Newsletter 3 November 2017

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE PERIOD 30th October - 3rd November 2017


From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents

I hope you enjoyed the half term break.  The children have certainly returned to school full of energy and enthusiasm.

Our theme for this month is being scholarly. Year 7 gave us a fantastic start with their assembly this morning.  They explained that being scholarly is about how you learn and your attitude to learning. Their key points were that practice, perseverance and resilience are the things that make you scholarly.  It is a great message and they challenged all of us to act on it.  Thank you, Year 7.

Following our great sporting success last year, with Barrow Hills teams playing in three national finals, the first hockey team were nominated for the Sport Godalming Youth Team of the Year Award.  We made it to the final three and at a presentation evening on Friday 27th the team were placed second, behind the Guildford Rugby Club under 18 team.  This is a fantastic achievement for the children, their coaches and our PE department.  

As you know, we aim to give every child from Year 3 to Year 8 the opportunity to play in a team.  I thought you might like to know how that translates into figures.  In the five weeks of the first half of this term, 137 matches were played against 22 different schools.  Thank you to the PE department for all their work in making this happen.

Everything is ready for the fireworks and bonfire this evening.  A record number of tickets have been sold, so a huge thank you to all of the BHCC volunteers.  I look forward to seeing many of you this evening.

All good wishes



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Prep Awards

Safer Food Essentials, Level 1

Annabel (6R), Rupert (6R), Cillian (6G), Sascha (6R), Xavier (6R), Oscar (6R), Max (6R), Jake (6G)

School Council badges

Year 3: Phoebe, Edward L

Year 4: Rosie, Nathaniel, Conrad

Year 5: Phoebe, Theo

Year 6: Emma, Ben

Year 7: Harry, Hermione

Times Tables Badge

James (5R)

Green Commendations

Xavier (6R) and Max (6R) - for excellent progress and achievement in mathematics


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      From the Chaplaincy

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      I know of nothing good living in me – living, that is, in my unspiritual self.  For though the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is not, with the result that instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want.  When I act against my will, then, it is not my true self doing it, but sin which lives in me.  In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand.  In my inmost self I dearly love God and his Law, but I can see that my body follows a different law.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death?  Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ our Lord!

      Romans 7:18-25

      Who wrote these words which are full of shame and angst about his sinfulness?  Was it a great sinner?  Astonishingly, they were written by one of the greatest ever saints – St Paul.  He had obviously said or done something which was weighing on his conscience.  Not just weighing on his conscience, but overwhelming him and reminding him of his constant need to keep on and on trying to do better.  I can relate to this!  The number of times I let myself and God down; the number of times I could kick myself for not having listened to my inner conscience, that inner voice which is telling me “don’t do this, don’t do that …”.  And when I ignore that inner voice I end up, like St Paul, thinking “What a wretched person I am! … who will rescue me from myself?”  Paul knew that there was one person above all who could rescue him from himself.  Thank God, he says, for Jesus Christ.  Thank God for Jesus who has bridged the gap between us and God; thank God for Jesus whose mercy and faithfulness is greater than we could imagine.  St Paul knew that, rather than just throwing in the towel and giving up, he had to just bash on trying his best.  In a later letter to his friends in Philippi he says: But there is one thing that I do: I forget my past and strain towards what is ahead.  I press on towards the goal and to win the prize for which God has called me (Philippians 3:14).  Let us, like St Paul, be healthily and humbly aware of our faults and failings; let us commit ourselves to doing our best to think, say and do what is good and right; let us press on towards the goal and to win the prize for which God is calling us all.   



      The Pope Speaks

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      The good thief reminds us of our true condition before God: we are his children and he comes to meet us, having compassion on us.  There is no person, however bad he may have been in his life, to whom God denies his grace if he repents.


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      CAR PARK

      Today, amidst the morning mist, the Bacon Buttie stall took a respectable £221.60. Thank you to all our breakfast munchers, and volunteer helpers. We hope to see you and your friends next week.

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      Whole school closed Thursday 28 Dec 2017 Thursday 28 Dec 2017
      Whole school closed Friday 29 Dec 2017 Friday 29 Dec 2017
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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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