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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. 33                                                                                                  Christian Value: Trust    

7th June 2024

VII.VI.MMXXIV

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

SHINE Fundraiser - Go Yellow for Shine!

This year's Go Yellow for Shine event will take place on Friday 14th June and as a school we will be dressing in yellow.

By going yellow we will be increasing awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus and raising vital funds so that Shine can continue to provide specialist advice and support services to those affected by the conditions.

 

To donate please click on the following link https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/gyfs24

 

Year 2 Trip to Avenham Park

On Wednesday 12th February, children in Year 2 will be going on their repeat trip to Avenham Park in Preston for their Summer seasonal walk and picnic.  They will be leaving school at 10:30am and will return for 2pm. Children need to bring a pack lunch into school with them to take on the trip. If you require a school packed lunch, please email Miss Callander on bursar@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk by Monday 10th June. Mrs Benn, Mr Draper and Mrs Layton will be taking the children on the trip.

 

Warm Weather

As we enter Summer, on days when the sun is shining could children please come to school wearing sun cream and also bring a hat. As a school our policy states that we do not apply sun cream to children. Thank you in advance.

 

Stay and Learn – Creative Session

This will take place on Monday 24th June, 2:15-3pm, for all classes.

During the 45 minutes, parents will be able to work with their children on a range of creative activities that we carry out in school. We hope as many of you as possible can attend this session, If you have 2/3 children in different classes you can spend 15-25 minutes in each class.

 

Battery Recycling

At school we help the environment by collecting old batteries for recycling. Please put old batteries in the white container which is located in Miss Callander’s office. Thanks in advance of your support.

 

Sunflower Competition

Send pictures to head@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk of your child with their sunflower by Monday 8th July.

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Sports Day

Thank you for your understanding regarding the rearrangement of Sports Day. The new date is Tuesday 18th June, 1:15pm.

 

Summer Fair, Saturday 29th June 2024, 11am-3pm

The Banks Methodist School Community Summer Fair is on Saturday 29th June, 11am-3pm.

If you can help out on a stall for 30 minutes to 1 hour (or longer if you can), please let me know (head@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk), or a member of the Banks Methodist School Community (bmscpta@gmail.com) and we will add you to the list. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Our Christian Value for this half term is ‘Trust’

Trust is the very essence of faith; trust in God who is trustworthy.

 

Trust entails vulnerability and putting yourself in others’ hands. We have to trust experts – teachers, pilots, dentists, surgeons. Yet, within our society, there often seems to be mutual distrust between people and those responsible for governing them.

 

Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured. With wisdom and discernment, we can relearn to trust. We can begin to rebuild trust in our mistrustful society by being reliable ourselves, by not letting people down. Similarly, when we work with others, if we are willing to let go of control ourselves and trust in the abilities and integrity of others, everyone can be enriched. Jesus, after all, entrusted his ongoing work to his disciples and ultimately to us.

 

What do we do in school in response to trust?

  • We think about who we can trust in our lives in school and at home and we think about why we trust these people
  • We know and learn we can trust the adults in school and they will be consistent with us always
  • We learn to be trustworthy to each other
  • We learn that we can trust in Jesus and he will never let us down.
  • We learn stories in the Bible which explain what trust really means.
  • We learn that Jesus disciples trusted him

 

Key Dates:

June

17th – Transition Session 1, 9-10:45am

18th – Sport Day, 1:15pm

19th – BMSC Coffee Morning, 9-10:15am

21st – Non-Uniform Day

24th – Stay and Learn, Creative Session, 2:05-3:05pm

25th – Year 1 trip to Hesketh Park and picnic

26th – Hedgehogs Trip to Formby

29th – Summer Fair, 11am-3pm

July

3rd - Transition Session 2, 9-10:45am

4th – Hedgehogs end of year trip to Marine Lake

9th – Hedgehogs trip to White Coppice

10th – Pre-School and Reception trip to Smithills Farm

10th – BMSC Coffee Morning, 9-10:15am

12th – Foxes trip to Rock and River

15th – Nursery trip to Windmill Farm

16th – Transition Session 3, 9-10:45am

17th – End of year service at Banks St Stephen’s Church, 2:15pm

18th – Squirrels end of year trip to Martin Mere

18th – Foxes trip to Darwen Tower

19th – Year 6 Leaver’s Worship and Picnic, 12pm

19th – School closes for the Summer Holiday, 1:15pm

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 10th June 2024)

