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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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  • All about the Arts!

    Published 17/01/19

    What an amazing start to the week we have had this week. I was privileged to be invited to support the Young Voice Choir club in Sheffield with Mrs Kightley, Mrs Goddard-Tate and our Piano Teacher, Mr Emmett. Our forty pupils joined with five thousand others to perform to a large audience of parents and family members. They had to chance to rehearse first, learning more about how a professional performance is created. They also got to perform with some well known celebrities. It truly was a wonderful experience and one that I am sure they will remember for years to come. Many thanks to the parents for their support and I hope that those who were able to travel to Sheffield enjoyed the performance as much as we did.

    Every week, when I make our video, I can see trends and patterns in our learning. The children’s pride in their work and their enthusiasm for learning is evident as well as their love of the range of subjects taught. Often we see sporting achievements as well as academic ones. I am very passionate about the arts and have especially loved making the video over the last two weeks as there has been so much art work being created at home as well as at school. They really should be proud of their achievements and I look forward to seeing more. 

    Finally, can I ask you to spend a little time reading the Adverse Weather letter that is being distributed through Parent Hub? We are hoping that we don’t have the extreme weather of 2018 but it is best to be prepared.

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  • Seasonal Spectacular!

    Published 12/12/18

    As we head towards the Winter Equinox, the shortness of the days becomes more apparent. Seeing all of the festive lights and woodland decorations around the academy does help to brighten the day but in truth, it is the children who bring the brightness and sparkle to this somewhat darker time of the year. There have been many examples of this, this week including being charmed and entertained by the KS1 presentation. I know that the wider school enjoyed watching their friends and siblings in Years 1 and 2 perform Born in a Barn and I hope the parents and family members did too. They not only sang and performed brilliantly, they also used Makaton signing in all of their songs to ensure that they could be enjoyed by all. Getting up onto the stage and performing to a large audience does require courage (one of our Priory Values) and we couldn't have been more proud. Well done to the children and also thank you to parents and family members for producing such amazing costumes. The contributions of the tickets will also be donated to a local charity, Dr Frier's Holiday Fund whose focus is to ensure that all children have equal opportunities to experiences.

    We also welcomed again the Rotary Sunshine Group who came to present the Rotary Star awards at our Celebration Assembly on Thursday. These awards are focused upon our Understanding Others element of our Personal Development curriculum. These children have demonstrated over and over again a generosity in spirit and actions that must be commended. 

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  • Wintertime Wonders!

    Published 06/12/18

    The first week in December is one of my favourite weeks in the academic year. To brighten these gloomy winter days, the children and staff have decorated the academy with woodland animal decorations. The overall effect is both eye-catching and energising. We hope you enjoy seeing them at the Winter Fayre on Friday! The children have been equally busy preparing for the enterprise element of the Fayre. They are looking to make the maximum profit for their class by selling their products. All profit can then be used to purchase items of their choice for their classrooms. Good luck to all of the classes.

    As with any busy establishment, there are often changes to staffing. At the end of last week, Mrs Giles began her maternity leave for her second child. Mrs Goddard-Tate who already class-shares with Mrs Giles will continue to teach the Kangaroos full time until her return. Mrs Giles is also the Leader for Early Years phase and in her absence Mrs Cradduck, our SENDCo (and Early Years’ specialist) will be leading this team. We will let you know when baby Giles arrives!

    We are also looking forward to welcoming back Miss Anderton, class teacher and Mrs Maxwell, Teaching Assistant from their maternity leaves next week. Mrs Maxwell will resume her class role in Lemurs with Mrs Lord and Miss Anderton will be getting to know the Panthers class all ready for January when Mrs Hand leaves us temporarily to go on Sabbatical. We wish Mrs Hand every success during this time and look forward to hearing about her adventures when she returns to us in September 2019.

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  • Huntingtower Highs!

    Published 29/11/18

    On Monday, the first assembly of the week focused upon the importance of Advent in the Christian calendar and how across the world, preparations are beginning in readiness for Christmas. At Huntingtower, we are getting ready to brighten the corridors and hall with our winter decorations. The theme this year is a Woodland Winter Wonderland and year groups have created amazing decorations of British woodland animals. The children will be helping to decorate the academy on the last day in November and we know it will brighten the environment in what can be a gloomy time of the year.

    The children are also determined to win the endeavour challenge at the Winter Fayre. Each year group have decided upon a product or activity and we hope you will join us at the Fayre and visit their stall. There will be lots of other stalls and activities for you to see and both the Academy and the Friends of Huntingtower would like to thank you for your contributions towards the stalls.

    We are now about to begin our final 3 weeks of the term and know that it’s a very busy time of the year. Please check Parent Hub regularly for updates and information.




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  • Such Generosity from Everyone in our Academy Community

    Published 21/11/18

    We would like to thank everyone for their contributions to our fundraising endeavours with Children in Need last week. The children looked great in their Pudsey and Blush items and the cakes were simply amazing. There were so many delicious and beautiful spotty cakes that it was decided to run two stalls. Our academy councillors not only helped to sell the Children in Need merchandise but also manned the stalls. Mrs Kightley and her fabulous team of supporters from the academy and Friends of Huntingtower assisted the Academy Council and we are delighted to announce that we raised over £700. We also have 8 winning families who have earned a special trophy as well as 20 merits for the children to share. All other entries have earned 5 merits. 

