Barnes Primary School Newsletter #5
12th October 2016
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This week’s photographs show some of the winning entries for our house handwriting competition that was held in the first week of term.

News in Brief

  • Attendance last week was absolutely superb: 98.7%. It has been a wonderful start to the new academic year. Thank you to all parents.
  • Scooting in the school area: please could all parents ensure that their children get off their scooter before entering the school premises. Scooters should be walked from that point. This is to ensure everyone’s safety. Scooters are not allowed in the school buildings and it would be appreciated if they are parked in the allocated areas.
  • Correction (or an update at least): Year 4 enrichment is now being offered: after school on a Monday with Louise Martin.
  • Solve a Problem Week takes place next week. There will be a strong focus on design technology work. If you have not yet contributed your voluntary contribution of £5 please can you do so by logging in to your parentmail account.  Design and Techlogy Workshops have been provisionally booked based on receiving this £5 contribution from parents. So far lego workshops have been booked for the foundation stage, large scale architecture worksops for KS1 and KS2 and cookery workshops for KS2.
  • School Lunch – please don’t forget to login to parentmail and pay for your child’s school lunch for this half term.
  • Paul Mundy-Castle has been forced to reschedule the date he is coming to Barnes to meet parents. This will now be on Monday 17th October at 6.15 pm in the Key Stage 2 hall.
  • Problems between children that occur in Vine Park . . . and then are brought to my attention. I am not responsible for what happens outside the physical parameters of our school. I have been asked on a number of occasions over the eleven years I have been here to sort out and deal with incidents that have occurred in Vine Park. I have always tried my best to help and I will continue to do so if children from our school are involved, but I do, inevitably, have less direct control over out of school behaviour.
  • We are a nut-free school - certain brands of healthy snack bars such as Alpen and Frusli contain nuts, please do send them in as snacks for your children.  An item of fruit is always the best option!
  • Richmond Park Academy PTFA Firework Display – Saturday 5th November, doors open at 4.30pm display starts at 6pm.  Tickets cost £5 per person (under 3’s are free), available via Jo next week.  Bar, hotdogs, children’s novelties etc. 
  • Gill Hines - Anxious child workshop.  For further information please click here
  • Richmond Running Festival - in addition to the team named in last week's newsletter, we have been notified that Arthur Henson also ran.  Well done Arthur!
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This terms parent consultations will take place on 8th November from 3.30pm to 6pm and 10th November from 4.20pm to 7pm.

The online booking system will go live at 7am on Monday 17th October.  Please do not try to book before this date and time as the system is in test mode at present and any pre-bookings will be lost.

Nursery consultations will take place on Tuesday 8th November between 9am and 3pm (the nursery will be closed to pupils on this day) and Thursday 10th from 4.20pm to 7pm (the nursery will be open as usual).  Morning parents should make an appointment with Miss Dyrda, afternoon parents with Mrs Beard.

If you experience any difficulty logging in, please contact Jo -

The link to the site is here and also on the home page of the school website under 'Barnes Parents' Noticeboard'.
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PTFA – additional committee members wanted!

