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School Blog Archive: 2015 - 2016

Thursday July 21st

Year Six entertained us this morning in their farewell leavers’ assembly and made us laugh and cry!  We were able to wish them every success as they move onto High School and thank them for being an amazing year group. We shared with school the award winner of the Jubilee Cup presented yesterday when parents were invited in to share the farewell entertainment. Congratulations and thank you to everyone.

We also had some lunchtime visitors when two herons and Old Uncle Geoffrey had a wander around the playground. If you are at any music festivals over the summer watch out for them.

We wish everyone a happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in September. Don’t forget to watch the blog for news even if you have left us.


Tuesday 19th July

Angela and Sandra joined us today to tell the children all about the exciting events in the library during the holiday. To celebrate the 100 anniversary of Roald Dahl the summer reading challenge is called The BIG Friendly READ and the Kington library drop in on Friday 12th August will be a chance to have some fun making things inspired by the Roald Dahl books. Angela read one of her favourite stories in assembly and we sung our ‘reading song’

Monday July 18th

Our final Achievement Assembly of this school year celebrated children who have worked consistently throughout the year, made super progress and supported others in their learning. We talked about their positive attitude and the interest they show in everything. They are all such good role models. We also congratulated all the children in school on another great year.


Year Six made the most of the lovely weather during their very wet leavers’ party. Plenty of water games, water balloons and lots of water pistol, big and small, added to the fun.

Friday 15th July - Headteacher's Awards

Congratulations to everybody who has worked so hard to earn their stickers this week. Lots of fantastic role-models for all of us!

Thursday July 14th

What a fun day in celebration of everything the children have achieved, the hard work they put into everything and our excellent Ofsted report. The staff and Friends of Kington Primary School contributed to and organised the day with all the children enjoying a range of activities a ‘cake break’ and a raffle to end the day. The staff baked cakes and provided all the raffle prizes and equipment and the children provided happy faces and real appreciation in return. We even had sunshine.

July 13th 2016

It is the first of two Induction Mornings today with the children moving onto their new classes in preparation for September. The Year Six Ambassadors took each class for their visit and the children are looking forward to another morning next week. Year Six found an empty classroom before heading to the Recreation ground for the morning.

Friday July 8th

We enjoyed a really super show with two exciting and fun packed performances. The costumes and set design brought the story of Alice in Wonderland alive with the children performing brilliantly. The audience were encouraged to join in and a good time was had by all.

Friday July 8th

A busy week at school as over fifty of our children took part in the Herefordshire Summer Games competing in a range of sports and activities and having a super time. All the children received their certificates in assembly today along with our Headteacher Sticker award winners. All this and our end of year show Alice in Wonderland. It is all very exciting.

Monday June 27th

We are going to have two Headteacher sticker assemblies this week and today we celebrated our first one with lovely achievements for so many different things across the school. We also presented badges to our super Librarians.


Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Today, Jack Rutter visited the school to inspire and motivate the children with his story of success over difficult circumstances.  Jack has minor cerebral palsy in all his limbs after an unprovoked attack.  Through a journey of rehabilitation and hard work, Jack is now the captain of the England CP Football Team.  He is looking forward to leading the team in the upcoming Paralympics in Rio this summer.


Jack spent time with each class, leading a circuit of exercises, before speaking to the whole school in an assembly.  Jack’s key messages were to have respect, self-belief, motivation and to keep active. There was even time for a kick-about with some of the children at break-time.

Friday 17th June and Monday 20th June 2016

Celebration assemblies

Congratulations to all of our children who have received a sticker this week and well done to our Year 5 trainee leaders who received their leadership certificates.   They hope to be organising lots of activities for the younger children soon on the playground.

Wednesday 15th June - Please see the gallery on the Children tab for more photos

An early and wet start did not dampen the spirits of the children heading off to London for their three day residential. There was a very smart coach and lots of happy children and staff. We know they are all going to have an amazing time.

