Y6 have a fab time at PGLPosted: 20/05/13
Our Year 6 children had a fantastic weekend at PGL Caythorpe
Knock out Cup Semi-Final vs Corby Glen -Thursday 16th MayPosted: 18/05/13
On a lovely sunny afternoon the Huntingtower football team travelled to Corby Glen to play in the cup semi-final. It was not going to be an easy game for the team but through some excellent team work, good communication and some good passing between the players throughout the match the final score was 2-1 to Huntingtower. With the final whistle going and after a testing game the team are now through to the final. The following Year 5 and 6 players took part: Piotrek, Jakub, Billy, Max, Harry, Sammy, Fyn, Georgia and Caitlin.
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Registration Forms for 11+Posted: 18/05/13
Please complete these registration forms as soon as possible and return them to the relevant grammar schools.
Shingles - High risk groupsPosted: 18/05/13
We have recently had a case of shingles in school and therefore would advise if you are in a high-risk group, for example, if you are pregnant or you have a weakened immune system, a blood test may be recommended if there is a possibility that you may have been in close contact with someone who is known to have the infection.
Important dates for this week - SATs and RagtexPosted: 11/05/13
Year 6 SATs - Monday 13th - 17th May. There will be a breakfast club for them and we would appreciate their prompt arrival in the morning.
Ragtex Textile Collection - Wednesday 15th May – you will already have received a separate letter.
Cabaret! A fundraising extravaganza!Posted: 11/05/13
PTFA CABARET NIGHT
Saturday, 22nd June, at 7pm
A night of music from the Shows
Entertainment from your favourite shows and a 3 course meal, all for £20 per head.
Open bar and waitress service for a truly fantastic night out.
Call in at the school office for tickets.
NSPCC VisitPosted: 11/05/13
A tremendous success! Your support and generosity with this extremely worthwhile fund-raising event has been overwhelming. The total raised is £2,824.33. Thank you for your support. As you may or may not know, the NSPCC is inspired by a belief that we can all make a difference for all children. That’s why they aim to end cruelty to children in the UK. Even if it takes many generations to realise it, they achieve much more for children by having this inspirational vision.
Let's Get Cooking!!Posted: 11/05/13
During May Mrs Cann and Mrs Gudgeon held their first and second Let’s Get Cooking sessions of this term with the following children: Ellie, Jak, Kieran and Taleecha. They made a vegetable soup and a delicious pea and mint soup followed by scones the following week. Click on the story to read the full report by Taleecha Y6
Despite promoting and rewarding regular and sustained attendance in school, last week’s attendance percentage was only 93.12%. This is far below our acceptable percentage level and also the National levels. As previously explained, low attendance at school has a huge detrimental effect on a child’s learning. We are expecting a visit from the Education Welfare Office next week and our concerns will be raised with them and they in turn will be getting actively involved with low attendees.
South SitePosted: 03/05/13
Again, it has come to our attention that, before school, children are playing on the South site and on the equipment there. This contravenes Health and Safety guidance and school cannot be responsible for children before 8.50am. We understand that younger children are also playing behind the bike shelter in the KS2 playground.
Huntingtower 'Tackle' The Grantham Rugby FestivalPosted: 03/05/13
Last week 11 players went to the Kesteven Rugby Club to participate in the Grantham Area Schools Rugby Festival. They had a fantastic time and were a real credit to the school. Many tries were scores by our team and we managed to beat Isaac Newton: a bit of local rivalry. Well done and thank you to all of the children involved.
Huntingtower Girls Football Team vs Isaac Newton SchoolPosted: 03/05/13
A fantastic 3-0 win last week by our girls' football team against the Isaac Newton School. Thank you to the parents and teachers who showed their support to the children during the game. The following players took part:- Leah Griffiths, Rowan Clark, Lois Ward, Katie Bevan, Georgia Baxter, Maddie Cant, Catlin Nattrass, Lily-Mae Phillips. Well done to you all!
Measles InformationPosted: 03/05/13
Some advice from the Lincolnshire County Council regarding Measles.
New Sports Camp at Huntingtower AcademyPosted: 02/05/13
Take advantage of this fantastic offer from Inspire+ at Huntingtower
Huntingtower becomes an AcademyPosted: 30/04/13
Yesteday, the Department of Education confirmed that Huntingtower was to become an Academy from 1st May 2013.
