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The WinnersOn Friday, July 8th. BWI held their annual competition to reward the best musicians in several categories and choose the overall winner.

The first category was for Beginners who played a variety of instruments including piano, violin, drums and tenor horn. The next category was the Ensemble which included violins, recorders, ukuleles, drums and vocals. The Advanced musicians formed the final category with performances by pupils playing piano, clarinet, trumpet, drums and guitar.

After each category there was time for the judges - Year 12 music students from Bishop Ramsey School - to deliberate. There was also an opportunity for the pupils to hear performances from the secondary students.Following the first category Esme Porter (piano) and Frances Lay (violin) played Run by Leona Lewis. After the Ensembles Esme played Carangueijo by the Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Before the winners were announced there was an eagerly awaited drum recital by the talented Louis Cowling, whom the pupils remembered from last year, who played Waiting All Night by Ella Eyre.

The winners (pictured) were then announced. They were : Ella Stanbridge (Beginner - piano), Ted and Alice (Ensemble - recorders), Aaron Rodrigo (Advanced - piano). The Overall Winner and Young Musician of the Year 2016 was Caleb Huang (piano) who also won the trophy last year. The category winners were presented with a certificate and a £10 Promusic gift voucher. Caleb received a certificate, a £25 voucher and the trophy on which his name will be engraved once again.

The afternoon concluded with a second performance from Louis of Girls Like by Tinie Tempah.

The competition was organised by Mrs. Britton, the school's music specialist, who introduced each competitor.
First published on 15 July 2016.  Last updated on 22 July 2016

On Monday, June 27th. a concert was held in the school hall to showcase the pupils' music talents.

Mr. Ivor Johnstone, Interim Head Teacher, welcomed the parents and visitors and informed them that one sixth of the school's pupils were currently learning to play a musical instrument. They are taught by a valued group of peripatetic teachers from the Hillingdon Music Service.

Mrs. Kate Needs, the school's Head Teacher from September, introduced the first item which was a solo piano performance by Amy Newton which was followed by another piano solo by Ross Bell.

Next on the programme were a series of violin solos. Each pupil confidently introduced themselves and their pieces before they performed. One memorable performance of the evening was given by Daniel Macholl, Year 3, who played the haunting Irish tune Danny Boy on the violin. This was a beautiful rendition by one so young. Daniel then played A Song of Erin on the piano with equal aplomb.
Daniel MachollNathan SkinnerPhoenix HoareThe concert continued with various solo performances, a group of solos and duets played on a variety of brass instruments.
The drumming solos followed with a notable performance from Nathan Skinner, Year 3, who earned appreciative applause from the audience. There were also guitar solos and duets, a solo cello performance by Emma Savi and keyboard and saxophone solos and duets. The concert drew to a close with a very confident solo saxophone performance by Phoenix Hoare, Year 6.

It was a very enjoyable evening and an impressive display of the pupils' diverse musical talents.
Published on 13 July 2016

Bishop Winnington-Ingram Primary School devoted the week beginning June 6th. to celebrations which culminated in a wonderful Street Party in honour of HM The Queen's ninetieth birthday. The preparations began two months ago and the whole idea was the brain child of the school's History Coordinator, Mrs J Perrett.

The week began with a special assembly on the Monday morning. Children and staff entered the hall as usual but were greeted by the unusual sight of a throne and red carpet. This prompted much excited whispers of: "She's here!" and "She's really come!!" For a moment they might have believed that all their prayers had been answered. During May the children had all written letters to Her Majesty inviting her to attend their celebrations. The royal guests were announced and welcomed by loud applause and cheers from the assembled pupils. HM The Queen (aka Mrs Emma Kimsey HLTA) was presented with flowers by Mrs Gill Westbrook, Head Teacher,and the school's Head Boy and Girl. Her Majesty responded by thanking the pupils and teachers for inviting her and Prince Philip (not the real one) to share in their celebrations. Mrs Audrey Wright, Deputy Head, was permitted to interview the Queen about her life and work. She spoke in some detail about her childhood, education, the war, her work, her ascension to the throne and her own children.(Mrs Kimsey had certainly done her homework!!) The pupils had an absorbing history lesson.

Following the assembly the pupils returned to their classrooms to write an account of the morning's events. Her Majesty,accompanied by Mrs. Perrett, then toured the classrooms and permitted the children to ask her questions.
During the course of the week the pupils spent time making crowns and place mats in preparation for Friday's Street Party.

