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London Youth Games

London Youth Games – Gymnastics: Well done to our Balgowan gymnasts’ team – Bella, Rihanna, Oliver and Theo (below right). They performed admirably on the day. Year 3/4 came 13th and Year 5/6 came 11th out of 32 London boroughs. Well done to Balgowan and to Bromley for finishing 1st overall at the London Youth Games. This is the second year in a row that Bromley has achieved this feat.

National Quiz Club Mathematics

National Quiz Club Mathematics Semi Finals: THESE GIRLS CAN! By Eleanor S, Sophie, Isabella & Anusha (Year 6) Being one of the highest scoring ‘non-winners’, we were invited to the semi-finals at Dulwich College (in the Great Hall – Harry Potter fans will know this place well…!) on Monday 26th July. We were better prepared and ready to tackle the mind-bending questions as we knew what to expect this time. We were the only all girls team and one of two state schools (all the rest being made up of private and prep schools – including Dulwich College themselves!). By the end of the Mental Arithmetic round we were in the lead, and as the second round came to a

Cricket

The boys and girls took part in the Bromley Schools cricket competition. It was a great opportunity for the year 5’s because year 6 were away on school journey. The boys from year 5 showed great skill and application and made it through to the plate final. There was some great bowling by Finley Knight and Jake Silver and some crunching batting from Alex Hillier-Taylor and Jacob King. Nihal Barath was also very handy with the bat, hitting the ball into empty spaces. The girls played their tournament at Hayes Cricket club. The year 5’s played extremely well and finished with 2 wins out of 4. All of the games were very close. Bryony and Isobel Le Conte were fantastic

Athletics News 2017

Large School Athletics The year 5/6 athletics team took part in the Bromley Large Schools Athletics competition against other schools in the borough. Balgowan did amazingly well, finishing in 2nd place, just behind Oak Lodge. Children took part in one field event and one track event. They were the 75m, 600m, howler throw, triple jump, standing long jump and a relay. There was also an opportunity for children to progress to the Individual Bromley Finals if they came in the top eight in Bromley. Well done to everyone who took part. Jasper Brooks (1st in 600m) Arthur Widdowson (1st in Triple Jump) Eleanor Young (2nd in Howler Throw) Max Farrell (2nd in 75m sprint) Jacob King (3rd in Howler Throw)

Music.ly and Live.ly E Safety Information for parents

Even if you haven’t come across these two apps, be assured your children may have or will do at some point! Find out more via the blog here of a Channel 4 investigation you may want to share with family and friends. Great to see coverage of such an important issue in the media. However, remember the issues aren’t limited to particular apps, so while we would not condone any social media access for children under 13, banning isn’t necessarily the answer! We need to be continually educated and updated to protect our children.

Maths Quiz Club Area Heat

On Thursday 15th June, Balgowan entered two Year 6 teams into the ‘National Mathematics Inter-School Quiz Championship: Area Heat.’ Arriving at the competition, we found out that there was 12 teams all competing for 1st place and a guaranteed place in the National Semi-Finals. The Quizmaster told a few maths ‘jokes’, explained the rules and then we got underway. There was 40 questions in total – each having more or less value depending on the difficulty. Dramatic music was played and 30 seconds was given for each question, really ramping up the pressure. Both teams started well, answering the first 7 or 8 questions without fault. Unfortunately, the boys then lost a few points but stayed within touching distance of

Balgowan Book Week 2017

Children’s author Chris Powling visited Balgowan this week.  He shared his extensive experience of being an author as well as his top tips on how to be a writer. His 4 top tips were ideas are everywhere just look around you make notes of your ideas for later use make actions come alive by acting them out read, read and read more

PTA Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 25th March

  The PTA are delighted to announce that the Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday 25th March 10:30am – 1:30pm. The hunt will involve a short trail around the playground and some of the neighbourhood streets and there will be a nice Easter egg reward at the end. The cost is £2.50 per child.

Assessment Information Evening 2017

Assessment Information Evening The Assessment Information Evening on 15/3/17 was well attended. The purpose of the presentation was to: Share key curriculum and assessment changes Help parents understand how their children are assessed in school and why To inform parents how the school monitors and tracks the progress of whole year groups, specific groups and individual pupils Explain how provision is allocated to meet the needs of all pupils  The Powerpoint slides can be found under the Downloads tab in Useful Documents or download from below:  

Amazing Athletics

Amazing Athletics! Langley Boys hosted this year’s Bromley Indoor Athletics Championship. 22 schools took part in the competition. Nine boys and 10 girls represented the Balgowan on the day. The events were split into two categories; track and field. The track events consisted of relay races and sprints. The field events consisted of the chest push, long jump, speed bounce and vertical jump. Notably Charlotte Lambert threw 7.5m, which was the biggest of the day in the girls section. Balgowan ended up finishing in a strong 4th position. Another great achievement. The eventual winners were Harris Crystal Palace.

World Autism Week

On week commencing 27th March it will be World Autism Week.  To support this the school will be communicating the value of acceptance? and  will be sharing with the children that it’s okay to be different.  This will be celebrated in assemblies and during PSHE lessons in class.

