14 Jan, 2022
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
Our first full week of the Spring term draws to a close. The damp and chill, and the dismal light, have ensured that there has been no doubting the season, and we endure the bleakness of our January days, safe in the knowledge that Spring is not too far away! The wintry conditions of drear are in stark contrast to the sunshine and sparkle of our classrooms, though, and our children’s enthusiasm and excitement in their learning are infectious. My visits around the school have revealed lessons on the sinking of the Titanic, the history and beginnings of democracy (’it’s all Greek to me’!!), a Times Tables Rockstars inter-class battle and in every room, eager, happy children thriving on all the opportunities they are being given by our fabulous teachers to discuss and debate, to draw and to make, to research and to report! There was a fair amount of ‘friction’ in Year 3, but only of a scientific kind!
As someone far greater than me, one Albert Einstein, once proclaimed, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Maybe he had one eye on BCPS before he said it! If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow. Take it from me, our children certainly fit this description. They constantly
thrill me with their curiosity and thirst for knowledge. And after all, education is not about filling a pail, but far more about lighting a fire. Those fires are ablaze in our girls and boys!
Our week concluded, as you will see reported later in the newsletter, with the first of our ’Family Friday’ events of the Spring, and what better than a coffee morning to launch the programme! The break over Christmas and New Year was a welcome one, and much needed by all of us after such a busy Autumn term. However, it feels so good to be back together again, and there was such joy and laughter and happy chat, not to mention a rather delicious carrot cake! The heart of our school family is beating strong and true! Bring on next Friday’s ’Book Club’! Please do come along and join us.
Have a wonderful weekend, and remember last week’s advice… wrap up warm!
Best wishes as always, Miss Farrow
This Week’s Star Badges Go To:
Pre-School: Zaed, for trying really hard with his independent pencil control and letter formation.
Reception: The whole class, for their amazing creativity and teamwork.
Year 1: Maysa, for shining brightly during our learning about shape this week.
Year 2: Sabilla, for fabulous focus and enthusiasm, especially in maths! What an impressive week, young lady! Well done!
Year 3: Allessandra, for showing wonderful responsibility for her learning- what a great start to the year!
Year 4: Milana, for the exceptional effort she puts into the presentation of her work.
Year 5: Henna, for her super attitude and independence in her first week back. Keep it up Henna!
Year 6: Nimra, for her continuing efforts outside the classroom, which are having such an impact on her English work inside the classroom!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Eve, for being so kind and loving, and gently caring for Caleb, when he had fallen in the playground. My, what a credit you are to us, Eve. Thank you!
Please find below the first of the diary dates for what promises to be an exciting term ahead. The list is by no means exclusive and more dates will 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.
Year 1 Eye Tests (1.30pm)
‘New Year Knees-Up’
PTFA Meeting (6.00pm)
Safer Internet Day
Half term holiday begins (3.30pm finish)
Return to school
w.b. 7 Mar
w.b. 28 Mar
Easter Mass (date and time tbc)
Stations of the Cross (9.00am)
Easter Holiday begins (midday finish)
Return to school—Summer Term begins
DON’T MISS THE B.C.P.S. BOAT!!
A timely reminder for all our Pre-School parents:-
We offer our own Pre-School parents the exclusive opportunity for entry into our Reception class and therefore to our fabulous school . The final date for this exclusivity (for September 2022 is 15th January.
Beyond this date, the opportunity for entry will be opened to families on our waiting list and subsequently to the general public.
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
(John 2: 1-11)
ENJOY THE PARTY
What a disaster! The wine has run out at the wedding party. Mary knows that Jesus can help and tells the servants to do whatever he tells them. Jesus doesn’t do anything straight away, but then he asks the servants to fill up some big jars with water. Jesus turns the water into really good wine. It’s not a disaster at all! This miracle is a sign of Jesus’s power and love. Jesus brings joy and hope to everyone and invites us all to enjoy the party with him.
DID YOU KNOW?
Jesus enjoyed having a good time with his friends. Often, we imagine Jesus was very serious. Although he must have been at times, it is great to know that Jesus was happy and had a good time too! Jesus wants us to enjoy life as well.
Dear Jesus, you can work miracles in me if I trust you. Amen.
Find out if you can do anything for the Octave of Christian Unity, helping Christians from different denominations to understand each other better.
‘CALLING ALL PARENTS AND FRIENDS…
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!’
Our first PTFA meeting of 2022 will take place on 1st February at 6pm. We shall be looking ahead to our Easter celebrations and making plans for the rest of the academic year! Please do come and join us—the more the merrier and the greater the input, the more exciting our plans can be. Let’s look ahead with hope in our hearts! For those of you who cannot make the meeting in person but would like to attend, a Zoom link will be sent just before the meeting. Please let the office know, should you require this!
‘NEW YEAR KNEES UP!’
FRIDAY 28th JANUARY, 2022
A GENTLE REMINDER!
DAILY JOURNALS - JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most improved speed
Lower School: Freddie
Upper School: Jessica
Imaan 0.66s… still fantastic!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
TT Star of the Week
George - again! Played for the most time on the most number of days. Well done George
It’s a Wrap!
This week in Reception, we have been very busy cleaning up the city!
One of our successful missions involved a very sneaky carrot and a Supertato. Please follow the link to watch how our story unfolds
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 Extravaganza! Details to follow!
NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!
Our current ’Book Club’ title is……
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… 21st January, 2022 (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and cake… and some jolly good conversation about a lovely, clever, funny story!
“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” (Mary Schmich)
CHEERS! HERE’S TO A HAPPY NEW YEAR OF ‘FAMILY FRIDAYS’!
What a delight it was to celebrate the new year with the first of our ‘Family Friday’ events for the Spring term – a coffee morning, and the chance for a good old catch up! Jolly good friends and family, well met, and thoroughly enjoying each other’s company – and a cake or two! Next week sees the first ’Book Club’ meeting of the year, and I am pleased to report much excitement and anticipation for the event! Please do join us. As well as discussing our present read, ’The Red Notebook’, I shall be launching our next title, which, between you and me, is a real cracker!
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 contact the office to register your child for any of the activities and/ or wraparound care provision.
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
(KS2) Mr Wallace
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Pompom Craft Club
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS(charged at £5 per weekly session)
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
(Y4/5/6) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(Open to all) (separate charge)
(Open to all)
Mrs Horford and Mrs Lester
Mr Wallace and Mr Green
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
(Open to all)
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE!
This week saw the introduction of our fabulous Drama Club. We had a brilliant session getting to know each other, finding fun ways to use or voices, and talking about what drama is. We finished the session with games of ‘Detective Detective’ and ‘21’, which Aaminah was the master of – even beating the teachers!!!
So why should you join?
Drama encourages children to think and act creatively, thus developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in all areas of learning. Through drama, children are encouraged to take responsible roles and make choices – to participate in and guide their own learning.
We would like to open up availability for this club to those in Years 3,4,5 & 6 who are not in choir. Why not come along for a free trial session next Tuesday 3.30pm-4.30pm? Mrs Horford & Mrs Lester can’t wait to see you.
FUN! FUN! FUN!
A great time was had by all as we kick-started our new rota of extra-curricular events for the Spring term this week! Our chess players began the week with some fierce competition, our photography club considered the ight and shade of a fabulous sunset and our choir began their preparations for exciting performances at the end of this term – it will be lovely, fingers crossed to be able to get out and about with some trips around the North West and some live performances! Our multi-sports superstars spent their first session concentrating on hockey skills and thoroughly enjoyed some close-fought relay races!
It’s not too late to get involved with any of our activities. Please call the office for information!