Cross Country

On Saturday 9th march the Bromley Schools Cross Country event took place at Crystal Palace Park for pupils in Y3 and Y4. We had over 90 pupils running on the day which is an amazing amount, out of a total 1,366 runners altogether! All children did very well, but particular well done to Lucas Water from 3HC who won the Year 3 boys race in a time of 7:11, and Delilah Hill who finished in 5th place in the Year 4 girls race in a time of 7:53 – both received awards on the day from the competition organisers. Overall Balgowan finished in 2nd place in the large schools category. Well done to Balgowan pupils who took part both in training and running

Y3/4 Gymnastics

Balgowan also had lots of keen Y3/4 pupils and again took 3 teams to compete. Team C finished in 5th place, Team B in 2nd place and Team A in 1st place – again qualifying for the London youth Games to be held in the Summer at Crystal Palace Sports Centre. Amazing results, well done to all that competed – Dylan, Marley, Delilah, Amy, Philip, Joseph, Imogen, Leila, Patrick, Thomas, Florence and Sophia.

Science Quiz

At the beginning of March, Max, Leni, Praise and I went to the Science Quiz Club finals in Oxford. We went on the train with Mrs Parke to the Museum of Natural History. When we arrived, we got biscuits and a drink before we began. The questions were harder than in the heats however we were in the lead for most of the time. After the first round, which contained 30 questions, we were in second place. During the second round, which was only 10 questions but worth a lot of points, we dropped into 3rd place. At the end we were in 3rd place of all primary schools nationally (which is a massive achievement) and we were extremely proud

Science Week—Fossil Workshop

On Thursday the 21st of March as part of us celebrating science week year 6 took part in a fossil workshop. A man by the name of Jules came and introduced himself. He had a simulation on the board and Jules soon ran us through what he would be doing in that session. Jules told us that he would split us up into our table groups and get us to study things he had put in the various boxes positioned around the hall. We soon got going and found many interesting things: ancient shells; Shoulder bones; old poo and shells of snails were amongst some of the many things hidden within the numerous boxes. After everyone had a look in

Teddy Bears Picnic

Although we had a bit of a late start due to the road works in Beckenham, the children really enjoyed it and we have had some amazing feedback from parents about how good the day was.  The children read the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to start off their day and then split off into different groups to explore the woods, doing a mini beast hunt and some pond dipping, where they were really excited to find a Water Boatman. We spent the day walking through thick oozy mud, made our way through some, not so long wavy grass, to look at the pond that made a splash splosh, and finally to a narrow gloomy cave. Luckily there were

Book Week

At Balgowan, we celebrated book week by studying a painting called St George and the dragon by Paolo Uccello. We did a range of fun activities from writing to art. Some year groups modelled their art on the well-known legend of St George, while others used it as inspiration for their writing. Some of the Year 5 classes made models of dragon eyes out of clay. They used different objects to make texture on their dragon’s skin. Some other Year groups displayed their work outside the hall. Year 2 made collage dragons and wrote diary entries about the dragon while Year 6 drew pictures of dragons on plain paper. In an assembly, all years were asked to write their own

Y5 Docklands Museum Trip

On Wednesday 20th of March 2019, me and my class mates went on a trip to the London Docklands Museum because we are studying World War 2. We got on a train from Clock House at 09:30, 5 stops to Lewisham then we went on the D.L.R, a self-driving train. We were put in groups. My group was me, Tom, James, Oscar and Rylie. When we arrived at the museum we met someone called Charlie who told us some rules like no food in the gallery. Then we watched a video about the docks in World War 2. (Black Saturday 18th September 1940, after the phoney war). There were two models of different air aids shelters. One was called the

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 5th February, Balgowan joined schools and organizations around the UK celebrating Safer Internet Day. As part of this, children had an assembly considering what rights they have and what permissions they may have to give when using their electronic devices. Children were encouraged to say ‘NO!’ if they do not want a photo or video of themselves shared online and to ask an adult if they were unsure about the personal information an app is asking for. To build a picture of what your needs are and how the school can support you with teaching your child about staying safe online, we would like parents to fill out the following 5 minute survey. It is completely anonymous, should only take

Year 3 Scootsure Training

On Tuesday 26th February, some of our Year 3’s took part in Scootsure training where they learned how to safely use a scooter. We interviewed some of the children who participated in the training and they said that they really enjoyed learning how to ride a scooter safely on the road and how to use it properly. The children had to complete lots of activities on the playground. The training was organised by Bromley Council and we hope to run the training again next year. by Danny, Bea and Sasha (Year 6 Junior Travel Ambassadors)

