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'We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us', Philippians 4:13; Be bold, be strong, for the Lord our God is with us' Joshua 1:9: Our Christian Value for this half term is: Love - In school we show love by: • Thinking about how much God loves us • Remembering God’s love and that he told us to love one another • Being good friends and loving each other, even when we are upset with each other • Loving people who we do not like so much • Showing by our actions that God’s love works in us
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‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ Philippians 4:13

 

“Be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

 

Letter No. 22                                                                                                                                          Christian Value: Forgiveness    

1st March 2024

I.III.MMXXIV

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Year 2 Trip to Avenham Park

On the morning of Tuesday 5th March, children in Year 2 will be going on their rearranged trip to Avenham Park in Preston for a    seasonal walk. They will go back and visit the park again in the Summer Term to observe the seasonal changes. They will be      leaving school at 9:45am and will return for 12pm in time for dinner. Mrs Benn, Mr Draper and Mrs Layton will be taking the children.

 

World Book Day

This year World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. Children can come to school dressed as one of their favourite characters. It would be great if children could also bring the book their favourite character is in so that they can talk about it in class. If your child does not want to dress up, they are to come into school wearing their school uniform but still bring in their favourite book.

 

Parents Evening

Our next Parents Evening is on Wednesday 20th March, 3:30pm – 5:30pm and

Thursday 21st March, 1-3pm.

A ‘Google Form’ has been sent out to all parents/carers to confirm bookings/timings.

 

Easter Worship

Unfortunately, due to a roofing issue, we are unable to use Banks St Stephen’s Church for our Easter Service on Tuesday 26th March. Reverend Rebecca is devastated that she has had to make this decision but in the interest of everyone’s safety it is the right thing to do. The worship will take place in the school hall at 2:30pm.

 

Head lice

We have been informed that some children have had head lice. Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don't have anything to do with dirty hair and are usually picked up from head-to-head contact. Please look at the website provided for guidance on the most effective way to treat children with head lice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

 

JEWELLERY, HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Children are not permitted to wear jewellery, with the following exceptions:

One small stud earring in the lobe of each ear (must be removed for PE/Swimming)

Wrist watches (including simple step counting devices such as Fitbits)

 

Children should not wear make-up or nail varnish in school, as well as fake tan.

 

Temporary tattoos must not be visible.

 

Mobile phones, Smart Watches and other Internet-enabled devices from home are not permitted in school.

 

Hair should be a child’s natural colour and cut in a way which is not considered ‘extreme’. Long hair should be fastened up for safety and hygiene.

 

Hair accessories should be small and preferably in school colours (black is fine). No jojo bows or big headbands are allowed.

 

Nursery Places

We are booking in Nursery places for September onwards, so if you are interested, or know of anyone who is interested, reserve your place by contacting Miss Callander in the school office at bursar@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk or 01704 227323.

 

Attendance

If your child(ren) is ill and not attending school it is important that you inform school by 9:15am. If the phone is engaged it is fine to leave a message using option 1 (reporting a pupil absence) or email bursar@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk.  

 

Key Dates for this term:

March

13th – Foxes at Liverpool Cathedral for an Easter Workshop

14th – Film Night

20th – Parents Meeting - Evening Session, 3:30-5:30pm

21st – Parents Meeting - Afternoon Session, 1-3pm

26th – Easter Service in School, 2:30pm

27th (Wednesday) – School Closes at 1:15pm for the Easter Holiday, reopening 11th April

 

Breakfast and Afterschool Care Provision

Breakfast and Afterschool provision is available, booking on-line through Eduspot.

 

Breakfast Care:

7:45am drop off £2.50

8am drop off £2

8:30am drop off £1

 

After School Care

3:15-4:30pm £4.50 (Monday – Friday)

3:15-5:30pm £6.50 (Monday – Thursday)

 

4:15-4:35pm £2 – if attending a free club but still need after school care

4:15-5:30pm £4.50 – if attending a free club but still require after school care

 

If you need after school care with short notice, e.g. next day and are not able to book in, please could you ring Miss Callander in the office to let her know, especially for a 5:30pm pick up.

