Friday, 21 September 2012

A Day Out in Upminster for Year 3

On Wednesday, Year 3 had a busy day out visiting Upminster Windmill, Upminster Library and Saint Laurence Church. The children had the chance to see the inner workings of the windmill and climbed steep stairs to the top where they experienced fantastic views of the surrounding area. In the library they listened to stories and shared some of their favourite jokes. Finally they learnt about the history of Saint Laurence Church and explored the interior, looking for mice and speaking from the pulpit.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Charity Sky Dive

Our new year 4 teacher, Miss White, will be taking part in a charity sky dive on 23rd September 2012. She will be joining some friends from Dagenham Motors at Beccles, Suffolk to plunge 13,000 ft from an aeroplane with the UK Parachuting team. Together they will be raising money and awareness for a local charity P.A.C.T. who work with autistic children and their families.

Please support Miss White's charity if you can:

Open Days for Prospective Hacton Parents

If your child is due to start Reception year in September 2013 and you are considering Hacton Primary School, you are welcome to visit on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 26 September 2012, 1:00 pm 
  • Wednesday 10 October 2012, 1:00 pm 
  • Monday 22 October 2012, 9:30 am 

Please telephone 01708 443991 or email if you would like to book an appointment to view the school on any of the above dates.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Shine London Marathon

On Saturday 29th September at 9pm, Hacton mums Laura, Mandy, Kirstie, Trish, Penny, and Donna will be walking 26.2 miles through the streets of London at night to raise money for Cancer Research. The intrepid marathon walkers are asking if you would like to support their fundraising for this worthy cause. Please donate if you can at

Friday, 14 September 2012

Elected House Captains

Cheers erupted around the hall in assembly today as the winners of the House Captain elections were announced. Congratulations to the successful pupils, who now have the honour and responsibility of leading their Houses and wearing a new, shiny badge!

TfL Visit

Year 6 were visited by Glynis from Transport for London yesterday and discovered many interesting facts and important information about the travel services available to them. How to use public transport safely and responsibly was openly discussed, explained and demonstrated, preparing the children to play an active role as good citizens. Visit the TFL website for more information on obtaining an 11-15 Oyster card.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

House Captain Elections 2012-13

Congratulations to all the children in Year 6 who ran for election for the prestigious honour of House Captain and Vice Captain of their teams. Speeches worthy of a presidential election were delivered in Tuesday's House Meetings, making voting a tough decision for the remaining KS2 children. Whilst votes are being counted and verified, the children face a nail-biting wait... the winners will be announced in Friday's assembly.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Extra-Curricular Clubs - Autumn 2012

Our school is fortunate that many staff run various clubs for pupils throughout the week. Please see the document below for the timetable of clubs running this autumn term.

Year 6 Swimming

A reminder for all parents of Year 6 children that swimming commences on Thursday 13th September at Harrow Lodge Sports Centre. Remember hats, costumes and towels please! If there are any parents willing to accompany the children on a Thursday morning, please see Mrs Delmonte.

Thank you.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Lucky Pupils Visit the Olympic Stadium

Four lucky pupils received a surprise phone call from Mr Emes last Thursday to tell them that their names had been picked at random to visit the London 2012 Paralympics. On a sunny Friday morning, bright and early, Mr Emes and the excited children took an Underground train to West Ham station for the long walk to the Olympic Park. After passing through security and having a brief look around, they entered the magnificent Olympic Stadium and settled in their seats.

The children marvelled at the abilities of Paralympians who competed in Long Jump, Javelin, Running and Wheelchair Racing events on the glorious summer's day. After about four hours in the stadium it was time to leave but not before watching more events on a huge screen in the park and cooling down with an ice cream.

"The atmosphere was amazing", said one pupil, "I loved the Mexican Wave around the stadium", said another, "and the running with blades was just brilliant". They agreed that it was a day they will never forget.

Mr Emes said: "We all had a wonderful time and this was clearly a very rewarding experience for the children. The word of the day was 'awesome!'".

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Welcome Back

As the first week of school drew to a close, pupils and staff could be congratulated on the smooth transition they made into the new academic year. With pencils sharpened and new shoes nipping, a sea of green uniforms once again flooded into classrooms bringing the school back to life. We also welcomed new members of teaching staff: Mr Pinkham, Miss White, Miss Smith, Mrs Batty and Miss Youngs. Timetables and diary dates were finalised and made available on the School Calendar.

With the summer sun continuing to shine, we hope everyone has enjoyed the weekend and we look forward to our first full week back of the autumn term.