Ruislip Residents' Association

Lady Bankes Schools' Christmas Concerts

The Nursery and Infants School presented their Christmas Concert on Tuesday, November 29th. All the performers were from three to four years old and every pupil played some part in the performance.

The concert was opened by Mrs. McCarter's class with Christmas Shopping. They all carried sparkly shopping bags and gave a lively performance of the song I Like Christmas Shopping with the children doing the actions to illustrate the words.
They sang about the different gifts they had bought for members of their families and showed these to the audience. Finally after all their shopping they fell down exhausted at the end.

The next item was presented by Miss Hall's Class who performed the song Dear Santa with each child asking Santa for something they really would like for Christmas such as a new bike, trainers and orange and yellow socks. Each child held up the item they wanted. This was followed by Christmas Hit with the children singing We're gonna have a wonderful party.
They certainly did get into the party spirit! The audience joined in by clapping to the music. Some pupils were playing musical instruments and moved to the music like true pop stars. It was great fun!

Miss Lambie's class then performed Christmas Dinner All Around the World. Some children were dressed as turkeys, carrots, potatoes,green sprouts and those in an all brown costume represented gravy - all the ingredients of Christmas dinner. Other pupils were dressed in national costumes from around the world and carried their national flags.

Finally Mrs. Cowley's Nursery Class accompanied by the Reception Class performed a traditional Nativity. As expected there was a procession on to the stage of angels, a boy carrying a gold star, stable animals, shepherds. Mary and Joseph who all stood a round the crib in which baby Jesus lay. Finally the three kings bearing their gifts made an entrance. The assembled group sang Away in a Manger, It's A Party for Everyone: Jesus the Saviour Has Come To Us.
The concert closed with the whole cast singing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

All the teachers should be congratulated for all their hard work which was rewarded by a brilliant concert with such young performers. Well done to everyone concerned.

The Junior School Years 5 and 6 concert Robin Hood took place on Thursday December 15th. The pupils retold the story with songs, music and dance of the well known character who robbed the rich to give to the poor. The first part of the story was performed by Year 6 pupils. The opening scene Out in the Forest explained that the villagers were unhappy with the Sheriff and did not want to pay more taxes. Harry Danns gave a confident performance as Robin Hood. As the scenes progressed the audience learned how some of the villagers join Robin and his Merry Men and eventually steal from the rich to give to the poor villagers. Each scene flowed seamlessly from the other and the scenes were interspersed with lively songs. At the end of the first part of the story the Year 6 performers were replaced by Year 5 pupils. Robin Hood was played by Adam Harabi and Annabelle Brown was an excellent Sheriff as she planned to make the villagers pay. Robin falls into the Sheriff's trap and becomes a prisoner but all ends happily as Robin escapes and overcomes the Sherrif. Peace is finally restored in Nottingham and the villagers join Robin in a celebration party. The message of the story was evident in the final song Learning to Respect Every Person the Same.

It was a thoroughly entertaining performance which was appreciated by the audience who enthusiastically applauded the performers at the end. All the staff involved in the rehearsals worked very hard to make the show a success and they were thanked by Mrs. Needs, the Headteacher.

Published in Primary on 26 January 2017.
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