12 Nov, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
As I write, there is much hustle, bustle and excitement as we prepare for much anticipated ‘event of the month’, our ’Belated Bonfire Bingo’ evening! Prizes are wrapped, refreshments are prepared and the bingo machine is loaded and checked! We have had a huge response to our invitation to attend (a full house, if you’ll pardon the pun!) and the evening promises to be joyous! I’m really looking forward to welcoming you all, and wish you the best of bingo-luck!
This weekend we look ahead to Remembrance Sunday and in school, we marked Armistice Day with a beautiful and most poignant service, during which we kept respectful silence and our ’Art Club’ members proudly processed their beautiful, hand-made poppy wreaths and ’laid’ them before us all, a wonderful focus for our reflections. We took time to remember and ask blessings for all those who sacrificed so much as they gave their tomorrows for our today.
We pray for the casualties of war;
For the young and the old,
For the parents and the children;
For the birds and the animals,
For the fields and the flowers;
For the earth and the water,
For the sea and the sky.
We pray for their healing.
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.
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: Alfie, for being a superstar and a lovely kind friend.
Reception: Havi, for his independent Remembrance Day writing.
Year 1: Esther, for her determination to solve worded subtraction problems.
Year 2: Eva, for showing such commitment to all of her learning outside of the classroom.
Year 3: Saif, for returning to school with enthusiasm in abundance across the whole curriculum, exhibiting his trademark ’positive attitude’ and wonderful love of learning!
Year 4: Khadijah, for excellent independent work in maths this week.
Year 5: Jide, for always being a complete delight: attentive, hard-working, kind and considerate. A model pupil!
Year 6: Amy, for representing us so magnificently at the ISA North Swimming Gala; what a superstar! Also, for being such a good friend and role model.
RECEPTION STRETCH THEMSELVES TO CAPACITY!
This week, our Reception children have based their learning on Remembrance Day.
They made beautiful ‘poppy artwork’ for their prayer table and created digital poppy posters, using Purple Mash.
The children also had lots of fun in their maths lessons, making potions and putting their new knowledge of capacity to the test.
FANTASTIC SUPERSTARS, one and all!
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Life can be very scary at times, Jesus knows that his friends will have to face very difficult times, when it will seem as though the world is going to end. But Jesus promises to come with his angels and he will look after us. The fig tree grows new buds while the weather is cold, and when the leaves come out we know the summer is near. When things look bad, we should remember that Jesus has promised and his promise is for always.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fig trees are significant in all the major religions. There are over 780 species of fig in the world and nearly every species is pollinated by its own species of fig wasp. Although the average female wasp is less than two millimetres long, she often has to travel tens of kilometres in less than 48 hours to lay her eggs in another fig. Fig tree flowers are hidden inside the fruit. Some figs are trees while others are vines or shrubs.
Dear Jesus, thank you for your promise to be there when we need you. Help me to keep my promises too. Amen.
Try tasting a fig if you can – they’re very tasty!
‘GRAND CHRISTMAS MARKET’,
due to take place on Saturday 4th December, from 1.30-3.30pm. Should you wish to participate but be unable to physically join us, please let the PTFA know, at firstname.lastname@example.org and a Zoom link will be sent out to you!
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all our families for their kind bottle donations for our Christmas market! We are on our way to a marvellous event!
‘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.
LAST CALL FOR POSADA!
Should you wish to participate in this year’s Posada journey with Mary and Joseph and the donkey to Bethlehem, or for more information, please email Miss Farrow at email@example.com (if you haven’t done so already) or return the slip at the bottom of the explanatory letter. As usual, uptake for participation has been tremendous! Thank you for your enthusiasm. Once again, the Posada will prove itself to be such a worthwhile initiative and an opportunity for us to take a moment during the hectic season of Advent to appreciate the reason for the season, and travel towards Bethlehem… and Christmas… together!
In Art Club this week, the children worked together to make poppies for our Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day. The children used various materials to create different textured poppies. When completed, the poppies were attached together to make two beautiful wreaths that we presented to the school, marking the very special day.
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most improved speed
Lower School: James
Upper School: Henna
Imaan 0.66s STILL INCREDIBLE!!!!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Aayaan +8,000 coins
TT Star of the Week
Henna - for putting in the most effort, time and energy this week. Amazing progress too!
Class of the Week
Year 5 … yet again – Well done!
It’s ‘that time of year’… Nativity rehearsals are well underway in Early Years! Characters have been cast, lines have been assigned and carols are being learnt. We really are feeling very festive already!
The children made everyone so proud on Thursday when they joined the rest of the school for a minute’s silence in honour of Remembrance Day. The children had worked hard to make their own poppies, which they held at our service so respectfully.
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 )
WOW! WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT!
Congratulations to Amy, who represented BCPS in the North Independent Schools Association (ISA) Junior Swimming Gala last weekend! Amy did exceptionally well, achieving super results and achieving new personal bests across three strokes. As a result, she has been invited to represent the North in the National Finals in London on Sunday 28 November. She goes with all our love and best wishes for success! We are immeasurably proud of you, Amy! Onwards and upwards! Good luck!
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