Barnes Primary School Newsletter #10 6th December2016
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This week’s photographs show some wonderful art work produced by the children working with Olivia Berners-Price, our artist in residence. In addition, the tag rugby festival, along with two photographs of a recent trip by the Newsnuggetts team to the Houses of Parliament.  

News in Brief

Attendance last week was 97.4%. It has been a very good term and we thank you for your efforts.

The Autumn Term finishes at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 pm on Friday 16th December. School restarts for the Spring Term on Tuesday 3rd January.  Children are again invited to wear their own clothes on the last day of term and donate £1 to charity.

A total of approximately £7,000 was raised at the recent Advent Fair: an extraordinary outcome. Many, many thanks to everyone involved. Senior professionals are liaising with PTFA representatives reagrding how this money can be most profitably spent.

Christmas lunch will be served to the children on Wednesday 14th December.  There will be crackers for everyone (kindly donated by the PTFA).  If your child currently eats a packed lunch, but you would like them to enjoy a Christmas lunch, please notify the relevant office.  There is a charge of £2.40 for the KS2 children.  KS1 is free!

We still have substantial debt sitting on the system relating to school lunch, Autumn term trips, EYFS panto (nursery) and solve a problem week.  If all parents could take 5 minutes to login to their child's account and check and clear any outstanding balances we would be most grateful.

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Christmas events 2016

A large number of special events are planned for the final eight days of the Autumn Term. As normal, children will be working right up to and including the final day of term. I will be taking my early morning Year 6 maths group at 8.00 am on Friday 16th December, along with my Year 5 enrichment group, after the final assembly of the term, at 2.45 pm that day. Classteachers know that the culture at our school is to maximise all available learning time on every single teaching day.
Reception and Nursery children thoroughly enjoyed watching their pantomime today 'the missing stocking'.  Crowd participation was at an all time high, with lots of fun and laughter heard seeping through the hall doors!

‘Christmas Count’, our reception nativity play: Wednesday 7th December and Thursday 8th November, both at 9.30 am (starting promptly) in the Key Stage 1 hall. We would politely ask parents with very young children to kindly remove them from the hall if they are making a noise making it hard for the audience to hear.
Christmas Carol Concert: Tuesday 13th December (parents of pupils in Years 1, 3 and 5) and Wednesday 14th December (parents of pupils in Years 2, 4 and 6), St Michael’s Church at 9.30 am. Year 3 will take the lead role in this very special occasion. Expect some sublime singing and a wonderful performance.
End of term assembly: Friday 16th December in the Key Stage 2 hall and 1.30 pm. The new staff film will be premiered as part of this end of term celebration and preparation for Christmas. Following the success of ‘Happy’, 2014 and ‘The Bolero’, 2015, a third film will be released.  School closes at 2.30pm this day.  Children are once again invited to wear their own clothes and donate £1 to charity.
Barnes Voices will be appearing at the Cloister Carols event at St Michael’s Church on Thursday 15th December at 7.00 pm.

