Hockey Success

Castle Courts senior girls’ hockey teams have had a great term. The U12s finished an excellent 2nd place in the West IAPS Tournament at Millfield, earning a place at the Nationals at Potters Bar. Here they excelled themselves. After a narrow defeat to eventual winners, Gresham’s, Castle Court went from strength to strength, playing intelligent hockey with tight defending, excellent teamwork and determination, and good attacking movement. It was great to see Castle Court matching the very best Prep school sides in the country. The team fought their way through to the Plate Final, winning an exciting match 2-1 under floodlights at the end of the day. IAPS National Plate Winners is a fine achievement – well done!

Meanwhile, the U11 girls had won 6 school matches in a row, so we approached the Dorset Schools Tournament with confidence. In a howling gale and lashing rainstorm at Talbot Heath, the team played bravely and excellently. Results of 1-1, 5-0 and 4-1 later, the U11s became County Champions, for the third time in three years, and will go on to the West Schools Finals in March.

And finally we have just learned that 8 out of 13 of the Dorset U14 Boys Hockey squad for next term are current or recent Castle Court players! Congratulations to Henry B, Rufus D, Josh E, Louis R and Alby S, and to Ben B, Alex S and Sam W.

National Poetry Competition Success

At the end of last term, members of Year 6 took part in a national classics poetry competition, organised by IRIS – a group that seeks to encourage the teaching of Latin and Greek in schools across the UK.   All in all, we entered 40 poems, ranging from short Limericks, to acrostics and longer, narrative attempts.  All of these were judged by a panel consisting of a poet, a professor of Latin from the University of London and a leading Classics blogger (yes, such people really do exist!).
We were delighted to learn that Marcus (Year 6) acrostic poem (see below) impressed the panel enough to be judged the winner in the Under 12 category – a superb achievement in a national competition!  The judges commented on his humorous approach and his willingness to engage with the story.  Congratulations to him and to all those who took part.

Jason Acrostic
Jason looking for shipmates
After the Golden Fleece
Son of a rightful king
One sandal
No chance of getting the fleece
Annoying harpies
Rocks clashing together
Got through the rocks
Only the stern splintered

RNLI Visit

This year’s DT project asked the pupils to design a collecting box for the RNLI.  A huge range of mediums were used, from highly complex boxes with amazing electrical circuits, through to games from shoe boxes, a fishing game with magnets and  a recycled plastic drinks bottle and a lego cube.  The RNLI were very impressed with these submissions and asked the creators to bring their collecting  devices to the RNLI headquarters in Poole.

The children were also treated to a look at a lifeboat.  A very enjoyable trip.

Mr Glenn, Head of DT at Castle Court said “It was a great opportunity for the children to see how money they could raise for the RNLI through their collecting schemes would be used.  I was very impressed with the imagination, hard work and skill that went into the collecting boxes that were submitted.”