Barnes Primary School Newsletter #16
23rd February 2017
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This week’s photographs show some of our Year 2 children’s work on their learning theme of Japan. In addition, there are a couple of photographs showing infrastructure developments at Rusuzumiro, Rwanda, that have been funded by your generosity. Some photographs of the children’s Arts Week 2017 outcomes will appear in next week’s edition.

News in Brief

Attendance in the last week before half-term was 96.5%.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Review – our annual internal review and evaluation of EYFS provision takes place on Monday next week. Key information from the evaluation report will appear in a subsequent newsletter.

School lunch charges have been added to the children's accounts and are awaiting payment.  Could we remind you to click on the 'shop' tab when you login to parentmail and ensure that you have paid for any outstanding clubs/trips from last term and half term.

World Book Day at Barnes is on Friday 3rd March. Children are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite character. Please can parents ensure that the costume chosen will still enable their child to have a good day of learning. It is also absolutely fine for any pupil to come to school in their school uniform.

PTFA Quiz Night – tickets sold out within hours of going on sale!  We look forward to greeting the lucky ticket holders next Friday 3rd March. in the KS2 hall from 7.30pm.

Key Stage 1 hall – the flooring (which is worn) will be resurfaced over the Easter holidays.

Playground installation – Next week I will provide some information about some significant new playground developments at our school.

News from 'Girls on the Go', after school tennis club.
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Halfway through the school year

A warm welcome back to everyone after a short mid-term break to recharge the batteries. We are now just over halfway through the 2016-17 academic year. The forthcoming second half of the Spring Term is a very short one: just 6 weeks long - only 30 teaching days. School finishes for the Easter break on Friday 31st March. So, it’s most important that the children are at school each day as much important learning will be covered in a short space of time.

Please click here to view the events calendar for this half term. 
Please note that additional events may be organised and these will appear on the electronic calendar on the home page of the school’s website. Further communication will also appear in future school newsletters.

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Repeat Articles

Please don't forget to book your parent consultation with your child's class teacher.  To access the site, click here.
Tuesday 7th March - 4.20pm to 7pm and 8th March - 9am to 3pm (nursery closed all day).
Tuesday 7th March - 3.30pm to 6pm and Thursday 9th - 4.20pm to 7pm (10 minute appointments)
KS1 & KS2
Thursday 2nd March - 4.20pm to 7pm, Tuesday 7th March - 3.30pm to 6pm and Thursday 9th March - 4.20pm to 7pm (15 minute appointments)
As always, if you experience any difficulty accessing the site please email Jo -

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Our annual questionnaire for parents will be available to complete online from today for a two week period. As always, we welcome hearing your feedback and using this to inform our thinking about the continued development of our school. We remain a relentlessly ambitious organisation continually striving for excellence. Positive, encouraging feedback is always well-received by teaching staff. Constructive, measured criticism is also welcomed. Ideas about how we can continue to develop the provision are always well-received. Please be kind enough to let us know your views.
Click here to take the survey.

On my way to school before half term I was almost taken out by a child moving at fast pace .. she stopped at least 15-20 feet past me … I did find out who it was and the  parent/carer fully understood my reaction and concern.


Only this morning I witnessed another child moving at speed when the parent/carer appeared to be a long long way back coming from the Beverley path end of the approach to school.   In my opinion, it’s the parent/carer responsibility for their childs’ behaviour on these scooters.

We fully support this parents view point and would like to politely remind parents/carers that children must be taught consideration and care when scooting to school.  Ms Jepson and I will be monitoring the situation carefully.

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e-safety: getting up-to-date
Peter Cowley, the ICT and Online Safety Adviser for Achieving for Children, will be offering three informative presentations at our school on Tuesday 14th March. He will offer three separate sessions:
  • 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.  a presentation for pupils in Years 5 and 6 and their parents
  • 3.45 pm to 5.00 p.m.      a presentation for teaching staff
  • 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm        an early evening presentation for parents
 The two presentations for parents will be in the key Stage 2 hall.
Please note that there is important information for parents on our school website – on the left hand side of the home page, under the Barnes’ Parents Noticeboard:
  • e-safety fact sheet
  • e-safety presentation to parents (Peter’s last presentation here a few years ago)
Information will be updated, if required, following Peter’s forthcoming presentation. I would like to stress how important it is for all parents to take the important steps necessary to protect their children. In these modern times this has become an essential parental responsibility. Peter is extremely knowledgable and an excellent presenter. I strongly urge parents to try to attend one of the two sessions being offered.

In his recent correspondence to me Peter stated:
You are of course quite correct in tackling parents about the issue of children playing 18-rated games. I expect you know that the advice from Richmond police is that if you know that a parent is actively allowing their child to play such games, and if you are getting nowhere with the parent, you should consider making a referral to social services on the grounds of neglect.
The potential dangers to children are so significant that if it is felt that the school has made every reasonable effort to advise a parent that they need to take urgent action, as their child is playing a computer game that is inappropriate, or using online sites that are damaging to their development and well-being, we will follow this advice.

