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Friday 8th April 2022

Welcome to this week's newsletter - as always at the end of term this one is jam-packed with information. Pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 have been working hard this week with Travelling Light Theatre Company on their "Play in a Week"! This is an exciting and creative week, in which children rehearse and produce their own live performance over the course of four days (Monday to Thursday), to create two performances for parents and carers on the Friday. Although this newsletter will reach you before the performances have taken place, we are sure they will be superb because of all the hard work that has gone into them, from dancers to actors, scenery making to ticket design, and musicians to customer service. Please take a look at the Twitter feed to see some photographs and updates from the week. Well done to all of the pupils, teachers and Travelling Light artists for all you have achieved this week. (Break a leg!)

Congratulations Miss Bailey

We are delighted to let you know that Miss Bailey is pregnant and expecting her first child! Miss Bailey will be with us until the end of this academic year, then taking next year as maternity leave. Congratulations from us all!

 

Vacancy for Class Teacher - Maternity Cover

We currently have a position advertised for a class teacher (one year, fixed-term maternity cover) starting in September 2022. Please help us to spread the word by sharing these links to the adverts on eTeach and our CST website.

CST Website:

https://ce0465li.webitrent.com/ce0465li_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=4054992Sh4&WVID=4534950bp4&LANG=USA

Eteach:

https://www.eteach.com/job/class-teacher-1227050?lang=en-GB&frmsrh=Y

Attendance and Punctuality

Congratulations to this term's winners for Best Class Attendance (Oak) and Most Punctual Class (Magnolia.)  Each class has won £30 to spend as they choose.

Winning House

Congratulations to Campbell House who won the most house points this term. They will be celebrating with an extra play time on Friday morning.

Book of the Week

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? This week’s book recommendation is ‘I talk like a river’ by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith. After a day of being unable to speak when asked, and of being stared at, a boy and his father go to the river for some quiet time. "It's just a bad speech day," says Dad. But the boy can't stop thinking about all the eyes watching his lips twisting and twirling. When his father points to the river bubbling, churning, whirling and crashing, the boy finds a way to think about how he speaks. Even the river stutters. Like him. "I talk like a river," he says. This is an incredibly moving picture book that offers understanding rather than a solution, and which will resonate with all readers, young and old.

Comic Relief Total

Thank you for your donations of money and cake, to raise money for Comic Relief this term. We have counted all the coins and added it to our school gateway total and are pleased to announce that we raised £813.18 for the charity.

Bristol School Streets

For the past year, we have been able to close the streets around school to most traffic, during drop-off and pick-up times. This has been part of a trial, and there is the possibility that this will be made permanent. Remember to have your say on the Bristol School Streets Scheme by responding to this consultation on its future. If you have not done so already, please click the link and respond to the survey which closes on 13th April.

Messages from the EYFS team

Thank you so much for all your bike donations.  The children are loving having big bikes.  We are now in need of helmets, so if you have any helmets which your children have grown out of we would love to receive them.

Does anyone have any puzzles which they no longer use?  We are eager to have any puzzles which are appropriate for age 4 - 5 years, especially animal puzzles. Please make sure they are complete!

Thank you,
EYFS team

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 5  -11 year olds

The NHS is now offering COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 years.

Appointments are being held in dedicated children’s clinics across our area and can be booked online via the National Booking Service or by calling 119. Some walk-in clinics are also available and details of these, along with information about all the vaccination options in your area, can be found at www.grabajab.net.

Children’s clinics are being run by GPs, community pharmacies and the Vaccination Centre at UWE Bristol, where themed child-friendly pods have been created to make the Centre feel welcoming for young children. Younger children receive a lower (paediatric) vaccine dose. More information about the vaccination and the effects of COVID-19 in young children can be found here.

PTFA Planning Meeting – Thurs 5 May

We’ll be meeting in the Victoria Park Pub on Raymend Road at 7:30pm on Thursday 5 May to start planning the Summer Fair over a drink or two. All are welcome!

Cake and Uniform Sale

Many thanks to Caroline, Victoria, Emma, Janet and Gemma for braving the hail storm to sell cakes and pre-loved uniform in the playground yesterday. Thanks to your efforts and the support of the school community we made £70 on the cakes and £48 selling uniform. This money, like every penny the PTFA raises, will go towards enrichment activities for the children of VPPS.

In the next newsletter we’ll be bringing you a breakdown of what we’ve raised to date, and how your money has benefitted the school!

Other information

Your Holiday Hub have published this complete programme of events taking place across Bristol over the Easter break. It includes the contact details of each club:

A message from "Out and About" run by Bristol City Council:

Do you live in Bristol and have a disabled child/young person or a child/young person with SEND needs aged between 5-19.  Would you like free tickets for Ice Skating at Cribbs Causeway on the 11th April and the SS Great Britain on the 20th April? There will be the opportunity to chat about Out and About, a funded service from Bristol City Council.

You can use the following links to book on:

Ice Skating 11th April: https://forms.gle/cqsn5yBT5YWn9tNZ7

SS Great Britain 20th April: https://forms.gle/WSDZpokQfHjC3Sf47

A message from Bristol Waste Community Engagement Team and the Zero Wasters:

Looking for something educational and fun for the kids over the Easter break? We’ve got you covered! We’ll explain why managing waste is so important, familiarise them with how to become recycling superstars with a little help from our Zero Waster characters and give ideas on how they can reduce and reuse at home.

Learn more and sign up here: Easter holiday: Free reduce, reuse & recycle webinar (primary school age) Tickets, Wed 20 Apr 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

You can meet the Zero Waster characters from our Waste Nothing Schools Challenge and learn more about getting involved with that here: Waste Nothing Schools Challenge - Bristol Waste Company

We hope to see you at 10am on 20th April!

 

We hope you enjoy a restful and enjoyable Easter break. The first day back for children is Monday 25th April 2022.

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