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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  

Christmas Fair

The Christmas fair is taking place at the school on Saturday 8th December 12-3pm!

Halloween Event

Exciting news!! The PTA Halloween event will be back again this year….. More details to follow but for now please plan to come along after school to the infant playground on 31st October for our ‘Meet, Eat then Trick or Treat’ event! It’s going to be Spooktacular!

Being a Balgowan Buddy

I really enjoy the responsibility of being a Balgowan Buddy because I have the opportunity to guide and support younger children at school. To be selected for the job, I applied by completing a poster which explained why I would make a great Balgowan Buddy. Our job description is: Be a role model for the younger children and set a good example by displaying the school values and following the golden rules at all times. Have a warm, welcoming and cheerful approach. Teach the children new games and sometimes invent your own ones. Help resolve any small problems or disagreements. Refer bigger problems to the mid-day supervisors. Encourage and include lonely, shy or needy pupils. Manage the lunchtime equipment. (pumping

Tri-Golf?

On Wednesday 26th September, a team of ten Year 5 pupils travelled to Chelsfield Golf Club to compete in the Bromley Schools Tri-Golf Competition. The children took part in a variety of different games and activities, requiring them to put to use their superb golfing skills. They needed to putt, drive and chip as accurately as possible to score points for the team. Balgowan came 1st in the morning session of the competition, but after the remaining schools had competed in the afternoon, Balgowan finished in 2nd place overall – a fantastic result! Well done to the team: Olivia, Elissa, Cali, Chloe O’R, Chloe S, Tristan, Bruno, Gasper, Monty and James.       Mrs Bassett  

Forest School is FUN!

The Forest School sessions for KS2 classes have got off to a brilliant start and already it’s clear that the children are having a wonderful time;  their enthusiasm is contagious. “It’s Ace, I love being outside, and the kids all really enjoy it,” – you might have guessed, not quotes from the children but from some of our lovely  volunteers. I would like to thank all of the parents, grandparents and carers who have joined in, it has been lovely to get to know family members and be part of the home school partnership that makes Balgowan great. The Forest School volunteers have supported children in their learning, played games , led activities and donated equipment. Parents have spoken to me about how they have enjoyed seeing their children with their class mates and trying out some of the different activities with their children.  Mrs T Cleveland I look forward to meeting new volunteers as different classes come along to Forest School.    

JTA Training Day

We spent the day with other schools from Bromley learning more about our role as a Junior Travel Ambassador. We learnt how to stay safe whilst crossing the road and we had a drama workshop all about delivering presentations at our school. Also we made posters to put on our display boards. This term we are running a competition called ‘Jingle Bells’ open for all of KS1 and KS2. The competition entries will be handed out at school. The activity is to design a bell.  We think it is really important to travel safely and this song has really helped. We would you like you all to learn it (to the tune of ‘Ten Green Bottles’). Stop look listen before

Our amazing day!

On the 19th of September Year 6 travelled to London to the British Museum. Our History topic this term is ancient Egypt so we travelled back in time to the Egyptian part of the museum. Here we saw the Rosetta stone, the statues of Rameses II and mummies with their coffins. The Rosetta stone was the first available way to translate hieroglyphics from ancient Greek so it was a very important discovery for the archaeologists (History studiers). We also saw coffins and an almost perfectly preserved man who still had his hair – he was creepy but he showed how good sand was for preserving bodies (he was five thousand years old). We also saw an interactive touchscreen that allowed

School Open Sessions

We will be holding ‘open day’ sessions for parents/carers of children for admission to Reception in September 2019.  We warmly invite prospective parents to visit our school on one of our sessions taking place in October.  To book your place please either email admin@balgowan.bromley.sch.uk or phone 020 8658 6374. Monday 8th October at 09.30 – FULLY BOOKED Tuesday 9th October at 09.30 – FULLY BOOKED Monday 15th October at 14.00 – FULLY BOOKED Tuesday 16th October at 09.30 – FULLY BOOKED Monday November 5th at 9.30 AND 14.00 – SPACES AVAILABLE We look forward to meeting you.

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