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In the Prep department I am sure that the children are pleased to have finished their examinations. I have been impressed by how conscientious and focused they have been. I know that they have worked hard and tried to do their best. The teachers are now marking the papers and preparing feedback so that each girl and boy knows what they have done well and what they need to do improve. Our internal moderation and checking means that results will be released in the week beginning 28 November.
In assembly last week I spoke to the children about revision as the process by which they fix the information and understanding they need for examinations in their long term memory. We encourage the children to try different ways of revising to find the ones that work for them. I have asked them all to reflect on how successful their revision has been and to set their own target to improve the effectiveness of their revision in the future.
In the Pre-Prep department the children have been creating decorations for the Barrow Hills Christmas tree in the Squires Garden Centre's ‘Decorate a Christmas Tree’ competition. The theme is magical forest creatures. The children, helped by their teachers, have taken inspiration from their outdoor play area and created a range of woodland animal decorations. Ten of the children are going to Squires on Monday to dress the tree with the decorations Prep-Prep have made. You can view all the entries at Squire’s between 25 November and 4 December. Please go along and vote for the Barrow Hills tree!
Although Christmas is over a month away and we are yet to go through Advent, preparations for the School’s Christmas events have already begun. Rehearsals for the Year 8 Pantomime, the Prep-Prep Christmas Show and the Carol Service are progressing well. As part of this preparation I would like to remind parents that attendance at our Carol Service in the Chapel is compulsory for children in the choirs; the children love singing at this special occasion.
You will have received a portal notice about a change, starting on Monday, to the pick up routine for Prep children on the Lower. This change is to ensure the safety of the children on these darker evenings. Thank you for your support.
Finally, I have just been informed that we raised a total of £576.04 in donations for the Poppy Appeal this year beating our own personal best from last year by £172.15! Thank you so much to all the children, parents and staff who made donations.