From the Head

8th December 2023

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the varied ‘informal concerts’ over the last couple of weeks and, as ever, to those supporting our Friday Chapel Assembly. Our children are now really getting behind the House Point competition, with the re-invigorated format shared by the House Captains and cheered on by all. It has been great to have Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2 getting involved in this motivational work. In the mission to build energy in our House system, I’ve introduced a challenge to keep young creatives busy over the holidays. The House Crest Competition details will be shared by Form Tutors as we seek a new ‘coat of arms’, together with a strong motto and a ‘spirit animal’, for each of our three houses. The winner’s artwork will feature proudly in our environment.

On winners, the children were all glued to the results of our sports team games; wins, draws and losses so far this year. Tracking the performance of over 20 teams over the term, we celebrated the journey of each one in pictures, in stories and in statistics. On the latter, a very well done to Boys Colts B, U11 B and the Girls Colts A for having the most impressive stats of the term. Great teamwork and maximum effort there.

We eagerly anticipate the Year 8 drama production of ‘Annie’ this evening. Next week, we have Carols by the Bridewell Singers on Tuesday, as well as the Pre-Prep Nativity. We also have carol services on Wednesday afternoon and evening, as well as trips to the pantomime for the children, to bring some celebration to the last week of term.

Lastly, a few words from the Mary Rose Museum regarding the attitude of our Year 5 cohort this week. Let’s build upon this reputation next year: ‘What a wonderful group of children you brought in to see us on Tuesday. Lots of our staff and volunteers commented on how polite, engaged and well-behaved Barrow Hills were.’

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr John Towers

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