A few important remindersPosted: 26/04/13
PE Kits - Please ensure that your child has their PE Kit every day when needed.
Cycles and Scooters - Recently children have been using their cycles and scooters once on the school site - please make sure your child refrains from doing this.
Sainsburys Active Kids 2013 - Please continue to send in these vouchers which will be issued from your Sainsbury's store until 22nd May 2013
Photograph Orders - all orders to be returned to school by next Tuesday 30th April at the latest.
High 5 Netball Festival - Years 5/6Posted: 26/04/13
Well done to the children who took part in the High 5 Netball Festival and finished a brilliant 8th place - especially as this was only their second time playing netball. Max Jappy, Leah Griffiths, Harry Edwards, Fyn Chappell, Katie Bevan, Jessica-Leigh Tamplin and Elle Booton represented the school in the festival which involved 15 schools from all over Grantham and the local area.
Free School MealsPosted: 19/04/13
Applying for Free School Meals can now be done online at - www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/FSMapply Please check it out as you may be eligible.
Cycle Safety Helmet CampaignPosted: 19/04/13
Please see this weeks Tower Times for a cycle helmet discount voucher (apologies - having technical issues attaching the voucher here). The voucher is also available in Lincolnshire branches of Halfords. Please note only Lincolnshire branches of Halfords are taking part in this offer.
NSPCC School VisitPosted: 19/04/13
Val Footitt, from the NSPCC came into school the other day and launched a sponsored event in which we are participating. The children have all been given a challenge around keeping fit. She will return next week to ensure that the children achieve their challenge and it fits very nicely with our healthy school theme. Please can you remind the children that they are only to seek sponsorship from people that they know and not to knock on strangers' doors.
Newton's Easter SuccessPosted: 19/04/13
£2899 was raised in this years Newton the Easter Bunny event which will not only benefit our school but also the nominated charities - the Grantham Deaf Childrens Society and the Grantham Food Bank. Huge thank you to all involved including the PTFA and Mrs Sheehy.
ITV News pay the school a visitPosted: 15/04/13
Following the news of Mrs Thatcher's passing away ITV Central News have been in to see what it is like going to school at her old primary school.
Our most famous former pupil passes awayPosted: 10/04/13
Former British Prime Minister and pupil of Huntingtower School passes away at the age of 87.
RAF ”FLY” IN TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOLPosted: 28/03/13
Members of the University Air Squadron dropped into Huntingtower to help us out. It was part of the Easter flight training camp held at Cranwell each year. Unfortunately, they were grounded and unable to fly but were able to do some much-needed work for the school.
Organised by Flight Lieutenant Chris Haywood, the team helped Mr MacKinnon construct a handrail for our ramped access to Key Stage 1. This ensures a greater degree of safety for children and disabled people. We are extremely grateful for their support and l am sure you will join us in extending our thanks to them.
Our Endeavour AwardsPosted: 28/03/13
Koalas - Kyra Kay
Kangaroos - Kieran Chapman
Giraffes - Maciej Kudla
Leopards - Lewis Herbert
Meerkats - Kevin Zerbecki
Tigers - Toby Cox
Lemurs - Amelia Jappy
Panthers - James Carlin
Rhinos - Dovydas Dusevicius
Gazelles - Sammy Creasey
Lions - Taleecha Hunt
Zebras - Dylan Smith
Certificates were today presented to all
the above children.
KS1 trophy was presented to Toby Cox
KS2 trophy was presented to
Well done to you all!
KEY STEPS GYMNASTICSPosted: 28/03/13
Last Friday afternoon saw 4 children from Year 2 take part in their first schools gymnastic competition. They all performed incredibly well, each earning 2 star badges. After school, the Year 3/4 children went along
for their event. Again they did a fantastic job. As a team they achieved 3rd place. We are extremely proud of how well all the children did.
Also thanks go to Elle and Jess who were supportive coaches during the event.
Swimming GalaPosted: 28/03/13
On Wednesday, 20th March, a group of strong swimmers, ranging from Year 3 to Year 6, went to the Mere’s Leisure Centre to take part in the 2013 Swimming Gala. There were 20 races and there was a child from Huntingtower in every race. We came 5th overall out of the 8 schools taking part, so to everyone who went WELL DONE!! By Sheena – Class Lions
Newton the Bunny braves it again!Posted: 25/03/13
Newton and the PTFA were out and about again this week to help raise money for the Grantham Deaf Children Society, Grantham Foodbank and the school.
