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  • Community is our Middle Name!

    Published 16/11/17

     I remember that when Huntingtower Road Primary School changed its name to Huntingtower Community Primary School, it was at a time when the Government wanted to encourage schools to be identified more with the communities in which they were located. Over time, the perception of community has changed and yet, I feel that Huntingtower always rises to the challenge of being part of the community. Monday was a special time for our pupils to spend time with a member of our community. Miss Norah English is a member of our Grantham community who has contributed widely over the years. Many may remember her from their childhood at the swimming pool where she used to volunteer. Now nearly 96, Norah maintains a very active social life including attending regular get-togethers with veterans of the WAF. As a veteran, she was invited to attend a special Top Table with some Year 6 pupils. She listened to their Remembrance poetry as well talked to them about their experiences at Huntingtower. They were delighted to discover that Miss English also attended Hunitngtower and I think some of the stories she told them made them glad that they attend the academy today and not in the 1920s! Miss English herself, told me that she wishes that she could come to school now!

    Thinking about the wider community, I would like to thank our Academy Council for organising our contribution to Children in Need. Only on Monday, did we explore Universal Children’s Day (20th November) and what better way to show it than for children to fund raise for other children less fortunate than themselves. We will let you know how much the children have raised in the next Tower Times. Thank you for your support.

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  • New News Story

    Published 10/11/17

    It is quite unbelievable that just as our youngest pupils have settled into school life, we have begun the process of welcoming families for Reception 2018! I thought you’d like to know some of the feedback from families visiting; they were hugely impressed with the building and facilities available, but what they were truly awed with were the pupils. From the youngest to the oldest, they saw respectful learners, keen to take part and work with others to do their best. If you have a sibling who will be 5 years old between 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019, come and see the admin team in the office to find out how to register for a place.

    As a Community Academy, we consider supporting the community part of our role. On Monday, we planted a tree as part of the new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. Supported by the Woodland Trust, a new Charter was signed at Lincoln Castle 800 years after the original Charter of the Forests was signed. We are proud to be part of the making of history and the children are aware of our plan to become a Green Trees Award School. Aiming high, we want to achieve the Gold Award – Miss Widdison and I will keep you and the children posted as to how you can help. You can also help by signing the Charter itself and by doing so, committing to a greener and healthier future for our children.

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  • Spooktacular Start to Term 2!

    Published 03/11/17

    Welcome back to Term 2 of our 2017-18 academic year. We were pleased to see the children after their half term holiday and glad that they have had a good break with you. What an exciting start we’ve had as well. On Tuesday, not only did the Year 3 and 4 classes take part in an Indian Experience day, which all thoroughly enjoyed, but over 300 pupils attended the Friends of Huntingtower Halloween Discos. The children looked chillingly good and we thank you for your support in making them as ‘spooktacular’ as possible! More thank yous go to the Friends of Huntingtower for their hard work running the discos and also to the staff who stayed to support the pupils. The children had lots of fun and the volume of the applause at the end of the second disco was even louder than the disco itself! If you are interested in joining the Friends of Huntingtower, please drop into the Academy office and they will provide you with their contact information.

    Term 2 is always one of the busiest terms of the school year with lots going on out of school as well as in. There are two reading competitions running at the moment – Y3 to Y6 are taking part in the Scholastic Reading Pro Challenge and Y1 and Y2 are taking part in their own reading challenge. There will be classes identified as winners each week and at the end of the challenge. Merits will be awarded as prizes too! If you’d like to support, please help your child to read regularly at home.  We hope that you have a good weekend and that if you choose to celebrate, you enjoy the Bonfire Night festivities.

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  • An Amazing End To Our First Term!

    Published 19/10/17

    How quickly our first seven weeks of the term have flown by! We are really proud of the start that the children have made and the way that our newest pupils have settled. Thank you for coming to meet with the staff to discuss your child/children’s progress and for supporting the book fair. We have raised a considerable amount of money for us to buy more books for our Scholastic Reading Pro system and without your support this would not have been possible.

    As we move towards our half term break, I would also like to thank you for supporting our Breast Cancer Now’s Wear It Pink Day. We have key charities through the year and like to support charities that raise money that may support our community in the future.

    We look forward seeing the pupils back at school on Monday, 30th October (please remember that the clocks go back on Sunday, 29th October 2017). Please remember about the Friends of Huntingtower’s Halloween Disco on Tuesday, 31st October, it’s not too late to reserve a place!

    We hope you all have a good and restful holiday!

