Weekly Newsletter 25 November

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From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents

Yesterday we welcomed twenty-six girls and boys, and three members of staff from our partner school in France, La Providence in Dieppe.  The French children were hosted by our pupils for lunch and attended lessons 5 and 6 with them.  This morning our French friends joined us for assembly before leaving for a day trip to Windsor.  It was good to hear our children speaking French with their partners.  A very important part of this visit is the evening the French children spend with a Barrow Hills family.  My thanks to the children and parents who have hosted our French visitors and to Madame Early for all her work in organising the visit.

Enthusiastic rehearsals continue for our many end of term performances.  I crept into the Pre-Prep rehearsal of Silent Night on Wednesday; we have a treat in store in the last week of term. Next week the Year 5 production takes place on Thursday evening, followed by the Year 8 pantomime, Snow White, the following week and of course our Service of Readings and Carols on the 15 December.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Haslemere Food Bank Christmas Present Collection
In assembly on Monday, India, Lucy, Annabelle, Isabella and Elena in Year 6 will be launching our annual collection of Christmas presents for families who use the Haslemere Food Bank.

The children in each form will decide whether they each want donate a small gift or to contribute a small sum of money to a class collection to buy a larger gift. Mrs Boreham from Haslemere Food Bank will come to assembly in the last week of term and receive the gifts.  Whether your child decides to donate a small gift or to contribute to the form collection it would be great if you encouraged her or him to use their pocket money or to earn the money by doing a chore for you.

The Food Bank would also be very grateful for parent donations to the Food Bank gift table for adults. Families who need the foodbank will struggle to find gifts for others, so the Food Bank organisers have a gift table of things such as smart biscuits, chocolates, tea or coffee (but nothing alcoholic), each with a value of between £5 and £10. Each family is able to take one of these as a gift to a friend or relative. Donated gifts can be put on the coffee table on the half-landing by the main staircase in Great Roke and will also be collected by Mrs Boreham in the last week of term.

Thank you in anticipation of your generosity to others this Christmas.

Kind regards

Best wishes



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Pre-Prep Awards

Star of the Week

Reception: Freddie

Year 1: Charlie (1G), Charlie (1R), Timo

Year 2: Charlie, Leo

Bronze Award

Kindy: Anthony, Delilah, Mateo

Reception: Eliza, Emilia, Freddie, Rory, Suzie

Year 1: Alfred, Cleo, Harry, Ilana, Max, Ottilie

Head of Pre-Prep Award

Year 1:  Alfred, Charlie (1G), Hugo, Ilana,​ Jacob, Jethro,​ Kitty,​ Montgomery

Year 2: India, Leo

Prep Awards

​Bronze Commendations

​3G: Dominic, Lloyd

3R: Anastasia, Jackson, Jago, Jago, Ruby, Tom

4G: James, Sienna, Taylor, William

4R: Harry, Holly, James, Nils, Sarah

6G: Dominic, Elena, Freddie, Harry, Hermione, Lucy, Toby

7G: Alexander, Ben

8R: Theo

​Silver Commendation

​7G: Amy

Times Tables Badges

Dominic (3G), Jack (4G), Matthew (4R), Nathaniel (3G)


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      From the Chaplaincy

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      The people stayed before the cross watching Jesus.  As for the leaders, they jeered at him.  “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he really is a king, the Chosen One!”  The soldiers mocked him too, and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”  One of the criminals hanging there also abused him.  “Are you not the Christ?” he said.  “Save yourself and us as well.”  But the other criminal spoke up and said, “Have you no fear of God?  We got the same sentence as Jesus, but in our case we deserve it.  But Jesus has done nothing wrong.”  “Jesus”, he said, “remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  “Indeed, I promise you,” Jesus replied, “this very day you will be with me in paradise.”

