BCPS Newsletter Issue 1 Autumn Term 2021

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BCPS Newsletter Issue 1 Autumn Term 2021
BCPS Newsletter Issue 1 Autumn Term 2021

10 Sept, 2021

Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,

Welcome back, one and all, to a brand new school year!

What a thrill it is to back in the bosom of our precious BCPS family, and how extra-special it has been this week to be able to enjoy the simple pleasures of conversations with each other in the school playground. One thing is for sure… I shall never take the company of BCPS friends and family for granted again!

It was delightful to welcome parents to our ‘Meet the Teacher’ event on Wednesday, and lovely for all our staff to be able to outline details of the children’s year ahead face to face!

Next Friday (17th September), we shall host a ‘Welcome Evening’ in the school hall at 6.00pm for all our school family. Please do consider yourselves cordially invited to attend. My thanks are due to our PTFA for organising the event, which promises to offer the perfect opportunity for friendships, old and new, to blossom. It has been so very long since we have been able to enjoy each other’s company as a school family. Please join us!

In the meantime, I should like to thank you all for the extra-ordinary support which you have so freely given to myself and to BCPS over the last eighteen months. I have been able to count on you unreservedly throughout our necessary separation, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Our BCPS community remained supremely strong throughout such a difficult time and I am inexorably proud of that. I was confident that I could rely on you, but even knowing that, I have been completely overwhelmed and humbled by your generosity of spirit. Let us hope and pray that our year ahead will be a healthy and happy one, free from disruption and separation. I look forward so fondly to welcoming you all, new families and old, next Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Best wishes!

As always, Miss Farrow

Dairy Dates

Please find below diary dates for what promises to be an exciting term ahead. The list is by no means exclusive and more dates are likely to be added as the 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.

Date
Event
13 Sept
Transfer to High School Meeting (Year 6 parents) – 3.30pm
17 Sept
Games/Swimming begins for KS2
17 Sept
Welcome Evening – 6.00pm
w.b. 20 Sept
Extra Curricular Programme begins
22 Sept
Maths Workshop for all parents (3.30pm)
29 Sept
Phonics Workshop for EYFS/KS1 Parents(3.30pm)
24 Sept
MacMillan’s Coffee Morning – 9.00am
24 Sept
Open Day (10-4pm)
25 Sept
Open Day (10-4pm)
w.b. 27 Sept
Mission Together Week
11 Oct
School Photographs
13 Oct
Harvest Festival—9.00am
14 Oct
Flu Vaccinations
14 Oct
Parents’ Evening
15 Oct
Half term holiday.Return Monday 1st November, 2021
w.b. 15th Nov
Anti-Bullying Week
4 Dec
PTFA Christmas Event
w.b. 6 Dec
Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
14 Dec
Christmas Merit Assembly
15 Dec
Christmas Mass (TBC)
16 Dec
Christmas Lunch
17 Dec
Seven Lessons and Carols – 9.00am
17 Dec
Christmas Holiday (midday finish). Return 4th January, 2022
This week’s Star Badges go to:

Nursery: Sophie, who has settled in so well to Nursery. She has wowed us with her determination and knowledge. A real superstar!!

Reception: Caleb, for his enthusiastic and promising start in Reception.

Year 1: Maysa, for leading an ‘army of super sitting Roman soldiers’

Year 2: Ethan, for such a strong, confident start to his BCPS experience. What a welcome addition he is to our Year 2 classroom!

Year 3: Habibah, for rising to all the challenges of KS2 and being an excellent role model.

Year 4: Leyla, for her truly exceptional effort and attitude in all subjects.

Year 5: Alina and Henna, for settling in superbly to a new class, a new school and immediately making new friends.  What a wonderful start.

Year 6: Emma, for making such fabulous oral contributions during lessons and making a commendably mature start to Year 6. What a fine role model!

PRAYER FOR OUR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Lord God, bless our school as we enter a new academic year.

May ours be a community of welcome and hope.

Watch over our pupils

so that they grow in understanding and love.

Encourage our staff

so that their service reveals your generosity and mercy.

Inspire our leaders

so that their actions show your wisdom and justice.

Loving Father, through the Trinity you teach us the importance of relationship. Help us work together to accomplish your mission:

Faith Corner

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Mark 8: 27-35)

REFLECTION

WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?

Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” He listens to the various suggestions and then asks, “Who do you say I am?” Peter tells Jesus that he believes Jesus is the Christ. Jesus then teaches his friends what this means, explaining that he will have to suffer, die and then rise again. God’s ways are not our ways. Anyone who follows Jesus will also have to put other people first and forget about themselves, but they will then enjoy life with God forever.

DID YOU KNOW?

