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Friday 18th June 2021

Staff news

We are delighted to let you know that we have three new teachers starting with us in September. Miss Elena Evdyriadou will be joining us from a school in London and she will be the Phase Leader for Key Stage 2. Miss Amy Hindes, who has been teaching Year 4 Magnolia class this year, will also be joining our team. Finally, Mrs Talita Lucas will also be joining the teaching team, having worked with us in Reception Cherry class since Easter. We are really excited to be joined by such excellent teachers. Children will find out their teachers for next year on Thursday 1st July. This is also the day they will spend the first "shuffle up" transition morning in their new classrooms.

Congratulations

We also say well done to Mrs Michelle Tippett who has a new job as a Teaching Assistant in Swindon starting next year. A little closer to home, Mrs Susie Bennerson has been successfully appointed to a Teaching Assistant role at Oasis Marksbury Road. It has been wonderful to work with both of them and we know you will join us in wishing them the best of luck in their new roles.

Road Safety

Now that the roads are closed outside school at pick-up and drop-off times (during our Bristol School Streets trial), it would be easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when crossing the roads and moving around on the pavements. The roads are still accessible to residents leaving the area, cyclists and certain other traffic, so pupils and adults should still look both ways when crossing the road, and do so with caution. Please avoid walking down the middle of the road, tempting though it may be!

A message from Moose

Moose have increased our capacity for Term 6 and we still have availability. If you are a new parent and would like further information regarding bookings, you can find details at https://www.moosekidsclub.co.uk/

We would appreciate a moment of your time to fill out our summer holiday club survey. This will enable us to assess the need for childcare provision over the summer. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1esvd8fRbXCXtQmyeDPbCxhIfhg0cDNh5Ke7q2URPAZWgFQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you,

The Moose Team

Kwik Cricket

It was perfect cricket weather for our first event organised by Ashton Park Sports Partnership. Ten keen cricketers rode in the minibus to Bedminster Cricket Club and played two exciting games of Kwik Cricket. With Luke as captain, the VPPS team played a close game against Christchurch and an even closer game against Headley Park. We saw some good fielding from Otto, Freya and Hamza, accurate bowling from Sami, Felix and Leon, skilful batting from Ivan and Luke plus great all-round play from Reuben and Micah. As Luke said to the team, "Everyone improved with each game and we all did our best." Well done Team VPPS - it's good to be back.
 

Sports Days

Our Term 6 Sports days are currently being planned for the following dates:

  • Tuesday 6th July - Morning - Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 4
  • Tuesday 6th July - Afternoon - Year 3
  • Thursday 8th July - Morning - Year 5, Year 6

More details of exact timings will be released soon. We will be using Broadplain Rugby pitches as usual. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to allow spectators at Sports Day this year. The latest advice from the government is that "sports days can go ahead. In line with the rest of the system of controls, pupils and students must remain in their bubbles...Spectators must adhere to current social distancing requirements. Where events take place outdoors, spectators can gather in separate groups of up to 30 – the legal gathering limit. Multiple groups of 30 are permitted. "

So if you choose to come and watch Sports Day, we will need your help on the day to manage numbers and social distancing. As the children are already in groups of 30 per class, please limit your attendance to one spectator per child. On the day we will spread the events out around the fields to help with social distancing, so you may need to walk further! We will also be asking spectators to wear a face covering, just like we do at drop-off and pick-up times. There will be no adult races or events this year. Combining these measures - and the fact that the event is outside - will help to control risks in line which our school risk assessment.

We will be keeping a close eye on the national picture and the Bristol infection rates so that we can change our plans if needed. As ever, in the event of bad weather we may need to cancel sports day, but this year we also need to keep COVID in mind. Although it will be a difficult decision, we might need to cancel the event if it no longer feels safe.

On the day of their year group's sports day, children can wear a T-shirt or top to match the colour of their school House:

More House - Green

Campbell House - Red

Stephenson House - Blue

Aardman House - Yellow

St Mary Redcliffe Church Choir

The Director of Music at St Mary Redcliffe Church is looking to recruit more boys to the choir. Click on the article below for more information.

Lifeskills Centre

The Lifeskills Centre is currently running a recruitment drive for their Child Safety Tour Guide role. More details can be found on the documents below.

Bristol's Library of Things

Need a one-off tool to do a job? Need some kit for a birthday party but don't want to buy it for just one use? You can now borrow items from Bristol's very first Library of Things. The initiative has been really successful across the UK and has now come to Bristol.
Bristol’s first Library of Things is open in Kingswood, 10am-2pm, where you can borrow the things you need to live your life. Whether it is a drill for a DIY project, a tent for a family holiday or a chocolate fountain for a party, they want it to be affordable and accessible, and meet the needs of the local community. As a member you can borrow anything from the library for free and become part of the sharing community. Click here for more:

https://www.sharebristol.org.uk/

Robins Foundation Wildcats

Robins Foundation are offering free girls football across South Bristol for ages 6-11. There are three locations: Imperial, Ashton and Hartcliffe. For more details click the images below or contact grace.phillips@bcfc.co.uk

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Massive Summer Raffle – NOW LIVE!

To be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes, simply text VPPS to 70970 and we'll enter you into the draw.

Texts cost £5 each, and you must be aged 16 or over to enter. Please seek the bill-payers permission first. For full terms and conditions, visit http://www.easydonate.org/QBFK02

The closing date for entries is Fri 16 Jul 2021. Please spread the word – every penny raised goes directly towards enriching our children’s education!

The PTFA would like to say a HUGE thank you to the following local businesses who together have donated prizes worth more than £900!

 

Save The Date – School Picnic and AGM

Many thanks to everyone who came to last night’s PTFA meeting – we spent a very productive hour planning out an exciting schedule of events and activities for next year.

We also decided that (COVID restrictions and weather permitting) we’ll run our Annual General Meeting after school on Wed 21 July (the last day of term) in Victoria Park. We’ll provide some drinks, and the AGM itself will only take 10 minutes – so sit back, relax, and find out all about what the PTFA has been up to over the last 12 months! Why not bring a picnic and catch-up with fellow parents and friends afterwards?

There will be no newsletter next week, because we have an INSET day on Friday 25th June and school will be closed to pupils. Good luck to those pupils in year 6 who are going to camp next week - we know you will have an amazing time!

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