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Jeremy Strong visits Hexthorpe Primary

We loved meeting author Jeremy Strong today. Jeremy talked about being a writer, read from his new book 'My Brother's Famous Bottom Makes a Splash!' and answered the children's questions.  He inspired the children to read his books and make up stories of their own.  After that, he met some of the children personally and signed copies of his books in the library.


Here's what the children thought:

"He was so funny. I couldn't stop laughing. The best story was 'My Mum is going to Explode'," said Lexi-Mae

"I liked all the parts. He made really good jokes!" said Joe.

"I loved it when he read one of his books - it was so funny!" said Hasty.

"I love your books - please make more!" said Nancy.

"He is creative and inspired me to make an office and write more books," said Safaa.

"I loved hearing about his childhood and about his latest book," said Skylar.

"Keep making really good books Jeremy Strong!" said Mekhi.

"He was full of comedy. I love his books and he's my favourite author," said Elanore.


Visit the school library to borrow copies of Jeremy's books.  There are plenty to choose from and they're sure to make you laugh out loud!

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

Big THANK YOU to all that contributed with the 'Active Kids' vouchers... here is just a sample of what we received

Attendance Awards - Spring Term

Well done to all of the pupils who received prizes for their attendance during Spring Term. Here are some of the winners...


And here are the prizes up for grabs at the end of the Summer Term...

Balloon Buggy Challenge

Well done to the pupils in Year 6 - Curlew class that worked with Mrs Radford on their science challenge!!


And here are the final results...



        Sleep Success Clinic

The Sleep Success Clinic commissioned by the CCG to help local people/ families with tireless youngsters (aged 12 months to 18 years old) can meet with one of the charity’s sleep practitioners and share their nighttime issues.


The Children’s Sleep Charity has set up a series of sleep clinics across Doncaster over the next few months. 

Tues 11th July 2017 - Balby Children's Centre, 1 Sandycroft Crescent, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0TY

Mon 24th July 2017 - Bentley Children's Centre, The Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster, DN5 0NP   

Wed 12th July 2017 - Denaby Children's Centre, School Walk, Denaby Main, DN12 4HZ

Wed 6th September 2017 - Rossington Children’s Centre, Grantham Street, Rossington, DN11 0TA  

Thurs 17thAugust 2017 - Wheatley Children's Centre, Beckett Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN2 4AJ

Thurs 21st September 2017- Wheatley Children's Centre, Beckett Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN2 4AJ


To book a Clinic appointment, please contact Claire or Carol on 07912 667676 or email     

Children's University 

Over the years Hexthorpe Primary have taken part in the Children’s University program. Due to the ongoing decline in pupil participation a decision has been made to withdraw at this time. However, that does not mean that your son/daughter can no longer participate. If they wish to continue they will need to purchase an E-Passport.

The E-Passport does not replace the paper passport to learning but provides children with an opportunity to complete their passports online. The E-Passport enables children to record details of the CU learning activities they have taken part in and share information and pictures of the their learning journey with other users in their school. Access to the E-Passport also allows children to see what CU learning destinations and learning activities are on offer in their area, and lets them read comments on CU learning provision from other Children’s University students.

If you would like you son/daughter to continue to participate with the E-Passport, there will be an annual subscription of £10. This includes all certificates, the celebration event, administration assistance, post, package and an e-passport license.

If anyone wishes to continue they need to make an appointment with Children’s University. All contact details are on the e-passport leaflet attached on the link below;

EPassport Parent Info

11-16 Mega Travel Pass

Year 6 pupils can now apply for their 11-16 Mega Travel Pass online. To apply please visit: 

For further information please see attached leaflet: 11 - 16 Mega Travel Pass

Reading Log Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Reading Log Challenge!  Nikodem, Demi and Aland all won 'Frameless Classics' to hang on their wall at home.  Frameless Classics are full novels published on one superb-looking poster - here's Demi with 'James and the Giant Peach', Nikodem with 'Paddington' and Aland with 'Peter Pan'!  We had so many children that completed their reading logs from Foundation up to Year 6, all entered into the free prize draw at the end of the term - well done everyone!

