25 FEB, 2022
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
What a wild, wet and windy week! We seem to have been whisked through the whole of it, almost without our feet touching the floor! As usual, the classrooms have been hives of activity, staff and children engaged throughout in a myriad of challenges and activities across the curriculum! You’ll get a flavour of just how busy our whole school community has been from all that is to follow in the newsletter!
Our Year 6 Librarians have been excitedly creating a ‘Family Book Quiz’ which will be sent home to you next week in anticipation of our fabulous Book Week, which begins on Monday 7th March!. The closing date for the competition is Wednesday 9th March and prizes will be awarded at our Whole School Awards Assembly on Friday 11th March. Get conferring and enjoy our cryptic conundrums!
May I also encourage you to take part in this year’s ‘Extreme Reading’ challenge? Where is the most unusual place you could read a book? Please email photographs of your children…or indeed the whole family… reading in the strangest of places, to email@example.com by Monday 7th March. Photographs will be judged and prizes duly awarded as a grand finale to Book Week!
Another thing (I warned you we have been busy) to draw your attention to is our Grand Easter Raffle, the details of which you will find in next week’s newsletter! Please watch this space and join is the fun!
I think you will agree, a restful weekend is called for, and well-deserved!
With all good wishes as always, Miss Farrow
This Week’s Star Badges Go To:
Nursery: George – for following instructions and increased concentration
Reception: Imaan, for her spectacular symmetry work.
Year 1: Saladin, for his exceptional spelling work!
Year 2: Erin, for having so much fun reading this week! Super progress!
Year 3: Freddie, for producing work to an incredibly high standard, always!
Year 4: Jessica, for producing a great guidebook entry on the computer for English.
Year 5: Aayaan, for a winning attitude to learning his spellings..
Year 6: Imaan, for making such a wonderful start to the half term, working hard and, as ever, being such a fabulous role model for all her school mates, from the oldest to the very youngest!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Corey-J who, discovering that Alfie had developed a love of ’Pokemon’, treated him to an encyclopaedia, all of his very own!!!! How delightfully kind!
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.
w.b. 7 Mar
Book Week (see letter for details)
Scholastic Book Fair delivered (open all week!)
‘Bake a Book’ Competition
‘Book Character Fancy Dress Parade’
Story Magic Theatre Company visit, presenting ‘The Treasure of Stories’
w.b. 15 Mar
PTFA Meeting (6pm)
Non-Uniform Day (please bring an Easter Egg donation for the ‘Easter Egg Bingo’ Event)
w.b. 22 Mar
Healthy Schools Week
Easter Egg Bingo! (6.00pm)
w.b. 28 Mar
Easter Mass (date and time tbc)
‘Grand Easter Extravaganza’ (winning house prize)
Stations of the Cross (9.00am)
Easter Holiday begins (midday finish)
Return to school—Summer Term begins
This week we have introduced our new topic in Nursery – PIRATES – ARRRRRRRRRR!
The children started by investigating how pirates ’apparently’ talk. They also investigated what pirates look like in story books and how they dress.
In our role play area we have built a pirate ship containing lots of learning activities, such as using hand-eye coordination games to fish, mark-making games to make maps, maths skills to count treasure and plenty of opportunities to read books.
Nursery are going to have great fun this term, as long as they don’t have to walk the plank!!!! ‘Ooo-arrrgh, me hearties’.
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
It’s much easier to see what’s wrong with other people than to notice that we’re not perfect ourselves. Jesus tells his friends to look carefully at themselves before they start to judge others. We can’t help someone else to take a splinter out of their eye if we have a plank in our own eye. When we have sorted ourselves out then we might be able to help other people too. If our hearts are full of mean and nasty thoughts and feelings, we will be mean and nasty to others. But if we have hearts full of love, then we will do and say loving things. Just as a strong, healthy tree bears good fruit, we will bring goodness into the world.
DID YOU KNOW?
This week we will celebrate Ash Wednesday and begin the season of Lent. We will receive the sign of the Cross, made in ashes, on our foreheads. The ash is made from last year’s palm leaves, which have been burned. Now is the time to think about how we are going to follow Jesus even more closely. How can we be even more loving?
Dear Jesus, sometimes I find it too easy to see people’s faults. Help me to be kind to myself and other people as I try to be even more loving this week. Amen.
