It’s hard to believe that we’ve only been back a month …so much seems to have happened already!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the FOHS Treasure Hunt last weekend. What a great way to spend an afternoon although I’m still not sure if it was the Cannonball Run or Wacky Races! Blessed with wonderful weather, young and old bundled in and out of cars solving rhyming riddles. Competitive juices flowed (well maybe not for the car that ran out of diesel!) There were even suggestions of cheating. This was the first time we have ever held such an event and I’m sure that it won’t be the last. The event raised £160 for school funds. A further £311.61 was raised from the Hackthorn School cake stall at the Hackthorn Dog Show the weekend before. Many thanks to our small group of parent helpers who work so hard to organise these activities. They also helped with our Macmillan coffee morning last Friday which raised £150 for such a worthy cause.
We have been invited to Hackthorn Hall again next Tuesday to pick apples from the Hall’s orchard. We had such a lovely time last year and are really looking forward to visiting again. Please make sure that your children wear suitable footwear.
Mrs K Appleby, Headteacher
Governor’s Thoughts for the Month
RE Curriculum Update
In education things are always evolving and we are constantly looking for areas in which to develop and improve. This year, across Lincolnshire, Religious Education has seen a big change in that there is a new Local Agreed Syllabus for RE.
RE is not a national curriculum subject in the way that English, Maths, History or Geography is and its programme of study is instead set locally. As subject lead for RE, I attended the launch of the new syllabus during the summer term. It is a much reduced syllabus with less being taught but in greater depth; this is in the hope of developing children’s religious literacy. Children in KS1 will now study two religions in depth – Christianity and Islam – through concepts such as God, Creation, Community and Life Journeys. In KS2 children will increase the number of religions studied to three – Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. They too will study concepts such as Pilgrimage, God, Creation and Life Journeys. There will also be the chance to study the way the Arts portray different religious beliefs as well as the opportunity to discuss some Big Questions.
As a school after our successful SIAMS inspection at the start of last year, we have also decided to take on a national resource called Understanding Christianity. This too has involved me attending several days of training over the last two terms. It looks at religious concepts such as God, Incarnation, Salvation and Creation to name a few. It is an exciting resource and we are enjoying discovering what it has to offer.
Please be assured that at the centre of all that we do is your children. The developments within the subject of RE will allow us to help your children understand a little about the beliefs and practices of other people within our society as well as to allow them the opportunities to consider their own personal beliefs and spirituality.
Mrs Woods (Teacher Governor with responsibility for RE)
Friends of Hackthorn School
FOHS held their AGM on Tuesday 11 September Many activities were planned for the next few months, details of which can be found in the latest FOHS newsletter.
Please feel free to come along to the next meeting at school on Tuesday 30 October New recruits to the committee are always most welcome.
Pre-School Art Afternoon for Autumn – 10 October from 1.30-2.30pm: Don’t forget to spread the word about our Autumn Art afternoon to parents of pre-school children coming up to foundation stage age. This is always a popular event so it is important that places are booked.
Harvest Festival – Friday 19 October, 2.00pm: The school will be holding its annual harvest festival in the church on Friday 19 October at 2.00pm. Once again children are asked to bring fresh food or tins of food as their harvest offerings. Children should bring their offerings to school on the morning of Friday 19 ready to be presented during the service. All parents and friends are invited to attend the service.
Parents may, as usual, take their children home directly after the service if they wish. The remaining children will go home from school in the usual way at 3.30pm.
Please complete the attached consent form and return it to school BEFORE the day of the service so we are fully aware of your arrangements, ideally by Monday 15 October.
Reminders from the School Office
Please could parents who have yet to complete and return the paperwork which was sent out at the start of term (with the September newsletter) do so as soon as possible. We need to ensure that we have a record of the correct information for all pupils on file, particularly with regard to emergency contact information and current medical information.
At the time of writing (Friday 05 October) the annual ‘Operation Christmas Child’ shoeboxes are being distributed to pupils as usual during morning assembly. Please remember to return your filled and wrapped boxes to school by Monday 12 November.
Dates to Remember
10 Oct Pre-School Art Activity Afternoon
10 Oct Deadline for Parent/Teacher Interview booking slips
10 Oct Deadline for Movie Night replies/payments
12 Oct FOHS Movie Night
15 Oct Deadline for Harvest Festival Consent Forms
16 Oct Parent/Teacher Interviews
18 Oct Parent/Teacher Interviews
19 Oct Harvest Service – 2.00pm
19 Oct Last Day of Term
29 Oct Back to School
30 Oct FOHS Meeting – 5.15pm at school
09 Nov Wreath Laying at Hackthorn War Memorial
12 Nov Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to be returned
13 Nov Curriculum Information Evening for Y2 & Y6 Parents
27 Nov FOHS Winter Fayre
12 Dec KS1 Nativity Play – Dress Rehearsal
13 Dec KS1 Nativity Play – Performance (2pm)
14 Dec Christmas Jumper Day
18 Dec Whole School Trip to Xscape, Castleford
19 Dec Christmas Party
20 Dec Last Day of Term
Forms for Parent/Teacher Interviews and Collecting children after church can be accessed via the PDF Version of the Oct18 newsletter