We're now well under way with our new Reading Log Challenge with more great prizes available - keep reading everyone!

Rob Biddulph Visit

Last Friday, one of the UK's leading authors and illustrators, Rob Biddulph, inspired Hexthorpe Primary Academy with his stories and illustrations.

Rob read his book 'Grrrr!' and introduced his new story 'Sunk!' to the children. He also talked about how he became an illustrator and led the children in creating their own fantastic illustrations.

The visit has really given literacy a boost in school, with many children now reporting that they would like to be authors and illustrators when they grow up. Others bought books and were treated to personalised signatures and cartoons drawn by the man himself. 

Other schools visited us to take part in the event. Rob commented that he was very impressed with our children's enthusiasm and politeness, as well as their fantastic illustrations. Well done everyone!

Red Nose Day

Happy Red Nose Day from Hexthorpe Primary. Pupils came to school dressed in red and raised a fantastic sum of £360.80 for Comic Relief. Thank you for all your kind donations. 


Hexthorpe Primary are looking for 2 parent governors!

This is a chance to get involved, to help shape the future of Hexthorpe Primary Academy. It is a fantastic opportunity for you as individuals to develop your own skills and knowledge whether it be for personal or professional use. For parents, I would say specifically that you do not need any previous experience of education just a willingness to give your time and energy.  

If you would like to nominate yourself to be a Parent Governor please send a photo and a short personal statement of up to 200 words explaining why you would like to become a Parent Governor and what skills and experience you have that would make you suitable for the role. Please return these to Mrs Parker-Watts by Monday 3rd April 2017.

FS2 Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park

All of us in Foundation Stage 2 had a wonderful day out visiting all the fascinating animals that were at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

We saw fierce lions prowling around in Lion country, extremely tall necked Giraffes and even spotted some Meerkats!


We also got to have some very close encounters with wallaby’s, humongous polar bears and ferocious tigers!


Not only did we find out what these interesting animals eat but also where they like to live! It was all very exciting for us!

Local history marvel brought to life at Hexthorpe

Year 4 children have been learning about local history marvel 'The Sand House' with help from author and local historian Richard Bell.

The Sand House was located just over the road from Hexthorpe. It was a mansion that was carved into the walls of a sandstone quarry. Nearby sandstone tunnels twisted and turned under the streets of Balby, featuring 3-metre statues, again carved into the sandstone walls themselves.  These included the 'elephant and mahout', a clown and an old lady called Biddy.  Take a look here to find out more: 

Richard Bell is the great grandson of Henry Senior, the Victorian businessman who made the Sand House.  Unfortunately, this Victorian marvel is no longer there - it was filled in the the 1980s to make way for a block of flats.

Richard Bell visited Year 4 to tell them all about this fascinating part of history as the 'Sparkling Start' to the children's work on underground discoveries.  He returned weeks later for the 'Fabulous Finish' in which children read out their work, performed their talk story and exhibited artwork such as clay models of some of the Sand House's most famous statues.

Richard said that he was very impressed with the children's creativity and the detail in which they described their journeys into the sand tunnels and the cloisters beneath.


Chinese New Year Winners!

We are very proud of our Year 4 and 5 pupils who won these wonderful prizes for their Chinese New Year artwork.  The children created the artwork using a variety of media to celebrate the new year of the rooster.  The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield, who organised the competition, sent these superb pictures and Chinese crafts as prizes.  


Let's Get Reading!

World Book Day 7th March 2017

Hexthorpe Primary Academy celebrated World Book Day in style this year as pupils and staff dressed up as characters from a variety of books. To celebrate World Book Day, we planned a week full of activities to promote a love of reading amongst the students. Each year group focussed on a particular author and their works and the children dressed up as a character from their chosen year groups.