 

If children have not been booked in to care in advance and no other children are in after school care, there will be no staff prepared to supervise the children. 

 

However, we will always try out best to accommodate late requests and, if possible, have staff available to work at short notice. Thank you for your understanding.

 

School Dinners

Lunch Choices for the first week back after half term (week beginning 4th March 2024)

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 they are entitled to a free school dinner.

 

Monday Meal

Choice 1 – Cheesy pizza with filled cheesy potato skins and mixed salad

Choice 2 – Sweet tomato pasta bake with garlic flatbread and mixed salad

Choice 3 – Sandwich (tuna/ham/cheese) with cucumber and carrot sticks

Dessert – Fresh fruit salad, custard cookie or frozen yogurt

Tuesday Meal

Choice 1 – Creamy chicken pie with baby potatoes and carrots

Choice 2 – Vegetable chilli nachos with savoury rice and mixed salad

Choice 3 – Jacket potato (tuna/cheese/beans) with mixed salad

Dessert – Chocolate brownie, fruit salad or frozen yogurt

Wednesday Meal

Choice 1 – Cottage pie with cauliflower and gravy

Choice 2 – Cheese whirl with jacket wedges and sweetcorn

Choice 3 – Sandwich (tuna/ham/cheese) with cucumber and carrot sticks

Dessert – Sticky toffee muffin low fat yogurt or fruit salad

Thursday Meal - World Book Day Theme Day

Choice 1 – Hot dog

Choice 2 – Vegetarian hot dog

Choice 3 – Jacket potato (tuna/cheese/beans) with mixed salad

Dessert – Iced gingerbread 

Friday Meal

Choice 1 – Fish goujons with chips, peas and tomato ketchup

Choice 2 – Veggie nuggets with chips, peas and tomato ketchup

Choice 3 – Sandwich (tuna/ham/cheese) with cucumber and carrot sticks

Dessert – Jam and coconut sponge and custard or low fat yoghurt

 

 

After School Clubs for this Half Term

Tuesday's will be Outdoor and Adventurous Activities for children in Squirrels, Hedgehogs and Foxes, 3:15-4:15pm, delivered by a coach from the West Lancashire Sports Partnership

 

Tuesday’s will be Football Club for children in Year 2 – Year 6 with Mr Draper and Mr Wedlin, 3:15-4:15pm

 

Wednesday’s will be Year 6 booster sessions with Mrs Winstanley and/or Mr Draper, 3:15-4:15pm

Wednesday’s will be Year 3, 4 & 5 Times Tables Fun with Miss Hepworth, 3:15-4:15pm

 

Thursday mornings will be Running Club, 8:15-8:45am - this is a flexible club and if the weather is not looking good you will find out by 7:45am if it is cancelled.

 

Online Payment System

Please could you remember to logon to the online payment system and pay for nursery fees, dinner money etc. on a regular basis. 

 

If you think you may be entitled to free school meals you can apply online or email/ring Miss Callander in the school office who will happily assist you to complete an application.

 

If you need assistance with the online payment system, please email/ring Miss Callander who will be happy to help you through the online process. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

Take care

Mr Draper and all the team at Banks Methodist

#TeamBanks

 

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ Philippians 4:13

 

“Be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

 

Letter No. 21                                                         Christian Value: Forgiveness    

23rd February 2024

XXIII.II.MMXXIV

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Forgiveness

Our School Christian Value for this half term is Forgiveness.

 

Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18).    

Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive. Forgive, he said, ‘seventy times seven’ (Matthew 18:21). In other words, forgive and keep on forgiving without limit.

   

What do we do in school to show forgiveness?

