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Due to the weather warning being upgraded to red in our area we have made the decision to close the school today.

We hope you enjoy your half term and we will see you all on the 28th February.


We are very pleased to announce an exciting new spelling competition, the St Barnabas Spelling Bee!

Please read the below letter for more information.


Please see letter below regarding our World Book Day fundraising activities on Tuesday 1st March.  


You are now able to book school lunches, breakfast club and after school club via SchoolMoney (Eduspot) for next term. 

Please remember when making any amendments to a booking already made you need to add the new changes to the basket and checkout again, otherwise the changes will not come through to the school system. The same applies when cancelling a booking or lunch.  

Even if your child is in receipt of free school meals, please use the App to let us know your child's menu choices. 




You are now able to book school lunches, breakfast club and after school club via SchoolMoney (Eduspot) for next term.

Please remember when making any amendments to a booking already made you need to add the new changes to the basket and checkout again, otherwise the changes will not come through to the school system.

Even if your child is in receipt of free school meals, please use the App to let us know your child's menu choices.


We are sorry to announce that have made the tough decision to cancel the Christmas Market on Thursday 2nd December. After advice from Public Health, we have been advised to reduce social mixing as much as possible. 


We will however be continuing the festive cheer for the children in school by holding a children’s tombola and playing games (designed by the children) on the last day of term. Children can bring in money in a named envelope/money bag to take part in the games. 

We are still going ahead with the Christmas Raffle and tickets are now on sale from the school office - £1 a strip. If you have any unwanted gifts you would like to donate for the Christmas Raffle, please could you drop off at the school office. 


Fabulous Finish – Friday 10th December @2.15pm

You will have the opportunity to look around your child’s class and view their work. Unfortunately, we won’t be conducting an assembly in the hall.

Parents/Carers will need to pre-book their attendance here and will be required to carry out a lateral flow test before arriving onsite. Face coverings will need to be worn at all times.


School Performance – Tuesday 14th December @ 2.30pm

Children in Silbury Class will be putting on a performance of ‘Born in a Barn’.  Due to Covid we are unable to offer as many tickets as in the past. Therefore, we are prioritising tickets to those who have children in Silbury, then Sarum and then Nursery. If we have any additional tickets, these will be available on a first come first served basis. 

Please click here to pre-book your tickets (limited to 2 tickets per child). You will be required to carry out a lateral flow test before arriving onsite and face coverings will need to be worn at all times. 


Christmas Lunch - Wednesday 15th December

To order your child a lunch please visit Eduspot (SchoolMoney). If you have already ordered your child a lunch for that day, please log in and amend the menu choices. 

We hope the slightly amended events won’t dampen the Christmas cheer and we look forward to celebrating the festivities with you all. 


Due to the increase in confirmed cases and limited staffing we are asking those parents who have booked their child into Breakfast and/or After School Club this week and next week to either cancel their booking or collect your child at your earliest convenience. Any monies paid will be added to your account as a credit. 


We would like to take all the children on a trip to the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon to watch the pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ on Thursday 16th December.


Unfortunately, due to staffing ratios we are unable to take the Nursery children with us, however we look forward to welcoming them on the trip when they join Reception Class. 


We are asking for £12.95 per child to cover ticket costs for this wonderful opportunity to see a professional production at Christmas time. Transport costs will be subsidised by the school. 


We are aiming to leave school at 9.00am and return at 2.00pm. 

Please can all children be in school for 8.30am and we ask that the sub-station is empty of all cars by 8.45am.


Please could you complete this online form by Monday, 18th October to confirm your child’s place. 


Please click here to view the newsletter for Term 1.

Please click here to view the progress of the Early Years Outdoor Project.

(You can jump to different areas of the newsletter/project by clicking the icon in the bottom right hand corner).



The School Nurse will be attending St Barnabas to carry out height and weight checks for children in Reception and Year 6.


What do I need to do next: Nothing, unless your child has a medical condition that affects their growth or being measured or to opt out of your child being measured by calling 0300 247 0090.


We will inform you of the date the nurse will be coming to school once it has been confirmed. 





