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Friday 29th January 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter. This week's edition contains information about Seesaw, CST Earth Week, news from our PTFA, term dates, inclusive teaching strategies, a message from our school nurse and other activities to get involved with at home.

Yesterday you received a letter from Mr. Bailey about our move onto Seesaw for remote learning. In case you missed it, here it is:

We will be sending out another letter next week with your child's unique access code for Seesaw - it's really easy to get started. Please let us know if you need any support.

We are happy to say that we have now provided a laptop or tablet to every family we know to be struggling with remote learning access at home. If you are struggling to access remote education from home and have not been provided with a device, please let your child's teacher know, or drop us an email. You should do this even if your child is currently in school, because even though you don't need to access the remote learning at the moment, you might need to in future (for example, if you need to self-isolate for any reason).

Cathedral Schools Trust Earth Week is coming!

The last week of this term (8th-12th February) is our CST Earth Week where all the schools in our Trust will be celebrating our wonderful planet and discussing what we want to protect in the world. We will be joining the Climate Coalition's #showthelove campaign which is super easy for you to join from home too. In school we will be decorating the windows along Atlas Road with green heart themed displays and would love you to do the same at home that week.  Look out for more information from your class teachers - and be sure to let them know what you care about in our world and how we can make a difference.  More information on the campaign can be found here:

https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/show-the-love

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Online workshops
Friends of Victoria Park Primary School are pleased to announce that we have four fabulous online workshops available to BOOK NOW at

https://www.pta-events.co.uk/friendsofvictoriaparkprimaryschool!

  • Yoga ~ Sun 31 Jan, 10-11am ~ just £7/person
  • Kindness Art ~ Sat 6 Feb, 10-11am ~ just £7/family
  • Cookalong ~ Sat 6 Feb, 2-3pm ~ £7/adult, £3/child
  • Origami Diamonds ~ Sun 7 Feb, 2-3:30pm ~ £15 Adults Only (price includes materials)

The main aim of these workshops is to help VPPS families get to know each other (thus contributing to our charitable aim of “building school community”). If you’d like to attend, but money is tight, please contact victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com – we may be able to offer a reduced rate for some workshops.

PTFA buys tablets for school

Thanks to YOUR help, we’ve been able to buy 7 much-needed Amazon Tablets to supplement the school’s IT provision during the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to the PTFA – every penny helps enrich our children’s education!

Supporting the PTFA’s charitable aims
Thank you to everyone who’s already signed up to our regular giving scheme. If you’d like to make a small gift to contribute to the work of the Friends of Victoria Park Association, you can make a one-off or regular donation here:

https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/15362
You can give as much or as little as you like. Even a regular gift of just £2/month would really help during these difficult times. Every penny goes towards supporting the school, supplementing their work by funding those little extras - theatre performances, "play-in-a-week", forest school resources, school trips, IT for homework club, and much more.

Term Dates for 2021/22

For those fans of forward planning, the term dates and INSET days for the academic year beginning in September 2021 are now available on the term dates page of this website.  Starting next year, all CST primary schools have aligned their INSET days, which means there will be seven in total across the year.  You will notice these dates have also been updated on our website calendar.

Inclusive Teaching Strategies Guide

This helpful guide has been produced by autismspectrumteacher.com and is provided for teachers and parents.  The guide highlights some really helpful inclusive teaching strategies, that we can use in our homes, to support the learning of children with diverse abilities and needs.

Contact our School Nurse

Our school nurse, Cathryn Moody, is here for you and still available.  Cathryn is happy for parents and carers to contact her directly for support with any concerns you may have. Her details are provided below:

 

Name: Cathryn Moody

Role: Senior School Health Nurse

+ Sirona care & health

(   0300 1256277

8  cathryn.moody@nhs.net

:   www.sirona-cic.org.uk

 

Lockdown Lunches and Meal Plans

Change4Life have created recipes and shopping lists for families which can be used to create lunches for around £15 each week. Complete with its own shopping list, each set of recipes contains 5 easy, tasty lunches for around £15. You can also sign up for the Change4Life newsletter today to get loads of extra tips and ideas to help keep your family happy and healthy. Please take a look by clicking this link:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/lunch/cheap-lockdown-lunch-ideas

NHS Baking Challenges

Southmead Hospital NHS Charity have just launched their new virtual baking event, the 10 Bake Challenge. This is the chance for pupils to put their baking skills to the test with 10 exciting challenges, whilst raising some dough for their local NHS in Bristol. Egg-cited? Here’s how to get involved:

  • Parents can sign-up via our website to create their 10 Bake Challenge fundraising page.
  • Access the full challenge pack through the welcome email that follows – helpful tips, colourful cake flags and everything needed for recipe success!

Your support will come at a critical time to our NHS. With your help, they can continue to fund state-of-the-art equipment, pioneering research and other vital projects that will have a huge impact our dedicated staff and the patients in their care during these incredibly difficult winter months.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Don't forget the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend - a perfect family activity! Help scientists log our local birds and be part of the world's largest wildlife survey:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

This month, we have been celebrating January with a little pick me up for staff each week. It's a hard month for a lot of people, especially as it's so dark. Did you know that now we are approaching the start of February, for every new day we gain 2 minutes of extra daylight? Make sure you get outdoors this weekend - although you may not see the sun, the daylight is still good for you!

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