Welcome back to the new academic year. Firstly I would like to announce that Langford Village Primary School has been awarded the 'bronze' award in the national Sports Mark Award Scheme. We are delighted by this and hope to build on this, working towards the silver award by the end of the year! We look forward to continuing our sporting partnership with Ignite Sport, who will continue to deliver high quality outdoor PE sessions as part of the sporting curriculum, as well as offering additional after school clubs to both Key Stages 1 & 2.
We pride ourselves on our participation in local and regional festivals and celebrate the many successes we achieve. Pupils from across the school participate in a range of competitions as part of 'The Cooper School Family Sporting Partnership'. We ensure our planning and delivery support ALL pupils and are differentiated to ensure everyone takes part and develops to their own potential. We plan and support pupils with SENDS and Miss Fowler is the named contact for Inclusion. This academic year has seen us participating in the Year 5 & 6 Netball Festival at 'The Bicester School' (2 mixed teams), Year 5 & 6 Hockey Festival at 'The Cooper School' and winners of The Plate competition; Year 3 & 4 Football festival (2 teams). We also entered over 80 children in the Bicester Cross Country festival. Following the successes we had at this festival, we then qualified for the finals in Banbury taking 24 children who came in the top 20 in the heats. Last year saw us sending the Year 5&6 boys team to the finals and winning, this year sees us building on this success through our popular cross country coaching and will be sending Year 3 & 4 Boys team, Year 5 & 6 Boys and Year 5 &6 girls team to the County Finals on Friday 31st March. We have entered teams into the area tennis festival and were victorious in the U9 section. This is the first time we have entered teams into this competition.
We were delighted at the end of term to have received confirmation that Langford Village Primary School had been awarded the Bronze award. We have looked at the areas to focus on in order to be awarded silver this academic year. A survey for pupils and parents will be sent out this term.
To ensure ALL pupils are able to access the curriculum for PE, we have a lead contact. This is Miss Fowler who is also PE Coordinator. This role ensures that planning is tailored and differentiated to support pupils with additional needs and that medical concerns and support plans are shared with practitioners where necessary. If you have any concerns regarding your child's participation in PE lessons, please see your child's class teacher in the first instance.
We were delighted to see Eva O'Regan crossing the line in 1st place in the Year 1 & 2 Girls Race and George Leech crossing in 2nd place in the Year 3 & 4 Boys Race. In addition to this, we also have the Year 5 & 6 Girls team qualifying for the next round in the Spring Term.
The day had come for the North Oxfordshire swimming gala finals, and the brilliant Year 5/6 girls team entered the pool side full of determination and confidence. Sadly due to an injury, the team of six girls was reduced to five, with Pippa Cain-James on the poolside to cheer her team mates on. However, Cara Roe, Katie Groves, Ana Green, Anoushka Tatineni and Isla Dunn were ready and raring to go.
Each of Langford's brilliant swimmers competed well, giving everything they could in order toachieve their best. With Mr North's team talk ringing in their ears, they set off to repeat their success from the Bicester finals.
The afternoon went extremely well with a 2nd place finish in the freestyle relay kicking off the event. This was soon joined by an emphatic victory in the freestyle individual race from the talented Cara Roe. Not only did she set the fastest time in the Bicester final, she can now claim to be the fastest girl in North Oxfordshire. Well done.
Other strong results came in with Ana Green finishing 3rd in her butterfly race, and Anoushka and Isla bringing home a solid 4th in their two individual races. The girls rounded off a strong performance with a fantastic 3rd place finish in the medley relay.
However, with many other talented swimmers representing their own schools, the girls finished in an extremely impressive 3rd place overall....we will wear the bronze medal with pride.
This marks only the second time that Langford Village has got to this stage of the swimming competition. As a school, we have already improved our finishing position in this competition from last year. A huge achievement by the girls who went.
Well done to each girl who represented the school, everyone who came to support is very proud. Thank you to Mrs Tatineni who came to help on both days, and to any parents who made the trip to Banbury to cheer on the girls.
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 The Cooper School 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 Field 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 having beaten his man, 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! Huge well done to all involved!
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 (organised by Blessed George Napier School, Banbury) against the best schools in 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.
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 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.
