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School Blog Archive: 2013 - 2014

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Thursday 17th July

Year Six finished their time with us in good spirits and with a fantastic Leavers Assembly for their families and the school. They are all ready and excited about moving on to High School and we wish them all the very best.

After a busy year with many highlights we are all looking forward to a super summer break and returning on September 3rd for another good year.



Thursday 10th July

We were really excited to have Hannah Allaway visit us for the morning. Hannah was a pupil at Kington Primary and is now in Year 11 at LHS. She played her 2 harps for the whole school and we were all amazed at how talented she is!  Later in the morning Hannah worked with our Year 1 and 2 children and even let some of them try her harp. It was such a privilege to hear Hannah play.

Wednesday 2nd July

Today Kington took a group of children to be part of the Change 4 Life Festival held as part of the Sainsbury's Summer School Games in Hereford.  Our nine year 5 children were responsible for organising and delivering a small activity to other schools' children during the morning sessions.  The children did brilliantly at leading and coaching the other children and several comments were made about their good conduct.  We are all proud of all of them for showing many of the values of the games; honesty, team work, determination, self belief, respect and passion.  In the afternoon we were able to take part in a number of fun and energetic activities, such as circus skills. Finally, we met Zac Purchase, Team GB London 2012's Olympic silver medalist, who was lovely and very inspirational.

Tuesday 1st July

We started a new month with our final Enrichment Day of this year. Children worked in buddy groups from across the school on a whole range of exciting activities including a trip out to Tillington Farm. They were busy sewing, cooking, animating, debating, discussing and creating.

Friday 20th June

Today, the whole school came together to celebrate World Food Day.  Year 6 & 5 shared some interesting facts about the world, before each class shared some things they had learned about particular countries.  Everyone was then able to pick some food to try from over ten different countries.  We were all impressed how everyone tried and experienced the new foods.  We would like to thank Mrs Bachmann for organising the day and Friends of Kington Primary School for buying all of the ingredients.  Finally we would like to thank all the other parents and helpers involved, including Charles, a head teacher from a school in Uganda, who has been visiting our school.

Wednesday 18th June – Friday 20th June

Many of our Year 5 & 6 children went on our residential trip to London.  Everyone had a fantastic time and we all have a bank of memories to keep and share.  The weather was great and the children were too.  Our photos show the amazing things we got up to; exploring the Science and History Museums, taking in the sights on the coach and London Eye, going back in time at Drury Lane Theatre, dining out at the Rainforest Café, appreciating the art at Tate Britain and not forgetting the fantastic Lion King show.  Thank you again to everyone involved for making this happen!

Friday 13th June

A great end to the week with several celebrations and the School Summer Fayre.

Headteacher Stickers went to proud children and ranged from amazing writing to being skilful at Rounders.

We also said well done to the children whose designs for Uncle G’s Ice Cream Parlour (part of The Lion Restaurant) were chosen for a prize. The overall winning entry will soon become Uncle G’s official pot design.

Scotland has had a very successful week as they became the winning house in the Sweet Pea growing competition.

Monday 9th June 2014

We were thankful that the rain stayed off for us to enjoy a fantastic Sports Day.  We witnessed some amazing balancing, throwing, jumping and running (including the adults!). Congratulations to all the children for their fantastic efforts and achievements. Medals were presented to individual class members for sporting achievement and commitment throughout the year with trophy's for three children who have had an exceptional all round sporting year. The Victrix and Victor Ludorum awards are kindly donate and presented by Kington Festival Committee. When all the scores for the day were counted we celebrated success for Ireland-KS1 and Scotland-KS2. It was very close!

The event was also a way to support the British Heart Foundation as all the children warmed up at the start of the day skipping to raise money for this important charity.

Friday 6th June

Congratulations to Kington Festival Carnival Princess's and Prince for 2014. Emma presented them with their flowers today and they are looking forward to being an important part of the Festival celebrations.

We have also opened our stamp collection box to support Kington Lions. All used stamps gratefully received.

