26 Nov, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
This week has definitely been dedicated to Christmas preparation as we approach December and all our impending showcase festive performances! The hall has rung out with the sound of carols, the infants polishing their Nativity tunes and the juniors rocking the rafters in preparation for their showstopper of a production! The Senior Choir has also been busy fine-tuning some gorgeous seasonal serenades. The stage is set for some good times ahead!
Amongst all the frenetic activity, though, we have not forgotten the true reason for the season and today we celebrated the first of our Advent assemblies. We lit the first of the candles on our beautiful Advent Wreath, the one which represents hope. We pray for our fragile world, that hope will shine brightly in the hearts of all who work so hard to put the broken pieces back together again. And we hold up before God the hopes of each one of us as we journey towards Bethlehem and the arrival, once again, of Jesus, the light of the world.
Next Friday, our Book Club reconvenes to discuss ‘The Thursday Murder Club’. As I encouraged you all last week, it’s not too late to tuck into the intriguing mystery which weaves throughout its pages! I am already looking forward to the lively conversations which its context will trigger! Please come along and join in the fun, whether you have read or finished the book… or not! I can promise you a thoroughly enjoyable hour with some thoroughly lovely company!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow
Please find below diary dates for what promises to be an exciting half term ahead. The list is by no means exclusive and more dates are likely to 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.
PTFA Christmas Market (1.30-3.30pm)
BCPS Nativity (Pre-School, Reception, Year 1) 1.30pm
Mediquip4Kids Christmas Concert (Senior Choir) Manchester Cathedral (details to follow)
BCPS Nativity (Pre-School, Reception, Year 1) 9.30am
Christmas Concert (Y2-6 inclusive) 1.30pm
Christmas Concert (Y2-6 inclusive) 6.00pm
Christmas Merit Assembly
Christmas Mass (date and time TBC)
Christmas Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ comes to BCPS!
Seven Lessons and Carols – 9.00am
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
‘New Year Knees-Up’
This week’s Star Badges go to:
Pre-School: Nafisa, for fabulous pencil control.
Reception: Elsie, for her phenomenal 3D shape input.
Year 1: Esther, for fabulous reading progress and discussion of the text.
Year 2: Eve, for being all-round FANTASTIC!
Year 3: Saif, for enthusiasm in French, and trying his best French accent out on Mr Green.
Year 4: Abbie, for typing up some fabulous board game instructions in English, using word processing software.
Year 5: Alina, for working incredibly hard at home during an absence and then even harder since returning to school! A real shining star!
Year 6: Iyanu, for being Iyanu – helpful, kind, dependable, polite…. I cold go on… and on! The perfect role model for all her friends throughout the school! Well done!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to dear friend of BCPS, Helena, auntie to past pupils Matthew and William, who has so lovingly crafted our gorgeous Advent wreath once again. We keep her, and all her family in our prayers throughout this special and holy season. God bless you all and keep you in His unfailing care.
RECEPTION ‘SHAPE’ THEMSELVES!
This week in Reception, the children have been learning all things 3D shapes.
They went on a ‘Shape Hunt’ around school and discovered lots of 3D shapes which we see in our everyday surroundings.
The children were then challenged to find 2D shapes and 3D shapes within the classroom and to place their objects in the correct hoop. They ‘shaped’ very well with the challenge!
1st Sunday of Advent
Jesus is coming – and he wants us to be ready to welcome him. There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars to warn us, but we don’t need to be afraid. We can pray and ask for God’s help to turn away from bad things so that our hearts will learn to be even more loving. If we stay awake, making sure we choose to do what’s right, we will be ready.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the Church’s year. The Christian Church has its own calendar, which follows the important events in Jesus’ life. The Liturgical Calendar begins with Advent as we get ready to welcome Jesus at Christmas.
Dear Jesus, thank you for letting me know that I am always safe because you are here with me. Amen.
Begin to get ready for Christmas by having a clear out and taking something to the charity shop – and light the first candle of the Advent wreath!
‘GRAND CHRISTMAS MARKET’,
We would like to invite you all to join us for an afternoon of fun and festivities, to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season. Every year, we enjoy getting together with our school family and sharing the spirit of Christmas amongst us, and this year is extra-special as it will be our first live Christmas together since 2019!
This year’s Christmas Market will be held at school on Saturday 4th December 2021 from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
The afternoon will play host to many fun stalls and activities, for adults and children alike. Amongst the many attractions, there will be tombolas, fair-style children’s games galore, face painting, raffles, hot food and festive drinks, a tuck shop and plenty of opportunities for you to do some Christmas shopping, as well as all the usual fair favourites! Festive family fun for all!
We have had word from the big man himself, and Mr. Claus has offered us his assurance that he can make it this year! He is triple jabbed and ready to make the journey from the North Pole!
HO! HO! HO! AND AWAY WE GO...TO LAPLAND!!
What a special time Ethan and Caleb enjoyed last weekend as they embarked on an adventure of a lifetime to visit Santa’s Workshop in Lapland UK! They returned to school fizzing with stories of their exploits! See for yourselves… they sure had fun, and no mistake!
FRANCIS HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE APPEAL!
