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New Year 7 Welcome

Welcome to Bonus Pastor! 

We're really excited to get to know you and your families, and to help induct you properly into our outstanding college. 

Between Now and September: Transition Newsletters 

We will be emailing you each Friday with key pieces of information, activities, challenges and competitions for you and your child to complete to help you become really familiar with our school, so please do keep an eye out for these and check your Junk / Spam folder for them.


There is also a welcome video, a virtual tour of our school and some additional key information relating to uniform, meals and who to contact further down this page to help you start to get to know us.

Transition Newsletter 1

Transition Newsletter 2

 

Induction Day: Tuesday 2nd July

Tuesday 4th of July is induction day! This is your child's first official day with us here at Bonus Pastor and a day we aim help them start to settle in, get to know us but also start making some new friends. 

Please can we ask you and your child arrive at 8:30am at our Churchdown site (BR1 5PG) Your child needs to be wearing their current primary school uniform and will need to bring a pencil case with them

Lunch will be provided, though packed lunches are also welcome.

The day will finish at 2:30pm.

We then invite yourselves as parents/guardians to a short Welcome Evening at 4:30pm (please arrive from 4:15pm) in our Winlaton Site (BR1 5PZ) which is a great opportunity for you to meet our Principal and the key staff who will be supporting your child over the next 5 years. 

 

September 

In September we always pay special attention to our new Year 7s.

Every year we slightly stagger the start of term in September, with different year groups starting at different times, in order to allow us time to have a full induction day with Year 7s, to ensure they feel welcome and get to know our school.

Monday 2nd September is a teacher training / inset day. 

Year 7s will be required in school on Tuesday 3rd September from 8:20am to 12:35pm in our Churchdown Site.

They will need to wear full school uniform and bring all of their equipment.

They will NOT need their PE Kit. 

On their first day, we will have an opening House induction assembly where your child will receive their prestigious house tie and be welcomed into their House family. Your child will also be given ample time to get used to their new school with longer lunch breaks and class buddies to show them around. 

Wednesday 4th September will then be a normal school day with Years 8, 9 and 10 in as well, and pupils will be following their new timetables for lessons, and the day will finish at 3:05pm. 

Please watch our welcome video below that will introduce you to some key people! 

Why not get ahead and explore our school virtually via our video tour below! 

We do have 2 buildings that students need to move between, and this can be scary at first! However it's nothing to worry about, and see our short video below which walks you through the route! 

There is also an additional photo guide which could be downloaded and printed out to work with your child if you find that helpful. 


A-Photo-Guide-to-Bonus-Pastor.pdf

Please feel free to send any questions into us here at the school by contacting the Head of Year 7 

 

 

 Some Other Key Website Pages To Explore: 

There are so many reasons to get excited about joining us at Bonus Pastor, so why not check out a few by exploring our website, and start thinking about what you'd like to get involved in:

Still Got Questions? 

Below is a "Frequently Asked Questions" page that might help to answer any questions you may still have, however if you are still unsure please email the following relevant person as per below: 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Summer School

To help you settle in and start making some friends, we are running a 2 day summer school program on:

Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th August

  • Please arrive from 8:15am each day at Churchdown
  • Parents please can you attend on the Tuesday morning to sign your child in, but then you do not need to attend on Wednesday.
  • Please bring a pencil case and equipment as listed in the handbook ready for your taster lessons. 
  • Please bring any medication we as a school need to have for you both for this week and for September
  • You DO NOT need to wear your uniform!
  • You can wear your own clothes but please ensure they are respectful and appropriate.
  • We will be doing some sporting activities so please ensure you have suitable footwear such as trainers, and not sliders. 
  • Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge. However if you would like to bring a packed lunch or snacks then please do so.
  • Please bring a bottle of water
  • The day will finish at 3:05pm at our Churchdown site. Parents you can choose to collect your child or they can make their own way home.

 

We would also love to hear from your child about their thoughts and feelings and any worries they may have, so that we can address these during our summer school. Please can they complete the short online form here:

Student Survey 2024

 

 

School Uniform

School Uniform:

Please see our expectations and standards regarding uniform in the attached document below.

 

Uniform Standards and Expectations

 

Uniform can be purchased from any of the following suppliers:

  • Bailwood Fashion Ltd in Lewisham

https://www.bailwood.co.uk/

 

 

2) Khalsa School Wear in Crayford

https://khalsaschoolwear.co.uk/school/bonus-pastor-catholic-college/

Khalsa Uniform Half Price Offer

 

3) Wearabouts Clothing in Sydenham

https://wearaboutsschoolwear.co.uk/

 

 

PE Kit

PE Kit:

Please note that for PE pupils are required to wear our school PE Kit. 

All students need to have:

- Yellow PE top (available from Macron via the link below) 

-  Plain Black shorts or black tracksuit bottoms (available from regular high street retailers) 

- Plain Black socks (available from regular high street retailers) 

- Trainers or football boots depending upon the activities / lessons. 

The only compulsory item from Macron is the yellow top, whilst Macron's branded shorts and jacket are optional. 

You can order this at their website via the link below:

https://www.macronlondonsoutheast.com/bonus-pastor-catholic-college-636-c.asp 

PE Kit

PE Kit 2

School Lunches

Our canteen operates a "cash less" system meaning that no money is brought into school. 

On the first day in September a digital scan of your child's thumb print will be taken and linked with your MCAS account. You can then top up your child's account online with money to allow them to purchase their lunch. 


*Prices subject to change closer to the start of the new academic year

Free School Meals

Free School Meals:

If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, please can we ask that you re-apply with Lewisham in preparation for their transition with us. This ensures that your child's status is up to date. 

If you haven't previously been eligible, but your circumstances and family finances have recently changed, we would strongly encourage you to apply to see if you are eligible.

It is free and takes 5 - 10 minutes online to complete, and could result in your child not only being eligible for free school meals, but also extra subsidies towards trips, music lessons and other activities within school. 

Please see the link below or the downloadable document for more information.

 

How to Apply for Free School Meals

Lewisham Free School Meals Website

Bus Routes to Bonus

We know that some of you might be traveling to Bonus Pastor on the bus, and maybe traveling on a different route that you've not used before.

One of our current students has created some amazing video-guided tours of the main routes that our students use to get to and from Bonus, so why not have a watch: 

136 from Elephant and Castle to Grove Park

 

181 from Grove Park to Lewisham

 

208 from Lewisham to Orpington

 

320 from Biggin Hill to Catford

Key Contacts

For General Enquiries: Ms V Odlum Head of Year 7) 

 

For enquiries about our Transition, Induction and our Summer School plans and programme: Mr N Lawrence (Assistant Head) 

 

For Admission Enquiries: Mrs J Townsend (Admissions Officer) 

 

For SEND Enquiries: Miss S Wise (SENDCO) 

 

For any Safeguarding, Child Protection or Looked After Children: Mrs S Quinn (Safeguard Lead)