Barnes Primary School Newsletter #11
14th December 2016
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This week’s photographs show photographs of children who performed in from last week’s nativity play ‘Christmas Counts.

News in Brief

Attendance last week was 96.8%. It has been a good term. Every day here is a day full of high quality learning. We are graeteful to parents for the fact that they only keep their children off school when they are too unwell to partake in learning.

The children are invited to wear their own clothes to school on Friday and donate £1 to charity - please hand your £1 coins to your class teacher.  Don't forget that school finishes at 2.30pm.

End of term assembly (repeat article): Friday 16th December in the Key Stage 2 hall at 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.  If you enjoy watching the film, a charity shop item will be added to parentmail to enable those parents who would like to make a £5 donation to our link school in Rwanda.  
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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Christmas and New Year greeting from Vincent Ntakirutimana


Dear All

Hope you are so fine! Dear friends, in the name of the whole Rusuzumiro community members, and personally on my behalf; with our heartfelt, we wish you the all best of Christmas Day and Happy New Year 2017. Our community recognizes very much many best things we shared in this leaving year 2016. Be ever blessed!

We hope the strong attachment and warm relationship in this coming year 2017, where the Common Everybody project is going to grow and be spread more within our children;  as well  as at Barnes and Rusuzumiro communities.

Please, this is why I send you our next  academic year 2017, in order to ease the all plans of intercommunication.

Very kindest regards



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The underlying principles behind our approach to sport are as follows: 
  • taking part in sport, and enjoying doing so, is the birthright of all pupils
  • competitive sport is not antithetical to a school ethos that holds equality of opportunity in the highest regard
  • captivating and sustaining pupils’ interest in sport at an early age will lead to a lifelong interest and involvement in sport and physical activity. 
Put simply, we want all children to take part in and enjoy sport and physical activity; we also want them to be aware of the importance of physical activity and sport in leading a healthy life.
Staff at school work long and hard to offer as many sporting opportunities to children as possible. These take place both within and outside the school day and also through before and after school clubs. All children participate in a minimum of two hours of physical education a week: one hour indoor and one hour outdoor.
Feedback from our annual parent questionnaire, together with some more informal feedback, reveals that some parents are either confused by, or not happy with, our arrangements for choosing children to represent the school in either Richmond borough sporting events or inter-school matches. So we would like to establish some clarity.
All children are involved in competition in our three Sports day events, when they represent their house: Key Stage 1: July; Key Stage 2: September and July.
In January all Key Stage 2 children will be asked three questions:

1)  Do you want to compete in competitive sporting events against other schools?   Yes/No                             (If you answered ‘No’ please do not answer question 2)
2)  Which sports would you like to represent the school at. Please mark 4 sports in order of preference (1=first preference;  2=second preference;  3= third preference; 4th = fourth preference):
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Cross country running
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
All teams will be selected through trial or observation assessment. This will involve:
  • specific sport trials conducted by Brian Jones, Connor Hartley or Scott Griffin
  • observations by Brian Jones, Connor Hartley and classteachers in timetables lessons
  • observations during the lunchtime clubs run by Brian Jones in the run up to Richmond borough tournaments.
Everyone will be given a chance to compete for a place in a school team or a Richmond borough event, but places will be allocated on merit, according to performance level: the strongest children will be chosen. Because of significant time restrictions (there are so many competitive events that our children are involved in) if a pupil is absent at the time that a trial takes place they won’t be considered for a team. No child will be allowed to play for more than four teams per year.
It is wonderful that so many children attend morning or after school clubs run by Brian Jones, or another provider. This does not guarantee any child attending a place in a team. Getting more practise by attending a club will almost certainly lead to those involved securing improvements in ability, but it does not automatically follow that a pupil attending will secure a place in the school team. Please note that our before school sports clubs were set up following a funding mechanism created after the 2012 London Olympics. The purpose of this fund was for schools to create additional opportunities for all children to be physically active and have fun whilst involved in physical activity.
Jon Kaufman, our table tennis coach, will pick our school table tennis team.  

We fully appreciate that some children may really want to represent the school but may, unfortunately, not be at the same standard as those pupils who are chosen. This is a hard lesson, but it is also a part of life. In order to provide enjoyable additional opportunities for this group of children we will be organising more ‘within school’ matches, where two Barnes teams compete against each other on a Friday afternoon.  In addition, as far as time allows, we will try to organise more staff v pupils matches, as we know that the children really enjoy such events. So all children who want to play competitive sport will be able to do so. Some of these children will do so by participating in ‘within school’ matches on Friday afternoons and others in Borough Competitions.


