Balgowan Open Mornings!

Come and meet our Headteacher, children and staff and take an opportunity to delve into the daily life of our busy, friendly and high achieving school.  On the day, hear a presentation from the senior leaders, see the school through the eyes of our skilled year 6 tour guide, listen to some of our talented musicians play and visit lessons delivered by our experienced staff, including specialist French, Music and Drama teachers. Hear from our Forest School Leader and see works of art from our budding artists. We look forward to welcoming you! To book a session please email or call 020 8658 6374 9.30am on Monday 7th October & Tuesday 8th October  Monday 14th October & Tuesday 15h

Balgowan’s Healthy Schools week

Balgowan’s Healthy Schools week will be taking place the week commencing 10th June. There are 5 areas that are recommended for a healthy child: Have breakfast, 5 fruit and veg a day, drink plenty of water. get active, sleep well. These are all equally important and will be discussed with the children at school. In particular, we will be focussing on eating at least 5 lots of fruit and vegetables a day and keeping active. Rachel Smith & Katie Helt—Healthy School Leads  

Mathematics Heat Champions

On Wednesday 8th May 2019, the Balgowan team (made up of Donny A, Arthur G, Lewis O and Isaac P) went to Tubbenden Primary School for the Quiz Club Mathematics Competition. The competition consisted of ten teams. The first twenty questions were mental maths. For the other fifteen questions we were allowed pencil and paper (which were considerably harder). For each question we were allowed 60 seconds to work it out – sound easy? Try solving one of the questions we were asked in one minute: What is: 642 – ? Get it? We did! After the first twenty questions, Balgowan was in joint first with West Lodge after getting all the questions right for a total of 1200 points.

Calling all Business Mentors—Business Enterprise Project 

Next half term, Balgowan pupils will be participating in an exciting business enterprise project. Each class from Year R-5 will design a product or service, pitch to the Bank of Balgowan for a loan and sell their product or service on Friday 12th July at a Gala Day (Reception products will be on sale at the Reception Sports Day.) Through this venture we aim to develop pupils’ enterprise skills whilst promoting the school values. Year 6 pupils will have a special role, acting as ‘business advisers’ and will be allocated to other classes in order to support the younger children. ? There will be two winning classes: The class with the greatest profit The class who have applied the school values

Trinity Science Visit

At first 4 children from each year 5 class went to trinity School for a computing lesson. We travelled in a mini bus to get there. Once we got there we had to wait for the teachers to come down to collect us. Once we were in the computing room we played a game on the computer where you have to control a character to collect metal—a bit like scratch. We then coded some robots called Sphero on an ipad. Once we got used to it we programed them to go through mazes. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to other people. Maggie 5AC   I really enjoyed it at Trinity because it was really big and decorated

Year 6 Elite Steel Pans

I attend Year 6 Elite Steel Pans . It is a great thing to do! It gives you a chance to use a percussion instrument that you wouldn’t normally come across to play. When you start you will play some basic tunes, just so you can get comfortable. Once you have done some of the simpler tunes you start to do more challenging tunes. This makes it really fun.; when you see all the notes , you may panic. However when you start playing it all becomes less difficult. After you have played a few songs you get to change your pan if you would like. This rota will run throughout you committing to Steel Pans. You will get to

Dragon Quest

On Wednesday 1st May, one child from each class was picked to go to Dragon Quest crazy golf. They were picked for their brilliant writing linked to our dragon topic during Book Week. Each child left at lunchtime and walked to the bus stop. We went with Mrs Veysey and Mrs Bassett. Once we had signed in and got our equipment, we went to hole No1. After about half an hour, Mrs Veysey gave us snacks. We each got a small bag of popcorn and a juice carton. After finishing all the holes, we dropped off our equipment and walked back to the bus stop. When we arrived back at school, it was home time. Everyone had a great afternoon!

Forest School News

In May the great news that Forest School has been award £8,000 from Octopus Energy was a real highlight ,thank you to everyone who voted. We have also had some donations from parents and in response to parents request I have drawn up a wish list which will be sent out via parentmail.   Forest School classes in May have included 4SS who came and planted wildflower seeds to encourage pollinators and Reception who have continued to amaze me with their enthusiasm and wildlife knowledge. At the other end of the school two Year six classes are now working on fire lighting, art and craft as well as collaborative challenges. Tracey Cleveland  

English Schools Swimming Association Regional Success!

Back in March Balgowan took a small swimming team down to Margate for the Kent Primary Schools Gala. Tom Williams and Ted Pointon represented the boys and Isabelle Hampshire, Daisy Campbell, Olivia Dunn and Louise Taylor made up the girls’ team. Everyone competed in the individual events and the girls also competed in the Medley and Freestyle relays. The highlights of the individuals events were:     Olivia 1st – Girls 50m Breaststroke Louise 3rd – Girls 50m Breaststroke Ted 5th- Boys 50m Freestyle Tom 7th – Boys 50m Breaststroke Isabelle 8th – Girls 50m Backstroke Daisy 22nd – Girls 50m Backstroke Each event had between 30 – 40 competitors.   The really fun part came with the girls relays! The girls’ team swam fantastically

Eco Schools

Great news for Balgowan… we are a certified Eco School for another two years now that are Green Flag status has been renewed for a third time! The Eco-Warriors have worked extremely hard over the last few months to ensure that the school was ready for its two-yearly inspection. After being awarded our second Green Flag in 2016, in March, the flag was up for renewal and after an extensive inspection, we were given the great news that we will be holding on to the coveted Green Flag for another two years! To be able to obtain this, as a school we had to show that we had been working on 5 of the nine topics which are Waste, Water,

Drama News

This term in drama Year 3 have been experiencing life in Victorian Britain. They have created and imagined the harsh and dangerous working conditions in factories, mines and domestic service. They have also lived the life of Queen Victoria from her incredibly strict upbringing at Kensington Palace through the main events of her long reign until her death in 1901. They have also celebrated all the impressive inventions and innovations of the Victorian period at Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition. Next term they will spend a day enjoying a Victorian trip to the seaside! Leonie Dodd—Drama Teacher  

Spring Concert

Well done to both Elite Steel Pan Bands who played excellently and who entertained us so well.  These groups have been very committed this year which shows in the high standard they have reached. ?I also want to congratulate all the soloists who played their instruments for us, some for the first time.  You were brave and sounded amazing. Watch out for the Summer Concert on the 9th July!   Ms M Rochester  

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