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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/      

Giraffe Trail

Year 6 pupils at Balgowan have been decorating a giraffe on behalf of Bromley Rotary Club as part of their Giraffe Trail taking place at the intu Shopping Centre in Bromley. The Year 6 children have chosen a road safety theme to help promote awareness of travelling safely around our local area and beyond. The Year 6 Junior Travel Ambassadors have been helping with the project and are linking it to their Silver Award.   Bromley Rotary Club will have a stall in the intu Shopping Centre during the giraffe trail period from Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th October.  They will be selling small giraffes (28cm) and very small giraffes (17cm) and mini paint sets.  There will also be a giraffe

School Games Update

Balgowan has been awarded to the ‘gold mark’ for our achievement in sport for 2015-16.  Well done to all the children and staff at Balgowan for making this possible.

Autumn Term 2016 Football News

Great Start for the Balgowan Girls’ Football Team The autumn league challenge has started for the girls and they had a resounding 8-1 victory against Southborough Primary School.  A hat trick from Bryony, two from Eleanor, and a goal each by Emily and Florence (the other an own goal) saw the team start their campaign with a win.  Mr Coulson was very impressed with team’s determination and attacking qualities. The girls took their form into the district preliminary knockouts. After a slow start, they beat Alexandra Junior School 1-0 with a low free kick from Zara.  The momentum carried on through the tournament with a 2-0 win over Valley Primary School.  Emily’s skills proved too much for the Valley defence.  After

Balgowan wins forest school grant – and voting for us in Tesco could add £4,000!

Update: The period of time that voting will be open has now changed, and will open on 31 October and run until 13 November. We have also been told that there will be more participating stores, and will update the list as soon as we have more details. Balgowan has been nominated to receive valuable funding to create an exciting and interactive forest school as part of the new Tesco/Groundwork – Bags of Help community initiative. This fantastic £8,000 grant will mean that children at Balgowan will have regular access to outside learning and play, away from the main school site. But we can boost the award to £12,000 by voting for Balgowan in local Tesco stores. Help boost our grant