Friday 21st December 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,

As this term closes I would like to thank you all for the support that you have given to the school during Terms 1 and 2.

We have managed to get to Christmas without snow, however the weather has been quite unpleasant this last two weeks, and the children are very aware of wrapping up at playtimes and keeping warm.

For me Christmas starts with the beginning of the Nativity Plays, which were both wonderful this year, the singing, acting and narration was some of the best I have ever seen and heard, well done all.

I have enclosed again 2018/2019 term dates.  We have again commissioned holiday clubs for all school closure arrangements.  Information will come out closer to the time.

Mr Robinson will leave us on Friday 21st December and we have appointed Charlotte Smith, who is an experienced teacher, to cover his class hopefully until the end of the school year.

I am pleased to able to let you know that we have recruited a new school caretaker, Mike Ling.  Mike joined us at the beginning of the term and is doing an excellent job of maintaining and improving our school site.

Have a lovely Christmas break and I look forward to hearing all of the children’s stories in January.

Mrs Maureen Thompson

Headteacher

Mathletics termly winners

Well done to the following pupils for finishing in the top 10 within the whole school. You will receive a certificate from Mr. North at the end of this term.

- Pupil Year Group Total Points
1st Artur Obuchowski Year 4 84,018
2nd Heidi Hertlein Year 2 25,340
3rd Harry Thomson Year 3 22,330
4th Michael Obuchowski Year 1 14,254
5th Dylan Latty Year 1 13,286
6th Otis Gough Year 1 12,647
7th Adeife Ogunshowo Year 2 12,420
8th Oliver Thomson Year 6 12,230
9th Bethan Steel Year 1 10,460
10th Jazmine Malik Year 1 9,710

Further congratulations go to TAWNY OWLS, for earning the most points within the school, with a whopping 117,244 Mathletics points this term!

Please ensure that your child is accessing Mathletics at least once a week. This will help them to continue their Maths learning journey outside of school, whilst having some fun with numbers!

Thanks for your support,

Mr. North

(Maths coordinator)

School Meals

The deadline for ordering meals for the first week of term is Tuesday 1st January 2019 

FSU Nativity

We would like to thank all the children for their absolutely amazing performances in the FSU Nativity. They were stunning performances produced by the FSU team and we all had a lot of fun in making the production a huge success. We would also like to thank all the staff for their hard work, families for the costumes and your support in cheering on the children.

 A message to all our superstars: Wow! You were Fab-u-lous, we are so very proud of you all.

Key Stage 1 Nativity

We are very proud of all the Key Stage 1 children who participated in the Nativity ‘Shine Star Shine’. The children have worked very hard this term to learn the songs and dances, as well as their lines. Well done to the Year 1 children for their super singing in the choir and congratulations to the children in Year 2 for loud, clear voices in all performances. We have thoroughly enjoyed putting on this production, despite the volume of tinsel that needed clearing away, and would like to thank all the children, staff and parents for their support. We would also like to thank all the children and their families who came to a beautiful performance in St Edburg’s church, it was a very special evening and the children did brilliantly!

Bicester Swimming Gala - 12th December 2018

Team: Jack Green, Tom Sames, Holly Whaymand, Maddy Sollis, Anoushka Tatineni, Isla Dunn, Thomas Styles and Maddox Moore

It was the time of year once more, for the annual Bicester primary schools swimming gala. This years’ team, which was made up of children from Year 5 and 6, had big shoes to fill, with Langford finishing in the top three over the past two years.

Ready and eager to go, the Langford children were filled with optimism, confidence and eagerness to do their very best. Langford were given lane 1 for their races, and faced many strong swimmers, who represented 12 different schools from around the Bicester area. However, Langford started with some impressive displays from the off. All children won their own individual races, across the four different strokes (Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle). Evidently, the Langford swimmers had plenty to cheer about and this was matched by the parents and family members who came along to support for the morning.

The final two races were the relays – the Medley relay and the Freestyle relay. Both the boys and girls won their relay races by at least a pool’s length – impressive displays all round. 

The results were then collected and Langford were announced as first place overall. Well done Langford! We have now qualified once again for the North Oxfordshire finals, which will take place during Term 3. Good luck! The team would like to thank the parents who came to cheer and Mrs Tatineni who accompanied them for the morning.

Girls Festival

A group of Year 4 girls recently attended the Bicester Schools Girl’s Festival where they had the opportunity to take part in different activities. This year, the girls enjoyed receiving coaching from Kizzie from Bicester Cheerleading. The girls took part in a warm up dance then learnt how to perform different formations. Next they played Bean Bag golf where they had to practice throwing and catching skills and finished off the morning by learning to trampoline. They did jumps, drops and back drops. The girls all enjoyed and are keen to continue trying new activities.

Bicester Cross Country

This year saw Langford taking a full compliment of runners to the first round of the country Cross Country competitions. For some, it was their first time running outside of school. The Year 1 boys and girls teams were made up of Declan McMaster, Evie Johnson, Isla Walker and Naira Silva Gomez-Menor, Logan Phillips, Ralfs Sprogis with Sebastian Ribeiro and Jenson Womack from Year 2 joining them. We were thrilled that they enjoyed the experience and Sebastian finished in 5th place and will compete in the next round in early in December. 

