Enjoy the Halloween disco tonight everybody.
Congratulations to the 6A Team for pulling off three spooky performances - consisting of spook-factor judges and presenters, scary jokes, spine-chiller stories, dances and songs. BRAVO! Particular thanks to Jack (on drums) and George (on guitar).
Enjoy the Halloween disco tonight everybody.
This morning, Mega Choir practised getting on and off the stage.
Bearing in mind there are nearly 170 of them, they did very well!
PLEASE NOTE: Children are only permitted to receive private lessons for ONE instrument in class curriculum lesson time.
Tuition for a second instrument may be received, but ONLY if the lesson for that instrument is before/after school or during lunchtime.
If you would like your child to receive tuition for a second instrument within the school premises, it is your responsibility, when applying for lessons, to inform the new teacher that your child is only able to receive tuition before/after school or during lunchtime.
Please bear in mind that some peripatetic staff will not be able to accommodate this within their own timetable, therefore, tuition for a second instrument may not be possible within school. If this is the case, it would be worth seeking private tuition out of school time, either at your own home, at the teacher's home, or at a music centre.
Please contact Miss Rusbatch if you would like the contact details for private tutors who are not associated with Downs Junior School.
It is now too late to sign-up for a music club. Sign-up will re-open in January 2017. A list of names of the children in Mega Choir, Super Choir and Orchestra will soon be placed on the respective club pages. If your child's name does not appear on these lists, they are not in the club because the necessary sign-up form has not been received.
There has been a incredibly large number of children who have signed up this term. Thank you, in advance, for your commitment, time, talent and energy.
The following numbers of children are in:
Mega Choir - 168
Super Choir - 64
Orchestra - 19
TOTAL: 251 children
This morning, the 143 children who attended Mega Choir were in fine voice and full of energy. Have a look at the video below. Can you spot yourself?!
Huge thanks to our guitar teacher Tom Butterworth for coming into school last Friday to talk about learning the guitar. He brought a special guest with him - Isaac Sydenham. Isaac started learning guitar at Downs Junior School in 2004. Tom was his teacher. Isaac now plays in Tom's band (Three Days Straight) and also teaches guitar. Such a wonderful musical legacy for Tom and the school. Welcome back to Downs Junior School Isaac - thank you very much for sharing your talents with us. To hear and see some of what Tom and Isaac treated us to on Friday, visit the GUITAR LESSONS page.
Thank you to everyone who attended Mega Choir this morning. It was an invigorating and inspiring mid-week treat. You sounded GREAT. This is a very encouraging start to what could be the biggest and best musical term EVER!
For the children who would still like to join, or for those who forgot to come this week, or for those whose alarm didn't go off (!) we'll see you next week. Once a signed permission slip has been received, your child may join the choir next week. Please note - slips for new members will NOT be accepted after Friday 30th September.
School orchestra rehearsals start NEXT week (Thursday 29th September). Thank you if you've already returned your permission slip.
Super Choir also started in fine tune this week, despite half of the year group whizzing off to Mount Caburn for the day! Keep singing kids!
This choir is certainly going to be MEGA this term - over 100 children have already returned their signed slips.
The first rehearsal is tomorrow morning. Please bring your child to the main entrance on Rugby Road from 07:55. The internal door will be opened at 07:58 approximately! Your child must then take their belongings to their locker, put their lunch box (if applicable) in their class trolley (in the middle playground), then enter the hall and sit on the floor, ready for registration.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT DATES
All Christmas Concerts will take place between Saturday 3rd December and Sunday 11th December. Exact dates and times and information about how to book tickets will be released in October. Keep your eye on this music website, the school's newsletter and text messages from the school. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Miss Rusbatch here.
PROVISIONAL DATES & TIMES CAN BE VIEWED IN THE RIGHT-HAND MENU OF THIS WEB PAGE & DOWNLOADED BELOW:
See the CLUBS page for more information
Welcome to our new members of staff - Miss Crockett (Year 4) and Mr Smedley (PE). Welcome, also, to all of our new students. It's going to be a fun-packed term and Christmas will creep up on us quickly so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
For information about, (and to sign-up for) the free music clubs, please download the letter below (paper copies are available in the school office corridor):
First Super Choir rehearsal: Tuesday 20th September
First Mega Choir rehearsal: Wednesday 21st September
First Orchestra rehearsal: Thursday 29th September
WAKA-WAKA-TASTIC SEND OFF!
Farewell to our Year 6 kids, Mr Kendall, Miss Reed, Mr Brownlee, Miss Henry and any children in Year 3, 4 or 5 who are also leaving us today. Thanks for being a wonderful part of our Downs Junior Family. We will miss you. Good luck on your next adventure.
- Head of Music -
- Guitar -
Lisa De Simone
- Violin / Viola -
- Cello -
- Double Bass / Bass Guitar -
- Woodwind -
- Brass -
- Piano -
- Keyboard -
- Drum Kit -
- Voice -
- 01273 293524 -
Children can only receive tuition for ONE instrument during class curriculum lesson time
Music Room Tour
Talented Ex-Pupil Jacy
27/04/16 (Year 7)