Welcome to Balgowan Primary School

Be kind, work hard, make friends is the motto at Balgowan, and we encourage all our children to follow these guidelines in their daily school life.

Ship of Values

Introducing the Crew for Balgowan's Ship of Values

Balgowan Eco school committee

Balgowan has recently been awarded the Green Flag!

Music and Arts

All pupils at Balgowan have the opportunity to learn musical instruments, including the steel pans.

Creative curriculum and outdoor learning

Our creative curriculum includes lots of outdoor learning for Reception-aged pupils and those in Year 1 in our covered outdoor learning area.

Outdoor sport and play

Balgowan pupils participate in many sporting activities, both within the school and outside.

 

Welcome to Balgowan Primary School

Balgowan is a very friendly, high achieving and heavily oversubscribed academy in Beckenham. There are 678 pupils taught in 22 classes. The academy follows a creative curriculum which is designed to engage and excite all the children whilst also ensuring the acquisition of key reading, writing and mathematical skills…

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Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 5th February, Balgowan joined schools and organizations around the UK celebrating Safer Internet Day. As part of this, children had an assembly considering what rights they have and what permissions they may have to give when using their electronic devices. Children were encouraged to say ‘NO!’ if they do not want a photo or video of themselves shared online and to ask an adult if they were unsure about the personal information an app is asking for. To build a picture of what your needs are and how the school can support you with teaching your child about staying safe online, we would like parents to fill out the following 5 minute survey. https://goo.gl/forms/W6KYealiyfH8S5pG3 It is completely anonymous, should only take

Year 3 Scootsure Training

On Tuesday 26th February, some of our Year 3’s took part in Scootsure training where they learned how to safely use a scooter. We interviewed some of the children who participated in the training and they said that they really enjoyed learning how to ride a scooter safely on the road and how to use it properly. The children had to complete lots of activities on the playground. The training was organised by Bromley Council and we hope to run the training again next year. by Danny, Bea and Sasha (Year 6 Junior Travel Ambassadors)

Year 6 trip to The Keeping Gallery

On the 15th January, year 6 visited The Keeping Gallery which is close to Shortlands train station. This Gallery is the real home of the late Charles Keeping, one of the most famous illustrators of the 20th century. He has drawn the illustrations for many books including: The Highwayman, The Lady of Shallot, Black Beauty and many more. We met Pam Smythe there (she is a specialist Art teacher in Bromley) and she taught us how to draw in the style of Charles Keeping. We used ink pens and cartridge paper and made our very own Keeping Books (where we kept all of the artwork which we drew during the visit). We also experimented by drawing animals and images from

JTA Mid – Year Meeting

On Wednesday 27th February 2019, the Junior Travel Ambassadors (Sasha, Danny and Bea) attended a JTA mid – year meeting at Bromley library. This was to meet up with the other schools and see what we had all been doing so far this year. We presented a powerpoint in front of all the other schools. We also got lots of ideas for future competitions and initiatives. We were given a certificate and a cool JTA highlighter and even had some juice and biscuits. It was lots of fun and we are looking forward to carrying out more JTA tasks this year and hope we are awarded the Top Team prize in June.  by Danny, Bea and Sasha (Year 6 JTA’s)

Language Leaders at Balgowan

This half term, the new Language Leaders were: – Ben and Paul (6AS) teaching French – Amy (6WJ) teaching Albanian – Eva (6WJ) teaching Spanish Well done to all four of them for planning some great sessions with their groups, including Powerpoint presentations, role-plays and lots of fun games!  Hélène Gilbert—French Teacher

Young Voices!

I loved young voices and I think it is a great experience. We were one of the thousands of schools that took part. We had tons of songs and actions to learn; but it was worth it. When the lights turned off it was like a magical kingdom at night. It was amazing. There are no flaws about it. Even when we weren’t singing or dancing it was great. Watching the urban strides made me feel like I want to be able to do that. Then seeing all the singers perform made me really feel like I belonged there. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: young voices is a great experience for any one that wants to

Y5/6 Athletics

The first event of this term was the Indoor Athletics competition held on 17.1.19 at Langley Park Boys School. Following a trial with over 50 pupils in attendance, a team of 19 pupils were selected to compete in track and field indoor events: standing long jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump, individual sprints, team relays and an obstacle race. Balgowan finished in 5th place overall out of 20 Bromley primary schools. Well done to the pupils who took part – Ed, Thomas, Max, Alex, Jed, Karol, Tom, Romey, Toby, Robert, Claudia, Louise, Rihanna, Alexa, Isabelle, Melina, Ziannah, Delilah and Demi. Mr Jason Jones & Mrs Kirsty Bassett

Y3/4 New Age Kurling

Earlier this month, the very first ‘New Age Kurling’ competition was held for Bromley primary schools. We sent a team of 5 pupils from Y3 and Y4 to participate in this inclusive event held at Coopers School, Chislehurst, with Mrs Hillier, Mrs Monforte and Miss Taylor. Ellie and Luca from Y3 and Alfie, Aarav and Cristian from Y4 made up the team. The children were taught the rules of the game and learnt the appropriate techniques, aiming to score points for their team. They were competing against other school teams, and ended up finishing in 7th place out of 14 – a great result.

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