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From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents

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,



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Pre-Prep Awards


Annabel, Toby


Autumn (1R), Freddie (1R)

Jacob (2R), Hugo (2R), Ilana (2R), Daisy (2R), Charlie S (2R), Jethro (2R), Montgomery (2R), Alfred (2R), 

Head of Pre-Prep Award

Rory (1G), Annabel (1G)

Prep Awards


Thomas (6R), Michael (6R), Ben (6R)


Chloe (3R), Edward (3R), Lauren (3R), Florence (3R)

Beatrix (4G), Theodore (4R), Verity (4G), Tom (4R), Jonah (4R), Dominic (4G), Sebastian (4G), Jack (4R)

Times Tables Badges

Rosie (4G), Millie (3R), Theo (4R), Anastasia (4R), Ray (4G)


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    From the Chaplaincy

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    There was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she had spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse.  She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak.  “If I can touch even the hem of his clothes,” she had told herself, “I shall be well again.”  The instant she touched his garments, she felt herself to be healed.  Immediately aware that power had gone out of him, Jesus turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”  His friends said to him, “There is a huge crowd pressing around you, and yet you asked who touched you?!”  Then the woman came forward, frightened and trembling because she knew what had happened to her, and she fell at his feet and told him the whole truth.  “My daughter” he said, “your faith has restored you to health.” Mark 5:25-34

    This poor woman had suffered from a medical problem which meant that, in the times in which she lived, she was seen as dirty.  She was not allowed to touch people; no kisses and hugs from her family, therefore; she was not allowed to prepare food; she was a real outcast.  No wonder she was completely desperate to get better!  All the doctors had failed to help her.  We can only imagine how much she had suffered for over 12 years.  She is at rock bottom and has been made to feel completely humiliated and rejected for a long time.  Into this very dark place in her life comes Jesus.  Strictly speaking, the laws at the time meant that she was not allowed to touch him (as she was not allowed to touch anybody).  But she was determined that, of all the people in the world, it would be Jesus who would help her.  And so he did!   She touched his cloak; he felt the power going out of him and …. she was healed.  But she was also frightened!  She thought that she was going to get a good ticking off in front of everyone for having had the audacity to touch him.  Everyone thought that he was going to be angry, but what does he say?  He calls her his daughter, meaning that she is truly dear to him and even though they are not related, he considers her as an intimate relation: a daughter.  In talking to her and telling her publicly and in front of everyone that she was right to come to him and touch him, he cancelled in an instant centuries and centuries of really bad and unkind teaching.  He showed everyone that nobody is an outcast and that everyone has free access to him and to his love.


    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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    A message from Justine Voisin, Bridewell Royal Hospital Treasurer and Chair of Governors 

    Mr John Attwater, Head King Edward's Witley, partner school to Barrow Hills, has been appointed Principle of King's Ely in Cambridgeshire, and will be taking up the post in September 2019, following a hugely successful, near decade at King Edward's.  

    During the coming months the Governors will be recruiting a new Head for King Edward's, to take office in September 2019 when John leaves.


    Photo Galleries

    To access photos, including professional shots from sports day and also the productions please either use the links in the Friday Letter (scroll through the Weekly News using the red mouse icons) or go to the school website: www.barrowhills.org

    In the dropdown menus Overview > News > Galleries.

    If you have forgotten your password please email ITSupport@barrowhills.org.

    Within the sport gallery there is a link to Tina Bolton's professional sports day photos, which are available to download. The password for this is the same as for the Galleries page.



    Summer Swimming Courses

    Sally Crathern (swim teacher to Pre-Prep at Barrow Hills) is running two intensive swimming courses in the summer holidays. Minimum age 3.5 years if the children are water confident. Class sizes are small with teachers in the water with weaker swimmers. Dates are 23rd to 27th July and 13th to 17th August. All children are welcome, from nervous beginners to club swimmers.  Teachers are all Level 2 qualified.  Courses are created according to demand to get the most from the five days.  Please click here for a booking form or contact Sally at sallycrathern@btinterntet.com for more information regarding these courses, weekly lessons at King Edward's or one to one tuition at Barrow Hills.

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    Amid the flurry of teachers’ thank-you presentations, you still managed a respectable sum of £222.50 this morning. That’s helped the Bacon Buttie stall raise estimated £6k for charity in the 2017/18 academic year. Thank-you all you kind, lovely, generous people.

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