Help to make some pancake batter at home so you can celebrate Shrove Tuesday in style – have a go at flipping the pancakes!
‘CALLING ALL PARENTS AND FRIENDS…
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!’
PTFA MEETING:- 15. MAR (6pm)
Our next PTFA meeting will take place on 15th March at 6pm. We shall be finalising arrangements for 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 continue to 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!
ALL THE CHICKS...66!!
’EASTER EGG BINGO!’
There really was no choice as to what we should choose as our PTFA Easter celebration. Our ‘Belated Bonfire Bingo’ event back in November was such a tremendous success and so many of our children have been asking for an encore, that the decision to have another exciting evening of bingo was a very easy one! Please join us on Friday 25th March at 6.00 pm for an evening of fun and friendly competition for all the family!
Prizes will be sumptuous baskets of Easter Egg ‘delicious-ness’. Thank you, in advance for your non-uniform day chocolate donations on 17th March!!
Should anyone be able and willing to donate prizes for our GRAND EASTER RAFFLE, to be drawn on the night, we should be most grateful! Please send these into school , if you are able to help!
If your family wish to join in, please email Miss Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org
A ‘LIP-SMACKING’ LENTEN MISSION!
The holy season of Lent begins next Wednesday (2. March), and we shall mark the start of it with a special assembly. During Lent, we are asked to pray, to make personal sacrifices and to give alms, supporting charitable causes, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
Throughout Lent, our Pupil Chaplains will lead our charitable efforts by selling hot, buttered toast (with or without jam!) at break-time each and every Thursday until the Easter holidays (at a cost of 30p a slice)!
Please help our committed team of fundraisers in their quest to help others by supporting them—and enjoying a delicious treat into the bargain!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
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Most improved speed
Lower School: Monica
Upper School: Bella
Imaan 0.55s… WOW!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
TT Star of the Week
Jessica and James – played on TTRS for 13 out of the last 14 days. AMAZING!!!
BRAND NEW ROCK HEROES!
Welcome to the ‘Hall of Multiplication Fame’ to:- Freddie, Jide and Tafara. Good to see Jessica back up there again, too. Well done everybody!
GOOD FRIENDS, WELL MET!
Our Book Club met this week to discuss what everyone agreed had been a brilliant read, ‘Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel’ by Ruth Hogan! A novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship, the book certainly ticked all the boxes, making it a hugely enjoyable read, exquisitely crafted! Conversation was lively and interesting and there was lots of laughter, as usual!
Our next title, launched today is ’Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens, which we shall meet to discuss on Friday 18th March. Please join our growing number of keen bookworms, especially during our ‘Book Week’ month! You would be most welcome, and I can guarantee your enjoyment!
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!!
Walking Group! (weather dependant!) Should the weather be unsuitable, the session will be:- Keep Fit ‘Tone with Christina’
‘Book Week’ Celebration! Details to follow!
Easter Extravaganza! Details to follow!
NEWS FOR OUR BOOKWORMS!
Our new ’Book Club’ title is…
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens!
For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet fishing village. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when the popular Chase Andrews is found dead, locals immediately suspect her.
But Kya is not what they say. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life’s lessons from the land, learning the real ways of the world from the dishonest signals of fireflies. But while she has the skills to live in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world—until the unthinkable happens.
In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
The story asks how isolation influences the behaviour of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.
“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature….”
DELVE IN – DIGEST – DISCUSS!
Date to remember… 18th March, 2022 (9.00am)!
Join us for coffee and cake… and some fabulous chat about an exquisite read! A modern classic indeed!
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
Mortimer J. Adler
A RAY OF HOPE AMID THE STORMS!
Our photography club couldn’t wait to capture the first blossoms of Spring this week, as they photographed the beautiful snowdrops which pop up and offer us hope at this time every year. The children edited their shots and produced some stunning results, I am sure you will agree!
RECEPTION SET SAIL!!
What a wonderful week our Reception children have had! They have been building and decorating their very own pirate ship, so that now it is completely sea-worthy and ready to set sail on a pirate adventure! And if you have ever wondered why pirates are caleed pirates….well, they just AAAAAAAARRRRR!!!
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.
LUNCH TIME CLUBS
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
(KS1/2) Mr Green
(KS2) Mr Wallace
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Board Games Club
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS(charged at £5 per weekly session)
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
(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
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
(Open to all)