25 MAR, 2022
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
Well, there has certainly been a buzz of anticipation around school this week as the children have waited with diminishing patience for our ’Grand Easter Bingo’ event this evening! As I write, our wonderful PTFA and staff are whirling around the hall, decorating it in a riot of spring-time colour and with seasonal chocolate treats galore! My thanks, in advance, to all those who have worked so hard to ensure the success of what I know will be a wonderful evening of BCPS family fun and laughter!
It’s hard to believe, but next week marks our final week before the Easter break and as you would expect, it is packed full of special events and activities to mark this holy time. May I cordially invite you to join us for any or indeed all of the following; the children are working very hard to prepare them for you and it would be lovely to welcome you to be a part of them:-
Stations of the Cross (Wednesday – 9am)
Easter Mass (Thursday – 2.30pm)
Resurrection Rock (Friday – 9am)
A final reminder that, as stated in the diary dates, term finishes at 12 noon next Friday 1st April.
With all good wishes for a wonderful weekend!
Eyes down; dabbers at the ready! Here’s to a fabulous night ahead of bingo fun!
As always, Miss Farrow
This Week’s Star Badges Go To:
Nursery: Jessie, for having great opinions during group discussions.
Reception: Zaviyar, for his amazing confidence towards work.
Year 1: Betty, for achieving an outstanding result in her piano ’Prep’ test! Well done! We are so proud of you!
Year 2: Eve, for a sensational presentation about astronomy.
Year 3: Allessandra, for contributions to Healthy Schools Week
Year 4: George, for sharing some wonderful insights about Lent in RE this week.
Year 5: Saameya, for demonstrating a mature and positive, growth mindset in all areas of school life.
Year 6: Amy, for superb progress in reading aloud! Excellent fluency and expression!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all our school family, for responding so well to our Easter Raffle House Competition! Thank you ALL for your superb support, kindness and generosity!
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.
‘Grand Easter Extravaganza’ (winning house prize)
Stations of the Cross (9.00am)
Easter Mass (2.30pm)
Resurrection Rock (9.00am)
Easter Holiday begins (midday finish)
Return to school—Summer Term begins
Transition to High School Meeting – for Year 5 parents (3.30pm)
4th Sunday of Lent
(Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)
What a nerve! The younger son asks for the money he is due to receive when his father dies. He doesn’t want to waste his time working at the farm with his older brother. He wants to go and enjoy life! It doesn’t take long for this young son to waste all his money. When hardship comes to the country, he has no money left and has to search for a job wherever he can. He ends up feeding the pigs – so hungry that he wants to share the pigs’ food. Then he comes to his senses. Having realised how wrong he has been, the wasteful son sets off for home in the hope of putting things right. His waiting father sees him when he is still in the distance and runs to meet his son, hugging and kissing him. No one could be happier. It’s party time!
DID YOU KNOW?
Jewish people have food laws to follow which are called kashrut. Food that is fit to eat is called kosher. Food that is not allowed is called trefah and pigs are trefah. This belief might have come from food hygiene precautions, or it might just be because God said so. Whatever the reason, it means that feeding the pigs really was not a good job for a Jewish boy.
Thank you Jesus, that if things go wrong for me, like you were for the prodigal son, you will still be with me. I know that my loving Father is always waiting to welcome me back with open, loving arms. Amen.
Find out a bit more about Jewish food laws. Maybe you could research other religions’ food laws too.
‘CALLING ALL PARENTS AND FRIENDS…
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!’
PTFA MEETING:- 26. APR (6pm)
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!!
What a wonderful time Jaanvi and her family had celebrating the festival of Holi last weekend! As Jaanvi explains,
“Holi is the celebration of love, community and the beginning of spring, It is the festival of colour and celebrates the eternal love between Radha Krishna (Hindu gods) in the Hindu religion.
It’s a festival filled with dancing, singing and lots of food!”
HEALTHY EATING WEEK!
This week, as a whole school initiative, we are discussing the importance of healthy eating. Our Reception children looked at different food groups and foods we can enjoy lots of, some of and a little of! The children already had some knowledge of these food groups and knew the important ‘5-a-day rule’ regarding fruits and veggies!
Reception then made healthy pizzas, using wholemeal tortilla wraps, tomato purée, cheese and spinach. After baking them for 10 minutes in the oven, they enjoyed them at snack time, even creating their very own Italian cafe vibes… bellissimo!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most improved speed
Lower School: Ethan
Upper School: Bella
Imaan 0.52s… WOW!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
TT Star of the Week
Aayaan (Y5) – for making it to Rock Hero just after I printed the certificates last week, and then patiently keeping going, improving his speed through the week.
‘FAMILY FRIDAY’ SEASONAL FUN!
Our final ‘Family Friday’ event of the term was enormously enjoyable as we pitted our wits against each other with some fiercely contested but friendly seasonal challenges! How precious for our school family to be able to raise a mug and ‘toast’ the holidays together with a hot cross bun or two! We had a real giggle with a team ‘Easter Quiz’ and even managed a free raffle! You are never too old to win an Easter egg!
A ‘LIP-SMACKING’ LENTEN MISSION!
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)!
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, to coincide with our ‘Healthy Eating Week’, we swapped toast for fruit salad! Thanks to all our Year 3 children for working so hard to prepare it so beautifully for us all!
CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICK, CHICKEN…
Our School Council have been busy selling chocolate filled chicks this week on behalf of Francis House Children’s Hospice. There are still a few chicks left needing good homes. They will be on sale in the playground each day at a cost of £1.00 each. Help us to help our young friends at the hospice who can’t help themselves, and to stick to our Mission Together motto ‘children helping children’!
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!!
Platinum Jubilee Celebration (details to follow!)
NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!
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.
DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!
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.
LUNCH TIME CLUBS
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
(KS1/2) Mr Green
(KS2) Mr Wallace
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Board Games Club
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS(charged at £5 per weekly session)
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
(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
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
(Open to all)