We believe that this statement to be reasonable, balanced and clear. We expect and look forward to parents respecting it and trusting us that we will abide by it.   
This statement of intent is now posted on the sports section of our school website (under the curriculum tab).
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What we know about how children learn – number 5: self-efficacy
Self-efficacy is indicated by one’s confidence level about being successful on the next task on your life agenda. Your efficacy is confidence for succeeding on the very task you can see there in front of you. It is your expectancy that you will cope well with the task you can see, in the here-and-now, or within the immediate future. There is little point in beginning an important task when failure is the inevitable outcome. Self-efficacy implies deciding whether one can do something. A level of self-affirmation can often help people sustain persistence over time, through inducing them to stay focused, rather than accept defeat after a minor failure.
The essence of self-efficacy is captured in the phrases:
  • I think I can, I think I can, I know I can
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get going 
To feel confident about the next task, you must be able to activate knowledge about similar tasks you were successful on in the past. Ease of access to knowledge is the key element in self-efficacy.

Pupils could gain a sense of self-efficacy through observing peers work on difficult problems. Exposure to a successful model is an excellent way to encourage a person to believe he or she can be successful as well.
It is possible to boost a child’s self-efficacy through some types of verbal comment:
‘I know you can do these problems as they are just like the ones you did last week, but a bit harder, that’s all.’
Encouragement works, not so much through persuasion, as it does through jogging the right memories at the right time. If you have been successful in the past, there is every reason to assume it will continue.
At Barnes we provide learners with worked examples so they know what success looks like both in terms of illustrating the gap between where they are and where they need to be, and so they know ‘when they get there’. It is crucial for the learner to access awareness that the tasks you face in life are inherently ‘doable’.
The vicious cycle involves convincing oneself that one cannot succeed on a task or challenge and thus not investing effort, not listening to instruction, and not receiving feedback, thus leading to evidence that one was right – one cannot succeed. The virtuous cycle involves convincing oneself that one might succeed on a task or challenge and thus invest effort, listen and even seek instruction, welcome errors as opportunities to learn, and receive feedback, thus leading to evidence that one was right. The way out of the vicious cycle is to keep demonstrating the value of investment, listening, seeking and receiving the power of feedback, and then providing evidence of the effects of these instructional cues to assist in moving to ‘I think I can, I think I can . . . I now know I can, I now know I can.’

Good afternoon
It's that time of year again when our Big Game is fast approaching. Big Game 9 is on Tuesday the 27th December over at Twickenham stadium.
This is by far the biggest sporting event over the Christmas period with great rugby on offer but also a fantastic family feel to the whole day.
Can I ask that you send the attached flyer out in your weekly communication to your Parents ?
Thanks for all your help on this, its very much appreciated
All the best
Brian Holland
Harlequins Rugby Development Officer
Harlequin Football Club Ltd
Twickenham Stoop Stadium | Langhorn Drive | Twickenham | Middlesex | TW2 7SX
Telephone: 020 8410 6000 | Facsimile: 020 8410 6001 | Mobile: 07890 604447
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Supported by +Sport Move and Learn, our fourth annual Christmas ‘Meet the Players Day’ takes place at Uxbridge High Schools impressive 3G indoor training centre from 11.30am until 5.45pm on Friday, 23rd December 2016.

The day is open to boys and girls in school year's 1 to 7. 

Once registration is complete, participants will take part in a training session with our FA qualified coaching staff in preparation for the afternoon’s matches. After lunch and a warm-up (approx. 3.15pm), the Brentford FC first team players will arrive and participate/coach in small-sided games with the young Bees fans.

The day will conclude with the opportunity to meet all the players, get autographs and take photographs.

About 'Meet the Players' Day

Booking details and participant criteria:

Our Meet The Players Day is open to children in school years 1 to 7 only. We cannot make exceptions to this rule.

Meet the Players day costs £35 per-player plus booking fee. Places are limited and can only be booked online. 

Tickets are on general sale from 10.00am on Friday, December 9th through to 12noon on Wednesday, December 21st (or until capacity is reached).

Meet the Players Day - Itinerary:
12.00pm to 12.30pm: Registration
12.30pm to 14.00pm: Training Session
14.00pm to 14.45pm: Lunch
14.45pm to 15.15pm: Match Warm-ups
15.15pm to 16.10pm: BFC Player coaching sessions
16.15pm to 17.45pm: Autograph/Photo session
17.45pm to 18.00pm: Departure

Ticket Sales:
10.00am on Friday 9th December through to 12noon on Wednesday, 21st December (or until capacity is reached).

Please note:
1. Places are limited
2. There are no discounts
3. There is no pay-on-the-day option
4. You must bring your booking confirmation form with you 
5. Tickets are non-transferable
6. Tickets are limited to 1 per-person, siblings will need to be booked separately
7. October Soccer School participants will receive a priority access code in their invitational email

Please click here for further information.
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Barnes Primary School Newsletter No 11 - 14th December 2016

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