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Welcome back to the Friday letter after the half term break. Autumn has arrived with a riot of colour in the trees around the school site, with the Reception children making lovely Andy Goldsworthy style leaf art in the Pre-Prep graden.
This week I have enjoyed visiting Year 3 Maths and seeing the children’s enthusiasm and the progress they made as they worked on fractions. I also visited Year 4 English and saw the children developing their skills in analysing the structure and themes of stories.
Over the half term break a group of Year 7 and 8 children travelled to Holland for a hockey tour. There are further details in the ‘Headline News’ section. Thank you to the children for representing the school so well and to the staff who accompanied them; Mr Hatcher, Mrs Burnett, Mr Hopkins and Mrs McBrown.
The children in Prep are busy preparing for their November examinations. I know that with structured revision here at school and your support at home they will do themselves justice and achieve results of which they can be proud.
I am looking forward to the fireworks this evening and hope that lots of you will be there to enjoy the bonfire, the refreshments and the firework display. Tickets will still be available on the gate.
May I also remind you about the Christmas Wine and Food Tasting Evening next Friday, 11th November at 7.00pm, organised by the Barrow Hills Community Committee and hosted by Mr Royds, owner of the Haslemere Cellar. This was very successful last year and is a great opportunity to learn about wine and perhaps stock up ready for the festive season. Tickets are available from the school office.
You will have received a letter from Madame Early about hosting children from the French school in Dieppe with which we are linked. Please do contact her if you are able to help as currently we do not have enough families to host a French boy or girl for the night of Thursday 24 November. Thank you.
This newsletter has had a refresh over half term as a result of feedback from parents over the last few weeks. Starting from this week we will create links to previous newsletters so that you can refer back to earlier editions. Our headline news and weekly news blogs often contain extended stories and more photos, so please do click on the title to see more.