Mr Alex Cornelius, Headteacher
Newsletter 2 Academic Year 2018-19 5th October 2018
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai The term continues apace! The Junior Leadership Team met for the first time last week to discuss their roles and responsibilities. They were confident and clear with what they wanted to contribute to the school – their passion and enthusiasm certainly shone through, which is a real credit to them. We will be hearing what they have been involved in through the newsletter in their regular blog.
Class representatives for our Pupil Voice Committee have also been voted in and they will be meeting regularly to discuss whole school issues.
We had our first ‘Outside Achievement’ assembly last Friday. This time is an opportunity for children to share any of their achievements outside of school. These always offer a huge range of activities, including swimming awards, drama, fencing, judo, triathlons, mud runs (!) to name but a few. If your child has achieved something through their involvement in a club or group, or an individual charity involvement for example, then they can bring in their certificate/ award and this will be shared with the school on a Friday.
The weather has turned and there is certainly more of a chill to the air. Brrr! Can you please make sure that your child comes to school with a named jumper, coat and any other wintry, warm accessories for play times and lunch. We will be keeping the field open at these times, even as the weather turns so that we can maximise the space and children’s enjoyment. This will obviously be regularly risk assessed. You will soon be hearing from your child’s Key Phase Leader regarding this.
I cannot end this newsletter without saying a huge thank you to Carole Anne, our PTA Chair, who is stepping down this year. She has been the driving force behind raising over tens of thousands of pounds for the school and has inspired, led and encouraged our parents to become actively involved in our school community. I have never seen more tenacity or commitment shown to her most recent project, replacement of the school toilets. A truly inspirational Chair! Gina Horastead is also stepping down as Treasurer. As a pair, their positive approach and support has been invaluable to the school. Thank you. And that is that! Enjoy the sunny yet slightly crisp October!
Mrs Harris - Head of School
Meet the Governors
Jan Murphy – Vice Chair of Governors
Now in my 14th year of governance, I joined the team whilst our three children were pupils at the school. I find the role challenging, enjoyable and an opportunity to support our community whilst helping nurture future generations. With 20 years aviation industry experience encompassing customer service management and corporate training, I also trained as a primary school teacher, teaching in a local village school for four years. I value personal development; specifically equitable access to all levels of education. My governor role has supported school leadership within the School Council and Stakeholder voice, the English curriculum and as class link governor to the current year R. Presently, I am vice chair of governors developing a focus on Safeguarding, SEND, and Growth Mindset within the core and wider curriculum.
We had a wonderful harvest assembly on Tuesday. Each year group contributed their own special celebration. We had harvest songs, myths, poems set to music and even a vegetable fashion parade. Rev. Lynn concluded the assembly with a reflection. A huge thank you for all the donations that were generously sent in. St Augustine's were very grateful to receive such a large quantity of food and drink. Thank you too, to the PTA for organising both the collection and distribution of the donations.
Meet the House Captain
Caernarfon “Hello, My Name is Scarlett and I am delighted to be House Captain for Caernarfon. I am in year 6 Pride.
As a House Captain, I would like to help raise money for the school by organising a variety of events, including cake sales and own clothes days. Additionally, we have a massive playground and an even larger field, and I believe it would be fantastic if we could purchase some new equipment, so there is always something to do during playtime. I am part of the junior leadership team, who interview new staff members, help the teachers around the school and accompany teachers on learning walks, where we visit each class from to see what is happening in the lesson.
I love going to Langton Green Primary School because it has wonderful teachers who encourage us to do our best.There are a veriety of opportunities to represent the school; whether it is swimming, football, netball, art, music or academic subjects, there is something for everyone. I particularly like the idea of “buddies”, because I believe that it helps the year R children settle into primary school. I have 2 “buddies”, and I regularly visit them in their little playground and play with them for a while.
I think that Langton Green Primary School is an Outstanding school, and together with the Senior Leadership Team I hope to make it even better”.
It has been a positive start to the school year with whole school attendance currently at 97.9%.
Some Facts About Attendance:
* It is the school, not the parent, that decides whether or not to authorise an absence. · The school gate closes at 8:55am. Pupils arriving after this time must enter school by the main entrance.
* Class register is taken at 9am. Pupils arriving after this time must report with their parents to reception and sign the late book.
