BCPS Newsletter Issue 1 Spring Term 2022

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BCPS Newsletter Issue 1 Spring Term 2022

07 Jan, 2022

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

May I begin by wishing each and every member of our beloved school family a blessed and prosperous new year. I know that we each have our individual wishes and resolutions, but I also know that right at the top of the list, we all share the hope that we shall emerge from 2022 free from the anxieties and limitations placed on us by the pandemic. I pray, on your behalf, that we can soon see the light shining brightly at the end of the tunnel we find ourselves in. One thing I can say with confidence is that we steer our way towards that day as a family, with our trademark strength and resilience, and steadfast in our love and support of each other. How lucky I feel to be able to shout from the rooftops, “Whatever befalls; whatever we are asked to weather; we’ve got this! Bring it on!”

Our children continue to lead the way for us all, and have returned to school full of energy and enthusiasm, and ready to take on the world! As you can see from the accompanying photograph and those later in the newsletter, our Early Years department is awash with superheroes! Indeed, throughout the school, our children are an example to us all. What is that lovely saying…? ’Not all superheroes wear capes!’ Very apt!

I would also like to take this opportunity to officially welcome Aminathi, George, Yusuf and their families, who this week have started their Bury Catholic Preparatory School journeys. I know that you are all going to be incredibly happy here. You never know, maybe your association with our lovely ’home from home’ will last as long as mine has done… now that is a lot of years, each one of them as precious as the last!!

Have a wonderful weekend! Wrap up warm, and stay safe!

Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow

This Week’s Star Badges Go To:

Nursery: Raees, for the most fabulous first full week in Nursery – super-confident and trying hard in all activities.

Reception: Havi, for his fabulous maths challenge work.

Year 1: Saladin, please – for naming the continents and oceans that make up our planet, using his much-loved ‘Earth ball’ (globe!)

Year 2: Ali, for starting 2022 with a huge amount of consideration for the presentation of his work. Well done, young man!

Year 3: Isobelle, for an amazing start and fabulous input in our first science lesson in our ‘Forces’ topic.

Year 4: Tafara, for completing fabulous research on extreme environments!

Year 5: Gabby, for making a bright and confident start to the new term.

Year 6: Amy, for making such a positive start to the new year in Year 6! What an amazing 2022 you are going to have if you maintain such commendable focus and effort!

Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Esther, Saladin and Ayaan who have been wonderful playground buddies to some of our Reception children. Well done and thank you, children. We are proud of you!

DIARY DATES

Please find below the first of the diary dates for what promises to be an exciting term ahead. The list is by no means exclusive and more dates will be added as the half term progresses. Please keep your eye on the newsletter for any additions.

Of course, you realise that we remain bound to abide by any Government guidelines which may be introduced but fingers crossed, the dates will stand. We appreciate your understanding should there need to be any changes.

Date
Event
w.b. 10 Jan
Spring Extra-Curricular Programme begins
14 Jan
First ‘Family Friday’ event of term – Coffee Morning …………………………………………(9am)
Please see full ‘Family Friday’ timetable further on in newsletter.
19 Jan
Year 1 Eye Tests (1.30pm)
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28 Jan
‘New Year Knees-Up’
1 Feb
PTFA Meeting (6.00pm)
9 Feb
Safer Internet Day
10 Feb
Half term holiday begins (3.30pm finish)
21 Feb
Return to school
w.b. 7 Mar
Book Week
w.b. 28 Mar
Easter Mass (date and time tbc)
31 Mar
Stations of the Cross (9.00am)
1 Apr
Easter Holiday begins (midday finish)
19 Apr
Return to school—Summer Term begins

DON’T MISS THE B.C.P.S. BOAT!!

A timely reminder for all our Nursery parents:-
We offer our own Nursery parents the exclusive opportunity for entry into our Reception class and therefore to our fabulous school . The final date for this exclusivity (for September 2022 is 15th January. Beyond this date, the opportunity for entry will be opened to families on our waiting list and subsequently to the general public.

FAITH CORNER

The Baptism of the Lord
(Luke 3:15-16, 21-22)

REFLECTION

THE SON IS LOVED

Everyone is getting very excited – it looks as though John the Baptist is the saviour God has promised to send! But John explains that he’s not the one they have been waiting for. John is pointing the way to the Messiah who will baptise everyone with the Holy Spirit, not just with water. When Jesus himself comes to John for baptism, the Holy Spirit appears in the form of a dove and a voice from heaven says, “You are my Son, the Beloved.”

DID YOU KNOW?

In this Gospel story we see all three persons of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The Trinity shows us what love is like. When we are baptised we join God’s family. We are all God’s children and God loves us very much! God is our Father and we are all sisters and brothers!

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, your Father loved you very much. Please be with anyone who doesn’t know what it’s like to be loved by a parent. Amen.

ACTION

If you have any brothers and sisters, make a special effort this week to get on well. Try not to fight or fall out – get help from a grown up if you need to!

‘CALLING ALL PARENTS AND FRIENDS…
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!’

Our first PTFA meeting of 2022 will take place on 1st February at 6pm. We shall be looking ahead to our Easter celebrations and making plans for the rest of the academic year! Please do come and join us—the more the merrier and the greater the input, the more exciting our plans can be. Let’s look ahead with hope in our hearts! For those of you who cannot make the meeting in person but would like to attend, a Zoom link will be sent just before the meeting. Please let the office know, should you require this!

