Newsletter 10 November 2017

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Dear Parents

I am sure that all of you who were there, will agree that the bonfire and fireworks night last Friday was a great success.  On top of the record advance ticket sales, over 100 tickets were purchased ‘on the door’, making this one of the best attended events for many years.  We were blessed with a clear, still evening; the bonfire was magnificent and the fireworks spectacular, we all enjoyed the refreshments and the children certainly relished the various light up goodies.  Thank you to all of the BHCC volunteers who made the evening such a success; from setting up, running the stalls, organising the raffle and clearing up afterwards.

Today we held our Remembrance assembly and  two minute silence.  Thank you to Miss Tan, and to Tomas and Julien for a thoughtful and moving reminder of why the 11th day of the 11th month is a time of reflection and remembrance in the UK and in many other countries across the world.  I know that many of the children, through their churches, Brownies, Cubs and other organisations will be involved in Remembrance services this Sunday or will watch with you the national service of Remembrance from the Cenotaph.  Thank you for supporting The Poppy Appeal here in school.  Mr Shreeve is hoping that we will beat last year’s total.

The Prep children have been working hard on their revision this week and I wish them well in their examinations next week.

Best wishes,



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Prep Awards

Safer Food - Level 2: Eddie (8G), Matthew (8G), Emily (8G), Amy (8G), Harry (8G), Ben (8G)


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      Talking to the people and to his disciples, Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses.  You must therefore do what they tell you and listen to what they say; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practise what they preach.  Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader phylacteries and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honour at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeting obsequiously in the market squares.  I am telling you, anyone who exalts himself will be brought down; anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Matthew 23:1-2

      I can just see in my mind’s eye the important people of Jesus’ day – the leaders of the Jewish people, Pharisees and the scribes – swaggering around well aware of their importance.  Jesus was right to say that what they said was important because they upheld the Jewish law and gave spiritual guidance.  But Jesus is scathing about their pomposity and high self-regard which was why he said, “Don’t be guided by what they do because they never practise what they preach.”  In Jesus, for the first time ever, the Jewish people had amongst them their true leader; a leader whose leadership was so authentic and appealing that it made the ordinary people love him, but the Pharisees hate him.  He was kind, he was humble, he lived a poor life.  He was a man who broke some of the Pharisaic rules, such as healing people on the Sabbath Day.  Above all, he showed his love for everyone in humble and kind ways; he exercised compassion and was always ready to help those in trouble …. All these things which the Pharisees never did.  Jesus was prepared to ‘get his hands dirty’ by getting in amongst those most in need of his help.  By contrast, the Pharisees tried so hard to remain pure that they’d actually ritually wash themselves upon getting home just in case they had been defiled by coming into contact with sinners.  Jesus was the complete opposite.  In whose footsteps should we walk?  Those whose footsteps assume the places of honour belong to them?  Those whose footsteps avoid people who are suffering or who are in trouble?  No!  We follow the footsteps of the one who moved amongst the suffering and the lowly and whose teaching matched the kindness with which he treated all people.



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      The faith we profess in the resurrection makes us men and women of hope, not despair; men and women of life, not death. For we are comforted by the promise of eternal life, grounded in our union with the risen Christ.  This hope, rekindled in us by the word of God, helps us be trusting in the face of death.


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      Associated Board music exams

      Please note, Associated Board music exams take place on Monday 4th December.

      Calling all tennis players!

      Due to the success of the junior tennis programmes, England Sports Group are happy to provide adult group coaching to all parents at Barrow Hills. The groups will take place every Wednesday morning from 8.30-10am. The lessons are pay as you go for £10 each and there is no long term financial commitment, just turn up and play! Any parent that has not attended before will receive their first lesson for FREE!

      If you have any questions please contact Arran either by phone: 07841 436893 or by email:


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      CAR PARK

      Today, just before the rain, the Bacon Buttie stall took a respectable £221.  Our thanks to all you lovely fundraisers. We’re looking forward to seeing you next week.

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      BHCC Operational Meeting08:30 Thursday 25 Oct 201809:30 Thursday 25 Oct 2018
      Pre-Prep Birthday Assembly08:40 Thursday 25 Oct 201809:00 Thursday 25 Oct 2018
      Bikeability level 209:30 Tuesday 30 Oct 201812:00 Tuesday 30 Oct 2018
      Bikeability level 209:30 Wednesday 31 Oct 201812:00 Wednesday 31 Oct 2018
      Pre-Prep Birthday Assembly08:40 Thursday 1 Nov 201809:00 Thursday 1 Nov 2018

      Upcoming Events

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      Date Event
      W/c 13th November Exam Week Years 3 - 8
      Friday 17th November Christmas Food and Wine Tasting
      Friday 24th November BHCC Cake Sale
      Tuesday 28th November Year 6 - 7 Parent Consultations
      Thursday 30th November Year 5 Production
      Tuesday 5 December Pre-Prep Nativity Dress Rehearsal
      Thursday 7th December Pre-Prep Nativity
      Thursday 7th December Year 8 Production
      Friday 8th December Year 8 Production
      Tuesday 12th December BHCC Christmas Workshop
      Thursday 14th December Carol Service
      Friday 15th December End of Term


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