News

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

Year 6 Elite Steel Pans

I attend Year 6 Elite Steel Pans . It is a great thing to do! It gives you a chance to use a percussion instrument that you wouldn’t normally come across to play. When you start you will play some basic tunes, just so you can get comfortable. Once you have done some of the simpler tunes you start to do more challenging tunes. This makes it really fun.; when you see all the notes , you may panic. However when you start playing it all becomes less difficult. After you have played a few songs you get to change your pan if you would like. This rota will run throughout you committing to Steel Pans. You will get to

Dragon Quest

On Wednesday 1st May, one child from each class was picked to go to Dragon Quest crazy golf. They were picked for their brilliant writing linked to our dragon topic during Book Week. Each child left at lunchtime and walked to the bus stop. We went with Mrs Veysey and Mrs Bassett. Once we had signed in and got our equipment, we went to hole No1. After about half an hour, Mrs Veysey gave us snacks. We each got a small bag of popcorn and a juice carton. After finishing all the holes, we dropped off our equipment and walked back to the bus stop. When we arrived back at school, it was home time. Everyone had a great afternoon!

Forest School News

In May the great news that Forest School has been award £8,000 from Octopus Energy was a real highlight ,thank you to everyone who voted. We have also had some donations from parents and in response to parents request I have drawn up a wish list which will be sent out via parentmail.   Forest School classes in May have included 4SS who came and planted wildflower seeds to encourage pollinators and Reception who have continued to amaze me with their enthusiasm and wildlife knowledge. At the other end of the school two Year six classes are now working on fire lighting, art and craft as well as collaborative challenges. Tracey Cleveland  

English Schools Swimming Association Regional Success!

Back in March Balgowan took a small swimming team down to Margate for the Kent Primary Schools Gala. Tom Williams and Ted Pointon represented the boys and Isabelle Hampshire, Daisy Campbell, Olivia Dunn and Louise Taylor made up the girls’ team. Everyone competed in the individual events and the girls also competed in the Medley and Freestyle relays. The highlights of the individuals events were:     Olivia 1st – Girls 50m Breaststroke Louise 3rd – Girls 50m Breaststroke Ted 5th- Boys 50m Freestyle Tom 7th – Boys 50m Breaststroke Isabelle 8th – Girls 50m Backstroke Daisy 22nd – Girls 50m Backstroke Each event had between 30 – 40 competitors.   The really fun part came with the girls relays! The girls’ team swam fantastically

Eco Schools

Great news for Balgowan… we are a certified Eco School for another two years now that are Green Flag status has been renewed for a third time! The Eco-Warriors have worked extremely hard over the last few months to ensure that the school was ready for its two-yearly inspection. After being awarded our second Green Flag in 2016, in March, the flag was up for renewal and after an extensive inspection, we were given the great news that we will be holding on to the coveted Green Flag for another two years! To be able to obtain this, as a school we had to show that we had been working on 5 of the nine topics which are Waste, Water,

Drama News

This term in drama Year 3 have been experiencing life in Victorian Britain. They have created and imagined the harsh and dangerous working conditions in factories, mines and domestic service. They have also lived the life of Queen Victoria from her incredibly strict upbringing at Kensington Palace through the main events of her long reign until her death in 1901. They have also celebrated all the impressive inventions and innovations of the Victorian period at Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition. Next term they will spend a day enjoying a Victorian trip to the seaside! Leonie Dodd—Drama Teacher