The Year 3 and 4 girls team were Emily Davies, Lucia Haverley, Aihoa Silva Gomez-Menor, Poppy Juggins, Poppy Naylor and Eva O'Regan. For some this was a new experience but for others, they had been here before. Once again, it was a tough race and the ground was already churning up but the girls ran well. Eva O'Regan came in 6th place. The Year 3 and 4 boys raced an exciting race with George Leech setting of at a great pace which he sustained over the course. There were a few slips and falls but all runners did well. George raced home with a spring finish to take 1st place! Harry Johnson and Leo Barker making it through to the top 20 runners who qualify for the next round. 

The Year 5 and 6 girls are a talented group of runners - some of whom are involved with Bicester Athletics Club. They have enjoyed great successes over the last 4 years and this year was no different. Belle Webb stormed home in 1st place with Charlie O'Hara in 3rd, Jessica Garside in 6th, Maya Evans in 13th, Anoushka Tatieni in 15th. The team were ably supported by Erin O'Regan and Zuki Leonard. The team had a combined total of 54 - 80 points ahead of the second placed team! 

Finally, the Year 5 and 6 boys competition and what a competition it was! Thomas Styles a seasoned triathlete with Biceter Triathlon Junior Club, had been long preparing for the race and determined to do well. Langford's talented boys team consisted of: Sam Lawrence, Arran White, Roman Haverley, Kristian Hayes, Maddox Moore, Tom Staples, Louie Ribeiro - all of whom are runners in Mrs Thompson's Cross Country Club and talented in an array of sports in and out of school. Thomas set the pace and finished way ahead of the rest of the field to take 1st place with Sam Lawrence sprinting over the line for 3rd! Tom Staples in 9th enabling the boys to secure a place in the finals. 

U11 Girls and Boys National League Football Competitions

This year, the school entered teams into the National League Football competitions held at Oxford City Football ground in Oxford. Both teams have an amazing track record within the Bicester schools and the school boasts successes in each of the leagues. The teams were regarded as favourites and performed exceptionally well with the boys winning every game in their first rounds, thus securing a place in the Quarter Finals which they won and headed into the Semi Finals. Sadly, the boys encountered tough opposition and lost out. The boys displayed great team spirit. The team were: Jacob Neptune, Lewis Hawkins, James McKay, Maddox Moore, Leo Simpson, Sam Lawrence, Taylor Dixon, Harley Gardner, Jack Green and Lucas Griffiths-Brown

The girls were inspired by the successes of the boys team and were determined to do their very best. Once more, Langford Village dominated in the pool stages winning comfortably three of their four matches and drawing 1-1 against Sir John Fisher. The girls made it through as pool winners to the Semi Finals. They showed composure and produced a great performance to win and secure a place in the finals! Once again, we faced Sir John Fisher and knew we had to dig deep to pull off a win. The great camaraderie and positive attitudes shone. The girls played well, passed accurately and took their chances. A winning goal from captain, Lucy Willoughby ensured we won. The girls now head into the regional finals in February. Team: Lucy Willoughby, Asha Butler, Grace Baird, Isla Dunn, Emily Durrant, Jessica Garside, Belle Webb, Charlie O’Hara, Leila Higginson and Maja K.

Langford Year 6 football team

After a busy first term of training, the three Langford football teams were keen to get their seasons started during the wintry months of Term 2. All three teams (which includes the Langford A team, B team and Girls team), started their seasons off well.

The A team started with a solid 6 - 2 victory over Glory Farm A, which was followed up by a highly impressive 8 - 1 win over Kings Meadow A. 

The B team, joined them in a opening victory, with a superb team display against Glory Farm B -  their match ending as a 4-0 victory.

The girls begun their season against, potentially, their toughest opponents. After trailing 2-0 at half time to Kings Meadow, the girls managed to come away with a hard fought 3 - 3 draw. A hard earned point which could prove pivotal this season.

Well done to all three teams. We now look forward to a busy Term 3 and 4, with plenty of league fixtures to be played...watch this space. 

For more detailed matched reviews, which the players have written, please head to our website.

School council

The School Council would like to thank you all for your support over the last two terms.

In October, we were able to donate a large quantity of food supplies to The Bicester Food Bank, for which they were very grateful.  On the 16th November the school raised a staggering £600 for Children in Need. Lastly, on the 14th December we joined the country by wearing our Christmas jumpers for “Christmas Jumper Day” and raised £332 for Save the Children.

Thank you once again, School Council

Diary Dates

Friday 21st December 2018 School Finishes at 1.30
Tuesday 1st January 2019 Deadline for ordering lunches for the start of term.
Monday 7th January 2019 Back To School.
Thursday 17th January 2019 Girls Football Vs St Marys - Home Match
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 Year 1 Gaydon Transport Museum Trip.
Thursday 24th January 2019 Football Langford A Team Vs St Marys - Home Match
Wednesday 30th January 2019 Year 1 and 2 Multiskills.
Thursday 7th February 2019 Football Langford B Team Vs Kings Meadow - Home Match
Monday 11th February 2019 Year 6 Junior Citizens.
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