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

 

Meat free Monday Meal

Choice 1 – Vegetable frittata, sweet potato fries and beans

Choice 2 – Sandwiches with either ham, cheese or tuna

Dessert – Pancakes with bananas and chocolate sauce or fruit

Traditional Tuesday Meal

Choice 1 – Meat and potato pie with mushy peas, carrots and gravy

Choice 2 – Cheese and potato pie with mushy peas, carrots and gravy

Choice 3 – Jacket potato with either beans, cheese or tuna (children can have 2 fillings)

Dessert – Jam Sponge and custard or fruit

Mid-week Roast Wednesday Meal

Choice 1 – Roast pork and apple sauce with roast potatoes, vegetable medley and gravy

Choice 2 – Quorn fillet with roast potatoes, vegetable medley and gravy

Choice 3 – Sandwiches with either ham, cheese or tuna

Dessert – Fruit sorbet or fruit

Around the World Thursday Meal

Choice 1 – Mild chicken tikka with rainbow rice and naan bread

Choice 2 – Mild Quorn tikka with rainbow rice and naan bread

Choice 3 – Jacket potato with either beans, cheese or tuna (children can have 2 fillings)

Dessert – Trifle or fruit

Fish Friday Meal

Choice 1 – Harry Ramsden fish with chips and peas/sweetcorn

Choice 2 – Veggie nuggets with chips and peas/sweetcorn

Choice 3 – Sandwiches with either ham, cheese or tuna

Dessert – Homemade cupcake or fruit

 

After School Clubs starting after Half Term

Tuesday's will be Striking and Fielding games 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 Drawing Club for children from Year R – Year 4 with Mrs Benn, 3:15-4pm

 

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

Letter No. 32                                                                                                                                          Christian Value: Truthfulness    

23rd May 2024

XXIII.V.MMXXIV

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Sunflower Competition

We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Quinn who has kindly donated all the sunflowers for all the children in school.

 

Instead of bringing in your sunflower please do send pictures to head@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk of your child with their sunflower by Monday 8th July with a picture.

 

Bradshaw’s Replacement

As you all know, Mrs Bradshaw will begin her maternity leave over the summer holiday. I am pleased to announce that Miss Wilson will be returning in September to cover Mrs Bradshaw until she returns. This is super news as Miss Wilson already knows the children, staff and school well therefore we anticipate a smooth transition for the children.

 

Sports Day New Date

Thank you for your understanding regarding the rearrangement of Sports Day. The new date is Tuesday 18th June, 1:15pm.

 

New Dinner Menu

When we return after half term the new ‘Lancashire Kitchen @ TCP’ will be launched with a new exciting menu for the children. The three weekly menu will be sent out to all parents/carers via email, and will be available to view on the school website. Each weeks menu will be also available to view on the school newsletter.

 

Dinner costs have always been kept as low as we possibly could for many years but after half term we will have to increase the prices of the school dinners as we have been running at a loss.

 

The new prices are as follows:

School Dinner: £2.70

Nursery Dinner: £2.20

 

Thank you for your understanding on this and Mr Upton, Headteacher at TCP is confident they can now offer our children a high-quality service from ‘The Lancashire Kitchen @ TCP’.

 

Swimming

After half term children in Year 2 will be going swimming every Friday. They will come to school in their PE kit and bring their swimming kit (costume, towel and goggles) with them. Mr Draper and one of the swimming instructors will be in the water to support and encourage the children.