Two generous parents have now come forward to try to save the PTFA which will allow the children to continue to benefit from additional teaching resources, workshops, equipment and all the other wonderful items that the PTFA so generously donate to us.  But they can’t do it alone and are looking for another 3 people to join the committee.  So if you were worried about doing it on your own, now’s the chance to join a team that is doing so much for the children at Barnes Primary.  The considerable expertise of last year’s committee is all there in a manual so it’s a matter of taking up the reins rather than starting from scratch.  The committee isn’t viable with fewer than five people so, if you want your children to continue to benefit from the resources that will have to go if the PTFA can no longer support the school, please do come and have a chat with Jo Patience.
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Child protection procedures
All staff working at Barnes fully recognise our responsibilities for child protection.The safety and protection of all children is of paramount importance to all those involved in education. Making sure that children are safe is the most important of all the jobs that teachers and support staff do. Children can develop a special and close relationship with school staff, and view them as significant and trustworthy adults. It is not surprising therefore that children, if they have suffered any kind of upset or even abuse, may confide or disclose to a teacher or other member of staff.
Our child protection policy applies to all staff, governors and volunteers working in the school. There are five main elements to the policy:
  • ensuring we practise safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff and volunteers to work with children
  • raising children’s awareness of child protection issues and equipping children with the skills needed to keep them safe
  • developing and then implementing procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse
  • supporting any pupil who has been abused and establishing a child protection plan
  • establishing a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.
We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well-placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:
  • establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. This involves us in the delicate and sensitive job of leading class discussions or assemblies where we talk with children, in appropriate ‘child friendly language’, about being safe and what to do if they don’t feel comfortable, or safe.
  • ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried
  • include opportunities in the Personal Social Citizenship and Health Education curriculum (PHCSE) for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse.
We will follow the procedures set out by the local safeguarding children’s board and take account of guidance issued by the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure:
  • we have a designated senior person for child protection who has received appropriate training and support for this role. Because we are a large school spread over two sites there are two child protection officers at Barnes: Mark Hartley and Sue Jepson. They work together closely and share all information.
  • we have a nominated governor responsible for child protection.  
  • every member of staff (including temporary and supply staff and volunteers) and the governing body knows the name of the designated senior professionals responsible for child protection and their role
  • all staff members are fully trained in child protection – the most recent whole school staff training was on 1st September 2016 from an independent consultant who leads serious case reviews
  • all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities in being alert to the signs of abuse and their responsibility for referring any concerns to the designated senior professionals responsible for child protection
  • that parents have an understanding of the responsibility placed on the school and staff for child protection by communicating its obligations, as this article is doing.  
    We will also:
  • develop effective links with relevant agencies and co-operate, as required, with their enquiries regarding child protection matters, including attendance at case conferences
  • keep written records of concerns about children, even where there is no need to refer the matter immediately, ensuring that these records are kept securely
  • develop and then follow procedures in the case of an allegation being made against a member of staff or volunteer (the school has an Allegations against Staff policy)
  • ensure safe recruitment practices are always followed.
Abuse - a definition
Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child either directly by inflicting harm, or indirectly, by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting; by those known to them; or, more rarely, by a stranger. They may be abused by an adult or adults, or another child or children.
                                              The definitions and signs of child abuse, NSPCC, 2009
The four categories of child abuse 
 Physical abuse may involve causing physical harm to a child, including by fabricating the symptoms of, or deliberately causing, ill health to a child.
Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to children that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person; age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children; causing children frequently to feel frightened, or the exploitation or corruption of children.
Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening.
Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development, such as failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, or neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

Referring families to external services
If we have any concerns about a child’s welfare we are legally obliged to make a referral to Richmond-upon-Thames Single Point of Access (SPA) team. This is a statutory duty, and one we take very seriously. We may make referrals for a number of different reasons. One of the frequent reasons for a referral is that we feel a family needs some professional help and support. In some cases we will seek parental consent to make this referral. In others we will inform parents that we are making a referral. In serious cases we will make a referral without informing parents or requesting their consent.
At our school referrals are usually made by Mark Hartley or Sue Jepson. This is a sensitive business. Making a referral frequently makes us unpopular with the parent(s) of the child(ren) concerned. That is immaterial to us – our only concern in these situations is the well-being of children. We fully respect and appreciate that the job of looking after children is a very challenging one. We will always seek to work alongside, and in partnership, with parents. If additional external support or intervention in one of the circumstances outlined above is, in our professional view, required we will take no hesitation in acting and referring on. Following such action we will continue to work with parents to secure the very best possible outcomes for their children.