We are pleased to be able to offer a fun Multi Summer Holiday Course this year. Aaron from SuperStars spent a great day with us introducing some of the activities to the children and telling them a little bit about the week.


Thursday 5th June

Thankfully the weather was kind and we were able to set off on our Sponsored Walk and Read. The children had a good walk whichever route they took and returned exhausted but happy.

Tuesday 3rd June

Achievement Certificates were a fantastic start to being back, celebrating the wide range of things the children had achievement over half a term. They reflect hard work, positivity and  determination along with all the Values that we know are important for our school and for happy successful young people.

Wednesday 21st May

It's A Knock Out was such fun for the children who were chosen to join other schools for a Hereford tournament. At the same time 21 girls were learning new skills and putting them into action in some friendly games at the FA Girls Football Tournament at the Academy. They also met professional female players from Aston Villa and a football freestyler. A great day and the weather was beautiful.

Monday 12th May

Our school Reading Week began with Year Two sharing a lovely story about 'Love' with the whole school in assembly. Love is our Value of the month and this week we are celebrating our love of reading. The children are working with their Buddy Classes, visiting the library, enjoying the school day at Hay Festival and finishing the week with our sponsored Walk and Read.

We are looking forward to seeing the 'extreme reading' pictures after half term.

Thursday 8th May

Nearly all of the children in Running Club took part at the Cluster School Cross Country Competition at Lady Hawkins'. Seventy five children running in the cold wet and wind but loving it. There were wins for Emily, Owen and Sophie. Well done to them all.

Wednesday 7th May

Hereford United FA made the children really welcome for a day of games, training and fun. They returned after a super time with gifts too. A great day.

Monday 5th May

Fantastic news that Helen and Sophie reached the final of the chess yesterday. Its always hard playing a friend but they were fantastic with Sophie winning by just half a point. As Supremo she will now go on to play in Manchester representing three Counties. Congratulations to them both.

Saturday 3rd May

Congratulations to the children who qualified for the Megafinal of the UK Chess Challenge. They have been competing in school over the last few weeks and played brilliantly to reach the finals. It was a challenging day and they all played fantastically with many of the games being very tense. What a super team they were.

Friday 2nd May

The hall was full of the sound of singing when the children in Year 2 and Year 3 entertained their parents with beautiful songs they had learnt as part of the Herefordshire 'Spring Sing' event.

Wednesday 30th April

The children have done wonders with their sweet pea plants over the holiday. House Captains have been counting the numbers returned and admiring some of the very strong healthy plants. Gardening Club planted and watered them today ready for an amazing display later in the season. Well done everyone.

Friday 11th April

We celebrated the end of a very busy and enjoyable term with Headteacher Stickers. It reminded us of all the special things that we have achieved.

Wednesday 9th April

We qualified with two teams for the Herefordshire Winter Game Quicksticks tournament. We reached the final and after a close game won the 2014 trophy. Fantastic.

Tuesday 8th April

The children in Nursery and Reception had some lovely visitors to help them think about Easter, Spring and how amazing new life is especially at this time of year.

Monday 7th April

Nearly 50 of our children joined with other Primary Schools and Lady Hawkins' to take part in the Spring Sing initiative organised by the Hereford Music Pool. We have been rehearsing in school over the past few weeks and have enjoyed a super day all together at the High School.

Back in school we have been singing too, learning a new song called Trust to fit with our Value for April. All of this and Headteacher Sticker awards. Congratulations everybody.


Tuesday 1st April 2014

We were proud to host the Mitchell Hamer football and netball regional tournament again today and enjoyed some beautiful weather.  All our teams played well and represented the school excellently.  A special well done to our first ever girls football team who competed and surprised many of the other teams.  Congratulations to New Radnor Primary School, who now go on to represent our half of the competition.  Please visit our Gallery to see more photos from the day.

Tuesday 25th March

The day started with Headteacher stickers for to their work during our fantastic Science Week.

