In our school we are committed to providing appropriate opportunities for the development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural values through both the ethos and the curriculum. This will be undertaken in partnership with parents/carers and will take account of the individual needs of pupils and the views of parents/carers.
Our school welcomes and encourages diversity and individuality, while emphasizing our common commitment to moral values such as honesty, respect for others, compassion and justice. Fundamental principles of our school are that all who are involved in the life of our school have the right to be respected as individuals and carry the responsibility to act in a considerate and respectful manner towards others. We are firmly committed to the elimination of any form of discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender or disability.
We aim to create a school ethos through our positive actions in our learning and towards each other. We respect the traditions of our school and those of Campbeltown and the local area, and we aim to provide a curriculum which enable children to learn new skills, to engage in real-life experiences that enhance their learning and to work and play with an awareness of other people’s needs.
Our ethos is best summed up through our statement of our vision, values and aims.
Our Vision is that all children at Castlehill are given the best possible start to their school life so that they can become lifelong learners and successful individuals.
The values that we believe to be the most important in our school community are:
respect, kindness, trust and fairness.
Our key aims are:
for our school environment to be one in which all pupils can be safe, healthy, happy and achieve
for our curriculum to be progressive, challenging and enriching
and for all of our pupils to learn to be thinking learners so that they can become lifelong learners and successful individuals.
School and Community Links
The school works closely with other organisations in the community to promote positive behaviour, foster good relationships and motivate pupils:
Working closely with our neighbouring Nursery, Campbeltown Nursery
Liaising with Campbeltown Grammar School. A number of students benefit from work experience placements in Castlehill, providing positive role models for our children.
Working with Active Schools to provide a range of sporting activities for children.
Promoting and encouraging children’s involvement in clubs and activities within the local area
Liaising with the local church, for example, for end of term services.
Liaising with local residential and nursing homes to provide opportunities for residents to see and hear pupils performing
Working closely with external agencies and providers to support children in their learning and well-being.
Liaising with Heath and Children and Families Team multi-agency partners in Girfec working procedures and in meeting the health needs of all pupils.
Working with the Oral Health Team to provide learning activities and access to toothbrushing for P1-3.
Liaising with Police Community Engagement Officer to provide, for example, guidance on internet safety and anti-bullying.
During the 2019/20 school session we have also worked with a number of other organisations:
Campbeltown Picture House
Kilmartin Museum (Tarbert Castle)
Creative Learning Network.
The school has an open policy towards building relationships with individuals and organisations in the community to support pupils in developing their skills for life, learning and work and in enabling partnership work that benefits both the school and our partner organisations.
Promoting Positive Behaviour
Good behaviour is essential to good learning. The general aim of the school is to provide an atmosphere of mutual respect and collective responsibility. Pupils, parents/carers and staff all have an important part to play in producing and sustaining this positive ethos. The rules of the school are of a common sense nature, bearing in mind the interest and safety of all concerned.
Our school rules are as follows:-
Speak and listen respectfully to others.
Act kindly towards others.
Look after everyone’s property.
Be responsible inside the school and in the playground.
Our Behaviour Policy is a key factor in ensuring there is a positive school ethos at Castlehill. It links to the principles of our Vision, Values and Aims Statement, to our Anti-bullying Policy and to the principle that we are committed to ensuring that all pupils and members of the school community feel happy, safe and free from bullying.
Behaviour in the school is managed by promoting positive behaviour and relationships and by maintaining effective routines and procedures:
The use of the Assertive Discipline is promoted. Assertive Discipline is a systematic approach to classroom behaviour management in which teachers provide:
clear communication of expectations about the behaviour required - Rules
positive recognition of pupils efforts to meet those expectations – Rewards
low key, but consistent consequences for deliberate misbehaviour – Sanctions
Our policy aims to support the school to:
promote respectful relationships amongst children, between staff and pupils, between staff and parents and amongst staff;
stop any bullying as quickly as possible;
raise awareness and prevent bullying behaviour;
provide appropriate support and intervention to all those involved to limit the impact of bullying behaviour.
We are committed to developing, implementing and reviewing our school anti-bullying policy in line with all aspects of the Argyll and Bute’s Education Team’s Anti-bullying Policy.
Children work hardest when they know their work will be appreciated and praised. All staff encourage pupils at all times and in all activities to give their best. Their effort may be rewarded verbally by praise, or non-verbally by a smiley face or sticker.
The whole school celebrates achievement by giving Pupil of the Month certificates and nominations of individual pupils for a Class of the Month Award in order to award pupils for good work, effort or kindness shown to others.
Over the course of the session a variety of extra-curricular-school clubs are held at the school. In recent years clubs organised have included gardening, choir, arts and crafts, science, IT/Coding, football, netball and multi-sports. Activities provided by Active Schools have included dance, golf and multi-sports. Football training for older pupils takes place weekly throughout the year. We are able to access the All Weather Pitches at Campbeltown Grammar School and Campbeltown Aquilibrium.
The Pupil Council meets with our Principal Teacher once a month. Each class from P3 upwards has two representatives in the Pupil Council. The council discusses matters relating to school life raised by pupils themselves or by members of staff. Members are also asked to give views on issues raised within the education authority or nationally. They also have the role of gathering views from pupils within their class and reporting back both to their classes and in assemblies to the whole school.
Supporting Learners - guidance on the identification, planning and provision of support.
Journey to Excellence - provides guidance and advice about culture and ethos.
Health and well-being guidance on healthy living for local authorities and schools.
Building Curriculum for Excellence Through Positive Behaviour and Relationships outlines the Scottish Government’s priority actions around positive behaviour in schools and is also a source of support.
Scottish Catholic Education Service’s resource ‘This is Our Faith’ which supports the teaching and learning of Catholic religious education.