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Thank you to all parents and children for taking part in another spectacular Barnes Bake Off. I banked £436 for Rwanda today, so a huge thank you to all the school community, not only for their creative flare that made it such a wonderful event, but also for their generosity. This leaves us with just over £2,000 to raise to hit the target to build six new toilets. I think we should be able to do this with our annual Run for Rusuzumiro (details to follow) and in so doing hopefully end our academic year in a very happy position where we have provided important infrastructure support to the school. Your support and super organisational skills are much appreciated so thank you very much!
Are any of you green fingered, love working with children and have a few hours to hand each week? We are looking for a keen volunteer to help plant up and maintain the small allotment in our nursery and the narrow, raised bed outside the Year 2 classrooms. If you can help or would like a quick exploratory chat about this please contact Claire Marshment –
The Rodolfus Choir performed – brilliantly – during our Arts Week: the children loved them! With a sound! Hailed as ‘unspeakably beautiful‘ by Gramophone, the Rodolfus Choir has established itself firmly over a period of thirty years as one of the leading young choirs in the United Kingdom; during which time they have developed a lasting reputation for their commitment to the very highest level of musicality. Comprising some of the finest young singers in the country, its members are all alumni of the famous Eton Choral Courses.  Conducted by their founder, Ralph Allwood, the fresh and vibrant sound of the choir is a reflection of their profound sensitivity to dynamic contrast, blend and phrasing. The group have become renowned for their imaginative programming, their innovative and exciting performances, as well as for their extensive array of prestigious recordings.
They offer some wonderful opportunities for children wishing to develop as singers. The Junior Choral Course, directors Ralph Allwood and Martyn Ford, offers unique opportunities to children aged 8 -15 to experience choral singing at a very high level. The course staff are all accomplished singers, and their voices join the young people to enable them to sing some of the great choral repertoire for four voices alongside good music written for the students’ higher voices. The proof of the success of the courses lies in the very high proportion of participants who return year after year, many of them attending multiple courses and bringing with them younger brothers and sisters. The culmination of the course is the final concert, which will combine a major work from the choral repertoire and lighter music.  Bursaries for these courses are available so that every child that wants to can attend. More details
We have been notified by our school uniform supplier, Stitch Design ( that postage on orders will increase to £3.30 with immediate effect.  As a result of significant increases in the cost of materials post Brexit, uniform prices will also rise, however Stitch Design have agreed to delay this increase until 22 July 2017.  Please click here for both current uniform prices and those that will apply from 22 July 2017.
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Matthew Paul, Associate Director for School Place Planning
at Achieving for Children has asked me to communicate the following information to you:
As you may already know, Reselton Properties, who bought Stag Brewery in November 2015, will, between 8th and 18th March, be holding their first pre-planning consultation drop-in sessions with residents on its proposed redevelopment: Reselton's initial designs include a six-form entry 11-18 secondary school.

In order for the voices to be heard of those residents who would like to see a new secondary school in the east of the borough, I was wondering if it would be worth encouraging parents of children at your school to attend one of the drop-in sessions, by including that link above in your newsletters? As the sessions start only a week after this year's secondary transfer outcomes become known, the provision of secondary places will, of course, be prominent in many parents' minds, if it isn't already.
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For further information regarding SEND initiatives, please click here.

On the Ball, please click hereFlyer.

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Message from Orleans House Gallery

I’m getting in touch from Orleans House Gallery about a family workshop we’re running as part of the Richmond arts service. It’s called ‘My Richmond’ and it is a four week FREE course on Saturday mornings 10.30-12.30 starting 25th February.


In the session we will be exploring the history of the local area.  We will be running the workshops at Castlenau library and I thought families from your school may be the perfect audience! I was wondering if you could spread the word about the course please, perhaps in a school newsletter, or I could send over some flyers? I have attached a poster with a little more info about the course, and please do let me know if I can provide any more information.
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Dear Local Headteachers & Community Associations,

We draw your attention to Vodafone's recent planning application to install a 12.5m telecommunications / mobile phone mast on the pavement of South Worple Way, immediately adjacent to Mortlake Cemetery and within 50m of North Worple Way's busier pavement.

Perhaps you might draw attention to this in your newsletters? The application can be found here:

We observe a large number of local school pupils walk to school via South Worple Way and North Worple Way. We also note the Council's intention that any redevelopment of the Barnes Hospital site should include plans for a primary school. Given there is only a lack of evidence as to any health damage rather than evidence absolutely dismissing the conjecture that mobile phone masts may have adverse health effects, we wonder whether you and/or your parents would want to object to the application. We note that a similar previous application for a mast to be sited at the Avondale Rd bus terminus failed due to overwhelming public objection on the basis it was a route used by school children. It's also worth noting the mast will be taller than the tree line and not a particularly pleasing or appealing addition to the visual landscape.

Many thanks for your attention to this matter.

All the best,

Paul & Nathalie Bickley

North Worple Way Residents & Parents of four under-11 year old children
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Barnes Primary School Newsletter No 16 - 23rd February 2017
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