On 6th and 7th, the FW and FT parents were treated to a fabulous nativity. It was fun and the children performed beautifully. It takes a great deal of hard work from the staff team to prepare the children for such events and my thanks go to them all.
UKS2 visited Beaumont Care Home on 8th. They sung some Christmas carols and a song from their performance of The Peace Child. It was lovely to build on the relationships begun at our visit in October. The children gained hugely from this experience and the residents seemed to enjoy it too
On 11th, it was the turn of FS and KS1 to perform their Christmas show, Gnome Alone, to a full house. They were fantastic. The audience was blown away and the children enjoyed it immensely. As always, I marvelled at how well they acted and sang and how well the staff team had prepared them.
After school the same day, drama club put on a low-key performance of A Rhyming Christmas Carol. Yet more costumes, props, words learnt and dances were on show and it was a great success.
Tuesday saw all the children from Reception to Year 6 go off to watch Aladdin (oh yes they did) at the Alban Arena. It was great fun and, as always, the children behaved beautifully and were a real credit to Longwood.
On Wednesday, the Christmas celebrations continued with Christmas lunch. The school council reps had requested a festive meal of chicken nuggets and potato wedges and this was followed by Christmas cookies, baked by children who had entered a competition run by the school council. There was a fantastic array of cookies and it was hard for the judges to choose an overall winner. Originally, they had decided to pick three winners. Eventually, they settled on eight! Congratulations to Rocco, Constantine, Sophia T, Niam, Arthur, Paige, Lauren and Jason, whose cookies were voted the best looking.
After lunch, we had an afternoon of fun, consisting of an inter-house Christmas quiz, Christmas “Name That Tune”, a paper chain race and a poetry recital. Well done to Rowling house who were the winners.
On Thursday 14th, UKS2 performed The Peace Child to another packed house. It was a fantastic performance and a great team effort. How the children learn so many words, take on such bold characters and keep cheerful is amazing. Well done to everyone concerned, especially the staff team.
On 24th, we held our Musicians’ Assembly. There was a fantastic array of talent on show. The children had practised hard to show off their skills and the audience was not disappointed. The massed ensemble (choir, keyboards and various musicians) performed Mamma Mia and we had many individual performances too on a variety of instruments. A huge thank you to Mrs Sangster for masterminding this event. Photos are on the website, so please take a look.
Bingo Night was a huge success. Apart from raising £427 for school funds, which is a fantastic achievement, the evening was immense fun, with parents and children all enjoying using their dabber pens and winning prizes for corners, lines and full houses. The raffle was a highlight too.
We ran a homework workshop for LKS2 parents. This was an opportunity for everyone to understand homework tasks and how best they can help their children at home. I hope that everyone who attended enjoyed it and felt that it was worthwhile.
KS2 visited the Beaumont care home in Bushey. We entertained the residents with a medley of harvest songs and then spent some time chatting with them and enjoying their company. It was such a lovely experience for our children and one that we will definitely be repeating. We have already been invited back before Christmas.
Another highlight was our harvest festival, which took place at St James’ Church in Bushey. All of the children performed beautifully and the parents were treated to poems, songs and even a Longwood harvest rap! Thank you to everyone who came to support this important event in the school year.
We celebrated “Green Week” at Longwood. The week started with an assembly about why we need to recycle. You may remember that last year’s LKS2 won a “Lunch Box No Waste” award last year. A representative from Affinity Water led our assembly and awarded us with a trophy!
On Friday afternoon, we had a feedback assembly, when all of the classes shared what they have learnt this week. FS sang two songs about recycling, KS1 showed us some posters about what to do with litter, LKS2 told us a story that they had written themselves about the dangers of sea pollution and how it can affect a whole array of sea life, and UKS2 shared a PowerPoint presentation about various aspects of pollution, recycling and climate change. It was a powerful assembly and really made everyone think.
We held a McMillan coffee morning - Wow! We had so many cake donations. Many thanks to everyone who baked for us. Thank you too to everyone who came along and supported us. It was lovely to see so many parents meeting and chatting. Everyone agreed that there was a great atmosphere, helped by our Year 6 children who served, entertained and cleared up afterwards!
We had many cakes entered into the cake competition. Well done to everyone, but special congratulations to Rebecca and Charlotte, whose turtle chocolate cake won third place, Rayyan, whose delicious chocolate cake won second place and to Alex, whose strawberry extravaganza won first place.
Thank you to Ava and Amelia MD, our events prefects, for organising the whole event, including a most informative assembly last week, when they explained where the money goes.
I am delighted to announce that we raised £368.70. What a fantastic effort, for a great cause.
We held a Letters and Sounds evening at the beginning of the year. It was great to see so many parents and feedback has been that you all found it very informative.