18 June, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
Well, entirely as anticipated, it has been a magical week, wrapped in the wonderful world of books!! Most of you will already be aware of my own enormous love of literature and the English language, and my firm belief that reading across all genres is absolutely the key to success! It is no accident that scholarships, so frequently won by our Year 6 children to prestigious Grammar Schools, are won exclusively by voracious readers.
And of course, the nurturing and development of a lifelong love of reading is a precious gift in itself! To be well read is to understand our world and the people in it. As Matilda tells us through her creator Roald Dahl, “you can travel all over the world without leaving your bedroom!” As I often tell the children, if you don’t think you like to read, well, you just haven’t found the right book yet! And once you do…YOU’RE OFF!! Enjoy the search!
That all said, you can appreciate the importance of this particular week to me in terms of its potential to ignite minds and imaginations and encourage a love of reading in our beloved children, and I am thrilled to report with sheer delight that it has certainly lived up to all my expectations! We have shared stories, laughed and cried, dressed up, munched our way through literary lunches, challenged each other to ’Book Charade Contests’ – we have even collaboratively written our own BCPS Story, which you will be able to read in next week’s newsletter. I think you’ll agree, we’re knocking on the door of the ’Booker Prize 2021’!!!
Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy our ‘Once Upon a Time…’ Extreme Reading video. It was a pleasure to write and is sure to cheer you and make you smile!
On a final note, I was devasted by Monday’s news that our freedom from restrictions and the opportunity to fling wide our doors to you all must be delayed a little longer. However, in true BCPS spirit, we hold our heads high, wait patiently, pray fervently and remember determinedly that our school family is, and will always be, united, and bound by love, whatever the weather!
Our family is a strong circle filled with endless, unconditional love. Every crisis, every obstacle faced by this circle will only serve to make it stronger than ever before.
We remain ‘Together Whilst Apart’!
As always, Miss Farrow
Please find below diary dates for what promises to be an exciting term ahead. Of course, you realise that we remain bound by Government guidelines but fingers crossed, the dates will stand. We appreciate your understanding should there need to be any changes.
wb 28 June
First Holy Communion Day
Leavers’ Speech Day
It’s a Knockout! Whole school team challenge
Summer holiday (Midday finish)
This week’s Star Badges go to:
Pre-School: James, for always going above and beyond.
Reception: Jonah, for his detailed story telling of Hansel & Gretl.
Year 1: All the class, for being superstars!
Year 2: All the class, for their maturity and their wonderful attitude towards their work!
Year 3: Jessica, for always striving to do her very best and engaging wholeheartedly.
Year 4: Jide, for his imaginative storytelling whilst writing his adventure tale for his Year 1 ‘buddy’.
Year 5: Iyanu, for great contributions to all lessons, and some particularly impressive writing in the whole school story.
Year 6: Daisy, for her all round contribution to Book Week. You have entered into the spirit wholeheartedly and continue to be the perfect role model for everybody in school.
A HUGE WELCOME...!!
…to Jonah, who has joined our Reception class this week as the newest member of our precious BCPS family! Thank you to all his classmates for making him so very welcome!
THE MASKED SINGER!!
Here’s a puzzler for you!!!
Dress Up Day brought a whole array of characters out from the woodwork, including Darth Vader himself, who was caught playing his own movie theme on his guitar. What a talented ‘baddie’!!!!
But is it really Darth Vader?
Can you guess ‘who’s behind the mask’??
The true identity of the man (or woman!!!)behind the mask will be revealed in next week’s newsletter as we cry ‘TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!!’
BOOK WORM BONANZA!!
It’s official! Our most committed family of bookworms are Isobelle and her Mum and Dad! They put their heads together to achieve a winning score in our ‘Family Book Quiz’! In fact, they were the only family to achieve a perfect score! Congratulations! Thank you to the many, many families who took part! An excellent show!
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Mark 4: 35-41)
TRUST IN JESUS
Jesus and his friends set out in a boat to get to the other side of the lake. Suddenly a storm blows up. The wind is howling around them, the waves are really rough and the boat is filling with water. Jesus is asleep, but the disciples are really frightened they are going to drown. They wake Jesus up and shout at him. Jesus tells the wind and the sea to be calm. All at once the storm stops.
Just as he wanted the disciples not to be frightened and have faith, Jesus wants to help us too. Jesus can calm all our fears if we trust him.
DID YOU KNOW?
We can pray using our imaginations. Saint Ignatius of Loyola used this way of praying and knew that God can use our imaginations to speak to us. When you feel frightened or worried, close your eyes and imagine Jesus. Hear him say to you, ‘Trust me’. Let Jesus bring you peace.
Jesus, sometimes I feel frightened and worried, just like the disciples in the storm. Help me to trust you. Help me to have faith and remember that you will always be with me. Amen.
Pay attention to the weather this week. Perhaps you can make a weather chart.
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to all our 'Mums and Dads' for working so hard behind the scenes to make literary lunches; costumes for dress up day; stories in shoeboxes...the list goes on and on. The children always recall Book Week as amongst their happiest memories of the year, and it could not happen without your kindness, help and generosity. THANK YOU!
Looking ahead, the week beginning 28th June is timetabled as ’Aspirations Week’ for our Year 6 children. During the week we welcome visitors from far and wide in the world of work to talk to the children about their jobs in what is, in a sense, a first ‘Careers Week’. In only a couple of years, our oldest children will be thinking about GCSE options and the paths their careers might take. We have already booked police officers, a doctor and a Justice of the Peace to speak to them. If you can help by sparing half an hour during the week to talk to Year 6 about your job, you would be welcomed with open arms. It is so lovely to be able to rely on our own school community to support our precious children as they prepare to take their next steps towards young adulthood!
Please contact Miss Farrow at:- Year6@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk if you can help.
We all enjoyed a delicious time on Wednesday as we hosting a ‘Literary Lunch’ and invited children to bring a ‘themed’ packed lunch. Imaginations really ran wild….there were Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Boxes, King’s Breakfasts, dinners worthy of a Hungry Caterpillar…and even a Noah’s Ark! A scrumptious time was had by all!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
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Most Improved Speed
Imaan 0.74s! Still getting quicker!
George 204,620 coins
TT Star of the Week
Caitlin & Paddy – for spending a whopping 20 minutes EVERY DAY each on TTRS!
Class of the Week
Year 6 – Biggest increase in effort and attainment in all measures!
Extra-curricular activities are in full swing in school. Each class, once again, is being offered an extra-curricular opportunity, and these operate in class bubbles, and are planned and presided over by class teachers. As you will see, there are some changes in the programme, whilst some of our original choices are back, once again, by popular demand. It’s not too late to join in!
Should you wish to take advantage of the clubs, please email your child’s class teacher to ’book in’, to allow them to resource the clubs.
‘Make a Bug Hotel‘
ONCE UPON A BOOK WEEK…!
We always have so much fun during Book Week and this year was no exception. Even our PE session was book themed, as we pretended to be Jack climbing the Beanstalk and a Billy Goat Gruff crossing the bridge – luckily we all made it over the bridge and the troll didn’t gobble anybody up – phew!
We used our sense of smell in Science just like the Giant who could smell Jack. We identified perfume, coffee, mint, strawberry and vinegar (that was a bit pong-y!!). We already can’t wait for next year’s Book Week!!