Letter from Headteacher


Dear Students and Families,

I am delighted to write to you to give you more information about a whole school sponsored walk event that we are holding on 13th July.

It is the first time we have done such an event, and we are doing it in memory of Miss Julie Morse, who was our Head of English. Many of you will remember Miss Morse and being taught by her, for some of you she may have been your tutor in your earlier days in the school. Miss Morse passed away last summer after a short illness, and is missed very much.

I spoke with Miss Morse before she died and asked her to nominate a charity that we would focus on for a whole school charity event in her name. She chose the Back Up Trust.

The Back Up Trust is a charity that Miss Morse carried out extensive fundraising for. She was involved in organising social events, supporting activity holidays and general fundraising for this charity that was very close to her heart. The Trust supports people with spinal injuries by having the following goals –

 Inspire people affected by spinal cord injury to transform their lives.

 Challenge perceptions of disability.

 Deliver services that build confidence and independence and offer a supportive network.

I am sure that you will agree that this is a very worthy cause and I am very pleased that we are able to undertake this event together.

Information about the Back Up Trust can be found here. http://www.backuptrust.org.uk/home.

We have set up a just giving page so that we can easily collect sponsor money. The link to this is below https://www.justgiving.com/castlemanoracademy. Please consider donating to this fantastic cause. If every child raises £10 we will raise over £4000!

The arrangements will be very simple and the route relatively short- around our school grounds, approximately 1km long. We will do the walk in the afternoon, with the whole school coming together in unity to walk the route. Each tutor group will walk together, and I encourage each group to think of how they could show that they are a group- perhaps by dressing up (Miss Morse dressed up as a pirate more than once for World Book Day!) or by perhaps carrying your favourite books, or posters of favourite words. The key message is for us to have fun, doing something together as a whole school and raise money for a fantastic cause.

We will provide plenty of water, and of course will respond to the weather, although we’d like to be able to go ahead whatever the weather! We will also have ice creams available to buy on the day after the walk has finished, when tutor groups will be able to sit together and be refreshed!

I think this is a great opportunity for our school to really make a difference and look forward to ‘Stepping forward together’ on 13th July.

Yours sincerely,

Vanessa Whitcombe

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