Newsletter 22 September 2017

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE PERIOD 18th September - 22nd September 2017


From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents 

As Mrs Harris’ Year 4 form reminded us in assembly this morning, today is the first day of autumn.  The children spoke about autumn as a time of change and shared with us the things they would like to change and improve in their school work and activities.

Last week ended for the Year 7 and 8 children with a pizza and film night, which they thoroughly enjoyed. This was followed by the Hog Roast on Saturday. It was great to see so many of you and thanks to the parent volunteers who helped to set up and clear away.

Please do come to the Barrow Hills Community Committee coffee morning on Wednesday 27th from 8.15am.  The next big BHCC event is the Bonfire and Fireworks on Friday 3rd November.  This is an event that needs a lot of volunteers if it is to take place.  If you are unable to attend on Wednesday morning but would like to offer your help, please let Mr Shreeve know and he will pass on your information.  

I was delighted this week to see the great work that four of our art scholars have completed over the summer break and to award them a green commendation.  I am looking forward to seeing more children with their excellent work in the coming weeks.

Our focus on reading continues. I was very interested to see a research report this week which found that the level of children’s reading and writing skills is the best predictor of their attainment in science. This supports the idea that reading regularly has a positive impact on children’s achievement in subjects other than English and the humanities.  So keep on reading!

There have been lots of sports fixtures this week and, as ever, it is great to see the way the children support each other.  We are also grateful for the way in which parents support not only their own child, but all Barrow Hills children, whatever the level at which they are playing.  Thank you.

With best wishes



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Green Commendation

Flyn (8G), Max (8G), Oliver (8G), Dominic (7G)


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      From the Chaplaincy

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      Peter came up to Jesus and asked him, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive someone who treats me badly?  As many as seven times?”  Jesus said, “No, I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times!”  Then Jesus told them a story: There was once a king who wanted to put his accounts in order.  So he called one of his servants who owed him a lot of money.  He asked his servant to repay the money he owed.  Unfortunately, the servant was unable to do so.  The servant fell at the king’s feet saying, “Be patient with me”, he begged, “and I will pay back everything.”  The king felt so sorry for him that he cancelled the whole debt and let him go.  On his way back home, the servant bumped into a friend of his who happened to owe him some money.  He grabbed his friend by the neck and demanded to be paid back, “Pay me what you owe me!” he said.  His friend fell on his knees and begged him, “Please be patient with me, for I cannot pay it back right now, but I will in due course.”  But the servant refused to listen and had his friend thrown into jail until he pay back the whole amount.  Now, the king heard about this and remembered how kind he had been to this servant.  He was shocked because he had expected the servant, in his gratitude for being released from his debt, to take pity on this friend.  So the king called his servant.  “You wicked servant!  I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your friend just as I had on you?”  The king was so upset that he handed his servant over to the jailers until he paid back all that he owed.  Matthew 18:21-35

      In this important story we are being told very clearly that how God treats us will depend upon how we treat others.  If we want God to forgive us, we must forgive those who hurt us.  Our future happiness is in our own hands.  We all know how easy it is to bear a grudge; to have been so upset by someone that it seems almost impossible to let that grudge go.  When we live like this, we live in a kind of self-inflicted darkness.  The only way to climb out of that darkness is to get rid of grudges; to find the courage to grant forgiveness.  However, forgiveness is not something which humans – by themselves – are very good at: we need help from God.  If you genuinely want to forgive someone just ask God to help you; it is the sort of request that he really loves.  Beg him to teach you how to forgive others, and he’ll answer your prayer like a shot.  Let us all work really hard to live with forgiving hearts because that it is the very surest way to achieve happiness and to get to heaven.



      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.

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      CAR PARK

      The bacon buttie stall had excellent takings of £235 on this glorious autumn morning.  A quick reminder to visit us in the school refectory next Friday, where we're part of the Macmillan Coffee Morning national fundraiser.

      If you can spare 30 mins to help serve or direct parents to the refectory next Friday, please contact your class rep.

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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
      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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