19 Nov, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
We have enjoyed a lively and exciting week here in school as we celebrated ’Anti-Bullying’ Week! We ‘kicked off our week, the theme of which was ‘One Kind Word’, with ’Odd Socks Day’ We donned odd socks with aplomb to show how we are ALL unique and different, that we should be kind to each other and respect each other’s individuality.
The theme ‘One Kind Word’ is particularly relevant this year. 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 has been about hope and the positive and kind things we can do to halt hurtful behaviour in its tracks. The children rose to all the activities and challenges set for them and did us proud, as always! Their love and care for one another never ceases to warm my heart and make me proud to be their head teacher! They really are exceptional children, one and all!
After a short break for last week’s ‘Belated Bonfire Bingo’ evening, our Family Friday events returned this morning with a ’Train with Christina’ session. There was a smashing turnout again and great fun was had by all! Calories galore were burned, which is just as well as next week’s Family Friday promises delicious treats at our Coffee Morning! Please do join us for a jolly good catch up! Everyone is so welcome!
Don’t forget to grab yourselves a copy of ‘The Thursday Murder Club’ and tuck into the intriguing mystery which weaves throughout its pages! I can’t wait to discuss it. I have received so much positive feedback following our inaugural Book Club – our next meeting promises to be every bit as engaging and pleasant! Please come along and take advantage of the perfect opportunity to develop friendships and strengthen our beloved community! !
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.
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: Tiana, for settling into Nursery.
Reception: Zaviyar, for his enthusiasm in Christmas concert rehearsals.
Year 1: Ayaan, for fabulous science work! Well done, young man!
Year 2: George, for coping with his broken wrist and working his very hardest!
Year 3: Freddie, for just being Freddie; focussed, fastidious and just fantastic!
Year 4: George, for his outstanding participation in class discussions this week.
Year 5: Saameya, for tackling missed tests (along with some new ones) with good grace and a great big smile on her face.
Year 6: Ayaan, for a most impressive way in every respect! Particularly inspiring was his creation of a ’Cash for Kids’ PowerPoint, completely his own initiative, and his determination to involve all his classmates, over the weekend, in its fine-tuning! I am so proud of the fine young man, and role model, whom you have become!
GETTING DOWN WITH THE DANCERS!
Years 3 and 4 delighted us all this week as they completed their course of ’street dance’ sessions with a fabulous performance of a group dance. Wow! There were some ‘groovy moves’ and all the dancers should be very proud of themselves! Years 1 and 2 are next to enjoy ’street dance’ lessons! Good luck to you all, children! Years 3 and 4 have set the bar mighty high!
Five – six – seven – eight…… !!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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!
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
KING OF TRUTH
Jesus is a king like no other. Here he is, on trial in front of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate but Jesus is not afraid. He knows that all his life has been building up to his death and resurrection. Jesus doesn’t rule like ordinary kings. He doesn’t want armies to fight for him or have a big show of power. Jesus has come to share the truth about God’s love. Kings are not usually seen tied up and on trial, yet Jesus is the one who is really in charge. Jesus is the king of the universe, showing us a new way to live.
DID YOU KNOW?
When a criminal is on trial in a court of law, people are asked to say what they have seen or know about the case. These people, witnesses, are asked to make a statement or an oath that they promise to tell the truth. The court needs to be able to trust the evidence that a witness gives so it can be fair.
Dear Jesus, you are king of my heart. Help me to live as you ask and to always tell the truth. Amen.
Show that Jesus is king in your life by making a choice today to do something kind and helpful.
The next PTFA meeting is scheduled for Monday 22 November at 6.00pm in the school hall. Please do come along and join us to discuss and finalise plans for our
‘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 email@example.com and a Zoom link will be sent out to you!
Please can we remind you that we are a NUT free school, and therefore children should not bring into school food containing nuts, either for snack or lunch.
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Isobelle, for showing such compassion and care to Aaminah when she fell over in the playground! What a kind friend!
As predicted, our bingo evening was thoroughly enjoyed by young and old alike, and we really did have a ‘full house’!! The event was a ‘rip-roaring success’ and made well over £600!
The children are already campaigning for a repeat performance at Eastertime! I think we might just give in. Who could deny them the pleasure and anticipation which thrilled them in the run-up to the big day! So… once more with feeling—onwards and upwards to ‘Easter Egg Bingo’!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most improved speed
Lower School: Zunaira
Upper School: Abbie
Imaan 0.66s STILL INCREDIBLE!!!!
Biggest Increase in Coins in the Whole School
TT Star of the Week
Henna - for the second week running. She’s on it now!
Class of the Week
Year 5 … yet again – Come on, everybody else!!!
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!!
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 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 )
FAMILY FRIDAY’ FITNESS AND FUN!
Participants clamoured to report for action this morning as we hosted our second ’Train with Christina’ session! Everyone enjoyed lunges and laughter galore, and left completely invigorated and ready to take on the world! Please join us next week when the mood calms and we enjoy each other’s company over a brew and a biscuit at our second ’coffee morning’! What a fabulous opportunity to swap stories and support each other as we head towards the hectic festive season! Offers to bake for the occasion would be welcomed! .
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