BCPS Newsletter Issue 8 Spring Term 2022

BCPS Newsletter Issue 8 Spring Term 2022

04 MAR, 2022

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

Bury Catholic Preparatory School

What thrilling news I have to share with you this week! Our Year 6 children have received their grammar school exam results and once again, THEY ARE FANTASTIC! Every single member of the class succeeded quite brilliantly and offers have been received for places at a wide range of prestigious schools – Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, Bolton School (Boys’ and Girls’ Divisions), St. Bede’s College, Bridgewater School and Bury Grammar School (Boys and Girls). I am also proud and delighted to announce scholarships and substantial bursaries awarded to our children. Once again, our special little school leads the way as a top achieving Independent Prep. School! We deserve to congratulate ourselves with a pat on the back, or the shake of a tambourine, in no uncertain terms!

This week in school, after a delicious frenzy of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, we welcomed in the holy season of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a special whole school assembly, during which our Pupil Chaplains led us in prayer and reflection, ready to take on the challenges of our preparation for Easter. We were reminded of our Lenten promises, as we are asked to pray, to make personal sacrifices and to give alms, supporting charitable causes, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Our toast sale on Thursday gave us the perfect opportunity to do just that and to start as we mean to go on!

As we reach the end of the week, there is a definite buzz of excitement around school as children and staff alike look forward to one of the most hotly anticipated weeks of the BCPS year… BOOK WEEK! The Scholastic Book Fair arrives on Monday next and kicks off what I know already will be a week of fun and fiction! The Book Fair will be open before and after school each day next week (beginning Monday 3.30pm).
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Also to look forward to next week, amongst so many other fabulous activities, are our ‘Literary Lunch’ on Tuesday, ’Fancy Dress Parade’ on Wednesday and a visit from our friends at the ’Story Magic’ Theatre Company on Thursday! AND DON’T FORGET YOUR ENTRIES FOR OUR ‘BAKE A BOOK’ COMPETITION, WHICH NEED TO BE IN SCHOOL FOR MONDAY 7th MARCH! Good luck! Enjoy a weekend of design and decoration! Go on… bake up a storm!! (Please see the ’Book Week’ letter sent before the half term holiday for more details!)

With all good wishes as always, Miss Farrow

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This Week’s Star Badges Go To:

Nursery: Aminah, for working so hard to nail her ’initial sounds’!

Reception: Elsie, for her fabulous message on a bottle.

Year 1: Maysa, for shining more brightly than the sunflowers growing in our classroom

Year 2: Eva, for putting 100% into absolutely everything she does!

Year 3: Corey-J, for lighting up the classroom with his wondrous enthusiasm!

Year 4: Tafara, for excellent problem solving in maths.

Year 5: Gabby, for amazing gymnastics – performing brilliantly and assisting others with sequences of handstands, cartwheels and round-offs.

Year 6: Nimra, for her voracious reading habits, which I have been so impressed with, particularly over recent weeks! You are developing a precious life skill! Keep it up!

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Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Aaminah, for the creative bookmarks she made for all the BCPS staff during wet playtimes this week, all ready for book week! What a kind and thoughtful gesture!

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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)
7 March
Scholastic Book Fair delivered (open all week!)
7 March
‘Bake a Book’ Competition
8 March
Literary Lunch
9 March
‘Book Character Fancy Dress Parade’
10 March
Story Magic Theatre Company visit, presenting ‘The Treasure of Stories’
w.b. 15 Mar
Assessment Week
15 March
PTFA Meeting (6pm)
17 March
Non-Uniform Day (please bring an Easter Egg donation for the ‘Easter Egg Bingo’ Event)
w.b. 22 Mar
Healthy Schools Week
25 March
Easter Egg Bingo! (6.00pm)
w.b. 28 Mar
Easter Mass (date and time tbc)
28 Mar
‘Grand Easter Extravaganza’ (winning house prize)
31 Mar
Stations of the Cross (9.00am)
1 Apr
Easter Holiday begins (midday finish)
19 Apr
Return to school—Summer Term begins


Testing the scientific properties of a range of materials…

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1st Sunday of Lent
(Luke 4:1-13)



Led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus goes into the wilderness where he is tempted. What kind of leader will he be? Jesus has the choice to show the world his power as a mighty ruler or be a different kind of king. What a challenge! But Jesus knows what God the Father is asking. He understands that there is more to life than food, money and power. Nothing is more important than trusting and serving God the Father.


