The school year got off to a flying start with the welcome back disco. This year’s theme was “colourful.” The children donned their brightly-coloured party clothes, had their faces painted and, armed with glow sticks and glittery accessories, hit the school hall for some serious dancing and party games. 

The following week was the Big Breakfast and a more tranquil setting for staff, parents and pupils to catch-up after the holidays over a breakfast roll and hot drink. It was also an ideal chance to welcome new families into the Hunter Hall fold. 

And it wasn’t long before the children were flexing their artistic muscles and Christmas designs were winging their way home, ready to be transformed into greetings cards, mugs, cushions and notepads. 

The AGM towards the end of September welcomed a lot of new faces, as well as a few old(er) ones. A new structure was drawn up, plans made for the forthcoming year and the distribution of funds discussed. The monthly “coffee and chat” in Booths is proving popular and is a veritable hotbed of new ideas and volunteers. Plans are already afoot for an auction of promises in May and a twist on last year’s curry and ceilidh (watch this space). 

The second half term literally started with a bang in the form of our annual bonfire night. Over 250 parents, children, staff and friends of Hunter Hall came together to enjoy live music, hot food and drink, and a splendid fireworks display. No sooner had the final firework fizzled out, then preparations for the festive season began. Cards, mugs, cushions and wrapping paper bearing the children’s own creative designs were delivered and eight festive hampers were assembled, ready to be raffled off at the end of term. 

December began with the Winter Fayre. Children and parents enjoyed a hot chocolate whilst participating in a variety of festive activities including making reindeer food, decorating biscuits, trying their hand at a lucky dip, creating a Christmas decoration, icing a Hannukah donut, having their face painted and buying early gifts supplied by local crafts people. The following week, a group of parents came together over supper and mulled wine to construct festive wreaths. The term’s events rounded off with a visit from Farmer Christmas and his merry elves when Hunter Hall pupils donated toys and gifts to The Salvation Army to help children less fortunate than themselves at Christmas. This was followed by a hot lunch hosted by The Salvation Army for parents. 

As ever, as well as fostering a strong school community, one of the PG aims is to raise funds for the school. This term’s purchases included waterproof training jackets to protect our sporting teams from the wet Cumbrian weather and new cross-country tops. Future plans include some raised beds for growing edibles. 

These events couldn’t happen without the time, effort and support of all parents and for this, we are hugely grateful. Please continue to check out the portal and the PG noticeboard for upcoming events and how you can help.