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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

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.