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…
Sixteen Bromley schools took part in this year’s annual Year 3 and 4 Quad Kids. Last year Balgowan won silver and this year were hoping to go one better. There are four events; 50m sprint, 400m run, standing long jump and a howler throw. The whole team represented Balgowan with a great attitude and an abundance of talent and passion. Following a tense countdown it was announced that Balgowan had won the event. A special well done for Amelie who was the only year 3 to be selected and she had the quickest 50m sprint out of every girl (in every school) that took part. Her time was an amazing 6.70 seconds! All the team were a credit to Balgowan
Having won the Bromley qualifier we were able to represent Bromley at the London Youth Games for the 2nd year running. The team were in great spirits from the get go and during the opening ceremony two of our own (Isabella and Connor) were chosen to go on stage and give the competitors pledge! Both Isabella and Connor spoke beautifully and were a credit to Balgowan and Bromley. Once that was finished it was off to the event and of the potential 33 London boroughs, 28 were represented. Overall a Trigolf challenge consists of 8 different activities for both chipping and putting and each challenge gains points for the team. You are permitted a 2 minute practice prior to your
Thank you to all of the children who entered their drawings; we were literally awash with competition entries! The judging of the drawings was a difficult job as the children’s work was of such a high standard but eventually a panel of school staff and Governors managed to put together a shortlist, and then select the final winners. Congratulations to the following children with their winning designs…
KS2 classes headed up to the field in classes and all had a good go at the (another) first-ever ‘Balgowan Army Assault Course’. The course was 150ft long and included 7 different obstacles that the children had to negotiate. We had races, mini-challenges and even the teachers and adults (including Mr Hines!) had a go, all much to the amusement of the children! Everyone managed to complete the entire course and I can tell you (from personal experience!) that the course was particularly tough and physically demanding! Hopefully these events have helped to show children that exercise, while being highly important towards good health, can be really great fun as well! A big thank you needs to go towards the
Earlier in the academic year, we entered a Year 1 & 2 gymnastics team into the Bromley Schools’ Competition. This team of 5 children did amazingly well and they all absolutely loved representing the school. Before this, Balgowan had never entered a team into any gymnastics competitions and having personally seen some of the talent around in KS2, we decided that it was about time that Balgowan showed off it’s superb gymnasts across the year groups. There was separate competitions for both Year 3 & 4 as well as Year 5 & 6 (both on the same day), split into 3 disciplines: Vault, Body Management and Floor. We decided that extra training to learn routines and perfect different techniques were required.
More silverware has arrived at Balgowan Primary School courtesy of the 2016 Bromley Primary School Cross Country Race. On a much calmer day than the November 2015 event, 1,900 runners poured into Crystal Palace Park. The Year 3 girls ran well – Gabrielle running her first race came 33rd, Amelie 38th and Charlotte 39th. Charlotte improved 40 places from her first run in November. Year 3 boys soon followed and were sparked into life by Jed who ran superbly to finish 2nd. Benji 7th, Oliver 8th, Toby 11th and Alex 42nd rounded off a great performance. However it was down to Alex that the Year 3 boys won the team trophy. Alex’s trainer fell off near the start of the
Having won the Bromley Schools’ Competition (finishing top of over 40 school teams!), Balgowan earned the chance to represent BROMLEY BOROUGH in the LONDON YOUTH GAMES. This is the biggest annual youth event in ALL OF EUROPE! Each London Borough was represented by their own competition winners and the going was tough indeed. Balgowan won the first of 3 group games, suffering their first ever loss in competitive netball in the second. However, they bounced back to win the final game, ensuring qualification for the top 16 groups. In the final group stages, only the top team from each group qualified for the semi-finals. Balgowan played brilliantly and ended up winning one, drawing one and losing one. This wasn’t quite
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