 

Bank Methodist Playgroup

Our Banks Methodist Playgroup will continue to run every Tuesday during term time, 9-10:30am.

It is for 0-4 year olds.

There is creative play, songs and story time.

Tea/coffee and toast is available.

The cost is £2

If you have any questions, please email bmscpta@gmail.com

 

Summer Fair, Saturday 29th June 2024, 11am-3pm

The Banks Methodist School Community Summer Fair is on Saturday 29th June, 11am-3pm.

If you can help out on a stall for 30 minutes to 1 hour (or longer if you can), please let me know (head@banks-methodist.lancs.sch.uk), or a member of the Banks Methodist School Community (bmscpta@gmail.com) and we will add you to the list. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Key Dates:

June

2nd – The BIG Lunch and Open Day at the Hub in Banks, 11am – 4pm

4th – School reopens after half term

5th – Foxes trip to Darwen Tower

7th – Non-Uniform Day – Items for Tombola

12th – Year 2 trip to Avenham Park and picnic

13th – Year 6 trip to the theatre

17th – Transition Session 1, 9-10:45am

18th – Sport Day, 1:15pm

19th – BMSC Coffee Morning, 9-10:15am

21st – Non-Uniform Day

24th – Stay and Learn, Creative Session, 2:05-3:05pm

25th – Year 1 trip to Hesketh Park and picnic

26th – Hedgehogs Trip to Formby

29th – Summer Fair, 11am-3pm

July

3rd - Transition Session 2, 9-10:45am

4th – Hedgehogs end of year trip to Marine Lake

9th – Hedgehogs trip to White Coppice

10th – Pre-School and Reception trip to Smithills Farm

10th – BMSC Coffee Morning, 9-10:15am

12th – Foxes trip to Rock and River

15th – Nursery trip to Windmill Farm

16th – Transition Session 3, 9-10:45am

17th – End of year service at Banks St Stephen’s Church, 2:15pm

19th – Year 6 Leaver’s Worship and Picnic, 12pm

19th – School closes for the Summer Holiday, 1:15pm

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.

 

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.

 

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 June 2024)

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

 

Meat free Monday Meal

Choice 1 – Cheese and tomato calzone with wedges and corn on the cob

Choice 2 – Sandwiches with either ham, cheese or tuna

Dessert – Oat and raisin flapjack or fruit

Traditional Tuesday Meal

Choice 1 – Cumberland sausage with creamy mash, peas, carrots and gravy

Choice 2 – Vegetarian sausage with creamy mash, peas, carrots and gravy

Choice 3 – Jacket potato with either beans, cheese or tuna (children can have 2 fillings)

Dessert – Apple crumble and custard or fruit

Mid-week Roast Wednesday Meal

Choice 1 – Roast chicken fillet with roast potatoes, vegetable medley, stuffing and gravy

Choice 2 – Quorn fillet with roast potatoes, vegetable medley, stuffing and gravy

Choice 3 – Sandwiches with either ham, cheese or tuna

Dessert – Iced strawberry smoothie or fruit

Around the World Thursday Meal

Choice 1 – Italian Bolognese pasta bake with garlic bread and side salad

Choice 2 – Veggie mince pasta bake with garlic bread and side salad

Choice 3 – Jacket potato with either beans, cheese or tuna (children can have 2 fillings)

Dessert – Fruity jelly with ice cream or fruit

Fish Friday Meal

Choice 1 – Fish fingers with chips and either beans or sweetcorn

Choice 2 – Veggie fingers with chips and either beans or sweetcorn

Choice 3 – Sandwiches with either ham, cheese or tuna

Dessert – Homemade cookies and milk drink or fruit

 

After School Clubs starting after Half Term

Tuesday's will be Striking and Fielding games 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 Drawing Club for children from Year R – Year 4 with Mrs Benn, 3:15-4pm

 

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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