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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.