Jewish people are celebrating Yom Kippur from sunset on 15 September until the evening of 16 September. Yom Kippur means ‘Day of Atonement’ and it is the holiest day of the year for Jews. It is a day of prayer and fasting, asking God for forgiveness, and ends with a great celebration. Jewish people know that God loves and forgives everyone!

DID YOU KNOW?

Jewish people are celebrating Yom Kippur from sunset on 15 September until the evening of 16 September. Yom Kippur means ‘Day of Atonement’ and it is the holiest day of the year for Jews. It is a day of prayer and fasting, asking God for forgiveness, and ends with a great celebration. Jewish people know that God loves and forgives everyone!

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, I believe that you are the Christ. Help me always to believe in you. Help me to follow your example and put other people first. Amen.

ACTION

Do a secret good deed every day this week.

Kindness Cup

The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Betty. Betty spotted Sabilla sitting in the full midday sun, nursing two ’newly-plastered’ knees after a fall. Without a second thought, she took Sabilla’s hand and led her “to sit in the shade, because that will make her feel better.” Betty, what a kind thing to do! Thank you!

“Hello! How D’You Do!’

This week we have welcomed all our friends, new and old, back to Nursery. We have enjoyed exploring our classroom and making lots of new friendships.

PLAYGROUND PALS!

The week has been very special for our whole school community, as the tentative lifting of Covid restrictions has meant that we have been able to meet a little more freely. It has been a joy to have been able to greet parents at the start and end of each day in the playground, and as you can see from the accompanying pictures, our children have been utterly delighted, following the removal of class ’bubbles’, to be able to play together.

TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!

Well done to everyone who kept playing during the holidays.

Your efforts have not gone unnoticed!

Class of the holiday
Year 5 – the most minutes spent playing the game!
Special mention – and TT Star of the Week
Saameya -  she played an average of 5 mins EVERY day over the holidays AND is now a new member of the illustrious Rock Hero team!

TINKLING ON THE IVORIES!

TINKLING ON THE IVORIES!Congratulations to Isobelle, who has achieved a distinction in her Grade 2 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music piano examination. What a fine achievement! Isobelle’s examiner was very impressed by her performance and praised her bright and positive tone as well as her clear shaping and dynamic contrast, commenting also that there was a lovely sense of engagement and enjoyment throughout her programme. We are all so very proud of you, Isobelle! Congratulations! Onwards and upwards to Grade 3!

“OSU!”

We enjoyed a really special assembly on Tuesday morning. Sensei Saeid and Sensei Steve joined us from ‘Ho Shin Do Karate Club’ to tell us all about an after-school Karate Club that we all have the opportunity to be involved in. Everyone got involved in their demonstration and had a great time! Hard work, but SUCH FUN!! What a fabulous way to start a Tuesday!

GETTING TO KNOW YOU!

Wow! What a fabulous start to the year. Our new Reception class has settled in beautifully. This week, the children have been getting to know each other, writing about their aspirations, exploring their new classroom and challenging themselves in the continuous  provision areas.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION!

I am delighted to announce the resumption of an exciting and extensive extra-curricular programme this term, all activities launching during the week beginning Monday 20th September. 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 an email to you all for details of how to register your child for after-school clubs.

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNES-DAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
LUNCH TIME CLUBS
Monday Mindfulness
(KS1/2) Mrs Lester
Lego Mindstorms
(KS1/2) Mr Green
Cosmic Yoga
(Open to all!) Mrs Horford
Junior Choir
(Years 1,2) Miss Farrow
Colouring and Conversation
(KS1/2) Miss DS
Chess Club
(KS2) Mrs Prince
The World of Jane Austen – Once Upon a Story (The ‘Art’ of Storytelling)
Year 3/4 Miss Farrow
Jewellery Making
(KS2) Miss Farrow
Marvellous Maths (“So You Think You Can Sudoku?”)
(KS2) Mr Wallace
Card Games
(KS2) Mr Ross
Boom Whacker Bash Percussion Club
(KS1) Miss Farrow
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
(charged at £5 per session)
Crochet Club‘Come and Share a Yarn!
(Y4-6)
Senior Choir
(KS2) Miss Farrow (no charge)
Photography
(KS2) Mr Ross
Reading Club
(Y5/6) Miss Farrow (no charge)
Karate
(Open to all) (separate charge)
Seasonal Craft
(EYFS/KS1) Mrs Lester
Football Skills
(Y2-6) Mr Green
Outdoor Learning (Teambuilding/Orienteering)
(KS2) Mrs Prince
Movie Club
(Open to all)
Little Kickers (Sports Club)
(EYFS/Y1) Mrs Horford
Cookery
(KS1) Miss DS
Italian (Language through cultural crafts/activities) (Years 2-3)
Computing and Coding Mr Wallace