‘NEW YEAR KNEES UP!’

FRIDAY 28th JANUARY, 2022
BRINGING CHRISTMAS CHEER!

A heartfelt thanks to our Year 6 ‘Mission Christmas’ team for organizing, and to you all for contributing towards our seasonal ’Cash for Kids’ charity initiative ! All the donated presents were duly delivered by Corey-J and his family to the central collection point, a precious and wonderful take on Santa’s workshop, where they were wrapped and labelled before being gifted to so many lucky recipients. The charity organisers were overwhelmed by your generosity and wished to pass on grateful thanks and season’s greetings to all involved!

A GENTLE REMINDER!

Please may I remind you that the little red boxes sent home during Mission Together Week need to be returned to school by the end of term, please. Thank you, in advance, for all your help and support in filling these. The proceeds will all help towards buying a school bus for Moses and his friends at Mua School for the Deaf in Malawi

DAILY JOURNALS - JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Abbas and Zaviyar’s mum has compiled these wonderful daily journals, a version each for boys and girls. They are just packed with positive affirmations, activities and opportunities for reflection and gratitude. They are a wonderful way to promote good mental health and wellbeing. The journals are available on Amazon—please click on the links below for more details. Perfect gifts for Christmas, keeping them a fabulous way to kick off the new year! (Boys’ Journal)
(Girls’ Journal)

TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!

Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

Most improved speed
Lower School: Zunaira
Upper School: Henna
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.66s… still fantastic!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Freddie +6,846
TT Star of the Week
George Super effort through the distractions of Christmas!

‘SUPERHEROES ‘R’ US!

This week in Early Years, we have begun our new topic… “SUPERHEROES”!The children have helped to make a super-dark and mysterious ‘bat-cave’ reading corner and enjoyed dressing up as lots of different superheroes. They are fully embracing their special powers and abilities to ensure that our school is safe!Keep a close eye on our newsletters for all their superhero adventures!
WHAM! BASH! KER-BOOM!

May we also kindly ask our generous school community for any superhero toy donations as this topic is relatively new to Early Years and we are busily collecting smashing resources! Thank you, in advance!

FAMILY FRIDAYS!

Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles... in fact… ALL OUR SCHOOL FAMILY!!! Come and join in our ‘Family Friday’ events...you are all so welcome!!

Date
Event (9.00-10.00am)
14 Jan
Coffee Morning
21 Jan
The first ‘Family Friday’ event of 2022 will be a ‘ Book Club’ meeting, during which we shall chat About ‘The Red Notebook’ by Antoine Laurain. Please come along and join us! Make ‘reading for pleasure’ your New Year’s resolution. You won’t regret it!
28 Jan
Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
4 Feb
Coffee Morning
25 Feb
Book Club
4 Mar
Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
11 Mar
Coffee Morning
18 Mar
Book Club
25 Mar
Easter Extravaganza! Details to follow!

NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!

I am thrilled to announce our second ’Book Club’ title…

The Red Notebook
by Antoine Laurain!

‘He was about to commit a forbidden act. A transgression, For a man should never go through a woman’s handbag.’

Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street, and feels impelled to return it to its owner.

The bag contains no phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet.

Without a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

The Red Notebook, originally a French novelette, has already been sold in twelve different languages.

‘Parisian perfection’ (HRH The Duchess od Cornwall)

‘Resist this little novel if you can; it’s the very quintessence of French romance’ (The Times)

DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!

Date:-
Date to remember… 21st January, 2022 (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and cake… and some jolly good conversation about a lovely, clever, funny story!

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” (Mary Schmich)

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION!

Please find below details of our exciting and extensive extra-curricular programme this term. Lunchtime activities run from 12.25 – 12.55pm each day and sessions after school run from 3.30 – 4.30pm. As you can see from the timetable, there are some smashing opportunities for our children, and huge thanks are due to our wonderful staff for providing and facilitating such a vibrant and varied programme. The programme begins on week beginning 10th January, 2022.

Please contact the office to register your child for any of the activities and/ or wraparound care provision.

Please also note that it is essential to register your child for after school clubs, to enable us to satisfactorily staff and resource sessions.

Please also note that it is essential to register your child for after school clubs, to enable us to satisfactorily staff and resource sessions.

 

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNES-DAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
LUNCH TIME CLUBS
Monday Mindfulness
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
Lego Mindstorms
(KS1/2) Mr Green
Junior Choir
(Years 1,2)
Miss Farrow
Illustration Club
(KS2) Mr Wallace
Card Games
(KS2)
Mr Ross
Chess Club
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Pompom Craft Club
(KS1)
Miss D-S
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
(charged at £5 per weekly session)
Senior Choir
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
Photography
(KS2) Mr Ross
Reading Club
(Y4/5/6) Miss Farrow (no charge)
Karate
(Open to all) (separate charge)
Drama
(EYFS/KS1)
Mrs Horford and Mrs Lester
ICT/Animation
(EYFS/KS1)
Mr Wallace and Mr Green
Multisports (Hockey/Netball)
(Rec-Y3)
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
Movie Club
(Open to all)