When we hear that Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness we are reminded of the forty years the Hebrews wandered in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt. Jesus leaves the desert after forty days, ready to begin his ministry. The Israelites find the Promised Land after their time in the wilderness. God was with them in their challenging times and God will be with us in our ‘wilderness’ and will lead us to safety too.


Dear Jesus, help me to keep my Lenten promise, so that I might grow to be like you. Be with me in the challenges of every day. Amen.


Find out how you can get involved with any special activities your parish or school are doing this Lent.

PTFA MEETING:- 15. MAR (6pm)

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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!


Investigating the importance of the ozone layer and how it helps protects the polar ice caps.



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 year6@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk


Roll up! Roll Up… for our ‘Grand Easter Raffle’ which will ultimately be drawn at our ‘Easter Bingo’ event, to be held on Friday 25th March at 6.00pm.

There are magnificent prizes to be won, and the raffle has an extra special twist! Tickets are colour-coded according to our school houses of Ss. George, Bernadette, Theresa and Francis. Children will be selling tickets on behalf of the houses they belong to, and the house which sells the most tickets will be awarded ’A Festive Easter Extravaganza’ of an afternoon by the P.T.F.A. on Monday 28th March. Children in the winning house will be treated to a film afternoon with delicious festive refreshments and games! ‘A rare old party’!

So, the challenge is set, children!
Can you help your house to victory?
How many tickets can you sell?

On your marks…

get set…



Well done to our top achievers below…

Ask your teacher for more information

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Most improved speed
Lower School: George
Upper School: Bella
Fastest Rockstar
Imaan 0.55s… WOW!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
Freddie +27,728
TT Star of the Week
Haroon – played over 13 minutes every day of the last 7 days and making consistently great progress as a result.  He’s got his eyes on the prize!


Our newly established ‘Family Friday’ Walking Group ventured out for the first time today, and enjoyed a super walk around the local area. What better than a stroll and a catch up to end a busy week and wind down towards the weekend!

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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!


Bury Catholic Preparatory School Bury Catholic Preparatory SchoolCalling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles... in fact… ALL OUR SCHOOL FAMILY!!! Come and join in our ‘Family Friday’ events...you are all so welcome!!

Event (9.00-10.00am)
11 Mar
‘Book Week’ Celebration!’ Come and join us for a special hour of coffee, cake and a presentation of poems and puns by our Year 6 children… and special guests! Celebrating the joy of the written word! Not to be missed!
18 Mar
Book Club
25 Mar
Easter Extravaganza! Details to follow!


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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….”


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


Pancake fever took over Nursery on Tuesday. The children had a flipping good time seeing how many times they could toss the pancake without it popping out of the pan! During outside play, the pancake fun continued with a ‘pancake race’… our creative children improvised using rackets and beanbags!

Then, of course, the BEST bit of the day – eating pancakes…

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This week , our Reception children have been sailing the high seas, searching for Captains Blackbeard’s treasure,, treasure which has never been found, even to this day! Our pirates worked so hard digging for treasure that they had a well-deserved break and made some pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. The children made a shopping list of all the ingredients they needed and wrote step-by-step instructions, using “bossy verbs” to help them to follow the recipe. In the afternoon, the children had a successful pancake-flipping competition and a pancake race, before rounding a wonderful day off by adding their favourite toppings to their pancakes and gobbling them up at snack-time! 

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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.

Monday Mindfulness
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
Lego Mindstorms
(KS1/2) Mr Green
Junior Choir
(Years 1,2)
Miss Farrow
Illustration Club
(KS2) Mr Wallace
Card Games
Mr Ross
Chess Club
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Board Games Club
Miss D-S
(charged at £5 per weekly session)
Senior Choir
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
(KS2) Mr Ross
Reading Club
(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
Multisports (Hockey/Netball)
Mrs Prince and Miss D-S
Movie Club
(Open to all)