The Week Ahead
Growing lives that bear fruit
Quick Stop Notices
IMPORTANT: Please log on to the BCS Parent Portal to read and accept the school’s Acceptable Use Policy and update your child’s Medical record for this year. Make sure you’re logging into version 1.173.
- In honour of the King’s Coronation last week, each child received a Coronation Coin. Please check their bags. Have you found yours yet!?
- Many thanks to parents who have given their time to talk about their charity to Middle School Topic students.
- Our office has a new look – thanks to ‘Access’ for their donation of new furniture.
- School fees 23/24 – please see the email sent on 21st April. If you think you are eligible for a fees reduction, please send your evidence in to the office asap. Thank you.
- Tickets for Robin Hood drama are on sale now! Buy now.
- No Study Club due to Robin Hood performances.
- Middle school has been working on a project which involves them presenting as advocates for a charity. Their presentations are this Thursday between 1:30 – 3:30 to a small panel of judges. We are also looking for a small audience of people for students to present to. If you are free and would be interested in seeing our students advocate for their chosen charity, please feel free to join us on Thursday. Would you please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Behaviour Policy – New amendments
- A reminder about Uniform: Please make sure you send your child to school in the correct clothing each day. Also, if you have any second hand uniform to donate, please hand in at the Main Office, thank you.
- A helpful article for parents navigating teen social media use.
|Y1 and Y2 Trip to Skipton Castle
|18:30 – Robin Hood (Doors at 18:00)
|18:30 – Robin Hood (Doors at 18:00)
|Duke of Edinburgh Practice training
9:00 – Parent Prayers in Staff Room
Oak Students functional skills English exams. Reading AM and Writing PM
18:30 – Robin Hood (Doors at 18:00)
Dates for your Diary
- 24th May:
- Duke of Edinburgh Silver expedition (return 26th)
- Progress Reports issued
- 25th May – Duke of Edinburgh bronze (return 26th)
- 26th May – School closes for Half term at 15:30
Please order before 9:00am on Monday.
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Stars and Students of the Week
Primary School Stars of the Week
|Roman for being a superstar at lunchtimes.
Blessings for fantastic thinking in Maths
Eliza for amazing participation in worship and helping others too.
|Yarnaa for perseverance in Art & not giving up.
Timothy for super Maths work.
|Riyan & Amelia for a great score in the poetry reading test.
Middle and Upper School Students of the Week
|Nathan (Y5) for excellent leadership & attitude displayed during a Charity interview with Mrs Moore from Martin House.
Angel (Y6) for fabulous formal Letter writing skills displayed.
|Timur (Y10) for a great Science homework on P3 Practice Questions
George (Y10) for a great Science test result
Autism Provision Student of the Week
|Kai for amazing behaviour and attitude on the residential
Isaac for resilience towards activities and challenges on the residential
|Mo for helping everyone, amazing attitude towards challenges on the residential
Darnell for fantastic behaviour and attitude towards his work and activities set
Ashlee for resilience and leadership skills in the coffee morning planning.
AP Residential to Yorkshire Camps
All our students were fantastic, well behaved and represented our school brilliantly!
Coronation Celebrations in Primary
Road Safety training
Year 11 Leavers
Our Year 11 students are currently on study leave to spend time concentrating on GCSE exam revision. Sadie shared her thoughts of BCS at the leavers assembly.
BCS: beloved, cherished , special. Bradford Christian School acts as a secret garden for those unpressured to conform and go down the beaten track. As soon as you enter you are met with a raucous cacophony of sound that spills over into each and every room. Chairs scraping, the sound of boots clicking on a hardwood floor all to the backing track of Jesus is my superhero. BCS is a home. A haven. A religious fountain. Here young minds are shaped, hearts are changed and relationships are built.
BCS manages the impossible: a balancing act between education and home. School lunches are home cooked meals as children gather round chattering excitedly. The playground is almost constantly filled with young voices – a mix between childhood rhymes and skipping ropes soon forced to retreat back inside by large groups of giggling girls and rambunctious boys. The frequent football games alongside basketball matches create an adrenaline fuelled experience as children dodge a constant barrage of balls flying through the air.
Cosy classrooms house all ten children comfortably as teachers doubling up as parents pass on years of experience and knowledge – both academic and spiritual. Like kindhearted double agents. Here you find not only a school but a family. All encompassed in different pastel hues and stone walls with rooms appearing from all directions. A plethora of generations all housed within a single place.
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Our missionTo provide a holistic Christian education for all and to inspire discipleship.
Our VisionTo be a Christian community in which everyone grows in character, faith, knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
Our vision is based on two Bible verses:
- ‘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.’ (Psalm 1 v3)
- ‘Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.’ (Luke 2 v52)
How do we achieve this?
Faith in Christ – Through sound biblical knowledge and a belief in the power of prayer, BCS provides a discipleship opportunity for students to apply the Word of God to their lives, laying a solid foundation for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone is committed to a lifestyle of lovingly serving others.
Christian Education – Our curriculum reflects our vision. We provide a holistic Christian education through passionate and dedicated staff, developing each child’s whole character alongside their academic learning. BCS students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to be independent learners. We encourage our students to take ownership of their learning experience.
Christian Community – Through partnership with parents, churches and the wider community, all BCS students are loved, valued and respected. Each child is accepted, nurtured, challenged and encouraged. They are inspired to discover and develop their unique God-given abilities as they grow in confidence to see themselves the way Christ sees them.
Our school improvement plan right now fits into three areas:
Christian character – This year we have tightened up our PSHE work, making sure discreet lessons complement the work done in assemblies and in an integrated way through the curriculum. We have had many outside speakers to enhance this. Currently a number of charities are being represented in Middle School Topic, and I want to thank those parents who have talked about their passion. We have a desire to encourage our students to serve others.
Staff spend a lot of time developing curriculum – and this year we have had team leaders to make sure threads run from EYFS to Year 11, with opportunities for intentional faith integrated learning. All of our students study RE as a core subject, which is complemented by Christian perspectives at upper school, where students get to explore Christian worldview and ask big questions.
Christian community – we are working hard to develop this, and staff have loved working together to improve our environment last week, after studying Nehemiah together and being reminded of the value of teamwork and service. The student response was encouraging. We are also keen to bring in parents and friends to a number of academic and social events – thanks to all of those who have been involved.
And in additional news
We heard this week that two of our Year 7 and 8 students did exceptionally well in a national writing competition
Dear Bradford Christian School,
Thank you for submitting your students’ plays to the 37 Plays project. We have had the immense pleasure over the last 15 weeks of reading over 2000 entries from across the UK and the Channel Islands. The scripts have been funny, heart breaking, and brilliant; we’ve been in awe of the talent on display. All scripts submitted to 37 Plays have now been read by at least two professional readers and considered carefully.
We are really pleased to let you know that Joy ’s play Rewrite the story has been shortlisted. The shortlisted plays have been sent to our team of eight judges who will select the chosen 37 Plays. Each play on the shortlist will be read by at least two of the judges as well as by a member of the RSC New Work Team. We will be in touch once the final 37 have been chosen. In the meantime, we just want to say congratulations to Joy for writing a brilliant play, and what a privilege it has been to read it. Good luck for the final phase.
Grace’s play, The Boy in the Woods was longlisted, meaning it was in the top 350 entries (which is a huge achievement). In the next round of reading, the play was read again by our team of readers and discussed in two readers meetings. The reading panel found much to admire in the play.
Thank you for your support of Bradford Christian School
Have a Blessed Weekend
Don’t forget, School is closed on Monday 8th for the Kings Coronation