  • If we upset someone, we say sorry and look them in the eyes and we mean it
  • We ask people to forgive us and we forgive each other when someone has done something wrong
  • We understand that sometimes it is hard to people to ask or give forgiveness but we work on it together
  • We have conflict resolution sessions which help us understand each other and help us to forgive
  • We forgive because Jesus taught us that we should always forgive each other.

 

Hedgehog’s Trip

On the morning of Tuesday 27th February, Hedgehog’s will be going to White Coppice, which is near Chorley. They will enjoy a walk and take in some amazing views along the way. The children can come to school wearing their own clothes. They will need walking shoes or trainers with a good grip. If the weather is cold they will need extra layers. We will be leaving school at 9:15am and will return to school for 1:30pm in time for their dance lesson. They will need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of fluids with them.

 

Reception/Pre-School to Longton Brickcroft

On the morning of Thursday 29th February, children in Reception and Pre-School (children who will be in Reception in September) will be going to Longton Brickcroft for their seasonal walk. Children can come to school as normal but will need good shoes/trainers for walking, as well as a hat/scarf/gloves and coat. We will leave school at 9:45am and return for 11:45am.

 

 

World Book Day

This year World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. Children can come to school dressed as one of their favourite characters. It would be great if children could also bring the book their favourite character is in so that they can talk about it in class. If your child does not want to dress up they are to come into school wearing their school uniform but still bring in their favourite book.

 

Parents Evening

Our next Parents Evening is on Wednesday 20th March, 3:30pm – 5:30pm and

Thursday 21st March, 1-3pm.

A ‘Google Form’ will be sent out week beginning 26th February to confirm bookings/timings.

 

Easter Worship

Unfortunately, due to a roofing issue, we are unable to use Banks St Stephen’s Church for our Easter Service on Tuesday 26th March. Reverend Rebecca is devastated that she has had to make this decision but in the interest of everyone’s safety it is the right thing to do. The worship will take place in the school hall at 2:30pm.

 

Head lice

We have been informed that some children have had head lice. Head lice and nits are very common in young children. They don't have anything to do with dirty hair and are usually picked up from head-to-head contact. Please look at the website provided for guidance of the most effective way to treat children with head lice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

 

BMSC Coffee Mornings

After a lovely Coffee Morning on Wednesday we have decided to make this a regular event each month. The dates are:

Wednesday 27th March

Wednesday 24th April

Wednesday 22nd May

Wednesday 19th June

Wednesday 10th July

 

JEWELLERY, HAIR & MAKE-UP:

Children are not permitted to wear jewellery, with the following exceptions:

One small stud earring in the lobe of each ear (must be removed for PE/Swimming)

Wrist watches (including simple step counting devices such as Fitbits)

 

Children should not wear make-up or nail varnish in school, as well as fake tan.

 

Temporary tattoos must not be visible.

 

Mobile phones, Smart Watches and other Internet-enabled devices from home are not permitted in school.

 

Hair should be a child’s natural colour and cut in a way which is not considered ‘extreme’. Long hair should be fastened up for safety and hygiene.

 

Hair accessories should be small and preferably in school colours (black is fine). No jojo bows or big headbands are allowed.

 

Nursery Places

We are booking in Nursery places for September onwards, so if you are interested, or know of anyone who is interested, reserve your place by contacting Miss Callander in the school office at bursar@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk or 01704 227323.

 

Attendance

If your child(ren) is ill and not attending school it is important that you inform school by 9:15am. If the phone is engaged it is fine to leave a message using option 1 (reporting a pupil absence) or email bursar@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk.  

 

Key Dates for this term:

March

5th – Year 2 trip to Avenham Park

7th – World Book Day – come to school dressed as your favourite character

13th – Foxes at Liverpool Cathedral for an Easter Workshop

14th – Film Night

20th – Parents Meeting Evening Session, 3:30-5:30pm

21st – Parents Meeting Afternoon Session, 1-3pm

26th – Easter Service in School, 2:30pm

27th (Wednesday) – School Closes at 1:15pm for the Easter Holiday, reopening 11th April

 

Breakfast and Afterschool Care Provision

Breakfast and Afterschool provision is available, booking on-line through Eduspot.

