17 Sept, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
As we go to press this week, there is a happy and excited atmosphere of hustle and bustle as staff and parents whizz around preparing our hall and getting everything ready for our ‘Welcome Evening’ this evening! Thank you so much for the wonderful response to our invitations. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you all to what promises to be a really enjoyable event!
Next Friday (24th September), we have another very special event happening in school. We shall once again be flinging wide our doors as we host our annual Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan’s Cancer Support. Please do consider yourselves cordially invited to attend.
For many years now, BCPS has been heavily invested in fundraising for MacMillan’s Cancer Support, a charity very close to our hearts, through the annual ‘MacMillan Coffee Morning’. Our connection with the charity began when one of our own school parents became a beneficiary of the love, care and support of one of our local MacMillan nurses. The whole school community joined together to give something back to the charity by way of thanks and since then, our MacMillan Coffee morning has been held in her memory, and in the memory of all those in the hearts of our school family who have experienced the support of MacMillan.
Apart from the fundraising intentions of the event, it has become a thoroughly enjoyable one for all who willingly become involved, and of course, for our children, who love the opportunity to enjoy a cake or two, whilst learning about such a worthwhile cause and the importance of supporting those who need our help.
You will find details of the event within this newsletter, and I should be so grateful of any cakes and raffle prizes you are able to donate. Thank you in anticipation!
In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend!
Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow
Please find below diary dates for what promises to be an exciting term ahead. The list is by no means exclusive and more dates are likely to be added as the 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.
w.b. 20 Sept
Extra Curricular Programme begins
Maths Workshop for all parents (3.30pm)
Phonics Workshop for EYFS/KS1 Parents(3.30pm)
MacMillan’s Coffee Morning – 9.00am
Open Day (10-4pm)
Open Day (10-4pm)
w.b. 27 Sept
Mission Together Week
Half term holiday.Return Monday 1st November, 2021
w.b. 15th Nov
PTFA Christmas Event
w.b. 6 Dec
Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
Christmas Merit Assembly
Christmas Mass (TBC)
Seven Lessons and Carols – 9.00am
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
This week’s Star Badges go to:
Nursery: Hanna, for being an absolute superstar all week.
Reception: Havi, for his positive attitude and endless enthusiasm towards learning.
Year 1: Ayaan, for his enthusiasm towards maths extension questions at the end of a tired morning!
Year 2: Mariam, for showing outstanding listening skills in Art.
Year 3: Aadam S., for an amazing first week in school, approaching his work with such diligence and enthusiasm.
Year 4: George, for his outstanding contributions to our class discussion in Science.
Year 5: Eesa, for starting Y5 with a fabulous attitude – like a sprinter out of the blocks!
Year 6: Abbas, for arriving back at school after the holidays and ‘hitting the ground running’, diving head first into exam preparation and demonstrating such a positive attitude! You are an example to us all! Well
LEADING THE WAY!
We are delighted to announce House Captains and School leadership roles for our year ahead. The pupils in Year 6 have a huge responsibility this year as they strive to reconnect our school community, so long restricted to their class bubbles. They have made an exceptional start to the year, and are already proving themselves to be fabulous role models. As such, they will all make fine prefects for our precious school. We wish them congratulations and good luck in the year ahead!
Head Prefect:– Iyanu
School Council Chairpersons:– Imaan, Emma
St.George House Captain:– Amy
St.Bernadette House Captain:– Ayaan
St. Francis House Captain:- Abbas
St. Teresa House Captain:- Nimra
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Mark 9: 30-37)
BE THE SERVANT OF ALL
Jesus’ friends still don’t understand what Jesus has been telling them about how he will have to die and rise again. As they travel to the next village, they end up arguing among themselves. Jesus knows they’ve been arguing and asks them to explain what’s going on. The disciples are embarrassed and don’t want to say, because they were arguing about who is the most important, Jesus tells the disciples that they can only be important if they put other people first.
DID YOU KNOW?
In Jesus’ time, children had little status. Bit Jesus says that welcoming a child is like welcoming him and God the Father. The disciples would have been surprised, but Jesus wants them to understand that his followers have a new way of living. Anyone who wants to be first, must make themselves last. People we might look down on are actually the people God values.
Dear Jesus, sometimes I want everyone to think I am important. Help me to remember that serving other people is the only way to be like you and be really important. Amen.
Volunteer to help out at home before you are asked – at least twice
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Elsie and Havi for setting a wonderful example to the Nursery children. We are so proud of you, children!
LET THERE BE LIGHT’!
This week in Nursery, we read the story ‘Let There Be Light’, which taught us all about God’s creations and the beauty around us.
We investigated the beauty of God’s world by visiting our Arden Garden to see what we could find and hear. We found a little snail and heard lots of birds in the trees.
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most Improved Speed
Imaan 0.68s WOW!!!!
George 276,647 coin
TT Star of the Week
Ethan - What a fabulous start to the year!
Class of the Week
Year 2 – most active participants, longest average time spent per day!
You are cordially invited to…. A MORNING OF COFFEE AND CAKE …on Friday 24th September, 2021 at 9.00am.
The event is being held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and in memory of friends and family who have benefitted from this wonderful organisation.
We should be delighted to welcome you to share ‘a cuppa and a catch up’, and maybe to take a chance on our raffle, or to try your luck in our game of ‘Bakes and Splatters’!
Last orders will be at 10.00am.
Should you wish to make/ provide any cakes for the event (which would be hugely appreciated), please be kind enough to let me know beforehand and bring cakes on the morning of Friday 24th September. We would also be very thankful of raffle prizes. Offers of help to ‘man the kettle’ etc. would also be gratefully accepted!
Thank you for your continued and valued support. Please join us. Once again, together, we can make a difference!
A BUSY WEEK OF LEARNING!
This week in Reception, the children have been learning to use and working on the interactive whiteboard. They painted their portraits and wrote their names.
They have also been doing lots of practical maths activities and practising their one-to-one correspondence.
I am delighted to announce the resumption of an exciting and extensive extra-curricular programme this term, all activities launching during the week beginning Monday 20th September. 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 an email 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
Boom Whacker Bash Percussion Club
(KS1) Miss Farrow
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS(charged at £5 per 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