Monday 13th June 2016

Well done to all of our worthy Headteacher Award winners today.  From superb maths work to fantastic sporting behaviour, you should be very proud of yourselves for trying so hard!

Friday 10th June

We ended the week with a really super School Fair organised by Friends of Kington Primary School. There were a variety of stalls and chance to sit and enjoy some refreshments. The children in Year Six started the Fair with a Rio themed dance, orgainised and ran their own stalls and everyone enjoyed a lovely few hours. Thank you to everyone for your support we really appreciate it.

Wednesday 8th June

A fantastic day was had by all today, as the sun shone at Lady Hawkins' sports field.  It began with many of the Year 5 children leading the school in a warm up.  This was followed by EYFS and KS1 completing their track events and challenges, while KS2 did a rotation of field events.  Congratulations to Ireland for winning the KS1 cup this year.  During the second half of the morning, KS2 completed their track events to complete their overall scores. Congratulations to Wales for their victory this year.  We are grateful to Kington Festival Committee for presenting the Victor and Victrix Ludorum awards for children in Year 6 who have played a key role in sport throughout their time in school.  Many congratulations to all the medal winners too, who were nominated by their class teachers, for their commitment, perseverance, sportsmanship and ability to be good role models.  Thank you to everyone for their attendance and support, and well done to all the children for their excellent performances today.  Many more photos of the day can be seen in our gallery.

Monday June 6th

We returned from our half term holiday to celebrate during our Achievement Assembly. All the children shared a larger certificate to say well done for everything they do every day but especially during our really successful Ofsted. We then saw individual children rewarded for a wide range of achievements. All this and 'Money Monday' too.

Friday 27th May

The children from across the school set off early to take part in a sponsored walk. Our youngest children walked locally whilst the oldest enjoyed Hergest Ridge. The weather was kind and they enjoyed both the walk and the amazing signs of nature as they wandered. A well deserved ice cream was awaiting them on their return to school.

Thursday May 26th

Three coaches were here ready and waiting to take almost the entire school to the Hay Literary Festival for the day. We are so lucky that the event is so close to school and the children were all very excited about their day.

Wednesday 25th May

The Carnival Prince and Princess for 2016 were chosen today and we look forward to seeing them carrying out their duties during Kington Festival. It is Enrichment Day in school too with the children enjoying a variety of activities in their family groups. What a super day.

Monday 23rd May 2016

What a wonderful way to start the week!  Congratulations to all our sticker winners today; we heard about a wide range of qualities that they have been displaying in lessons, with their peers and around the school. Well done all.

Friday 20th May

A really busy week with lots of visitors including Ofsted. Thank you everyone for all your super support and for your wonderful children.

We were able to say a huge Congratulations to one of our three amazing girls football teams who won the first of our annual girls football tournament and were awarded the Selina Cup. This cup has a special significance as it is the middle name of our much loved and missed Deputy Headteacher Mrs Flood. Mr Blood was a fantastic coach and it was very fitting that the cup was presented on his last day with us.

We also had pirates in school this morning looking for treasure. We are so pleased that they found it and then joined us to sing in assembly.

The final visitors of the day were student teachers from America who came to see how the children learn in our school. They were treated to some super sessions including the Year Six Dragons Den.

Friday 13th May 2016


A wonderful end to the week with lots of deserving children awarded stickers for hard work, determination and lots of work at home too.   A special mention to our Year 6 pupils, who have faced their end of Key Stage tests this week with a real determination to succeed.  Well done to you all.

Friday 6th May

The smiles on the faces of the children says it all. They are so proud, as we are ,because they are all working so hard and achieving so much. It is such a pleasure to award them their Headteacher Stickers. Congratulations

Tuesday 26th April

We had a fantastic win in an exciting match that saw our netball team win 5v2 in the Mitchel Hamer Final against a super Radnor Valley team. We have hosted the Mitchel Hamer tournament since 1921, originally just a football tournament but expanding to include netball. We can not remember the last time we won netball, if we ever have. It was very exciting.