After assembly the school hall was transformed by Year Five into an Italian restaurant. The tables were set, food and drink prepared and roles practiced. Doors opened at 6pm and the paying guests found themselves being served a fantastic three course meal. There was entertainment, a fruit cocktail bar, music and a lot of hard work in the kitchens. Chefs Ian and Carl kept the children very busy. It was a fabulous evening and a real experience for our children. More photographs will be available later on Year Five class page or in the picture gallery.

Monday 24th March

What a difficult job it was judging the poetry and handwriting competition. We had 134 poems and 83 pieces of handwriting entered and they were all fabulous. In assembly today the winners were announced with extra certificates given for highly commended due to the exceptional standard. Congratulations and well done to everyone.

Friday 21st March 2014

Wow! What a fantastic end to Science Week.  It was so much fun welcoming 'Radioactive Ryan' from Mad Science to our assembly today.  He amazed us all with some super science!  For Sports Relief, our children ran a mile around the Rec (in horrible weather conditions) in their sports clothes.  Well done and thank you to everyone who donated towards this excellent charity.  We raised nearly £250!  Fantastic!  More photos from Science Week can be seen in our Gallery, in the children's section.  Alternatively, you can click here.

Tuesday 18th March

Congratulations to our Tag team who came 4th in our Interschools tournament. They played brilliantly.

Monday 17th March

Science Week begins with Challenge Day. We had floating gardens, tomato transportation, dancing raisins and the shaduf lever project, to name a few. During the week the children should be able to tell you about all the activities they are enjoying. We have visitors from Elan Valley and Usk and Wye River Foundations as well as the Minibeast Road Show and Mad Science. We will be making a new gallery of photographs on the children’s section of the website so look out for plenty more pictures.


Friday 14th March

As our older children headed off to the Big Bang Science Festival at the NEC in Birmingham our younger children celebrated their achievements this week. Congratulations to them all. Running Club also enjoy glorious weather, in beautiful surroundings, for their lunchtime run.


Wednesday 12th March

The older children are busy preparing for a Spring Sing at Lady Hawkins' with children from all our neighbouring Primary Schools and the Yr7 pupils at High school. Jenny from Herefordshire Music Pool has been with us to introduce the songs and develop our singing. Mr. Hipkins, one of our super training teachers has also supported the children with this project.

Another of our training teachers, Miss Evans, took 30 children to the football ground for a girls football skills session. They had such a good time and showed amazing skills.

Friday 7th March 2014

A happy end to the week as we saw some lovely sunshine and heard about some fantastic things that this week's Head Teacher Award children have done.  It was wonderful to see 61 children running around the Rec at lunchtime during Running Club too.

Wednesday 5th March

Joe brought some friends with him to lead assembly. We learnt another great, but exhausting, action song and thought a little about Easter.

Sam then showed us the new recycling containers and  compost bins that have arrived and let us know that we can now recycle old batteries at school. We are really happy for you to send old batteries in from home too.

Monday 3rd March

We have started a new month with a new Value. It’s 'Happiness' and the students from Lady Hawkins' got us off to a super start with some of the scenes from their forthcoming show The Wizard of Oz. The children learnt some of the communal singing and dancing ready to join in. If you would like tickets they are available from Lady Hawkins’ School office. There are three performances 27th -29th March at 7.30pm. Ticket prices are £5 for adults and £3 concessions.

Yr 5 should also have very happy, hygienic smiles if they act on good dental advice following their dental workshop this afternoon with Ninki.


Friday 28th February

We had visitors in school today who were very impressed by assembly and the smiles on the children’s faces when they received their Headteacher Stickers. Congratulations. Our visitors also commented on the politeness, and hard work of the children and how much they were enjoying their learning.

We have also noticed that the children are being brilliant in remembering to wear their school shoes even if they have their boots or trainers to wear outside. They had fun with this photograph even though they said a shoe shine at the weekend would make a big difference! Thank you parents for supporting our policy on school shoes.


