29 APR, 2022
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
It is such a special week here at Bury Catholic Preparatory School, especially for our children who are enrolled on this year’s Sacramental Programme. On Thursday, Fr. Foley, Parish Priest of St. Marie and St. Joseph, graciously bestowed on Corey-J and Monica the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Having made their First Confessions, the children posed for this delightful photograph, a memento of a precious and faithful day.
It goes without saying that the children were an utter joy, reverent, polite and so mature as they received God’s blessing through Fr. Foley. I felt very proud of each of them, and will remember and cherish the memory of the occasion forever. On Sunday 15th May, the children make their First Holy Communions. On behalf of our whole school family, I know I can assure them of our love and prayers, along with their families.
As I mentioned last week, our Open Day takes place on Saturday 7th May (10.00am – 4.00pm). Please share this information amongst your friends and families and encourage them to come along to see our fabulous little school and all that it has to offer! We have so very much to be proud of! I know that you will all speak so highly of the most wonderful opportunities which an education here provides, and who better to sing our praises than the people who know us best – our family!
Speaking of things to be proud of, we are riding high at the top of the local Times Tables Rockstars leader board (see accompanying article). Our perfectly formed, little school does not just hold its own against local opposition, it once again storms to the top, achieving excellence, instilling values, opening hearts and minds! How lucky our children are to enjoy the best start in life!
Wishing you a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!
Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow
This Week’s Star Badges Go To:
Nursery: Jess T., for her confidence and willingness to join in.
Reception: Havi, for his phenomenal knowledge of London landmarks!
Year 1: Esther, for keeping her counters organised and making the most shipshape arrays!
Year 2: George, for always being a consummate storyteller, expressive and dramatic.
Year 3: Isobelle, for bravely and seamlessly taking on a second role in the class assembly. An enormous thank you, Isobelle!
Corey-J, for a bedazzling, superstar performance in our class assembly… WOW!
Year 4: Tafara, for producing a marvellous piece of descriptive writing.
Year 5: Eesa, for some seriously impressive explaining and reasoning with decimals and fractions.
Year 6: Ayaan, for his energetic, enthusiastic, focused start to his last term at BCPS!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to both Corey-J and Monica, for the beautiful way in which they have supported each other in the run up to their First Confession Day.
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.
May Day Bank Holiday
Year 4 Class Assembly (9am)
Open Day (10am-4pm)
Year 5 Class Assembly (9am)
First Holy Communions
Year 2 Class Assembly (9am)
PTFA Meeting (6pm)
‘Queen Elizabeth Community Award’ Launch (9am)
Platinum Jubilee Concert (9am)
Grandparents’ Royal Afternoon Tea (1.30pm)
Platinum Jubilee Street Party
Half Term Holiday
Return to School
Science Day/ Science Fair (3.30pm)
wb 13 June
World Religions Week
wb 20 June
Aspirations Week (Year 6)
Nursery/Reception Class Assembly (9am)
PTFA Family Games Night (6pm)
Year 1 Class Assembly
wb 4 July
End of Year (Leavers’) Mass (Date/ time TBC)
ISA Athletics Compeition (Beech House)
Leavers’ Assembly and Reception (9am)
Summer Holiday (12 noon finish)
3rd Sunday of Easter
(John 2: 1-19)
JESUS IS WITH US
After his resurrection, Jesus surprises the disciples by coming to the lake where they are fishing. Although they have spent all night working for nothing, Jesus encourages his friends to put their nets out again. They do as Jesus asks – and catch so many fish they can’t pull their nets out again. They do as Jesus asks – and catch so many fish they can’t pull their nets in! Jesus has already prepared breakfast of fish and bread which they enjoy together on the shore! After breakfast Jesus shows Simon Peter that he has forgiven him. Jesus asks Simon Peter three times how much he loves him, cancelling out the three times Peter denied Jesus during the trial. The disciples have no doubt this is Jesus, risen from the dead, with them in their ordinary lives, giving everyone a new start.
DID YOU KNOW?
As Ramadan draws to a close on 3 May, Muslims all over the world will be celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr, also called the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’. Muslims will enjoy themselves by thanking God and sharing food and exchanging gifts with family and friends.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being with me every day. Help me to recognise you in the ordinary things that happen to me. Encourage me to keep on trying, even if it seems pointless. Amen.