All of our football and netball teams played brilliant even carrying on through the hail. The sun shone just in time for team photographs.

Monday 25th April

We were really excited this morning when the House Captains were able to award Merit Badges to children from each House ranging from our blue badge for 50 merit points right up to our silver star for 300 points. Congratulations to them all and to the children awarded Headteacher Stickers for fantastic work and a brilliant attitude.

Monday 18th April

Headteacher stickers on a Monday morning really gets the week off to a good start as we celebrate such a variety of brilliant achievements and super attitudes. We also suddenly found ourselves singing a song 'in the round' and the children picked it up and sang so well. 

Friday 15th April

A lovely week back to the Summer Term with lots of excitement already in the first week.  We congratulated the progress, achievement and personal qualities of many children, who were awarded an Achievement Certificate.  Mrs Welson also brought the Spring Term Reading Bingo to a close, with a number of lucky winners receiving some new books.  Finally, Mr Blood and KS2 children demonstrated their excellent gymnastics and dance routines.  KS1 children had a tough job to choose the overall champion.  We are grateful to Mrs Bennison for presenting our Year 6 winners with their medals.

Thursday 24th March

We ended another fantastic Science Week by coming together to share the wonderful things that the children have made, learnt and experienced this week.  Our classes have completed some super activities with their Buddies and really learnt a lot from each other.  Thank you again to Mrs Hedley for organising the week, the parents for sending in donations and to the children for really engaging in the activities.  Have a brilliant Easter holiday.

Monday 21st March

Science Week has begun with Buddy Class time to share experiments and scientific problems. The children love working together and the conversations are amazing. We had a very exciting experiment in assembly too. The children are going to experience the exciting world of

minibeasts, watch chicks hatch and explore the solar system in a super pop up Planetarium. A science session for our oldest children at Lady Hawkins' High School just adds to the great week.

Friday March 18th

We swapped school uniform for sports clothes today to raise money for Sport Relief. In assembly we thought about how our money could help and congratulated the children receiving Headteacher Stickers . Special certificates were also given to the children who took part in  Puzzle Day last week. The afternoon saw all of our older children taking part in a fun run, staff too.

Friday March 11th

In assembly today all the children were able to think about at least one thing they had achieved this week and we awarded the specially selected children with Headteacher Stickers. Four children have also travelled to Hereford with Mrs Bretherton to take part in an exciting Mathematics Puzzle Day so look out for the pictures later. Well done everyone.

Maths Challenge Day

I am so proud of our Year 4 pupils who represented our school brilliantly at Gardner Hall today.  They got stuck in straight away, mixing with pupils from the other 8 schools from around Herefordshire, to solve logic games, maths problems and team challenges.  Well done to you all!

Friday 4th March

Today, we celebrated World Book Day and were blown away by the effort that all the children made in dressing up as one of their favourite book characters.  During assembly, we celebrated a number of children's successes in gaining house point badges, as well as receiving Head Teacher Awards.  We thanked Mrs Lewis for her time spent with us and wish her luck for the future.  We also sang a multi-lingual version of Happy Birthday to Mrs Welson!

Friday 26th February

Well done to all our head sticker holders this week and congratulations to all those children who were awarded their achievement badges today.

Friday 12th February

A super assembly to celebrate half a term of hard work, fun and great progress. We congratulated our Cross Country runners, hockey players and the children awarded Achievement Certificates. Congratulations to them all and a happy half term holiday to everyone.

Hockey finals


On Wednesday 10th February our 'Quicksticks' team of Y5 and Y6 players went to Hereford to take part in the 'Herefordshire Winter games'. We played against teams from all around the county and did really well to finish 2nd in our pool and joint 4th overall. We only lost out on a place in the semi-finals because of goal difference. Well played all of you. 