Thursday 27th February

Concern Universal returned to school to talk about Children’s Rights. They discussed the rights that all children have to be happy, safe and healthy and to flourish as young people. Looking at children in other parts of the world but also making it personal to them. An important and thoughtful session for our Yr6 pupils.


Monday 24th February

A super start to the new half term with a wide variety of reasons for the children to be awarded their Achievement Certificates. It was lovely to gather together and welcome each other back to school.


Friday 14th February

We finished a great term with our Enrichment Day. Children worked in buddy groups from across the school on a whole range of exciting activities including a trip out to Tillington Farm. They were busy sewing, cooking, computing, debating, discussing and creating.

Congratulations to our Headteacher Sticker Award winners.

Valentines Day video by Courtney and Saoirse

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Made during Enrichment Day 14.02.14

Wednesday 12th February

Today 12 Year 6 children represented us at the Herefordshire Winter Games in an Indoor Athletics Competition.  All the children had a wonderful time and represented the school admirably, while performing to their best ability.  We are all proud of them for competing with the best athletic teams in Herefordshire.

Tuesday 11th February

As part of our E-Safety Week we welcome Mr Sanderson into school to lead sessions with all of our children about the amazing things that the internet and computers can do for us but also how we can make sure that we use them safely. Unfortunately the planned parents meeting for this evening has been postponed because of the road and travel conditions. We look forward to Mr Sanderson returning to deliver this session soon. It would be great if parents could talk to their children about the work they have done today and if parents would like to look at a really useful website and video link go to find SIDTV for parents and watch a link this evening between 7-8pm.


Tuesday 11th February

Our school Maths Ambassadors have been busy teaching their maths friends using Numicon to develop important skills and concepts. The Year 5 Ambassadors have been trained with other children from schools across the County and are working with children from Year 2 during their break times. They are fantastic teachers.

Friday 7th February

A super end to a busy week with Headteacher awards for fantastic achievement, attitude and responsibility. Congratulations.

Wednesday 5th February

Although no photographs were allowed in The Courtyard theatre we have a couple of back stage, Dressing Room 4, shots to share with you. They also discovered the wonders of a glass floor and shared a photo opportunity with musical director Cecil. The children sang brilliantly and we had a great time. We were very proud of them all.


Monday 3rd February

A great start to the month and a new Value. We are looking at Patience during February. Some of the children receiving Headteacher Stickers today have shown great patience in their learning to achieve their goals.

Our singing group travelled to The Courtyard for a rehearsal ready to perform tomorrow evening in Raising The Roof. They were fabulous even though a little nervous finding themselves on the main stage. We can not take photographs during the performance so took some today.


Friday 31st January

What a lot of writing to share in assembly this morning. We have all been working on our 'Together' theme and the children have particularly enjoyed their Buddy Class work. It was super to listen to and to see a whole range of writing. A super Writing Week and an exciting competition ahead too. We are trying to beat the number of entries from last year when we had 105 writing and 106 handwriting entries. Let's try and do even better this year. 


Wednesday 29th January

The Eco Committe and Sam led a great assembly called 'It's Not Rubbish' and made us all think about how we can either reuse or recycle waste instead to throwing it away. They encouraged us to think of practical ways to reuse and how we can make our recycling even more effective. We are  going to try and ensure that we cut down on our waste whenever we can.The committe are going to write a school action plan so we can all do even more to help.

Monday 27th January

Writing Week has begun with the children working in their Houses to write something in five minutes. They were given story dice to roll and had to use the four pictures that turned up!! Not an easy thing to do. Our theme for the week is 'Writing Together' and throughout the week children will work in their classes and with their Buddy Class. Watch out for the Poetry Competition coming home on Thursday.

Friday 24th January

What a great week, no wonder staff had such a difficult job choosing the Headteacher Sticker award winners. We have been practicing our singing with Nadine, one of the Birmingham Gospel Singers, ready to perform on the Courtyard stage. Hockey and Futsal teams have competed both locally and in Hereford tournaments with the hockey team qualifying for the Winter Games in February. Our trained Literacy Ambassadors have taught their first lesson and discovered just what it is like to be a teacher.

