20th September - 24th September

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Pre-Prep Responsibilties

Willow – Head of House: Thomas and Poppy
Oak – Head of House: Honeysuckle and Reuben
Maple – Head of House: Sophie and Leopold
School Council Representatives: Ellie and Luke
Librarians: Maxx and George
Sport Captains: Ben P and Benjamin B
Wellbeing Monitors: Hannah and Seb
Forest School Monitors: Charlotte and Henry


Coming Soon!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you everyone for attending, it was lovely to see so many parents back in school. Thank you also for your generosity, we raised £528.01 (and 1 euro) for Macmillan. The final thank you goes to the helpers, we could not run these events without you.

In July, we bade farewell to Cris Martin St Valery, our Chair for the last two years. We now extend a warm welcome to David Brydon for one year only. The Brydon’s eldest daughter joined Barrow Hills in 2007 and her two sisters followed, with the youngest now in Year 8.

Can you help?

The BHCC relies on parent participation to ensure successful events. Every parent at Barrow Hills is automatically a member of the Committee and very welcome to come to meetings or pop an idea over. We hope that you continue to support us, beginning with the events planned for the rest of this term. If you feel you can help please contact your rep (see details below), David Brydon or if volunteers are needed you can sign up on Classlist when the event is published.

If you have any questions please contact David Brydon on davidbrydon1992@googlemail.com

2020 /21 Round Up
In our autumn 2020 newsletter we said that fundraising would be very different for the foreseeable future. Little did we know then what a year it would be! Although we hope 2020/21 is never repeated, the Barrow Hills Community Committee (BHCC) still managed to remain active within the community.

Our annual Hog Roast (now the Welcome Back Barbeque), normally held shortly after our return in September, had to be cancelled in 2020. Therefore, our first event of the year should have been our annual firework display. Although we could not have the fireworks, or indeed welcome parents, the dads built an amazing bonfire for the children to enjoy. The children gathered in their bubbles for their warming drink and s’mores before the Prep children made their way to the field. Pre-Prep enjoyed a slightly smaller fire in their own Forest School area. As darkness fell, the bubbles were easily identifiable by their different coloured glow bands and there was plenty of space for the children to enjoy themselves in their designated areas, carefully marked out with bunting.

For Christmas, the children designed their own cards and had a wonderful week of festive fun; including snow, Santa and even real reindeer! The festivities culminated in an amazing colour run! The committee also sold trees and puddings to help bolster their funds.

We would normally hold an Easter workshop but as parents were still not allowed into school, the children enjoyed a day of crafts; creating Easter wreaths and ceramic egg baskets, followed by an Easter Egg hunt courtesy of the BHCC.

Fireworks £134
Christmas Activities -£554
Easter Workshop -£650
Bricks £352
Termly Membership £6,020
Available funds £5,302
Funds brought forward £14,217
Purchases £17,628


“I cannot thank the BHCC enough for the wonderful stage lighting and lighting desk. Year 5 and 6 were thrilled to see our new spot lights and colour fades in action during The Wizard of Oz in the summer term and I know Year 8 are looking forward to experiencing the professional lighting effects in their December production of The Rocky Monster Show. Drama is a big part of life at Barrow Hills and the lighting will benefit all children and transform our productions. Thank you again!”

Mrs Mason

Class Reps

Nursery: David Cuthbert
Kindy: Katie Boulter and Alex Jenkin
Reception: Rebecca Foord and Kerry Poole
Year 1: Danielle Atkinson and Mark Todd
Year 2: Sara Pickard and Sandra Weeks
Year 3: Madelon Burnett and Michelle Sophocleous
Year 4: Emmah Klein and Marie-Claire Parker
Year 5: Rosemary Cresswell and Natalie Preston
Year 6: Rosie Aneja and Anthony & Lisa Tugwell
Year 7: Lucy Oldham and Liz Hughes
Year 7: Marja van Ravenstein
Year 8: Jane Hubble

What is next?

We have a packed autumn term. Please see below for ‘save the dates’ and some of the plans for the coming term. More information will follow before each event:

Bacon Buttie stall every Friday morning at drop off

BHCC Introductory Coffee Morning – Wednesday 29th September from 8.30am in the refectory

Cake Sale – Friday 15th October from 3.15pm by the arch

Pumpkin Decorating Competition – half term – bring in your creations on the first day back (Monday 1st November), ensure they are named!

•  Fireworks and Bonfire Friday 12th November from 6pm held on the sports field

Christmas Workshop – open to all children Friday 19th November

Christmas – Cards, trees, puddings, please see the BHCC Autumn Term letter below

Parent, staff and Old Barrow Hillian Summer Party – celebrating 70 years of Barrow Hills Friday 1st July 2022 (tbc)

Bacon Buttie Team

Jono Harris (parent of children in Years 3, 5 and 8) takes over the leadership of this wonderful team of volunteers. Rain or shine they will be here every Friday at drop off. If you have some time to spare, even if it is not every week, please contact him on Jonathan.Harris2019@outlook.com or 07875 175429.

Commemorative Bricks

Name a brick and make a lasting impression! This is your chance to have your child’s name added to those already adorning the wall of the Lower. Started in 2011 by an Old Barrow Hillian, a personalised brick is the perfect way to leave a lasting tribute to their time at Barrow Hills.

For just £25.00 you can add two lines of text to a terracotta brick; size 215x65x15mm. Each line represents a line of text with up to 16 characters (including spaces and punctuation).

Not only will your brick mark your child’s place in the history of the school, but your donation will help support the BHCC fund future projects. This is an exciting opportunity in which we can all join together to record our support for Barrow Hills School.

Please contact Rachel Barraud on rlb@barrowhills.org for more information.

If you shop online, please sign up to easyfundraising to support Barrow Hills School. Easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause.

It’s a really easy way to raise money for us – you just use the easyfundraising site to shop online with more than 3,500 well known online stores. Please visit our easyfundraising page here and click ‘support us’.

Harvest Festival

Please check your Portal notifications for details of how you are able to support our Harvest Festival. Donations are requested by 1st October.

Absences on match afternoons

Please notify games staff of any absences on a match afternoon in advance when possible.

School Photos

If you would like to view your children’s school photographs taken last week, please email Charlie@CharlotteGodfreyPhotography.com with your child/children’s name and their form. By return Charlie will email you your photo proofs and order details. If you have any queries please contact Charlie direct by email or telephone/text on 07989 420427, not school. All emails requesting proofs should be sent no later than Thursday 23rd September.

Absence Request Form

An Absence Request Form must be completed for any reason that a child is not in school, other than illness. These are found on the Parent Portal. Thank you.


Please can we remind you that the majority of the communications are sent via the parent portal on a Tuesday. Communications will vary for each child dependent on a variety of factors e.g. class, gender, sets. The Prep team sheet can be changed at any time therefore we encourage you to check the portal on a regular basis.

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