We are starting to plan for our Christmas events (yes Christmas!) and one of our traditions is the Christmas Market. 


If you would like to get involved with the Christmas Market or have any other fundraising ideas, we are holding a meeting on Wednesday 3rd November at 2pm. 


We will be providing tea/coffee and cake – so even more reason to join us!    


If you would like to attend, please could you let us know by clicking here.



If your child is required to take a PCR due to receiving a positive result on a Lateral Flow Device or being identified as a close contact who has tested positive, we strongly recommend travelling to a testing site rather than ordering a postal kit in order to avoid missing vital education. 


The results from testing sites are coming back much sooner than postal results.


Let’s get growing! 

Help us get FREE gardening equipment by collecting tokens at Morrisons. 


From September every £10 spent in store or online, you’ll get on Grow Token that we can then redeem for a wide range of gardening and growing equipment. 


Download the MyMorrisons app today to start collecting. More information can be found here.



From time to time children are sick (vomit) either at home or at school. Unfortunately it is not possible to distinguish between the causes, and therefore it is essential that the same rule of exclusion applies in all cases of vomiting or diarrhoea. 


In the Health Protection Agency document, “Guidelines for the Control of Infection and Communicable Disease in School and Early Years Settings”, the guidance is: 


Diarrhoea and vomiting exclusion

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting commonly affects children and can be caused by a number of different germs, including viruses, parasites and bacteria. Infections can be easily spread from person to person (by unwashed hands), especially in children. In general, it is recommended that any child with diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms must remain off school or nursery until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours (the ‘48 hour rule’) and feel well.  


We ask that you adhere to the ‘48 hour rule’ to reduce the risk of infection for all children and staff in school. For an example, if your child is sick at lunchtime on a Tuesday, they should not return to school until after lunch on Thursday, provided there have not been any further episodes of vomiting. 


If your child is absent from school because of illness or any other reason, you should telephone the school office on 01380 813436 or email before 8.45am on each and every day of absence.


It's the final weekend for selling those raffle tickets - we have lots of amazing prizes up for grabs! 

If you would like more raffle books to sell to family and friends, please pop to the office. 

You’ve got to be in it to win it!


Monday 19th July AM – Whole school Sports Day

All children to come to school in their PE kit


Monday 19th July PM – Stonehenge Class Water Fight

Children to bring change of clothes and towel – see separate email


Tuesday 20th July AM – Summer Raffle Draw

Please could all stubs be returned to the office by Monday 19th July.


Wednesday 21st July – Class Parties

Please can children bring in a plate of party food – children entitled to FSM or have paid will be provided food by the school


Wednesday 21st July @ 2pm – Year 6 Leavers Assembly

Please make your way to the main entrance


Wednesday 21st July – Last day of Term!


We thought it would be helpful to write to you with the latest advice from Public Health as we move to Step 4 for the easing of restrictions from Monday 19 July. In the letter below we have the latest information on Test and Trace and how it changes from Monday. 


The advice to all Wiltshire schools is that we should continue the systems and processes that we have in place currently until the end of the school’s summer term. This includes the staggered starts and finishes, the bubbles that are in place and keeping the level of social interaction between personnel within the school to a minimum.  


Once again, we thank you for your continued support in protecting our school community. 


Due to necessary timetable changes we have had to reschedule the Years 6 Leavers Assembly from Tuesday 20th July to Wednesday 21st July and it will now begin at 2pm.



Due to the Government’s announcement last week regarding lockdown restrictions not fully being lifted, we have updated our events for this term. 


We unfortunately have had to cancel the whole school disco and family lunch following sports day. We will still be holding sports day for the children but parents/carers will not be permitted to attend. Staff will be taking plenty of photographs and filming throughout the day and will be uploaded to Class Dojo. 


Following on from a very successful Christmas raffle, we are holding a Summer raffle and have managed to get some great prizes already. More details on the raffle will be sent this week. 


The Year 6 Leavers Assembly has been organised for Tuesday 20th July at 1.15pm. We plan to hold the assembly outside, weather permitting, but may need to move into the hall, therefore please could we ask that no more than 2 guests per child attend the assembly. 