Head teacher's Stickers

Congratulations to our worthy sticker holders this week.  They have impressed everybody with their hard work and determination to achieve their targets - well done!

Tuesday 2nd February 2016 - Red and Murphy talk to Smartie the Penguin about Helping Your Friends Online

On Tuesday, Mark Sanderson helped the children and parents think about esafety in school at home. Mr Sanderson was really pleased with how well the children contributed to the class discussions and the strategies they knew. We will be sharing more information from the parent workshop on the website and sending home some information very soon. In the meantime, consider the Safer Internet Day website and/or watch this video as a family.

Friday 29th January 

Congratulations to this week's winners of the Head Teacher Awards.  This week saw a range of qualities our children have, but in particular good effort, listening and concentration came up several times.  Well done everyone!

Friday 22nd January

Congratulations to these children this week for deserving a Head Teacher's Award.  The teachers always have a tricky decision on selecting just two children who have excelled in the week.

Thursday 21st January

Today KS2 children were allowed their first play on the new and improved playground.  We were delighted that Mr. Gilling was able to be our V.I.P. for the occasion and officially open the Sports Cage.  The opening fixture of this multi-purpose court was a 'friendly' netball game between Year 6 and the KS2 teachers.  After a gripping 10 minutes, the teachers clenched an important victory, winning 4-2. We thank the National Lottery for helping fund the project.

Maths Ambassadors

Today was the second of our sessions where the Year 5 and 6 maths mentors worked with their buddies to enhance their maths skills. 

This morning our assembly was based on 2016 being 'The Year of Reading here at Kington Primary'. Mrs Welson and the new school librarians shared ideas for how we are going to promote and develop reading right across school. Tonight everybody will be bringing home their own 'reading bingo' which is our new challenge for the term. We also joined in with a song which described how much fun reading can be.

Young Voices Choir at the Genting Arena 2016


An absolutely fabulous day was had by all 37 children at the Young Voices concert on Friday 15th January at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.  We've been working so hard to learn all the songs and dances over the past term so it was great to finally get to perform them with all the other schools from around the Midlands.  The afternoon started with a three hour rehearsal of all the songs with David, the conductor, leading over 6300 children!  By the time the audience had arrived around 6pm, we were seated in the arena ready to begin the evening performance.  Thank you to all the children for representing our school so well and thank you to all the parents for their support with this fantastic event - we'll keep you posted about next year!

Friday 15th January

Today we had a smaller than usual Head Teacher's Award assembly, as many of the KS2 children are taking part in Young Voices.  However, we still had plenty of children to congratulate for their hard work, attitudes, maths and efforts. Well done everyone and we look forward to hearing how our Young Voices choir get on in Birmingham.

Happy New Year to you from all of the staff and pupils at Kington Primary!



Friday 18th December

The children receiving Achievement Certificates for this half term were also rewarded with gold coins and a special Christmas cheer. Congratulations to them all and a Happy Christmas to you all. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

Thursday 17th December

Party Day has arrived with super Christmas outfits, plenty of food, games and crafts. The rain has not dampened the children's spirits.

Wednesday 16th December

The sky brightened just in time for our school Christmas lunch and games provided by Year Six. What a fantastic meal, thank you Lady Hawkins' and fun filled few hours.  We also congratulated swimmers in year 3 and year 4 for their effort and progress by awarding them their badges.  Finally, we congratulated the whole school for achieving the Sainsbury's School Games Silver Award; now we are aiming for Gold.

Thursday 10th December

We are definitely feeling festive in school this week with our Early Years and Infant Nativity plays. The children have been amazing and family members a delighted audience. We have had tears of joy, laughter and singing, and that was the adults! We are all looking forward to the Junior Carol Service next Tuesday.

Friday 4th December

The children were rewarded with Headteacher Stickers for their positive attitude to learning and their achievement in maths, football and writing. We thanked all the children for their commitment and effort in school.