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  • Celebrating Achievements, Elections and Our Learning

    Published 13/10/17

    We always look forward to parents evenings as there’s nothing quite like seeing the academy full beyond the working day with children and parents. It is such an important time; for some, it’s the first time that they are able to find out how their child is faring at Huntingtower, for others it possibly one of the last times that they meet with the staff. Wherever the children are on their journey at our adacemy, the meetings are an invaluable opportunity to find out about your child, their learning and their achievements. If you have been unable to make either evening, please pop along to the office to see when your child’s teacher is available to meet with you.

    I can hardly believe that we are nearly at the end of our first term. The children have worked extremely hard, settling in to their new classes and the routines within them and will soon be ready for a break. We hope that your child will join us raising money for  Breast Cancer Now on Friday, 20th October by wearing non-uniform with something pink included. Please see the item within our newsletter for more information.

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  • Learning to Lead

    Published 06/10/17

    Our mission at Huntingtower is not just to educate our pupils in the educational subjects but also in life skills. This week’s activities are an example of this. As our pupils move through the academy, they are provided with the opportunities to take on a variety of leadership roles. We have held two elections this week, one for our Y6 Tower Captains and another for our Academy Council (Years 1 to 6). The children have considered carefully whether they would like to be elected into these roles and prepared themselves thoroughly. I really admire the fact that as they entered themselves as candidates, they understood that not every one could win. All of the candidates have made us very proud and whilst you may need to wait a little longer for the announcement of the Academy Council, I am pleased to announce the following pupils as our Year 6 Tower Captains: for Crane – Lily W and Kaden G, for Dragon – Elina M and Maciej K, for Eiffel – Sophie B and Jakub M and for Galata – Bailie B and Ellie-Mai S. We look forward to working with them over the coming year and I know that they are very excited to start their roles. Please take the time to watch our celebration video on the website/twitter/facebook to hear one of the candidate’s speech!

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  • Its All About The Learning!

    Published 29/09/17

    Celebrating our Harvest Festival on Monday was a wonderful way to start the week. Thank you so much for your generous contributions. The Food Bank were delighted to receive such a range of items and said that it was one of the biggest donations they have received recently. The pupils at Huntingtower are always very keen to support others not just at the Academy but also in the wider community. For some, it is  time to take a leap of faith and nominate themselves for a role in the Academy that supports others. Next week, we are electing our new Tower Captains and Academy Councillors. The local council has very kindly agreed to lend us a polling station and box and the pupils in Year 1 through to Year 6 will have a chance to vote. Good luck to all the pupils taking part.

    We are also heading towards our first meetings of parents and teachers at Parents’ Evening. These will be taking place on Wednesday 11th October and Thursday, 12th October from 3.30 to 6.30pm. Appointment slips should be sent home by Wednesday, 4th October. These meetings are really important – if you have not returned your slip, please do so as soon as possible. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss how your child is settling into their new class.

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  • We're Back And Raring To Go!

    Published 15/09/17

    Hello to all of our new parents and welcome back to our existing ones! As we reach end of our second week, I’m pleased to report how settled all the classes are including our newest pupils in Classes Kangaroos and Koalas. I would like to thank you for sending the children back to school looking so smart in their uniform. The building is also looking smart as a result of our site management team’s hard work. We have new floorings in Wombats and Meerkats classroom, new perspex roofing on the outdoor areas for Early Years and Y1 and bright new floorings there as well! Inside, we have moved our internal safety door as well as provide three new screens for classrooms. Mrs Cradduck, our SENDCo also has her office in the main part of the academy building. Thank you also, to the cleaners who completed their deep clean to provide a sparkling environment for us to work in.

    No sooner have we started than we are looking forward to future events this term – on Monday, 25th September, I will be presenting a Harvest Festival Assembly to the pupils in Y1-6. Again, we would like to collect items to be donated to our local food bank – a separate letter has been sent with a list of items the foodbank would appreciate receiving. Thank you in advance for your donations.

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  • Guildhall Presentation by Year 5&6 Summer 2017

    Published 15/09/17

    Finally, we can present a summary of the Year 5&6's performance at the Guildhall. It was truly an amazing experience and it made us feel very proud to have such talented pupils!


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  • Celebrating the End of a Wonderful Year

    Published 19/07/17

    A huge thank you goes to the pupils, staff and parents who contribute to make our academy great. As we wish our Year 6 leavers every success in the future, we are equally exicted to think about what our new and existing pupils may achieve next year. We hope you all have a happy and restful summer holiday.

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