On Wednesday 4th October, pupils from Years 1-6 took part in the first round competition for Cross Country. A total of 72 pupils took part! The competition was fierce and for om of our pupils, it was their first time representing the school and they did so to a high standard both in terms of performance, and behaviour.
The results below, show the names of children who poled in the top 20. a special mention to the pupils in the Year 5 & 6 categories who earlier in the day, represented the school in the U11 Rugby Festival and were victorious - we know how well you all played and how hard you all tried. Thank you.
The Year 1 & 2 boys have qualified for the next round in Sibford and they will be notified by letter.
Year 3 & 4 boys team qualified in 1st place and will go through to the next round in Sibford on 20.11.17. A letter will be sent to those children involved.
Year 5 & 6 Girls team have qualified in 1st place for the next round at Sibford on 20.11.17. A letter will be sent home to those involved.
All children who finished in the top 20 (listed above) and the top finishing teams will receive a letter with details of the next round at Sibford School on Monday 20th November 1 - 3pm.
Report by Mr Robinson
The Langford Year 5 and 6 Tag rugby team showed off a wonderful array of skills at the latest Cooper Tag Rugby Festival that would have made the world rugby stars of past and present very envious. With a squad of nine, Langford set off on the 4th October eager to show off what they had learnt in their PE lessons and they certainly did not disappoint. Fearless attacking and bulldog defence enabled the team to win the tournament with a record of three wins and one exciting draw.
The boys and girls' passionate desire and they-who-dare-wins ethos shone as bright as a golden Web Ellis cup on a late Australian night and, from the off, the Langford All-stars were relentless. Despite it being their first outing as a team, the children carefully took on board the words by their super-coach, Mr Wilson. Straight defensive lines quickly turned into potent attacking opportunities that resulted in twenty three tries.
Desire to play as a team and do the small, unnoticed, nitty, gritty things on the field provided a platform for the Langford-Express, Jacob Neptune to shine with 15 tries. James Bridge and Harris Pearce Bates were the workhorses who typified the go-forward-until-we-are-stopped approach and won the team precious yardage. Gnarly, dogged defence by Katie Groves, Isabelle Webb and Jessica Garside frustrated the opposition to the point of outrage. James Durbin's ankle-breaking side steps flummoxed defenders, while Layla and Nicole Parker twirling attacks and pace down the lines had their opposing numbers gasping at thin air. The amalgamation of individual skills, exceptional attitude, graceful sportsmanship and impeccable politeness made the Langford Year 5 and 6 Tag rugby team a force not only to be feared but also to be extremely proud off as they achieved their first ever rugby competition win.
The Year 4 football team set out with victory in mind at the Cooper football competition on Wednesday, and they didn't have to wait long to taste success. Lucas Griffiths Brown got the side off to a blistering start as the side won 1-0, courtesy of some great build up play from Harley Gardner. This win was followed by three more on the bounce, to project Langford to the top of their group without conceding a goal. Credit has to go to the strong defence of Bea Farrow and Izzy Samples and the tireless efforts of Zuki Leonard, who provided a platform for Harley and Lucas to grab the goals to take us through.
Up next was the Quarter-Final, where a strong Charlton side took the lead, as impressive goalkeeper Jack Green was beaten for the first time in the competition. However, the gritty determination of the team and some impressive passing allowed Langford to score 2 late goals and see us through to the Semi-Final.
After a nervous win, the team needed to respond if they were to go all the way. Harley Gardner showed no signs of nerves as he capped off his performance with a couple of goals, as more impressive goalkeeping from Jack Green managed to earn the side another clean sheet and an impressive 2-0 win.
Eventually, a final against Kings Meadow loomed. Langford looked eager to get off to a good start and Lucas Griffiths Brown poked home in the first 10 seconds to give us a 1-0 advantage. Kings Meadow pushed, but Bea Farrow and Izzy Samples stood firm. And then came the chances to put the final to bed, and Lucas and Harley tucked them away neatly for an impressive 3-0 scoreline. Kings Meadow did not give up, and the tired legs of Langford were now showing. The ever-fresh Zuki Leonard doing her best to stop wave after wave of attack. A goal did come in the last seconds to make it 3-1, but Langford held on to take the title. The side, who for some were representing their school for the first time, did the whole school proud, and showed phenomenal teamwork and support for each other throughout. This was the key ingredient for finishing 1st out of 22 teams.
