BCPS Newsletter Issue 4 Spring Term 2022

BCPS Newsletter Issue 4 Spring Term 2022

28 Jan, 2022

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

These newsletters seem to come around so quickly and this week certainly seems to have whizzed by! As we are reminded by the well-worn phrase, time certainly flies when you are having fun! Our children have made the very most of every minute, inside and outside the classroom, as theBury Catholic Preparatory School accompanying photographs illustrate. Our extra-curricular clubs are proving popular and oh, so enjoyable, for staff and pupils alike!!

 As I write this, our PTFA volunteers are flying around the hall, preparing a fabulous ’New Year Knees-Up, to be held this evening. We have had a wonderful response from our invitations and the evening promises to be enormous fun – the quiz is written, the food is prepared, the drinks are poured. We are going to have a great night together. I look forward immensely to welcoming you all!

Enjoy reading all the news which follows. We have had a great time marking ’Chinese New Year’ this week in school. The new year marks the start of the ’Year of the Tiger’, which we are promised will be a very dynamic year, packed with exciting opportunities. Business as usual, then, at BCPS!
(Happy New Year!)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes as always, Miss Farrow

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This Week’s Star Badges Go To:

Nursery: Tiana, for counting and recognising numbers to 12.  

Reception: Elsie, for her impeccable presentation (ALWAYS) within literacy.

Year 1: Jonah, for his brilliant predictions and fair testing in science this week.

Year 2: Mariam, for always being so helpful, tidy and polite.

Year 3: Monica, for such a pleasing increase in her work ethic at home.

Year 4: Jessica, for outstanding contributions during our ICT lesson on online safety.

Year 5: Jude, for incredible focus, resilience and determination to succeed – and a wonderful sense of humour! What a fine Y6 role model you are going to become!

Year 6: Amy, for the mature way in which she is approaching all our high school transition activities – in school and at home! Fantastic attitude and application! Well done!

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Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to our Year 6 children, who have patiently guided our Year 5 children through their first tentative steps in preparation towards their Grammar and Independent School examinations next year. Thank you, Year 6 - despite having travelled the intense journey yourselves, you found the time, the friendship and the kindness to give Year 5 the best possible start along their important pathway ahead!


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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.

1 Feb
PTFA Meeting (6.00pm)
9 Feb
Safer Internet Day
10 Feb
Half term holiday begins (3.30pm finish)
21 Feb
Return to school
w.b. 7 Mar
Book Week
w.b. 28 Mar
Easter Mass (date and time tbc)
31 Mar
Stations of the Cross (9.00am)
1 Apr
Easter Holiday begins (midday finish)
19 Apr
Return to school—Summer Term begins


Our Reception children have been so busy protecting the school and fighting off evil baddies over the past few weeks, they decided they needed a well-deserved  break. The role play area was changed into a traditional Chinese restaurant and the children were introduced to the Chinese zodiac. They read the famous story ’The Great Race’ and ordered each of the animals’ positions in the race within their numeracy  lesson.  As it is the year of the tiger, they made decorations, lanterns and some yummy traditional ‘Nian Gao’ (New Year Cake). 

Reception would like to thank Mrs Heap and her family for their top secret recipe,  it was delicious! 

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Luke 4:21-30)



Bury Catholic Preparatory SchoolDespite being amazed and impressed by Jesus’ teaching, the people from Nazareth don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. They have seen him grow up and can’t accept his message. So Jesus reminds them about Elijah and Elisha who had also surprised people with their message, because God sent them to help foreigners. The idea that God loves foreigers is too much for the crowd who become angry. They hustle Jesus out of town to a cliff, intending to throw him down. Fortunately, Jesus manages to slip away through the crowd.


2 February is the feast of The Presentation of the Lord, when we remember how Jesus, like all Jewish boys, is brought to the Temple. However, Jesus is unlike any other baby. He is recognised by Simeon and Anna, who have been waiting all their lives, as the saviour promises by God.


Dear Jesus, sometimes I am sad when peope don’t like me or want to be my friend. You know what that feels like. Help me to remember that you understand and are with me when I feel sad. Amen.


Invite someone who is on their own at playtime to join your group of friends.


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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!


Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed learning about the lifecycle of a bee this week by playing a fun board game! They left the science lesson buzzing!


Bury Catholic Preparatory SchoolPlease may I remind you that the little red boxes sent home during Mission Together Week need to be returned to school by the end of term, please. Thank you, in advance, for all your help and support in filling these. Bury Catholic Preparatory SchoolThe proceeds will all help towards buying a school bus for Moses and his friends at Mua School for the Deaf in Malawi


This week in Nursery,the children have been looking at Chinese New Year as on the 1st February, it will officially be the Year of the Tiger.
Everyone enjoyed listening to the story of how many years ago the Jade Emperor wanted a way to measure time, so he asked the animals to race across the river. The first 12 animals across would have a year named after them. The children then had to use memory recall to put the animals in order on their pictures. They also made jumping tigers and have enjoyed turning their home corner into a Chinese restaurant. What a busy week! 


Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

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Most improved speed
Lower School: Aadam S.
Upper School: Abbie
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.61s… INCREDIBLE...but hot on Imaam’s heels is Saameya 0.67s
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Saameya +19,772
TT Star of the Week
Eve – played an average of 10 minutes on each of the last 7 days with no gaps.  Steady and consistent, and making great progress!


Our ‘Family Friday Fitness’ session, ‘Tone with Christina’ took place this morning. It was great fun as always! The activities and exercises were just the thing to chase away all those Christmas calories (we all choose to turn a blind eye to the fact that we were to follow it, almost immediately, with a feast at the ‘New Year Knees-Up’ in the evening!!!)


Bury Catholic Preparatory School Bury Catholic Preparatory SchoolCalling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles... in fact… ALL OUR SCHOOL FAMILY!!! Come and join in our ‘Family Friday’ events...you are all so welcome!!

Event (9.00-10.00am)
4 Feb
Coffee Morning
25 Feb
Book Club
4 Mar
Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
11 Mar
‘Book Week’ Celebration! Details to follow!
18 Mar
Book Club
25 Mar
Easter Extravaganza! Details to follow!


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Our current ’Book Club’ title is……

Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel
by Ruth Hogan!

‘You sneak around in the shadows pretending to be like everyone else, but like it or not, you never will be. What you have can be a blessing or a curse, but the choice is entirely yours. It is what you make of it. You can spend the rest of your life skulking or you can find your swagger.’

A novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.

Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone’s Magnificent Paradise Hotel, with its endearing and loving family of misfits – staff and guests alike.

But Tilly’s childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she’d ever loved to boarding school, with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman, still damaged by her mother’s unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie, sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel, and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all …

‘Moving; as lovely as a burst of bright bluebells’ (The Observer)


Date to remember… 25th February, 2022 (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and cake… and some fabulous chat about a gem of a book – a real cracker!

“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 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.

Monday Mindfulness
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
Lego Mindstorms
(KS1/2) Mr Green
Junior Choir
(Years 1,2)
Miss Farrow
Illustration Club
(KS2) Mr Wallace
Card Games
Mr Ross
Chess Club
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Pompom Craft Club
Miss D-S
(charged at £5 per weekly session)
Senior Choir
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
Reading Club
(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
Multisports (Hockey/Netball)
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
Movie Club
(Open to all)