Mr Alex Cornelius, Headteacher
Newsletter 6 Academic Year 2017 20th December 2017
Well, we make it to another Christmas, all in one piece and, for many, with a little bit more tinsel than usual. This year the school has gone all out and embraced the Christmas spirit in its truest form. From the successful Fayre, to the nativity and the Key Stage 2 concert, they all sparkled brightly. I would like to thank our music department, particularly Mrs Smith and our music leader, Mrs Harrod who, along with the staff, enabled these musical extravaganzas to happen. The feedback has been truly fantastic and, as always, much appreciated.
I would also like to thank my staff for the amazing job they do. I am extremely fortunate to work alongside such a hardworking, dedicated team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all they do and the work they put into making this school special. I know that many of you appreciate it as much as I do!
Have a very Merry Christmas and we will see you all in 2018!
Music Events At Langton
The last few weeks have been a busy few weeks for music making at Langton. We are continually blown away by the commitment and talent of pupils and are immensely proud of the diverse range of music making and the standard to which our pupils achieve.
The month began with the Junior Choir performing at the Christmas Bazaar on December 3rd. This year we have seen the numbers in Junior Choir increase significantly to around 45 Year 2 and 3’s and we are just beginning to sing in parts. We would like to think that the odd tear fell during their beautiful performance of ‘Starry Night’.
On the 8th of December members of Junior Choir performed at the Pavilion Christmas Fayre. The choir were very excited at supporting this community event and again, sang beautifully.
On the 8th of December we also had an orchestral assembly which included performances from the various levels of Steel Pan groups with Mrs Smith and also String Group with Mrs Harrod. The performances from all groups were extremely polished reflecting the hours of practise that goes into making the standard of these groups so high.
The week of the 11th of December was a fantastic week of music making. The Monday and Tuesday saw the whole of Key Stage 1 perform in their nativity. This takes a lot of organisation! Organising 180 children on stage, teaching them the music and rehearsing the acting. There were a few tense moments the week before from the staff, wondering whether it would all come together, but it did and we would like to think it was our best nativity yet!
Thursday 14th December saw two fantastic performances from Key Stage 2 for the annual Carol Service. This was a beautiful service with readings, poems, carols and song, including Langton Green Primary Schools very own carol with the whole of Key Stage 2 performing difficult part singing. The feedback we have had from parents and members of the community has been fantastic and one parent commented ‘it was one of the most beautiful things she has even seen’, high praise indeed! A special thanks to Reverend Lynn Trainor for visiting the school to deliver a Christmas message during the service.
Finally, Senior Choir performed at Ashurst Place Residential Home on Tuesday, 19th December. Again, Senior Choir has grown in numbers to around 45 from years 4, 5 and 6. This group of children are a talented group of musicians who sing in parts with ease. This was a special event that was so greatly appreciated by the residents of Ashurst Place Residential Home.
Special thanks to Mrs Smith for her dedication to music making in the school. Also to Miss Hawthorn who supports both junior and senior choir, Mrs Rocks who comes into school to assist with orchestra and Miss Gibbs who helped to organise the two choir trips.
Walking Bus Update
Thank you to everyone who voted for the LGPS walking bus in the Green School Award nominations.
Great news - We WON an award! We hope to attend the awards celebration event in February.
Details on the award can be seen here - http://www.kmcharityteam.co.uk/schools/green-school-awards
Thank you to all our volunteers and lovely children who attend the walking bus. All the walking bus children are going to be involved in a school assembly in January in which they will be presented with certificates. We hope this will promote the bus and get other children nagging you to use it :-). So please do join us in the New Year there are still a few slots available on Tuesday and Friday. Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.uk and use event code - pvx9z
We have now removed the unsightly and slightly squished cone from the designated walking bus parking spaces as it was being placed over the spaces at times not required. Please do continue to remember not to use those spaces around 8.20am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday unless you are dropping off for the walking bus.
Thank you Ellie
4T Forest School
4T have had a wonderful time at Forest School this term.
The experience has enabled them to further develop their skills of perseverance, resilience, independence and collaboration.
Over the term the children have undertaken a wide range of activities, including whittling wood, making Christmas decorations and building and lighting their own fires.
The class have all had a fantastic time learning outdoors and finished their final session by toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate!
A huge thank you to Mr Gillinder and Mrs Leary for all their hard work each week.
Autumn Term Attendance
With the autumn term at an end, attendance figures for each class are in. Congratulations to Miss Hawthorn’s class on having the highest attendance. As a whole school, attendance this term is 97%.
Over the last few weeks, there has been a marked increase in pupils arriving late to school and similarly being picked up late. We would therefore like to remind parents that’s pupils should be dropped at school between 8:30-8:55 ready for registration at 9am and that pick-up is as per below.