      Luke 23:35-43

      Queen Elizabeth II, King Philippe of Belgium, King Hamad of Bahrain, King Jigme of Bhutan, King Norodom of Cambodia, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Emperor Akihito of Japan, King Abdullah of Jordan,  Emir Sabah al-Ahmad of Kuwait, King Letsie of Lesotho, King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdul Halim of Malaysia, King Mohammed of Morocco, King Wilhelm of the Netherlands, King Harald of Norway, King Salman bin Abdul‘aziz of Saudi Arabia, King Felipe of Spain, King Mswati of Swaziland, King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, King Tupou of Tonga … to name just some of the current kings and queens of the world.  Astonishingly, there are over 30 kings and queens at the moment, which must mean that, over the centuries there must have been 1,000s of kings and queens.  Kings and queens can be great, they can be bad, they can be wise and they can be quite mad, they can be brilliant and they can be positively dangerous.  But the one thing which they all have in common is that, like the rest of humanity, they will one day no longer be with us on the earth, and their power will, in the blink of an eye, be entirely and completely extinguished.  Yesterday, people all around the world – in every nation and of every language - celebrated the amazing fact that, many centuries ago, there walked on this earth the only human being who was a genuine and true King.  We celebrated the fact that, of all the kings and queens who have ever lived or who will ever live, he was the only one whose power and influence would actually increase after his death.  Who am I talking about?  Jesus.  The problem at the time was that only a handful of people realised who he was: after all, he was the son of a mere carpenter, he was born in poverty and he lived in poverty and, worst of all, he died the death of a common criminal.  Not exactly the credentials for or description of a great king!  And yet, behind the facade of poverty lay a powerhouse of wisdom and love, of truth and mercy, of all things Good, Divine and Eternal.  Tell me, does King Hamad of Bahrain know anything about you or care for you, personally?  Does Queen Margrethe of Denmark know you and love you personally?  Do any of the world's kings and queens truly know you or care for you?  Then who could resist such a King as Jesus who not only has more power at his fingertips than all the kings and queens put together, but who genuinely knows and loves you.  Who could possibly resist such a King?


      The Pope Speaks

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      “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and out of slavery” Ex 20:20.  God first identifies himself as our God, the God whose loves sets us free from all that enslaves us.  These words show that God’s ‘commands’ are really an invitation to respond with gratitude to his saving love.  If our obedience to God’s law is servile, mere legalism, then, like the ancient Israelites, we should cry out in prayer to be released from that slavery and to enjoy the freedom of God’s beloved children in Christ.  God wants to break every chain that binds us, so that, in loving obedience to his will, we can enjoy true freedom and life in abundance.  


      School Notices

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      King Edward's Witley vs Barrow Hills School inter school cross-country competition - Friday 2nd December

      This will be an annual event and all children in Years 5-8 will be racing against King Edward's pupils. This year children will set off from Barrow Hills and run to King Edward's where the finish will be on the main playing field, adjacent to the Witley Road. The race is two miles long and starts at 2.30pm. Parents are most welcome to support and match tea will be available for both children and parents at Queen Mary House at King Edward's Witley from 3.15pm.  

      Mrs Burnett

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      BHCC Operational Meeting08:30 Thursday 25 Oct 201809:30 Thursday 25 Oct 2018
      Pre-Prep Birthday Assembly08:40 Thursday 25 Oct 201809:00 Thursday 25 Oct 2018
      Bikeability level 209:30 Tuesday 30 Oct 201812:00 Tuesday 30 Oct 2018
      Bikeability level 209:30 Wednesday 31 Oct 201812:00 Wednesday 31 Oct 2018
      Pre-Prep Birthday Assembly08:40 Thursday 1 Nov 201809:00 Thursday 1 Nov 2018

      Upcoming Events

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      Date Event
      Thursday 1st December Year 5 ‘An Evening of Music and Drama’
      Tuesday 6th December  Pre-Prep Nativity - ‘​Silent Night’ (Dress Rehearsal)
      Thursday 8th December Year 8 ‘Snow White, An ABBA Spectacular' 
      Thursday 8th December Pre-Prep Nativity - ‘​Silent Night’
      Thursday 15th December Pre-Prep Christmas Party Day
      Thursday 15th December Carol Service
      Friday 16th December Term Ends (noon)


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