BJS BulletinBILTON JUNIOR
11TH NOVEMBER 2016
INTEREST: Dear Parents,
Please see the wonderful pieces of art work that your children have created during our RE theme day
Please ensure on 'Saints'. As a Church of England Junior School we are proud of being able to share our Christian
children have Values at every opportunity.
their coats in
school The theme day which occurred on the Friday that we broke up for half term saw each class study a
different 'Saint'. The day began with Rev. Hugh Priestner (aka my Dad) talking about St Elizabeth of
Non uniform Hungary who is the Patron Saint of the sick. He showed us some wonderful images of the stained glass
Friday 18th windows from the the chapel at Rugby St Cross hospital. Each class then learned about other famous
November Saints such as St George, St David, St Francis. Some classes looked at modern day influences from the
Christian church such as Mother Theresa and Maximilian Kolbe (A priest who was prisoner in a
PTA School concentration camp who quite literally gave up his life for a fellow human being to be able to live).
18th November In music, year 4 also studied St Cecelia who is the patron saint of music, learning about her life
dedicated to music and the arts.
Do you run a
small business I cannot imagine being the Headteacher of any other school as I feel it a privilege to be able to share
(craft related) , if days such as this. 5BG looked at Joan of Arc and I must say her motto is one that resonates quite
so get in touch to deeply with me. 'I am not afraid...I was born to do this!' it is important to note that whether you and
hold a stall at the your family are Christian, have another faith or no faith, you are welcomed as part of our BJS family.
We strive to give our children the best we can give them within our inclusive school. If you would like
Christmas to see the canvas' created in situ, then please feel free to come in with your child at the end of a day.
Extravaganza on They look very effective hanging as a series in the hall. See if you can work out which saint is depicted.
Our next step is to create a thirteenth canvas about
how we can live as 'Modern Day Saints', living out the
values of truth, courage, peace and perseverance. We
aim to serve one another in a very tricky, challenging,
* A Reminder * Thanks to those of you have created
Christmas boxes they will be collected next week :-)
SCHOOL DISCO!! FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER Punctuality
Well done this week to Oak House who
won Time Keeper's Award with 7 late
marks, and also to 4SV who recorded 0
late arrivals all week. Keep up your great
Friday 18th November
Come to school in non –uniform, or wearing
spots and stripes on Friday 18th November—
suggested minimum donation £1.
Excellence Awards Bad Parking
Apologies to the owner of YM08 5KU in last weeks
This week’s Excellence Awards were presented to the following bulletin—she was waiting for someone to pass her and
children during Thursday’s assembly: had not stopped /parked on the zig-zag lines.
3FR—Grace W for perseverance in maths—keep it up! Year 6 Health questionnaire
3ED—Imogen R for persevering in maths and getting there! Children in Yr 6 will take part in a health questionnaire on
Tuesday 29/11/16. There is a meeting that you can attend on
3AT—Lena K for her positive attitude and enthusiasm for Wednesday 16/11/16 to find out more from our School
learning Nurse. Alternatively you can ring to find out more and opt
out if you wish. Their number is 03300245204 option 1.
4SV—Mrs Stanford said that everyone was very well behaved on
the trip to Bilton on Tuesday Lunch Time Top SERVICE Every week Mrs.
Imogen R - 3ED Reeves-Brown
4BY—Jayden M for working hard in English—some great story WISDOM Grace Mc - 3ED awards children
writing Harry P - 5BG Evie P - 3ED for demonstrating
Joseph R - 5FM Levente B - 6KC our Christian
4JE—Gabby J for excellent contributions in class this week Fynn W - 5FM values during
Anaya D - 6CC GENEROSITY lunch time, the
5FM—Grace D for consistent positive attitude to learning and RESPECT Sophie N - 4BY nominated
effort Finlay D - 5FM Amelia J - 4BY children get an
William C - 5FM invitation to join
5SS—Elyssa D for her consistent effort in maths even when the top table on
things are hard the Friday of that
6AL—Daisy B for always being a competent student and doing
6CC—Jacob R for settling in well to 6CC
6KC—Tarrell L for always displaying good manners to his friends
French—Ruby C (4SV) for always giving 100% in lessons and be-
ing an excellent role model
'Having launched on Tuesday this week, we have already seen children earning
credits for their Children's University passports!
Due to the popularity of this scheme there may be a slight delay in issuing the
passports as we wait for another delivery, however please make sure time sheets
are being completed for validated Learning Destination clubs and that these are
kept safe as the credits will still convert to stamps as long as we have received your
During our launch assembly with Carolyn Lloyd of CU some of the children had the
opportunity to try on the graduation caps and gowns that they will get to wear at
their own graduation ceremony at Warwick University when they reach 100
“Children can only aspire to what they know exists …”
We are thrilled to announce that BJS is now a Children’s University Learning Destination!
