The latest King's Cross Development Update (7 images) 12 November 2015
We are very excited to move into the stunning new Plimsoll Building, which sits at the heart of the new King’s Cross redevelopment project. The Plimsoll Building overlooks a beautiful new park and is surrounded by safe, clean and well looked after streets. Please note that all photos are credited © John Sturrock 2014 courtesy of King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership.
Martin Glover, Governor visited Paris (11 images) 28 October 2015
Martin Glover, Governor visited Paris recently and went to the “Sourdland fete” at the Institute National Des Jeunes Sourds. Here is a photo of the event and the famous Abbé de l’Épée Statue!
National Teaching Assistant Day (10 images) 28 October 2015
At Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, we celebrated our teaching assistants by hosting a morning assembly where our children had the opportunity to go up to each TA and say thank you for their help such as thank you for teaching me to swim, thank you for always helping me with my spelling! In the afternoon, our SMT team organised a surprise party for our teaching assistants as well as 3 TAs from Kings Cross Academy, we had a fun PowerPoint with photos of all of our TAs and then we used your brilliant Selfie frames and had pictures taken!
Ancient World Family Discovery Day (30 images) 22 July 2015
The Ancient World Family Discovery Day held at the British Museum on 20th June 2015 was another huge success. The Mayor of Camden, Cllr Larraine Revah joined the event too and was most impressed with what she saw. Many families came and had lots of fun taking part in the all the different activities. These included making lanterns with the October Gallery, pigeon post letters with the British Postal Museum and Archive, bank notes with Citibank and origami figures with the Origami Society. Families also took part in drama workshops by Deafinitely Theatre, learning BSL with Remark and watching wonderful BSL stories by Joe Sheridan from ITV Signed Stories. The Dogs Trust also brought 2 beautiful dogs and taught the children how to approach and handle them safely and considerately. Families could also dress up in historical costumes at the Camden Family Learning photo booth. SambaKids gave 2 very loud and powerful drumming performances in the Great Court, which amazed all of the families attending and visitors coming to the Museum!
We are very grateful to the British Museum for hosting the day, to all the organisations that provided information stalls and activities for families and to all of our partners in Camden Family Learning who made the day possible.
If you go into the Galleries section of the website – you can see lots of photos of families learning together and having such enormous fun.
Save the date: Saturday 7th May 2015 from 12.00pm- 4.00pm will be our next Family Discovery Day at the British Museum.
FBS pupils continue to support the NDCS Stolen Futures Campaign (3 images) 22 May 2015
Camden Deaf children join MPs to call for a debate on cuts Deaf children from Camden joined more than forty MPs at an event held at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 16th May 2013. The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) invited the children from Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children in Camden to come along and encourage MPs to support a call for a Parliamentary debate to protect specialist services, such as Teachers of the Deaf. Frank Barnes School children boarded the NDCS Listening Bus, which travels around the country to provide support to deaf children, to tell MPs about their hopes for the future and the help they need in school. Earlier this year, they starred in a film alongside Jim Carter, who plays Carson the Butler in ITV’s Downton Abbey, to call on the Government to stop cuts that are setting up thousands of deaf children across England to fail. “The children made a very good impression on the MPs; they confidently answered questions about themselves and their school. The children explained how they felt about potential cuts to services as they are the ones who may be directly affected. The children were also desperate to go into the Houses of Parliament and meet more MPs!” Dani Sive, Assistant Head teacher at Frank Barnes School “It was a really good trip; we were confident and signed to all of the MPs!” Setayesh, Year 6 Pupil. As part of the Stolen Futures campaign, NDCS has been running a petition to support calls for the debate. Nearly 50,000 people have signed the ‘Stolen Futures’ e-petition so far, calling on the Department for Education to intervene at a national level and ensure local authorities protect funding for deaf children. Susan Daniels, Chief Executive at NDCS, said: “We are concerned that specialist support for deaf children continues to be at risk. Services such as Teachers of the Deaf are not a luxury, they are absolutely vital. Through our campaign thousands of people have shown their support.
Plimsolls for Plimsolls Day (2 images) 6 March 2015
Our children have decorated their own plimsolls with some staff and members of Argent. Have a look!
Sign 2 Sing (3 images) 6 March 2015
We held the sign2sing event in our school hall at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children; we signed and sang at 2.45pm on Wednesday 4th February 2015. We wore scarves for Olli the Monkey! Both school staff and children took part in this event; a total of 51 people. We hope Sign2Sing breaks the World record for the most people sign singing at the same time all over the country. We donated £1 each and raised £48 for SignHealth who are a charity that improves healthcare for Deaf people.
Olli the Monkey from Sign2Sing comes to visit us on Tuesday 3rd February (5 images) 5 March 2015
Olli met with our pupils and staff. We all had individual and class photos with Olli! Richard Dunford (Chair of Trustees), Freya Hill and Sam Kenward from SignHealth came too and we all had a sign singing session before they left ready for Wednesday 4th’s Sign2Sing record breaking attempt. We had a lovely message from SignHealth’s Chair of Trustee, Richard Dunford: “It was great to be back in Frank Barnes School, and to see the children’s excitement at having Olli amongst them.”
Christmas Show (10 images) 18 December 2014
We had our Christmas Show this week performing Hansel and Gretel where we changed dropping the pebbles in the story to dropping hearing aid batteries to help the children find their way home! We had our wicked witch live in a fun audiology house instead of the traditional gingerbread sweet house! We wanted to say thank you to Phonak for their hearing aids, these made all the difference to our house, please see attached photos. Our show on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th December went off with a bang, our wonderful children performed brilliantly, we are very proud of them.
Christmas Cards Competition (3 images) 17 December 2014
All pupils took part in a competition to design a front cover for our Christmas Show programme. We asked pupils to design a poster of Hansel and Gretel. We all voted on our favourite design out of so many lovely drawings and there were 4 winners; a very big well done to Daisy Boo in EYFS, Iffat in Year 1, Jayden in Year 2 and Cabdi in Year 6.