Newsletter 8 September 2017

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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE PERIOD 6th September - 8th September 2017

 

From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents

I hope you have enjoyed the summer break.  Although the weather has clearly decided that summer is over, the children have returned full of energy and joy.  We have welcomed forty new children and their families to our community and we are all looking forward to a happy and successful school year.

In assembly this morning, we celebrated the excellent ballet and LAMDA examination results achieved by the children at the end of the last school year; all of them merits or distinctions.  We also presented our Year 8 children with their captains’ badges, marking their new responsibilities.  We look forward to seeing all they will do and contribute as leaders at the top of the school.

One of the qualities we want the children to develop in their time at Barrow Hills is compassion and one of the key ways in which we do this is our link with the schools of Fada, in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world.   

Our parents’ association, the Barrow Hills Community Committee (BHCC), donate a proportion of the funds they raise each year to support schools in Fada.  So please do support all that they do; the weekly bacon butties, regular cake sales and their social events.  

If you would like more information about our link with schools in Fada please look at the charities page of the school website, where you will find a booklet, St Benoît School, to download.

In the beginning of term letter, I mentioned our focus on reading.  Reading is central to children's academic progress and achievement, and reading for pleasure is a wonderful habit to develop for life.  To promote reading, it is important that children are given time in the  school day to read independently.  From Monday, there will be daily reading time during the afternoon registration session.  

I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks and best wishes for the weekend.

 

Awards

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First awards of the year coming soon.

 

 

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      From the Chaplaincy

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      Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”   Matthew 16:13-20

      How often in life we take a chance on someone.  When we meet someone special we take a chance on them as a partner, or a friend, or perhaps a work colleague.  We take a chance on people without knowing them well or being able to look into the future.  By contrast, Jesus takes a chance on very flawed people, as we all are and as Peter was, knowing us well and knowing of what we are made.  He puts his faith in Peter with mixed results! … it was Peter who in a moment of fear and cowardice stated three times that he didn’t even know Jesus.  But Jesus’ faith in Peter is ultimately rewarded.  Jesus has taken a chance on each of us to carry out his work here in this school and in the community in which we live.  There will be times when, like Peter, we fall flat on our face and feel ashamed of ourselves.  But Jesus’ faith in us is absolute and if we can find the courage – as Peter did – to get up and keep trying our best, we will succeed in the job we have been given to do, whatever that happens to be.  

       

       
       

      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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      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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      COFFEE IN THE
      CAR PARK

      First week back, and with surprise roadworks on the Haslemere Road upsetting the school run, the Bacon Buttie crew took a respectable £178.50.  The stall's open from 8am each Friday, please don't forget to put some loose change in your car for this charity fundraiser (guilt free) bacon buttie or croissant breakfast.

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      Whole school closed Wednesday 27 Dec 2017 Wednesday 27 Dec 2017
      Whole school closed Thursday 28 Dec 2017 Thursday 28 Dec 2017
      Whole school closed Friday 29 Dec 2017 Friday 29 Dec 2017
      Safeguarding14:00 Tuesday 9 Jan 201815:30 Tuesday 9 Jan 2018
      Colts Rugby vs Longacre & Seaford14:30 Wednesday 10 Jan 201816:30 Wednesday 10 Jan 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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