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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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  • LKS2 Celebration of Learning at the Guildhall Theatre

    Published 19/07/17

    What a fantastic day it was on 10th July 2017 when LKS2 and other pupils performed at the Guildhall Theatre. Having spent the day there, they then performed twice to family and friends. Everyone was awed by the quality of the performance. Well done to everyone. 

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  • 5 Days Full To The Brim With Activity!

    Published 14/07/17

    It is privilege to be the Head Teacher of Huntingtower Academy. We are a community school and I feel that there have been lots of examples of our community spirit this week. Our first KS2 performance at the Guildhall was outstanding and in addition to the praise by parents and family, other members of the community were awed by the children’s performance. This included Miss English our oldest pupil who, at 95 and still a keen singer, was impressed by our pupils’ talents. We can’t wait for Year 5 & 6’s turn on Monday!

    There was also an opportunity to spend time with the volunteers from Random Penguin Uk who have supported pupils in Y2 every week with their reading. Mrs Clack and a group of Y2 pupils attended a celebratory lunch and expressed their gratitude for their support. We have our fingers crossed that it will continue next year.

    Finally, Races Day on Thursday was enjoyed by all. Being the starter, I only ever got to see the heels of the children as they raced down the track but I was impressed in equal messages by the pupils’ willingness to take part and do their best and also by the support of all of the parents and family who came to watch. It was a memorable day.

    The attached video is a celebration of a project between Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning and a group of KS1 pupils. With thanks to Mrs Duxbury-Mead for her hard work and organisation.

    Whilst there are 3 more school days, this is the last Tower Times of the year and I would like to thank parents, staff and pupils for their continued support to make Huntingtower, quite simply, the best school. I hope you have a wonderful summer holiday and the children return to us rested and ready for another amazing year!

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  • Aiming High In All That We Do!

    Published 07/07/17

    We are now reaching the final weeks of the term and yet there is still so much to do. Tuesday was a really exciting day when we all ‘moved up’ to our new classes! For some this was a little confusing as they were moving up year group but keeping the same class name; Mrs Kightley and Mrs Evans will now teach Y2 Pandas and Mr Hill’s Wolves will now be Year 5. Some classes have also altered year groups and teachers; Mrs Hebert will teach Y1 Wombats and Miss Widdison and the Panthers Class are moving to Y4. Rooms will be changed over in the summer and I’m sure I’ll be visiting the wrong class for a few weeks whilst we all acclimatise to the change. We did miss our Year 6 pupils who went to explore their new schools, but we are glad that they had a fabulous time. It was really lovely to start to get to know our new Kangaroos and Koalas and their families. We hope they enjoyed their session as much as we did.

    We can hardly wait for next week and the presentation of learning for Years 3 and 4 at the Guildhall and also KS1 Pirate Day. Tickets for the Showcase at the Guildhall, costing £2, are still available from the office for both afternoon and evening performances. We know that it’s going to be fabulous and would love for you to be there to share it with the pupils. A separate letter has been sent to parents about Pirate Day and we know that it’s going to be lots of fun!

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  • Two Weeks in One Amazing Video!

    Published 30/06/17

    After such a busy sporting week last week, we continued into the weekend with the help of the PTFA. We thought the PTFA Summer Fayre was fabulous and a huge thank you goes to the PTFA who worked so tirelessly to provide a vibrant and busy event. With over £1,600 profit, thanks also goes to you, the families who supported it.

    Our attention has now turned toward completing our projects and in particular the preparation for the presentation of learning. Walking along the corridors, I can hear lots of singing and performance practices taking place, as well as set designs and props being made. I find this very exciting and can’t wait until KS2 Showcases on 10th July for Years 3 and 4 and 17th for Years 5 and 6. Additional tickets will be on sale from Monday, 3rd July where you can purchase extra tickets (no limit on number - on a first come, first served basis). This will be a slightly different system than before where tickets can be purchased immediately and directly from the office. The ParentPay system will NOT be in operation for the additional tickets. I hope you are as excited as we are.

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  • A Spectacular Sports Week!

    Published 23/06/17

    Sports Week is always an exciting time for both pupils and adults in the Academy. As I have said before, being active and taking part in sport and physical activity is really important to us and Mrs Duxbury-Mead and Mrs Bensley have worked very hard to provide an active and fun week. For me, the highlight of the week has been our Team Sports event. Thank you to the parents and family members who came to support us. The sporting values were evident in the children’s performance and everyone enjoyed themselves. We particularly love the opportunity for pupils of different ages to work together.

    Throughout the week, our children have participated fully in different events – some of Y4 pupils participated in the Inspire+ Mini-Olympics and were commended for their enthusiasm and commitment. Thank you from Inspire+ to our other LKS2 classes who walked to the Meres to watch the opening ceremony. I understand it was a truly memorable event. Y3 also went to Belvoir Cricket Club’s Cricket and Countryside event. We have been invited to attend this event for many years and this year did not disappoint.

    On a final note, I hope you will find time to visit the PTFA’s Summer Fayre tomorrow between 11am and 2pm. There’s lots to do and take part in, as well as refreshments and entertainment. Thank you to the PTFA for their continued support of the Academy.

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  • Don't stop us now... We're making the most of every day!

    Published 16/06/17

    With the completion of the mural at the end of last week, I wondered whether we might be missing the excitement and inspiration that David Litchfield brought to the academy. There was not chance of that happening as the week didn’t end on Friday for Year 6 but continued on through the weekend. 39 of our Y6s and 7 members of staff went to PGL Caythorpe Court from Friday to Monday. I was priveledged to be able spend all day Sunday with them and it must be noted that they were brilliant! The staff received many compliments not only on their behaviour but also their desire to take part. As an outdoor-adventure centre, resilience and courage are key features of the activities and I can honestly say that if it hadn’t have been for the children acting as role models, I wouldn’t have completed the ‘High Ropes’ activity. Well done Y6 – yet again, you make us proud!

    The rest of the academy have been really busy including making the most of the great weather. From Bug Hunts, Joe Wicks ‘Body Coach’ work outs and trips to farms, our pupils have been active and learning. Next week promises to be another sunny week and we can’t wait for our Team Sports. We would love to see as many parents as possible join us on Tuesday morning from 10.00am. If you want to find out more about our week, please look on the news section on our website or check out our pages on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • A Gigantic Week for Huntingower

    Published 09/06/17

    Welcome back to the final term of 2016-17! We have made a fantastic start as there’s so much to look forward to: trips for EYs and Y6, lots of sporting events and clubs including Y4’s participation in the Inspire+ Mini-Olympics, our own races and Team Sports day and a range of presentations of learning from an EYs tea party to KS2’s Showcase at the Guildhall. In between that there will also be lots of opporutnities for learning within the academy day.

    This week we have been delighted to welcome David Litchfield, author and illustrator, who came to not only talk to the children but also to paint a mural on a wall in the KS2 playground. This was as a result of the academy winning a competition run by Barrowby Book group. A truly inspirational man, they children were keen to ask questions as well as follow his advice: if you want to get better at something, practice every day. Well done also goes to Zhi Qin D and Alarna B, both from Gazelles, who’s patch pocket designs will be added to the finished mural! The mural itself should be finished by the end of the week ready for everyone to see in it’s finished glory on Monday morning.

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