Be determined and resilient this week – when you have a really hard problem to solve, keep on trying.
‘CALLING ALL PARENTS AND FRIENDS…
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!’
PTFA MEETING:- 19. MAY (6pm)
Our next PTFA meeting will take place on 19th May at 6pm. We shall be discussing the details for our Family Games Night on 24th June! Please do come and join us—the more the merrier and the greater the input, the more exciting our plans can be.
As usual, 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!
It is with such immense pride that I am able to announce that former BCPS Head Boy, Daniel, has been elected as Youth Mayor of Bury! His success is unprecedented as he is only 14 years of age! Daniel is still a very familiar face around school as he comes in to help with choir each week and has recently given a presentation to our Years 5 and 6 children on ’Life in High School’.
The role of the Youth Mayor is to represent the young people of Bury in a formal and civic role, playing a major part as a key member of the Youth Cabinet. The Youth Mayor is an ambassador for the town and an inspirational role model for young people.
Daniel is thrilled by his appointment. “It’s a great honour for me to be Bury’s Youth Mayor. I shall serve twelve months as deputy mayor and learn the ropes before my term in office begins, and I can’t wait! I am keen to make sure that the young people of Bury, through me, can have their voices heard and listened to!”
Please note, as indicated in the included ’Diary Dates’, that Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 5th May. Sign up sheets will be available as usual, displayed in cloakrooms, from Monday (25th April). Please book your appointments! We look forward to sharing the good news of your wonderful children with you!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most improved speed
Lower School: George
Upper School: Emma
Imaan 0.52s… WOW!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
TT Star of the Week
Corey-J Putting in a great shift over the last week! Class of the Week Special mention to Y2 for having had an excellent week as a whole class. Well done!
TOP OF THE TABLE!
Three cheers are certainly in order for Bury Catholic Preparatory School as we continue to top the Times Tables Rockstars local leader board!
As the league table below testifies, our children are way ahead in demonstrating such important knowledge and skills, which enable them immeasurably throughout the whole of the maths curriculum! Another pat on the back for BCPS, reaching for the stars and leaving the competition trailing behind!
A CRACKING READ!
Our ‘Family Friday’ events for the Summer Term continued today with our first Book Club of the term. We enjoyed a fabulous discussion about our latest read, ’Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’, which has been so enjoyed by everyone! Dare I say that it has gone to the top of the list as the absolute favourite so far! There was plenty of inclusive chat along with jolly good coffee and cake! Our next read was announced too! Please do grab yourself a copy of ‘Cold Sunflowers’ by Mark Sippings, tuck into a wonderful story, and join us on 20th May for our next session!
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!!
Platinum Jubilee Celebration (details to follow!)
NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!
Our new ’Book lub’ title is…
by Mark Sippings!
‘Everything happens for a reason.’
It’s 1972. Raymond Mann is seventeen. He is fearful of life and can’t get off buses. He says his prayers every night and spends too much time in his room.
He meets Ernest Gardiner, a gentleman in his seventies who’s become tired of living and misses the days of chivalry and honour. Together they discover a love of sunflowers and stars, and help each other learn to love the world.
Ernest recounts his experiences of 1917 war-torn France where he served as a photographer in the trenches … of his first love, Mira, and how his life was saved by his friend Bill, a hardened soldier.
But all is not as it seems, and there is one more secret that will change Raymond’s life for ever.
Cold Sunflowers is a story of love.
But most of all it’s about the love of life and the need to cherish every moment.
DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!
Date to remember… 20th May, 2022 (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and cake… and some fabulous chat about a ‘one in a million’ read, guaranteed to enthrall!
“ A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . .
The man who never reads lives only one. ”
George R.R. Martin.
Please find below details of our extra-curricular programme for the summer term. 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 the 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
(for Year 3 Communicants) Miss Farrow
(monthly) Miss Farrow
Junior Business Studies
(open to all)
Miss Farrow/ Year 6
Children Helping Children
(children’s fundraising initiative – Monthly) Miss Farrow
(monthly) Miss Farrow
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
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
Mr Wallace and Mr Green
(Open to all)