On Friday,June 10th. the weather played its part in making the Street Party a memorable occasion for pupils, staff, parents and visitors. Yes, the sun actually made an appearance! For the second time in the week the party was graced by the presence of HM The Queen( Mrs Kimsey had a busy schedule!) The playground looked like a residential street during Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee Year. Long tables were set out under awnings decorated with union flags all around the playground. All the children wearing their colourful crowns enjoyed a lunch of pizza followed by jelly and ice cream. Later everyone was given a piece of special birthday cake.

After lunch every group of pupils from Nursery to Year 6 made various presentations of poetry,song,dance and an instrumental recital. Finally a number of certificates were awarded to pupils who had won various art and writing competitions. At the end of the afternoon the children returned to their classrooms and were given a commemorative booklet
The Servant Queen inside which was a special book mark recording the school's celebrations. This was a souvenir from the Governors of the school.

The whole week was a wonderful celebration of our longest serving sovereign's ninetieth birthday and one which will remain long in the memory of all who were involved.

Mrs. Perrett and The Queen (Mrs Kimsey)Pupils Enjoying LunchThe Street Party

First published on 22 June 2016.  Last updated on 04 November 2016

The following articles were written by Year 4 pupils :

                                                                   GREAT GREEK TIMES

On Wednesday 10th. February BWI became Ancient Greek for the day. Aztecs, Tudors and even staff dressed up to make the day outstanding.
The children of Year 4 dressed fabulously as they waited for the action to start. The show had two actresses, one who was a time traveller and the other who assisted her. The time traveller visited Ancient Greece to find out lots of facts, We found out that Ancient Greeks loved the theatre as much as we do!
The time traveller met Zeus, the king of the gods, who helped her with her quest to find facts. We all enjoyed it very much. Mr. Blake alledgedly said, "It was better than a West End show."
After the show we learnt a rap about Ancient Greece as Mrs. Stone said, "I'm a big rap fan." We also went to the next door classroom to practise our acting skills. We acted being slaves, cooks and family members. Overall it was great Greek times.
                                                     Written by Eloise - Year 4

                                                         THE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC GREEK DAY!

Ancient Greek day started at school. We all had arrived in beautiful costumes; some wore white and red, some arriving with golden leaves around their heads. Firstly we enetered the hall and there was a white wall in front of us and a lady who looked like a cleaner.
We were told a humorous but interesting story about a time traveller! She met a Greek lady lady who helped us and helot, a slave from Sparta, who moaned a lot. Then we arrived back in class where we saw Gylcasta, a Greek lady, who showed us the layout and what goes on in an Ancient Greek house. Next we met the time traveller who told us about the Olympics which took place in Olympus, Did you know the Greeks did their Olympics naked?
"Greek day was amazing!" Some other people said, "It was funny but I still learnt more!" Greek day was fabulous.

Written by Georgia - Year 4.Time Traveller and her Assistant
First published on 16 March 2016.  Last updated on 15 April 2016

On Friday, February 12th. parents and guests were entertained by BWI's Year 5 pupils' production. It provided the audience with an opportunity to learn about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in a very imaginative way with song and dance. The choir represented hieroglyphs; each member wore a T-shirt with their own initials printed in the ancient Egyptian writing.

The show began with pupils who played the parts of Howard Carter (Mcjaven Gyamfi), Lord Carnarvon (Lily Dolling) and his daughter, Lady Evelyn (Hannah White) entering the tomb of the boy pharoah Tutankhamun in 1922. Elizabeth Gallup who played Tutankhamun was excellent and performed her opening song "I am sealed in this tomb for all eternity" very confidently. The backdrop to the stage showed changing images of the inside of the tomb containing ancient artefacts which added to the realism of the production.

One particularly creative part of the show which was played against the backdrop of a pyramid, explained the hierarchy of ancient Egyptian society with a servant at the bottom and the pharoah at the pinnacle. Each member of the group performed their own song explaining their work; after the servant there followed a farmer, a craftsman, a merchant, a scribe, a government official and finally the pharoah.

The audience also learned about Queen Hatshepsut, only the third woman to become a pharoah in 3,000 years of Ancient Egyptian history. The pupil who played the role of the feisty queen performed a song detailing her life. Next the King of the Dead, Osiris, depicted as a fun Elvis Presley character, sang about his judgement process and how the dead pharoahs became stars in the Belt of Orion, which was not only informative but thoroughly entertaining and met with laughter and applause. Finally the whole cast gave a rousing performance of " Look To The Stars ".

