Newsletter 13 December 2019

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE PERIOD 9th December – 13th December 2019

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The final week of term and final school week of 2019 has been a blur of activities, events and trips; too many to mention in detail! The highlights for me were the Pre-Prep Christmas party day on Tuesday, our Christmas lunch and the Carol Service on Wednesday evening. It was an incredibly joyous and uplifting occasion to be a part of and I was extremely proud, sat in the front pew watching the choirs and readers perform so wonderfully. (The older children would probably add the pantomime trip on Tuesday as a highlight, too!)

Thinking back to the previous week, I would like to echo the many messages of thanks and praise that have been sent in to the School regarding Mrs Miles and her School Council’s Winter Wonderland on Friday. The Christmas trees and fun filled afternoon were a big hit and one that I would imagine will be repeated next year.

My thanks, once more, go to the staff and parent volunteers for their tireless energy, working so hard right up to the final day. I look forward to welcoming everyone back to Barrow Hills in January, refreshed and raring to go again!

The latest edition of The Chronicle should have come home with your children, so please check school bags. It is packed with great Barrow Hills memories from the last academic year and I am sure that a few quiet moments can be found in front of a fire with a cup of tea (or glass of festive wine) to reminisce.

We are excited to announce the first two speakers in our series of wellbeing talks; please join us on 16th January for an evening with Dr Anne-Lise Goddings and Pippa Goedkoop, further details to be found below, or in the portal.

This week’s online safety poster provides some more useful tips to share with your children, especially if they will be using their devices to stay in touch with their friends over the holidays.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Kind regards

Philip Oldroyd




Benjamin (3G), Alfie (3G), Freddie (3G), James (3G)

Edward L (5G), Edward R (5G)

Chloe (6R), Jonah (6R), Erin (6R), Jago (6G), Jackson (6R), Ray (6R)

Harry (7G), Luke (7G)

Sascha (8G), Isobel (8G), James D (8G), James H (8G), Oscar (8G), Matilda (8G), Fraser (8G), Ben (8G)


Daisy-Skye (4G), Alfred (4R)


Bridewell Singers for two terms in the choir showing outstanding work ethic at all times, impeccable attendance and helping others: Beatrix (6G), Isobel (8G), Theodore (6R), Matilda (6G), Verity (6R), Charlotte (8G), Alexander (8G), Anastasia (6R)

Upper Prep Choir for two terms in the choir showing excellent commitment:

Jessica (7G), Beatrix (6G), Toby (6R), Isobel (8G), Sophie (6G), Theodore (6R), Florence (7G), Hermione (5G), Taylor (7G), April (6G), Millie (5R), Phoebe (7G), Charlotte (8G), Alexander (8G), Matilda (7G), Oliver (7G)

Points for Practise – the following children have won the most points in their year group for practise and working hard in music lessons:

Rosie (2G), Emilia (3R), Cleo (4R), Edward (5G), Jonah (6R), Harry (7G), Alexander (8G)

Music Colours

Jacob (4G), Jessica (7G), Kiyo (7G), Chloe (5G), Barnaby (7G), Nathaniel (6G), Millie (5R), Charlotte (8G), Leonor (6R), Alexander (8G), Alfred (4R)

Barrow Hills Community Committee

BHCC Newsletter

Cake Sales

January 31st – Year 2 and Year 5; March 6th – Reception and Year 6; May 15th – Nursery/Kindy and Year 7.


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School Notices

School Library

Many thanks to the Bennett family who have kindly agreed to pass on their copies of the ‘Kid’s National Geographic’ each month, they look fabulous on display on our new Library table.

I’m still looking for regular or one-off donations of other magazines or periodicals for the Barrow Hills Prep Library please. Any topic from football to Warhammer to current affairs would be amazing! These types of variety of material are great for broadening the children’s reading habits and knowledge base, as well as easy to dip in an out of during shorter trips to the library.

All good condition donations gratefully received and will be recycled responsibly afterwards. Lou Emmett, Librarian

Carol Service Retiring Collection

The retiring collection in aid of Number Five Project – a Guildford based charity for the homeless – raised £375.18. Thank you for your generosity.

“Number Five aims to provide a stable living environment for all, regardless of background. We aim to support those who want to help themselves stabilise and move towards more independent living. Our first priority is to ensure that our residents feel safe and secure during their stay with us and have their basic needs met. With this framework as our basis, we encourage self-help and personal responsibility to achieve goals and objectives on the path to improved lives.”


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