News from Pre-Prep

1st December 2023

The hustle and bustle of the final weeks of term are certainly upon us and there’s been a definite feel of winter just around the corner this week! Before the arrival of the Christmas tree during the week, we heralded the welcome of Christmas to Barrow Hills with our first Christingle Service on Monday morning. Pre-Prep children from Reception to Year 2 entered the Chapel, carefully cradling their Christingles which they had each made last Friday. With Miss Tyrrell’s helpful explanation of what the orange, red ribbon, candle and the sweets all represented, together with Mia (YR) so ably assisting, the children were able to appreciate the meaning which underpinned Monday’s service. They watched the older children from Prep with wide-eyed curiosity as they all lit their candles! This morning, there was further festive excitement after Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 joined Year 3 to Year 8 for assembly and were informed that a Christmas Elf named Buttons has arrived at Barrow Hills and will be keeping a close eye on us all over the next couple of weeks. We will all be keeping our eyes peeled around the main school building for our Christmas visitor!

Congratulations to this week’s children who received certificates for their Work of the Week. Minty (YR), Matilda (1G), George B (1R) and Ishir (2G) all received certificates for their efforts the previous week. It has been wonderful to hear how children have been challenging themselves in lessons, listening carefully and taking on board advice from teaching staff. Well done. We extended our congratulations to those who earned their bronze certificates this week. Well done to India, Matthew, Sammy and Arthur from Reception Class, to George W, Hugo, Walter and Henry from 1R and to Rafferty, Sophie, Beau and Ottilie from 1G. Fantastic efforts, all of you.

Another reminder of key dates in the coming weeks which have previously been communicated via Tuesday Comms:

  • Nativity Performance – Tuesday 12th December at 9:30am, with carols and refreshments in the Refectory after drop-off (Dress Rehearsal 11th December at 9am for those with younger siblings)
  • Whole School Christmas Jumper Day & Christmas Lunch – Tuesday 12th December. Bring a Christmas jumper in your book bags to put on after the Nativity. Nursery to wear Christmas jumpers to school Monday and Tuesday.
  • Pre-Prep Panto Visit (Reception – Year 2) – Wednesday 13th December
  • Hobgoblin Theatre Production Company Visiting (Nursery and Kindy) – Wednesday 13th December
  • Christmas Forest School – Thursday 14th December
  • Final Day of Term – 11:45am collection. Early Years children (including Reception Class) to be collected via side gate. Year 1 and Year 2 will be dismissed from the front door as usual.

Have a  lovely weekend – keep warm!

Mrs Lesley Barnett

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