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Welcome to this week's newsletter, which brings us to the end of a very busy term. Although term 5 is often shorter than the rest, we still squeeze in just as many learning and enrichment opportunities. This term, both Year 5 and Year 6 have visited Longtown Education Centre for their school camp. After two years of being unable to take part, it was good to return to the thrills and trials of three nights away from home including caving, climbing, hill walking and - for some - forgetting to zip up the tent in the rain! Children and teachers alike returned to school exhausted but elated. We are looking forward to Year 3 and Year 4 children embarking on their first camp experience next term.
CST Musical Concert
Pupils from Year 5 represented Victoria Park Primary School this week in an exceptional musical performance at Bristol Cathedral. The programme featured all six CST primary schools and all three CST secondary schools. Our Year 5 pupils sang two songs with confidence and clarity, making Mrs Vaughan very proud! They were very impressed by the talents of some of our secondary school friends who performed solos. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to our wonderful Music lead, Mrs Vaughan, for helping to make this happen.
Last week, Oscar completed his virtual bikeathon challenge to cycle 119 miles in a week. He finished on Sunday after showing massive determination all week, cycling before and after school to get the miles in. He’s also managed to raise an amazing £1020 for British Heart Foundation in memory of his grandad. Thank you to everyone at school who donated and helped him raise such a staggering amount!
This week, we would like to draw your attention to this parent/carer guide from "National Online Safety" about Cross-Platform Sharing of Inappropriate Content. This is recommended reading for anyone whose child has access to a mobile phone or tablet.
Book of the Week
This week’s book recommendation is ‘Anna Hibiscus’ by Atinuke - a beautiful retelling of stories about the life of a small girl who lives in Africa with her African dad, Canadian mum and a large extended family. The country is not named but the author has drawn on experiences from her own Nigerian childhood. Modern and traditional aspects of African life are an integral part of the stories. Atinuke maintains a light tone throughout but there are some thought-provoking episodes, particularly when Anna sells oranges and later comes to understand that she has deprived some poorer children of their income.
A message from Moose
MOOSE provides out-of-school care for Victoria Park Primary School and are seeking your views in this survey - it only takes a minute to complete:
Autism Support Courses for Parents/Carers
Do you live in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire and is your child on the waitlist for a diagnosis for Autism? Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos (BNSSG) Parent Carer Forums have joined together to provide and host a range of online information sessions and face-to-face workshops delivered by a SEND professional and an experienced SEND parent carer.
These sessions will provide tips on recognising needs together with practical ways to help your child. Even if your child does not receive a diagnosis of autism following assessment, the strategies you learn in this course are likely to still prove helpful.
To keep up to date with all the courses from Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos Parent Carer Forums, please click "follow" on the Eventbrite page.
After careful consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election as VPPS PTFA Chair at our AGM in July. Julia, our treasurer, will also be standing down after many years faithful service to the PTFA. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to the wider PTFA community - and, of course, to Julia and Maria (our secretary) for all their help and support over the last couple of years.
We'll be looking to appoint both a new Chair and a new Treasurer at our AGM. With this in mind, we felt it'd be prudent to bring the AGM forwards (it was originally planned for the last day of term) so as to give the new committee ample time to plan ahead for the Autumn term.
The AGM will now take place in the community room in the middle playground (enter from St John’s Lane) from 7:30-8:30pm on Thur 23 Jun.
If you’d like to stand for election, or you’d like to know more about what’s involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps you and a couple of friends could stand for election together? I intend to remain involved in the work of the PTFA as a volunteer in the future to support my successor.
VPPS PTFA Chair
Our next Summer Fair Planning Meeting will take place on Zoom from 7:30-9:00pm on Thurs 16 Jun. You’ll need the Meeting ID (860 8965 7346) and Passcode (VPPS) to dial in.
Advanced warning: we’ll be collecting donations on the following dates…
If your small business would like to hire a table at our summer fair, please contact email@example.com
If your business would be able to donate or sponsor a raffle prize, please e-mail Jane and Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the teachers and helpers who made our UV discos such a success! It was great to see the children enjoying themselves, singing along at the top of their lungs and dancing with such energy. The UV face paints proved as popular as ever – with queues nearly out of the door. Together we raised £1,330!!
Thank you too to the everyone who booked their place in advance via our website: it makes our lives SO much easier, and helps to minimise the burden on the school office.
Since Sept 2021, the PTFA has donated over £7,900 towards a whole host of activities to enrich our children’s education, including:
The UV discos bring the total we’ve raised this year to £7,330 - so we still need to raise another £570 to break even. We’d love to fund more opportunities for our children, but to do so we need to raise more money…and to do that we need YOU!
We finish this week's newsletter with some advance notice of special events coming up:
Have a lovely half term break and we will see you Monday 6th June.