05 Nov, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
May I begin by thanking you on behalf of Cornerstone Day Centre for your generous Harvest donations. They were packed enthusiastically by our children into the back of a van, which they completely filled! Once again, you rose magnificently to a cry for help.
Well, welcome back to our second half-term of the academic year – the run up to Christmas, with all its activity and excitement – begins!
This year, as we look towards Advent and Christmas and all its associated stresses and frantic activity, we shall once again engage with Posada. Posada is a Mexican tradition where, in days of old, young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house in the weeks before Christmas, asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus. Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph which travel from house to house. This gives each ‘host’ the chance to create their own celebration at home, and an opportunity to remember and focus upon the journey of the Holy Family to Bethlehem and the true meaning of Christmas.
Posada will be launched with a special assembly in school, and during the assembly a box, containing the figures of Mary and Joseph will be presented to one of our school families.The family will keep the box (also containing prayers, games, activities and a journal) overnight, returning it the following day to be passed on to another child, that they may take it home to their family and so on.
A family can choose to do whatever it likes to celebrate the visit of the Holy Family – it could be as simple as displaying the figures in a window or as elaborate as throwing a celebration evening of carols and Christmas food for friends and family. The choice is yours!
The journey of the Holy Family will end with its presentation during our Christmas Mass to which you are all cordially invited. It is such a beautiful and joyous occasion, and one not to be missed, as we make room for Jesus in our lives at such a special time of year
If you would like to be a part of the Posada journey and host the figures for an evening, please email me at email@example.com by Friday 12th November at the latest.
I’m sure you’ll agree, the journey of the Holy Family around our school community can only help to further enhance our preparations for the holy season of Christmastide.
Have a wonderful weekend! Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow
Please find below diary dates for what promises to be an exciting half term ahead. The list is by no means exclusive and more dates are likely to 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.
Non-Uniform Day (please bring a donation of a bottle (in a bottle bag, please) for our Christmas Market Event)
‘Belated Bonfire Bingo!’
w.b. 15 Nov
‘Odd Socks Day’
Non-Uniform Day (please bring a donation of a Christmas gift (in a gift bag, please) for our Christmas Market Event)
PTFA Meeting (time 6.00pm) – Operation Christmas! Finalising arrangements.
Non-Uniform Day (please bring a chocolate donation for our Christmas Market Event)
PTFA Christmas Market (1.30-3.30pm)
BCPS Nativity (Nursery, Reception, Year 1) 1.30pm
Mediquip4Kids Christmas Concert (Senior Choir) Manchester Cathedral (details to follow)
BCPS Nativity (Nursery, Reception, Year 1) 9.30am
Christmas Concert (Y1-6 inclusive) 1.30pm
Christmas Concert (Y1-6 inclusive) 6.00pm
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
‘New Year Knees-Up’
This week’s Star Badges go to:
Nursery: Zaed, for his ‘have a go’ attitude.
Reception: Caleb, for his fabulous reading progress!
Year 1: Aanya, for her big writing this week; simply sensational!
Year 2: Erin, for her total focus and enthusiasm in all her work this week!
Year 3: Monica, for her resilience when faced with column addition and subtraction, with exchanges.
Year 4: Milana, for some excellent work about Anglo-Saxon crime and punishment.
Year 5: Gabby, for starting the new term with great confidence and energy – working hard in all lessons with a big smile on her face.
Year 6: Amy, for her superb attention this week and her determination to do her best, whatever the subject matter or task! Well done!
A HEARTFELT THANK YOU!
Our Harvest gifts and donations were duly collected at the end of our celebratory Harvest Week and taken to Cornerstone Day Centre. Staff there were overwhelmed by the kindness of our families, and the Centre has asked me to pass on their grateful and heartfelt thanks. Your donations will make a real difference to so many of our brothers and sisters in need.
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
GIVE YOUR ALL
Appearances aren’t everything. Jesus knows there are some people who make a big show of looking as though they are being good, but in reality they aren’t. He talks about people who say long prayers and look holy but who treat others unfairly, taking money from those who are most in need. Jesus points out to his disciples that some rich people are giving large amounts to the Temple, while a poor widow offers just two small coins. She has given more than all of them, because she has given all she has.
DID YOU KNOW?
On 12 November, people who follow the Baha’i religion celebrate the birth of their founder, Baha’u’llah. Baha’u’llah means ‘Glory of God’ in Arabic. Baha’is believe that all religions are helping us to understand the same one God who has sent lots of different messengers. They are working for peace and unity.
Dear Jesus, help me to be generous. Help me not just to give what I have left over but help me sometimes to be brave enough to give things that matter to me. Amen.
Be conscious of putting everything you have into a task you do this week – cleaning, homework or something special to you!
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 for all the family!
Prizes will be sumptuous baskets of chocolate ‘delicious-ness’. Thank you for the wonderful donations everyone has made!
Should anyone be able and willing to donate prizes for a raffle on the night, we should be most grateful! Please send these into school next week, if you are able to help!
If your family wish to join in, please email Miss Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all our families for their kind chocolate donations for next week’s ’Belated Bonfire Bingo’!
Our prizes, thanks to your generosity, are going to be FANTASTIC!
‘Odd Socks Day’, 2021
Anti-Bullying Week this year takes place from 15 to 19 November 2021 and it has the theme
‘One Kind Word’.
Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. Anti-Bullying Week 2021 is about hope and the positive and kind things we can do to halt hurtful behaviour in its tracks. In a world that can sometimes feel as if it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying. Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So from the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity.
It starts with ‘one kind word’.
On Monday 15th November, in order to demonstrate our commitment to all things ‘anti-bullying’, we shall celebrate ‘Odd Socks Day’. Children – and adults – are invited to come into school wearing odd socks – the brighter and wilder and more whacky – the better! There’s a serious message behind the fun: Let’s pull on odd socks to show we’re ALL unique and different, and let’s be kind to each other and respect each other’s individuality.
There’s nothing quite like playing in the leaves!
WELCOME TO THE WORLD… WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!
George is utterly delighted to introduce his brand new baby sister, Alice, and to, quite rightly, show her off to you all ‘good and proper’! What a perfectly beautiful young lady, the very newest member of our BCPS family! And what a fabulous big brother George will make; Alice is indeed a very lucky little girl!
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: George
Imaan 0.66s STILL INCREDIBLE!!!!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Saameya +22,491 coins
TT Star of the Week
Alina - spending more time on average per day than anyone else, improving her speed and accuracy!
Class of the Week
Year 5 again – Well done!
WHIZZ! BANG! WHOOSH!
Nursery and Reception have come back to school with a bang, quite literally, as the children have been learning about firework safety this week. They have also celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali and made Diva Lamps using clay. Stay safe if attending a firework display; please send pictures via Tapestry for us to look at together on Monday!
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!
NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!
I am thrilled to announce our second ’Book Club’ title… The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman!
Four septuagenarians with a few tricks
up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
The Thursday Murder Club
In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?
DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!
Date:- Date to remember… 3rd December (9.00am)! Join us for coffee and biscuits… and some jolly good conversation about a fabulous mystery!“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” (Joyce Carol Oates )
‘READ ALL ABOUT IT!’ OUR VERY FIRST BOOK CLUB!
Our ‘Family Friday’ event this week was very exciting as we hosted our very first ‘BCPS Book Club’ discussion! What a fabulous time we all had as we discussed the ’What if…?’ questions posed by ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig. Chat was lively and so enthusiastic – and the coffee flowed!
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