Francis House is our School Council’s adopted charity. This year, as every year, our council members will be selling Christmas treats and merchandise to raise funds for our poorly friends in the hospice. A wide range of products, delivered to us in school this week, will be on sale each playtime during the next two weeks. Please help us to make a difference!
Imaan and Emma
School Council Chairpersons
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most improved speed
Lower School: Aaminah
Upper School: Henna
0.66s… but we know she’s still working on it!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
TT Star of the Week
Jessica - proving that a little bit of time spent on TTRS every day makes a big difference.
All hail our Eco-Council, ready to take up the challenge and do their part in our little corner of the world for the good of the planet!! This week, much hard work was put into replanting all our pots and tubs with winter pansies and pretty violas, along with little crocus bulbs, which will bring us hope and the promise of spring, once Christmas is over!
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!!
Christmas Coffee Morning – not to be missed!
Come and share some ‘Festive Fayre’ – enjoy a seasonal celebration, and some good fun!
More details next week!
SAVE THE DATE!
NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!
I am thrilled to announce our second ’Book Club’ title…
The Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman!
Four septuagenarians with a few tricks
up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
The Thursday Murder Club
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?
DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!
Date to remember… 3rd December (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and biscuits… and some jolly good conversation about a fabulous mystery!
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” (Joyce Carol Oates )
‘FAMILY FRIDAY’ WINTER WARMERS!
Thanks to all our willing makers and bakers, who ensured that this week’s ‘Family Friday’ Coffee Morning was a delicious affair! Superb sweet treats were washed down with seasonal cups of steaming hot chocolate, which warmed the cockles of our hearts, as did the happy chatter and shared conversations we enjoyed together. What a truly magical morning! Roll on ’Book Club’ next Friday – please do join us!
Dear Parents and Friends of BCPS,
This is our final Christmas at Bury Catholic Preparatory School. We have adored our time here and have such happy memories, especially of this time of year! We wanted to do something extra-special, to mark our final festive season, but also to take the opportunity to think of others, just as we have been taught since our very ‘smallest’ days in this special place ,which we call home.
As you all know, Christmas is a very special time for families of all shapes and sizes to gather together and remember the birth of Jesus Christ. We are very fortunate to receive presents on Christmas Day to celebrate that birth. However, some parents do not have the money to buy gifts and treats for their deserving children. We want to help these families. Will you help too?
We have decided as the whole Year 6 class to support a local charity ‘Cash For Kids’. This charity holds an annual event, aimed at helping many, many disadvantaged children and young people in our community who are affected by poverty, illness, neglect or have additional needs. It is hard for us to believe that whilst we are so lucky, there are so many living in our own town who are not so.
‘ Cash For Kids’ asks, at Christmas, for donations of presents to be made, which will be passed on to struggling children and young people. THAT IS WHERE WE COME IN!
If you feel able to help, please consider making a present donation, which can be delivered to us at school. Presents suitable for any age from 0-19, boys or girls, are acceptable. They must not be wrapped. We are going to display donated gifts around our Christmas tree in the main reception area, so that everybody can see how well we are doing.
Miss Farrow has reminded us just how generous you have all been already this year, helping us to stock our ‘Christmas Market’ stalls and our bingo prize baskets, but she has allowed us to ask you for this as she says she is so proud that all of us in Year 6 are organizing this all by ourselves and we are thinking of others, just like she hopes we always will, wherever our lives lead us.
Please help our Year 6 ‘Adventerprise’ team. When you are busy buying Christmas goodies galore, please consider stretching to just one more – bring a smile to a stranger’s face on Christmas Day!
CLOSING DATE FOR DONATIONS:- FRIDAY 10. DECEMBER.
Thank you for your help. If you have any questions, we would be delighted to answer them! Please email email@example.com and we will get straight back to you.
Best wishes from all of us in Year 6.
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.
Please refer to your specific ‘Wraparound Care and Extra- Curricular Provision’ letter, sent as both email and hard copy to you all for details of how to register your child for after-school clubs.
Please also note that it is essential to register your child for after school clubs, to enable us to satisfactorily staff and resource sessions.
LUNCH TIME CLUBS
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
(KS1/2) Mr Green
(Open to all!) Mrs Horford
(Years 1,2) Miss Farrow
Colouring and Conversation
(KS1/2) Miss DS
(KS2) Mrs Prince
The World of Jane Austen – Once Upon a Story (The ‘Art’ of Storytelling)
Year 3/4 Miss Farrow
(KS2) Miss Farrow
Marvellous Maths (“So You Think You Can Sudoku?”)
(KS2) Mr Wallace
(KS2) Mr Ross
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS(charged at £5 per session)
Crochet Club‘Come and Share a Yarn!
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
(Y5/6) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(Open to all) (separate charge)
(EYFS/KS1) Mrs Lester
(Y2-6) Mr Green
Outdoor Learning (Teambuilding/Orienteering)
(KS2) Mrs Prince
(Open to all)
Little Kickers (Sports Club)
(EYFS/Y1) Mrs Horford
(KS1) Miss DS
Italian (Language through cultural crafts/activities) (Years 2-3)
Computing and Coding Mr Wallace