Mr Alex Cornelius, Headteacher
Newsletter 6 Academic Year 2018-19 17th December 2018
Key Stage 1 Nativity
The KS1 Nativity was a great success! Thank you so much to everyone who came to support us. It was fantastic to see our Reception children shine as the twinkling stars of the show. They performed with such confidence for our youngest members of the school, who could believe they’ve only been at school for one term!
Year 1 were our sheep and shepherds, who sang beautifully and remembered their actions to some tricky Christmassy lyrics. They looked wonderful, so many fabulous costumes and great to see the classic tea towel headpiece lives on! We love to see the effort that goes into homemade costumes. Thank you.
As for Year 2, we were blown away with the confidence and delivery of the acting roles. As well as the dancers and singers, I think we have some budding West End performers in our midst! To think those children were the little stars in Reception just 2 years ago, it’s an incredible journey. Well done to all of the Year 2 actors for learning their lines, remembering their stage directions and wowing us all with the singing. A special mention goes to our solo singers Charlie, Florence and Ava who were simply amazing! The Inn-Spectors will be one to remember, well done EYFS and Key Stage 1 2018!
Key Stage 2 Carol Concert
Last week we celebrated a wonderful term of quality music making with our annual Christmas concerts. There was a ‘round-the-world’ theme this year, starting with some impressively accurate Swedish singing from the senior choir before a musical journey through Europe to Africa, via Mexico and the USA!
Debut performances from our two new brass bands and ukulele group as well as The Return Of The Keyboards after a decade of absence from school concerts made for a challenging programme but it was a challenge to which our fantastic students rose with infectious enthusiasm.
Thank you to all who came along to support the concerts; it was great to see such a full hall at both events.
Year 3 Fabulous Finish
What a fantastic day we all had when the Romans really did invade Langton Green Year 3!
The children were totally immersed in life in a Roman fort and were able to experience many of the jobs a Roman citizen would have completed. The children even had their own Roman name. We also had the opportunity to become a Roman soldier, a Roman dancer, a Roman actor and for some lucky children, Roman slaves, who served our Roman Banquet with professionalism and speed.
The costumes and shields looked amazing and really added to the authenticity of the day.
It really was a fabulous finish to our Rocks to Romans topic!
Langton Green steel pans bands performed to the school and parents in a special steel pans assembly. Despite the terrible wintry storms unfolding outside we enjoyed a brief interlude in the sunny Caribbean as the children serenaded us.
First up were the Year 4 beginners who have only been playing steel pans since September. They rose to the occasion admirably and played George Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ and ‘When the Saints go Marching in’.
Next on were the Year 5 intermediate band who got a huge round of applause for Glenn Miller’s ‘In The Mood’ and ‘What About Us?’ by Pink.
Finally the Year 6 senior band played the complex ‘Oh What a Night’ by Frankie Valli and had everyone clapping along to George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun.’
Our drummer for Years 5 and 6 was Oscar who is a name to be watched for the future with his drumming talent and expertise.
Steel pans will resume again on Tuesday 8th January 2019. The year 4 band is currently full but I have a waiting list and there are a few spaces in Year 5 and 6 bands if any pupil is interested in joining.
We are exceptionally lucky at Langton Green to have a complete set of full-sized steel pans for the children to use and they really do make a great sound after a short time of learning, as I hope the parents who came along to listen will agree. If your child is interested in starting lessons please contact me via my school email.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
At Langton Green Primary School, we have created our first ever Digital Leaders Team. The children will be meeting after school once a week to learn about how to use all the technology in the school. This will include helping their peers in coding lessons, showing visitors our online learning journal, understanding how to use the Interactive Whiteboard and being the first to test and review new technology or apps. They will also be supporting the school when learning about e-safety which will mean the teaching of e-safety will be current and won't go out of date, as it will be the digital leaders directing the learning. Please welcome our new digital leaders!
Well done to Henry who was accepted into the RYA South East Zone squad. The RYA Zone Squad scheme is run by the RYA as the pathway into sailing at the Olympics. Henry is the youngest member of the Squad and the youngest current member of the British Sailing team.
Henry sails every weekend at his home sailing club and trains with the RYA Squad at sailing clubs all over country. He has raced at National events in 2018.
The purpose of the RYA Zone/Home Country Squad Programme is to feed talented sailors into the RYA UK Junior Squad Programme at the appropriate age and ability to enable them to succeed at World and European Championships at Junior and Youth level.
On Wednesday 5th December our Langton Green A Football team took on St Matthews School on a wet, extremely small and very muddy pitch! The match was extremely high energy and Langton played fantastically, having so many shots on goal. The result was a draw - 1-1.
Meet the Governors
KAtie Gillam - “I was appointed as a governor in 2017 and I live in Langton Green with my young family. I have one child at the school. I sit on the Achievement and Learning Committee and I am the class link governor for year 4. In addition I take an interest in the school’s teaching of music. Outside out of the school I am a Partner with a local law firm specialising in Private Client matters. I focus predominately on tax, estates and trust work.”
Well done to Love class for having the highest attendance for week ending 16th December 2018.