BCPS Newsletter Issue 11 Autumn Term 2021

BCPS Newsletter Issue 11 Autumn Term 2021

03 Dec, 2021

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

As we approach the ‘big day’ of our Christmas Market this Saturday, as well as anticipating the promise of an exciting and enjoyable day, we must also be alert and vigilant to the current Covid-19 guidance and restrictions. I know you will understand and appreciate the intentions of all involved to keep everybody present at the market as safe as possible and as such, we have a number of points which we would like you to be aware of and responsible for. Please note all the following:-

  • all visitors and volunteers must wear face coverings at all times, unless exempt from doing so;
  • we encourage that all visitors and volunteers are mindful of safe, social distancing at all times;
  • we suggest, as an extra precaution, and in accordance with current Government communications, that visitors and volunteers undertake a lateral flow test before coming to the market.

Please rest assured that a thorough risk assessment of the event has been carried out and will be stringently adhered to. Stewards will be on hand to carry out frequent cleaning duties of surfaces, contact points and all necessary areas throughout the event, and to encourage social distancing. Of course, the highest level of ventilation will be maintained throughout.

As well as keeping us all safe, I am sure that the restrictions and measures which we are putting in place will allow you to feel confident and relaxed to enjoy a special and happy event.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the PTFA and their team for all their heroic hard work, freely given, to ensure the success of the event. I know I speak for everyone in the BCPS family when I express my enormous gratitude to you all for every precious hour spent.

I can’t wait to welcome you all on Saturday!
As it is now December, and considerate of the event I have written about, I think it most appropriate to wish you…

Season’s Greetings!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow


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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.

4 Dec
PTFA Christmas Market (1.30-3.30pm)
7 Dec
BCPS Nativity (Pre-School, Reception, Year 1) 1.30pm
7 Dec
Mediquip4Kids Christmas Concert (Senior Choir) Manchester Cathedral (details to follow)
8 Dec
BCPS Nativity (Pre-School, Reception, Year 1) 9.30am
8 Dec
Christmas Concert (Y2-6 inclusive) 1.30pm
9 Dec
Christmas Mass—9.30am
9 Dec
Christmas Concert (Y2-6 inclusive) 6.00pm
14 Dec
Christmas Merit Assembly
15 Dec
Christmas Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ comes to BCPS!
16 Dec
Christmas Lunch
17 Dec
Seven Lessons and Carols – 9.00am
17 Dec
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
14 Jan
‘New Year Knees-Up’

Pre-School: Jessie, for always making amazing contributions to class circle times and lessons.

Reception: Imaan, for her incredible progress in reading.

Year 1: Aanya, our ‘Number Wizard’, for her maths this week!

Year 2: Sabilla, for reading so enthusiastically with the most joyous expression!

Year 3: Adam A., for fabulous contributions to lessons, especially in RE!

Year 4: Leyla, for her energy and enthusiasm for learning.

Year 5: Haroon., for writing an impressively persuasive story review – showing great attentiveness and skill in class.

Year 6: Imaan, for her continued dedication to everything she is challenged to complete. You really are a model pupil, sunshine! Every teacher should have the joy of an Imaan!

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This week’s Star Badges go to:
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Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all our friends in the PTFA for working so hard to prepare a smashing Christmas Market for us all to enjoy tomorrow! We are all very lucky!


Hot on the heels of Ethan and Caleb, Jessie visited Lapland UK last weekend! She has been fizzing with fantastic stories about her trip all week and assures me that she made sure that Santa knew that she has been a very good girl… ALL YEAR!

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2nd Sunday of Advent
(Luke 3:1-6)



John the Baptist is getting everyone ready to welcome Jesus. He is travelling through the wilderness, making sure everyone hears his important news. We can all prepare ourselves to meet Jesus by turning our lives around, walking away from what we know is wrong and choosing instead to do what is right. God has already forgiven us and wants us to have a new life and a new start.


In the Bible, we often hear about people going to the wilderness. The wilderness is a scary and lonely place. However, the wilderness is where people meet God. They come out of this challenging time stronger and with a new, closer relationship with God.


Help me, Jesus, to make the way to my heart easy for you. Help me to say ‘sorry’ and to change when I need to. Amen.


Light the second candle of the Advent wreath!

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Data Forms

You should all be in receipt of data forms and home-school agreements. Please return completed forms (and one signed copy of the home-school agreement; the other is for you to keep) to the school office as soon as possible. .


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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!

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What a festive start to the week, the blanket of snow which fell at the weekend lasted till Monday, so our Pre-School children took grabbed the opportunity to run out with their buckets and spades to make snow castles. 


How utterly delighted I am to bring you news of Amy’s success at the National Independent Schools Association Junior Swimming Gala! She and her team mates swam like torpedoes to bring home the medley relay bronze medal! We are all as proud as proud can be! Well done, superstar!

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We were all filled with Christmas spirit this week when we were treated to a seasonal recital by our instrumentalists. What a joy, and what a marvellous way to welcome in December and all its impending treats and delights!


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


Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

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Most improved speed
Lower School: Adam
Upper School: Jessica L.
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.66s… still fantastic!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Haroon +12,823
TT Star of the Week
Iyanu - demonstrating great perseverance and determination


Our beloved school has been a hive of activity this week as we have decorated every inch of it for Christmas!


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)
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10 Dec
Christmas Coffee Morning – not to be missed!
Come and share some ‘Festive Fayre’ – enjoy a seasonal celebration, and some good fun! To add to the merriment, we are going to have a White Elephant Gift Exchange! Please bring a special wrapped treat for a fellow reveller. But here’s the challenge—its value must not exceed £2.00!!!
Happy hunting!


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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)


Date:- Date to remember… 7th January, 2022 (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and biscuits… and some jolly good conversation about a lovely, clever, funny story!
“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” (Mary Schmich)


Another cracking Book Club this morning, which proved as popular as ever! We really are becoming a ‘scholarly lot’ and enjoying every second of it! The focs of our discussions this week was ‘The Thursday Murder Club, which got a huge ‘thumbs up from everyone! Next week, we look forward to our Christmas Coffee Morning!’ Please join us for a festive non-alcoholic tipple and some good fun! Don’t forget your gift for our White Elephant Gift Exchange!



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!


Thank you for your help. If you have any questions, we would be delighted to answer them! Please email year6@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk 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.


Monday Mindfulness
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
Lego Mindstorms
(KS1/2) Mr Green
Cosmic Yoga
(Open to all!) Mrs Horford
Junior Choir
(Years 1,2) Miss Farrow
Colouring and Conversation
(KS1/2) Miss DS
Chess Club
(KS2) Mrs Prince
The World of Jane Austen – Once Upon a Story (The ‘Art’ of Storytelling)
Year 3/4 Miss Farrow
Jewellery Making
(KS2) Miss Farrow
Marvellous Maths (“So You Think You Can Sudoku?”)
(KS2) Mr Wallace
Card Games
(KS2) Mr Ross
(charged at £5 per weekly session)
Crochet Club‘Come and Share a Yarn!
Senior Choir
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
Reading Club
(Y5/6) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(Open to all) (separate charge)
Seasonal Craft
(EYFS/KS1) Mrs Lester
Football Skills
(Y2-6) Mr Green
Outdoor Learning (Teambuilding/Orienteering)
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Movie Club
(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