We wish every happiness to our families who are celebrating Holi, the festival of colours, this week. Holi is a festival celebrated by Hindus around the world: it heralds the beginning of spring and is is a festival of colour and fun.
If you are going through difficult times, you are not alone.
Everyone experiences difficult times once in a while.
You may feel alone and isolated. These times can be difficult and even traumatic, Space can offer support.
Space supports people who are going through relationship difficulties, depression, bereavement, unemployment, mental health problems, loneliness, or any combination of these issues.
Space can support you by providing:
• A safe place to unwind and think
• Someone who will listen to you in confidence and without judgement
• Information about other organizations
• A chance to meet others
What can you expect from Space?
Space hold 4 drop-ins a week. These drop-ins are a chance for people to meet others.
Members can sit and chat over a hot drink with a biscuit or some fruit in a relaxed atmosphere.
All drop-ins are facilitated by volunteers who are trained with listening skills so if anyone needs to talk privately and confidentially we have people who are willing to listen.
Drop-ins are held in St Mary’s Church on:
Tuesday 10.30am – 12pm
Friday 10.30am – 12pm
Sunday 2pm – 4pm
… also in Church of the Good Shepherd on:
Thursday 10.30am – 12pm
We are setting our children, staff and families a challenge over the next 20 days, in recognition of Lent.
Lent is the 40 day period before Easter, starting on Ash Wednesday (the day after Shrove Tuesday).
'20 days' is a generosity challenge which invites people to do Lent a bit differently. During the twenty school days in March we will invite children, families and staff to take part in twenty simple acts of generosity which will challenge them to ‘do Lent generously’ in 2015.
Lent marks a pivotal point in the history of the church, when Jesus prepared to give himself up as a sacrifice. Traditionally we mark Lent by giving something up, but what if it could be more than that? What if Lent was a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness?
Small acts of generosity have the power to make a big change to our school and community. The idea is simple; during the period of Lent, as a whole school, we’ll give something back, not give something up.
Each class has a set of Challenge Cards. Each school day, beginning today, every class picks a Challenge Card at random and this becomes their challenge for that day. Each task is a small act of generosity or kindness.
You can join in at home by downloading the wall chart (below) and having a try with the family!
Thank you to everyone who entered our Time Capsule competition.
The winners were invited to Buckingham Lodge on Friday 27th February to see the Time Capsule being buried and to take a look at the new care home, our newest community neighbours.
Alison Purkiss, Customer Relations Manager for Anchor, has been in contact with the school to say, "It was a great morning and the kids were all fabulous and extremely well behaved and polite – an absolute credit to the school."
We were so impressed with all the entries that they were all placed in the Time-Capsule, to be discovered in many decades to come!
At Buckingham Park there are Beavers and Cubs sections for boys and girls. Beavers is for boys and girls aged 6 to 8 years old, and meets on Tuesdays from 5.45pm until 7pm. Cubs is for boys and girls aged 8 to 10 1/2 years old, and meets on a Tuesday from 7.15pm until 8.30pm. Both groups meet at the Community Centre.
There are currently spaces available for boys and girls wanting to join Cubs. The Beaver section is currently full but you can add your child's name to the waiting list.
If any parent is able to join the leadership team of the Cubs and Beavers at Buckingham Park, then please do get in touch.
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.
Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.
Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.
There are two courses starting soon in Aylesbury. The first is the 'Follow' stage for those very new to faith, and the second is the 'Grow' stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.
The 'Follow' stage will be held on Wednesday evenings at 'The Works' on Market Square in Aylesbury.
Revd Mark is leading the 'Grow' stage at Buckingham Park School on Monday evenings starting on Monday 2nd March (7pm - 9pm).
If you are interested in joining either course, or if you would like further information, please contact Revd Mark:
For further information about 'Pilgrim': http://www.pilgrimcourse.org
We are pleased to announce that the school has organised a textile collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds for the PTA.
Bag2School are the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 they have now paid out over £20 million.
As well as raising vitally needed funds for our school, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However it is a fact that as a nation we still send 1,081,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year.
By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys. Please note bedding, curtains, and household linen cannot be accepted (refer to www.bag2school.com for details). In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.
If you fill the donation bag and still have more then you can use any other bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!
Bag2School will be collecting from our school on 11th March. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to school on that day and help us have a really good collection.
Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.
Bag2School accept the following ‘good quality’ items for RE-USE:
Bag2School do not accept:
We have a number of parents who have responded to our request for volunteer librarians. We need some help keeping the library in top shape, getting new books on the system, helping children and getting books checked in and checked out.
We are holding a training event on Thursday 12th February from 1.30 - 3.00pm. Once you have been trained, you will be able to volunteer as a librarian as much, or as little as you like.
If you would like to join in the training event, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will ask all our regular library volunteers to have an enhanced DBS check (formerly called CRB) in keeping with the school's safeguarding procedures. If you come along to the training event, please bring three forms of ID including at least one photographic (drivers licence or passport) and at least one with your current address (such as a recent utility bill or this year's council tax statement) - but three in total.
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