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Barnes Primary School Newsletter #6
19th October 2016
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This week’s photographs show some photographs of our 2016 Harvest Festival, along with a photograph of a particularly good new Key Stage 1 history display about historical landmarks in our local area and some photographs of our rugby team.

News in Brief

  • Attendance this half-term has been amazingly good. Last week’s figure was: 98.9% Thank you to all parents.
  • School finishes at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 pm on Friday. School restarts for the children on Wednesday 2nd November.  The children are invited to wear their own clothes on Friday and donate £1 (more if they wish) to charity.  This half term we will be supporting the Oxfam Haiti appeal.
  • The Year 5 English enrichment group that takes place after school will happen: it will start at 2.45 pm and finish at 3.45 pm.
  • On Friday after school clubs will start at 2.30pm and finish at 3.30pm (with the exception of Yoga, no class on Friday).  Clubs resume Wednesday 2nd November until Friday 25th November (Monday and Tuesday clubs will run for a further week to catch up due to inset days). 
  • There is no Year 4 swimming on Friday.
  • Parent Consultations - the online booking system is open, please click here.
  • Sibling Photographs - Kirsten, our school photographer will offering sibling photograph sessions on Saturday 5th November in the KS1 hall.  If you would like to make an appointment, please email Jo.
  • Autumn Disco - Friday 11th November, 6.30pm to 9pm in the KS2 hall.  Tickets cost £8 per person and include a light meal.  This is a wonderful event for all the family, so do try to come along.  Please access the flyer here.
  • Washing hands regularly – every winter we are visited by the norovirus. This very unpleasant sickness bug is highly contagious. Each year a number of children are unwell and miss school. I have had it twice in the last ten years and really don’t want a third experience. The best way to prevent the virus is to ensure that children’s hands are washed regularly . . . and fingers are kept out of mouths. Please can parents work with us, in partnership, next half-term and throughout the Spring term to try and limit the impact of this nasty bug. 
  • 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).  Tickets are available from Jo.  Bar, hotdogs, children’s novelties etc. Please access the flyer here.
  • Chestertons Advertising Boards - please email the PTFA with your name and home address if you are willing to have a board outside your house promoting the Advent fair.  Chestertons will donate £20 to school for every board. 
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Solve a Problem Week – what’s happening this week

Pupils in reception are building animal homes for the animals in our forest school. They are working with wood and learning how to use tools and equipment safely. Pupils will have the chance to test different materials to discover which work the best. They are going to leave the homes they make out in the forest school area for the winter and check on whether animals chose to use them and how they are affected by the weather conditions.
 
Year 1 are making an ideal bedroom for a lego character. The children will be designing and making furniture to fit in their ‘shoebox bedrooms’.
 
Year 2 are designing and making a bread product that can be sold in Thomas Farynor’s bakery, to raise money for the people who have lost their homes in the Great Fire of London.
 
Year 3 are designing and making an apron suitable to wear during art or cooking lessons. With Mr Hartley deciding this is the year of smart uniforms, and together with more art and cooking sessions in Key Stage 2, the Year 3 design brief is to make an individualised apron.  They will be developing their own design by personalising it and designing and creating an organisation pocket to use in art and cooking lessons. 
 
Year 4 are designing and making their own individual morse code machines, inspired by their Second World War work relating to their visit to HMS Belfast. The children will investigate how morse code machines worked, explore different types of switches then create machines that will transmit morse code messages to each other. 
 
Barnes bear is bored of his bedroom and would like some space-themed decor! So Year 5 children will be using their textile and stitching skills to fulfil his wishes. 
 
Linked to our learning theme 'Dangerous Earth', Year 6 will be designing and making a mechanical toy for a child that has been affected by a natural disaster.
 
Please don’t forget to login to parentmail and pay your £5 voluntary contribution towards the cost of all materials used this week.

More photographs of pupils at work and with their finished products will appear in the first newsletter after half-term.
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All teachers at Barnes enjoy participating in a high quality, ongoing continuing professional development programme. On Monday 31st October we are joining up with eight other local primary schools to offer the following possible options to staff:You will see that staff are attending a range of different courses, all offered by highly recommended presenters. On Tuesday 1st November all staff (with the exception of the Early Years) will be involved in a whole day of professional development on the teaching of fractions: ‘All you could ever possibly want, or need, to know about teaching fractions’. The presenter is a senior lecturer in mathematics at Roehampton University. Our Early Years team will be visiting the Early Years Excellence Centre in east London. Continuing professional development is very much at the heart of our school.
St. Mary Magdalen’s British Values and Humanities Christine Lloyd-Staples
 
Suzy Cole
 
Sheen Mount Computing Deesh Grewal
 

 
Cathy Potter
 
Sheen Mount Music and Drama Vicky Boa + Artis
 

 
Karen Warner
Jane Lawler
Kew Riverside Teaching grammar Tbc
 

 
Gareth Mantle
Jade Huxley
Barnes Science – the look, think, talk approach Gaynor Weaver
 

 
Rachel Wilson
Helen Leissle
Louise Martin
Camilla Garofalo
St. Osmund’s Mathematics Mastery Lorraine Hartley
 

 
Katie Duncombe
Alison Smart
Sol Taboas
Scott Griffin
Sally Will
Angela Pearson
Avrika Bolokan
Sheen Mount Early Years Outdoor Learning Ruth Moore
 

