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  • Welcome to 2019!

    Published 01/10/19

    Welcome to the first newsletter of 2019. We have made a fantastic start to the year, welcoming the children back to new projects and learning. It was lovely to hear about their holiday experiences and find out about their goals for this year. I have already had several children to see me with achievements that they wish to celebrate and you can find out more in the weekly video. We were very proud of the New Age Kurling team for their win at the local meet on Thursday. They now look forward to playing in the regional finals later on in the year.

    This term promises to be very exciting with lots of events planned. The children have already started to think about this term’s personal development focus, Improve and consider how this can impact upon their learning. We hope that by the time you come to meet with the staff at Parents’ Evening in February, you’ll see lots of evidence of your child’s success.

    On a final note, I would just like to update you with regard to Mrs Giles. We are pleased to announce that Mrs Giles gave birth to a little girl on Tuesday (8th January). Everyone is well and we can’t wait to meet the new arrival.

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  • Magnificent May!

    Published 23/05/19

    What a fantastic end to what has been a very short but full term! There have been so many opportunities for our pupils to shine over the last few weeks that we would like to mention a few. There have many sporting events taking place from cross country to hockey, football to rounders. Every time, our children have represented our academy brilliantly and have demonstrated the values that we hold in such high regard. Thanks goes to the staff who prepared and supported the pupils and also to the parents who helped to transport pupils to events. The children have also worked hard with their academic achievements and we have seen some work of a very high standard. We are also celebrating our Rotary Stars pupils who have been selected as they demonstrate the values of generosity, respect and care.

    After many years, we have to say goodbye to Mrs May who has worked as a teaching assistant in several different year groups over the years she has been with us. Mrs May has decided to retire and enjoy time with her family and we wish her a happy and fulfilling time. Goodbye also go to Mrs Sandell, one of our Midday Supervisors who is leaving us to commit more time to her other job. We hope you have a great half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you all back at the academy on Monday, 3rd June. It will be a very exciting day for Years 1, 2 and 5 who all have trips on this day.

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  • Making the Most of Every Moment

    Published 16/05/19

    For many schools, this week is often only remembered by the KS2 SATs week. At Huntingtower, whilst we recognise that it is important for pupils to show their families, future schools and others what they have learned in the last four years, we also believe that English and mathematics are only a part of our the curriculum that we provide for the children. We describe ourselves as a learning school, not just in academic subjects but also in social, emotional and creative elements of our curriculum that support our pupils in becoming true citizens of the world.  As stated previously, our theme for this term's personal development is Imagine and there certainly has been lots of evidence of the children's imagination this week. From Early Years to Year 6, the children have used their imagination and creativity to support their learning whether is art, music, history and even PE Please take time watch the video to find out more. 

    It is difficult to believe that next week with be the final week of this term. As with every short term, we look forward to welcoming our friends from the Rotary Sunshine Group who will be coming to present this term's Rotary Star winners for each class; names will also be published in Tower Times. This award commends our pupils who demonstrate our academy value of Care and the Trust value of Generosity. They will be presented with their certificate in next Friday's assembly (24th May 2019).

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  • May is Blooming with Possibilities!

    Published 09/05/19

    It's amazing how a shorter week has had little impact on our children's productivity! Our Personal Development theme this term is Imagine and as I have said to the children, it is a case of use it or lose it! The video this week demonstrates that our children are at no risk of losing their imagination; in fact, they are only making it stronger. I particularly love when learning overflows beyond the academy day and the children can't wait to show us what they have achieved. With imagination, anything is possible.

    Next week is a busy week in any primary school. Both our Year 6 and Year 2 pupils will be taking part in Statutory Assessment Tests in Reading, Mathematics and, for Y6, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. We always consider the needs of our pupils at this time and we are proud of how mature and positive our pupils are. We wish them every success and will be constantly reminding them that they are the best that they can be and that will always be just what we wish for them. 

    On a final note, the planning for our Summer Fayre is starting to take shape. If you would like to help with this, there is a planning meeting after school (3.30pm) on Friday, 10th May in the Community Room. Please enter through the main entrance.

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  • Our Passion for Learning

    Published 02/05/19

    May is definitely a busy month at any school but at Huntingtower, we definitely like to make the most of our days. When I was making the video this week, I was pleased see that with the improved weather, learning has been taken beyond the academy walls and into our extensive grounds. Spring can be a little unpredictable however and one minute, the children have been exploring and learning in dappled sunlight and the next, rain is threatening! This has not deterred the children and they continue to thrive on their experiences. Fingers crossed that the weather improves as we head towards the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Communication is essential to the good running of any establishment and at Huntingtower, we try our best to keep you informed about up and coming events and changes to our usual routines. Tower Times provides our ‘News’ round up and Parent Hub is used for more specific and timely information. We also use here on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to let you know about what is happening at the academy. With the Tower Times this week is also a specific letter to let you know about a few exciting changes we are making to our academy and in particular to our communications systems. We are sending both a paper copy and as an item on Parent Hub. We will also be continuing to discuss the changes on Tower Times. Please take the time to read it and familiarise yourself with future changes. 

