BCPS Newsletter Issue 10 Spring Term 2022

BCPS Newsletter Issue 10 Spring Term 2022

18 MAR, 2022

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

Our noses have really been attached to the grindstone this week as our children have negotiated Assessment Week. As ever, I am just as proud of each and every one of them for the commitment, determination and focus they have demonstrated as I am of their wonderful progress! What more can one ask of anyone than that they approach tasks with a fabulous attitude, resolved to do their very best!

Next week, we look forward to our own Healthy Schools Week and our focus will be on healthy eating—everything in moderation! In preparation, all the children have learnt and been reminded about what constitutes a healthy lunch box. We shall be celebrating good examples of such as the week goes on and I thank you, in anticipation, for your support with this.

The end of the week will be marked by our Grand Easter Bingo evening, and already, the children are tremendously excited, reminding me daily about how many ‘sleeps’ they must endure until ‘the big day’! As you can see from the accompanying photograph, the prizes are magnificent. Thank you so much for your generosity in donating Easter eggs and providing for these.

With all good wishes for a fabulous and restful weekend – next week is going to be a busy one!As always, Miss Farrow

Bury Catholic Preparatory School
This Week’s Star Badges Go To:

Nursery: Maarya, for her rhyming word skills

Reception: All of Reception, for the fabulous work they have created on caring for our oceans. 

Year 1: Jaanvi, for being the most delightful friend and mentor!

Year 2: George, for having exceptional listening skills and for his confidence in all of our assessments this week.

Year 3: Adam A, for his contribution to discussions about the life cycle of a flowering plant.

Year 4: Leyla, for her unwavering focus in class this week.

Year 5: Eesa, for some impressive science work in planning and carrying out an investigation.  Excellent scientific thinking throughout.

Year 6: Ayaan, for his determination, focus and fabulous attitude! What a great week!

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Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Daniel, Jessica’s brother and frmer BCPS Head Boy. Daniel generously gave his time to come into school to speak to our Year 5 and 6 children and present a specially prepared PowerPoint focusing on transition to High School. I know I speak on behalf of all our children when I say just how valuable they found his first-hand insight and tips. Thanks, Daniel - a true example of the statement ’once a part of the BCPS family, ALWAYS a part of it’!

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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.

w.b. 21 Mar
Healthy Schools Week
25 March
Easter Egg Bingo! (6.00pm)
w.b. 28 Mar
Easter Mass (date and time tbc)
28 Mar
‘Grand Easter Extravaganza’ (winning house prize)
31 Mar
Stations of the Cross (9.00am)
1 Apr
Easter Holiday begins (midday finish)
19 Apr
Return to school—Summer Term begins


Our final activity of Book Week last week gave our oldest children the opportunity to share stories with our youngest! What an utter delight… for all!!

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3rd Sunday of Lent
(Luke 13:1-9)



Jesus tells some good stories to help us understand his teaching. Here, he tells us about a man who wants to cut down a fig tree that is not bearing fruit. It is taking up space and soil that could be used by a better fruit tree. But the gardener doesn’t want to get rid of it. He knows that with care and attention this tree has a good chance of improving and producing fruit. God is like the patient gardener, loving each of us as we change for the better too.


The Bible talks a lot about bearing fruit’. We can all grow fruit for God. The fruit we are talking about is not apples and pears, but all the good things we can do for God. People will know that we love God when they see the ‘fruit’, the good things we do and the good people that we are.


Dear Jesus, help me to be patient with myself and to give myself time. I know that with your love and help I can grow to be even more amazing than I am now. I can bring great fruit into the world for you! Amen.


Are there any jobs you can usefully do in the garden, at home or at school?

PTFA MEETING:- 26. APR (6pm)

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

Our next PTFA meeting will take place on 26th April at 6pm. We shall be discussing plans for celebrations and events 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. As usual, 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!!


