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Balgowan Buccaneers

Our before and after school club, the Balgowan Buccaneers has grown in popularity over the two years that it has been running. We are currently accepting applications from parents whose children will be starting at Balgowan in September 2021. If you would like a place at Buccaneers from September, to avoid disappointment, I would encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible. Places are filling up on a number of evenings. Information regarding the club as well as an introduction letter, registration forms and booking forms can be found on the school website under ‘Balgowan Buccaneers’. If you have any questions please email the club at buccaneers@balgowan.bromley.sch.

World War II Day

We came to school dressed up as evacuees ready for WWII day, everybody was really excited!!! Firstly, we did Make Do And Mend and in it we did bunting, we sewed using patterns and fabric such as felt (people did crowns and flags) and we used beads and bows to decorate our masterpieces. When we came in from play, we made postcards as if we were an evacuee from the country side/seaside. We were told by Miss Willis that we needed to keep it as positive as possible so our parents wouldn’t worry about us. After lunch we all changed our shoes and set off to the field. Discovery and Endeavour started by lighting a fire using flint and seal. 

Science Week

On March 8th, we celebrated British Science Week at Balgowan and what a week it was! Each class took part in an activity based on this year’s theme which was ‘Innovating for the future,’ such as classifying types of plastic by their properties so that we can recycle them correctly, creating robot bugs to help the future and playing heard immunity Jenga to understand the effects of passing germs on to others. We also had some help from our amazing parents who offered to virtually talk to the children about their jobs in STEM – this was a great way to raise the profile of science and challenge children’s stereotypes as to what scientists are! There were also some activities held at the

Easter Fun Day

On Monday, year 6 went to the field for an Easter Fun-Day. There were 4 different activities that were all Easter themed. Firstly, we went to the fire circle with Mrs Cleveland.  We got an Easter marshmallow which we then toasted on the hot fire pit.  We then had a competition with the person next to us to see who could make the most sparks, in a row, using the new dragon fire starter kits (flint and steel). Some children tried to make the biggest spark! Even the parents joined in! We then moved on to the egg and spoon race area. We were allowed to practise first but then it was straight into competition time! This was no ordinary

Easter Chocolate Nests

Reception children enjoyed making their own chocolate nests.  They even had some left over to give to some lucky staff members—they were delicious

Our new lunch menu is here…

School Menu – March 2021

Welcome Back!

It has been wonderful to see all the children return to school today with such enthusiasm. We hope that they all have a great day!

Reception went on an Octopus Hunt!

Look at this amazing collage Octopus that has ben made by the Reception children that are in school!

Balgowan in the snow!

Balgowan’s looking very pretty in the snow this week! Click here to see some pictures.  

Parents Evenings

Parents Evenings via Google Classroom will be taking place between Monday 15th March and Friday 19th March.  Information on how to book your appointment will be sent out after half term via parentmail.

Keep an eye out…

for a parentmail from the PTA for the release of the next exciting event for this Half Term How well do you know Beckenham Town?     Do you think you can ‘hunt down’ all the ‘secret’ locations?  

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day was celebrated on the 9th of February this year, the theme was ‘an internet we trust’. As part of this, the UK safer internet centre has produced a guide for parents and carers about what to trust online. Find it (along with some other useful resources) here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2021/i-am-parent-or-carer?  

“We are all in this together!”

For Children’s Mental Health Week the staff have made a video for all the children!  

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

To see our latest COVID-19 Risk Assessment please go to http://www.balgowan.bromley.sch.uk/download/policies/Risk-Assessment-Balgowan-COVID.pdf

A message from all the Balgowan Staff- We miss you!

Mental Health & Wellbeing

The coronovirus outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while.  It may cause children to feel, anxious, stressed or worried. Mrs Richards has put together a flyer with helpful links to organisations that can help with both children’s and adult’s wellbeing and mental health.  Please see the link below:   Download here  flyer2 (1)  

Welcome to our Reception 2020 families

A very warm welcome to all our new families that will be joining us in September. We are very excited to hear that your child will be starting with us. This is a very exciting time for children, their parents and for us. Usually we would be ready with a list of dates to invite you and your child to events at school to ensure that their transition to primary school is a smooth one.  However, as you will be aware, all schools are currently closed.   We will be in touch as soon as we have further information so please keep an eye out for emails from us over the next few weeks and months.   Please be assured that we will be

Some useful links for parents

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

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