Please see below a full update on events for this term: 

All Dates – Year 5 Lavington Taster Days - CANCELLED

Wednesday 30th June - Whole School Disco - CANCELLED

Monday 12th July - Year 6 Lavington Induction Day – CANCELLED

Monday 19th July - Family Lunch - CANCELLED


Dates for your Diary

Monday 28th June - Reception Starters Taster Session

Wednesday 30th June - Year 6 Leavers Braeside Activity Day & Pizza

Thursday 1st July - Rags2Riches Collection

Monday 5th July - Reception Starters Taster Session

Tuesday 13th July - Reception Starters Teddy Bears Picnic 

Monday 19th July - Sports Day

Tuesday 20th July – Summer Raffle Draw - NEW

Tuesday 20th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly - NEW

Wednesday 21st July – Class Parties – NEW

Wednesday 21st July - Last day of Term 6

Thursday 22nd July - TD Day

Friday 23rd July - TD Day


Please read the important letter regarding Mrs Clough Executive Head role.



Updated PE/Forest School Kit 

At St Barnabas Primary School we believe that uniform promotes a sense of pride and belonging to our school community.

To achieve this we are introducing a new branded red PE hoodie for all children in school. They are to be worn for PE or when representing the school at various sporting events and can also be worn on visits and trips with the school (hoodies do not replace the school jumpers/cardigans). We would also like to promote the wearing of house colour t-shirts as part of the PE kit. 

We would like to introduce the PE hoodie as soon as possible but can understand there is a cost involved, therefore we are making the hoodies optional for the rest of this academic year but mandatory from September 2021. 

There is also the option of purchasing a green school branded Forest School hoodie for your child when participating in Forest School.   

We have managed to source the hoodies and coloured t-shirts at the best available prices:

PE Hoodie - £9.50

Forest School Hoodie - £9.50

Coloured t-shirt (red, yellow, blue & green) - £2.00 

Please place your order via the SchoolMoney app (or website) in the ‘Shop’ section. Please let Mrs Saunders know if you have any issues placing your order. 

Any orders placed by Friday 28th May should be ready for distributing at the beginning of Term 6. Orders received after this date may result in a delay. Orders are subject to availability from the manufacturers. 

If you have any questions regarding the uniform, please contact either Mrs Clough or Mrs Saunders.


Please visit the 'Pay Online' section within the 'Parent Info' tab for more information about using SchoolMoney for making payments.


Our school needs you! Help us win £5,000 of National Book Tokens for the school library - and get £100 for yourself!

Just enter the competition online, it only takes a minute: 

The more entries our school receives, the more chances we have of winning!



Early Years Outdoor Project - Progress Update

The staff and children are so excited about our new artificial grass that has been installed in the Early Years outdoor area.   This forms part of the large scale project to improve the outside area and we are looking forward to the next phase.


Class School Photographs

The proof cards for the class school photographs will be going home with the children today. To order, please click here and enter the proof card ID.   Stonehenge Class - please note that the photograph on the proof card is not the correct photo, the correct photograph will be shown on the ordering website. To receive free delivery back to the school, please order by Friday 7th May. Orders placed after this date will be sent to your home address and subject to a £4 P&P fee.

Mexican Food Week - 29th March

To order a lunch from our Mexican themed menu please click here. Lunches are priced at £2.50.


Below are some documents for you to share at home with your children. They are there as a reminder of the importance to stay safe whilst online, which is something that we have been focusing on in school over the past couple of days.  

There are two documents - 'Online Smartie the Penguin' and 'Chicken Clicking' aimed at KS1, and a SMART document and the link below, which leads to an E-Safety game, aimed at KS2 children.  

Please feel free to go through these resources and decide which would be appropriate to share with your child/children. 


04.01.21 - IMPORTANT


After the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, school will only be open for vulnerable children and children of key workers from tomorrow. Please ensure that the form emailed today requesting keyworker details is completed by 9.00 pm tonight. Access the form here.


Priority will be given to those children where both parents are keyworkers followed by NHS staff, care workers and educational staff. You will receive an email this evening confirming whether we are able to provide a place for your child.


