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Where did those six weeks go? Even with a holiday in sight, there has been no let up in the purposeful school atmosphere. On Monday, the Colts A1 football team were unluckily knocked out of the Surrey Cup on penalties. On Tuesday, we were treated to a wonderful music concert; well done indeed to everyone who performed such an eclectic mixture of genres. Wednesday saw Pre-Prep enjoying a drama workshop, the Middle and Upper Prep boys played House football matches and the girls had a full fixture list of hockey and netball. Thursday was the turn of the Junior Prep boys for their House matches and whilst the girls netball tournament was cancelled due to rain, they managed to fit in hockey training and swimming. Several of our musicians attended the King Edward's Witley Orchestral Day. Friday began with a very polished Year 7 assembly. I was then joined by our Heads of School, Isobel and James, at King Edward’s for their Admissions Day. They were excellent ambassadors for Barrow Hills, meeting the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the plethora of dignitaries present, before and after the ceremony. The week and half term ended with the Early Years department's ‘stay and play’ afternoon.
I would like to thank all the children and staff for their hard work over the past few weeks. I have been popping into classes regularly and I can already see great improvements in attitude to study and quality of work. Yesterday, I was very impressed with Year 2’s reading and handwriting in their lesson. Mrs Hawkins’ and Mrs Platt’s groups were enthused and loved sharing their ideas and work with me. I also saw Year 8 working on their DT projects at the beginning of the week. It was fabulous to see great subject knowledge and skillful use of the tools and equipment. Some were cutting out and sanding wood for mobile phone holders, some were cooking and sampling veggie burgers and others coding on their Chromebooks to control robotic arms. There was a real buzz in the department and I would have loved to have stayed longer. Also, well done to Hermione, Annabel and Alexandra for their Green Commendations for their free handwriting work on Noah’s Ark and to Cleo and Alfred for being awarded the first bronze badges of the year for credits earned during the term. I’m sure that there will be plenty more next half term!
Sometimes the holidays seem upon us too quickly, but I know that following the hectic pace of the last six weeks, the children and staff have definitely earned a break. However, I will still be up early’ish’ tomorrow to cheer on the England team, hopefully to victory, in the Rugby World Cup quarter final.
I wish you all a restful and enjoyable half term break. See you all in November - I’m looking forward to the bonfire and fireworks already!