23 April, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
Another term begins, and brings with it plenty of sunshine; what a lightness it brings to everyone’s mood! The Easter holidays gave me a chance to pause and reflect on what a magnificent Spring term we had enjoyed. When I look back now at what tremendous successes it held, I can be nothing but immensely proud!
All our Year 6 exam students achieved maximum success, and each gained entry to their first choice school. Several of our children sat multiple exams for multiple schools and gained entry to them all! Bursaries were won too, and all in the middle of a pandemic! Wow!!! I shout our success from the rooftops and hope all will hear!
Another lockdown brought remote learning; our staff delivered a first class education across the ether, and your positive and congratulatory response was unanimous. Children returned to school, thrilled by a new EYFS Playground and a new library.
In terms of the growth of our school, too, there is wonderful news! Our Open Day resulted in eight new pupils joining our exceptional BCPS family! The Open Day was oversubscribed, and in addition we have welcomed several other families for after hours visits. Another Open Day is planned very soon! We have so very much to be proud of!
On a personal level, I have been delighted and honoured to accept the role of Acting Head teacher for our precious school. Many of you know my long and treasured association with BCPS. I attended the school as a child, along with my sister and brother and so, in short, I have been here since I was four! My Dad often boasts that he has notched up half a century of Nativity viewings! I’m sure that must deserve some kind of medal! This is my thirtieth year teaching here and my heart and soul belong to this most special of schools, which has given so many the best start in life, including me! It deserves to thrive as it does. I am, as I have always been, absolutely dedicated to it, and to you all. Leading BCPS and serving you all is a wonderful privilege, and I do so driven by duty and sustained by faith.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
We remain ‘Together Whilst Apart’!
Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow
Please find below diary dates for what promises to be an exciting term ahead. Of course, you realise that we remain bound by Government guidelines but fingers crossed, the dates will stand. We appreciate your understanding should there need to be any changes.
wb 26 Apr
World Religions Week (Y1-6)
May Day Holiday
Parents’ Evening Phone Consultations
wb 17 May
We Are Britain Week
NHS Day (dressing up for Mediquip4Kids)
Half Term Holiday
Return to School
wb 14 June
wb 28 June
First Holy Communion Day
It’s a Knockout! Whole school team challenge
Leavers’ Speech Day
Summer holiday (Midday finish)
This week’s Star Badges go to:
Pre-School: Hanna, for using the toilet at school.
Reception: Maysa, for her independent writing.
Year 1: Sabilla, for her wonderful upcycled cat and accompanying information booklet.
Year 2: Allesandra, for her incredible attitude and determination.
Year 3: Leyla, for all round dedication and positive attitude.
Year 4: Gabby, for demonstrating excellent cartwheel and handstand technique in PE.
Year 5: Emma, for a mature and sensible attitude, showing leadership and mediation skills.
Year 6: Jamie, for his unfailing enthusiasm and focus, and particularly his growing mathematical confidence!
“We’re going on a bug hunt were going to catch a big one”!
Reception have returned to an exciting new topic this term and will be learning about mini-beasts. This week the children went on a mini-beast hunt around different areas of school. The children used a ‘Mini-beast Hunt Sheet’ to identify any mini-beast they found. They also used special bug boxes and magnifying glasses so that they could investigate and look closely at the creatures’ features.
4th Sunday of Easter
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Jesus and the people listening to him know all about shepherds. They know the difference between a good shepherd and someone who is just doing the job for the money. Jesus is the good shepherd. He is the one who cares so much for his sheep that he is prepared to do anything to protect them. Jesus knows each one of his sheep and they know him. Jesus’ sheep will listen out for his voice and follow where he leads. We are Jesus’ sheep and he loves each of us so much he chose to die so that we can be safe with him forever.
DID YOU KNOW?
29th April is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, a doctor of the Church and patron saint of Europe. Catherine of Siena was a very clever and wise woman who said, £Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
Dear Jesus, thank you for being my good shepherd. I trust you and know you will find me if I ever lose my way. Thank you for looking after me. Amen.
Make sure you look after any pets in your house really well this week.
BCPS Boat Race!
Year 5 have been investigating forces in science. This week they had lots of fun building and racing boats to test the effects of water resistance.
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to the whole Pre-School class for welcoming a new member, Maarya, to their class!
We have another new member of our school family, Habibah, due to join Year 2 on Monday! We will all make her all very welcome too!
I WANTED TO TELL YOU…
The Easter holidays disappeared in the blink of an eye and here I find myself, as a Year 6 pupil, at the beginning of my final term at Bury Catholic Preparatory School! I will be heartbroken to leave. As I look towards my last few weeks, and my primary school life draws to a close, I am mindful also look back at my time here and give thanks for it.
This final year has been a whirl of a year and I am so proud of what my friends and I have all achieved academically. Exams were tough, especially in ‘The Year of the Pandemic’ but that didn’t stop us. Boy, we have sure learned to cope with pressure! Every single one of us achieved success and got into our number one school of choice! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US! Miss Farrow has promised us a big party at the end of the year and I, for one, think we deserve it! We won bursaries too, huge ones, for schools including Bolton School – Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions – and Manchester High School. I know that we will be spread far and wide next year, my friends and I – from Manchester Grammar School to Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School; from Bolton School to Manchester High School for Girls and Bury Grammar, but I know our family is strong and we will be friends forever!
We are all superstars, but although this is all fantastic and important, there is more to the making of a BCPS star than academic success and this wonderful school has given us so much more – all the armour that we need to shine in our world as beacons of light! When I think about it – our preparation for the world by BCPS has been rather like a recipe for success…
Firstly, we mix together the qualities that we have been taught – like confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courage. These skills really help to prepare us for whatever the world wishes to throw at us. BCPS just goes the extra mile to shape each of us and our teachers never fail to give everything a good stir and add huge quantities of advice!
Next we spice the recipe up with lessons which aren’t even on the curriculum. Lessons in life! We are blessed to have been gifted this wonderful start to life and it will enrich our lives. One day the world will be ours to be responsible for, and our education will lead us into all kinds of important positions. We will be fine citizens and the world can be entrusted to us.
We bake it and then decorate, just like a cake! We ice it with welcome; every new child who joins our school is welcomed and accepted; we learn to be tolerant and to view all people as equal and precious. We sprinkle it with hundreds and thousands—sprinkles of love and kindness.
Finally, we stick the word FAMILY on the top, just like a big fat juicy cherry! BCPS has shaped us to become brilliant young people, ones of whom the world can be proud! We shall be forever grateful.
Extra-curricular activities will begin again next week in school. Each class, once again, is being offered an extra-curricular opportunity, and these operate in class bubbles, and are planned and presided over by class teachers. As you will see, there are some changes in the programme, whilst some of our original choices are back, once again, by popular demand. Should you wish to take advantage of the clubs. Please email your child’s class teacher to ’book in’.
‘Make a Bug Hotel‘
On Thursday this week we celebrated Earth Day in school.
Pre-School read a story called ‘The Messy Magpie’, which was about a magpie who thought the humans were leaving him ‘gifts’ when in fact they were leaving him rubbish!
We helped Morris Magpie put all our lunchtime rubbish into the right recycling boxes.
The children watched the refuse collection of our own school food and garden waste bin and said a big thank you to the refuse collectors.