24 Sept, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
What can I say? As I have stated only recently, I know I can always rely on you for a good response to an appeal for help, but even I have been bowled over by your generosity this week in donating to and supporting our coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer Support, I could not have dreamed that your donations would add up to a total of over £400 already! You are simply incredible! Thank you. What an amazing body of parents and friends we have and how proud I am to belong to this treasured and special family of ours. No matter how tough the times that we are living through are, we are always quick to recognise those in greater need. We should be rightly proud of ourselves.
You’ll find lots of wonderful photographs below of what proved, as I expected, to be a thoroughly enjoyable occasion this morning! Enjoy them, one and all!
I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the many of you who were able to attend our ’Welcome Evening’ last Friday evening -what a joyous occasion that was; the perfect opportunity for new friendships and old to blossom. There was a wonderful energy about the evening, which excited me tremendously as to the year ahead, and what we can achieve together! Please join us next Thursday evening for our first PTFA meeting of the year… indeed. the first we have been able to host in person for such a long time – I am assured that there will be celebratory refreshments!
We have ’Open Day’ in school tomorrow (Saturday 25th September). Please be sure to spread news of it to interested family and friends who, it goes without saying, would be most welcome to visit. Let’s make sure EVERYONE knows about our wonderful school!
Have an excellent weekend! Next week we look forward to ’Mission Together Week’ in school, and the children will be learning all about friends far away in Malawi. Lots about that in next week’s newsletter.
I hope I shall see many of you at our Maths Workshop for Parents on Monday at 3.30pm. The session should be informative and aims to furnish you with the skills you need to support your child’s maths homework tasks. It offers you a valuable opportunity to get ’up to speed’ with our maths methodology, which I hope you will take advantage of! We are so fortunate to be able to work together to ensure that our children realise their phenomenal potentials!
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.
Open Day (10-4pm)
w.b. 27 Sept
Mission Together Week
Maths Workshop for all parents (3.30pm)
PTFA Meeting (7.00pm) ALL WELCOME!
Phonics Workshop for EYFS/KS1 Parents(3.30pm)
Harvest Festival – 9.00am
Half term holiday. Return Monday 1st November, 2021
PTFA Meeting (time TBA) – Operation Christmas!
w.b. 15th Nov
PTFA Meeting (time TBA) – Operation Christmas! Finalising arrangements.
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: Aminah, for her fantastic phonics and number work this week
Reception: Imaan, for her incredible topic work.
Year 1: Jonah, for his wonderfully improved confidence to participate in class discussions! Well done, young man!
Year 2: Ali, for his wonderful work all week! Keep it up, sunshine!
Year 3: James, for showing such curiosity in our new topic ‘The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons’.
Year 4: Tafara, for showing excellent debugging skills in coding.
Year 5: Aayaan, for displaying great confidence and helpful, collaborative skills when working with others in class
Year 6: Imaan, for her unerring dedication to her exam preparation! You give 100% to absolutely everything! Who could ask for more!
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
ON JESUS’ SIDE
Jesus’ disciples are worried that someone is using Jesus’ name to perform miracles. Jesus tells his friends not to worry; anyone who does something good in his name is on his side. People who are on Jesus’ side will be rewarded for doing something as simple as giving someone a cup of water. On the other hand, we must be careful not to lead anyone astray. If anything is making us turn away from God, we should throw it away. It is better to lose something, even something precious, than to be unhappy without God. When we do what is right and love other people we will be happy with God forever.
DID YOU KNOW?
On Wednesday 29 September, we celebrate the feasts of Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. Angels are God’s messengers. All angels are special, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are mentioned by name in the Bible.
Dear Jesus, help me show I’m on your side by using every part of me to share your love with the people I meet today. Amen.
Celebrate harvest by giving money to Cafod, Sciaf or Christian Aid!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Leyla, for her contribution and help during lunch time playground games. What a fine example to all the younger children! Well done!
You should all be in receipt of data forms and home-school agreements. Please return completed forms (and one signed copy of the home-school agreement; the other is for you to keep) to the school office as soon as possible.
ROLL UP! ROLL UP!
Please join us next Thursday (30th September) for our first PTFA meeting of this academic year!
The meeting will be held at 7.00pm in the school hall and everyone is extremely welcome. Your contributions will be most valuable in planning our year ahead. Come along and be a part of our vibrant, happy team!
KINGS... AND QUEENS... OF THE CASTLE’!
This week, the children in Reception were introduced to their new topic ‘Castles, Kings and Queens’
They learnt about the different features castles have and about the people who live in them. The children designed and made their very own BCPS castle, using junk modelling materials and then labelling its key features. Finally they finished off the week by each making their own coat of arms, fit for any noble steed to wear, ready for battle!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most Improved Speed
Imaan 0.65s INCREDIBLE!!!!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Eve 276,647 coins
TT Star of the Week
Eve - What a fabulous start to the year!
No Class of the Week
Your class needs YOU! Get involved!
BUSY! BUSY! BUSY!
We have had a super busy week this week, and have worked hard to paint castles, complete lots of pencil control and cutting activities and make jigsaws galore!
We had a very special Show & Tell this week in which everyone in the class proudly showed pictures of their families.
In PE we had a ball skills session in the lovely sunshine!
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