BCPS Newsletter Issue 5 Autumn Term 2021

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BCPS Newsletter Issue 5 Autumn Term 2021

8 Oct, 2021

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

A whirl of a week concluded this morning with the first event of my ‘Family Friday’ initiative. Thank you so much to the many of you who arrived at 9.00am, ready and raring to go for our ’Total Tone’ session! What cracking fun everyone had; it was such a joy to welcome you all and even more wonderful to hear our hall ringing with chat and laughter! The spirit of building our school community back up again after our enforced separation, and re-establishing and forming friendships is thriving! As I mentioned in my email during the week, I have it on jolly good authority that within a couple of toning sessions, we shall all closely resemble Greek gods and goddesses… bring it on!

That said, next Friday morning, I shall be hosting a coffee morning. The promise of a delicious range of cakes and sweet treats to accompany a cuppa threatens rather to negate all the good work achieved this morning! Oh well, everything in moderation… and …gods and goddesses by Christmas is good enough!!

Following our half term break, the first of our ‘Family Fridays’ will mark the launch of my ‘Book Club’. I am extremely excited to announce our first book in this newsletter – allowing lots of time for you to read and enjoy it before 5th November. Go on, give in to the temptation to curl up over the holidays with what I promise you is a great read, and then join us to chat about it and share our thoughts!

‘It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it’. – Oscar Wilde

Enjoy!

Next week is a busy one again with school photographs on Monday morning and parents’ evening later in the day! I look forward to welcoming you all to that and then to our Harvest Festival on Wednesday morning – definitely the event of the week! Preparations are in full swing and the children are bursting with enthusiasm to perform for you al! There pervades the most wonderfully happy and positive energy about all our rehearsals! So… onwards and upwards!

Enjoy a wonderful weekend; rest up before a week ahead of celebration and fun!

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
11 Oct
School Photographs
11 Oct
Parents’ Evening
13 Oct
Harvest Festival – 9.00am
13 Oct
Open Day(1-6pm)
14 Oct
Flu Vaccinations
15 Oct
Half term holiday. Return Monday 1st November, 2021
1 Nov
PTFA Meeting (6.00pm) – Operation Christmas!
4 Nov
Non-Uniform Day (please bring a chocolate donation for the ‘Belated Bonfire Bingo Event)
12 Nov
‘Belated Bonfire Bingo!’ (details to follow)
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
w.b.15 Dec
Christmas Mass (date and time TBC)
15 Dec
Christmas Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ comes to BCPS!
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:Manahil, for trying hard and joining in.

Reception: Elsie, for her superb maths work.

Year 1: Saladin, for his wonderful handwriting!

Year 2: Zeidan, for all his effort and success in reading with expression.

Year 3: Isobelle, for her incredible non-chronological report about hamsters.

Year 4: Bella, for showing determination and perseverance during our reading test.

Year 5: Jessica, for always giving her very best in every single activity – in school and homework too.

Year 6: Nimra, for her magnificent effort all week to produce work of the highest quality, especially in terms of its presentation! Keep it up, sunshine!

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

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Mark 10:17-30)

REFLECTION

SHARE

A rich young man asks Jesus how he can have eternal life. He is a good man who has kept all God’s commandments all his life. Jesus loves the young man and challenges him further, “Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor”. But the rich man is too attached to his things and can’t do that yet. He goes away sad. Jesus says that it is as hard for a rich person to enter heaven as it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. However, anyone who can give up something to put God first in their lives will have eternal life.

DID YOU KNOW?

Hindus began to celebrate Navaratri, meaning nine nights, on 7 October. This festival, held at harvest time, symbolises the triumph of good over evil and recalls the story of Durga, the mother goddess who won the battle with the demon, Mahishasura. Navaratri is a special time for families who try to visit home during these nine days.

PRAYER

Help me, Jesus, to share. Amen.

ACTION

Have a sort out and give away a toy or book to a charity shop!

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.

Two Fat Fireworks...88!!

’BELATED BONFIRE BINGO!’

