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  • October Opportunities

    Published 11/10/18

    After a week of elections and a time where the pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 have made strategic decisions about the leaders they wanted for the academy, our newly elected pupils are settling into their roles. Having elected the Tower Captains and the Academy Councillors,  our Librarians, Sports Ambassadors and Assembly Assistants were also appointed. They are in the early stages of their training but very excited to begin supporting the academy in their various roles. There is still more excitement to come as the final roles are yet to be appointed including brand new Mini Police who will work closely with both Mr Turner as well as our local PCSO.

    Very much embracing our Priory Trust value of Courage, the pupils of the academy are considering how they can further embrace new opportunities, challenges and experiences. Courage could be defined as facing something that your find fearful, and it must be said that our children strive to do this. Well done in particular to our Cross Country Team who pushed themselves to succeed across three meets in the last month. They achieved a fantastic second place overall with the boys achieving third place. We are still awaiting the results of the girls' performance. 

    It was great to see so many parents and family members at the parents' evenings this week. We really do value these times to share your child's progress and achievements and hope that you find these evenings equally supportive. It was also wonderful to see the Friends of Huntingtower there and we hope that you find time to complete their questionnaire - please see the link that was distributed through Parent Hub. 

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  • What an Epic Week!

    Published 04/10/18

    As we finish the first month of our academic year, we are now ready to assume some of the important roles within the academy. We have settled into our new classes, getting to know our peers and adults, we have become more confident with the expectations set and have started to explore how we can grow as both learners and individuals. Within the academy, we need leaders and this week has been about children having the courage to stand for two significant roles - academy councillors and for Year 6, Tower Captains. Very much summoning our Trust value of Courage, pupils have put themselves forward in the elections, presenting their ideas in manifestos to their friends and peers. The adults within the academy were relieved that they were not allowed to vote as they acknowledged that it was very difficult to choose between such strong candidates. The successful candidates will take up post immediately and begin their work supporting the academy. We are very proud of all that took part.

    Next week is one of our favourite of the year as it is the first time that the pupils and their families formally meet with the staff. Please check bags and folders to ensure that you have your appointment as this is such an important event. It provides you with opportunity to get to know your child's teacher better as well as find out more about your child as a learner. As always, the studio will be set up with the Book Fair and Safe Zone for you to leave your child when you go to your appointment. We do recommend that Year 5 and 6 pupils accompany you to your appointment so that they too can hear the messages shared. If you also wish to speak to our SENDCo Mrs Cradduck , please see the academy office to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 9th October or Wednesday, 10th October. 

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  • Anything is Possible!

    Published 27/09/18

    What a busy and bustling week we have had, this week. It was wonderful to start the week with our Harvest Festival and we would like to thank you for your contributions to the Foodbank. Mr Wallace, one of our site managers, was able to deliver a full van of goods after the festival on Monday much to the Foodbank’s delight. I know that the children are proud to be able to help our local community and that wouldn't be possible without your support. Thank you also goes to Year 4 who yet again, helped to present the Harvest Festival Assembly. They did a fabulous job of presenting the story of The Little Red Hen and were so good that they then went on to present it again to our Reception pupils who have also been studying the story. 

    This weekend is one the most exciting times in Grantham’s calendar. The Gravity Fields festival which will be running across the weekend is a wonderful celebration of Isaac Newton’s life and scientific work. Our current Year 5 pupils have contributed to the parade and some of our pupils will be taking part in the parade on Saturday night. We hope you find time to come and join us in the town centre to take part in these amazing festivities.

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  • September Success!

    Published 20/09/18

    As we head towards the end of September, I am pleased to report that everyone has settled into their new classrooms and settings and the academy is a hive of learning! We have definitely seen more of the autumnal weather that is expected at this time of year and it makes aware of up and coming festivals. On Monday, we will have a special harvest assembly presented by myself and with some help from Year 4. I would like to thank you for all of the contributions to the foodbank that we have already received. We are still happy to collect any further donations on Monday and will be taking them to the Grantham base after the academy day ends.

    Grantham is also preparing itself to celebrate one of the most famous scientists in the world, Isaac Newton. The Gravity Fields festival begins on 26th September and runs until 30th September. Again, our academy has been asked to be part of the parade on the Saturday evening. I hope that if you can, you will join us to celebrate.

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  • A Great Start to the Year!

    Published 13/09/18

    Welcome to the start of academic year 2018-19! This is the first News item of the year and I look forward to keeping you up to date with the events, achievements and news of the academy. We have now 420 pupils at our academy and every single pupil has the potential to achieve well and make the most of their time with us. I know that the staff are looking forward to the year ahead. I would like to welcome our newest pupils in Kangaroos and Koalas; you have made an amazing start to your education.

    No sooner have we started than we are looking forward to future events this term – on Monday, 24thSeptember, 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 will be coming out with a list of items the foodbank would appreciate receiving. Thank you in advance for your donations.

    Over the coming months you will hopefully see some changes to the Tower Times which we hope will help to continue to improve communication; we will keep you posted as to its relaunch

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  • Goodbye to Year 6

    Published 20/07/18

    They have been amazing! We wish them every success in the future. Thank you, Year 6.

