The Castle View School

Castle View School awarded
the Wellbeing Award for Schools

Castle View School, part of Zenith Multi Academy Trust, is elated to announce their most recent accreditation; obtaining the Wellbeing Award for Schools from Optimus Education.

This highlights Castle View as leaders of wellbeing and mental health nationally. They are one of the very few to obtain this award across Essex.  Staff at the school have been working relentlessly to improve and continue to deliver pastoral care for the emotional and social needs of their students as well as the physical and academic needs.

The school has earned the award by implementing strategies of support for mental health such as counselling, kids life coaching, yoga sessions, group workshops on confidence and resilience, mindfulness, meditation, student leadership wellbeing teams, staff training, support from outside agencies.

Student Support Officers and Safeguarding Teams were recognised alongside the SEND departments, pastoral programmes and wellbeing coordinators as being “exceptional.”

The report concluded that the school “far exceeded the expectations of the award.”

Mental Health Awareness Day

Every year Castle View School creates a large campaign to raise awareness and open up healthy conversations about emotional well-being.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Talk.”  Rather than just raising the profile of world mental health day, the students and staff have been busy learning and talking all week in their tutor time activities and assemblies.

As part of the well-being initiative, teachers were delivered cakes on National Teacher Day and were also serenaded in their staff briefing as they are ‘Simply the Best’.

Students have been proudly wearing stickers to support the semi-colon project, watching inspirational videos and learning skills and strategies to support in having a healthy mind.

Former student Alfie Swaby joined them for the day to speak to students about his video was released on youtube telling his story and how he overcame his struggles with losing a parent and ways in which he is thriving now.

Castle View School is dedicated to healthy minds and aims to be the leading school in the borough to achieve the Well-being for Schools Award in December!

Fire Break Students meet the Mayor
and High Sheriff.

Seven of our students met with the Canvey Town Mayor and Essex County Fire and Rescue Services lead organiser Mark Crouch in celebration of successfully completing their fire break, motivational course. Students spent a week living the life of a fireman on a course that was fully funded by Canvey Island Town Council. During this time they had the honour of meeting the High Sheriff of Essex.

Castle View Sceptre 11th March 2019

As part of the national knife prevention project, known as operation SCEPTRE, both secondary schools on Canvey Island are working with the community policing team in educating students against knife crime. The community policing team visited both Castle View School and Cornelius Vermuyden School with a knife arch and engaged with students, advising them on how to stay safe. The schools are keen to show the community that both schools are working together to tackle any local issues.

PC Esther Howitt (Children and Young Persons Officer) said ‘It has been great working in partnership with the schools on the Island to raise awareness of knife crime, engaging with the students, to make our community aware of the part we all play within the community’.

Castle View goes green for Danny Green

Castle View School asked parents and carers to support “Green for Green Day” on Wednesday 6th February by donating £1 and to wear something Green in Danny’s memory. This event celebrates the life of Danny Green who would have been 18 today but who sadly passed away in 2012.

Students and staff at Castle View school were invited to wear a green item of clothing or green accessories in order to raise money for children suffering from the effect of Posterior Fossa Syndrome. Wristbands and pins were available at reception.

We even had a surprise guest at the end of the day, Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who took selfies with the students and passers by!

MEP Visit to Castle View School

Alexandra Mayer, the British Member of the European Parliament for the East of England region for the Labour Party, stopped by at Castle View School to check out the fantastic charity work the school has been doing recently (and comment on our student’s excellent jumpers!). She even got involved herself by dressing up in the festive spirit!

Euro MP Alex Mayer said “I noticed all students are polite and happy to be at school. I loved seeing all the charity work, including the collection for the food bank”.

Castle View launches ‘Children’s University’

Castle View has launched the Children’s University initiative. The Children’s University is a charitable trust that provides young people with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.

The Children’s University scheme has been launched with Year 7 students. Some students have already been part of the scheme in primary school, however a new chapter in their education means a new journey with the Children’s university as well. All students have been given a passport, so they can start collecting hours straight away. They can collect hours in a variety of ways including all our extra-curricular activities, as well as various clubs they may be part of outside of school such as dancing, scouts, music lessons, football teams – the list is pretty limitless.

Castle View Ypres

On Friday 16 November 40 year 9 students visited Ypres, Belgium. The first place they visited was Passchendaele Museum where the students saw many World War One artefacts such as weapons, uniforms and letters written at the time. The museum also includes models of the trenches. After that they visited Langemark German Cemetery where over 44,000 German soldiers and 2 British soldiers are buried. This was then followed by a visit to Essex Farm British cemetery and the small dressing station nearby where Canadian soldiers were treated. After dinner, students then attended the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres where students Gracie and Chyna laid a wreath on behalf of the school.

World Mental Health Day

For Mental World Health day, Castle View School held an event day to raise awareness of mental health issues. Dave Hallissey, representative from Mind Charity, came in to speak to all of our students during assemblies throughout the day.

Miss Koprash, Castle View School’s Wellbeing Coach, said “It is so important, for us, that students feel that they can share and ask for help when they are feeling low.  With the statistics being ever growing in terms of anxiety, depression and other mental health illnesses, we decided to plan a big event to show students that “it is okay not to be okay.” We have arranged that each year group is presented with speakers from Mind and other Mental Health Specialists to raise awareness and share strategies to cope with mental struggles.”

Every single student in the entire school has been given a helpline card which has a variety of online agencies, counsellors and phone numbers to help each young person in any time of crisis.

Dave Hallissey representative from Mind said: “I am honoured to be here to speak with the young people of Castle View School. I am passionate about supporting them in understanding the power of our thoughts and ways in which we can become happier!”