Lancashire Reading Challenge

We would love to see our children go along to a Lancashire library this summer to take part in the Lancashire Reading Journey. The Lancashire Reading Journey is free to join and everyone aged four to 11 can participate and any books read will also count towards our Lancashire Reading Trail Reading Scheme. To complete the journey the children must complete eight tasks out of a choice of 25. They will receive a prize after completing 4 tasks, (a pencil) and after 8 tasks have been achieved they will receive a certificate and collectible badge. All libraries will be holding various events and activities throughout the summer and these will be advertised in the venues and on the Lancashire Libraries website: www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries

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Sporting Success in 2016-2017

We have competed in so many sporting competitions this Summer term. Well done to all of the children who showed determination and resilience when representing our school. We have done so well and managed to enter in to so many finals!

Here are a list of competitions we took part in:
Tri- golf – 1st in the Fylde. We then went through to the Lancashire School Games Finals. We came a very commendable 5th place (180 school teams entered in total from Lancashire).
Tennis- 1st in our heat and 2nd in the Fylde Finals.
Cricket- 3rd place in Lytham & St Annes.
Swimming- 4th in Lytham & St Annes
Rounders- 4th in Lytham & St Annes

We even came 3rd in the Lytham Cluster of Schools Athletics.

Well done Hall Park – keep fit and active and keep enjoying  sport.

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Towerwood Year 6 Residential

Every year I go with the Year 6 children on their residential.  It is a time when they face challenges and show the whole range of school values we work hard to develop in them as they journey through Hall Park.  We see resilience, courage, tolerance, kindness, hope and of course – respect.  This year was no exception – they were a joyous group to be with.

We could not visit Towerwood without a group of committed and enthusiastic adults and – along with me – Miss Brierley, Mrs Curl, Mrs Peet, Miss Singleton and Mr Taylor came to Towerwood and threw themselves into all the activities making it a super special time.  Thank you to the Hall Park team  – another exciting step in the Year 6 journey.

Here our just a few photographs to give you a taste of Towerwood – there are LOTS more on the Year 6 blog.

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Go Bananas in Year 2

The Year 2 children have been utterly inspired with the connector this term.  They have loved learning facts about the Caribbean and the steel drum workshop day was a wonderful celebration event to share our learning with our grown ups.

It was impossible not to be filled with joy and dancing as the children performed.

Just look at the fabulous writing the Connector has inspired.  Well done Year 2 – you deserve your success and the pride you had in sharing your writing with me truly made me happy.  (click on the images to enlarge) 

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Year 3 Mexican tasting experience @ Tijuanas

Year 3 Mexican tasting experience @ Tijuanas, Clifton Street, Lytham.  As part of their ‘Sun, Sea and Sombreros’ connector this half term Year 3 have been learning all about Mexico and so they were invited by the Tijuanas’ team to find out about Mexican food, taste many dishes and understand food preparation and hygiene. All of the dishes were freshly prepared on the premises by Francis, the chef, and the owners, Maxine and Ray, explained all they knew about Mexican cuisine. Our Year 3 children all got to make their very own tacos by using a special taco machine and they chose their own fillings. We also tried a variety of burritos and nibbled on nachos and freshly made dips. Tijuanas catered for all our palettes and preferences as spicy or as mild as the children wanted. What a FANTASTIC experience for our Year 3 learners. Delicious food and experts to teach us all we needed to know about Mexican food. Using inspiration from our visit, Year 3 are going to create their own Mexican menus and produce their own dishes to create and taste.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE KIND, TALENTED STAFF AT TIJUANAS AND OUR PARENT  HELPERS FOR HELPING WALK THE CHILDREN TO THE VENUE!

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Summer Fair

It was another Hall Park spectacular summer fair this year and once again PTFA did an amazing job.  The work and effort they put into the event is stunning and we raised over £2000 whilst the children had lots of fun.

Thank you so much to all the PTFA but especially our chair, Mrs Knowles, who leaves us this year.  You are all truly amazing.

The cake competition this year was on the theme of summer and the entries were just amazing.

Choosing the winning cakes was almost impossible but these two cakes really caught the judges eye! And take it from me – they tasted delicious!

 

 

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Our School Value

Each half term we explore one of our school values.  This half term our value is COURAGE and we will also be exploring our British Values with a focus on democracy as we consider the General Election taking place in June.

Now seems the right time to remember the values that make our school, and indeed our country,  a special place to live and to learn.

I recently shared the following documents as part of our newsletter and I post them here for you to refer to in supporting your child through frightening times and events.

Mental Wellbeing advice following the Manchester Arena Incident

After the Event Supporting Children After a Frightening Event

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Headteacher’s Award

Year 2 are becoming amazing scientists and bug experts.  They have also been working hard to improve their observational drawing.  This Headteacher’s Award illustrates how much they are learning.  I do love this time of year as the progress we see in children’s work is incredible. Another well deserved Headteacher’s Award.

 

 

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We LOVE Sports Day!

This week the “Pause for thought” on Radio 2 included a reminder that there is always hope, and that human hearts will reach out to everyone with that hope.   Our children are our hope for the future and, this week especially, we remember how precious they are and how lucky we are to have the opportunity to share our days with them.  We see this in the love and care they offer each other.  Our sports days have been a tremendous success with so many acts of compassion and kindness.  One special moment was when a child slipped in a race and her classmate, who was at that point in first place,  stopped and helped her.  She thought only of her friend and without hesitation sacrificed her winning place.   Our children live our school values every day in their actions and behaviour towards others.

Well done to the winning competitors and the winning teams, but also well done to those who cheered for their team mates, encouraged those who were tiring and congratulated those who achieved their best.  You make me so proud.

and thank you to our PTFA who provided refreshments for the crowds that came to cheer the children on.  They also treated all the children to cooling frozen ice pops which added another special memory for our children for a very special day.

 

 

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