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Welcome to our final newsletter of 2020! Though there may be plenty we would rather move on from, this year holds many happy VPPS memories and achievements. Thank you for all of your kind messages, gifts and support - from everybody here. This community has grown and strengthened over recent times, and will continue to do so...here's to a Happy New Year!
Carols in the Kitchen...
...is tonight at 5pm. Click here to join us on Zoom for a festive bevvy of carols. A small team of choristers will be singing along with Mr Bliss on the piano, and we would love for you to join us from home. (Your microphones will be muted, so don't let that stop you!) We look forward to seeing you there.
Year 2 enjoyed an outdoor afternoon of dance courtesy of Debbie at Ashton Park Sports Partnership who came along to teach them a routine based on the theme, "It's a wonderful life." There was lots of pretend hand washing, social distancing plus jazz hands, happy faces and having lots of fun showing that we can enjoy ourselves despite the troubles of 2020. Year 2 will continue and develop this dance in 2021 so watch this space.
Year 5 have been 'taking the lead' in PE sessions this term and have worked in teams to come up with short burst exercises focusing on the muscles of the legs, arms, core and the heart. All children had the opportunity to demonstrate within their group and to be taught and take part in new exercises. They finished off the term with the killer 'dice game.' This is one for burning off those extra festive calories - all you need is a dice. Next term we hope to join with Ashton Park Sports Partnership to introduce 'Take the Lead' training in Years 5 & 6.
Year 3 House Football Competition
Year 3 took part in their end of term house competition last Thursday. Aardman, Stephenson, More and Campbell battled it out for the Football house competition cup. There were plenty of excellent football skills on display from Oak class and Cedar class with plenty of determination! A special mention goes to Hadley for his professional-standard goalkeeping. The results across the two classes were pretty even all the way through the afternoon. In the end, we had a joint first place and a joint second place. The two houses that ended up in the top spot were Aardman and Stephenson. Well done year 3, you were all brilliant!!
Friends of Victoria Park Primary School
Winter Term Roundup
What a busy term it’s been!
Thank you to everyone who donated to our Christmas Cracker Campaign. The children have really enjoyed deciding how to spend their classes’ £100 - we’ve been blown-away by their creative ideas! Fake snow, tickets to a virtual pantomime, books, games, and supplies to make their end of term parties go with a bang – one class even bought a mirror ball! Together we’ve managed to bring a little joy to the classroom. Thank you!
Several people have asked whether it's possible to set up a regular gift to contribute to the work of the Friends of Victoria Park Association. If you'd like to support us in this way, you can set up a one-off or regular donation here:
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: supplementing their work by funding those little extras which aren't covered by the school budget - theatre performances, "play-in-a-week", forest school resources, school trips, IT for homework club, and much more.
Sorry to everyone who is still waiting the mugs from our Christmas Card supplier, APFS. Susie is chasing the company daily, and we’re trying to set up a way of collecting and distributing them if they don’t arrive in time to come home with the children. We’ll keep you updated via our Facebook Group, so please check there for the latest updates. Please accept our sincere apologies – I know many of you are waiting on these for Christmas Presents. We share your frustration!
Share Your Hobby Online
Have you got a skill or hobby that you’d like to share? The PTFA are considering running some short online workshops in the New Year – with the dual aim of raising money and helping parents connect with each other. But…we need YOUR help! Perhaps your secret talent is jewellery making? Or maybe origami is your thing? Have you always fancied yourself as a TV chef? Well now’s your chance! If you have a skill or hobby that you’d like to share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTFA Meetings – Dates for your Diary
In future, PTFA meetings will be held on Zoom from 8:30-9:30pm on the second Thursday of each term (14 Jan, 4 Mar, 29 Apr and 17 Jun). You’ll need the Meeting ID (860 8965 7346) and Passcode (VPPS) to join us. Pop the dates in your diary now!
Travel agent props wanted
Year 1 are creating a travel agents in Term 3 so would love any holiday brochures, pilot's outfits, tickets, a telephone or anything else you might have at home. We will quarantine any donations before we use them. Thank you, Year 1 team.
What's your favourite Christmas song....?
We can't promise your favourite song will feature but on Friday 18th December at 7pm the Cathedral Schools Trust Christmas Concert will premiere on the CST YouTube Channel. This superb one-hour concert features sublime music from CST students so please do try to join us....put it on in the background while you're cooking if need be! The concert will then stay on the YouTube Channel to be enjoyed at your leisure.
Both of our planned INSET days in January will be going ahead, so the first day back for pupils will be Wednesday 6th January 2021. We would like to wish you all a very restful break. Please take care of each other and stay safe.