 
Katie Dyrda
Ray Beard
Windham Autistic Spectrum Disorder + Signing (Makaton) Jo + Helen Montgomery-Smith Bida Zabhouli
Lama Enjarie
Hannah Childs
Thomson House Philosophy The Philosophy Man
 
Margo Rodrigo
Kelly Thomas
Mark Hartley
Sue Jepson
Polly Kelynack
The Queen’s Mindfulness Jason Moore
 

 
Jen New
Claire Marshment
Alex Woods
Jasmine Lehman

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Thank you to all parents who made the time to attend this year’s Harvest Festival performances. Thanks also for your generosity in supporting pupils in our link school, Rusuzumiro Primary School, in Rwanda. We are half way towards raising enough money for the school to have a wash house with running water. Your generous contributions will enable that to happen.  Please ensure any food donations are handed in to school before the end of the day on Thursday 20th October.  The North Barnes food bank will be collecting all donations at 3.45pm.
Tug of War 2016
The next house event will take place this Friday, 21st October, with our annual Tug-of-War (or Pull-of-Peace, if you prefer). All pupils in Years 3 – 6 will take part. It is most important that pupils are wearing their house colour, have some gloves with them and are wearing sturdy footwear (preferably boots). I must apologise for having changed this date. Originally this was due to the postponement of the Vine Park Relay and the need to push the event back. Subsequently we were looking at having this event on Thursday 20th October, but I will be involved in consultancy work that day (agreed just two weeks ago) and hence the change. Please know that we always try to stick to the dates we announce. Unfortunately there are times (and they are few) when the British weather, or the appearance of a new event results in the need for a change.
 
Timings will be as follows:
  • Year 6:   9.10 to 9.35
  • Year 3:   9.35 to 10.00
  • Year 5:  10.00 to 10.35
  • Year 4:  10.35 to 11.00
The English and mathematics workbooks of pupils in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be coming back home over the half-term break. Please have a look at your child’s work and the progress they have made. Later in the term Year 1 workbooks will be coming home for parents to see. As always it would be greatly appreciated if books can be returned to school for the first day back after the half-term break: Wednesday 2nd November.
 
Please don't forget to start bringing in your donations for the Advent Fair.  Items needed include:

Jolly Jam Jars: Please start saving jam jars in preparation to create jolly jam jars. Fill the jars with small toys, stickers, sweets, anything that can fit in, and decorate them in a Christmassy way.

Tombola prizes: Please start putting aside any children and adult items for tombola. It can be anything from new toys to alcohol to smellies. This is a stall that easily runs out of items, so please have a think if something could be used for this before you get rid of an unused item you have at home.

Raffle prizes: If you have anything that you could donate as a raffle prize, please let us know. Also, if you have any contacts to companies that might be interested in donating prizes, please get in touch with Sarah, shurster@yahoo.co.uk.

Second hand toys, games and fancy dress: If you are having a clear out we would love great quality, clean 2nd hand toys and games. These need to be in great working condition with nothing missing or broken.
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We have been in discussions with Network Rail for a number of years trying to improve pedestrian safety at the White Hart Lane Level Crossing. Our goal has been twofold: to improve safety in the short term and deliver a footbridge in the long term. 
 
The first part has largely been achieved with measures such as the enforcement camera (which penalises drivers who try and beat the barriers) and the no left turn from South Worple Way into White Hart Lane implemented. 
 
As evidenced by a petition some time ago, a footbridge is overwhelmingly supported by residents (nearly 1300 signatures) and slowly but surely progress has been made. Our discussions with Network Rail are ongoing and constructive. Crucially, we have persuaded them to assess the unique risks at the crossing outside their traditional risk model thereby opening up the prospect of accessing Network Rail funds specifically allocated to level crossing safety. Consequently, they have agreed in principle to contribute towards the cost of a footbridge.
 
The next stage is a jointly funded survey of the crossing (i.e. between Network Rail and the Council) in order to finally determine the cost of a footbridge and highlight technical/engineering issues. The survey should be completed in the next few months.  Once completed, this should provide a platform upon which further meaningful discussions can take place. 
 
A special mention should go a group of local residents (WHL Crossing Group) who have worked tirelessly with Cllr Paul Avon in trying to raise awareness and improve safety at the crossing. 
 
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I just wanted to let you know that the Barnes Primary School tag rugby team gave an excellent account of themselves on Friday evening at the Barnes Rugby Club schools event. Whilst it was a fun 'no winners or losers' festival, unofficially Barnes were the most successful team. They won all their matches except one, which was a draw. They even beat Sheen Mount who we are playing again on Wednesday 19th October, but only by one point! Thank you to Tom for managing the team and the Robinsons too, for helping organise the team.

It was a great evening and everyone had a fantastic time, parents and children alike. There were even a couple of surprise guests...here are some photos of the team with Charlie Hayter, England 7s team, silver medalist in Rio, and Serge Betsen, legendary French rugby player.
 
This Friday it is the Year 3 & 4  event. Neil Hempsall, Paul Moran and Ken Robinson have kindly agreed to manage the team this Friday.

 
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Barnes Primary School Newsletter No 6 - 19th October 2016

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