Please join us on Friday 12th November at 6.00pm for an evening of fun and friendly competition!
Following the success of our virtual bingo evenings during lockdown, I am delighted to announce that we are to host an equally exciting ’LIVE BINGO EVENING’ to belatedly celebrate Bonfire Night!
Prizes will be sumptuous baskets of chocolate ‘delicious-ness’, and in order to help us to stock these, we shall have a non-uniform day for the children on Thursday 4th November. Please can I ask children to bring a chocolate donation with them on that day in return.

Should your family wish to join in, please email Miss Farrow at year6@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk

Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all of our Nursery children who have so lovingly welcomed a new friend to their class this week! 

HARVEST FESTIVAL TIME!

Our Harvest Festival takes place next Wednesday 13th October at 9.05 a.m. All our children take part in the Festival assembly, as we celebrate God’s gifts and remember those less fortunate than ourselves. This will also be Nursery’s first foray into the world of performance, and both our junior and senior choirs will be singing, so it is extra special! Please come along to join us. All the children have been practising hard and you will thoroughly enjoy the event!

Once again, we are supporting the Cornerstone Day Centre in Salford, who continue to provide a welcoming environment, hot meals and support to hundreds of people every day.

Cornerstone Day Centre is an initiative of the Diocese of Salford. It provides services to adults facing a wide range of social issues including homelessness, poverty, social isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol addiction. It welcomes people from all backgrounds and aims to offer support, improving prospects and enhancing quality of life for many. Please be kind enough to donate generously to those in need, just around the corner!

We are asking all children to bring in any of the following items to help the charity to continue their good work:

The centre has asked for:-
Food (the centre is grateful for all food items, however coffee, sugar and corned beef are especially welcome).
Clothing is particularly useful as it allows the centre to provide people with suitable attire, especially as Autumn draws in.
Household goods – toiletries etc.

Gifts can be brought in on either Monday 11th October or Tuesday 12th October, or even on the morning of Wednesday 13th October (please bring to Miss Farrow). It would be particularly helpful to receive gifts early, to enable us to set up and decorate our Harvest table, ready for the Festival.

How blessed we all are, to be in a position to support our brothers and sisters in Christ. We look forward to welcoming you to our Harvest celebration next Wednesday.

Thank you very much for your support, once again.

Miss Farrow

TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!

Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

Most Improved Speed
Lower School: Isobelle
Upper School: Khadijah
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.66s INCREDIBLE!!!!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Eve +35,570 coins
TT Star of the Week
Ali - making super progress through great effort
Class of the Week
Year 6 – Well done!

RECEPTION SUPERSTARS!

This week, the children in Reception have been learning all about one-to-one correspondence along with the concept of ‘more than and less than’.

They played lots of practical games using a dice, an interactive number line and a very hungry alligator to help them understand and remember this concept.

They have been number superstars, one and all! Great work, Reception!

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!!

Date
Event (9.00-10.00am)
15 Oct
Coffee Morning
5 Nov
‘Book Club’
19 Nov
Keep Fit (‘Total Tone’ with Christina)
26 Nov
Coffee Morning
3 Dec
‘Book Club’
10 Dec
Christmas Coffee Morning—come and share some ‘Festive Fayre’ – enjoy a seasonal celebration!

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY!

I am thrilled to announce our first ’Book Club’ title…’The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig!

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived; to see how things would be if you had made other choices…
Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In ‘The Midnight Library’, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision… faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist. She must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ and ‘How To Stop Time’.

DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!

Date:-

…..Remember, remember…

…..5th November (9.00am)!

There could be fireworks (!!!) … but there’ll definitely be coffee and biscuits… and some jolly good chat!

BCPS SCHOOL COUNCIL, 2021-22

Congratulations to our newly-elected members of Bury Catholic Preparatory School Council, 2021-22. We wish you a tremendously successful and happy year in office!

Chairpersons – Imaan and Emma (Year 6)

Reception: Caleb and Imaan

Year 1: Jaanvi and Maysa

Year 2: Sabilla and George

Year 3: Habibah and Freddie

Year 4: Leyla and Milana

Year 5: Alina and Jide

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION!

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 refer to your specific ‘Wraparound Care and Extra- Curricular Provision’ letter, sent as both email and hard copy 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.

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