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Childline – Free – 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/ You can talk about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Shout – Text in Crisis 85258 https://www.giveusashout.org/ If you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.   Kooth – https://www.kooth.com/ Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people Monday – Friday 12pm–10pm Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm

Balgowan School is Closed – except for children of Key Workers

Balgowan School is closed – except for children of Key Workers You should only send your child to school if you have filled in the survey monkey and have therfore received a confirmation email from NEST.  If you are able to keep your child at home, you should.

Sport Relief Day

The children have been having a lovely day takng party in a number of different sporting activities all in teh aid of Sport relief.  Link to make donations is below. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/balgowan-sport-relief-2020

Language Leaders at Balgowan

With over 30 languages spoken in our school, we are giving our Year 6 bilingual pupils an opportunity to teach their other language to children in Year 2. Every half term, we choose three Language Leaders who are responsible for planning lessons, making resources and teaching short 20-minute sessions to a group of four pupils in Year 2. Our Year 6s are natural born teachers, very enthusiastic and they prepared some great activities for their groups. These are the languages that were taught this term:   –          Italian – Antonella (6AS) –          Chinese – Holly E. (6NG) –          German – Maia (6CR) ‘Bravo’ to our first Language Leaders of the year! Hélène Gilbert—French Teacher    

Bromley F.C Tournament

Bromley F.C Tournament On the 16th December 2019, Balgowan girls’ football team played in a tournament at Bromley F.C. Firstly, we played Oak Lodge we beat them 1-0. Chloe scored a goal. The next game was Soughborough we beat them 1-0 with Chloe scoring again. After that we played Warren Road, who we beat 2-0 with Freya and Elissa scoring. Then we played Burnt Ash who we drew against with Chloe hitting the post and Alexa finishing it. After that we played Highfield with a 1-0 win with Freya scoring a fantastic goal. Finally we played Scotts Park who we unfortunately lost 3-0 against. In the end we finished joint first with Scotts Park, only to get 2nd place, losing

Balgowan Value Token Winners – Autumn Term

The children have been working extremely hard during the Autumn term, demonstrating the Balgowan values and earning tokens for their houses. The results for the Autumn term are as follows:- 1st = Discovery 1,106 tokens 2nd = Victory     1,089 tokens 3rd = Mayflower  974 tokens 4th = Endeavour  965 tokens Well done to all of the children in the winning house of Discovery who will be rewarded with an own clothes day on Wednesday 15th January.

Scootsure

During Road Safety week, some Year 3 children took part in scooter training delivered by the Borough of Bromley. In Scootsure we were learning how to be safe on scooters and learning some new skills. How to be safe: Before you scoot, always look behind you. Wear bright clothes and always wear suitable clothes for the weather. Always wear a helmet. Always look before you cross the road. Check your scooter is in good condition before you ride it. What we did First, we checked our scooters to see if they were good to ride. We learnt how to turn a corner without putting the brakes on. Then we followed Sarah (the teacher) on our scooters and went round curved

Forest School News

November has been a tree planting month and as part of the Woodland Trust Big Climate Fightback, children, staff and families have all planted trees at our field Forest School site. The Woodland Trust provided us with 130 saplings for the orchard area and to create a new wildlife corridor.  We have also received individual donations from families who took part in the trees for London campaign We have installed some benches that were recycled from the school playground.  These have proved to be a  hit with the volunteers and children. If anyone has any garden seats or benches they would like to donate, we are looking to put more in the field. Mrs Cleveland— Forest School Leader  

Be Bright Be Seen Day

On Friday 22nd November 2019 Balgowan School had a “Be bright, be seen” day when everyone in the school came in their  bright clothes. This was planned to show how important it is to stay safe in the dark. The JTAs had to choose the brightest person in the class and they were awarded with a prize. By Eloise  

E Safety – Digital Parenting – Building Good Habits

Helping our children to develop healthy relationships with technology can be challenging, but there is increasing support available, including apps which allow parents/carers to block or allow different apps on their children’s devices. For Apple devices, ‘Screen Time‘, allows parents to know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites, and more. Find support for using parental controls on Apple devices at: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201304 For Android devices, ‘Google Family Link‘, (also available for iOS) has a number of features, including managing your child’s apps, setting limits and viewing their activity. Find out more at: https://families.google.com/familylink/? Parents may find the following Live Event useful: LGFL are running a facebook live event for parents called “Will your kids be safe online at Christmas?” on 16th

London Children’s Flower Society

Six children in Year 1 travelled to Guildhall for the London Children’s Flower Society, award ceremony. We were awarded the trophy which was called the ‘Display cup’ for the display and progress of our front garden space, which the Year 1 children were heavily involved in. This was through planting fruit/vegetables/flowers and helping to maintain the space to make it an area which can be enjoyed by everyone in the school.  

