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:  

“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

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 You can talk about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Shout – Text in Crisis 85258 If you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.   Kooth – 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.

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.


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: 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: 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.