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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

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