22 Dec, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
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,
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 Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
Spring Term begins
‘New Year Knees-Up’
MERIT CERTIFICATES AND BEHAVIOUR AWARDS
This week we awarded our termly ‘merit’ and ‘behaviour’ awards. Congratulations to all our worthy recipients.
HEAD TEACHER AWARDS:-
James (Year 3);
Aadaam (Year 3);
Alina (Year 5).
Nursery: Aminah and Nafisa
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 (Nursery); Elsie (Reception);
Saladin (Y1); Ethan (Y2);
Kaif (Y3); Milana(Y4);
Henna (Y5); Nimra(Y6)
4th Sunday of Advent
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
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!
DAILY JOURNALS - JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
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
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!
HE’S BEHIND YOU!!
THE MAGIC OF THE PANTOMIME COMES TO 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…
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!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most improved speed
Lower School: Isobelle
Upper School: Abbie
Imaan 0.66s… still fantastic!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
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 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 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
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!!
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!
Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
Easter Coffee Morning
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)
OUR GREEN FINGERED GANG!
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!!!
TURKEY WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS!!
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!!