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Teacher Newsletter April 2017

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Dear Teacher, 

It's a new term and we have our fab poetry competitions back for one last time! If you missed out on entering your pupils into any of the competitions below don't forget to request your free resources and enter by the 26th May 2017.                                                                                                                  

Poetry Safari (KS1)
Introduce younger pupils to poetry and help them create their own original poem inspired by animals with Poetry Safari! 

From wild animals and sea creatures to pets and dinosaurs, pupils can write about any animal they choose. They could even make their own crazy creation!

Once Upon A Dream (KS2)
Encourage your pupils to write a poem inspired by their dreams. Whether it's a real-life aspiration, a wonderful world created inside their mind or even influenced by a nightmare or fear, Once Upon A Dream is a fantastic was for pupils to express themselves! Don't forget to check out the BFP (The Big Friendly Poet's video lesson!)

Busta Rhyme (KS3/4)
Give your students the opportunity to write a poem about something they feel passionately about. Here's their chance to voice opinion, share a memory or dilemma, impart advice, or indulge in writing about something they adore. 

From ballads and odes to rhymes and free verse, what inspires your students?

Poetry Rivals School Winner

Thank you to every school that took part in Poetry Rivals 2016, we loved reading over all of your pupil's entries and watching some perform their poems live on stage!

We are pleased to announce that our editors have chosen the overall winning school as...

Bishop Barrington School, County Durham 
Poems published in Poetry Rivals - Everflowing Ink
Prize: £500

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Busta Rhyme Autumn Term Student Winner

We are very excited to announce that our first £1,000 student winner in our Busta Rhyme competition is...

Charlotte Todd (14) from Kent with her moving poem 'Hurting Me'. 

We will be announcing the Spring Term student winner in September. Busta Rhyme is now open for the final time so take a look at our website for more information on how your students could be in with the chance of winning! 

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Leavers' Books

Leavers' Books are the perfect send off for your pupils. Capture their favourite moments at school and give them memories to cherish for year! It couldn't be easier to begin the journey of creating one and a member of our team will always be there to help you through. 

Visit to get started on your 2017 yearbook. 

Bonacia Charity Skydive

On Sunday 28th May twenty-one members of the Bonacia team will be 
taking to the sky and jumping out of an aeroplane at 13,000 feet for a fantastic children's charity, Little Miracles. 

As a company, we have chosen to support local children's charity Little Miracles throughout 2017. Little Miracles supports families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. Their activities and Family Support Workers provide a lifeline to the families and their children with their varied support.  Little Miracles support the whole family including parents, carers, the child with additional needs as well as the siblings and any family can receive support even before they receive the formal diagnosis.

We hope to raise £6,550 and would like to thank everyone who has kindly donated so far, we have already raised £2,578.50. If you would like to find out more about this amazing charity or make a small donation please visit our Just Giving page.

Guest Blogger - Adam Hancher

This month we had the opportunity to interview the illustrator of the fantastic 'Taking Flight - How the Wright Brothers Conquered the Skies', Adam Hancher. 

Taking Flight is the first book in a new biographical series titled 'Dare to Dream', a series dedicated to inspirational figures throughout history to inspire children and young adults that with determination and courage they can make their dreams come true. 

We also have a copy of 'Taking Flight' up for grabs on our blog so make sure you come and see how you could win this for your class! 

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