BCPS Newsletter Issue 4 Autumn Term 2021

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BCPS Newsletter Issue 4 Autumn Term 2021
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1 Oct, 2021

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

We reach the end of another busy week at BCPS! The dreariness of this Autumn weather has been overshadowed completely by the sunshine that has dazzled behind each classroom door! The children have worked hard and played hard, despite the rain!

I’d like to take this opportunity to launch a new initiative of mine, which I’ve called ‘Family Fridays’. In the spirit of building our school community back up again after our enforced separation, and offering occasions for our parents and families to re-establish and build friendships, I am introducing regular Friday activities (each running from 9-10am) that you can get involved in.

I know that you thoroughly enjoyed our MacMillan’s Coffee morning last Friday and it was such a pleasure to welcome you all to that. Although that is an annual event, it also served to kickstart a series of coffee mornings which will happen throughout the year as part of the ‘Family Friday’ initiative.

Interspersed with the coffee mornings and loosely on a rota basis, we shall be hosting a keep fit class (‘Total Tone’ with Christina), a Book Club, for those of us who are inclined to read and share books, some craft sessions, and in time, should there be demand… even a family choir (don’t worry, there won’t be auditions!). Please get involved; you are all, as ever, most welcome! You will find details of our pre-Christmas programme further on in the newsletter. Let the fun commence!

I hope I shall see many of you at our Phonics 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 reading homework tasks. It offers you a valuable opportunity to get ’up to speed’ with our phonics methodology, which I hope you will take advantage of! You know, of old, my passion for reading and my belief that it really is the key to success for our children. The question I get asked more than any other by parents and families in my role as teacher is ’what can we do at home?’ I appreciate that it is a broad generalisation, but the answer always includes the phrase ‘Read together’! Hopefully, our Phonics Workshop will help you as you do that! As I stated last week, we are so fortunate to be able to work together to ensure that our children realise their phenomenal potentials!

Enjoy a wonderful weekend, as soggy as it may prove!

Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow

Diary Dates

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.

Date
Event
4 Oct
Phonics Workshop for EYFS/KS1 Parents(3.30pm)
11 Oct
School Photographs
11 Oct
Parents’ Evening
13 Oct
Harvest Festival – 9.00am
14 Oct
Flu Vaccinations
15 Oct
Half term holiday. Return Monday 1st November, 2021
4 Nov
PTFA Meeting (time TBA) – Operation Christmas!
w.b. 15th Nov
Anti-Bullying Week
25 Nov
PTFA Meeting (time TBA) – Operation Christmas! Finalising arrangements.
4 Dec
PTFA Christmas Event
w.b. 6 Dec
Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
14 Dec
Christmas Merit Assembly
15 Dec
Christmas Mass (TBC)
16 Dec
Christmas Lunch
17 Dec
Seven Lessons and Carols – 9.00am
17 Dec
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
This week’s Star Badges go to:

Nursery: Luke, for being awesome this week!

Reception: Zaviyar, for his hard work, focus and determination this week.

Year 1: Betty, for her superb engagement in ‘Big Write’ sessions and the magnificent quality of her resultant extended writing!

Year 2: Aaminah, for a truly delightful written description filled with adjectives and conjunctions.

Year 3: Kaif, for giving 100% in all he does. He has such a positive attitude and thirst for learning. Keep it up, superstar!

Year 4: Abbie, for writing an amazing poem about Danegeld in ‘Topic’.

Year 5: Haroon, for working hard in all lessons, producing some particularly impressive writing along the way!

Year 6: Iyanu, for rising to her responsibilities as head prefect so magnificently and going above and beyond! Thank you, Iyanu! Who could ask for more!

SAVE THE DATE!!

Dear families…

Our ‘Welcome Evening’ a couple of weeks ago was such a ‘rip-roaring success’ and I have received so much positive feedback regarding how much you all enjoyed the good old get-together! As such, I intend to repeat the pleasure and ensure similar evenings throughout the year!

Please keep Friday 14th January free so that we can welcome the new year in together and toast its success and prosperity at a ‘New Year Knees-Up’! Invitations to follow!

FAITH CORNER

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Mark 10:2-16)

REFLECTION

ON JESUS’ SIDE

Jesus is busy explaining how important marriage is. He is reflecting on how God the Father made people to live together and support each other in love. While Jesus is deep in discussion, some people try to bring their children to him. The disciples shoo the children away – but Jesus sees and is annoyed. He tells the disciples, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them.” Jesus explains that children can teach adults how to trust God and learn how to love others, being part of God’s kingdom. Jesus puts his arms around the children and blesses them.

DID YOU KNOW?

4 October is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of the environment and of animals whom he called his brothers and sisters. Francis of Assis lived simply, giving away his money, spreading peace and love. Jorge Bergoglio wanted to live like St. Francis, and chose him as his special saint. We know Jorge as Pope Francis.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, please help all the people who are married to stay friends with each other always. Sometimes people can’t stay married. Please help them to know that God’s love for them will never end. Amen.