Friday 10th January

Congratulations to our Head Teacher sticker award children this week.

Thursday 9th January

The school was delighted to welcome James Carter to the school.  James spent time with every class, sharing songs and poems.  Each class had some work to do with James and we are looking forward to sharing these on Thursday's assembly.  A fun filled day and some excellent writing.


Friday 20th December

We were able to celebrate the end of another very successful term with our Achievement Assembly, congratulating all of the children who have shown something extra special in their work or attitude. It was also a chance to remember the Christmas Story and have fun singing.

Thursday 19th December

Party clothes, food and games made for a fun filled day with much laughter and excitement. We all enjoy Party Day. Pinning the moustache on Mr Perkins raised the most noise!

Lucia and Dillon played Silent Night on their flutes around school which was beautiful.

Wednesday 18th December

Over 200 hot Christmas Dinners and fantastic Year 6 games and activities made for a great day. Paula at Lady Hawkins Caterers always provides the children and staff with a delicious meal. Crackers from the Friends of Kington Primary School add to the festive atmosphere.

Our Junior Road Safety Officers awarded their prizes for the November competition: Keeping Safe While Travelling In A Car. There were pictures, posters and comic strips amongst the entries. Well done to everyone.

Tuesday 17th December

What joy the children brought to the residents of Kington Court and The Garth when they visited and sang today. The children encouraged them to join in with the traditional carols and spent time chatting. There were so many smiling faces and a few tears.

 As they walked through Kington they sang to the passers by and shop keepers, with Rita coming out of the Community Shop to sing with them. A special day for children and adults alike.



Monday 16th December

Our Carol Concert at St Mary’s Church was beautiful and we enjoyed not only the children reading and singing but the congregational carols that filled the church. It was a lovely final Christmas celebration. Mrs Phillips was swept up in the moment and introduced the final Carols while Helen waited patiently in the pulpit. She did speak beautifully in the morning as the picture shows.

Thursday 12th December

A wonderful 'Wriggly Nativity' today with our Nursery and Reception children singing beautifully and telling us the Christmas Story.  Nursery was packed and there were a few tears too...from the adults.

Thursday 12th December

The first of our new Enrichment Days began with the Willow Group heading off to Tillington Farm to cook, make winter wreaths and lots more.  The bus was buzzing.  In school, we had children creating their own animated films, sewing, cooking, printing, painting, learning about Japan and performing their own 'friendship' drama pieces.  They have really enjoyed working, playing and having lunch in their family groups.  A great success.

Away In A Manger

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Made during Enrichment Day, by Jamie, Isabelle and Chloe

Tuesday 10th December

We had the first of our Christmas celebrations today with KS1 telling us the story of Babushka. The hall was full of family and friends and the children told the story beautifully in words and song.  Magical and very special.

Friday 6th December

A fantastic Christmas Fair. We were delighted to see so many friends and family enjoying the stalls and the refreshments. It was brilliant that Father Christmas was able to stop and say hello. A super evening thanks to the Friends of Kington Primary School. Thank you for coming along and to all the helpers.

Friday 6th December

Poets and mathematicians were included in this weeks Headteacher Award winners. Congratulations to them all.

Tuesday 3rd December

Our first Inter House Singing Competition was a great success. It was for the children run by the children with a little help from their House Staff Representative. House Captains were responsible for song choice, auditions and practice schedules. The judges had a hard time separating the groups who had been practicing at lunchtime and breaks to give polished and very entertaining performances. Congratulation to Wales, our winner on this occasion.

Friday 29th November

Congratulations to our final award winners for November. We all had a great 'Wear What You Like' day with children bringing donations for our Christmas Fair on Friday 6th December. We hope to see you there.

Wednesday 27th November

We are delighted that our Indoor Athletics team have made it through to the 2014 Herefordshire Winter Games in February. They will represent our cluster of schools. Congratulation to them all. The hard training now begins!!

