Friday 24th November 2017

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,

As we appear to be rushing towards Christmas at great speed, I would urge you to look at the school calendar so that you do not miss out on any of the activities planned.

Thank you for all your support at parents evening and the recent changes we have made to the system we offer. Occasionally the noise level in the hall can become rather loud. Please be aware of the high ceilings in this space as this can increase sounds that may come from younger children getting over excited and running around.

I would especially draw your attention to the Christmas fete on Saturday 9th December in the school grounds. I would ask you to donate to the tombola stall as you have for many years and a non-uniform day for the tombola will be on Friday 1st December.

The weather has been getting very cold recently and I would ask you to make sure your children bring into school a jumper, cardigan or fleece to wear around school, too many are coming to school in bad weather in short sleeved yellow school tops and are feeling very cold even with coats on at lunch and playtimes.

Please enjoy your Christmas preparations and I hope that your children enjoy the activities planned at school.

Best wishes

Mrs Maureen Thompson

Headteacher

A team of 6 boys and 6 girls represented Langford Village at this year's Bicester Primary school swimming gala. Despite the pressure of following in the footsteps of last year's highly successful swimming team, the team of Year 5 and 6 students entered the poolside with confidence and determination.

Returning from last year, was Cara Roe, Pippa Cain-James, Ana Green, Harris Pearce-Bates and James Durbin. Joining them was Katie Groves (Year 6), alongside Isla Dunn, Anoushka Tatineni, Maddox Moore, Thomas Styles, James Bedding and Jacob Neptune.

The children competed in a range of individual races - freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke - plus two further relay events. The boys and the girls competed separately from one another in hotly contested races.

Mr North and Mrs Tatineni stood on poolside cheering every child on. All children represented the school excellently by finishing in either 1st or 2nd place in their races. Special mentions would like to be made for Maddox Moore, who smashed the competition with his impressive individual butterfly win, and the girls in their freestyle relay win, with Year 6's Cara Roe starting the fourth leg in second place and powering through to seal the win for her team!

The results came in, after much deliberating by the event organisers. The boys finished 3rd, narrowly pipped to second place and the chance to go to the next round in December. However the girls stole the show by finishing joint 1st, securing their place in the North Oxfordshire finals.

Well done to all the children and the parents who came to support.

Year 4 Football

Our year 4 football team are to be congratulated once again, as they swept another set of opponents under the rug to win the North Oxfordshire football finals. Having qualified for this competition by winning at Cooper last term, the team now faced new challenges and tougher opponents.

They started brightly and were 1-0 up within the opening 5 seconds of their first match, a game they went on to win 3-2, courtesy of forward Lucas Griffiths Brown who scored a hat-trick. That was followed by a further 3 wins as Langford topped the group and progressed into the semi-finals.

Next up was a re-match of the final at Cooper, as Kings Meadow stood between them and a place in the final. A repeat score line of the final (3-1 win) saw Langford again, go all the way into the final.

Edward Feild School Kidlington had also looked strong all tournament, and they started well, racing into a 2-0 lead at half time. But Langford kept their heads and never gave up. Expert goalkeeping and defending from Jack Green and Izzy Samples respectively kept Langford in the tie and laid down the foundations for Lucas, Zuki, Bea and Harley to push on for goals. The teamwork paid off, and with minutes remaining, a quickfire double from Lucas got Langford level. Seconds left remaining, it was a time for heroes and leaders, and up stood captain Harley Gardner, who fired into the top corner from just inside the opponents half to win the game 3-2.

Langford now progress into the Oxford School Games Finals in April for the first time in the school's history.

Year 5/6 Tag Rugby:

Having already won the local tournament at Cooper, our boys and girls from Year 5 and 6 now faced a tougher challenge at Banbury Rugby Club against the rest of the best of North Oxfordshire.

Langford started well, and it took 4 matches before the side suffered their first loss. Hard fought and determined performances saw a flurry of tries from all angles, with Jacob Neptune, James Durbin, Katie Groves, Layla Parker, Nicole Parker and Belle Webb all breaking through to score tries.

However, with the tournament stretching out, and the cold winds and rain settling in, Langford could not maintain their early form and ended up with 2 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses.

The team can keep their heads held high, knowing that out of 46 schools in the North Oxfordshire area, a final place of 7th is very good, and all done with huge smiles and respect shown to all officials, opponents, and each other.

Roald Dahl Day Dress Up!

Year 3 ended T1 with a fantastic Roald Dahl day. The children all dressed up as their favourite character and we had a fashion show!

Throughout the day the children took part in Roald Dahl themed activities. We made Dream Jars and Dream Catchers inspired by The BFG story and we opened up a Chocolate Factory and made a chocolate bombs!

The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was a great end to our term's work!

Cash/cheque payments to school

As from Monday 27th November the front office will not accept cash payments being handed in that are NOT in an envelope with your child's name, class, amount enclosed and what the payment is for. Please use recycled envelopes wherever possible. Unfortunately school is not able to provide change so the correct payment must be in the envelope.

If you are paying by cheque you can either put it in an envelope as above or write all the details on the back of the cheque.

All school communications are now being sent electronically via school life (including permission slips) so the recording of payments with each event/trip is simplified by following the above request.

Thank you for your continued support.

Diary Dates

Type Here #
Thursday 7th December 2017 Key Stage 1 Christmas Nativity play 6pm.
Friday 8th December 2017 Key Stage 1 Christmas Nativity Play 2pm.
Saturday 9th December 2017 FOLVS Christmas Fete.
Tuesday 12th December 2017 FSU Nativity Play for Swallows and Flamingos 2pm.
Wednesday 13th December 2017 FSU Nativity Play for Sparrows and Swans 10am.
Wednesday 13th December 2017 Key Stage 1 Performance in St Edburgs Church 5.30.
Thursday 14th December 2017 Key Stage 2 Christmas Lunch.
Friday 15th December 2017 Christmas Jumper Day.
Friday 15th December 2017 Key Stage 1 Christmas Lunch.
Tuesday 19th December 2017 Last Day Of Term. School finishes at 1.30.
Thursday 4th January 2018 Back To School.
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