News

Reception Production of ‘Hey Ewe’

Earlier this term Reception put on a fantastic performance of ‘Hey Ewe!’. We are so proud of all the children who were incredibly brave, confident and hard working. Thank you to everyone involved and the amazing contribution the parents made at the end of the shows to our chosen charity ‘Save the Children’.   

CBeebies Stars!

Twins Joshua and Zachary in Reception and older brother Nathan in Year 2 have been taking part in a Cbeebies television series called ‘Our Family’. The boys’ final episode was the Christmas special which you will be able to watch via the link below. The series won a kids Bafta and the boys were lucky enough to attend the Bafta party! The boys are pictured here with star of Cbeebies, Dr Ranj. With thanks to Joshua, Zachary and Nathan’s mum for providing us with the link to the show. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cbeebies/episode/b09jcc3j/our-family-series-4-5-nathan-zac-and-joshs-christmas

Changes to Balgowan’s Admission Arrangements for 2019-2020

  Balgowan Primary School proposes to amend its Admission Arrangements for 2019-2020 onwards to include the following additional criteria – Children of staff at the school – Balgowan Primary School may give priority regarding over-subscription criteria to children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances: a)    Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or b)    The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. The school is now consulting in accordance with the Bromley Guidance for Consultation on Admission Arrangements.  If you would like to comment on the proposal, please respond by

Girls Football Week

The FA’s Girls’ Football Week took place during the second week of November and, as part of this excellent event, Balgowan entered a tournament run by Crystal Palace Football Club at Beckenham County Cricket ground.  The girls were lucky enough to meet members of the Crystal Palace women’s football team, take photos with their mascot and see the actual Premier League trophy! Due to the ever growing popularity of girls football at Balgowan, we were able to take two teams. Both teams played with passion and determination resulting in one of the teams reaching the final – only losing to Pickhurst Primary School on penalties. The girls played extremely well and showed excellent teamwork throughout the tournament. Well done girls!

Super netballers do it again!

Bromley Champions! Having qualified for the last 8 teams in the borough (out of over 60!), the Balgowan netball team made the short journey to Harris Academy Beckenham to compete against the best netball schools across Bromley. The team played against each of the 7 other schools and managed to go undefeated – winning 7 out of 7. The whole team were absolutely amazing and they now will be representing Bromley at the upcoming London Youth Games – the biggest annual youth event in Europe! This is the forth year running that Balgowan have won the Bromley competition and, having finished inside the top 10 in all of London each year, the children have a great chance of doing really

Balgowan PTA Christmas Fair – Saturday 2nd December 2017

  We hope everyone is excited about the Christmas Fair (2 December 12-4pm) – we have lots of fun things lined up for the day including Santa, Festive Fun Zone, Craft Market, Smoothie Bikes and live singing from some choirs! If you can provide any help in the run up to the Fair please email xmasbalogowan@gmail.com and we’re using a website tool to enable people to sign up for the rota on the day.  

PTA ‘Sunday Funday’ Movie Afternoon – Sunday 19th November

The PTA is on a roll – we are delighted to offer you yet another new event! Tickets are now on sale for our first ever PTA ‘Sunday Funday’ Movie afternoon, on Sunday 19th November.  Drop your kid(s) off for 2 hours at the school hall whilst you crack on with the Christmas shopping! Our first movie is Snoopy & Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie (certificate U).  Dream big and laugh along with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang. Kids can bring a cushion and come in their onesies, or just come along as they are. There is a choice of two screenings: 12.30 – 2.30pm OR 3pm – 5pm Ticket prices are £6 each

PTA Quiz and Curry Night – Friday 10th November

It’s that time of year to come along and show off your intellectual skills and enjoy the licensed bar that awaits you! The current trophy holders have not been beaten for the past two quizzes – will they score a hat trick? VENUE: School Hall DATE: Friday 10th November DOORS OPEN: 7:30pm for 7:45pm start TICKETS: £12.50 for a quiz night & tasty Indian curry PURCHASE AT: BALGOWANPTA.BIGCARTEL.COM Please email your team of up to 8 people with team name to: balgowanpta@gmail.com Don’t worry if you haven’t got a team, we will arrange a team for you. If you would like to help out on the night then please let us know at balgowanpta@gmail.com Thanks as always for your PTA

PTA Halloween Event – 31st October 4-6pm

‘Meet, Eat then Trick or Treat!’ Let the PTA take a load off this Halloween. We will be selling pizza, hotdogs, fruity snacks and drinks (alcoholic & non) in the infant playground. Pop in for tea and meet up with friends before heading out on the sugar trail! We look forward to seeing you there! Your PTA

Mid Day Supervisor Vacancy

Mid Day Supervisor Vacancy The school is looking to appoint a Mid Day Supervisor (part-time or full-time). For further details of the role, including the duties and responsibilities, please contact the school office. The deadline to receive completed applications is Friday 20/10/17 at midday.

Parents’ Forum (Maths) – Wednesday 22nd November

All parents are welcome at our Parents Forum on Wednesday 22nd November at 6:30pm in the school hall.  This forum will cover Maths Mastery for Reception to Year 3 children, and will also cover the calculation policy for Years 1 to 6.

Diary dates 2017-2018

Our current list of future diary dates can now be found in the Downloads section under ‘Useful Documents’

2017 Open Day Sessions

We will be holding ‘open day’ sessions for parents/carers of children born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, for admission to Reception in September 2018. We would be very grateful if you would please call the school office on 0208 658 6374 or email on admin@balgowan.bromley.sch.uk, in order to reserve a place. 9.30am on Tuesday 7th November 2017 – new date 11.00am on Thursday 12th October 2017 – this date is now full 2.00pm on Thursday 12th October 2017 – this date is now full 9.30am on Wednesday 18th October 2017 – this date is now full 2.00pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017 – this date is now full

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