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Friday 4th March 2022

World Book Day

The school was full of laughter, costumes and a love of reading yesterday as we celebrated World Book Day. Pupils were immersed in story, discussing their favourite book characters, learning from authors and exploring story telling. Don't forget to spend your World Book Day book token - there are even some special publications on offer. You can click here for more details. While we would love to show you all the amazing costumes from the day, here is a small selection.

Eat Them to Defeat Them

You may have seen adverts on TV for the "Eat Them to Defeat Them" campaign, which is designed to encourage children to eat a range of vegetables. This takes place throughout March, and is supported by national supermarkets, schools and the media. Your child will bring home a special envelope containing a sticker chart and stickers. We will also be giving out extra incentives during lunchtimes and putting up posters around school. Visit eatthemtodefeatthem.com for more information.

Book of the Week: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

We are excited to start our new regular newsletter item ‘Book of the Week’. We are hoping to introduce you to a range of magical, moving and engaging books that you and your child can immerse yourselves in.
This week, in our school assembly, we have been discussing immigration and how we can show our respect and kindness to those that start a new life in another country. 
In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another country. We experience his journey, his struggles to communicate, to find accommodation, a job and food, as well as following the stories of other immigrants. This classic, wordless graphic novel perfectly expresses what it means to leave your country and your family and start a new life in a new country. Children and adults of all ages will be enchanted by this moving story, which is also a wonderful starting point for exploring themes of immigration, alienation and language.

Year 3 Dodge Ball

Nine excited and energetic Year 3 children took part in the first CST dodgeball competition at Trinty School. Felix, Henry and Arni volunteered to join three children from St Werburghs School to form an AllStars Team. They quickly bonded and showed resilience, determination and cooperation in all their games. Gracie, Anna, Elodie, Oscar, Elliot and Morgan also played four games against other CST primary schools. They improved in each game with some great catching, dodging and throwing but overall their confidence noticeably increased. The children all said they had fun, would do it again and would recommend anyone else to try. Hopefully, we will have more CST competitions in future.

Library Book Hunt

This term in our school library we are running our Library Book Hunt. Hidden around the library you will find a range of clues linked to the titles of some favourite books. Can you work out what they are? Remember there might be some red herrings. Fill in the sheet to let us know your guesses and hand it in to Mrs Stevenson. We look forward to seeing you in the library soon!

Parent Governor Election

As you will know, we recently invited parents and carers for nominations for a new parent governor. As there is more than one candidate for the parent governor vacancy an election will be held. 
Each parent may vote only ONCE, regardless of how many children you have in school. All votes will be confidential. Please complete this google ballot form by 9am on Thursday 10th March. (Votes cast after this will not be counted).

Alternatively, if you wish to complete a paper ballot, please collect a form from the school office.

COVID updates

We have updated our COVID risk assessment for this term. As always, it is available for you to view on the school website under "key information". Changes to the national schools guidance were made to reflect the Prime Minister's "Living with COVID" announcement over half term. 

The Government has removed the guidance for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice-weekly asymptomatic testing. Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors in classrooms and communal areas. At Victoria Park Primary School, staff are welcome to wear a face covering if they prefer to and we invite all parents and carers to do the same.
From Thursday 24th February, the Government removed the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test. However self-isolation is still advised. Adults and children who test positive will continue to be advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 full days, and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received 2 negative test results on consecutive days. This advice is likely to change in April when testing is no longer freely available. It is crucial that you continue to look out for the symptoms of COVID-19, and keep children at home if they have a temperature, a cough or a lack/change of smell and taste.

"Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting."

We will continue to provide remote education for children who are isolating but well enough to learn.

The War in Ukraine 

We are aware of the potential impact of the news about Ukraine on pupils and families. We would like to share a useful resource from Save the Children that might support you to have discussions at home.
https://www.savethechildren.net/news/ukraine-5-ways-talk-children-about-conflict

At this point, we won't be doing a specific assembly or lessons in school about the war, however we are continuing to focus on our important school values. Staff have received guidance how to respond to any comments children make or worries they express when in school, with a focus on sensitivity and children's well-being. We will ensure children know that they can talk to us if feel they need to, support them to process any feelings they have and encourage them to talk to people at home too. 

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

PTFA Meeting – 10 Mar

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 7:30-9:00pm on Thurs 10 Mar. You’ll need the Meeting ID (860 8965 7346) and Passcode (VPPS) to dial in.

We’ll be discussing our plans for the Summer Fair, considering some fundraising ideas and reviewing other ways to help the school - please come along and share your thoughts!

Storyboard Trail

Have you taken part in the Koru Kids Storyboard Walk yet? It's an outdoor game, story and walk all in one! Children, together with their families, follow the trail to complete the story which helps Marina the Monkey get her balloon back.

The trail will stay in place until 13th March, and it's perfect for families with children aged 3 - 10.

Visit www.korukids.co.uk/bristolwalk to find out more.

Regular Giving

If you’d like to support the work of the PTFA, you can set up a one-off or regular donation here: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/15359

You can give us 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.

Woodcraft Folk

Woodcraft Folk Pioneers, based in Windmill Hill City Farm, are looking for new members and volunteers to join them. The group meet on Thursday evenings during term time. Each week is packed with games, activities and friendship. You can join a taster evening next Thursday 10 March 2022. The children will have the chance to play some favourite games and try some wild challenges. 

Please book a place for each child attending. 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/265870294207

Find our more about Woodcraft Folk and their activities at
https://woodcraft.org.uk/get-involved/pioneers/

Art on the Hill

We have been asked to share this request to help from Art on the Hill, who urgently need new committee members. Click below for details:

Click here for details of an Easter holiday club being provided by Redcliffe Nursery School:

Spring has sprung and the signs are all around school, including the daffodils in our window boxes. We were also lucky enough to have frogspawn in the school pond, which is a really great indicator of the eco-diversity in our little corner of Bedminster. We are hoping our resident newt will also make his annual appearance. Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

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