 

Breakfast Care:

7:45am drop off £2.50

8am drop off £2

8:30am drop off £1

 

After School Care

3:15-4:30pm £4.50 (Monday – Friday)

3:15-5:30pm £6.50 (Monday – Thursday)

 

4:15-4:35pm £2 – if attending a free club but still need after school care

4:15-5:30pm £4.50 – if attending a free club but still require after school care

 

If you need after school care with short notice, e.g. next day and are not able to book in, please could you ring Miss Callander in the office to let her know, especially for a 5:30pm pick up.

 

If children have not been booked in to care in advance and no other children are in after school care, there will be no staff prepared to supervise the children. 

 

However, we will always try out best to accommodate late requests and, if possible, have staff available to work at short notice. Thank you for your understanding.

 

School Dinners

Lunch Choices for the first week back after half term (week beginning 26th February 2024)

If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 they are entitled to a free school dinner.

 

Monday Meal

Choice 1 – Margherita pizza with sweetcorn, carrots and cucumber sticks

Choice 2 – Roasted vegetable and basil pasta with sweetcorn, carrots and cucumber sticks

Choice 3 –Sandwich (tuna/ham/cheese) with cucumber and carrot sticks

Dessert – Shortbread or fruit

Tuesday Meal

Choice 1 – Chicken sausages with creamed potatoes and beans

Choice 2 – Cheese and bean pasty with creamed potatoes and beans

Choice 3 – Jacket potato (tuna/cheese/beans) with mixed salad

Dessert – Chocolate crunch or fruit

Wednesday Meal

Choice 1 – Turkey with creamed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, carrot & green bean medley and gravy

Choice 2 – Vegetable sausages in a Yorkshire pudding with creamed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, carrot & green bean medley and gravy

Choice 3 – Sandwich (tuna/ham/cheese) with cucumber and carrot sticks

Dessert – Iced orange drizzle cake or fruit

Thursday Meal

Choice 1 – Meat and potato pie with peas, sweetcorn and crusty bread

Choice 2 – Vegetable korma with peas, sweetcorn and rice

Choice 3 – Jacket potato (tuna/cheese/beans) with mixed salad

Dessert – Oaty cookie or fruit

Friday Meal

Choice 1 – Fish fingers with chips and peas

Choice 2 – Crustless vegetable quiche with chips and peas

Choice 3 –Sandwich (tuna/ham/cheese) with cucumber and carrot sticks

Dessert – Golden syrup sponge and custard

 

After School Clubs for this Half Term

Tuesday's will be Outdoor and Adventurous Activities for children in Squirrels, Hedgehogs and Foxes, 3:15-4:15pm, delivered by a coach from the West Lancashire Sports Partnership

 

Tuesday’s will be Football Club for children in Year 2 – Year 6 with Mr Draper and Mr Wedlin, 3:15-4:15pm

 

Wednesday’s will be Year 6 booster sessions with Mrs Winstanley and/or Mr Draper, 3:15-4:15pm

Wednesday’s will be Year 3, 4 & 5 Times Tables Fun with Miss Hepworth, 3:15-4:15pm

 

Thursday mornings will be Running Club, 8:15-8:45am - this is a flexible club and if the weather is not looking good you will find out by 7:45am if it is cancelled.

 

Online Payment System

Please could you remember to logon to the online payment system and pay for nursery fees, dinner money etc. on a regular basis. 

 

If you think you may be entitled to free school meals you can apply online or email/ring Miss            Callander in the school office who will happily assist you to complete an application.

 

If you need assistance with the online payment system, please email/ring Miss Callander who will be happy to help you through the online process. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Take care

Mr Draper and all the team at Banks Methodist

#TeamBanks

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