We were also able to share the new red vest that the Red Hats and Monitors are going to wear so they are easily identified and there to support the children around school. We would like to thank the Kington Lions who supported us in providing these fantastic vests.

All this and a fantastic Christmas Fair, including a visit from Father Christmas, thanks to the hard work of Friends of Kington Primary School.

Tuesday 1st December

We were all treated to a fantastic show of Jack and the Beanstalk, courtesy of Chaplins Pantos.  A super performance and the children (and staff) all joined in and had a great time.  Thank you everyone for your contributions towards the event and to Friends of Kington Primary School for organising and arranging the show.

Headteacher's Sticker Assembly - Friday 27th November

Well done and thank you to all of our sticker holders today - you've obviously been working really hard and setting a great example to everyone in the school.

Wednesday 25th November

As part of our Road Safety Week, Mrs Welson and our Junior Road Safety Officers delivered an important assembly about being a safe pedestrian.  It focussed on how to cross the road safely and sensibly, as well as the importance of 'Be bright, be seen'.  The JRSOs also revealed the winners and runners-up of their poster competition for KS1 and KS2. Congratulations to all the children for listening and taking part so well.

Tuesday 24th November


We are delighted to have been able to appoint our School Ambassadors today. We look forward to them welcoming all our visitors with their first important day being on Monday (30th November) when we have our Open Morning. We are sure they will all be brilliant!



Friday 20th November


Congratulations to all our pupils who earned their Headteacher's stickers today.  There were so many proud faces as their teachers explained to the rest of the school who they chosen and why.  'Caring', 'working hard in all areas', 'facing new challenges' and 'making a super effort with their handwriting' were just some of the reasons  we heard today so well done to all of you.

Monday 16th November

This week is Anti-Bullying Week nationally.  The teachers will be talking with the children about this topic.  There are several good resources and tips for children and parents on the official website. 

Friday 13th November

Children in Need - Put on your ears!!!!


We all got in the Pudsey spirit today and managed to raise a whopping £251.35!  Fantastic - thank you to everyone.

13th November - This week's well-deserved Headteacher's sticker winners

Tuesday 10th November

New Curriculum and Assessment Information Evening for Parents

Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to find out more about the new National Curriculum that we are implementing and how our assessment procedures have changed.  Please refer to our useful year group booklets and PowerPoint on the school information page of this website.  If you have any further questions or feedback, we'd be interested to hear from you.



Remembrance Sunday

We were very proud to be represented on Sunday 8th November at the Kington Remembrance Day parade by some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils.

Friday 6th November

We all gathered this morning to see who had earned a Headteacher Award from each class.  We had some excellent role models, team players, mathematicians and children with good behaviour.  We also congratulated some year 6 children on achieving their swimming badges.

Thursday 5th November

Year 6 delivered a great assembly today sharing lots with the whole school;  Firstly the children shared their Fire Awareness work which year 6 had performed to year 2.  Secondly our Junior Road Safety Officers launched a road safety competition to the school.  Finally, we congratulated year 6 on their efforts and commitment to their cycle proficiency assessments.  All the children did very well - thank you Year 6!

Friday 23rd October

As part of their history topic on Victorians Year Five and Year Six set off early to Blists Hill. They started the day in role looking very solemn in their great outfits but did not keep in up for long as it was all smiles as the coach left Mill Street. A super day ahead for them.

Monday 19th October

Year Five and Six are visiting Blists Hill on Friday so Achievement Assembly started the week rather than finishing it. What a lovely celebration of so many individual achievements. Congratulations to them all.

Our new Road Safety Officers were appointed today so we look forward to competitions, assemblies and lots more.

Today also saw the start of Cycling Proficiency for our oldest children. We are glad that they will be extra safe on the roads after passing their training.

Friday 16th October

Another really difficult choice for staff this week as all the children have worked so hard. Congratulations to everyone especially the Headteacher Sticker award winners and our hockey team who have qualified for the Herefordshire Winter Games in January. Fantastic.

