Daedalus and Icarus

Four very talented budding classicists from Years 5 and 6 had a wonderful evening out at Canford School, as finalists in the annual Canford Classics essay writing competition.  They were treated to a the world premiere of a stunningly original cantata on the story of ‘Daedalus and Icarus’, followed by dinner and a highly entertaining lecture on mythological beasts from Mr Maurice Walters, Head of Classical Civilisation at Canford.  This all served as the entrée ahead of the main event, in which prizes were awarded for the best essays in the competition.  Jemima scooped the prize for the best essay about mythological beasts in her age group: the judges particularly liked her imaginative approach in pitting various beasts and monsters against each other to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses, thereby determining an overall winner.  Jemima was rightly very pleased to win this prize, confirming the strength and depth of classical interest in the school.  As Mr Walters commented:  the study of classics is thriving, and the legacy of that world is safe in the hands of pupils like these.



Maths challenge


Castle Court attended the St Swithun’s Maths Challenge on 20th March, and so joined in with over 130 children from 20 prep schools  from across the south of England and London. The four mathematicians from Castle Court, Frances Fleming, Emma Jeffries, Alex Knox-Jones and Henry Nix faced a series of  maths quizzes and challenges including the following:

“The average person flushes a toilet 2500 times a year. An old toilet uses 9 litres per flush where as a new toilet uses only 6 litres per flush. How much water will a family of 4 save in a year, if they install a new toilet?”

Maths challenge The team were very unlucky not to come in the top three, and vowed to return next year to pit their wits against other young mathematicians from across the region.

Found amongst the veggies…..

The children’s vegetable patch, Greenfingers, has just been dug over and is now ready to have the first crops of the season sown.  However, the pottery club have got in there first!  Waiting to hide amongst the veggies as they grow this spring is a rabbit, a fox, a dragon and more.



Next time you are on site please do go and have a look at them.  The pottery work is fabulous.





Scholarship success

Not all the scholarship results are in yet, but already children  have done superbly.  Congratulations.

Bournemouth Collegiate

2 x academic

2 x sport


2 x academic

1 x drama

1 x design and technology

1 x sport


1 x academic

1 x drama

1 x music

1 x sport

Sherborne Girls

1 x all rounder (academic, art and sport)

Talbot Heath

1 x all rounder

1 x sport


County Level and above

The children have had a great spring term on the sports pitches around the school.  The following have also been selected to represent their sport at county level or higher:

Biathlon:                             Lloyd, Ella, Charlotte, Jemima, Baden, Max, Freya, Joshua, Rachel, Hester, Freddie, Ben Samuel,

Cricket:                                 Milind

Cross-Country:                  Elsa,  Baden

Gymnastics Tumbling:    Charlotte

Hockey:                                Lloyd, George, Charlotte, Jordan, Noah, Samuel, Michael M,  Lucie, India, Max

Tennis:                                 Toby




International Women’s Day – Sunday Times Top Business Woman Speaks at Castle Court

Just a reminder that to celebrate International Women’s Day, we have invited Mhairi McEwan, co-founder and CEO of Brand Learning to join us for the morning on Friday 7th March. She is a spirited and engaging business woman and mother who has enjoyed great success with her international marketing roles and will spend the time providing advice on the qualities our children should strive for as they grow and develop.

Mhairi will be talking to us about her international career, as well as the challenges she faced and how she overcame them. The talk will be taking place on Friday 7th March at 11am for one hour and all are welcome to attend.

If you would like to attend please contact the school on 01202 694438.

You can visit Mhairi’s linked-in page viahttp://uk.linkedin.com/in/brandlearningmhairi for more info.