Year 6 delivered an emotional farewell to Mr Pocklington (who is moving on to train to become a qualified primary school teacher). They've also been busy signed shirts and year books and hugging lots of friends and staff. Year 6 - you have been INCREDIBLE and we will miss you. Good luck in Year 7.
Good luck also to other children who are leaving us this year, and to two members of staff who are retiring: Mrs Ballard and Mrs Henry. Thanks for everything you've contributed to the Downs Junior School community and family. You'll be missed.
Have a wonderful summer everyone. See you in September.
Downs Junior School Orchestra treated audiences to a wonderful variety of pieces on Friday 21st July. They performed a classical piece by Mussorgsky called 'A Night on Bare Mountain'. They also performed their own composition 'No Hope' and a number of additional songs. We were also treated to solo performances from Maya, Barnaby, Molly, Aidan, Xanthe, Justin, Maizy, Laurie and Megan. Well done orchestra.
Click here to watch a playlist of video clips of Friday's concerts.
Particular thanks to our Year 6 orchestra members, who are moving on to secondary school in September. We will miss you. Keep playing and smiling!
Woweeeeeee, Year 6 performed their socks off today. Our audiences were wonderful too. Congratulations everyone. One more show to go... It's only a shame that Roald Dahl himself can't see the show - Dahl's Dream.
Following a beautifully sunny day of sporting prowess, healthy competitiveness, sportsmanship, endurance, power and agility, Downs Junior School STILL managed to muster enough energy to perform Waka Waka at the closing ceremony of Sports Day 2017. Well done everyone - just look at the=at coordination!
This year's top 3 bands visited Downs Infant School this afternoon to perform to the children and staff. They performed confidently and professionally, and brilliantly demonstrated their musical skills. To watch videos of their performances, visit the Battle of the Bands 2017 page or our school music YouTube channel.
Huge congratulations to the Year 6 team. Their first ever performance of Dahl's Dream was a triumph. Feedback from audience members has been incredibly positive and encouraging.
More photos can be seen on the Roald Dahl page. However this page is currently password protected, because we don't want you all to hear the songs and know our secrets, until the shows are over! Currently, only Year 6 can view that page.
They have 3 more performances next week. Tuesday morning to the rest of the school, then again on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon to families. Break a leg!
Well done to the 50 violinists who performed in today's concert to families. Huge thanks to our violin teacher, Lisa De Simone. To see photos and video clips from today's concert, and to learn more about violin lessons in school, visit the Violin page.
Thank you to everyone involved in this evening's sunny summer festival - especially to FODJ (Friends of Downs Junior School) and the staff volunteers.
Mega Choir sang beautifully and confidently, maintaining their harmonies and timings, sprinkled with gorgeous solos. Congratulations Mega Choir. Well done also to the Battle of the Bands Top 3 from this year's final. You played and sang sensationally! Magical music all round and the SUN was very happy!
CLICK HERE to watch videos of their performances.
4F and 4PY performed brilliantly in their concerts on Wednesday. It was hard to believe they've only had 9 lessons on pBuzz and ukulele. Huge thanks to our brass teacher Sarah Leeves. If any of you are interested in learning a brass instrument with Sarah, visit the brass page. Similarly, if you'd like to transfer your ukulele skills to guitar, contact our guitar teacher, Tom.
Extra thanks to our wonderful voice soloists (Tryphena, Ollie, Omer and Jemima) and our percussionists (Albert, Ewan and Albert). Well done to our surprise special guest in the 4F concert - Patrick. He sang from the sidelines with such passion and joy. Thanks Patrick!
Good luck to all the children who are performing in tomorrow's ukulele and pBuzz concerts.
I know you are going to musically SHINE!
A reminder that the performance times are:
4PY - 13:50 - 14:10
4F - 14:50 - 15:10
Families are very welcome to attend.
Thanks and congratulations to today's musicians: Rosie, Thad, Florence, Jasmine, Suzie, Ella, Evie, Leo, Adele, Flora, Misa, Claudie, Betty and Sophie (all on piano) and Laurie (on double bass).
Your performances on piano and double bass were incredible. You had clearly practised a lot., and some of you had even memorised a lot of your music. It was impressive when some of you improvised some melodies and performed music you'd composed yourselves.
Huge thanks also to our talented teachers: Alice Hawkes (piano) and Francesca Urquhart (Double Bass).
Video playlists are available to watch on the PIANO page and the DOUBLE BASS page. Have a look and a listen!
We are sorry to inform you that keyboard lessons will no longer be available at Downs Junior School from September 2017.
Celebrating the BBC Ten Pieces resource, the school orchestra will be performing Mussorgsky's Night On Bare Mountain. Keep your eyes peeled for video evidence!
This is Kaya performing an interesting interpretation of a well-known song by Ed Sheeran. The lyrics have been internationally translated, then translated back to English, using google!
Thanks for the entertainment Kaya!
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