Haunting cover of Radiohead’s Creep by a band from Year 2 & 5 !

Pupils from Year 2 and 5 performed their unique and haunting cover of Radiohead’s classic Creep for Eisteddfod, our annual festival of creativity. The band, calling themselves ‘White Glass’ were one of the musical acts that wowed our judging panel. We love the quality of this tiny voice and the terrific teamwork from our young vocalist and her big brother and friend. Well done. Enjoy everyone!

Eisteddfod 2018 – a celebration of culture and the arts!

Yesterday the whole school enjoyed a joyful celebration of culture and the arts, the annual Eisteddfod. A traditional Welsh talent contest, Eisteddfod has been embraced by Charles Dickens Primary School as a showcase for the many talents of the children and a celebration of diversity, achievement, and simply taking part. Competitions were held throughout the day including poetry, dance, singing, musical performances and so much more. Every child in the school came away entertained, and whilst not every child could win, those that took part left feeling proud of their achievements. It was truly a special day and a big thank you must go to all the staff involved, but an even bigger thank you to children who made it so wonderful!

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Angel Express

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Well done to all the stars, shepherds, kings. sheep, angels, inn-keepers, news boys, Mary and Joseph. We thought you sang beautifully and all said your words clearly. We saw some very proud mums, dads and grandparents in the audience who enjoyed your show immensely. Thank you all for coming and thank you to the Reception class staff for producing such a happy show.

Year 6 Show – Daffodil Scissors

Year 6 excelled in their performance of Daffodil Scissors. Not only did they sing, dance and act but they also wrote many of the songs with our musician in residence, Pete Letanka. The children worked brilliantly as a team, supporting each other very well and allowing personalities to shine through.

A special well done to Michael, Theo, Jonatan and Ramez for their management of the stage and the lighting.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to support their child – here are the photos as promised – lots of group shots towards the end ( over 100 photos)

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Concert for Winter Performance!

Today, we were treated to an amazing performance by the Year 3 and 4 choir and ukulele clubs. Last term, Mr Oxenham and Ms Gemmell worked very hard with the children in order to compose and perform a fantastic original composition. The children were inspired by Charles Dickens and the resulting song “Hard Times” focuses on Dickens’ life as a child, when he lived on Lant Street. The talented team performed their piece on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe before Christmas and everyone was delighted to finally be given the chance to share their work. We can’t wait for their next creation!

Key Stage 1 Winter Show – A Christmas Recipe

Well done to all the children in Years 1 and 2 for an excellent show. The singing was joyful and full of energy and we loved all the different characters. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch – I am sure you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you also the staff and parent volunteers who directed, produced, made costumes, backdrops and who fill the children with lots of confidence.

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Super Singing ‘Thursday’ –

Wow! Could we cram any more shows into a week? Super Singing Thursday saw a double bill of performances for year 5 and 6 as both the Year 6 choir and the Year 5s performed in venues along the Southbank.

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The Year 6 choir were asked to perform a selection of songs at the Excellence in Southwark awards for schools and teachers at the Southwark Council Buildings. Each year, the local authority celebrates outstanding teaching and achievement. Wonderful Mrs Worley (Head of PE) received an award for her leadership of our outstanding sports provision at Charles Dickens. The choir were very warmly received and sang beautifully led by Ms Rhys Evans.

Ms Rhys Evans then got on her bike and cycled to The Royal Festival Hall to lead our Year 5 children as they took part in Southwark Splash, a borough wide singing, dancing and percussion led performance of an original piece ‘The Bloodless Giant’ involving over 500 children from over 10 schools. Congratulations to our children who both performed and behaved exceptionally well.

Thank you to Ms Rhys Evans for both her talent and energy in delivering two high octane performances in one day! Thank you also to the teachers who accompanied the year 5 children to this wonderful event.

If you sing it, we’ll play it!

Mr Oxenham has recently launched a Ukulele club for pupils in years 3 and 4 who are keen to learn. This week they performed their first ‘gig’ for the whole school accompanying the year 3 and 4 choir as the choir sang a newly written ‘Friendship Song’, with lyric written by the choir and melody by Emeli Sande and led by Ms Gemmell

You can see their performance here

Watch Ukulele Club and Year 3/4 choir


Southwark Vocal Magic

On Friday 4th April, the Year 5/6 choir performed alongside other Southwark Schools in ‘Southwark Vocal Magic’. The mass choir was led by Singology and the event was made possible by Southwark Music Services. Thank you to the talented Ms Rhys Evans and her team of committed teachers who supported the choir so magnificently. We hope that all the families who attended the concert at The Queen Elizabeth Hall enjoyed this wonderful event as much as we did.

Here is an extract from the performance of one of our children’s favourite song, ‘Roar!’

Here is a short clip of of Ms Rhys Evans, Ms Livett, Ms Foster and Mr Bakas singing ‘Lean on Me!’

Well done to all of you!