As an extension to our ‘Pirates’ theme in Reception, we are learning all about sea and ocean life. This week, we read a story called “Duffy’s Lucky Escape”. We were transported to a tropical paradise where Duffy, the sea turtle, enjoys living amongst beautiful coral reefs and an array of colourful fish, only to learn that not all that floats is food, and that it is very important for us to protect our sea life and oceans. Each of the children made fabulous posters with strong messages describing how we should care for our oceans. We have sent examples of our work to ‘Greenpeace’. Even the smallest children at BCPS are supporting this global crisis.



There really was no choice as to what we should choose as our PTFA Easter celebration. Our ‘Belated Bonfire Bingo’ event back in November was such a tremendous success and so many of our children have been asking for an encore, that the decision to have another exciting evening of bingo was a very easy one! Please join us on Friday 25th March at 6.00 pm for an evening of fun and friendly competition for all the family!

Prizes will be sumptuous baskets of Easter Egg ‘delicious-ness’. Thank you, in advance for your non-uniform day chocolate donations on 17th March!!

Should anyone be able and willing to donate prizes for our GRAND EASTER RAFFLE, to be drawn on the night, we should be most grateful! Please send these into school , if you are able to help!

If your family wish to join in, please email Miss Farrow at year6@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk


Roll up! Roll Up… for our ‘Grand Easter Raffle’ which will ultimately be drawn at our ‘Easter Bingo’ event, to be held on Friday 25th March at 6.00pm.

There are magnificent prizes to be won, and the raffle has an extra special twist! Tickets are colour-coded according to our school houses of Ss. George, Bernadette, Theresa and Francis. Children will be selling tickets on behalf of the houses they belong to, and the house which sells the most tickets will be awarded ’A Festive Easter Extravaganza’ of an afternoon by the P.T.F.A. on Monday 28th March. Children in the winning house will be treated to a film afternoon with delicious festive refreshments and games! ‘A rare old party’!

So, the challenge is set, children!
Can you help your house to victory?
How many tickets can you sell?

On your marks…

get set…



Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

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Most improved speed
Lower School: Sabilla
Upper School: Gabby
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.53s… WOW!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Freddie +22,707
TT Star of the Week
Freddie – putting in an incredible shift: 6 days, 8 minutes per day and an amazing 3700 correct answers.  Wow! !
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Our Family Friday ’Book-Clubbers’ were in their element this morning as they discussed their latest read, ’Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens. Many an opinion was aired and there was plenty of lively chat about a bok so full of magic and intrigue. Many layered, the text allowed for some meaty debate, but of course, as always, left time for tea and cake!


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Throughout Lent, our Pupil Chaplains continue to lead our charitable efforts by selling hot, buttered toast (with or without jam!) at break-time each and every Thursday until the Easter holidays (at a cost of 30p a slice)!

Next week, for one Thursday only, fruit salad will be available, also at a cost of 30p.

Please help our committed team of fundraisers in their quest to help others, by supporting them—and enjoying a delicious treat into the bargain!


This week, during which we celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we did some Irish Dancing in PE. What better teacher to have than Mrs Lester, who competed in numerous competitions when she was younger. We learnt to point our toes, hop two-three and move together.
We have also been looking at shapes this week. Can you be a shape detective at home? What shapes can you find?

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

Event (9.00-10.00am)
25 Mar
Easter Extravaganza! Easter treats and an activity or two…come and join us! There may well be a prize or two… and there will most certainly be laughter… and cake! Easter bonnets optional!!


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Our new ’Book lub’ title is…

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman!

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine…

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

the only way to survive is to open your heart.


Date to remember… 22nd April, 2022 (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and cake… and some fabulous chat about a ‘one in a million’ read, guaranteed to enthrall!

“ A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . .
The man who never reads lives only one. ”
George R.R. Martin.


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 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.

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
Mr Ross
Chess Club
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Board Games Club
Miss D-S
(charged at £5 per weekly session)
Senior Choir
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
Reading Club
(Y4/5/6) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(Open to all) (separate charge)
(Open to all)
Mrs Horford and Mrs Lester
Mr Wallace and Mr Green
Multisports (Hockey/Netball)
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
Movie Club
(Open to all)