Year 6 trip to The Keeping Gallery

On the 15th January, year 6 visited The Keeping Gallery which is close to Shortlands train station. This Gallery is the real home of the late Charles Keeping, one of the most famous illustrators of the 20th century. He has drawn the illustrations for many books including: The Highwayman, The Lady of Shallot, Black Beauty and many more. We met Pam Smythe there (she is a specialist Art teacher in Bromley) and she taught us how to draw in the style of Charles Keeping. We used ink pens and cartridge paper and made our very own Keeping Books (where we kept all of the artwork which we drew during the visit). We also experimented by drawing animals and images from

JTA Mid – Year Meeting

On Wednesday 27th February 2019, the Junior Travel Ambassadors (Sasha, Danny and Bea) attended a JTA mid – year meeting at Bromley library. This was to meet up with the other schools and see what we had all been doing so far this year. We presented a powerpoint in front of all the other schools. We also got lots of ideas for future competitions and initiatives. We were given a certificate and a cool JTA highlighter and even had some juice and biscuits. It was lots of fun and we are looking forward to carrying out more JTA tasks this year and hope we are awarded the Top Team prize in June.  by Danny, Bea and Sasha (Year 6 JTA’s)

Language Leaders at Balgowan

This half term, the new Language Leaders were: – Ben and Paul (6AS) teaching French – Amy (6WJ) teaching Albanian – Eva (6WJ) teaching Spanish Well done to all four of them for planning some great sessions with their groups, including Powerpoint presentations, role-plays and lots of fun games!  Hélène Gilbert—French Teacher

Young Voices!

I loved young voices and I think it is a great experience. We were one of the thousands of schools that took part. We had tons of songs and actions to learn; but it was worth it. When the lights turned off it was like a magical kingdom at night. It was amazing. There are no flaws about it. Even when we weren’t singing or dancing it was great. Watching the urban strides made me feel like I want to be able to do that. Then seeing all the singers perform made me really feel like I belonged there. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: young voices is a great experience for any one that wants to

Y5/6 Athletics

The first event of this term was the Indoor Athletics competition held on 17.1.19 at Langley Park Boys School. Following a trial with over 50 pupils in attendance, a team of 19 pupils were selected to compete in track and field indoor events: standing long jump, speed bounce, chest push, vertical jump, individual sprints, team relays and an obstacle race. Balgowan finished in 5th place overall out of 20 Bromley primary schools. Well done to the pupils who took part – Ed, Thomas, Max, Alex, Jed, Karol, Tom, Romey, Toby, Robert, Claudia, Louise, Rihanna, Alexa, Isabelle, Melina, Ziannah, Delilah and Demi. Mr Jason Jones & Mrs Kirsty Bassett

Y3/4 New Age Kurling

Earlier this month, the very first ‘New Age Kurling’ competition was held for Bromley primary schools. We sent a team of 5 pupils from Y3 and Y4 to participate in this inclusive event held at Coopers School, Chislehurst, with Mrs Hillier, Mrs Monforte and Miss Taylor. Ellie and Luca from Y3 and Alfie, Aarav and Cristian from Y4 made up the team. The children were taught the rules of the game and learnt the appropriate techniques, aiming to score points for their team. They were competing against other school teams, and ended up finishing in 7th place out of 14 – a great result.

Y5/6 Hockey

A team of 7 went to Langley Park School on 29.1.19 to compete in the Bromley Schools Hockey competition – Tristan, Ed, James, Isaac, Olivia, Eva and Bella, accompanied by Mrs Parke. They played brilliantly, it being the first time they had played together in the same team, and won 2 games and drew 2. All enjoyed the competition and represented Balgowan excellently – well done! Mr Jason Jones

Future dates for your diary

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Library News

The new academic year has meant twelve, brand new, year 6 pupil librarians starting in their new roles. Pupil librarians support the parent librarians in the everyday running of the library and, as such, they have spent the past weeks busily learning new skills, attending training and working towards their Bronze award; all this in addition to making sure the library is prepared for class visits and running sessions every lunchtime. Before half term they were particularly busy helping visitors make Halloween ghosts to hang across the room and recommending some of our favourite spooky books!”

Poppy Appeal

This beautiful window display of Lakeland in Bromley was created with the help of some wonderful art from our Reception children.Our Poppy Appeal raised £197.79 – thank you for helping us support this worthy cause.

Forget Fidget Spinners !

The new Forest School craze is dragon’s eyes. The simple craft is popular with all the children who have been learning how to weave a pattern using two sticks and a ball of wool. The children have chosen their own colours and interpreted the basic design. Lots of children have been making more at home and it’s been lovely to see them. Forest School welcomes any donations of wool