BCPS Newsletter Issue 13 Autumn Term 2021

BCPS Newsletter Issue 13 Autumn Term 2021

22 Dec, 2021

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

What a busy, but wonderfully joyful week! The children have thoroughly enjoyed all the fabulous festivities that have been provided for them, and a huge thank you is due to all our staff who have done such a sterling job, not just this week, but every week! Our children are very lucky to be nurtured and taught by a team of such dedicated and loving staff.

Thank you also, on behalf of us all, for all the wonderful gifts, cards and treats which you have been sending in throughout December. They are all very much appreciated.

It has been another unusual term with untold worries and anxieties thrown at us from all directions, but I think it is safe to say that we all deserve a pat on the back. Throughout it all, we have stuck together, supported each other—staff, parents and children—and have not only survived, but emerged at the end of it as an even tighter, stronger family than ever. How privileged I feel to be a part of it!

It just remains for me to bid you all a Happy Christmas!
With best wishes for a happy, holy and safe festive season!

May your Christmas be filled with the true miracles and meaning of this beautiful time.

With love to you all as always,
Miss Farrow


Bury Catholic Preparatory School

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.

17 Dec
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
4 Jan
Spring Term begins
14 Jan
‘New Year Knees-Up’
Bury Catholic Preparatory School

This week we awarded our termly ‘merit’ and ‘behaviour’ awards. Congratulations to all our worthy recipients.


Sophie (Pre-School);
James (Year 3);
Aadaam (Year 3);
Alina (Year 5).



Pre-School: Aminah and Nafisa 

Reception: Caleb

Year 1: Maysa and Jaanvi

Year 2: Eve and Zeidan

Year 3: Corey-J and Habibah

Year 4: Tafara and George

Year 5: Aayaan and Jude

Year 6: Imaan and Abbas


Manahil (Pre-School); Elsie (Reception);
Saladin (Y1); Ethan (Y2);
Kaif (Y3); Milana(Y4);
Henna (Y5); Nimra(Y6)

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

4th Sunday of Advent
(Luke 1:39-45)



As soon as Mary hears from the Angel Gabriel that she is to be the mother of Jesus she goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth who is also pregnant. When Elizabeth hears Mary arriving, her baby jumps in her womb with joy. Elizabeth’s baby will grow up to be John the Baptist, who helps to prepare people to welcome Jesus. Even as a baby, he recognises that Mary’s baby is Jesus, God’s Son.


We celebrate Jesus’ birthday at Christmas ut we don’t know the actual day Jesus was born! We do know that Jesus’ birth is the most wonderful event that changed historyforever. Jesus is God, come to earth as a tiny baby to show us just how much we are loved!


Dear Jesus, help me to recognise how special you are, just like Elizabeth and her baby did. Amen.


Light the last candle of the Advent wreath – and enjoy celebrating Christmas!


Abbas and Zaviyar’s mum has compiled these wonderful daily journals, a version each for boys and girls. They are just packed with positive affirmations, activities and opportunities for reflection and gratitude. They are a wonderful way to promote good mental health and wellbeing. The journals are available on Amazon—please click on the links below for more details. Perfect gifts for Christmas, keeping them a fabulous way to kick off the new year! (Boys’ Journal)
(Girls’ Journal)


Bury Catholic Preparatory SchoolPlease 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. Bury Catholic Preparatory SchoolThe proceeds will all help towards buying a school bus for Moses and his friends at Mua School for the Deaf in Malawi

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Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to our Year 6 children, who have so selflessly and tirelessly worked on their ’Mission Christmas’ campaign for ’Cash for Kids’. We have been able to send a mountain of gifts to the charity and ensured , as a result, so many Christmas Day smiles in houses around the local area! Congratulations and thank you, children! You are a credit to all at BCPS!


What a marvellous morning of fun and festive laughter we all enjoyed on Wednesday, as the pantomime came to BCPS! Oh, yes it did.
Staff and children alike were charmed by our visitors from ‘Theatre Magic’ who performed out of their socks to bring us all the joys of Jack and the Beanstalk’, complete with corny jokes galore, so typical of the traditional British pantomime! Try these for size…

I asked the librarian for a book on pantomimes. She said, “It’s behind you”.

One of the actors kept falling through the floor during the pantomime. I think it was just a stage he was going through!

The genie in the local pantomime has a dog. He’s a labracadabrador!

Apparently, Snow White has taken up a new career as a judge. After all, she Is the fairest of them all.

Unfortunately Cinderella didn’t make it as a footballer. She kept running away from the ball!

Mother Goose went on Australian ‘Masterchef’ and everyone cheered when she presented her meringues. It’s strange because Australians normally ‘BOO’ – meringues!

Did you know an apple pie in Jamaica is £3.20, £2.30 in Aruba and £3.76 in the Bahamas? Those are the ‘pie-rates’ of the Caribbean!


Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

Bury Catholic Preparatory School
Most improved speed
Lower School: Isobelle
Upper School: Abbie
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.66s… still fantastic!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Freddie +15,052
TT Star of the Week
Freddie   Making super use of this week… even at home! 
Class of the Week
Year 3 What a great end to the year!  Keep it up!


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 so proud to have raised the grand total of £350.50!
On Tuesday, Julie from Francis House, visited BCPS to collect our takings and the leftover merchandise. She was quite overwhelmed by our efforts, and wanted us to thank all our families for your magnificent support.

Thank you, on behalf of the hospice, and indeed, the whole School Council!

Imaan and Emma
School Council Chairpersons


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)
7 Jan
Bury Catholic Preparatory School
The first ‘Family Friday’ event of 2022 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!
14 Jan
Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
21 Jan
Coffee Morning
28 Jan
Book Club
4 Feb
Coffee Morning
25 Feb
Book Club
4 Mar
Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
11 Mar
Coffee Morning
18 Mar
Book Club
25 Mar
Easter Coffee Morning


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Bury Catholic Preparatory School

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 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)


The days may be short and the weather seasonally dull, but our ‘green-fingered gang’ at BCPS are determined that our playground will remain full of life and colour throughout the winter months! Here they are planting winter pansies and crocus corms ready to brighten our January and February days! Next stop …

the Chelsea Flower Show!!!


he whole school family – staff, children and governors – came together for a delicious Christmas lunch on Thursday! We raised our glasses to toast what has been a happy and successful Autumn term and to wish each other all the greetings of this special season! Hats off to a superb holiday and a great Spring term ahead! Cheers!!