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Friday 19th March 2021

Happy Crazy Hair Day!! A very unusual-looking team of staff and pupils started the day with smiles and laughter this morning. Thank you so much if you were able to make a donation to Comic Relief this year, and congratulations for your creativity. Look out for the staff photos on Twitter - here is a selection from across the school this morning.

It feels great that schools have been allowed to reopen, and there is lots of positive news about cases of coronavirus continuing to fall, with the number of people vaccinated continuing to rise. However, England is still in a national lockdown. To allow schools to open safely, the "road map" for easing the lockdown which has been announced is slow and gradual. At the moment, you must stay at home, only leaving the house for essential reasons such as food and exercise. Even if children are in the same "bubble" at school, it is not permitted for them to visit other households or break social distancing rules outside of school. More detail can be found here.

This morning you received a letter about "Bristol School Streets". We have also been handing out flyers on the school gates about this road safety and air quality scheme. Click below to see a copy of the letter and please take part in the consultation by filling in this questionnaire. We hope you will support us making the streets around school a safer and cleaner place for everybody.

Moose After School Club

Please read this important message from Moose:

Moose has been offering after-school childcare to the local community since 2003, but like a lot of charities we have had an extremely challenging year. With many parents working from home, schools closing, and rules around childcare changing to reflect the latest safety measures, we have had to change how Moose operates. Decisions regarding these changes weren’t taken lightly, but they are essential to ensure that Moose is on a secure financial footing and is still able to offer high-quality childcare to local families for the next 18 years.

Henceforth, Moose will no longer operate from St Michael’s Church, but instead it will be based in Victoria Park Primary School. It will still be open to all children from the local area, regardless of the primary school they attend. Children from St Mary Redcliffe will be conveyed to Victoria Park School by representatives from St Mary Redcliffe in exactly the same way they were walked to the church by Moose staff previously. The price per session will be increasing slightly to £10.50 per child.  This fee increase is necessary for Moose to survive.  

It’s really important for us to know if you intend to use Moose either next term or in the future. Please take 5 minutes to fill in this quick survey about Moose so we can make sure we get the provision right for your children.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1to2oZWB0dN7sX2_2nC3nZK_H8anRmVJqpNMMeSuJ4-o/edit

If you have any further questions, please contact Sam at mooseplayscheme@hotmail.co.uk

If you would like to find out more information about Moose, please look at our website https://www.moosekidsclub.co.uk/

Please note we are unable to run the Easter holiday club whilst we prepare for the changes taking place.

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

PTFA Uniform Sales
Did you know that we have our own second-hand uniform shop? It’s the perfect place to donate any items that your child has outgrown, and buy the next size up at bargain prices! We’re always looking for donations of dresses, skirts, trousers, shorts, plain jumpers and cardigans, tights and PE kit. We’re not able to take coats or trainers, but we are currently taking black school shoes (until the VPPS Green Team are able to re-start their ever-popular shoe exchanges). You can drop any donations at the school office (in a carrier bag clearly marked for the PTFA, please). 
You can see what we’ve got in stock by browsing our dedicated PTFA Uniform Shop Facebook Page – if you’re interested in an item just send us a message via the page and we can arrange to get it to you at drop-off or pick-up. Prices start from £2 for a pair of trousers, £1 for skirts and 50p for shirts: since last Easter we’ve raised £150 from uniform sales alone! Keep up the great work Janet!

Massive Summer Raffle
We’re eagerly following government announcements to see whether we’re going to be able to run an event this summer – watch this space…

…in the meantime, we’re hatching plans for a MASSIVE summer online raffle! So, if you work for a business that might be willing to donate a prize, please let us know by sending an e-mail to victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com – in return we’ll be able to offer our undying gratitude and some free advertising on our social media channels! Thank you.

Planters 
Do take the time to check-out the planters around the school when you do drop-off and pick-up. Huge thanks to Maria for coordinating, and to all the PTFA volunteers for your green-fingered efforts earlier this year – the planters are looking fabulous! 

Easter Tennis

Knowle Lawn Tennis Club is running an Easter holiday tennis course. These sessions of coaching will be a great opportunity for the children to be outside, learn new skills, team build, interact with others and ultimately have fun in a safe environment. The sessions will be run by professional tennis coaches, with up-to-date accreditation. More information is available on the flyer below.
 

Bristol SEND

A new document has been produced by Bristol City Council which details the resources the local authority expects to be "ordinarily available" for pupils and young people in mainstream educational settings. This is now on the SEND section of our school website, and is also available below by clicking the document.

Term Dates and INSET days

We have one remaining INSET day this academic year, which is on Friday 25th June 2021. We have also now published our term dates and INSET days for next academic year. For full details visit the Term Dates section of our website.

If you needed any proof that Spring is here, we were delighted to see a huge amount of frogspawn in our wildlife pond this week! Mr Burge also spotted a newt swimming in the pond, which is a great sign of biodiversity.

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