&U doubles event, and Alex reached the 12&U single semi final, and the boys doubles final, narrowly loosing both matches. Richard Stevenson, our Headmaster commented “To have two members of our tennis squad playing to such a high international level really is fabulous, and for them both to have done so well in such a high profile event against the best in Europe makes us all very proud. ” If you would like to know more about the Castle Court tennis programme please email Jane Robson firstname.lastname@example.org
Election fever seems to be everywhere and Castle Court is no different. Members of Year 8 have thought about what they would like their own political parties to achieve, and from this four new parties have been created: The Libertatem Party, The Student Independence Party, Today for Tomorrow and Only Intelligent Kangaroo Party. The manifestos concentrate on local politics (more choice at lunch, more choice in sports on offer and greater use of the school woods to name a few) through to national and international issues, better access to education across the world (especially for girls), less expensive higher education, better pay for teachers (that has gone down well in the staff room!), a focus on green issues and a request for life boats across the world – wherever you are you should not be more than 45 minutes away from rescue. So a diverse range of pledges and ideas. If you would like to read more then head to CC Central on the moodle pages to read the full manifestos. The Castle Court election result will be published on these pages next week.
The Badger Cubs and Badgers keep on developing! We are very excited that this term a new Badger Cubs room has been opened, that has a great soft play area. The teddies and toys were very much looking forward to welcoming the children at the beginning of term – here is a photo of them getting ready to the first day of fun and play at the beginning of the term.
Local author Heather Chamberlain visited Years 2 and 3 to talk about the characters from her popular children’s series “Happy Bottom”. The classroom came to life as many of the characters visited the classroom as puppets appeared from everywhere to help Heather talk about their time in “Happy Bottom” .