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.
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
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.
Benefitting from football coaching by coaches from the local football organisation
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.
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:-
Speak and listen respectfully to others.
Act kindly towards others.
Look after everyone’s property.
Be responsible inside the school and in the playground.
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.
Staff use circle time and a range of other personal and social development material to promote positive behaviour within their classes.
All staff encourage pupils at all times and in all activities to give their best. Achievement is celebrated through praise and through reward systems e.g. Pupil of the Month certificates, Class of the Month awards, Pupil ‘Well Done’ cards, class and individual points charts, smiley faces or stickers, and Golden Time.
Assemblies are used to recognise and promote achievement by pupils within school and the wider community.
In addition pupils are encouraged to report on activities and successes outwith school. These can also be discussed and recorded as part of the personal learning planning process.
Over the course of the session a variety of extra-curricular-school clubs are held at the school. In recent years clubs organised by teachers have included choir, arts and crafts, tag rugby, badminton, hockey and netball. Activities provided by Active Schools have included dance, golf and multi-sports. Football training for older pupils takes place weekly throughout the year. Coaching is provided by local football coaches. We are able to access Campbeltown’s All Weather Pitch.
The Pupil Council meets with a teacher, Principal Teacher or Head 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.