In 2009, we were delighted to receive our recognition for our commitment for high quality arts provision by gaining the Artsmark Silver award which we worked hard to increase to an Artsmark Gold awarded in May 2012. This is the highest accolade in the artsmark portfolio of achievements.
Artsmark is the national arts award for schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing their arts provision - from drama to music, design to literature, dance to sculpture. The scheme also encourages schools to work in partnership with artists and arts organisations in order to raise aspirations and improving opportunities for young people.
We have all worked with sculpture artists, batik artists, theatre companies, music teachers, dance instructors and many more professionals.
Twice every year, our school performs a production, once at Christmas, and once in the Summer. Titles such as 'Christmas With The Aliens' and 'Porridge' are our most recent performances. All of the children take part, from the 4 year olds, right through to the 11 year olds. For the last 2 years we have worked with Amanda Rivers and the other 3 schools in our partnership to create an end of year spectacular. In 2013, we performed in 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' and this year we produced a wonderful Halton Holegate version of 'Peter Pan'.
Primary Science Quality Mark
We were awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark in 2012, which reflects the Outstanding Science Teaching and Learning at Halton Holegate. By engaging with the outdoor learning environment through a number of initiatives including our residential visits to Poland, and arranging Gifted and Talented residentials to Freiston Centre for Environmental Education we provide enrichment beyond the Science Curriculum. The brilliant Science learning outcomes also evidence the quality of the curriculum that we provide.
Healthy Schools Award
Halton Holegate Primary were pleased to present all of the evidence for this award in January 2010, and being successful in achieving Healthy Schools Status in the March.
We have shown that we all include the principles of Healthy living in our daily lives in school. We make sure everybody knows the importance of exercise and we have challenges to complete in the playground to help us. We understand how to have a balanced diet, and our adults in school support this by having cookery lessons, science learning, visits from the school nurse and other healthcare workers. We keep ourselves and others safe in school, and keep practicing outside of school, with activities like E Safety, Get Set for Sports and of course our PSHE sessions.
There are lots more ways we share our goals for Healthy Lives, and we are very pleased we have been recognised as being a Healthy School.
We work hard in our lessons, but also have lots of exercise in school, which helps us to learn even more productively. In 2008 we achieved the national award of “Activemark” and continue to support sports and active pursuits every day in school. We have lots of different clubs and activities that we lead at lunchtime or after-school.
JB Sports of Horncastle work with the children every Tuesday for 2 hours and they also run after school clubs. On top of this, we have entered into several of the Coastal Sports events, including football, kwik cricket and multi sports. Our after school clubs in 2014 have offered the chance to play football, basketball, netball and athletics. We also entered girls' and boys' teams into the Friskney 6 a side football tournament this year, having been runners up in 2013.
By promoting sports and exercise, we have successfully achieved all of the criteria for having an Activemark, and we are very proud to do so.
School Games Silver Award
To reward our commitment to School Sports, we are thrilled to have achieved the Silver Award for School Games. Our pupils have represented the area in the Lincolnshire Swimming Gala, been winners of Lincolnshire Small Schools Football Tournament, participated in the netball, cross-country and even rowing regattas! We have an exciting range of sporting clubs at school as is mentioned above.
Bog Standard Award
The children have been fully involved in refurbishing the toilets, choosing the colour scheme and how to make them a nicer and more inviting place to be! Thanks to our School Council members who have created a Toilet Charter and considered ways of keeping this area clean and attractive. We were delighted to welcome Mr Mike Burton, the Managing Director of Albany Healthy Schools, into school to present us with this award. We are one of the first three schools nationally to achieve this accolade.
School Council Bronze Award
Our School Council are doing a brilliant job in making our school an even better place to learn and thrive. They have regular meetings with staff and Governors and bring about change and improvements. We take notice of what our children say, and the School Council provides the perfect platform for having a say. The School Council have done a wonderful job in 2014 and carried out their roles with the utmost responsibility.
International Schools Award
Using our commitment to global learning and partnerships, we have achieved the Foundation status of this award. Our further links with the community of Elblag in Poland have secured our sharing of cultures and we are delighted to continue to work in partnership with our Commenius Regio project organisations. We are continually striving to develop local and wider community links, which benefit our children's sense of belonging and identity.
Rooted in Reading
We are great readers at Halton Holegate, and to celebrate our achievements in reading. We are very proud to be one of the first schools to be recognised for our commitment to reading, both in and outside school. Every child has a reading passport, where we record the range of texts we read. Every different text gets a stamp when we have reviewed it. We have a special quality mark to include on our publications.