Monday 25th November

'Buddy' from ChildLine joined us today to talk to the older children about what they can do if they have any worries or fears, however big or small. Buddy will be back soon to do some workshops. We hope this is another way to make sure that all our children are safe and happy.



Friday 22nd November

Congratulations to the children awarded this week's Headteacher Stickers. They are all so proud of their achievement.

We would like to say thank you to the children for supporting the Poppy Appeal and raising £111.19. Vital welfare and benevolent work can be done with our help.

Children's Commissioner's Day saw Dick and Jo in school talking to the children about being safe.

Another great week.

Tuesday 19th November

Mrs Priday arrived to collect the shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse. They will bring such joy to the children who receive them this Christmas. Thank you for helping to bring a smile to their faces this year.

It was lovely to hear the sound of the piano as Mr Gilling accompanied our younger children in the hall as they begin to prepare for their Christmas celebrations.


Friday 15th November

It has been a really busy and exciting week in school. The children have been doing 'Money Maths' all week discovering lots of new things and using their number knowledge to solve problems. The children have talked about jobs and the cost of living, how we earn and how we save. Some have been counting and sorting money and learning the names of the coins. We finished the week with a fantastic assembly to share all the great work.

Congratulations to the children awarded Headteacher Stickers this week. They are in 'spotty clothes' to raise money for Children In Need. Many thanks to you all for supporting today and helping us to raise £271.24.
Classes have been out visiting the Recreation Ground, St Marys' Church and the Fire Station wearing the new high visibility jackets given to us by Kington Lions. We are absolutely delighted and very grateful for their generosity and their help in keeping us safe. The children have writen a letter of thanks and have included the words 'awesome' and 'fantastic' along with their thanks.

Monday 11th November

Year Six led assembly today sharing with us thoughts and poetry to help us think about the importance of today and why we remember all those who died, and continue to die, in Wars across the world. It was very moving with all the children joining in a minutes silence.

A group of Year Six pupils joined Mrs Phillips, Mr Ward Willis and Mr Yeomans on the Remembrance Parade yesterday laying a wreath on behalf of all the children and staff. They were thoughtful representatives of the school.

Friday 25th October

This morning the hall was full of children heading off to Blist Hill for a Victorian day. They looked fantastic and were very excited. Staff dressed up for the day too and we were joined by Mr Dinsdale from Lady Hawkins' High School.

Back at school Headteacher Stickers were awarded to children for achieving something special this week. Congratulations to them all.

Wednesday 23rd October

It was fantastic to have all of the children together this morning for Achievement Assembly. Nursery were amazing as it was their first whole school assembly. They even joined in our 'Together' song. Congratulations to all of the children on their award.

Eco Committee were delighted to be given their badges today. They are very proud of them and we are delighted that they are such a committed group. Samantha was busy cycling when the picture was taken.Their first project is 'switch off fortnight' which they will be launching at their assembly on November 13th.



Tuesday 22nd October

We have had an exciting two days in school. On Monday a 'Mad Scientist' arrived to show the children lots of exciting experiments in assembly. Some of the children are looking forward to joining her for more fantastic after school sessions.

Today our House Captains introduced the new House Challenge. Each House will perform a song to the school on December 3rd after auditions and lots of practice. They have members of staff to support them but the Captains will arrange everything including the choice of song. To launch this challenge the staff sang 'Lean On Me' to the school.

It was also fantastic to see Year 5 and Year 6 enjoying Yoga sessions with Georgie. They said how calm and good they felt afterwards.

Friday 18th October

We had an exciting visit this week from the Nature Trust to tell us about the plans for Birches Farm, just on the outskirts of Kington. They have secured this amazing 60 acre farm and we will be able to use it for conservation and pleasure especially when the outdoor classroom is established. More information on the October Newsletter.

LHS Football and Netball competition:

Our year 3&4 children came 2nd in the football and our two netball teams places 2nd and 3rd.  Well done everyone!