23 July, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
It is Thursday afternoon, the sun is beating down and I am sitting, entirely alone in the school, parked on a bench in the BCPS playground. I am surrounded by the sights and sounds of the season; the birds are singing, summer flowers are tumbling from the planters which our Year 6 ’eco-gardeners’ so expertly nurtured. All is calm and I am furnished with the perfect circumstances to reflect on the incredible journey which we have travelled together this year. We arrived at school last September, resolute and determined, and none of us had any idea what lay ahead.
Lockdowns followed, isolations, restrictions galore. We taught and learnt in school, from home, the road ahead constantly changing direction, our ‘Sat. Nav.’ seemingly echoing relentlessly ’Recalculating! Recalculating!’ And throughout it all, our gates remained closed to you all, our beloved families, until our very last day in school this week.
And despite it all, our precious little school has entirely flourished. Our children’s education has continued relentlessly—at BCPS, come rain, shine or pandemic, learning indeed NEVER stopped!
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to our magnificent staff, who have gone above and beyond in so many ways this year, constantly determined to nurture our children and support them wholeheartedly through these challenging times.
I have an enormous thank you, also, to extend to you all, our family ’outside the gates’, who have trusted us, quite literally handing over your children to our care with such confidence and love. We have not let you down. We never shall! We have always remained ’Together Whilst Apart’, and I am so proud of that.
The greatest ’shout-out’ though, has to ring out for our glorious children, who have weathered the storm of 2020-21 amazingly. They have adapted seemingly seamlessly, over and over again, to all the changes, all the restrictions, and glided like swans, gracefully to the finish line and beyond!
Our Year 6 children negotiated the most turbulent of exam seasons and emerged entirely victorious, winning places, bursaries and scholarships to the most prestigious schools in the North West—Manchester Grammar School, Withington School for Girls Manchester High School for Girls, St. Bede’s College, Bolton School and Bury Grammar School too. They have enjoyed a fabulous week of farewell celebrations, before walking out of the school gates for the final time as pupils of BCPS. But as Tapiwa spoke in our final assembly:-
‘Though we may be leaving our lovely school, it will never leave us. And we know we will always, always, be welcome to return as part of the BCPS family’.
Good luck and Godspeed, Year 6; we look forward to welcoming you back very soon with news of all your adventures!
Enjoy all the photographs which follow in this newsletter. As you will see, we had a rare old time during our last couple of days together! A much deserved, and timely opportunity for us to simply have some family fun!
I shall, of course be in touch with you, and with the children, over the holidays. Following our move to Step 4 of the restrictions route map and the proposed isolation restriction changes from 16th August, we are awaiting new guidance that will allow us to plan for September. I shall be in contact, outlining what this means for BCPS in the next few weeks, once we have had an opportunity to review the guidance and plan accordingly. Thank you, in anticipation, for your continued and unwavering support.
Until then, have a wonderful holiday. We look forward to our new term in September—who knows what it will bring? Whatever does befall, I know that we shall chart a confident and successful course together, as a family.
May God bless you all with a safe and happy summer break!
As always, Miss Farrow
Mon 6 Sept
Return to School
GOOD LUCK AND GODSPEED TO YEAR 6!
Our final event of the year was a special assembly and presentation for our friends in Year 6, as they prepared to leave their beloved BCPS to take on the world! It was an emotional affair!
“Open our hearts and minds to new learning even when it challenges us to change. Give us the courage to tackle injustice and guide us towards a new, shared future where everyone has the chance to learn and all may grow in wisdom and understanding.
As a whole class, we promise to remember all we have been taught here,
to hold it close to our hearts and guard it well.
We promise to be the fine young men and women that Bury Catholic Preparatory School has made of us…
and to reach for the sky.”
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(John 6: 1-15)
JUST FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH!
In his words, actions and attitudes, Jesus reveals to us in a very human way what God is like. He cares deeply about all our needs, and in this week’s Gospel, we hear of his concern when he sees that the people who have chosen to follow him are hungry and have nothing to eat.
Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee and, seeing that a large crowd had followed him along the shore, he turned to Philip and asked, “Where can we buy some bread to feed these people?”
Philip answered, “Master, it would cost a fortune to give each person even a small piece of bread!”
Then Andrew brought to Jesus a young boy who had five loaves and two fish.
“But what use are these,” asked Andrew, “among all these people?”
“Tell the people to sit down on the grass,” Jesus said, and taking the bread and fish, he gave thanks to God, then gave the food out to as many as five thousand people, and there was plenty for everyone. When they had finished, they filled twelve baskets with the scraps that were left over from the five loaves and two fish.
Seeing the marvellous miracle worked by Jesus that day, the people were determined to make him their king, so Jesus slipped away into the hills by himself before they could take him by force.
As brothers and sisters in one loving family, together let us pray to our heavenly Father:
We pray for the Church throughout the world; that fed by God’s word, we will grow in wisdom and faith.
We pray for people who hunger for freedom and justice; that they will find the courage and strength they need.
We pray for people who hunger for peace and friendship; that war and hatred will become only a memory.
We pray for every member of our school community; that we will share what we have and take care of one another’s needs.
Loving Father, fill us with your life and love, so that we may grow strong in faith, and share what we have with those who have nothing. Amen