The authors included: Julia Donaldon, Michael Foreman, Christina Balit, Tommy Donbavand, Colin Dann, david Solomons and JK Rowling

The pupils and staff worked enthusiastically throughout the week, participating in a number of activities that encouraged imagination, creativity and writing skills. On World Book Day we had a special performance from our very own author and teacher Phil Sheppard who read some of his own stories. The children (and staff) couldn’t stop laughing! We even had a competition for best costumes in each year group, with the winners receiving an early Easter egg!

Look at our wonderful photos of staff and pupils embracing the spirit of World Book Day by dressing up as different story characters.


Overall the week was a huge success and enjoyed by all. Can we top it next year? Well you’ll just have to wait and see!

Hexthorpe Academy School Councillors get Spring Cleaning!

On Friday 3rd March, Mrs Radford, Mrs Kaur and 13 school councillors from key stage 2 took part in a Nationwide campaign to Keep Britain Tidy called The Great British Spring Clean. The school councillors were given all of the appropriate equipment: gloves to keep their hands germ free; a litter picker and a bag to put it all in. In three teams, the challenge was on. Our school councillors were accompanied by a local Police Community Officer, DMBC Town Centre Management staff and McDonald’s staff.

All teams thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and overall we picked 300 pieces of litter in 15 minutes! We found out that if the council had issued a fine for all that litter they would have received over £2000 in fines – you can be fined £80 every time you drop litter!

The Doncaster Team also gave us extra information about our recycling in Doncaster and how we are leading the way in recycling as much as we can. We were also given gifts to remember our day and for those we were extremely grateful – they were recycled pencil cases, pencils, sharpeners and pads. In addition, Dave Wilkinson, who was part of organising the local campaign, promised that he would send us our own litter pickers so that we can continue to make a difference in our local areas. So watch out for us litter picking later in the year! Maybe you could come and help us!

School Council

The Magic of Christmas

Visit from author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould

The magic of Christmas arrived early at Hexthorpe Primary School this year with a visit from author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould to launch their brilliant new book 'The Girl Who Saved Christmas', the follow-up to last year’s smash hit 'A Boy Called Christmas' (voiced on audiobook by Stephen Fry and now being made into a Hollywood film).

We were delighted to welcome Matt and Chris to get the first look at the new title on the day of its release.

Our school played host to seven other schools for a morning of fun and excitement. The event gave a brilliant insight into the process of creating an illustrated book and encouraged more than a few readers...

"Children who don't often read are already borrowing the books from the library and loving them!" said Miss Beaumont.

"Brilliant - the children loved it. At least 1 of them now thinking of being an author" said a visiting teacher from Saltersgate School.

Julian Clary and other top authors at the Doncaster Book Awards

Our Year 5 children participated in the launch of the Doncaster Book Awards at The Dome this week.  Here they heard from famous comedian and author of 'The Bolds', Julian Clary, illustrator of 'The Bolds' and 'Dirty Bertie', David Roberts, as well as poet and author A.F. Harrold.  Our very own Mr Sheppard also took to the stage to perform, with 'poetry' being the theme of this year's awards. So what are the Doncaster Book Awards? Each year, children from schools from around the borough read and vote for their favourite new books and classics as part of the DBA.  It's all about enjoying reading for pleasure, which is of course something we're very passionate about here at Hexthorpe. This year, children will even be able to earn free trips to swim or skate at The Dome by reading the long-listed books - and there'll be more events throughout the year. Our children have already started reading the books and reviewing them on the DBA website.  Blazej had this to say after reading 'The Bolds': "This is the best story I have EVER read. There is no way to say anything negative about this book. 10/10"

Priya has been reading 'Grandpa's Great Escape', also on the DBA longlist: "I love this book because it's full of adventures. I love David Walliams books!".

The full long list of books will be available for our Year 5 children to borrow soon.  For more information, and to find out which books are on this year's long list, visit