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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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  • 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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