15 Oct, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
We reach the end of our first half term of this academic year together, and what a magnificent final week we have enjoyed! Our Harvest Festival was simply a joy! The children were so excited, and bursting to perform for you all, their pleasure clearly evident in their smiles and their voices—they have dearly missed singing for you. Your response to their performance and the enormity of our audience was, in return, testament to the extent to which you have missed hearing them!
Harvest time is our opportunity to give special thanks for the abundance around us – to celebrate the food and riches of the land. Our celebrations raise awareness of less fortunate people across the globe. Many of us have taken action or given money to try and tackle the injustices that people face – war, deforestation, child slavery, poverty. Indeed, how can it be right that there is a child dying from hunger somewhere in the world every 5 seconds? How can that be?
But, as I mentioned during our festival, just as shocking, perhaps even more so, is the fact that the people who will be supported by your most generous donations to our chosen charity, Cornerstone Day Centre, do not live across the oceans, are not distant friends. On the contrary, they live amongst us, in our community. So many are struggling right now and Cornerstone does a sterling job to hold them up, to love and support them. Homelessness, hunger, are shocking realities in our own locality. Cornerstone is putting the Gospel into action, restoring dignity to people who have been marginalised and forgotten, enhancing the quality of so many lives and providing hope. Your contributions will make a huge difference to so many and I can only humbly thank you, on their behalf, from the bottom of my heart!
My ‘Family Fridays’ event this week was a rather marvellous coffee morning. Enjoy news of that below! You’ll agree (the photos can’t lie!), a great time was had by all! May I remind you that following our half term break, our next ‘Family Fridays’ event will mark the launch of my ‘Book Club’ (5th November). There’s still plenty of time to read ’The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig from cover to cover and back again! Go on, as I coaxed you last week, 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! I have already had lovely feedback from a couple of eager readers that they have enjoyed every moment so far and ‘can’t put the book down’!
May I wish you all a happy and restful holiday!
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.
Half term holiday. Return Monday 1st November, 2021
PTFA Meeting (6.00pm) – Operation Christmas!
Non-Uniform Day (please bring a chocolate donation for the ‘Belated Bonfire Bingo Event)
‘Belated Bonfire Bingo!’ (details to follow)
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 (date and time TBC)
Christmas Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ comes to BCPS!
Seven Lessons and Carols – 9.00am
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
This week’s Star Badges go to:
Nursery: The whole class, for their superstar Harvest performance!
Reception: Imaan, for her incredibly detailed ‘harvest shopping list’.
Year 1: Jaanvi, for all that you are…FABULOUS!
Year 2: Eve, for working so hard to produce beautifully presented work!
Year 3: Corey J, for his exceptional reading performance skills!
Year 4: Jessica, for showing excellent skills when ‘adding with exchanges’.
Year 5: Jude, for his work in English – thoughtful, helpful preparation and rehearsal of biographical writing skills
Year 6: Ayaan, for his consistently diligent attitude, and more importantly, for his wonderfully kind heart!
SAVE THE DATE!!
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!
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus’ friends ask him to do them a favour; they want him to promise them an important place in heaven. But Jesus explains they need to think about his message differently. If they are going to follow Jesus, they will have to live as he does. Following Jesus means being a servant of everyone else. People in power often end up lording it over others. This is not what Jesus’ friends will do. Anyone who wants to be first must put themselves last.
DID YOU KNOW?
Monday 18 October is the feast day of St. Luke, Evangelist. The word ‘evangelist comes from Latin and means someone who spreads the good news. Luke spread the message of Jesus during his travels and with his writing. He was a doctor who wrote one of the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, the story of the first Christians. Jesus asks all Christians to be evangelists.
Dear Jesus, I want to pray for all the people who spend their lives helping and serving other people, like all the people who work at Cornerstone Day Centre. Help me to put other people first too. Amen.
Give up some screen time to do a job for someone at home.
Two Fat Fireworks...88!!
’BELATED BONFIRE BINGO!’
Should your family wish to join in, please email Miss Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all of our wonderful families who made such generous harvest donations to Cornerstone Day Centre! Your kindness is so greatly appreciated by those in our local community most in need!
HARVEST FESTIVAL TIME!
What a wonderful celebration our Harvest Festival was on Wednesday. All our children took part from the oldest to the very youngest, as we celebrated God’s gifts and remembered those less fortunate than ourselves. Our Senior Choir performed so beautifully as they serenaded us in close harmony, singing a poignant wish for our world in the future. Our Junior Choir, too, sang out of their socks, encouraging us to ‘Eat A Rainbow Every Day’! And it was Nursery’s first foray into the world of performance, and they were superstars, one and all!
Thank you to all who joined us for such a joyful occasion! And for all the wonderfully generous donations brought in for Cornerstone Day Centre, bless you!
For the ways
You’ve helped the needy
Who cried out
For someone to share;
For the times
You’ve goodness shown
To those with no-one to care.
For any of the moments
You’ve sympathy shared
With those in tears or despair.
How fortunate we all are, to be in a position to support our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Thank you very much for your support, once again
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most Improved Speed
Lower School: Adam A
Upper School: Abbie
Imaan 0.66s INCREDIBLE!!!!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Saameya +16,193 coins
TT Star of the Week
Habiba - spending the most time every day getting better and better
Class of the Week
Year 5 – Well done!
"We plant the seeds, but God gives the harvest"
This week in the EYFS, the children have been learning about all ‘things harvest’, from the sowing of seeds to the cutting of crops and the different things that are produced from the harvest.
The children had enjoyed the traditional tale, “The Little Red Hen”, and so we decided to make some bread.
In Reception the children made a shopping list of all the ingredients needed and used ” bossy verbs”, making step by step instructions for our baking. The Nursery children used their listening skills to hear initial sounds to list the ingredients and cut out pictures of everything that was needed to go into the bread.
After a group effort, and when the bread was baked, it was enjoyed by all!
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!!
Keep Fit (‘Total Tone’ with Christina)
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!
…..5th November (9.00am)!
There could be fireworks (!!!) … but there’ll definitely be coffee and biscuits… and some jolly good chat!
CHEERS TO THE HOLIDAY!
Our ’Family Fridays’ Coffee Morning was a delightful (and delicious) affair – a super chance to sit and have a good old catch up and toast a wonderfully happy and successful first half term! It was really lovely to spend a little time together before we finished for our break. Cheers!
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.
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
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