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A great deal of work has been completed recently on updating the school website. New photographs and up-to-date information has been added. The final area which still requires some further work is the content under the curriculum tab. Work will take place on this over the Christmas break.
The optimum learning state is one of relaxed alertness. Children learn best when they feel calm, safe, awake and alive. If children feel anxious, pressurised, or emotionally distressed, it is significantly harder for them to learn. It is important that teachers, parents and all others who come into contact with children instil a sense of belief: you can do it, or you might not be able to do it just yet, but you soon will! Children pick up on non-verbal communication, as well as what is said. A look, a sigh, an eye movement – everything is registered. Emotional leakage can have a negative impact on children’s belief and motivation. This refers to aspects of communication that a sender is attempting to disguise, suppress, or otherwise hide. But such aspects are still detected by a child. The brain could be seen as a ‘belief machine’: we form beliefs through social learning factors. Learners need a trusting, fair and safe environment, both at school and at home. It needs to be safe and comfortable to acknowledge ‘I do not know’ and to make errors. Mistakes are simply stepping stones on the journey to success. Learning for many children is a risky business. The positive teacher-pupil relationship is thus important, not so much because this is worthwhile in itself, but because it helps build the trust to make mistakes, to ask for help, to build confidence to try again, and for pupils to know they will not look silly when they don’t get it first time.
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Please be advised of the following dates for next term’s before/after school activities;
SPRING TERM starts Tue 03 January 2017
ASC WEEK 1 w/c Mon 16 January 2017
ASC WEEK 2 w/c Mon 23 January 2017
ASC WEEK 3 w/c Mon 30 January 2017
ASC WEEK 4 w/c Mon 06 February 2017
Half term finishes Fri 10 February - clubs run from 2:30pm to 3:30 pm
ASC WEEK 5 w/c Mon 20 February 2017
ASC WEEK 6 w/c Mon 27 February 2017
ASC WEEK 7 w/c Mon 06 March 2017
ASC WEEK 8 w/c Mon 13 March 2017
ASC WEEK 9 w/c Mon 20 March 2017
ASC WEEK 10 w/c Mon 27 March 2017
Term finishes Fri 31 March - clubs run from 2:30pm to 3:30 pm
Requests submitted to for school run clubs next term are in the process of being allocated - successful requests will shortly receive a confirmation email via Parentmail/PMX, with any applicable charges added to PlusPay accounts over the Christmas break.
Parents/carers who made requests that cannot immediately be fulfilled will receive a waiting list notification.
Please make reference to the previous communication (dated 21 November) regarding Spring 2017 before/after school activities, which politely reminded parents/carers to submit separate requests for each activity and that Barnes Primary cannot take responsibility for requests sent in error to the incorrect address/provider.  An updated timetable will be emailed to all parents tomorrow.
Representatives from our Newsnuggetts before school club will be making a presentation at City Hall on Thursday to pitch for the Unilever Bright Future Grant. Cecilia Ezaz-Nikpay has done a remarkable job with this club and the children who have attended have gained so much knowledge and so many new skills. Thank you to Cecilia and all those who have worked alongside her to prepare our children for this special event.  
Unilever believes there has never been a better time to create a better future for our children; a world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry. As such, Unilever has created twelve BrightFuture Grants of up to £1,000 for Team London Young Ambassadors schools who have been nominated for the Team London Awards.  These small grants are intended to support the schools to do something even bigger and brighter for their local community. All schools nominated for a Team London Schools Award are eligible to apply for a grant.  Students and teachers receive support and guidance from a team of Unilever volunteers.
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Sports round up

Many of our children have been taking part in inter-school matches recently: in boys’ football; girls’ football; netball and table tennis. Results are as follows:


Boys’ Football

Barnes 15 – 0 East Sheen

Barnes 4 – 2 Sheen Mount


Girls’ football

Barnes 1 – 3 Queens



Barnes 8 – 2 East Sheen


Table tennis

Barnes 8 – 0 Whitgift Primary School, Croydon

Once again our team has qualified for the south London finals in January.

Tag Rugby - Barnes Primary School entered 3 teams in the Local Primary Schools Tag Rugby collaboration festival, run by Barnes RFC at the Rosslyn Park RFC 4G pitch under floodlights on 14th and 21st October 2016.   With more than 10+ schools represented on each of the two evening events and more than 250 children involved, Barnes Primary was unbeaten in all 12 matches played - Yr 5&6 team won 3, drawn 1 and the two teams who represented Yr 3&4, won 6 and drawn 2 from their combined total matches.   The teams composed of children who play ‘tag rugby’ after school club, others from respective local clubs and those who were playing for the very first time.  The children were stars on both evenings, displaying excellent tag rugby skills and incredibly good team spirit.  Thanks to the many families who supported this great 90 minute and well done to all the children who played!  Click here for the match review.

Sports Events yet to be played
Tuesday 13th indoor athletics at St Marys Twickenham. 
Wednesday 14th tag rugby vs Queens at vine road park 3.30pm.
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Jack Slone in 4P passed Grade 2 jazz piano with a merit.  Well done Jack!
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Community Notice - Action Attainment

Dear all,


Thank you very much for your recent support of Action-attainment.


 I am attaching a flyer to make sure you are aware of the remaining two parts of a workshop 

series that we are running from the evening of the 6th December, as it has proved really 

valuable for families and all who work with children with speech and language communication

needs in the past.  


Primary school is an incredibly important time for us to understand how we can 

investigate children with speech and language communication needs' 

profilesthe skills that are key for them to have a successful transfer to

secondary education and how we can use specialist reports to access learning

support for this group of children.


The next workshop includes information from an educational psychologist and

occupational therapist who will explain to us about the impact of a child's

cognitive, sensory, social and communication profile on their transition to 

Secondary School, as well as how reports can help provide evidence of need

and support.


If you would like to come along you can book via the website or through eventbrite

The links are provided below.


 Website information


 Eventbrite booking


Should you wish to know more about the workshops, do please call, 0208 392 9946.


 With very best wishes,



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Barnes Primary School Newsletter No 10 - 6th December 2016

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