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  • End of an Amazing Year!

    Published 18/07/18

    It really has been a wonderful year with many highs to celebrate. We have achieved new highs academically, in sports, performance and even our charitable contributions. Our pupils have worked hard, made the most of the year and if the number of merits that have been collected are anything to go by, excelled. I would like to thank the pupils for making the year so special as well the adults (staff and parents) who have supported them.

    The end of a year is always bitter sweet. We have to say good-bye to our amazing Year 6. We have loved having you at the academy for the last seven years and we know that you are now ready to move on to the next phase in your education. Thank you for all of your hard work and endeavours. We also have to say goodbye to some members of staff; Mrs Helliwell, Mrs Thompson, Mr Doughty and Mrs Lopes are all moving on to pastures new and whilst we will miss them terribly, we wish the best of luck in their new roles. We will also be welcoming Mrs Hand to Year 4 in September although this is not a new member of staff but rather Miss Widdison using her married name. She and her future husband are looking forward to a late July wedding and we wish them every happiness in their future together.

    That just leaves to us wish you a very happy holidays. Let’s hope that the weather continues to be sunny and you enjoy your time together as a family. We look forward to seeing you back at the academy on Tuesday, 4th September 2018.

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  • Living History!

    Published 11/07/18

    Sometimes we live through very exciting times without even knowing that we are part of the history that the future generations will talk about. The summer of 2018 will be talked about in years to come for many reasons; Britain were lucky enough to be part of an extended heat wave, our English football team performed brilliantly in the World Cup and got to a higher stage in the competition than they had for a very long time. And in between these momentous events, our pupils are experiencing their own milestones. Whether it is completing their first year at school, buying their first merit reward item or even preparing to leave their primary school, memories have been made alongside these momentous occasions. For me, it is 20 years since I was offered a job at a large primary school in Grantham called Huntingtower Road and I think it's an anniversary that I’ll remember for a long time!

    This week, our Key Stage 2 assessments were returned to us by the Government. I have to say, it was a very exciting time logging onto the Government website on Tuesday morning at 7.30am. I can report that we are immensely proud of our Year 6 pupils’ achievements. They have performed brilliantly and by their actions, they have thanked all of the staff who have worked with them across the years. They will now move on to their secondary schools with some impressive supportive information, demonstrating what amazing learners they are.

    We are now approaching our final week of school and it promises to be a busy one. With our Year 6s performing on Tuesday and Wednesday,  our final shared assembly on Thursday with our Endeavour Assembly followed by the Year 6 Leavers’ Disco hosted by the Friends of Huntingtower  in the evening, we’re looking forward to the Celebration Barbecue on Friday lunch time. We hope you can join us. For more information, please see the posts in your Parent Hub app.

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  • New News Story

    Published 05/07/18

    Yet another fantastic week where the sun has continued to shine and the children have continued to blossom with their learning. On Monday, we were awed and delighted when one of our Year 6 pupils won Primary Pupil of the Year at the Lincolnshire Education Golden Apple Awards. A very prestigious award and an amazing trophy – well done to Logan in Zebras, we are very proud. Please see the photo below.

    Quickly following on from that, the academy then experienced ‘Moving Up Day’ which was a huge success. Not only did we meet our future Early Years’ pupils and families but everyone got a chance to spend a day in their new classrooms. It was both exciting and rewarding to see everyone in their new places.

    It’s sad to think that we’re coming to the end of another year, but what a year it has been. At the moment, I am reading every report and am honoured that I get the opportunity to add my own comment. It allows me time to reflect back over the children’s achievements as well as those special moments that they will remember in years to come. It makes me wonder where the time has gone as we get ready for the last few weeks of our Year 6s’ time at Huntingtower. It only seems like 5 minutes since they arrived (I think they are tired of me saying that but it’s true!). There’s still so much to do starting with our reward trip next week – we will tell you about it in next week’s Tower Times.

    Finally, fingers crossed everyone this weekend for a successful outcome of England’s next match on Saturday, I know that I’ll be watching!

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  • Huntingtower Superstars!

    Published 28/06/18

    What a stunning week this has been. Not only glorious weather every day but the opportunity for pupils to get out and about in our spacious outdoor areas. There have been lots of Daily Miles walked or run as well as investigation of the environment for science. Races Day, whilst a hot one was very successful and if you were able to join us, I hope that you enjoyed yourselves. The children demonstrated great sportsmanship too! The children have worked hard to prepare for their athletic events and many thanks go to Mrs Duxbury-Mead, Mrs Dilloway and Mr Doughty for their coaching support and Mr Moore and Mr Wallace for their organisation for the day. With all of the excitement of the World Cup, we are feeling very sporty and so can’t wait for Team Sports on the morning of Friday, 13th July. This is normally the time when we have Celebration Assembly so for that week only, we will hold this assembly on Thursday, 12th July at 9.10 am.

    What better way to finish a fantastic week than to have our Friends of Huntingtower Summer Fayre? If you haven’t returned your raffle tickets, its not too late to bring them on the day (before 12pm). There are lots of stalls, games and refreshment and hope that you can find the time to join us. All proceeds go to the academy.

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