‘Children's University™ is an innovative and dynamic scheme that raises children’s self-esteem, attainment and aspirations by taking
part in activities in out of school hour learning. It is for children of all abilities, aged 7 - 14 years of age (and 5 & 6 year olds with family
The Children’s University is an international critically-acclaimed charity which encourages all children to try new experiences, develop
new interests and acquire new skills through participation in innovative and creative Learning Activities outside of the school day.
Celebrating learning is at the heart of the Children’s University™. The use of the name “University” is intended to inspire pupils to join a
community of learners and to raise their aspirations. The official CU Certificates are an important part of Children’s University aims and
By attending validated ‘Learning Destinations’ anywhere in the country and engaging in learning, children collect ‘credits’ which are then
recorded in their own personal CU ‘Passport to Learning’.
The hours (credits) will soon add up and once your child reaches 30 hours of learning they will receive the Bronze award. This is fol-
lowed by the Silver award being presented at 65 hours and at 100 your child will be invited to Warwick University to attend their
Children’s University graduation ceremony!
You will see from the Learning Destination list that we have many validated destinations close to us in Rugby (including 1st Cawston
Brownie group, Ryton Pools Country Park, Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre and the museum). In addition to this Mrs Hodgson has been
working with the providers of our after school activity clubs (NOT Wild Club or homework club as they do not qualify) to get them
validated too so now BJS pupils can earn credits for their passport by attending a club held after school in our own building!
CU are always looking to validate more locations so if your child is engaged with a quality learning experience please let Mrs Hodgson
know and we can work with that establishment/group to get them validated too! The more places we get validated, the greater the
opportunity for your child to collect those all important stamps in their passport!
CU is a charity so if you would like your child/children to start collecting their credits you will need to buy a CU passport for them. These
are available through Mrs Hodgson in school for the cost of £3 each. The passport is then your child’s to keep safe and bring into school,
along with their ‘time sheets’, each time we have passport control! (This will be half termly and will be advertised in advance!)
‘Time sheets’ are available in school and on our website. Your child simply has to hand this to the Learning Destination group leader staff
and get it signed to confirm attendance for each session!
If your child attends a Learning Destination outside of school, you can simply request a voucher from school or download one from the
school’s website and get a member of staff at the location to complete it for you and ask your child to bring it into school for passport
control. (If you ever attend a Learning Destination and don’t have a form, just ask a member of staff there to provide your child with
proof of attendance i.e. a receipt or sticker on postcard from the location.)
Children’s University are always looking for ways to improve their service and they have recently released their ‘CU Families’ service
which allows them to update families directly. Simply contact them with the information requested on their CU Families information
sheet and they will do the rest! (Your details will not be shared with any other agency)
Further information and paperwork can be obtained through Mrs Hodgson, by visiting our school website or going to:
Saturday 26th November 2016 PTA NEWS [email protected]
10am to 1pm We hope you will support your PTA in the
following events, please pop them in the diary so
All proceeds will go towards the flooring of the trim you don’t miss out on all the fun.
Friday 18th November 2016—School Disco
Saturday 26th November 2016—Christmas Fayre
Friday 27th January 2017 - School Disco
Friday 10th February 2017 - Quiz Night
Friday 31st March 2017— Family Bingo Night
Friday 12th May 2017—School Disco
Friday 30th June 2017 -Summer BBQ/Talent
Friday 14th July 2017—Leavers Disco
Thank you to all that helped at the firework
night and thanks to all those that attended. We
hope to have a total of the monies raised next
School Information School—Diary Dates
School gates open at 8.40a.m Friday 16th December 2016—school
closes at 3.30pm
School starts at 8.50a.m - Any child arriving after this time is late and will
marked as such. Wednesday 4th January 2017- School opens
School finishes at 3.30p.m Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February
2017 —Half Term
If your child is ill and going to be absent please either telephone us on
01788 810675 (you can leave a voice mail if the office is closed or busy) or Friday 7th April 2017—School closes 3.30pm for the
email us on [email protected] Easter break
If you feel you need to meet with a teacher face to face please Monday 24th April 2017—School opens
email [email protected]
Monday 1st May 2017—Bank Holiday—School
If you need to talk with a teacher over the phone or have a general closed
enquiry for them please email [email protected] Our
teachers are busy with your children in the classrooms all day however Friday 26th May 2017—Teacher Training Day—
they will get back to you as soon as possible. School closed
If you would like to share concerns or contact Mrs Hodgson our Home/ Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June—Half Term
School Support worker, please call the office, pop into school or email her
directly on [email protected] Thursday 20th July—School closes at 3.30pm
Friday 21st July—Teacher Training day
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