    Have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone back at the academy on Tuesday, 7thMay 2019

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  • All You Need is Imagination!

    Published 25/04/19

    We are so glad that everyone had a wonderful and restful holiday. Our pupils have begun the Summer terms full of vigour and ready to face the up and coming challenges with enthusiasm. Already, many of our Year 5 pupils have completed their Bikeability training and we are very proud of how they have represented us whilst on our local roads. Several pupils from Year 3 and 4 have also competed in the Tri-Golf festival. They not only acquired new skills, they battled some extreme weather and achieved second place with some individual golds! Well done to all involved.

    These Summer terms are always very busy and full of exciting events. Our Personal Development focus is Imagine and we look forward to exploring how children can use their imagination to strengthen their skills as learners. As I always say, if you want to know more about someone's imagination, you only have to read a book! Reading truly is the secret to success. In the next couple of weeks, we will be letting you know about lots of up and coming events but one quick mention goes to the Friends of Huntingtower who this year will be hosting their Summer Fayre for the first time on a Friday evening. Please make a note in your diary for Friday, 28th June as we hope to see as many people there as possible to help the Academy and Friends raise money to support future ventures for our pupils. 

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  • All The Things We Love To Do!

    Published 28/03/19

    Only this week, one of the Priory Primary Headteachers came to visit Huntingtower. I am always proud to welcome visitors to our academy and I was delighted to hear what he thought of our school. He told me that he could feel both the happiness and the purpose in all of the classrooms and I have to agree. Your children, our pupils, make the most of every moment and more importantly, enjoy their learning. Each week as I make the video, I am able to see the effort our children put into their learning  as well as the achievements they reach. I know that children look forward to seeing themselves on the video as much as the staff and parents do. The video can not only be found here on our academy website but also on Twitter and Facebook on the Academy pages. 

    We are about to begin the last week of term and I congratulate both the children and the staff on another wonderful term. Academically, the children strive to be the best that they can be, to improve on their skills and gain knowledge that they can apply in a wider context. In terms of the personal development curriculum, they apply themselves consistently to widening their experiences and becoming stronger in those identified characteristics we believe are so important. Many thanks goes again to the Rotary Sunshine group who have offered to come and present the Rotary Sunshine Award. This award is given once every short term to celebrate children who have demonstrated not only a caring nature but also a generosity in spirit and actions. The children receive both a certificate and a badge (which they can wear with pride at the academy).

    I hope you have a great weekend and remember that the clocks go forward on Sunday as we enter British Summer time!

     

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  • Always Striving to Improve!

    Published 21/03/19

    We have been so busy with events that link to our wider communities that I wondered what might happen this week after all of these events were completed? Would it feel a little flat after the wonders of World Book Day, British Science Week and Comic relief? The answer is quite simply no! Each phase base their subjects' learning around a theme and these have really inspired the children's curiosity and provided them with many opportunities to improve their learning (which is our personal development theme). It is the first time in many years, that the academy has studied the Stone Age and we have been really impressed with the children's desire to learn more; they have demonstrated that they really understand what it is like to be historians. I hope that it inspires them to continue to learn about other times in British history that have contributed to the lives that we lead today.

    We are about to enter the last two weeks of the Spring term and we still have many more events and experiences to fit into this time. Next week, the Years 1 and 2 will be participating in Great Fire of London themed days which will culminate in a presentation to parents,  Friday's celebration assembly will also include our termly visit from the Rotary Sunshine group to present the Rotary Stars and the final week will host our final assembly of the term; Endeavour assembly on Thursday, 4th April. These assemblies are some our favourite moments in our academy year and we look forward to seeing family and friends join us to celebrate their children's achievements.

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  • Scientists of the Future!

    Published 14/03/19

    What a busy time it has been in the academy, this week! Following on from an amazing World Book Day and associated events last week, we have plunged head first into British Science Week. As an academy, we recognise not only the importance that science has played on our lives as well as the role that it will play in the future. From the moment that the week was launched with the homework challenge, we have seen how enthusiastic and committed our children are to their scientific learning. We have taken part in a project that all of the primary academies within our trust have been involved in. The project is based upon the book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. Across the academy, the children have investigated vehicles and I know that I’ve had to duck on several occasions walking down KS2 corridor as the Year 6 pupils refine their paper aeroplanes! If you want to know more, please see the academy’s Twitter account (@Huntingtower) and the video for more information.

    A huge thank you goes to you for your continued support with your children’s learning. This has also been reflected in your support with the Academy Council’s Comic Relief fundraising. We thought we had anticipated how supportive our families are but we soon ran out of merchandise to sell. Many thanks goes the Sainsburys’ employees who came to visit us on Wednesday afternoon with an even greater range to sell. All proceeds go to Comic Relief and we will let you know next week how much the academy raised.

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  • Wonderful World Book Day!

    Published 14/03/19

    Huntingtower loves reading and could celebrate reading every single day! World Book Day is very important to us and the video this week documents not only our passion and enjoyment but also the activities that made our day so special!

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