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Friday 23rd April 2021

Welcome back to the Summer Term! There is a tangible sense of purpose around school this week; pupils have demonstrated excellent behaviour and a hunger for learning. This week’s newsletter contains updates about online safety, a request for sporting photos, wildlife news, a message from Jubilee swimming pool, some updates from the Department for Education, and our regular news from the PTFA.

Online Safety

This term all the children will be looking at online safety using resources produced by Thinkuknow, an award-winning education programme from the National Crime Agency’s child protection command (CEOP). It aims to keep children safe from abuse, both online and off. Thinkuknow education resources are age-appropriate, non-scaremongering, and give children the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to stay safe online. 

How you can get involved

Reception & KS1

This link will show you what your children will be learning about over the coming weeks so that you can have follow up conversations at home.

KS2
You can watch a short trailer and all three brief episodes of the KS2 videos Play Like Share by clicking here.  It is a great idea for you to watch each episode with your child after they have viewed it in class (to avoid spoiling any surprises!) and to have conversations with them about the subjects covered.

To help you do so, click on the "Play Like Share Parents and Carers Helpsheet" below, which contains:

  • Ideas for starting conversations about online safety with your child
  • Links to more advice and support on how to keep your child safe online
  • Information about how to get help if you are worried about your child

You will also find plenty of advice and support about keeping your child safe online at the Thinkuknow Parents and Carers Website. Over the coming weeks we will share more resources with you to help and guide you with the world of online safety. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like further information or if you have any concerns about your child and online safety.

Request for Sports Photos

As lockdown restrictions are gradually changing, lots of children have been talking about the sporting clubs they have returned to. We have heard about football, rugby, running, cheerleading and much more. It is lovely to hear that children are taking part in activities outside of school which are so beneficial to their physical and mental wellbeing. We would like to celebrate your children and their sporting activities on our PE board in school, and also on Twitter. If you have any photographs you would be willing to share, please email them to pe@victoriaparkprimary.co.uk. Please also add the details of the club and any contact details, so we can help to promote them.

Want to become a Wildflower Whizzkid?!

Join in with Plantlife's Great British Wildflower Hunt and learn to recognise some of our wonderful wildflower species. Sign up here and you can download spotter sheets for different hunts over the summer.

Let it grow! Let it grow...!

Do your bit and help pollinators this Spring - lock up your lawnmowers and join in with #NoMowMay . Let the grass grow wild and support our hungry pollinators which in turn will help birds and other wildlife. For more information go to https://tinyurl.com/5cnnnvfp 
 

 

Jubilee Pool

You may have heard the great news that Jubilee Pool has reopened. You can visit the pool website at www.leisurecentre.com/jubilee-swimming-pool or call 0117 3048180 to book a session. Family swims are also back on at the weekend, but remember you'll need to book. Happy swimming!

Updates from the Department for Education

The Big Ask

The new Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has today launched The Big Ask – the largest ever consultation with children aged 4 to 17 in England. It aims to find out children’s concerns and aspirations about the future, to put children at the heart of our country’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here to find out more.

Travelling to school safely

It is likely that the roads and public transport will be getting busier as businesses reopen. To help you travel safely, remember:

  • if you live a short distance from your school or college, walk, cycle or scoot to and from school wherever it is possible and safe to do so
  • avoid sharing a car with anyone outside of your household or support bubble
  • if you are using public transport to get to school, plan ahead and allow more time for your journey
  • when you are travelling by public transport, don’t forget to:
    • wear a face covering (unless you are exempt – including if you are aged 11 and under). It is important  you wear them for the entirety of your journey, including inside a bus station or train station
    • social distance where possible
    • wash or sanitise your hands regularly
    • be considerate to fellow passengers and staff.

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Summer Event

We are starting to put tentative plans together for our summer event, but we need YOUR help! Clearly much depends on the course of the pandemic and the restrictions that are in place at the time; but we hope to be able to hold some sort of summer event to celebrate the end of the school year. If you’d like to get involved, please come along to the PTFA meeting on Thursday (details below) to find out more.

Massive Summer Raffle

If you work for a business that might be willing to donate a prize to our summer raffle, please let us know by sending an e-mail to victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com – it’s a great way to support the school and garner some publicity for your business at the same time.

PTFA Meeting

PTFA meetings are open to anyone with a child at the school who’d like to help us raise money, build community and help enrich our children’s education. Whether you’ve got ideas to share, or you’d just like to listen in, we’d love to see you! The next meeting will be held on Zoom from 8-9pm on Thursday 29 Apr. You’ll need the Meeting ID (860 8965 7346) and Passcode (VPPS) to dial in. This term we’ll be focussing on plans for the summer fair - so whether you’ve got ideas to share, or you’d just like to listen in, we’d love to see you!

We were sorry that the start of our new "School Streets" scheme was postponed this week. Bristol City Council are working hard to get this up and running as soon as possible, and we will let you know when we have a new start date for the road closures. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

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