    We are now beginning our preparations for our Winter Fayre. The children are helping us to produce a range of art work to decorate the academy. This year’s theme is a Winter Woodland. We hope you’ll be impressed when you next visit us and a great time to visit would be at the Winter Fayre. Not only will the classes be selling their products in order to raise funds for extra items for their class but there will also be lots to stalls and activities organised by the Friends of Huntingtower. We have also been able to secure the Scholastic Book Fair. We do hope you’ll be able to join us on Friday, 7th December 2018 from 3.20pm.

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  • REACHing for the Rainbow!

    Published 15/11/18

    This week has been yet another really busy week. We started the week with an assembly about Anti-Bullying Week. The children understand our REACH (Respect Expect Aspire Care Honest) values and know that the first value, respect underpins all of our behaviour choices. It was even more significant that this year’s Anti-Bullying campaign focused upon ‘Choose respect over bullying’ and that by acknowledging that we are all different, we can celebrate that simple fact; we are unique and different just like everyone else!

    We have also spent time thinking about Children in Need. The Academy Council have worked very hard to organise our fund raising contributions. I have loved seeing the children in their ears and other Children in Need items and I thank you for your patience in the delay of our items for sale arriving. We are really looking forward to the cake sale too!

    I am fortunate to be part of the Friends of Huntingtower Committee and really enjoy working with such a committed group of parents and friends of our academy. We have been planning for the Winter Fayre which takes place after school on Friday, 7th December. Please keep an eye on Parent Hub for updates and information about what will be a fantastic event!

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  • Traditions, Festivals and Celebrations!

    Published 08/11/18

    I love going into the Early Years classrooms and spending time with our youngest pupils. Their enthusiasm and energy has no bounds and their love of learning is infectious. It is great to get to know them better and see how their personalities develop. It is always a surprise, therefore, that in such a short space of time, those new faces to our school become the oldest pupils and our leaders. This week, our Tower Captains have begun to fulfil their promise to their voters who believed in them at the elections. Having taken around the Poppy fund-raising items for the Royal British Legion to all of the classrooms, they have also begun to spend time with the younger pupils in the academy. Giving up one of their lunchtime plays with their friends, our Captains have also started to share their time with the other phases. In a recent meeting with me, they said that they were going to get to know others and remind them of the ways in which merits can be earned. Merits equal Tower points!

    Next week, they will also be bringing around fund-raising items for Children in Need. We are very aware that this is a busy and quite often costly time of the year so our Academy Council has come up with something different. We are not asking the children to dress up for Children in Need but rather bake cupcakes (6 maximum) with a spotty theme. A cake sale will then take place at the end of the day (Friday, 16th November) and all proceeds will go to Children in Need. I hope you will be able to support the children’s charitable efforts.

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  • Spooktacular Start to the Term!

    Published 01/11/18

    Welcome back to Term 2 of 2018-19! I hope you all had a great week off and enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather. The children seem refreshed and ready to learn. Our youngest pupils in Early Years look like seasoned veterans now as they have settled back into their classroom routines really positively. The highlight of the week for everyone was, of course, the Friends of Huntingtower’s Halloween Discos. Over 300 pupils attended and had an amazing time. Their costumes were spooktastic and we’d like to thank you for your support. Thank you also goes to the Friends, their helpers and also the staff who danced and supported the children. If you would like to become involved with the Friends, the next meeting is on Wednesday, 14thNovember at 6.30pm in the Community Room.

    This is a very busy time of the year and there will be lots of information shared on our Parent Hub over the up and coming weeks. Next week, we will be selling Remembrance items and the week after the Academy Council will be raising money for Children in Need. Please make sure that you check Parent Hub regularly as we would hate for you to miss anything important. We will also communicate, as much as possible, on our Twitter (@Huntingtower) and Facebook accounts.

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  • The End to a Fabulous First Term!

    Published 18/10/18

    Welcome to the last News Item of Term 1. It really has been a successful first term with much to celebrate. All our pupils have now settled well into their new classes and are working hard with their new year group curriculums. We have celebrated pupils’ achievements on many occasions in Celebration Assembly and this week’s assembly is particularly special with our friends from the Rotary coming to present our first Rotary Stars Certificates. These nominations reflect our Understanding Others personal development focus and we hope that pupils will continue to wear their badges at school with pride. Well done to all pupils nominated.

    We are now looking forward to a week’s holiday where we can all rest and recharge ready for another exciting term. Not only do we have the Friends of Huntingtower Disco to look forward to after school on Wednesday, 31st October, we have many other exciting events to prepare for. Please remember that whilst we don’t return to school until Tuesday, 30th October, hot school meals need to be ordered/chosen by Sunday, 28th October. We wish you a very happy holiday.

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