The Year 3 football team show-cased an exciting brand of football at the recent Cooper football competition in Bicester. For over half the team, this was their first foray into a competitive game of football but their performance portrayed a confident and happy bunch of players that were unafraid to give it their all.
The gritty attitude was evident in how each team member contributed invaluably to the game. The defensive rocks of Evie Petry and Poppie Naylor provided the industrious Harry Johnson enough ball to set off attacking passes to the equally hard working George Leach. George with five goals and Evie and Harry with one apiece showed we were always keen to take on the opposition. Sonny Whiting was an equally dazzling performer with persistent defensive work and never-ending chases of balls kicked long by Leo Barker who showed a lot of flair in taking the ball high up high the pitch when needed.
Despite playing three Year 4 teams in their pool, the team ended the tournament with three wins, one loss and a draw and can certainly take a lot of encouragement from how they were able to hold their ground on the pitch and show humility, politeness and sportsmanship off it. Well done Year 3, the school and your parents should be proud of what you were able to achieve.
On Thursday 5th October, 3 boys from Years 5 and 6 were selected to attend a Talented Rugby Day run by Magdalen College, Oxford. The coaching was led by Alan Awcock (former London Welsh player, Wasps DPP and Level 3 Coach) and Grant Seely (former Northampton Saints, England player & RFU Level 4 and Wasps DPP Coach). As well as the rugby training sessions, the day included a strength & conditioning element and leadership tasks.
The feedback from James Bridge, James Durbin and Harris Pearce-Bates was that it was 'awesome!' and that the food was great. We hope to offer other opportunities for pupils excelling in different sporting areas and also encourage other pupils to find an activity that they will enjoy.
This term, the children will compete in a Cross Country run. All children will take part during their outdoor PE session and will run the following distances:
Age Group Distance (approx)
Year 1 & 2 600m
Year 3 & 4 1050m
Year 5 & 6 1450m
The children coming 1st will receive 3 counters, second place will receive 2 counters and in third place will get 1 counter. At the end of the week, the counters will be added together and the House with the most number of counters will win the House Cross Country award. Each child will get a certificate for taking part.
The competition will also be an opportunity to select teams of 8 to enter into the Bicester Schools Cross Country Competition on 4th October. More information will be sent to these pupils.
On Monday 16th October, the pupils were taught the values of respecting each other and their differences. During assembly Sensei David from Oxford Sport Transformation Martial Arts gave a demonstration of skills and talked about confidence, respect, self-discipline, stranger awareness and bully tactics. The pupils have been given a flyer if they would like to try a free session. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Healthy Bicester partnership, the school is delighted to be taking part in the National Fitness Day on September 27th. The pupils will be getting active for 10 minutes in the day! We hope to also take part in the Get Moving initiative where children complete physical activities throughout the day.
We would also like to promote THE BLUE LINE. Most residents of Langford Village will have seen the blue line around the community highlighting a 5km route. Bicester now has an additional 2 routes, details of which can be found on their website.
The week of the 18th September is Deaf Awareness Week. We will be holding an assembly to look into the achievements of deaf people and here we will look at deaf British sports men and women who have achieved so much.
The week of 18th September is Deaf Awareness Week. We will be holding an assembly to find out more. There are so many talented deaf sportsmen and women overcoming so many obstacles. There are currently 25 deaf football teams in England with some deaf players playing in league teams. There is also Deaflympics which is an event where people with hearing impairements compete in a number of events. A prominent player in the world of Rugby Union is Ben Cohen.
Rugby players feared him! Cohen has a 33% hearing loss in both ears although, when playing for England and winning the world cup, he was able to hear the crowd cheering during his fifteen year career which saw him play for Northampton, Brive and Sale Sharks. He scored 267 points in total and won the Rugby World Cup with England in 2003!
Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Alun played cricket for Glamorgan. Alun lost his hearing in childhood and wears a digital implant to amplify sound. Having grown up with Alun, it has been a privileged to see him play and his hearing loss has not prevented him from playing football, rugby and cricket to a high standard. Discussing his hearing loss with me, Alun says that he was forced to rely on his other senses particularity sight. Being able to watch the angle of the bowler's arm and the spin on the ball enabled him to do well. Here is a link to a video clip of Alun bowling for England Deaf Cricket Team in India.