Newsletter 15 September 2017

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE PERIOD 11th - 15th September 2017


From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents

At the end of the first full week of term, we are all back into the familiar rhythms of school life.  Lesson and study routines have been established, instrumental and singing lessons, LAMDA and ballet have all started, and the Prep children enjoyed a full fixture programme.

The new addition to school life, daily reading, started on Monday and will soon be established as a routine. I read with Year 7 on Tuesday and it was great to see their concentration and their independent reading choices.  It is also lovely to see the children carrying their reading books around school.  

This morning, Year 8 presented a very thoughtful assembly on the theme of joy; what it is and where we can find it.  The children introduced themselves and explained what they are going to do in their captain’s roles, as well as explaining what it is about Barrow Hills that gives them joy. They communicated very clearly that joy comes from finding your talent and being able to develop and express that talent.  

Last week, you received a letter from the IT department about the Engage App for smart phones.  Having downloaded it myself, I can recommend it as a quick and easy way to read the portal messages.

May I also remind you of the Barrow Hills Community Committee coffee morning on Wednesday 27th September.  Do come along after drop off.

The Barrow Hills Triathlon and the Hog roast take place tomorrow.  I know many of the children are looking forward to the triathlon and we look forward to seeing you there or at the Hog Roast at 12.00.

Best wishes,



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      From the Chaplaincy

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      Jesus said to his disciples: “If someone does something wrong, go and discuss it with him alone, between your two selves.  If he listens to you, you have won back that person.  If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you.  If he still refuses to listen, report it to the community.  If he refuses to listen even to the whole community, then he has made an outsider of himself.”  Matthew 18:15

      Many years ago my elder sister, red-haired and with a matching temper, was being badly treated by others in her class.  When playing hockey they’d deliberately smash their hockey sticks against her shins.  She could reasonably have been expected to give them a taste of their own medicine.  Surprisingly, instead, she saw the chief bully on her own and said, “Please tell me if there is anything I have done to upset you and I will gladly apologise.”  At that point, the fire of their hatred went out and she had no more trouble.  There will always be disagreements in the world.  There will be huge disagreements such as those between nations; there will be disagreements even within our own nation, such as between the people who want Brexit and those who don’t.  Equally, there will always be small disagreements between friends and family members.  In this Gospel Jesus is telling us not to deal with disagreements by being unkind, vindictive or vengeful but to tackle it through reasonable and peaceful dialogue.  By talking about it calmly.  For as many times as people upset us or let us down, there will be many times when we know we have let them and God down.  In other words, we will know that it is us who is in the wrong.  When we feel like that, it is important to remember that Jesus himself comes to us every day and invites us to talk it over with him. 

      “Come, let us talk this over, says the Lord.  No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.  Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool.  If you will only let me help you.  Come now … let us talk this over …”  Isaiah 1:18



      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.  


      School Notices

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      Roke Lane and parking - Take Care

      Please, please can we remind parents to drive carefully along Roke Lane and the surrounding areas. There are other families walking to and from local schools at drop off and pick up. We also like to remind you not to double park in the school car park. Thank you.

      Pre-Prep children in the car park

      Please can Pre-Prep parents ensure that they accompany their child around the edge of the lower playground, cross over in front of the arch and then walk inside the barrier around the edge of the Chapel. Thank you.

      Reminder to download your Engage App

      Double First has developed and released a mobile app for the Parent Portal.  It enables quick and secure access to vital information and we hope it has all the information you require on your mobile device.  Please note that it is a pared down version of the portal but more functionality will be added in coming months.

      The app is available to download from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. Once downloaded on your device open the app and input the school code 6BypJfdaY1 on the welcome screen.  Enter your account with the same User name (your email address) and Password that you use for the Parent Portal.  Once the app is installed then please ensure that in device settings notifications are turned on for the Engage App.

      Wanted! Apple Press

      Does anyone have an apple press that Mr Shreeve could borrow/use please?

      Water Bottles Years 3 - 8

      Please could all children in Years 3 - 8 bring a named water bottle in to School for games lessons and matches.

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      CAR PARK

      On this lovely chilly sunny morning the Bacon Buttie team took a resounding £231.50.  Thanks to all our fabulous customers and the volunteer parent and child helpers.   That's definitely your good deed for the day.

      If a parent fancies a free bacon buttie, we could use some adult help for 30 mins on a Friday.  Talk to any of the team at the stall, or at the McMillan coffee morning on the 29th of Sept in the refectory.

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      Swimming Gala vs Edgeborough17:00 Tuesday 16 Oct 201818:00 Tuesday 16 Oct 2018
      Reception - Year 5 flu vaccination Wednesday 17 Oct 2018 Wednesday 17 Oct 2018
      Flu vaccine09:30 Wednesday 17 Oct 201811:30 Wednesday 17 Oct 2018
      Colts House Football14:30 Wednesday 17 Oct 201816:30 Wednesday 17 Oct 2018
      Colts Netball vs Ripley Court14:30 Wednesday 17 Oct 201816:30 Wednesday 17 Oct 2018

      Upcoming Events

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      Date Event
      Saturday 16th September Barrow Hills Triathlon
      Saturday 16th September Hog Roast
      Tuesday 19th September Prep Parents' Information Evening
      Tuesday 26th September Pre-Prep Parents' Information Evening
      Friday 29th September BHCC cake sale in support of Macmillan
      Monday 2nd October Open Morning
      Tuesday 3rd October BHCC and Parent Rep coffee morning
      Tuesday 3rd October Pre-Prep Parent Consultations
      Wednesday 4th October Pre-Prep Parent Consultations
      Friday 6th October CAFOD Fast Day
      Friday 6th October Open Morning
      Friday 6th October Harvest Festival Sale
      Monday 9th October Pre-Prep Parent Rep Meeting
      Monday 9th October Prep Pastoral Parent Consultations
      Thursday 12th October Prep Pastoral Parent Consultations
      Friday 13th October Junior Prep Parent Rep Meeting
      Friday 13th October - Monday 30th October Half Term


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