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Family fun at Barrow Hills School


Barrow Hills hosted its inaugural Family Fun Day on Saturday 11th May, opening up its beautiful former arts and crafts house and gardens to the community. The weather was kind and helped to attract around 65 families from the local area and from as far afield as Wimbledon.

Families had been invited to enjoy a day of activities aimed at two to seven-year olds. Throughout the event, over 100 children enjoyed a range of arts and crafts from painting pebble bugs and animal masks to getting their hands dirty making clay models, wormeries and bird feeders - and even taking part in a community project that involved decorating a feather to help create a beautiful pair of bird’s wings. As part of Barrow Hills’ Forest School initiative, staff had ready-made sticks with string for children to craft their own journey sticks (as a memento of their forest walk) following their foraging adventures in the 15-acre woods. A maths treasure hunt was relished by the inquisitive minded and took in all corners of the gardens and house. Those with energy to exert enjoyed powering around the bike and trike courses.

The Nursery and Reception classrooms were open and little ones were seen immersed in role play, the books and many more toys. Those needing to rest a while, enjoyed a relaxing story time in the reading den.

All were invited to bring a picnic and families found a corner, sun spot or bench to enjoy their food, adding a tea or coffee compliments of Barrow Hills, while their offspring delighted in the ongoing supply of delicious popcorn!

Commenting on the event, Headmaster Sean Skehan said, “What a wonderful day we have all had. Despite reports of hail in Guildford and rain in Godalming, the sun shone over Barrow Hills and our children and their families were delighted to welcome so many new faces to our amazing School and grounds. This represented our first Family Fun Day and I cannot thank all the teachers and staff enough for all the effort that they poured into this event, which undoubtedly contributed to its resounding success. The feedback we have received from parents was that they loved the fact that this was a traditional open day, with an array of activities with broad appeal. It was a truly relaxing and fun occasion for everyone”.

Published: May 21 2019

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