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Friday 16th October 2020

Welcome to this week's newsletter. We have updates and information below about staff news, the CST questionnaire, school dinners, RE lessons, the PTFA, and some opportunities for children.

Staff news

Mrs Casey will be leaving Victoria Park Primary School at the end of this term after many years working with the pastoral team and play team. She has an exciting new job working in a secondary school in North Somerset. We're sure you will join us in thanking Mrs Casey for all her hard work, and all the wonderful lunchtimes! Good luck!

CST questionnaire

Today is the last opportunity to complete the Cathedral Schools Trust Parent/Carer Questionnaire Autumn 2020.  We are interested in your views and experiences on the return to school. As ever your feedback is hugely appreciated and beneficial for future planning. Please click here to complete the CST Autumn Questionnaire.

We have children in our school with serious nut allergies.  Although we can not guarantee a completely nut-free environment, we do ask parents and carers not to send any food to school which contains nuts.

Our new school dinner menu

Thank you for your patience with school dinners this term, while we have been serving a limited menu. Starting in term 2 (from 3rd November 2020 onwards) a full mixed menu will be available. This includes a full range of vegetarian and Halal options.  You can make your choices and pay for school meals using the School Gateway.  Remember that every pupil in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 gets their school meal for free.  Here is a copy of the menu to whet your appetites!

RE lessons

At Victoria Park we choose to teach the Religious Education curriculum as RE days throughout the year.  Some will be taking place in each class, focusing on the RE curriculum for that year group, and some will be whole school RE days. Our RE teaching is multi-faith and teaches children that everyone has their own differing set of beliefs.  We do not ask children to take part in religious celebrations or ceremonies, but we do tell them about how people from a range of different religions choose to celebrate.  RE involves learning academically about different religions and worldviews.  Pupils are encouraged to talk about their own beliefs, if they have any, and are never encouraged or expected to change their own religion or worldview in any way.  We don’t teach any religion as true or untrue.  In RE, pupils are finding out about what different people believe and how they practise their religion. In their future lives, our pupils will all need to work and live alongside people from other religions - especially in a wonderfully diverse city such as Bristol - so it is essential that they know enough about other religions to do this successfully. It's also a brilliant way to explore stories, artwork, music and other skills.

PTFA survey

Although many of our regular events like our bonfire tight tent and winter fayre will not run this year as normal, we are thinking of creative ways to get together safely and support fun activities for children in the school. 

We’d love to hear YOUR views. Please complete this short survey to tell us what sort of events you’d like us to run.

We’ll be reviewing the results of the survey at our next PTFA meeting from 8pm-9pm on Wed 21 Oct by Zoom (Meeting ID: 861 8394 2843, Passcode: PTFA). All VPPS parents, guardians and carers are welcome – we’d love to hear your views!

Funnybones!

South Bristol Children's Centre has arranged some half term fun at Victoria Park - have a look at the document below to find out how you can win some "Funnybones" prizes by searching for bones in the park!  Click here to download the entry form.

St Mary Redcliffe Choir

Calling all music-lovers! St Mary Redcliffe Choir is recruiting! Do you have a son aged 7 to 14 or a daughter aged 9 to 16 who is interested in developing their musical skills? There is no formal audition – simply come along to a couple of sessions to see if choir is for you.  One Victoria Park parent says "Our son (Year 4) has been in the choir for over a year and he loves it. The musical training is fantastic – they learn to read music and to sing with other children and adults. They can take national music exams, win awards, and apply for a bursary towards learning a musical instrument. And they even get paid to attend! He enjoys the social life as much as the singing. The boys play football outside before choir practice starts, they have pizza and bowling nights, and once a year they go to Center Parcs for the weekend. He loves being with boys of other ages, and the older boys look out for the younger ones. Everyone is welcome – Christians, people from other faiths, or no faith at all."  Watch these videos to see what the current boys and girls say about choir:

https://youtu.be/7jZQN8Enx0k

https://youtu.be/P2Obs7pXR70

Contact Andrew for more info:
andrew.kirk@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

This term is the longest in the school calendar. As we approach the end of this eight-week term, please take time to relax. Remember that individual school photographs are being taken on the last day of term (next Friday).

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