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Friday 9th July 2021

What a fantastic week at Victoria Park Primary School! We have enjoyed our whole school story telling day, our sports days and numerous school trips. As schools and families continue to battle on through isolations, illness and uncertainty, we feel so grateful that these staples of primary school life have been able to take place. Your warm words of encouragement (in person, by email, on our survey and even recently on Facebook) are particularly poignant and hugely appreciated. Look below for some wonderful photos of the week...

Storytelling Day

We had the most amazing storyteller in school this week to tell us a fantastic Scottish folktale called 'The Dream Makers', which is all about nature and dreams. Pridie Tiernan led us on a trail around the school grounds so we could study the trees in our playground as she told the story. We then carried out activities linked to the story back in our classrooms. We had such great fun, so thank you Pridie!

We also celebrated some great dressing up efforts with costumes ranging from foxes and rabbits to superheroes and fairies. Thank you to all who got involved with creating costumes, they were all fantastic. Well done everyone!

And lastly, we were visited virtually by Claire from Bristol libraries who introduced the Summer Reading Challenge for the holidays called 'Wild World Heroes'. Please visit https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ to find out more. It is a fantastic opportunity to keep your child reading over the long summer break and to have fun together sharing stories.

Sports Days

And the winner is...Stephenson beating Campbell by only 3 points, closely followed by More and then Aardman.
Over 2 days, the VPPS children took part in a range of classic sports day races, such as: sack race, egg and spoon race, obstacle race, relay, hurdles and individual races. They threw howlers, foam flyers, quoits and tail balls, and they jumped the standing longjump. They also all took part in individual class races with some very impressive sprinting. 

On a very windy Tuesday, Reception up to Year 4 took part in VPPS Sports Day Number One. Each child showed pride in representing their house and competing in a range of team events to gain house points.  The aim of the day was for the children to have fun...and we achieved this with lots of smiles, excited chatter and good cheer.

On a much calmer Thursday, Years 5 & 6 took part in VPPS Sports Day Number Two. Perhaps buoyed by the success of the England men's football team, the children gave it their all showing team work, determination and resilience. There was laughter, cheering and a huge sense of pride. 
Sports Day was a breath of normality following over a year without sport. Hopefully, very soon we will be able to welcome parents back to watch their children compete, laugh and have fun in sports at Victoria Park Primary School.

We are very grateful to Broadplain Rugby Club for allowing us to use their facilities and hope to host more events there in future.

Everyone at VPPS would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Mrs Casling for organising and running sports days this year. Many schools cancelled theirs entirely, but that's not the VPPS way!

Cricket 

The Year 5/6 cricket team had a great second session at the Ashton Park kwik cricket tournament on Tuesday evening. They narrowly lost against the 'Christchurch A' team in their first match and then defeated Parson Street in a more confident second match. There was particularly impressive batting from Freya plus great bowling from Sami and improved overall play from Hamza, Otto and Felix. Captains Ivan and Micah, plus Leon, showed great all round skills. Well done Team VPPS!
(Please can all sports tops be returned to school next week. Thank you.)

We are lucky enough to have two intrepid reporters in Year 4 Magnolia Class who have written these excellent and informative articles about Football and our new Playground Equipment. Please click the document below to read more...

Friends of Victoria Park Primary School

Summer Raffle

There’s still time to enter our MASSIVE summer raffle! To be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes, simply text VPPS to 70970 and we'll enter you into the draw. Texts cost £5 each.

Alternatively, you can make payment of £5 per ticket via the School Gateway App (select Payments > PTFA donations). Then forward your receipt to victoriapark.ptfa@gmail.com and include your full name and mobile phone number - then we’ll enter you into the draw.

Players must be aged 16 or over to enter. Please seek the bill-payers permission first. For full terms and conditions (and a complete list of prizes) please visit http://www.easydonate.org/QBFK02

We’ve extended the closing date until Wed 21 July (the last day of term). Please spread the word – every penny raised goes directly towards enriching our children’s education!

Save The Date – School Picnic and AGM

We’ll be holding our Annual General Meeting at 4pm on Wed 21 July (the last day of term) in Victoria Park on the grass below the playground. We’ll provide some drinks, and the AGM itself will only take 10 minutes – so sit back, relax, and find out all about what the PTFA has been up to over the last 12 months! Why not bring a picnic and catch-up with fellow parents and friends afterwards?

Abel and Cole - Good Food Fund

Fancy a delivery of delicious, organic food that raises money for Victoria Park Primary School? Follow the steps below and Abel and Cole will donate £35 over your first 5 deliveries:

  1. Go to abelandcole.co.uk/signup
  2. Choose the box that’s right for you
  3. Enter VICTORIA at the checkout

You’ll even get a FREE cookbook in your first box – so what are you waiting for?

Summer Treat Boxes

Click on the flyer below for details of foodbank boxes available to those families in need. Please help to spread the word if there is anyone you know who many benefit.

Following the announcements in the Houses of Parliament this week, we have received our updated guidance from the DfE. In Bristol the summer term ends particularly late compared to the rest of the country - many schools will already have finished by 19th July. If the "Stage 4" relaxation of COVID restrictions goes ahead on Monday 19th July, our school risk assessment will remain unchanged for the final three days of term. This means we will continue with our bubbles, one way system, staggered timings, face coverings, and all other control measures and will not be making quick changes to our expectations for the sake of three days. Even though the law around social distancing in wider society may change, our expectations of staff, pupils and parents in the school building and playgrounds will remain in place.

The change to track and trace and isolation notifications does not take effect until mid-August, so there is still the possibility that we will need to close "whole bubbles" in the event of contact with positive cases, up to and including the last day of term on Wednesday 21st July. Please continue to be vigilant for symptoms and limit your contacts outside of school if you can, as this will all help.

To anyone isolating or currently unwell as a result of the rising infection rates in our community, we send you our best wishes.

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