Thursday 15th October

Year Three presented a great assembly today sharing with us all the work they had done with Jo from Concern Universal. We all certainly now know the importance of hand hygiene and how to really get rid of those nasty germs. A fantastic link to ‘Global Hand Washing Day’.

Wednesday 14th October

Sunshine and the first of this year’s Enrichment Days saw the children having great fun with music, art, animation, autumn walks, music, cookery, gardening, orienteering, thought provoking debates and yoga. The children from across the ages really benefit and enjoy working together.

Thursday 8th September

Concern Universal visited school to teach Year Three how to be Hygiene Hero’s. They talked about how germs can carry and how important it is to use soap when washing their hands. They learnt about parts of the world that do not have soap and water and how they keep themselves safe. The children will tell us all about it during their assembly next week.

Monday 5th October

We had a lovely Harvest Celebration at St Mary's Church with each class either singing, story telling or reading a poem. Donations for our local Kington Larder were gratefully received and we all joined Year Six for 'Harvest Rock and Roll', complete with actions.

Friday 4th October

It was a mathematics celebration this morning with the majority of Headteacher Stickers being awarded for maths work alongside friendship and persistent hard work awards. We were also able to say well done to our young gymnasts who had spent a morning at Lady Hawkins’ working with children from all the local schools on developing their skills.

Monday 28th September

A great start to the week with Headteacher Stickers. The children have shown our'Values' of Hope and Responsibility during the week and also worked hard on their basic skills and using all the knowledge they have gained. Congratulations to them all.

Friday 25th September

Today we were overwhelmed by the support and donations made by children, parents and staff towards our MacMillan cake morning.  Everybody donated generously and were able to enjoy a delicious treat and a drink.  Thank you to everyone for your support.  So far we have already raised over £200!

Wednesday 23rd September

We were joined in assembly today by Claire, Kayleigh and Claire’s beautiful guide dog Rosie to talk about the hope Rosie and her other guide dogs have given Claire since losing her sight at eighteen. Our values for this term of Hope and Responsibility really came to life as Clare talked about the shared responsibility they have for each other and Clare’s hope that everyone who would benefit from a guide dog could have one. Rosie was fantastic and when her harness was removed and she was not working the children were able to give her a well deserved pat.

Meanwhile out in the playground the Eco Committee were busy making a Mini Beast Hotel with all the exciting materials kindly donated by parents. The children even found the Hotel’s first customers who now have a great room for the night, or two.


Friday 18th September

Year Five and Year Six headed off this morning with other walkers as part of Kington Walking Festival 2015. Today celebrates the opening of a new 80 mile walk called Wyche Way Walk with the children walking just the first part before stopping for a well deserved picnic. The idea for the route was first considered in the 1970's and recently completed by Mr Guy Vowles who was here today to lead the walkers. The children will map read along the way and enjoy beautiful weather and stunning scenery.

Friday 11th September

Seventeen Year Six pupils gave fantastic speeches to support their desire to be this year's House Captains. It was such a difficult choice for the children but congratulations to our new Captains for 2015-2016. We also celebrated the first of the Headtecher Awards for the new year with a wide range of great achievements. Running Club started with 48 runners having a good jog around the Recreation ground. A good first week back.

Tuesday 8th September

A super start to the new academic year with the children ready and eager to learn. They are already working with a real focus and enjoying sharing their learning with each other and staff. School is once again vibrant with the voices of the children and their positivity. We are well on the way with our 'Values' for this term of Hope and Responsibility.

Thursday 3rd September

Staff have enjoyed the first of two training days in school with a session on 'real PE' which looks at both a Fundamental Movement Programme and Multiple Abilities to support attainment and aptitude in sport. A great day which we will be incorporating into our PE sessions for the children from Nursery through to Year Six.

We hope that the children enjoy their first day back as much as we have. See you all on Monday 7th September.