News

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. https://goo.gl/forms/W6KYealiyfH8S5pG3 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  

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