The Week Ahead – Week commencing 10th October

Quick Stop Notices

  • School photos – online orders to be completed by 9th October to qualify for free delivery. See the information sent home on 26th September.
  • Flu immunisation for children in Years Reception to 6 (19th October). Please complete the online permission at www.bradfordschoolimmunisations.co.uk/forms/Flu. The code you will need is: BF107461. The online consent form link will close 3 working days before your school’s session date.
  • Years 3-6 Twelfth Night 🎭– Saturday 15 October, meet outside the Alhambra Studio Theatre entrance (Morley Street) @ 2pm prompt. Payments due via BACS – £7.50. 
  • Primary – Please make sure you send your child to school with a coat. The weather is changing and becoming more unpredictable. Children need a warm and waterproof coat for Autumn/winter. We will be outside in all weathers unless it is torrential, so please make sure you child has a coat to come to school with.
  • Parents Meetings this year – Parent meeting  – during the week beginning 7th November, traditional parent teacher meeting to discuss target grades and progress. Monday to Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30pm
  • Middle and Upper School – Parent Meeting 1 – Week beginning 7 November. Following the Autumn 1 Progress Check we will have a traditional parent meeting giving you chance to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss progress. This will take place on either 3.30 – 5.30 on Tuesday and 7.00 – 9.00 on Thursday, whichever works best for you.

Next Week

Book Fair in the school hall, 3.30-4pm
Book Fair in the school hall, 3.30-4pm
Book Fair in the school hall, 3.30-4pm
Saturday (15th)
Years 3-6 Twelfth Night 🎭– meet outside the Alhambra Studio Theatre entrance (Morley Street) @ 2pm prompt. Payments due via BACS – £7.50. 

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 18th October, 2.30pm
Primary school Harvest festival. We are encouraging the whole school to bring donations for the local foodbank on that day.
Wednesday 19th October
Flu immunisation for Years Reception to 6. www.bradfordschoolimmunisations.co.uk/forms/Flu
The code you will need is: BF107461
The online consent form link will close 3 working days before your school’s session date.
Friday 21st October
Staff PD day working on cohesive Christian curriculum. School closed to pupils
Friday 4th November
Bonfire, sparklers and bonfire snacks after school. We are not having fireworks this year but this will be an opportunity to enjoy being in community 

Stars and Students of the Week

Primary School Stars of the Week

Love Class
Nayha for trying hard to listen and follow instructions.
Ruth for great work in Maths despite feeling unwell
Joy Class
Eric for trying really hard with all his work.
Peace Class
Mimi for always putting 100% into her work and having a great attitude.
Kindness Class
Ethan for his excellent portrayal of Malvolio from Twelfth Night
Emily for excellent improvisation of characters from Twelfth Night

Middle School Students of the Week

Grace for considerate behaviour on the London Residential; great team player
Kevin for considerate behaviour on the London Residential; great team player
Seth for always extending his work in Spanish and using humour to good effect.

Upper School Students of the Week

Xin-Ran for reading around the subject in English Literature (Animal Farm)
Macey for achieving the top score in a Science test

Oak Class

Manuella for settling well into Oak Uppers class, working diligently and getting 30/30 in a Maths test.

Classroom News

Y5/6 Snowball residential

Sing for joy to the Lord!
Praise the Lord with the harp (or guitar…)
Shout for joy.

Year 5 student Joy White encouraged us to practise these instructions rooted in Psalm 33 on Tuesday morning. Singing, praising and shouting for joy comes naturally to this group of year 5&6 children. Were there a few tears too? Of course, but we learnt that joy does not spring from our emotions, rather from the truth that we are ‘full up’ with the love of God. As a staff team we were struck many times by the maturity the students showed in their attitudes to each other and to us. It really was a privilege to spend time with them.

Highlights (according to the children):
Getting lost in the woods in the dark (Noah)
Pizza Hut (Semmy)
Campfire singing (Esther)
Survival kit making (Everyone)
Getting through Hut 5 (Dan)
The book of Little Crystals (Krystal)
Fudge (Rebecca x 5: ‘do you know how nice the fudge is…’ everyone else: ‘yes Rebecca we’ve had it too!’)

Highlights (according to the teachers)
York Minster: beauty of evensong – thoughtful, reverent children (Mrs Taylor)
Amazing set of children that were all very well behaved. My highlight was Evensong and our school being prayed for. (Mrs Fear)
Impeccable behaviour throughout. Not usually Mr Kershaw’s focus, but their unstinting ‘goodness’ just made everything else ‘sing’. Fab kids! (Mr Kershaw)

‘Water poured out’ – not an image you really want spoken over a residential. Certainly, on Wednesday morning there was an abundance of the wet stuff. The children’s reaction? Just dance in it!

Twice God showed us this picture of us as bottles of water ready to be poured out. We were reminded that our lives are not about ourselves but about pouring out the life He’s placed within us to produce lovely, fresh green shoots in dry places.

We came home feeling tired but full to the brim with thankfulness – ready to be poured out again 🙂


Headteacher’s Message

Our mission

To provide a holistic Christian education for all and to inspire discipleship.

Our Vision

To be a Christian community in which everyone grows in character, faith, knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Christian community 

Our vision is to be a Christian community, in which everyone grows in character, faith, knowledge, understanding and wisdom. This is based on Psalm 1 v 3  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither  – whatever they do prospers.

During lockdown, I joined with others in adapting to online church, online meetings,  and enjoyed lazy weekends without a long list of jobs to do in church.  It was quite lovely not to run around setting up our building,  serving coffee and welcoming new people. For a few weeks I enjoyed some church hopping – I joined my daughter’s church, my mum’s, and tried out some new Bradford services. I even visited our church in Cambodia, and my friend’s from Australia.

In early September 2020 I started my role as head teacher, and in the first week we moved from our home in Leeds to a new place in Idle. After being part of our home church since 1994, it was time to move on, starting a new exciting chapter in Bradford. We managed to find a new local church that was operating face to face, and have appreciated the new community there. For us, church is a place for worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and mission, and whilst it shouldn’t be replaced by school, the two can work together.  

As we return to more normal times, I encourage you to find a church that works, there are loads to choose from and many people in our community who you may recognise.  

Thank you for your support of Bradford Christian School

Have a Blessed Weekend