We make referrals to SPA if we have concerns about:
  •  a child’s development
  • family issues that are affecting a child or young person
  • a child who we suspect is being neglected or subject to physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • how best to support a family we are already working with, and need advice or information 
    The SPA provide advice through:
  • early years help services
  • child and adolescent mental health services
  • substance misuse treatment services
  • social care services
  • child protection services. 
Pollyanna Kelynack, our learning mentor
Polly works three days a week at our school (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). Her role is to support pupils in overcoming any barriers that may prevent them making good social and academic progress. On a shorter or longer term basis she offers individuals a calm, unrushed and secure environment away from the classroom, where they can talk and feel relaxed and reassured.
Polly works on building resilience and inner well-being, giving children the ability to solve problems for themselves. Her aim is to build up lost confidence and provide children with useful strategies for dealing with anxiety, fears, conflict, sadness, disappointment and difficult times.
Polly works creatively, using drawing, games and stories and building up scrapbooks that children can keep and refer back to. Polly has trained at The Tavistock Institute and at The Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She also has specific training in anxiety disorders, child development and attachment, working with looked after children, self-harming, eating disorders and child protection. She is currently undergoing an extensive training programme in all aspects of child well-being: The Achieving Together course.
Referrals to Polly are made through Mark Hartley. Polly never works with a child without parental consent having been obtained first. Feedback from the children she works with is overwhelmingly positive. 

The Harvest Festival takes place on Tuesday 18th October for parents of pupils in Years 1, 3 and 5 and again on Wednesday 19th October for parents of children in Year 2, 4 and 6. Both events will be in St Michael’s Church, starting at 9.30 am. All parents are welcome and can come along from 9.00 am for a tea/coffee. We would politely ask parents with very young children to take them out of the church if they are making a loud noise so that the children, who have practised very hard, do not have their work spoilt.  Non-perishable food donations will be collected by each class.  The local food bank that runs out of the Castelnau Centre in Stillingfleet Road is particularly short of Cereal, biscuits, fruit juice, milk (powder), treats, spreads e.g. marmite, marmalade, jam, peanut butter, pasta sauces and curry sauces.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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The house competition is up and running. We had two amazing Vine Park Relay races on Friday, with Castelnau winning the Years 4-6 race and Bank winning the Year 1-3 race. In all 144 children ran in one of the races. Points were as follows:
Vine Park Relay Years 4-6
1st        Castelnau       10 points
2nd       Beverley             8 points
3rd       Mortlake            6 points
4th       Bank                  4 points
Vine Park Relay Years 1-3
1st     Bank                  10 points
2nd    Mortlake              8 points
3rd    Castelnau            6 points
4th    Beverley                4 points
Key Stage 2 Autumn Term Sports Day scores
1st     Castelnau           10 points
2nd  Beverley                 8 points
3rd  Mortlake                6 points
4th    Bank                     4 points
Overall table after 4 events
1st  Castelnau          26 points
2nd Beverley            20 points
2nd  Mortlake           20 points
4th  Bank                 18 points
Next event: Tugging in the Park (‘The Pull of Peace’): Friday 21st October, Vine Park, a.m.

Previous House winners

2015-16   Bank

2014-15   Bank

2013-14   Beverley

2012-13   Castelnau
2011-12    Beverley
2010-11    Beverley
2009-10    Castelnau
2008-09    Bank
2007-08    Mortlake
2006-07    Mortlake
Chestertons have generously agreed to sponsor advertising boards promoting the Advent Fair and other PTFA fundraising events this academic year. We will shortly be asking if parents are willing to have an advertising board up outside their house in order to promote the Advent Fair on 26th November.  However, before we do that Chestertons would like to launch a competition to all Barnes Primary pupils asking them to create a design for the board.  The theme is: ‘Your school’.  Draw a picture of your school and or the surrounds in any style or colour.  Entries should be submitted on an A4 white sheet of paper (landscape only). Entries to be handed to either of the school offices no later than the end of the day on Thursday 20th October.  Mr Hartley and Ms Jepson will shortlist to 5 entries and the winner will be judged by Chestertons.
The winner will receive a £25 voucher from Pandemonium Toy Shop in Sheen and the four runners up will each receive a £10 book voucher.

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