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We have reached the end of the school year.
Yesterday afternoon I was delighted to present certificates to the Pre-Prep children in their final assembly. The children were recognised for a wide range of achievements and qualities and all of them, Nursery and Kindy included, came up confidently to shake my hand. Well done to all the children in Pre-Prep and a huge thank you from me to the Pre-Prep staff for all their work and care, which has enabled the children to make such wonderful progress.
On Thursday evening, the House Art and DT Showcase was held in the St Joseph Centre. In design technology, the full range of the subject was on show; designing, graphics, coding and cooking. We watched some great cookery shows made by Year 7 and the Year 8 garden designs were very impressive.
In art, the children follow the whole process of developing an idea from a theme, selecting the media they want to use and refining their final piece. This is great art practice and the children create wonderful work as a result. The range of drawing, painting, textiles, clay, and 3D, was amazing, as was the quality.
This was the last House competition of the school year, so I am delighted to announce the overall winners here:
1st: Oscar (7G)
2nd: Nicky (7G)
3rd: Sam (3G)
The overall House winner is… Kean!
This morning Year 8 took assembly. This is always an emotional occasion, with lots of fun and laughter mixed with sadness. The children shared their memories with us and showed a a film they had made about Banter Hills, a school quite like Barrow Hills where the children are the teachers! At the end they were all presented with a gift of a holding cross, made from olive wood from the Holy Land, as a reminder of the values they take with them as they leave Barrow Hills.
This afternoon we conclude the school year with Prize Giving. This is always a very special occasion and I am sure many of you reading this will have shared it with us.
At Prize Giving we say goodbye to one very special person, Gillie, our chaplain. Gillie is retiring after seventeen years. She has been an important and special person to countless children, staff and parents. Her spirituality and wisdom have been a support to many individuals. Through her work Gillie has kept the chapel, prayer and the liturgy at the heart of the school. She leaves with our love and gratitude.
May I wish you all a joyful summer,