Readers who lunch!

Children from Isaac Newton Primary School were treated to lunch last month, to celebrate their reading Isaac readersprogramme with Grantham Book Services. The lunch took place at The Gingerbread, Trent Road, where they also got to test their knowledge in a quiz and play games. 

Since the volunteer reading programme was launched last year, colleagues from Grantham Book Services have been visiting the selected schools in Grantham each week to encourage and help pupils with their reading. 

Grantham Book Services volunteer reader Finn Hoggan has been volunteering at Isaac Newton School, “I have to say that I don’t know who finds it more rewarding, me or the kids. It is important that we as parents and as a community make sure that our children have the best start to their education and lives as possible. They are after all, our future.” 

A spokesman for Isaac Newton Primary School said, “Grantham Book Services invited us to lunch to celebrate the past year of our reading programme. We had an amazing time. We even got to take some books back to school.” 

Throughout the 2016/2017 academic year, 64 colleagues from across Penguin Random House’s UK business took part in the programme, supporting 75 local children across eight primary schools near Penguin Random House UK’s six offices and warehouses. 

All of the children who participated received a certificate and chose two books to keep, with extra copies donated to their school library.

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[Pictured above: Matt Geeson, a volunteer at Isaac Newton School, with Isaac Newton pupils.]

[Photograph courtesy of Tracey Davies - Grantham Journal]

Thank you Princebuild!

A building firm have donated hundreds of pounds worth of running kit to The Priory School to help them look their Priory Vestsbest during competitions.  Princebuild of Gosberton provided the new sports tops after a teaching assistant who attended the competitions noticed their outfits were looking past their best.  Now the pupils have brand-new tops with the Princebuild logo and in the company’s green and gold colours. 

Karen Antcliffe, who organised the tops, said: “”It was the fact that I went to a cross-country competition in Norwich and the pupils’ running tops looked dowdy and not up to par. We noticed other schools were sponsored by building firms, so I had the idea to approach Princebuild.  I got in contact in April to see if they would sponsor us and they were presented to us at an assembly.  I’d just like to thank Princebuild for the kit. They spent over £400 providing us with 20 tops.” 

[Pictured: Priory School runners Nathaniel, Thomas and Tilley wearing their new running vests, alongside, from left, Head Teacher Daran Bland, Matthew Pudney from Princebuild and mascot Peeby. Photo courtesy of Tim Wilson, Spalding Today.]



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The Ambergate Outdoor Classroom was officially opened last Friday (14th July 2017) in memory of a former fundraiser for the school, Gemma Burland.

Gemma (pictured below on the left) was a member of FOSA (the official PTA for GANF) and because of her efforts over the previous 2 years, she helped to raise a whopping £30,000!

Gemma lost her battle with breast cancer in March 2016.  Her husband, Scott, and children, Zak and Emily, came along to the opening.

Scott Burland, “It was a nice gesture to name the outdoor classroom after Gemma. I hope the pupils will get lots of joy from it.” 

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This new outdoor facility was funded by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative and features recycled rubber grass matting for disabled access, allowing pupils to meander around the cherry trees, and the creation of a nonslip decked outdoor classroom space with integrated seating and storage. 

The brand new outdoor learning space is elevated above the ground with disabled access ramps. The decking also has integrate rope balustrades with bamboo wind chimes to allow the users to interact with the learning space.

A large canopy to shelter the seating has also been erected to make the facility all weather and a large chalkboard erected, with additional hand held chalkboards which can be stored under the seating.

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The project comes complete with raised beds to add touch, smell and taste to the area, creating a sensory zone for our pupils. There is also a raised pond.

A bird hide and feeder crafted from local timber, complete the project, and will encourage pupil interaction with nature. 

James Ellis, Head Teacher of Ambergate Sport’s College, “With thanks again to Tesco and Groundworks, for the fantastic opportunity to obtain the funding. It has allowed us to install this superb outdoor facility for our pupils and will enhance their learning, particularly in Science.”

“We are so pleased that Scott and the children could come along today, it’s been quite emotional seeing Gemma’s children playing in the outdoor classroom.”

Alan Long from Lincoln City Football Club, also came along to the official opening.  Alan cut the ribbon alongside Gemma’s two children and he brought the National League Trophy with him for the kids to see.  It really did top the afternoon off for everyone!

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Isaac Newton enjoys best sport year ever!

Isaac Newton Primary School have had their most successful year in sporting events to date! Isaac Newton Win

It has been the best ever, winning a total of six trophies in various schools competitions. 

They reached the county finals in the hockey tournament and Year 4 won the trophy in cricket.  The school netball team triumphed winning the netball tournament overall, and then were also runners-up in the league. 

Isaac Newton were also victorious at a Year 2 Gymnastics tournament, and then went on to win the Football B League too! 

And as if that wasn’t enough, the school also received the Fair Play Award in tennis and for the third year running they won the Sainsbury’s School Sports gold award.

What a phenomenal year for sport at Isaac Newton, well done to all the pupils!

[Photo: Toby Roberts - Grantham Journal]

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