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Friday 12th February 2021

What a wonderful Earth Week we've had at Victoria Park Primary School and across Cathedral Schools Trust! From designing superhero outfits and writing to MPs, to researching endangered animals and rewilding schemes, our children have risen to the challenge of protecting the planet in so many ways. Here are just a few snippets of a fantastic week.

If you've not seen our brilliant video from our amazing eco warriors, have a look here:

VPPS Earth Week 2021

And there's still time to join the Climate coalition's #showthelove campaign and decorate your windows with green hearts. Find out more at

https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love

Why not take a stroll down to school over half term to admire all the poetry and artwork in the windows along Atlas Road?

Thank you to all the children who have been using Seesaw at home for the first time this week. It has been fantastic to see the work you have been returning. It has also been wonderful to be able to have more direct conversations with you about your learning than was possible when we had the home learning on the website. We also really appreciate how many parents have got their children up and running on Seesaw, despite the fact that a change in how we provide the learning may have had a knock on effect on how you do things at home. Thank you for the constructive feedback we have been getting. Seesaw is new to us too and we are trying to iron out some of the irritations that inevitably come with a new IT package. As always we will be developing and improving things as we go. If you are having difficulties using Seesaw, please email the school email address (victoriaparkp@victoriaparkprimary.co.uk) instead of writing to teachers using Seesaw. From the quality of work being returned we think that the children have made a good start with it and it will help to further improve their home learning experience. Please also help us by talking to the children about Seesaw being an extension of the classroom, where our school values still apply. It may help you to talk about "determination" if you find enthusiasm for a home learning task waning, or to mention "co-operation" when you need to work together on something. Well done everyone for a great start!

Job Vacancy

Would you like to join the team here at Victoria Park Primary School? We currently have one fixed-term vacancy for a part-time Teaching Assistant in Reception, the job advert for which has opened today. Click here to see the details.

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Online Workshops

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent online yoga, cookery and origami workshops. It was great to see people having fun, connecting with other school families and learning new skill.

Many thanks to Alice, Sarah, Karin and Rosie for leading the sessions. If you couldn’t make it, you can check-out their websites, below:

iyengaryoga.org.uk/teacher-listing/user/23718/
kitchentitbits.co.uk
www.instagram.com/mindfulcraftbristol/

Share Your BS3 Kindness

Julian Wood from The Art of Kindness is working with BS3 Community and Action Greater Bedminster on a project called “Share Your BS3 Kindness”. This involves creating kindness art and sharing it with other members of BS3, those struggling or marginalised groups in our community. If you’d like to get involved, please contact theartkindness@gmail.com and Julian will deliver kindness flags to your house for you to decorate with your own message and a picture. These flags will then be distributed to those most struggling right now.

PTFA Meeting

The PTFA exists to raise money, build community and help enrich our children’s education. Our next meeting – open to anyone with a child at the school – will be held on Zoom at the earlier time of 8:00-9:00pm on Thursday 4th March. You’ll need the Meeting ID (860 8965 7346) and Passcode (VPPS) to dial in. This term we’ll be focussing on how we can help build the school community - so whether you’ve got ideas to share, or you’d just like to listen in, we’d love to see you!

Thank you!

Year One would like to say a huge thank you to one very generous parent who has purchased a lovely new woodwork bench for the children. Thank you too if you have donated any tools or materials for the new woodwork area. The team are creating this resource as a fantastic new learning tool for the Year One children.

Chinese New Year

If you would like to learn a little more about the Lunar New Year 2021, take a look at this specially designed Homeschool Pack provided by China Exchange in London.  It can be used however you wish - you could simply read through it together, watch the videos, or take part in the suggested activities.

Supportive Parents Wellbeing Hub

Supportive Parents have launched their Wellbeing Hub for young people with special educational  needs and disabilities (SEND). In these challenging times, it is more important than ever to ensure we are taking care of our  wellbeing. The Hub is an online portal created by Bristol’s SENDIAS Service, Supportive Parents, which provides young people with access to information about local services which can support wellbeing. It is full of helpful videos and information from partner organisations across Bristol, showcasing a range of activities and opportunities to get involved with. The Wellbeing Hub is based on the 5 Ways of Wellbeing - a national initiative that focuses on the 5 steps we can take to improve our wellbeing: 

 - CONNECT -

- BE ACTIVE -

- KEEP LEARNING -

- TAKE NOTICE -

- BE CREATIVE -

You can find a link to The Wellbeing Hub here

World Book Day

This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 4th March. One of our favourite things to do on World Book Day is dress up as our favourite character from a book. We felt it would be unfair if some children missed out on this opportunity, so we will wait until later in the year to have our own VPPS Book Day. Teachers will mark the official World Book Day with some remote learning activities.

Next term, we will focus on the value of Growth Mindset in our assemblies and remote learning. This is a change to the normal pattern, but we feel revisiting Growth Mindset as a whole community will be really beneficial at the moment. We will also be providing some whole-family activities you may wish to do at home. Look out for Mr Bailey's first assembly of the term on Monday 22nd February to find out more. Have a lovely half term break!

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