Annual School Events
Many annual events involve visits to the local church. These include services at Harvest, Christmas and Easter. In July, at the end of the school year, we hold a service to mark the departure of those pupils who will leave the school to continue their education at secondary school.
The Friends of the School hold many events throughout the course of the year. These include: an Autumn Fair, Christmas Disco in the Village Hall, and Summer Fair. Other events include: games nights, ‘make-over’ evenings, coach trips etc.
The Young Shakespeare Company visit school each year to carry out a workshop performance with KS2. In this way every KS2 child will experience four Shakespeare plays during their time with us.
One of our most successful traditions occurs during the summer term when the whole school travels to Gainsborough Leisure Centre and every child participates in swimming lessons. The children really look forward to this experience and it is a time when we get to see ‘nurturing’ skills in action as each older pupil acts as a ‘buddy’ for a younger child.
The ‘buddy’ system is often used for Reading, Spelling and when we visit the temporary ice rink in Lincoln. We have a biannual trip to the ice rink and on alternate years the whole school attends a pantomime or theatre performance.
We are keen to offer our children lots of new experiences and believe that educational visits are extremely beneficial.
Some of our recent trips have included Lincoln Castle, Rand Farm, Grimsby Gurdwara, Gainsborough Old Hall, a visit to a seal sanctuary and Whisby Nature Park.
The children are fortunate to receive sports training from a specialist coach, who also runs an after school football club. Other school clubs include a running club, arts and crafts, gardening club and young enterprise.
Each year all the Key Stage 1 pupils take part in a Christmas play and at Easter all the Key Stage 2 pupils perform in a ‘production’. Key Stage 2 productions have included: musical plays, Shakespeare, Olde Time Musical Halls and Biblical Epics!
Last year we purchased a maypole and are now able to hold an annual May Day Dancing event.
There are many local clubs. These include Welton Boys Football, Manor Park Golf Club, Market Rasen Rugby Club, Cricket Clubs, Martial arts etc. Please ask at school for up to date information and contacts.
Hackthorn Village Hall
Hackthorn has a well equipped Village Hall near the beautiful old church of Saint Michael and All Angels.
During Roman times there was a settlement at Hackthorn, forming part of the Lindum Colonia, where soldiers were encouraged to settle on retirements. It is likely that that medieval village later took the place of the Roman settlement, being sited both where the present village stands as well as north of it, as excavations have revealed an almost continuous series of building foundations. Hackthorn is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, and the name Hackthorn may be from the old english words ‘haca’ (a hook or bend), or from ‘hagathorn’ (hawthorn).
The only remnants of the earliest church on this site (mentioned in the Doomsday Book), are the two arches that are incorporated into the North and West doorways of the present building, and some thick stone slabs of Saxon origin that were found when the present foundations were being laid.