Congratulations to Isla Gouldson who represented Oatlands at the Harrogate Festival last weekend in the Flute Solo Grade 3-4 Category. Isla performed two pieces, which was commented on by the adjudicator who praised Isla for her hard work on practising both pieces. Isla gave a wonderful performance showing confidence and pure enjoyment for music, receiving a commendation and second place in the competition.
I would also like to mention that Sophia Lusted had an incredible weekend at the festival taking part in three of the classes, including, Recorder Solo Year 6 and under, receiving 2nd place, Recorder Duet Year 6 and under, receiving 1st place and woodwind trio Year 8 and under, receiving 3rd place.
Both children are wonderful role models for our school and its values and we can’t wait to see what they achieve next; we’re hoping they will share their talents in the Summer Concert this year.
Another wonderful performance was by Archie Lusted on drums who received a Merit and was placed second. It was wonderful to see Archie’s confidence and talent during this performance. We look forward to seeing him also perform at this year’s Summer Concert.
It’s been a real pleasure to see our young children perform and compete with confidence and how much talent we are proud to have at Oatlands Junior School.
A wonderful day at the National Trust Fountains Abbey where Madeline, Katie and Rosa recieved their prizes at a special prize giving event. They recieved a special mention about their high standard of their Folly designs and how torn the judges were to choose a winner. Madeline and Katie recieved the prize of Commended, with Madeline also receiving Best in School and Rosa Awarded the shortlisted prize. A proud moment for Rosa, Madeline and Katie’s families and a beaming Miss Joseph. It was wonderful to look around the Folly’s and see the winning design by Foster Carter age 11 from Catterick Garrison School. We wish him congratulations from all at Oatlands. We are very proud of their achievements as they won these out of 1800 childre. Thank you to the National Trust and the North Yorkshire Society of Architects for creating this competition and to Ruth Donnelly for providing a workshop inspiring all the Year 6 children.
Oatlands Junior School Choir by Jack Brierley Winners of the Novice Choir Year 6 and Under Class.
Oatlands Junior School Choir by Jack Brierley competed against Foxhill Primary School Choir and Starbeck School Choir performing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen and Higher by Sigma and were presented with first place and awarded the Edward Long Cup. Adjudicator Jacqui Edwards comments; ‘You all achieved a lovely blend in this one, even on those high notes. The back row of girls ( Layla, Amina, Kathryn and Phoebe) have some beautiful soprano voices developing. Rhythmically, this was quite tricky stuff, and you all stayed together as an ensemble. So very well done to you all.’
This year Oatlands has taken part in the Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama. Children have been rehearsing ready for their performances over the first three weekends in March.
Outstanding performances were seen this weekend by many of our children who took part in the festival. Krish Desha - Beerachee who represented Oatlands Junior School for three classes received the following.
Year 6 and under - Commendation
Year 7 and under - Distinction winning the Leslie Farrar Trophy& Mclusky Challenge Prize (£25)
Year 9 and under - Distinction - 2nd placed
Year 8 and under - Distinction winning Hopkinson Trophy and Jessie Hodgson Memorial Prize
Piano Duet ( with Sanjitha Ganesh former pupil)
Year 9 and under- Distinction winning Janet Gott Trophy
Acted Scene 2-4 members
Hollie Bassham and Chloe Brett delivered an excellent performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and received a Commendation. The adjudicator Louise Manners congratulated both of them on their natural talents and wonderful performance as their first time at the event. Chloe and Hollie’s enjoyment and clear love of performing shone through in their acting.
‘We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Madeline, Katie and Rosa, from your school, who have both been awarded prizes and we enclose invitations for Madeline, Katie and Rosa to take home which invite them and their families to our prize giving event at Fountains Abbey in May’. Emma Manners, Learning Officer National Trust.
Well done to all year 6 children who took part in this project the standard was incredibly high from Oatlands and all together their were 1800 entries to this competition.
Congratulations to our two Art Club members Charlie Simpson and Harry Bearne who have won awards in this UK prestigious prize for their excellent talents in speciman drawing. Charlie received an Outstanding Award in the 7-11 Category, winning a fantastic day at the renowned Royal Veterinary College in London. Harry received a Highly Commended Award.
Congratulations to both Robin and Isabel for being shortlisted for their beautiful photographs. Their work was exhibited at a special exhibition in London by the RHS.