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Friday 22nd October 2021

Welcome to this week's newsletter. Autumn is upon us and we hope you are looking forward to a relaxing week away from school. Thank you for your determination in the face of ever-changing national circumstances, and for continuing to follow the government guidance around testing, isolation and risk control. It is hard to predict what - if anything - will have changed by the time we come back after the half-term break, but we can say with certainty that our community of parents, carers, children and staff will work together and make the most of every opportunity. We start this week with our PTFA update...

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Half Term Roundup

Wow! What a busy year we’ve had so far…

  • We sent a copy of the PTFA events calendar home with every child.
  • We raised £330 by selling refreshments at Art on the Hill
  • We raised a combined total of over £880 from the UV discos
  • We raised over £500 from our quiz night (and had a great time)!
  • We ran a cake sale on the last day of term
  • We appointed some new PTFA Class Reps.
  • The second-hand uniform shop continues to go from strength-to-strength

UV Disco Fun

A massive thank you to everyone – staff, helpers and parents alike - who helped make our UV discos such a success! It was great to see the children enjoying themselves and throwing some epic shapes on the dance floor! The UV face paints proved as popular as ever – with queues nearly out of the door.

Quiz Night

It wasn’t just the kids having fun last Thursday – once the Yr 1&2 disco was over we cleared the decks for our PTFA Quiz Night. After a brief pause for the world’s fastest PTFA AGM, Pete and Jacqui did us proud with a great set of questions which saw much head scratching and puzzlement. In the end “Let’s Get Quizzical (The Originals)” (pictured below) clinched the win with a massive 66 points – but whether you came first or last, everyone had a great time. A brilliant example of the PTFA’s work to build the school community. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

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Bristol Waste Litter Blitz

Grab your welly boots and your litter pickers and join in the fun - this year’s Bristol Waste Autumn Litter Blitz will run from 15th October until 15th November 2021. Show the great outdoors a little bit of love by cleaning up your local park, riverside walk, or even the footpath by your house. Get together with your friends and make a difference in your neighbourhood. You can borrow litter pickers for free from Bristol Waste. For more information click here.

Love football? Love the planet too?!

You can be an Eco Warrior at home - join Pledgeball where you can support your favourite team to reduce their impact on the planet at the same time as supporting from the stands. Pledgeball was started by Katie Cross, a local Sustainable Development Goal hero for the #Bristol17 campaign. You can learn what inspired her here.

24 million pumpkins!

That's how many are bought in the UK each Halloween according to a recent survey by environmental charity Hubbub. This week, children in cookery club were learning how to make delicious dishes from the pumpkin flesh - don't just throw it away!! Another report by the charities Hubbub and Fairyland Trust also found 31st October to be responsible for a huge rise in waste; with 2,000 tonnes of Halloween plastic (from costumes, decorations, and sweet wrappers) bought and thrown away due to celebrations. Here are some ideas for how to have a fun Halloween that is kinder to the planet. Even if you change just one thing you can make a difference.

Halloween & Firework Safety

We have been asked to by Avon Fire & Rescue Service to share some key safety advice for you and your children this spooky season. Each year, the emergency services deal with many accidents which could easily be avoided if everyone followed these simple safety tips. There is also a YouTube video to watch, in which Avon Fire & Rescue Service's very own FiDO the Firedog gives you some top tips to stay safe on Bonfire night.

Firework Safety with FiDO the Firedog

Year 2 House Football Competition

Year 2 have completed a term of PE lessons with Mrs Casling focused on developing their throwing, catching and kicking skills by competing in a mini house football competition. This is part of the KS1 PE curriculum which includes;

  • engaging in competitive and co-operative physical activities.
  • participating in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.

The results were very close with Stephenson house coming top overall, and all children should be proud for showing school values of determination, kindness and respect. Well done Elder and Magnolia. 

PE reminders

As the weather is getting colder, please add some warm PE clothes to your child's PE kit. This could include jogging bottoms and a jumper.

Tag Rugby

The sun shone on the final week of mixed tag rugby tournament and captains Oli and Eli reported, "This was our final week playing for the school. We were sad that it had finished so quickly because it was a great experience playing for our school. We warmed up by passing, catching, tagging and side stepping. On our first game we attacked straight away, trys were scored, tags were being made and this resulted in a 3-2 victory. The second and third match went well with an amazing 4-2 win and a draw. The opposition were fun teams to play against.  In our final game we lost to a really good team. Twenty teams played and we came (drumroll please)...5th. We couldn't have asked for any more from the VPPS team. Thank you to Year 5's Eli, Oli, Shya, Louie, Olivia and Beth plus Year 6's Ludo, Oscar, Freya, Charlie, Chikai and Jayden. Thank you to Mrs Casling, Mr Kellow and Mr Casling. From your captains Oli and Eli." 

Well done VPPS tag rugby team - we are really proud of you. Reminder - if anyone has borrowed Tag Rugby kits, please return these to Mrs Casling.

A half-term challenge from Mrs Casling

Here is a fun set of activities for a "Happy Healthy Halloween". Anyone who brings a completed sheet to Mrs Casling in term 2 will receive a certificate! Even if you don't manage to do all of these challenges, it is a great idea to try and complete some of them.

Many thanks!

We would like to thank Natalie and University of Bristol for donating these lovely new (very comfortable!) conference chairs to school. These will bring a touch of class to our next Nativity or indoor performance!

A message about Flu Vaccines

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Mass Vaccination Programme has asked us to share an update with you on the annual flu immunisation roll-out.

"Thank you for your patience in waiting for details for this year’s flu immunisation programme. As you are aware, we were asked by NHS England to roll out the national COVID-19 vaccination programme for 12-15-year-olds in secondary schools from mid-September which meant a change to our planned timings for the Primary School Flu programme.

We are confident that all 140,000 children in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will have been offered their flu vaccination by the end of January, which is the national target completion date. This means we are scheduling visits to primary schools from our teams from November through to 31 January recognising the need to accommodate school Christmas activities.

If your child is at higher risk from flu because of an underlying medical condition, they can have their flu vaccination at their GP practice. Parents/carers should contact their GP practices to book an appointment.

The schedule of visits will be shared after half-term and we will be sharing with you the online consent form."

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.

Bristol City Council has launched its new One City Belonging Strategy for 2021-24. Click this link to watch a video containing more information or take a look at the document below:

Click this poster for information about BS3 "Pass the Parcel" organised by members of Action Greater Bedminster, St Paul’s Church and the BS3 Covid Response Group:

Here is an information pack from Families in Focus which has lots of useful information for parents including half term holiday activities and  local clubs for children:

We hope you have a good rest during the next week. The first day of term for children is Tuesday 2nd November. Please take care of each other and stay safe!