* Afternoon register is taken at 1:30pm
* Children can feel embarrassed when they enter the classroom late and it does disrupt the learning of others.
* Prolonged absence from school can lead to loneliness. It can make it harder for your child to get along with children and other friends.
* Keeping children off of school for no good reason is a criminal offence.
We are looking forward to our special ‘Attendance Ted’ assembly on
Friday 2nd November.
Your friendly, local Attendance Officer, Kelly Tomlinson
Well done to Curiosity class for having the highest attendance for week ending 30th September.
Football What a great start to the year our keen footballers had when we attended a Primary Schools Football tournament at Somerhill on Monday 24th September! A big thank you to Jamie and Adam who came to manage the teams and have also provided us with a wonderful write up for the newsletter!
“The U9's had a fantastic first outing as a team! Winning 2, drawing 2 and losing 2. Our goals came from George (3) - Gabriel (2) - Zac (1) Special mention for Zac, who was our goalkeeper for most of the afternoon, he was exceptional in his role - keeping 3 clean sheets over the 6 games. Also for Amelie, Olivia and Louie between the three of them, over the 6 games, provided the opposition with a defensive masterclass! Thanks again for the invite, they were a pleasure to coach/manage”
The two U11 teams were a credit to our school. Positive, respectful, tenacious and competitive! “The blue team started off with a tough first fixture but then proceeded to improve and improve. Each and every player contributing to a fantastic team spirit and work ethic - George bossing his GK area, defending as a team and ball winning expertise from Owen, Siena, Will, Stanley and Isaac. Great midfield drive from Louis, super skills from Arthur and Patrick and some pace to burn with Will. The team got their tactics spot on and fully deserved to reach the Shield final, and winning with a superb goal from Arthur, assisted by Will.
The red team were hungry from the off and should have been rewarded with more goals and wins in their group games, but they still topped the group. A superb defensive display from Luke, Sam, Jacob and Caiden meant they didn’t concede a single goal in the whole tournament (and hardly gave a single chance away). The energy further up the pitch was second to none from Harrison, Ben, Finn and Maisie, winning the ball back high up the pitch on many occasions. Possibly the most one sided cup final witnessed in history (no joke!), saw us batter the opposition goal with chance after chance - but we couldn’t make it count with the opposing GK doing well. It then came to the heroes and heartbreaks moment of penalties, and true to form in these situations, the team who deserved to win unfortunately lost out, bitterly disappointing for us.
A great day, lovely pitches and lots of success - everyone should be very proud”.
Hever Junior Triathalon
Freddie – “At the triathalon we had to swim one hundred meters,ride 4.1K and run 1.3K”
Gabriel – “ It was very hard because the lake was freexing cold and when you got out of it you had to take your wetsuit off and fiddle with your helmet and our hands were freezing”
Monty – “I found the bike ride was muddy and I got the prize of the muddiest person. I also did it in 42 minutes”
Austin – “I found that the swim was the hardest and I could barley move. The cycle was easiest because it didn’t take much effort”.
Gabriel – 43mins
Monty – 42 mins
Austin – 45 mins
Freddie – 46 mins
Written by Freddie.
A note from the PTA
Now that the new school year is well under way and the summer feels like a distant memory, we would like to say a quick hello and introduce ourselves as the new PTA.
We will be arranging all the usual events but also hoping to introduce some new initiatives as well. The PTA only works with your support and we know more of you want to get involved but we appreciate that time is precious with multiple demands on you. In light of this we’ll be trialling a new idea called PTA Bitesize. More on this soon.
We are looking forward to the year ahead as we have lots of exciting projects to work on. If you have any questions, please do email PTA@langtonpta.org.uk or grab one of us at school.
Don’t forget that the fireworks tickets go on sale soon. Hope to see you there.
Natasha, Rebecca, Karen and Carin
Sabah bravely donated her hair to the little Princess Trust – she writes:
“On Friday the 21st of September, I cut my hair for charity. I did it for the Little Princess Trust and at the end of it all I raised £260 for Macmillan Cancer support. I managed to give away 7 inches of my hair which will be used to make wigs for people with cancer and who have lost their hair. Thank you to everyone who helped me and gave money to this worthy cause”.
Sabah, Year 5