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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.