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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE PERIOD 11th - 15th December 2017


From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the carol service last night.  The atmosphere in the candle lit chapel was very special and the unaccompanied solo of the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City, sung by Imogen, set the mood perfectly.  All the children read and sang beautifully.  The traditional readings, each followed by the lighting of a candle on the wreath, and the familiar carols led us to the heart of the Christmas story.  It is a wonderful way to mark the end of term and to prepare for the celebration of Christmas.  Thank you for supporting your children as they sang or read.  Thank you to our chaplain, Mrs Nicholls, and our Director of Music, Mr Wardell for all their work in preparing the service.  And thank you to the parents who made the lovely floral decorations in the chapel, led by Mrs Bennett.

There was a small hitch at the end of the service: we forget to take the collection for Burkina Faso!  A collection was made in the refectory afterwards, but not all of you who would have wanted to contribute were there.  If you would like to make a contribution to support the schools in Fada, please send or pass it to Mrs Nicholls. 

In this morning’s assembly the children of 6G dramatised three stories with the message that we should be truthful.  The first, Hilaire Belloc’s poem Matilda, ‘who told such dreadful lies’ is one of my favourites.  The stories of Daniel in the Lion’s Den and of Peter’s denial of Jesus made the point that we need to be true to what we believe; an important message to have in mind as we celebrate Christmas.

It has been a busy and successful term and the children and staff are ready for their holiday.

I wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas.



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Pre-Prep Awards

Bronze Award

Reception: Delilah, Ellis, Maxime, Edward, Thomas N, Charlotte, Alec, Ethan, Elliot, Rosie, Lily

Bronze Badge 

Year 2: Jacob, Hugo, Tomos, Hamish, Alfred

Head of Pre-Prep Award

Eliza (1G)

Prep Awards

Bronze 4

Alexander (4G)

Bronze 5

Georgia (5G), Jessica (5G), Jessica (5R), Taylor (5G), Barnaby (5R), William (5R), Phoebe (5G), Alexander (5G)

Bronze 6

Xavier (6R)

Times Tables Badge

Charlie (3R)

Green Commendations

Elena (7G) - Beautiful work in your art sketch book

Matilda (4G) - Diary of the Plague

Jonah (4R) - Recount of your visit to Haslemere

Lily (6G) - A fantastic pillow created in Textiles Club

Alexander (4G) - Recount of your visit to Haslemere

Safer Food Essentials - Level 1 Food Safety

Thomas (6G), Lily (6G), Ben (6R)



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    From the Chaplaincy

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    John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness and this was his message: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is close at hand.”  He wore a garment made of camel hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.  Then Jerusalem and the whole of Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins.  He said, “I am baptising you with water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”  Matt 3:1-12

    John the Baptist must have looked like a mad man: he wore very rough clothes, lived in the desert off locusts and wild honey and wandered around the place telling people to repent, for the kingdom of God was close at hand.  If he was going around today doing that, he’d be thought of as mad and possibly locked up.  And yet, we hear that people flocked to him in their thousands.  Down to the River Jordan they all went, in great crowds.  They weren’t going there to ogle at a madman, they weren’t going there to make fun of a strange man.  They went down there to do something we all find extremely hard: they went down there to confess their sins and mistakes.  It is not easy to confess one’s mistakes or to apologise.  Confessing our mistakes requires us to be honest with ourselves about what we have done wrong, and it then – horror of horror – requires us to be open with others about what we have done wrong.  Apologising is just as hard.  Hands up those who find it quite hard to apologise.  Yes, for human beings it is one of the hardest things to do, and yet is one of the most important or life skills.  As I said last week, Advent is a time of admitting our mistakes and apologising.  It is a time, in short, to learn about humility.  There is a saying that the door into heaven is extremely low in order to allow the lowly and humble through easily; but which is much much harder for those who have not yet learned how to be humble; those who have not yet learnt how to say sorry.  


    The Pope Speaks

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    There is a sign, a unique signal: accepting humiliation.  Humility without humiliation is not humility.  The humble one is he or she who is able to accept humiliations like Jesus, the great humiliated.


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    Save your stamps please!

    Help support Canine Partners by saving your stamps. They accept all kinds of stamps on or off paper with no more than a 5mm border around each. Every stamp received will help towards training more puppies, transforming the lives of people with disabilities. There will be a collection point in School in the new year.

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    Your Weekly Newsletter has been updated. Our Headline News will no longer be a separate section, but will become part of our Weekly News blog. The Headline News stories can also be found on the website, please click here. Please email any feedback to marketing@barrowhills.org. We always like to hear from you! Don't forget to use the red mouse icons to scroll through all the Weekly News stories.

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    The bacon buttie stall raised £222.40 today in a dreary end of term drizzle.  We hope you enjoy Christmas and we’ll see you on the first Friday of next term.  There will be porridge pots and for those avoiding post-Noel carbs, you can always order bacon only. Merry Christmas from the Bacon Buttie Team

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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
    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
    Monday 8th January Staff INSET
    Tuesday 9th January Staff INSET
    Wednesday 10th January Pupils return
    Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February Half term 
    Monday 19th February Pupils return
    Wednesday 28th March Term ends


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