DADS AND LADS HELP BUILD OUR ANDERSON SHELTERPosted: 22/03/13
What a fantastic event we had on Tuesday evening. Boys and men got mucky developing the grounds and enhancing the curriculum. Led by Mr Turner, over 15 children with their male role model dug, sawed, hammered, clipped, swept and made a fantastic Anderson shelter. This fits brilliantly with our World War II theme in Key Stage 2. We are very grateful, once again, to the PTFA for giving school the monies raised by them to buy the Anderson shelter.
Grantham schools gymnastics competition at Grantham MeresPosted: 22/03/13
On Sunday 10th March, 20 children from Key Stage 2 took part in a gym competition. The children had been working incredibly hard before school to perfect the moves for the set routines.
This year we had the largest number of children taking part, for many of whom, this was the first competition they have taken part in. I was extremely proud of all of the children who participated. We took 4 teams, this year and had success with the under 11 team A, who came 2nd. We also had individual success with Jessica Tamplin coming 3rd for under 11. In the advanced competition we had 2 girls. We were extremely proud of the additional work these girls had to do. In this competition, Elle Booton came 2nd, with Lottie Mears coming in 1st. I am extremely proud of how each individual has improved their personal technique and look forward to another fabulous year with Gymnastics in 2014.
ONCE AGAIN HUNTINGTOWER SETS US PROUD!Posted: 22/03/13
On Monday, 18th March, the Year 5/6 dancers went to the Mere’s Leisure Centre to take part in the Rock Challenge. We also sold 80 tickets. When we arrived we got to watch the rehearsals. I think most of us thought the Secondary Schools were amazing. Even though we were there all day, we all had big smiles on our faces every minute. We enjoyed performing to the other schools and our family and friends, and felt like we were winners. It was a great opportunity to be a part of the Rock Challenge and we are hoping more people do it in 2014. Unfortunately, the 2013 Year 6 children will not be able to do it with our school next year, but the Year 5s will. The Rock Challenge is one of the best things you can take part in and, if you ever take part in it, I’m sure you will remember it for a long time.
Red Nose DayPosted: 22/03/13
Total raised through sale of cakes was a staggering £275.24. Thank you all so much for your generous donations.
Very Important Safety NoticePosted: 22/03/13
We open the school gates at 8.45am to ensure your child is safe and not on the narrow paths around school. However, we have always made it clear that our staff are not available to take supervision of the children until they come out to collect them. It has come to my attention that some children are arriving early, hanging around outside of school and then, when the gates are opened, playing games on the playground and going onto the south site. Firstly, you are responsible for the well-being of your child before school and they should not be arriving on their own before 8.50am. Secondly, there is no need for any child to go onto the south site. Please ensure your child has this message and we will do our part to communicate it.
Gymnastics Competition Sunday 10th MarchPosted: 15/03/13
Our fabulous gymnastic team who came second overall in a recent tournament, with Elle second in the “Advanced” competition and Charlotte coming first overall!! Well done everyone
Attendance AwardsPosted: 15/03/13
KS1 - Class Tigers 99.20%
KS2 – Class Gazelles 99.03%
Well done children!
Overall – 97.39%
We have unfortunately had a few instances of headlice in school recently. Please check the childrens hair daily looking for small grey insects or their eggs. They can be treated with a special comb available at chemists or special shampoos.
A Winning TeamPosted: 15/03/13
On Wednesday 13th March, a group of sporty children (Elle, Jess, Max, Leah, Harry and Fyn) went on a trip to Walton Girls’ High School to play netball! We played against two teams. The first team we played against was Ropsley, then we played Marston. We played each school twice, the first time we played Ropsley we won 1-0, but when we played the next round we happened to win 2-0! When we had a game with Marston we lost 1-0, but when we played the second half we happened to draw 1-1! But we had an EPIC time!
By Elle and Jessica
CLASS AND GROUP PHOTOGRAPHS – THURSDAY 21ST MARCHPosted: 15/03/13
Our school photographer will be in school next Thursday to take class and group photographs.