For those children completing home learning, work will be available on Microsoft Teams from tomorrow. If you have problems accessing Teams, work is also on the website under the Classes tab.


Once again, I thank you for your continued support.


Many thanks,

Mrs Clough


We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Christmas Raffle. We raised an amazing £900, which will be put towards improving our outdoor area.

Christmas Tree Decoration Competition

Christmas Events

We’re delighted to announce that the St Barnabas Primary School Christmas Raffle 2020 is up and running with all proceeds going towards improving our Early Years outdoor area. 


To launch the initiative we have sent home raffle tickets with your child. If you would like more, please come to the school office.


If you would like to take part and be in with the chance of winning any of this year’s prizes all you have to do is fill out and return the tickets stubs with the correct money, in an envelope marked Christmas Raffle, to the school office before the 11th December.


Each ticket costs £1 and a book of five tickets £5.00.


If you do not want to partake, please return the unused tickets to the school office.


We would like to use this platform to say a big thank you to Chloe Stevens for organising the raffle prizes and to everyone who has donated a prize, particularly our local independents who are always so generous to our cause. A full list of prizes can be found in the link below and we will endeavor to keep it updated, as and when any other donations come our way. The raffle will be drawn on Monday 14th December.


For those of you who would like more tickets to buy or sell on to friends, family and neighbours, get in touch via email or visit the school office.




We are raising money to help towards improving our Early Years outdoor area. The proposed playground makeover includes laying artificial grass and erecting a full length wooden canopy to improve the appearance and functionality of the space.   


Christmas Lunch - 15th December 2020


This year our Christmas Lunch arrangements will be a little different to usual as we are unable to invite parents/families to join in the celebrations. However, the children will still be able enjoy a Christmas Lunch.


If you would like to book a Christmas lunch for your child please do so by completing this online form by Friday 6th December. It would be really helpful if you could still complete the form even if you do not want to order a lunch. If you have already booked/paid for a lunch, please still complete the form and select the relevant options.


Please note NO OTHER MEAL CHOICES WILL BE SERVED ON THIS DAY. If you do not wish your child/ren to have Christmas meal then they will need to be provided with a packed lunch from home.


The cost of the lunch is £2.50 and payment can be made via SchoolMoney (if applicable). Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 and children entitled to free school meals will not be charged.


School Tea Towels


As a unique fundraiser, children have drawn their self-portraits which have then been printed onto tea towels. These would make ideal Christmas presents for family and friends!


The product is 100% cotton (size 79cm x 48cm) and a sample of the design can be found below. If you would like to make a purchase, please complete the order form below and hand it in to the office with your payment. Alternatively, orders can be made via SchoolMoney in the ‘School Shop’ section.


The cost of each single tea towel is £5 and in order to ensure that we beat the Christmas rush we need your orders back into the office or via SchoolMoney by the end of the day on Wednesday 25th November.


Thanks very much and we hope you like them!


Dear all,

Following the latest guidance for schools released last night, we are now unfortunately not in a position to have any unnecessary visitors on the school site, therefore we are unable to invite you to watch the children's performance on Friday afternoon. 

We will film the performance and upload this to the school website for you all to watch instead.


There will be no Forest School this Friday for Sarum due to the visit from K'z Dance. Children are to come wearing bright Indian inspired clothing. Children will be dancing outside so please ensure warm clothing is provided.

Dates for your Diary


Wednesday 18th March 2020

Choir to attend SSE Arena London to participate in Voice in a Million


Friday 20th March 2020

Parents are invited to join us at 2.45 pm for our Mother's Day assembly


Saturday 21st March 2020

Dauntsey's football tournament


Monday 23rd March 2020

Rags 2 Riches collection


Wednesday 25th March 2020

Savernake class to Lavington School for Hockey festival


Friday 27th March 2020

Archdeacon of Sarum and Wilts Sue Groom to visit school


Friday 3rd April – Fabulous Finish & Last day of Term!

You are invited to attend the school at 2.15pm for an assembly and to visit your child’s classroom and see your child’s work.