10 Dec, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
What can I say? We have enjoyed the most wonderful week, so full of utter joy! After such an unprecedented couple of years, it was just fabulous to be able to welcome so many of you to enjoy our Christmas productions in person! Our youngest children simply melted our hearts with their Nativity, so hotly anticipated and every bit as perfect as we hoped it would be! Innocent children re-enacting one of the greatest stories of all time captured the very essence of this blessed season! Our older children had us all ’loo-rolling’ in the aisles with their hilarious presentation of ‘Who Took All The Loo Roll?’ Our top two classes impressed us completely by telling the Christmas story ‘tout en Francais’, and our choir serenaded us like Christmas angels!!
Thank you for the fabulous feedback we have received in response to all the productions. Much effort and hard work went into their preparations, but they were all worth it – our exceptional children were able to gift you memories which I know you will all treasure forever – I know I certainly shall!
Next week, we look forward to the pantomime visiting BCPS…oh yes we do!!! Christmas lunch beckons also. My thanks to our Governors, who will be serving us all! We really are one big, happy family!
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.
Christmas Merit Assembly
Christmas Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ comes to BCPS!
Seven Lessons and Carols – 9.00am
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
Spring Term begins
‘New Year Knees-Up’
This Week’s Star Badges Go To:
Nursery: The whole class, for being AMAZING in the Christmas Nativity performance!
Reception: The whole class, for their excellent performance in our Christmas concert
Year 1: The whole class, for their SENSATIONAL Nativity performances!
Year 2: Ethan, for exemplary behaviour and attitude at all times!
Year 3: James, for incredible effort in all he does, always striving for greatness!
Year 4: Bella, for some super sketching in art.
Year 5: Alina, for stepping in, stepping up and demonstrating extraordinary humility and generosity with the Christmas performances.
Year 6: Nimra, for her exceptional French accent and fluency! Most certainly a linguist in the making!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all our staff for the incredible time, patience and hard work they put into making sure we were able to provide first class Christmas entertainment for our families during this ‘production week’! We simply couldn’t have done it without you! With love from all the children of BCPS!
A SEASONAL NOTE FROM OUR YEAR 6 PUPILS!
Dear Parents and friends,
A huge thank you from each and every one of us for supporting our Adventerprise ‘Mission Christmas Appeal’. As you can see from our photograph, we have collected a mountain of gifts for ‘Cash for Kids’. We are so very grateful to you for helping us to fulfil our mission to bring a festive smile to the faces of children not so fortunate as us. Next week, the gifts will be transported to the charity’s headquarters in Manchester, where they will be sorted, wrapped and delivered, ready for Christmas morning!
Once again, thank you!
From Year 6
3rd Sunday of Advent
The people ask John the Baptist how they can live as God wants. John gives them some very practical advice. They must share, be fair, never bully anyone and be happy with what they have. Some of the people coming for baptism have begun to hope that John might be the Messiah they were waiting for, but John puts them right. The coming saviour is so powerful that he will baptise with the Holy Spirit and John the Baptist isn’t even good enough to undo the straps of his sandals.
DID YOU KNOW?
Water is a symbol in many religions. In Islam and Judaism, ritual washing is very important and shows respect for God. Water in the Baha’i religion is a metaphor for truth and links to respect for creation. In Hinduism, all water is holy and sacred rivers are places of pilgrimage. In Christianity, water is used in baptism and symbolises new life and cleansing.
Dear Jesus, help me to get ready to welcome you at Christmas by living as you ask. Help me to share and never to take more than I need. Help me to be thankful for everything I have. Amen.
Count your blessings and think about all the things you already have, rather than thinking about what you might get at Christmas – and light the third candle of the Advent wreath!
Our Senior Choir performed out of their socks at the annual ‘MedEquip4Kids’ Charity Christmas Concert in Manchester Cathedral this week! They gave a first-class performance of ’One Bright Star’ – a Christmas Musical in 4 songs! They were rewarded with rapturous applause and Miss Farrow was bursting with pride! What a wonderful start to the Christmas season!
‘A CRACKING CHRISTMAS MARKET’
Our Christmas Market last weekend was a huge success. There were fun stalls and activities for adults and children alike, tombolas, fair-style children’s games galore, face painting, raffles, hot food and festive drinks, as well as plenty of opportunities to do some Christmas shopping!
Father Christmas visited and left a special message behind, before he left us to complete final preparations at the North Pole!
How wonderful it was to meet such lovely, polite children at Bury Catholic Preparatory School.I shall be working hard with my elves over the next couple of weeks and trying my best to make all your Christmas wishes come true! Keep being good boys and girls and …. Merry Christmas to you all!!
A GENTLE REMINDER!
Please may I remind you that the little red boxes sent home during Mission Together Week need to be returned to school by the end of term, please. Thank you, in advance, for all your help and support in filling these. The proceeds will all help towards buying a school bus for Moses and his friends at Mua School for the Deaf in Malawi
FRANCIS HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE APPEAL!
Francis House is our School Council’s adopted charity. This year, as every year, our council members have sold Christmas treats and merchandise to raise funds for our poorly friends in the hospice. We are delighted to announce that we have raised the grand total of £350.50!
Thank you, on behalf of the whole School Council!
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: Kaif
Upper School: Amy
Imaan 0.66s… still fantastic!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
TT Star of the Week
Emma Spending 7 minutes per day on average working on that brilliant studio speed!
Class of the Week
Years 3 & 4 – BIG improvement in time spent and effort.
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!!
Watch this space next week for a full schedule of ‘Family Friday’ events for the spring term! The first of them will be a ‘Book Club’ meeting, during which we shall chat about ‘The Red Notebook’ by Antoine Laurain. Please come along and join us. Make ‘reading for pleasure’ your New Year’s resolution. You won’t regret it!
NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!
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)
DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!
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)
‘FESTIVE FAMILY FRIDAY’!
What a wonderful end to this term’s season of ‘Family Fridays’! Our Christmas Coffee Morning was such a friendly affair. How precious for our school family to be able to raise a glass and toast the holidays together! So many joined us for a festive non-alcoholic tipple and some good fun! We had a real giggle with a team ‘Christmas Anagram Game’ which was hotly contested and thoroughly enjoyed our White Elephant Gift Exchange! We even managed a free raffle, the prize so kindly donated by Corey-J and Leo’s mum! Thanks to those who provided the delicious edible treats!
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 weekly 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