Dear Parents & Friends
There has been a real ‘buzz’ around school this week due to a new approach we are trialling in Literacy sessions. Every day there is excited speculation about what is going to happen next in the new books we have purchased. Y5 and 6 pupils have been bursting to tell me facts about the Himalayas and the Mergich Realm, Y3 and 4 enthusiastically created and shared their own ‘rumours’ about the legend of Black Rock (in Dorset accents!) and KS1 squealed with delight when the new book was revealed after hearing the ‘blurb’.
The children are certainly putting our value of Compassion into action currently. There is a growing pile of Christmas Shoeboxes, another planned trip to Drover’s Call Care Home, we are supporting Children in Need at the time of writing and we had a very respectful service at Hackthorn War Memorial this week to commemorate Remembrance Day.
On a sad note, we say goodbye to Mrs Woodhouse who has secured a promotion at Caistor Yarborough Academy. She has been a real asset in the front office and will be sorely missed. We wish her all the best in her new role.
We have another busy term ahead, so make sure you transfer the key dates to your diary.
Mrs K Appleby, Headteacher
FOHS Winter Fair – Monday 02 December
Our hard-working team of parents are in the process of finalising arrangements for this year’s Winter Fair on Monday 02 December, which I understand will involve a ‘very special visitor’ this year! Mrs Dodson and her team of KS2 helpers at Young Enterprise Club have also been hard at work and it sounds like you may be able to complete your Christmas shopping early this year, so bring lots of money! The fair starts at 3.30pm and finishes at 4.45pm, culminating in the children’s singing and the raffle
KS2 Trip to Gainsborough Old Hall – Tuesday 10 December 2019
Mrs Woods has already written to all KS2 parents regarding the above, which sounds like a wonderful opportunity for our older children to immerse themselves in ‘all things Tudor’ including taking part in a medieval banquet!
Please remember to send your child/ren to school with a packed lunch that day and make sure consent slips and voluntary contributions are in school by no later than Tuesday 26th November. Don’t forget the visit to the Old Hall will also allow children to experience Tudor central heating! – therefore please ensure they come to school in warm clothing that day.
Pre-School Christmas Arts Afternoon – Monday 16 December, 1.30-2.30pm
Please also don’t forget to spread the word about our Christmas Arts Afternoon to parents of pre-school children coming up to foundation stage age. This is always a popular event so it is important that you book a place.
Whole School Christmas Trip to LPAC Pantomime – (am) Tuesday 17 December
Friends of Hackthorn School are kindly providing the opportunity for all our Hackthorn pupils to join Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy on a magical adventure to a mysterious world where it’s always winter, but never Christmas. We shall be taking a step through the back of the wardrobe to discover a talking lion, all the Turkish delight we can eat and the wonderful land of Narnia. Please ensure children arrive promptly to school to enable the bus to leave on time. We will be returning to school in time for lunch.
Christmas Party (pm) – Wednesday 18 December
This year our School Council members have decided that Hackthorn School will not be participating in the annual Christmas Jumper Day (taking into account the many charities we ask you to support throughout the year), instead opting for a non-uniform day in aid of Children in Need instead. On party day children should come to school in uniform as usual but there will still be the opportunity for Christmas Jumpers to be donned for the afternoon festivities should they wish, or alternatively they may bring lighter ‘party clothes’ for the afternoon. As the ‘very special visitor’ is also scheduled to visit Hackthorn for a second time during the afternoon, from around 3pm, then we have less time for party food so a drink and biscuit will be provided during a short break from the party games and disco dancing, i.e. there is no need for you to send in party food.
Witham Hill Gymnastics (January – March 2020)
In case you don’t think the above is exciting enough, then read on …we have also booked for all children to have SIX lessons with qualified instructors at Witham Hill Gymnastics after Christmas. Reception and KS1 pupils will travel every Wednesday afternoon from 08 January – 12 February (inclusive), whilst the coach from JB Sports teaches KS2 pupils.
After half-term arrangements will swap so that KS2 pupils will have gymnastic sessions from 26 February – 01 April, whilst KS1 receive PE teaching from the JB Sports coach. Once again the cost of these sessions will be funded by Sports Premium, but a contribution from parents will be required in order to meet transport costs. Further notification of the sum involved will be sent out as soon as possible in the New Year, but in the interim please also return the relevant consent slip overleaf, together with the one for the panto trip). (Please remind children that it will obviously be essential for them to have their correct PE kit in school for these sessions).
New Reflection Area at Hackthorn School
Last week I was privileged to be shown round the new Reflection Area by members of the Hackthorn School Collective Worship Council who were very proud to show it off.
Hackthorn is a Church of England school and daily collective worship is an important part of the school’s ethos. The Reflection Area is there to provide additional opportunities for prayer and reflection outside collective worship.
The new Reflection Area is housed in a substantial and weatherproof timber building. It is open during lunchtimes and breaks and looked after by members of the Collective Worship Council who keep it tidy and organise a changing programme of activities every Friday. For the rest of the week there are informal activities including colouring and reading. On the day I visited there were booklets of poetry relevant to Remembrance Day and paper poppies to colour in to make a Remembrance Day garland to hang on the Hackthorn Way sign post at the school entrance.
In the near future “fairy lights” will be installed and there will soon be heating and a Reflection Pool. Members of the school will be able to write prayers on paper flowers which, when placed in the pool, will slowly unfold to reveal the words of the prayer.
Mr M Lee (Foundation Governor)
Consent forms can be obtained by downloading the PDF version of this newsletter
Dates to Remember
22 Nov Young Shakespeare Company (KS2) N.B. NO GOOD WORKS ASSEMBLY
02 Dec FOHS Winter Fair
10 Dec KS2 Trip to Gainsborough Old Hall
11 Dec KS1 Nativity Dress Rehearsal
12 Dec KS1 Nativity Main Performance (2pm)
16 Dec Christmas Pre-School Arts Afternoon
17 Dec Christmas Pantomime Trip to LPAC
18 Dec Christmas Party
19 Dec Last Day of Term / End of Term Service in Church