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Friday 20th May 2022

Children in all year groups have been working hard to raise money for CHARITY this week - thank you for your support, whether you donated coins, bought a handmade item, or helped with crafts. The seven chosen charities benefitting from your support are shown below. Children have spent the day counting and calculating, so we will be able to let you know the total amount raised next week.

BBC Radio Bristol - "The Kids v. The News"

Children from Year 4 were visited by James Hanson from BBC Radio Bristol yesterday to record an episode of "The Kids v. The News". The programme was broadcast a few times this morning. The children talked about haggling, what it would be like to be Prime Minister and whether they would like to live in Australia! If you missed it you can listen back using this link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0c7z0fy

Swimming Gala News

After 3 long years, the Ashton Park Schools Partnership swimming gala returned. Eleven talented Year 6 children represented the school in individual freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke events plus a range of relay races including the fun mixed raft race and the tricky water polo race. Every swimmer came in the top three in at least one race with Huey getting an impressive gold in the 50m freestyle, whilst Isla and Katie competed in four different races. Overall, Victoria Park Primary School came an impressive third against some tough competition. Well done to all eleven children - you showed commitment, team spirit and determination. Certificates were awarded for bronze, silver and gold. Here are the outstanding results:

  • 25m freestyle girl - Isla (silver) 
  • 25m freestyle boy - Eli (bronze)
  • 25m butterfly - Katie (bronze)
  • 25m breaststroke- Micah (bronze)
  • 25m freestyle relay boys - Huey, Eli, Otto and David (silver)
  • 25m backstroke girls - Isla (bronze)
  • 25m backstroke boys - Younes (silver)
  • 50m freestyle - Katie (bronze)
  • 50m freestyle - Huey (gold)
  • Mixed medley relay - Nyah, Sophia, Micah and Younes (bronze)
  • Mixed raft relay- Younes, Micah, Maia and Nyah (bronze)
  • Mixed canon freestyle- Isla, Huey, Sophia and Otto

School Governors

We have recently appointed two new school governors to the Local Governing Body. Congratulations to Akram Al-Masnai and Leigh Rhoden. You can click on the document below to see our updated "Who's Who" which tells you a little bit about each governor. If you ever need to contact the chair of governors, you can email chair@victoriaparkprimary.co.uk. There is more information about the governors and our governance structure on the Governors page of the school website.

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

UV Discos – 26 May – Volunteers Needed

We still need people to help with the school discos after school on the 26 May – especially the Yr 1 & 2 disco from 3pm (setting up, serving refreshments, face painting, and clearing away). If you’re free to help, please sign-up here. These events can only go ahead with your support!

Doughnut Sale – Thurs 7 Apr

We’ll be selling doughnuts in the playground after school on the 27th May to raise money to support the school. Bring along some change and kick-off half-term with a delicious treat!

Janet will also be selling pre-loved school uniform in the playground at bargain prices!

UV Discos – 19 & 26 May - Tickets on Sale Now

It’s time for the first UV discos of 2022!

  • Yrs 1 & 2 = Thurs 26 May 3:15pm-4:30pm
  • Yrs 5 & 6 = Thurs 26 May 5pm-6pm

The price is just £4.50 and includes crisps and a drink. We don’t want anyone to miss out, so once again we’ve made free tickets available for those in financial hardship. If your child would like to attend you must book a ticket in advance at www.pta-events.co.uk/friendsofvictoriaparkprimaryschool

We are offering drop-off to / pick-up from Moose club but you must let them know by Fri 20. Moose and the PTFA will not accommodate late requests!

PTA Events App

Did you know that you can use the PTA Events App to book onto PTA events?

1) Search "PTA Events" in the app store

2) Download and install the App

3) When prompted, enter this code: "friendsofvictoriaparkprimaryschool"

Other Information

This week we have lots of information sent to us by external organisations. We are happy to include it here because we think you might be interested, but we are not responsible for the content.

Skatepark - here is more information about the Skate Park in Victoria Park, from "Bristol Skatepark Collective".

Let’s give Bristol the skatepark it deserves! After 11 years of neglect, Victoria Park has one shot at revamping its forgotten skatepark. The original park was stage one of a two-stage project, the second of which never happened. Now the park sits virtually unused due to poor design and decaying surface. The cost of an upgraded facility starts at £150K, we have already raised £130,000 and now have 8 weeks to raise the additional £20,000 via our crowdfunded page. The first £7K raised will be fund matched by Sport England and there are loads of rewards on the fundraiser page as a thank you for donations. Wheeled sports have boomed since the pandemic but sadly Bristol is falling behind other local towns and cities in terms of facilities. This is a great opportunity to breathe new life into a sadly neglected space and provide a much-needed facility for thousands of young people in Bristol.

MMR vaccinations - click the document below for information from SIRONA CARE & HEALTH about MMR vaccination sessions being held in the half-term holiday for those children who have not yet received both doses.

Woodcraft Folk - Woodcraft Folk offers a place where children play games and take part in exciting and fun activities allowing them to grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other.

We are looking for new members (and volunteers) to join the Woodcraft Folk Pioneers based in Windmill Hill.  The group meets on Thursday evenings during term time. Each week is packed with games, activities and friendship.

Come and join us for a taster evening next Thursday 26th May 2022. We'll play games, get to know each other and everyone will have the chance to make a kite to take home at the end of the evening. The taster evening is at the Quaker Meeting House on Wedmore Vale (see map on eventbrite link below) and is free! 

Please book a place for each child attending here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/woodcraft-folk-pioneer-10-12-year-olds-taster-evening-26th-may-registration-337357484317

Find our more about Woodcraft Folk and our activities at: https://woodcraft.org.uk/get-involved/pioneers/

JM Dance School - for details of dance classes on offer in South Bristol, click below:

Hengrove Play Park Free Family Fun Day - this year, Hengrove Play Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will be marking the occasion with a free family fun day on Wednesday 1 June, 11:00am to 3:30pm. At the family fun day there will be an entertainment stage hosting puppet shows, bubble artists, party games & magic shows. There will also be a storytelling corner in the amphitheatre, and a free face painting truck by the park entrance. Children are encouraged to wear fancy dress for the family fun day. There will be a prize for the best costume, announced at 1:45pm. Click here for more details.

Triathlon - BADTri Juniors (Bristol and District Triathlon) is a Bristol based junior triathlon club.  The junior section offers high quality coaching to children aged between 8 and 16, from a range of all abilities from beginner to advanced. On July 2nd 2022, we are holding an open event at our training ground (Henbury Leisure Centre), and we would love to invite as many children of all levels to take part in the event. It doesn't matter about the ability or level of the child, it could be an introduction to triathlon, or an opportunity to improve an existing time. Details below.

Kids Summer Dance Class - click below to see the flyer for a new dance class which will be starting on the 7th of June on Tuesdays 4-5pm in the club room above the Langton pub. This street dance club is being run by Keanu, who some children will know from an after school dance club he ran at Victoria Park Primary School last term.

This year, the children across school have been taking part in music lessons with Mrs Vaughan, which focus on singing. We are busily preparing and rehearsing for an end of year "summer sing" performance, details of which will be with you soon. We are really looking forward to coming together again for an opportunity to perform, especially as this has not been possible for the last few years. Have a lovely weekend.

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