The two members of staff responsible for creating the production  were Mr. Matt Szurgot and Mr. Ignus Bornman and they deserve a great deal of credit for devising a very entertaining show. Well done, also to all the pupils who took part - they can be proud of their efforts.

The Cast of Year Five Production
Published on 17 February 2016

The following article was written by Bishop Winnington-Ingram pupils:

On the 25th. of November some BWI pupils went to the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy primary school in Hayes to celebrate Guru Nanak's birthday with them. It was an amazing experience that we should like to tell you more about.

Like our school, Guru Nanak Sikh Academy also adheres to some school values. They use the acronym SHARE to remind them of those values : service to others, humility, achievement, respect, equality.

We were welcomed by their head boy and head girl who showed us to their Gurdwara (temple). We had to take our shoes off and cover our heads to enter the Gurdwara to watch their celebration assembly. The assembly included stories, readings, music and prayers in Panjabi and English. After the assembly we were offered some sweet treats (langar) and then invited to join the children for lunch.We had curry, rice with peas and carrots, fruit and ice cream. As they don't eat meat they use paneer cheese and we also had yogurt.

After lunch we spent some time with the children in the playground for some fresh air before going back to classes. We quickly made lots of friends and they made us feel very welcome.

Later we visited our year groups in the Sikh pupils'BWI and GNSA pupils in class classes. They were doing different activities which we got to join in; we even made something tasty to eat! We made biscuit balls out of crushed digestive biscuits, puffed rice and condensed milk. Once we got home we put them in the fridge and when they went hard we could eat them.

After our time in class, our day at Guru Nanak Sikh Academy came to an end. It was great to learn more about the Sikh religion; about their beliefs, their place of worship and their holy book. We noticed many differences between Christianity and Sikhism, but also many similarities. We would like to thank them for making us feel so welcome and for being part of our community.

First published on 16 December 2015.  Last updated on 04 November 2016

Monday, October 12th. was the start of the school's multi-cultural week which was organised by Mrs. Johnston. Every class from Nursery to Year 6 took part and each group spent time learning about a country and presenting a display in the school hall. The staff and parents were delighted by the visit of the Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon who toured the displays on Wednesday afternoon and spoke to the pupils about their work. A group of musicians played a samba song called Brazil for the duration of the visit.

The fourteen colourful and informative displays featured countries as diverse as England, Japan, France, Namibia, Wales, Tonga, Republic of Ireland and Argentina. The pupils could speak very articulately about  their chosen country and had obviously engaged with the whole process which was a fun way of widening their experience of the world and its many cultures.

South AfricaThe Nursery class presented Gauchada,a folk tale from Argentina, which tells the story of a cowboy who made a moon shaped necklace from bone which he passed on to people he loved. First of all it went to his grandma and was passed down to successive generations. The children made moon necklaces from pasta and at the end of the week were to take them home and give to someone they love. The Reception class made a stunningly eye-catching display of all the animals of South Africa. The pupils who had learnt about New Zealand now know how to perform the Haka, the traditional Maori war dance, and part of their display featured a photograph of them in the playground looking quite fearsome!

All the pupils had put a great deal of effort into their displays which were a credit to them. Many of the parents as well as the Mayor and Mayoress went away having learnt new and interesting facts about many different countries.

First published on 18 October 2015.  Last updated on 03 November 2016

Natasha Baker with pupilsThe first of these events took place on Monday, July 20th. when the school received a special visitor. Natasha Baker MBE, Paralympic double gold medal winner came to present certificates to two pupils in Year 6 who had raised £100 for the South Bucks Riding for the Disabled.

It was a wonderful occasion; she met the pupils, gave a most interesting account of her career, answered questions after the whole school assembly and was kind enough to stay to sign autographs. She was completely charming and an inspiration to everyone.

On Tuesday, July 21st. the school held their Annual Awards Ceremony and was delighted to welcome James Coleman. Head Boy of Bishop Ramsey School as Guest of Honour to present the certificates, medals and cups. He gave a short talk to the pupils, recalling his days as a pupil at BWI and his plans to study medicine.James Coleman presents certificates
Published on 23 July 2015
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