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Friday 12th November 2021

Welcome to our newsletter. This week, children in KS1 and KS2 have been showing their curiosity and creativity by taking part in drama and performance workshops with Travelling Light Theatre company. Inspired by the poem "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou, children used song, movement, drama and dance to explore the themes of freedom and captivity. This is all part of our two-year project with Travelling Light, called "Light Up School Learning" exploring how the arts can elevate learning in all subjects. If you would like to discuss your child's learning with them, why not take a look at the poem below?

ODD SOCKS DAY - next Monday!

On Monday next week, will be marking ODD SOCKS DAY, which is part of National Anti-Bullying Week 2021. Children can wear odd socks to school and in assembly we will be sharing this year's video from Andy and the Odd Socks called "One Kind Word".

Children in Need - next Friday!

This year, we would like to support the Children in Need appeal by inviting children to wear something spotty, or something yellow, on Friday 19th November. If you would like to make a donation to the BBC Children in Need appeal, you can do so using School Gateway.

Parents Evening on Wednesday 24th November

If you wish to meet with our SENDCo, Chantelle Stirzaker,  please contact the office to make an appointment. We can discuss your child's current provision, speech and language or you may want to share any concerns you have about your child.

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School - Winter Fair Special!

The Winter Fair will be on Sat 4th Dec from 11am-3pm.

Donations - We’re asking the school community to donate different items each week in the run-up to the fair. Please give the following items to your child’s teacher, or drop them into the school office, thank you:

  • 15-19 Nov – Soft toys and chocolates
  • 22-26 Nov – Quality gifts for the “secret wrapping room”
  • 3 Dec – “Jolly Jars” and nut-free cakes (clearly labelled)

Non-Uniform Day and Jolly Jars - On Friday 3 Dec, we’re holding a non-uniform day in support of the winter fair. We’re asking each child to donate a “Jolly Jar” which we’ll sell at the Winter Fair. For the uninitiated, Jolly Jars are brightly decorated jam jars containing stickers, sweets, puzzles and small toys. They’re great fun to make and are always super popular!

Raffle Prizes - Do you work for a corporate company that has services, products or the generosity to sponsor a prize for the raffle? It could be any type of business who don't even have to offer their services but perhaps a voucher for Bristol Zoo or a restaurant meal. Perhaps your employer has a charity budget already that can be utilised (all the supermarkets do). If you're in a position to ask or pass on a suitable contact we'd very much appreciate donations for the raffle. We'll leave chocolates and alcohol to the tombola but large gifts, days out or experiences are what we're looking for to really bolster interest! Please e-mail victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com if you can help.

⭐⭐Holiday Card order forms have arrived!⭐⭐

Children will be coming home this week with their holiday designs on a sample card and an order form. Please place your order by filling out the form, enclosing payment (cash only) and returning to the School Office or to the Holiday Card box on the way out of the school playground on Atlas Road. Order forms MUST be received by Wed 17 Nov. Thanks!

Coordinators – we’re still looking for volunteers to plan and coordinate the live music and the BBQ. If you can help (or, if your band would like to join our lineup) then please contact victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com

Look Who We Caught Reading!

We are really pleased that our library is open for business. Please come and visit before and after school to borrow a book or two.

What has sparked your curiosity?

This week, Harvey brought in an amazing creation to show us all. Inspired by this term's focus on "Electricity", Harvey researched lightening and made this sculpture from recycled materials to display a range of fascinating facts. For example, did you know that lightening is five times hotter than the sun!? Well done Harvey for all your hard work, curiosity and determination.

A message from Year 1

We would like to receive any donations of conkers, pine cones or corks for our outside loose parts project. Please bring these to any staff member in Mulberry class or Beech class.

Road Safety

We have received a letter from a concerned local resident who describes a "near miss" between her taxi and some parents crossing the road with their children. Despite the roads being closed to most traffic at the start and end of the day, there are still vehicles moving around. Please take care, stick to the pavements, and look both ways before crossing.

Other information

This section of the newsletter is for links, documents and other information which has been sent to us from outside of school. We have included each item because we think you might be interested, but we are not responsible for the content.

Click below to find out about a volunteering opportunity with Home-Start Bristol:

For free badminton sessions, click here:

Our Promises Tree is now standing proudly in the middle hall. Each leaf carries a promise that pupils and staff have made to help protect our planet and minimise our environmental impact. We will all need to work together and show determination in the hope that we can make these changes a reality and keep our promises!

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