ACTION

Make a special effort to reduce, reuse and recycle this week!

Data Forms

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.

WATCH THIS SPACE!

Thank you to all who attended our first PTFA meeting of the year this week. There was a buzz of excitement as plans were forged for the term ahead.

Please watch this space next week for exciting news of our first event of the year….

’BELATED BONFIRE BINGO!’,

which will take place on Friday 12th November Keep the date free in your diaries!

Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Sophie as she helped all her friends hang their coats up! What a lovely, kind little girl - already showing all the qualities of a BCPS pupil… even though she is only three!

Together in Malawi Mission Together - Children Helping Children

A Message from Pope Francis:

"Dear Children, with your prayers and commitment you collaborate in the mission of the Church. Thank you for this and I give you my blessing."

This week in school we have been focusing on our school charity, Mission Together, and the children in Malawi. As the Pope’s official children’s charity for overseas mission, Mission together supports the physical, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing of children around the world.

Through prayer, learning and fund-raising, Mission Together encourages children worldwide to understand the true meaning of mission and so become missionaries themselves by delivering God’s love to everyone. The charity’s unique motto is ‘children helping children’.

The children have learnt this week all about Moses, a little boy who attends the Mua School for the Deaf in Malawi. As there are only six schools for the deaf in Malawi (in England there are 22), children travel many miles to secure a valued place. With a country lacking transport infrastructure, the distances are too great to travel daily and so Mua School has a boarding house to accommodate its 170 pupils.

That is where we at BCPS come in!

Mua School needs our help……

Mua school is located far from the main hospital. As there are few cars, buses, or emergency vehicles, if the pupils become sick, it is difficult to help them get the medical care they need.

Our challenge is to help Mission Together to raise enough money to buy a mini-bus for Mua School.

And when our donation is added to the pennies and pounds shared by other children around England and Wales, we will have helped to buy a whole mini-bus to help Moses and his school! We always need to remember that we can achieve so much when we work and pray together as God’s family.

By ourselves these aims would be almost unachievable. But together, we can make a difference! In the children’s school bags this evening, you will find a ‘Mission Together Red Box’. Please help by doing your best to fill it and return it by the end of term. Then we’ll count up and see what we have achieved by combining our efforts!

Thank you so much for your support as always, and your enormous generosity. Any plea for charitable funds always prompts such kindness.

Miss Farrow

TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!

Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

Most Improved Speed
KS1: Aaminah
KS2: Amy
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.65s INCREDIBLE!!!!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Isobelle +42,481 coins
TT Star of the Week
Eve - The most minutes played in the week… AGAIN!!
Class of the Week
Year 5 – Well done!

WOULD YOU ‘ADAM-AND EVE’– IT?!

From one Adam to another… the winner of our MacMillan ‘Guess the Weight of the Cake’ competition was Adam’s Mum. Adam was presented with his delicious prize by Aadam, whose sister had expertly crafted the cake!

KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE MANOR!

Continuing with their topic ‘Castles, Kings & Queens’, the Reception children made their very own crowns. They linked this activity with their maths learning about shape and pattern! Great job, boys and girls!

FAMILY FRIDAYS!

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!!

HEALTHY YOUNG MINDS AND BODIES!

This week in Nursery we had a very exciting ‘Dragon Yoga’ session.

We also introduced the ‘Think Tank’ to the children. ‘Think Tanks’ or ‘Curiosity Cubes’ are a great way to promote curiosity, communication and exploration in the children. A Think Tank/Curiosity Cube is a clear box that contains items to look at and talk about. We intend to link our ‘Think Tank’ to a huge variety of themes and topics over the year.

UNIFORM REMINDER!

As per previous correspondence, children should all be in winter uniform on Monday (4th October).

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION!

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNES-DAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
LUNCH TIME CLUBS
Monday Mindfulness
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
Lego Mindstorms
(KS1/2) Mr Green
Cosmic Yoga
(Open to all!) Mrs Horford
Junior Choir
(Years 1,2) Miss Farrow
Colouring and Conversation
(KS1/2) Miss DS
Chess Club
(KS2) Mrs Prince
The World of Jane Austen – Once Upon a Story (The ‘Art’ of Storytelling)
Year 3/4 Miss Farrow
Jewellery Making
(KS2) Miss Farrow
Marvellous Maths (“So You Think You Can Sudoku?”)
(KS2) Mr Wallace
Card Games
(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!
(Y4-6)
Senior Choir
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
Photography
(KS2) Mr Ross
Reading Club
(Y5/6) Miss Farrow (no charge)
Karate
(Open to all) (separate charge)
Seasonal Craft
(EYFS/KS1) Mrs Lester
Football Skills
(Y2-6) Mr Green
Outdoor Learning (Teambuilding/Orienteering)
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Movie Club
(Open to all)
Little Kickers (Sports Club)
(EYFS/Y1) Mrs Horford
Cookery
(KS1) Miss DS
Italian (Language through cultural crafts/activities) (Years 2-3)
Computing and Coding Mr Wallace