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Governors Welcome

Summer Term 2022

 

Chair of Governors Summer Letter

Welcome to the Summer Letter from Mrs Mathers, the Chair of Governors at Windhill Primary School 

 

 

On behalf of the Board of Governors at Windhill Primary School, I want to welcome you to our school website and to the Governors Page.

I cannot believe how quickly this year is going by. As I write, it is the Easter weekend and the sun is shining. Schools are on the verge of beginning the Summer term and, as ever, the term will be a very busy one.

It is inevitable that we will spend time reflecting on how our lives have changed over the last two years and our thoughts, as Governors, are with our school community as you come to terms with these changes in different ways that are personal to you and to your families.

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Some time ago, the Department For Education published the Model Music Curriculum (MMC) to support schools in their provision of musical education.

This is the introduction:

The power of music

Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.

One of the pieces of music that the MMC recommends children should listen to is "J’ai Ho” by A.R. Rahman. The song featured in the film, “Slumdog Millionaire.” A.R. Rahman grew up in Madras in India but gained considerable success as a composer of music for movies. He has given away a considerable amount of his money to charities working in India, to fund vaccination projects and to give children living in poverty, the chance of an education to improve their life chances.

 

The words, “J’ai Ho” are Hindi for “May you know victory!” The song is a song of joy and celebration. Here is a link to a performance of “J’ai Ho” which I think you will enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PRzlpvHLPE   

 

 

Life continues to be challenging and we all face tough times but there will always be people in our lives who are there to support us and help us to find a way through.

 

Not only does Windhill seek to give our children opportunities to experience the “sheer joy of music,” but together in partnership we believe in building strong bonds of support and trust so that our school, in so many different ways, continues to be “creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging”.

 

We would love to welcome you to spend time with our school community.

 

If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please do so through school.

Very best wishes,

Lynn Mathers, Chair of governors

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