JTA training day at the Bromley Civic Centre

On Thursday 26th September 2019 we went for a JTA training day. Throughout the day, there were many activities for us to complete. The first thing we did was a talk about safety when out at night on the road and when crossing the street and they told us about some of the events we could do for the school. Next we had a break with juice and biscuits. Then we received our GOLD badges from the mayor and a certificate. After that, we created a poster and began to plan lots of exciting events back at school. We held a ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ day on Friday 22nd November where children and staff wore their brightest clothes to highlight

Drama News

This term in drama we have covered a lot of ground, including chariot racing, banquets; worshipping the Roman gods with Yr4 and exploring Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s ruthless and tragic ambitions with Yr. 6. In the last two weeks Reception have also had a lot of fun in The Magic Toyshop and got excited about a possible white Christmas in a workshop all about Snow! Festive Greetings to you all!  Leonie  – Drama Teacher  

‘The Great Year 6 French Bake Oeuf’!

On Friday 1st November, three teams from each Year 6 class competed to make a French dish called ‘Far Breton’. They had to read and follow a recipe in French and work together to prepare the dish. Each dish was then tasted by professional judges (Mr Slater, Mr Hines and Mrs Webley) and although they said that all had been very well cooked and tasted delicious, they decided that the winning dish was 6CR! Félicitations and well done to all the bakers! Madame Gilbert—French Teacher  

Anti-Bullying and Behaviour Policy

Changes to our Anti-Bullying and Behaviour Policy  The revised Anti-Bullying Policy and Behaviour Policy which was ratified by governors in the summer term is now available on the website.  Please see the policy section. In the revised Anti-Bullying Policy there is more emphasis on: what is not bullying as well as what is bullying equalities and protected groups links to safeguarding, mental health and well being cyber bullying clear communication with parents, staff and pupils In the revised Behaviour Policy there are new sections on: searching pupils and confiscating the power to use reasonable force and physical contact the power to discipline beyond the school gate bullying reflection and reconciliation  

Balgowan Open Mornings!

Come and meet our Headteacher, children and staff and take an opportunity to delve into the daily life of our busy, friendly and high achieving school.  On the day, hear a presentation from the senior leaders, see the school through the eyes of our skilled year 6 tour guide, listen to some of our talented musicians play and visit lessons delivered by our experienced staff, including specialist French, Music and Drama teachers. Hear from our Forest School Leader and see works of art from our budding artists. We look forward to welcoming you! To book a session please email admin@balgowan.bromley.sch.uk or call 020 8658 6374 9.30am on Monday 7th October & Tuesday 8th October  Monday 14th October & Tuesday 15h

Balgowan’s Healthy Schools week

Balgowan’s Healthy Schools week will be taking place the week commencing 10th June. There are 5 areas that are recommended for a healthy child: Have breakfast, 5 fruit and veg a day, drink plenty of water. get active, sleep well. These are all equally important and will be discussed with the children at school. In particular, we will be focussing on eating at least 5 lots of fruit and vegetables a day and keeping active. Rachel Smith & Katie Helt—Healthy School Leads  

Mathematics Heat Champions

On Wednesday 8th May 2019, the Balgowan team (made up of Donny A, Arthur G, Lewis O and Isaac P) went to Tubbenden Primary School for the Quiz Club Mathematics Competition. The competition consisted of ten teams. The first twenty questions were mental maths. For the other fifteen questions we were allowed pencil and paper (which were considerably harder). For each question we were allowed 60 seconds to work it out – sound easy? Try solving one of the questions we were asked in one minute: What is: 642 – ? Get it? We did! After the first twenty questions, Balgowan was in joint first with West Lodge after getting all the questions right for a total of 1200 points.

Calling all Business Mentors—Business Enterprise Project 

Next half term, Balgowan pupils will be participating in an exciting business enterprise project. Each class from Year R-5 will design a product or service, pitch to the Bank of Balgowan for a loan and sell their product or service on Friday 12th July at a Gala Day (Reception products will be on sale at the Reception Sports Day.) Through this venture we aim to develop pupils’ enterprise skills whilst promoting the school values. Year 6 pupils will have a special role, acting as ‘business advisers’ and will be allocated to other classes in order to support the younger children. ? There will be two winning classes: The class with the greatest profit The class who have applied the school values

Trinity Science Visit

At first 4 children from each year 5 class went to trinity School for a computing lesson. We travelled in a mini bus to get there. Once we got there we had to wait for the teachers to come down to collect us. Once we were in the computing room we played a game on the computer where you have to control a character to collect metal—a bit like scratch. We then coded some robots called Sphero on an ipad. Once we got used to it we programed them to go through mazes. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to other people. Maggie 5AC   I really enjoyed it at Trinity because it was really big and decorated