Newsletter 13 October 2017

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE PERIOD 9th October - 13th October 2017


From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents

Our assembly this morning was presented by the children in form 3G.  Their theme was being generous and helpful.  Their message was that we should be kind to each without expecting a reward, that we should appreciate those who help us and that if we were all a little more kind and helpful the world would be a happier place.

This was a lovely way to conclude the half-term and our ‘Be Generous’ week.  On Monday, the Prep children wrote on cards the generous act of kindness they were going to do for someone at home or in school this week.  Today in chapel we had a tree, made by the Year 2 children, covered in ‘apples’ on which the Pre-Prep children had written their acts of kindness. On the altar we had a basket filled with all the Prep children’s cards.  Together we said ‘thank you’ for all the kindness in our generous community.

Today I was delighted to attend the Admissions Day service at our partner school, King Edward’s. The Heads of School, Emily and Ben came with me.  The Lord Mayor of London and The Bishop of Dorking joined the parents of the children who joined King Edward’s in September for the ceremony of admission to the school.  Ben, Emily and I were particularly looking out for the eight Barrow Hills children who were being admitted.  Speaking to those children at the reception after the service it was great to hear how well they had settled in and how much they are enjoying life at King Edward’s.

A reminder that the BHCC Fireworks and Bonfire take place on Friday 3rd November.  Donations for the raffle hampers will be gratefully received and tickets will be on sale when we return on Monday 30th October.

I hope we all have good weather, and that you have the time to enjoy the beauty of autumn with your families over the half-term break.

With best wishes,



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Pre-Prep Awards

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Year 1

Super news writing: Emilia, Rory, Xanthe, Lyla and Louis

Good ruler skill: Suzie, Oliver and Freddie

Working hard at reading: Eliza, Arthur, and Aria

Super maths work: Sophie

Prep Awards

Green Commendations

A beautiful bird house constructed in DT: Chloe (3R) and Hermione (3R)

Excellent coding skills used to create a game: William (6G) and Emma (6R)

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Josh (3G)


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      From the Chaplaincy

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      Jesus told a parable to those who were listening to him: “There was a landowner who planted a vineyard.  He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower.  Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved abroad.  When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.  The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.  Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.  Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.  But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the son and heir.  Come on, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’  So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”  Jesus then said to those listening to him, “When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?  He will bring those wretches to a wretched end.”  Matthew 21:33

      The people working and looking after the vineyard thought that they could do without not only the landlord’s servants and his son, but the landlord too.  They killed everyone whom the landlord sent, including the landlord’s only son.  They thought, if we get rid of all the servants and the son and, perhaps, the landlord himself, we might be able to own the vineyard ourselves.  This story is about God and his people; the landlord and the workers.  In this story Jesus was warning the people of his own day about the dangers of rejecting God; of thinking that they could possibly flourish without him.  Even in our own day, our society – previously assumed to be Christian – is on the brink of saying that God is no longer relevant or important.  If we think that we can do without all that is good, i.e. truth, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, kindness, generosity and love then one could say that we are mad, for ALL THAT IS GOOD COMES FROM GOD.  All good things find their source and their beginning and their end in God.  When Jesus was telling this story to the people of his day he knew perfectly well that he was the owner’s son and that, like the prophets before him, he would be killed.  He knew that the vineyard was not in good hands.  That was why he went on to say, “I tell you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to other people who will produce good fruit from the vineyard.”  And so it turned out: his own people – the Israelites – rejected him and he gave his vineyard to us.  We are now the workers in the vineyard and we all have a job to do.  I have said this before and I will say it again: I don’t care what you end up doing with your lives as long as you do do just two things: love God and love others.  That is all that is required of those who labour in God’s vineyard.  



      The Pope Speaks

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      “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and out of slavery” Ex 20:20.  God first identifies himself as our God, the God whose loves sets us free from all that enslaves us.  These words show that God’s ‘commands’ are really an invitation to respond with gratitude to his saving love.  If our obedience to God’s law is servile, mere legalism, then, like the ancient Israelites, we should cry out in prayer to be released from that slavery and to enjoy the freedom of God’s beloved children in Christ.  God wants to break every chain that binds us, so that, in loving obedience to his will, we can enjoy true freedom and life in abundance.  


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      We hope you enjoy the half term holiday.

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      CAR PARK

      The Bacon Buttie stall had a complete sell out today and a new fund raising record of £265.  Thank you everyone for your marvellous generosity and we hope to see you again the first Friday back after half term.

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      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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