Do you have any 2” x 2”, 6ft long, wood for our bottle greenhouse?Posted: 15/03/13
If you have any spare 2x2 6ft long wood which you can donate to the school, please let reception know. We urgently need some to complete the recycled bottle greenhouse. Huge thanks in advance!
Red Nose Day DayPosted: 15/03/13
Huntingtower goes red for cash!
Next PTFA Meeting time changePosted: 15/03/13
The next PTFA meeting will be Wednesday 20th at 3.30pm. Don't worry if you need to bring your child(ren) with you. We look forward to seeing you there.
Attendance AwardsPosted: 08/03/13
KS1 - Class Koalas 97.33%
KS2 – Class Lemurs and Class Rhinos
Well done children!
Overall – 96.72%
NEWTON, OUR FABULOUS EASTER BUNNY, WILL SOON BE VISITING YOUR NEIGHBOURHOODPosted: 08/03/13
Newton the Easter Bunny has been busy preparing for this year’s street parade. Last year he was very successful in helping others, The Kingfisher Ward at Grantham Hospital and St Barnabas Hospice both received a cheque for £1000, putting smiles onto the faces of those less fortunate than ourselves.
This year the School Council has chosen Grantham Children’s Deafness Society and Grantham Food Bank. To make this event as successful as last year, we need some helpers. Easter eggs come in all shapes and sizes and so can you. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Godparents, Friends, Mums, Dads and your children are welcome accompanied too. Newton will be parading through the streets on Sunday 24th through to Wednesday 27th March (inc). If you can help us, please sign up by popping into the school office and leaving your name and contact details. Easter is the only time of year when it is perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket! So please give some time even if it’s just an hour to help those less fortunate than ourselves and let’s give some people a very Happy Easter!
COLSTERWORTH CHOIR FESTIVALPosted: 08/03/13
On Friday 1st March, members of KS1 and KS2 choir went to the Mere’s Leisure Centre to perform. We all did fantastically well with the results of 1st place trophy in KS2 and another 1st place trophy from KS1 ! Everyone was very proud especially the teachers! There were even head teachers from other schools who came over to say how wonderfully the children had sung.
By Taleecha H
Red Nose Day Friday 15th MarchPosted: 08/03/13
Non-uniform day, but please wear something red. Also we would be really pleased to receive donations of cakes and pastries for us to sell after school
Kangaroos and Koalas visit to Great Wood Farm Environmental Education CentrePosted: 08/03/13
All this week, Classes Koalas and Kangaroos have visited Great Wood Farm Education Centre. After arriving at Base Camp on a tractor we were given our missions including; rescuing Sage the puppet from a tree; making magic potions for Percy the squirrel and collecting fire wood, so we could cook our lunch. We climbed trees, played on a woodland swing and helped build the fire. We walked to a thicker part of the forest and built dens using the woodlands as a resource. Some of the children were lucky enough to see some sheep and a lamb being born! Mrs Kightley thought it was the best trip ever!!!
PTFA MeetingsPosted: 08/03/13
Please join us for a Welcome Coffee morning on Wednesday 13th March at 9am to meet our PTFA members, have a chat and a coffee.
Our next planning meeting is on Wednesday 20th March at 9am. Agenda will be posted on the PTFA webpage nearer the time.
Attendance AwardsPosted: 01/03/13
Unfortunately, overall attendance is not above target at 95.08%, but well done to Giraffes (97.8%) and Gazelles (99.35%)!
UK HORSE MEAT SCANDAL - A MESSAGE FROM FOOD 4 THOUGHTPosted: 01/03/13
Food 4 Thought would like to reassure parents that our meats are not affected by the recent discovery. Meat products used on our menus are sourced from within the UK, the vast majority of which from within Lincolnshire. All of these products meet the Red Tractor Assured Food Standards criteria as a welfare minimum.
Late Arrival At SchoolPosted: 01/03/13
The school day starts at 8:50 am, school doors are shut at 9.00 am. Lateness is classed as any child coming into school after 9.10 am. All children arriving after 9.00 am must report to the office and their name will be placed in the Late Book. After 9.25am it is classed as an unauthorised absence.
We monitor lateness on a monthly basis. Where children have persistent lateness problems, the Head Teacher will invite the parents into school to discuss the situation. The school target is for 99% punctuality