Tag Rugby Champions 2016-2017

Tag Rugby: On Tuesday 21st February, Balgowan took three teams to the Bromley Schools’ Tag Rugby Competition – alongside 37 other teams. Each team was drawn into a different group and played four games each. Every team played in the qualifier. The ‘C team’ were undefeated. They won two games and drew two games. They played against Crofton, Pickhurst, Valley and Bickley. Their defence line was very effective which helped them a lot. The ‘B team’ won two, drew one and, sadly, lost one game. Their defence line proved helpful; however, it failed on their last game – resulting in loss. On the positive, they did score some very sneaky tries. The ‘A team’ were definitely the most successful. They

Dutch Visit – Korfball

On Friday 24th February, Balgowan welcomed the U17 Netherlands World Champion Korfball Team. Balgowan has a strong link with Bromley Korfball, led by Bill Berry and this is the third year that Netherlands have visited. Year 3 and Bill’s Korfball Club were lucky enough to spend a short time being coached by the magnificent Dutch team.  

Tickets now on sale – PTA Quiz Night 3rd March

Tickets are selling fast for the Perky Pete Quiz and Thai curry night on Friday 3rd March.  Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50 and include the usually very raucous quiz and a delicious chicken or vegetarian Thai curry, so organise your team now (up to 8 people) and come along!   Don’t worry if you do not have a team, there are usually spaces on teams and we will organise one for you. Please email your team name and members if you know them to balgowanpta@gmail.com. To purchase tickets and knock the reigning champions off their pedestal, please go to balgowanpta.bigcartel.com Thanks for your ongoing PTA support!

Young Voices Concert at the O2

Young Voices Concert at the 02: On Wednesday 18th January a group of 133 children from Years 5 and 6 travelled to the O2 Arena for the Young Voices concert.  After months of practising, the children finally got the opportunity to be part of a massed choir of nearly 8000 children. The children performed a wide variety of songs, ranging from African part singing to folk songs of the British Isles to the children’s favourite Pop medley. An afternoon rehearsal was followed by an evening concert to a packed Arena of parents and carers, who were dazzled by the singing and dancing of the choir. The choir’s items were supplemented by performances by Tabby O’Callaghan, Natalie Williams, The Beatbox Collective and

Balgowan Girls’ Football Victory

Spring League Game 1 – Victory against Claire House! On a cold and rainy Friday, the Balgowan girls’ football team arrived at Claire House to play on their brand-new astro pitches (so jealous!). However, the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits. Minutes into the game, Emily Taylor scored from outside the box so we were 1-0 up. Balgowan had most of the possession, passing and dribbling quickly and precisely. It wasn’t long until Florence Monks scored another goal in quick succession, leaving us 2-0 up. The other team put up some good defence, with several headers to clear the ball. After some close misses from Zara Driscoll, Emily scored again – taking the score to 3-0 for half time. Claire House

Bromley Indoor Athletics Championship

Langley Boys hosted this year’s Bromley Indoor Athletics Championship. 22 schools took part in the competition. Nine boys and ten girls represented the Balgowan on the day. The events were split into two categories; track and field. The track events consisted of relay races and sprints. The field events consisted of the chest push, long jump, speed bounce and vertical jump. Notably Charlotte Lambert threw 7.5m, which was the biggest of the day in the girls section. Balgowan ended up finishing in a strong 4th position. Another great achievement. The eventual winners were Harris Crystal Palace.

‘I love Balgowan’ – PTA T-Shirt Design Competition!

The Balgowan PTA would like to invite the children to take part in a t-shirt design competition! As Valentine’s Day is in half term we are suggesting the theme of ‘I love Balgowan’.  Please return all designs for entry into the competition to class teachers by the 27th February. Class teachers will each put forward a design and then a winner from each year group will be chosen to win a small prize! Everyone who enters will receive a certificate for taking part. We also ask you to consider paying for your child’s design to be printed onto a 100% cotton white t-shirt. The cost of one t-shirt is £5.50 (sibling rate of 2 for £10 or 3 for £13.50). The

Balgowan V Raglan

Balgowan Vs Raglan On Wednesday 9th November 2016, Balgowan played a football match against Raglan. This was held at The Annex with a 3:45 pm kick off. In the starting eleven were Freddie Fletcher ( C ), Max Farrell, Thomas Adams, Lewis Court, Jaspar Brooks, Arthur Widdowson, Adam Gass, Arthur Starvis, Isiah Royal, Jake Dando, Theo Hillier-Taylor and Alex Hillier-Taylor. After a stressful first half with no goals, Balgowan were disappointed they hadn’t scored but kept their heads up. Even though they didn’t score, they were on top for the entire first half and hoped to continue this into the second half. After a 5-minute half time break, they had a team talk and agreed they would try their best

Google Expedition – KS2 travel the world

Google Expeditions visited KS2 children this week. Children in KS2 took part in a virtual reality experience.  Each year group visited a place linked to the curriculum they study – from Egypt to the Great Barrier Reef! A year 3 child commented, “I don’t just like it, I love it!” The ‘Expeditions’ app is available from the Google Play store and iTunes store.  The Google cardboard viewers are available online. Find out more by visiting https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/