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Friday 24th September 2021

Welcome to this week's newsletter. We hope your children have come home enthusiastic about Art this week - take a look at the photographs below for a flavour of our learning. Did you spot a caravan in the playground on Tuesday? All is revealed below...

Art Week

We have had a fun-filled Art Week exploring the theme of "differences". Children and teachers have explored different mediums, textures and materials, and drawn and created on different surfaces, using different scales (from huge to tiny). We will be exhibiting in the Art on the Hill Trail on Saturday from 11-4pm so we would love you to come and see our work.

The Anarchist's Mobile Library

Children in Year 2 were treated to an immersive story-telling adventure this week, provided by "The Anarchist's Mobile Library" who brought their stage (a pop-up caravan and gazebo) to our playground and children visited in small groups to innovate, improvise and perform their own story. Many thanks to the PTFA for funding this theatre experience for the pupils. Please take a look at the range of pictures below! If you would like more information about The Anarchist's Mobile Library, please click here.

The Children’s Commissioner’s The Big Ask…and The Big Answer

We have received this message from The Children's Commissioner to share with you:
Earlier this year, The Children’s Commissioner asked all children in England to complete a survey, to show the true voice of this generation. The results are in and The Children’s Commissioner would like to say thank you. Over half a million children responded, the largest survey of its kind in history, and at a landmark moment for young people growing up in this country.

At a critical time, as we emerge from the pandemic, children have told us how the past year has affected them and what needs to happen now to put them at the heart of the recovery. Despite the sacrifices they have made, the majority of children say they are happy.

Children were united – they told us they want to get back to school, to get on, and do well. To have fulfilling lives. Children cared deeply about their family, their communities, their wellbeing and are an ambitious, excited generation. They want to make a contribution to a better world, a greener world, rooted in fairness of opportunity for everyone. The Children’s Commissioner is now making sure children are being heard.

You can read the full report here.

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Art On The Hill – 2 Oct

The school will be open on 2 Oct from 11am-4pm to showcase some of the student's amazing art work, and the PTFA will be providing refreshments in the school hall, but…

…we need YOUR help! Please e-mail victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com to pledge a cake (we’ve only had 3 offers so far). Then get baking (or buying!) and drop your donations of (clearly labelled, and nut-free) cakes into the school office from Thurs 30th Sept – or bring them along on the day.

We also need a team of volunteers to set up, serve refreshments and tidy away on the day. You can sign-up to help at our events website:

www.pta-events.co.uk/friendsofvictoriaparkprimaryschool

Save The Date for the PTFA Quiz (and AGM)

Book your baby-sitter: the ever-popular PTFA Quiz will now be taking place on Thursday 14 Oct at 7:30pm! Tickets will go on sale next week.

We’ll also be holding the worlds fastest PTA AGM…telling you about what we’ve been up to over the last 18 months, and signing the latest version of our constitution.

School Discos

We’re desperate for people to help with the school discos after school on the 14 and 21 Oct (setting up, serving refreshments, face painting, and clearing away). If you’re interested, please e-mail victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com.

A message from UWE Bristol Eye Clinic

UWE Bristol Eye Clinic is pleased to announce that its dedicated paediatric eye care service is resuming at the beginning of October 2021.

Developed to provide outstanding ocular care to children, UWE Bristol Eye Clinic has the specialist equipment required to fully assess children in a friendly, professional manner. 

 All over 12’s can be booked into the standard student clinics on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. These appointments last from one to two hours and are performed by a student optometrist under the supervision of a qualified optometrist.

As children return to school, The College of Optometrists has highlighted key signs to detect potential issues in your child’s vision on their website:

  • Having one eye turn in or out (this may be easier to spot when they are tired).
  • Rubbing their eyes a lot.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Clumsiness and poor hand-eye co-ordination.
  • Avoiding reading, writing, or drawing.
  • Screwing up their eyes when they read or watch TV.
  • Sitting very close to the TV, or holding books or objects close to their face.
  • Having behavioural or concentration problems at school.
  • Blurred or double vision, or unexplained headaches.

If you are concerned that your child is demonstrating any of the above, please contact UWE Bristol Eye Clinic. Appointments can be booked online through our website:  www.uwe.ac.uk/eyeclinic or by calling reception on 0117 328 3300.

UWE Bristol Eye Clinic are following government guidance, and optometrists are taking the appropriate infection prevention control measures to ensure each patient visit is safe.

Thank you for responding to our consultation about Homework and Communication. We realise that one of the questions on the survey did not work properly, however, this didn't deter a range of helpful comments and suggestions coming our way. The information you have provided will help us to improve our communications and will feed in to our new homework policy. We hope you have a lovely weekend!

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