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From the Headmaster

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Dear Parents 

We have reached the end of the school year.  

Yesterday morning Mrs Pullyen presented 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 her 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 and this morning 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.  There were some wonderful bird houses, bridges, marble runs, dragsters, miniature houses and garden designs.

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 Elena (Year 8)
2nd Tally & Ilana (Year 3)
3rd Holly (Year 6)

Thank you to Mrs Hatcher, Mr Hatcher, Mr Conway and Mr Clarke for giving the children the opportunity to develop their art, design and making skills.

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, thanked the staff who have taught and looked after them and sang us an emotional farewell.  

Prize Giving was, as always a very special occasion and we were fortunate to have Tom Gregory, youngest ever swimmer of the English Channel and writer of 'A Boy in the Water' as our special guest to present the prizes. He gave an inspiring message based on his own experience to take risks, to try new experiences, to work hard and be resilient, because you never know what you might achieve.

At Prize Giving we said goodbye to one very special person, Sue Pulleyn, the Head of Pre-Prep. Sue is retiring after eighteen years of service to the School.  She has taught and cared for generations of Barrow Hills children.  She will be missed by children staff and parents; we all wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.

As a fellow leaver, I wish all our leavers, staff and children, the very best as they move on to new schools and challenges.  And I wish the staff, children, parents and governors of Barrow Hills, the very special Barrow Hills community, God’s blessing today and everyday as you journey together in love. 




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Prep Awards


Oliver (6G)

Isobel (7G), Ben (7G)

Anastasia (5R), Jackson (5R)

Georgia (6G), Edward (6R), Jessica (6R), Alexander (6G), Theo (6R)

Lucy (8G), Hermione (8G)

Tomos (3R), Amelie (3G), Daisy (3R), Daisy-Skye (3R)

Phoebe (4R), Gabriel (4R), Hermione (4G), Huw (4R), Lara (4R), Chloe (4R), Dominic (4G)

Barnaby (6R)

Highest Points for Music Practice
Rory (2R), Cleo (3G), Edward (4R), Jonah (5R), Nils (6R), Max (7G), Harry (8G)


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    Barrow Hills Community Committee

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    Raffle and Silent Auction

    Congratulations to the lucky winners of the raffle and silent auction. A huge thank you to all who contributed and took part. We raised a fabulous £481.97 from the raffle and a stupendous £1,078 from the silent auction, securing our £10,000 commitment to the school library and getting us off to an excellent start for next year, and that’s before we’ve added up the tea-towel and Sports Day totals!

    Thank you to all volunteers who organised and ran all the events, with particular thanks to Mel Harris, Jane Hubble, Roz Scudamore, Anne Bennett, Lydia Shaw, David Brydon, Kim Hall, Tiffany Buirski and Rachel Barraud who kept the show on the road this year.

    Next year I’m delighted to tell you Cris Martin St Valery will be Chair of the BHCC, and I am sure it will go from strength to strength.

    Best wishes



    Ice Lolly Sales - Burkina Faso, Emergency Appeal

    Thank you to everyone who supported our emergency fundraising appeal. The total raised was £532.88. Well done to Conrad and Seb for their compassion, generosity and hard work in raising these important funds. Conrad commented "I’m terribly happy that everyone gave us their money and that they gave so much and they enjoyed the lollies and it was really fun and a great way to help the refugees". 




    Bacon Butties - THANK YOU!

    An enormous thank you to the unsung heroes of the Bacon Buttie stall, who raised £5,000 this year, enabling us to honour this year’s £3,500 commitment to the diosese in Burkina Faso.

    They arrive early, they serve the ravening hordes and they clear up. And first to arrive and last to leave is Gill Wilson, making sure all is in order and cleaning the grill before she goes. Without this great team we would not have bacon buttie Friday, which is a school institution - once again, an enormous thank you to you all.


    Update from Burkina Faso

    In 2018, we made the Catholic Diocese of Fada the primary recipient of our funds so that other local Catholic schools which are struggling (as St Benoit's was struggling in 2005) could be helped. Our money always went to the Diocese but on the understanding that it is all spent on St Benoit's.  Last year we donated £5000 and we have just received a report on how this money; along with some from St Edmund's, Godalming, was spent.

    - College Saint Michel of Manni were in desperate need of textbooks for the use by students in order to enhance their abilities in learning and assimilation of courses.

    - The private St. Albert Catholic school the Gayéri Grand opened in October 2018. School desks and furniture for the administrative buildings of the high school were purchased

    - At the beginning of the year, it was necessary to carry out repairs on tables, benches and the electrics to allow courses to continue at Simandari of Fada primary school

    Even with increased terrorist attacks and teacher strikes there have been four new schools opened (one pre-school and three primary) and two secondary school's extended.  The diocese has supported and educated 6,151 students supervised by 109 permanent teachers and 40 contractors.

    A message from The Accountant, Marius  THIOMBIANO and The Diocesan Director abbé Antoine TIABONDOU

    L’année scolaire s’est bien achevée dans l’ensemble, et nous voulons exprimer notre profonde gratitude aux amis, aux donateurs qui nous ont aidé depuis des années et particulièrement en cette année. Que Dieu les bénisse. Nous comptons sur vos prières et vos soutiens en cette période où notre cher pays le Burkina Faso connait une dure épreuve de l’insécurité qui prévaut. 

    (The school year ended well overall, and we want to express our deep gratitude to friends and donors who have helped us over the years and especially this year. God bless them. We rely on your prayers and your support in this period where our dear country Burkina Faso knows one last test of the prevailing insecurity.)

    For a full copy of the report please click here.




    WE'VE BEEN PAID! A huge THANKS to all our amazing supporters who shop through #easyfundraising! Please keep using it whenever you shop online - over 3,600 retailers send us FREE donations when you shop at no extra cost so it's FREE money for us! If you haven't signed up yet please do sign up on our cause page. We currently have 52 supports that have helped us raise £1,170.03.



    For more information and if you would like to volunteer to help please click here or visit the Barrow Hills Community Committee page on the school website.








    For a full copy of the report please click HERE.

    From the Chaplaincy

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    If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Corinthians 13:1-7

    Let us live by love; love that is patient, love that is kind. That  does not envy,  does not boast, iis not proud. is not easily angered, that keeps no record of wrongs. Love that always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


    School Notices

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    Congratulations to our Catering Team

    The catering team had a visit from Environmental Health yesterday (postponed from Wednesday) and received 5 🌟's, the highest score they issue. In addition Tomas and the team received 98.4% on their recent internal audit, the highest in our area. The Holroyd Howe audit is run by an external company for all HH schools. Tomas, in his time at Barrow Hills, has taken us from bottom to top in our area. A fantastic achievement.

    Well done to the whole team and a huge thank you for the delicious food that you serve up every single day.

    Usborne Books - thank you!

    Thank you to EVERYONE who bought a book from the Usborne book seller, Catherine, during Book Week.  You were so generous and bought so many that we received a large number of free books for our school libraries!

    Thank you to Jackie Morris and Rachel Barraud for organising this event.  It is wonderful to have so many new books for the children to enjoy.

    Have a wonderful summer break!

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    The final bacon butty stall of the year raised a fantastic £217.80 this morning. Thank you to all our hungry breakfast eaters and we look forward to seeing you in September.

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