The music department has been as busy as ever in the first few weeks of term. A group of 16 children attended the most recent Orchestral Course at Bryanston (organised by SATIPS), and James from Year 7 was selected to play the trumpet solo with the whole orchestra during the concert held at the end of the course.
The senior wind and brass players have also spent time at Canford, taking part in a wind and brass workshop.
Now, work is being done to build up to the Carol Service in Wimborne Minster and the Orchestral Course in January 2014. The Orchestral Course is open to children from outside the school, if they play an orchestral music at Grade 3 or above. Please email Roy Robinson, Castle Court Director of Music, rnrobinson@castlecourt if you would like to find out more, or call the school on 01202 694438.
Castle Court School’s presence at international level in the increasingly popular biathle racing challenge continues. Last year, Jed Skilton won the GB National Youth D category, and came third as an individual and won the team event with team GB at the international finals held in Dubai. This year Ben Samuel takes up the mantle.
Ben, a previous national age group winner at biathlon, took up the challenge of biathle this season and qualified for the international finals that were held in Limassol, Cyprus on 5th October 2013.
Biathle, is a challenging race that sees competitors taking part in a continuous race of run-swim-run of 500m, 50m and 500m.
The event was as expected, very challenging, and Ben did exceptionally well, coming fifth as an individual, and helping the GB team come first in his age category. An enormous success!
Nick Robinson, Assistant Head and Director of Sport at Castle Court commented, “For Castle Court to be represented in the GB Biathle squad two years in a row is a great testament to the hard work of both the children and the specialist coaching team to which all children have access. Ben has worked extremely hard on both his running and swimming and to have two disciplines at such a high level is testament to his dedication and talent.”
Richard Stevenson, Headmaster, added “We are now developing a strong reputation in swimming, biathle and biathlon. It is so exciting for all in the biathle/biathlon squad at Castle Court to see Ben doing so well. The squad has had winners on the international biathle podium before and on the national biathlon podium for three years in a row. With over 22 children reaching the regional biathlon finals this year, Castle Court’s largest squad to date, we look forward to this reputation continuing.”
This week began with a hive of activity from the junior end of the school. Monday saw the Pre-prep department (Years 1 and 2) holding their sponsored
walk around the Michael Wheeler Field: Years 3 and 4 holding their annual cake sale (yummy!) and the Reception children inviting their parents to a sewing bee. Much fun was had by all. A full set of photos from the morning can be found on the the parents moodle pages, but here is a taster!
Our Harvest Festival, held at the end of September, was once again a fabulous occasion for the whole school to come together to celebrate a key point in our calendar through songs, poems, readings and prayer. Members of the school community also contributed dried foods as well as fresh fruit and vegetables that were collected by the Bournemouth Churches Housing Association to be distributed to families around the area. The giving of fresh produce this year was especially poignant as much of it had been grown on-site in the Greenfingers Gardening area.
The photo shows members of Year 6 with the team from BCHA and some of the goodies collected and grown by the school.