We hope that you have all had a fun filled and relaxing half term and we are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday. Children don’t forget to complete your application if you would like to be part of the Pupil Safeguarding Community. The closing date is Monday 26th February. If you can’t remember what you need to do, don’t worry, the information is in last week’s newsletter :-).
Children, this half term’s values are ‘Courage and Determination‘. Courage is when you are brave enough to try something new and determination is when you don’t give up. Here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2G8KVzTwfw) is a video of an athlete racing in the Olympics. It took courage to enter the race and great determination to prepare for it and then to finish the race. When have you been brave and not given up in school or at home?
Enjoy the last day of your half term holiday and see you on Monday!
Thank you all for your warm welcome to Bowmansgreen Primary School. The last few weeks have gone by in a flash and it has been a pleasure meeting everyone and getting to know you all. I hope that you all have a wonderful break and return to school on Monday 26th February refreshed and ready for more learning, fun and opportunities.
Keeping our children safe online is important both at school and at home. Hertfordshire for Learning has published its latest ‘Online Safety’ newsletter for parents and carers. Click below to see what advice and tips are available this term.
Yesterday our boys’ football team played in a tournament at the Watford Football Club training ground – there will be news of their achievements, and photos, in this week’s newsletter. This afternoon, it is the girls’ turn. They are playing in a home match against Abbey Primary. Good luck girls and have fun!
The last couple of weeks of term at Bowmansgreen have been very busy indeed!
Pupils were treated to a very special Anthony Glenn performance of The Nutcracker. They thoroughly enjoyed his re-telling of this classic Christmas tale, with some pupils taking centre-stage to help bring this magical story to life. Thank you, once again, to Anthony Glenn for visiting Bowmansgreen and putting on such an entertaining show. Well done to the brave and confident pupils who were chosen to perform with Anthony.
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 also took to the stage, to perform their Nativity plays to the rest of the school, their parents and carers. Pupils did so well to perform to such large audiences – many of them, for the first time – and they looked and sounded great! They all worked hard to learn their lines, songs and actions and made themselves and their families very proud. Thank you for ensuring that each performance was so well attended and for supporting your children to learn their lines and providing their costumes.
Year 3 and Year 4 pupils held carol concerts, again performing to the rest of the school and family members. Pupils, accompanied by Mr Bronstein on the piano, sang their hearts out and again proved what talented pupils we have at Bowmansgreen. They had worked hard, sounded great and performed well and they should all be very proud of themselves.
Thank you to all of the staff who helped (in the fore or background) to ensure that all of these performances were so enjoyable. The autumn term is always long and very busy and for staff, it is primarily about them getting to know their new classes well and ensuring they have a strong, positive start to the term. I am always so impressed and grateful that they manage to juggle all of that with the organising and rehearsing of the concerts and performances. Thank you!
Pupils and staff joined in the festivities for our Christmas lunch. The kitchen team, MSAs, support staff and House Captains, all helped to ensure that the lunch went very smoothly, was great fun and a happy, social school event – thank you everyone. A tasty meal, delicious desserts, crackers, hats and festive music helped bring our school community together.
We are often lucky enough to welcome new members of staff to Bowmansgreen. This term, we have a few new names and faces you might not yet be familiar with. Mrs Lawford has joined our site team; Miss Clayworth is based in Early Years; Miss Noonan and Miss Stanley have joined the inclusion team, working with pupils across the school. It is a pleasure to have them all on board.
Last Thursday, we held our second curriculum evening of the year – the focus subjects were history and geography. Thank you for ensuring that this event was so well attended. Pupils love sharing their learning with you and it is a good opportunity to have a chat with staff and see what learning in particular subjects looks like, across the school.
This year’s Christingle service was held at St Peter’s church, for the first time in four years. It was lovely to be back (even if in a slightly reduced capacity!) and it was definitely well worth the wait! Year 6 pupils led the service and did so brilliantly, singly beautifully throughout. As my final Christingle at Bowmansgreen, it was a very special, emotional occasion and perfectly demonstrated why I am so incredibly proud of the school, its pupils and school community. Thank you to Della, and the familiar faces who always make us feel so welcome at St Peter’s and for the families who gave their support, either in the walking to and from the church or for being part of the service, as a very proud family member of one of wonderful year 6 pupils.
Miss Golding and her new daughter made special appearances yesterday, with one of them leading the whole school assembly and the other one snoozing and snuggling her way through almost all of it – I will leave you to decide which one was which! As if I had not shed enough tears since last Friday’s Christingle, my final assembly at Bowmansgreen managed to squeeze out a few more. Thank you to the pupils, staff and governors who were able to share in the moment and wish me such a wonderful goodbye. I am incredibly grateful to the families and staff I have worked with; the opportunities, experiences and support over the last seven and a bit years. Thank you.
And so we have come to the end of another term and for me, the end of my final term at Bowmansgreen. I will say an official ‘goodbye’ to all tomorrow but I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the families, friends, staff and supporters of Bowmansgreen who have helped to make this last term so enjoyable and successful – we really are a super school community. I am a very proud Headteacher.
Thank you so much for your kind words, gifts and messages of support, all of which are hugely appreciated.
Enjoy a restful and happy festive period and look after yourselves and each other.
Last Saturday’s winter fair was a huge success, with a steady stream of families enjoying the fun, activities and great atmosphere. Thank you to Mrs Duce and the FOBS committee for organising this event and to the families who supported and helped out in the run-up or on the day. It was a lovely community occasion. The money raised by FOBS really does make a difference to your child and our provision at Bowmansgreen as it helps to fund items that we would not otherwise be able to prioritise due to the ongoing difficulties with school funding. Today, I had a sneak preview of the newly painted playground games that FOBS has funded. They look great and pupils will be so excited to use them. Thank you.
On Wednesday, Meila took part in the Advent Carol Service at St Albans Abbey. She bravely performed her solo reading in front of a rather large audience and pupils from schools across St Albans. Well done, Meila! She represented Bowmansgreen brilliantly and really did herself proud.
Please could I remind car drivers not to block the driveways of local residents during the school run. We have recently had several very upset neighbours who have fed back that when they have asked drivers to move from where they have blocked access, they have been ignored or challenged. Please ensure that driveways and paths are not obstructed as we would really like to keep our neighbours and pedestrians happy and safe.
As you might be aware from personal experience, there are a few bugs and illnesses currently doing the rounds. We appreciate that it can sometimes be an inconvenience but we ask that you keep your child off school for forty-eight hours after your child is last sick, to help prevent the spread of infections. Both pupils and staff have been affected recently, with stubborn illnesses lasting several days.
Congratulations to Sarah Pigott who has been elected as a parent governor at Bowmansgreen. Thank you to all five of the nominees for putting the time and effort into standing for this role. It is almost unheard of for so much interest in a governor vacancy and it is a very positive sign and reflection of the support Bowmansgreen has within the community. Thank you.
A Yellow Level 10 Cold-Health Alert has been updated for the East of England and is currently in effect until tomorrow. For up to date information, see the Met Office National Severe WeatherWarning Service. Please ensure that you send your child into school with a coat, hat and gloves next week, while the weather remains cold.
Next week, pupils can look forward to Anthony Glenn returning to Bowmansgreen, for a very special Shaking up Shakespeare performance of The Nutcracker. It is sure to be highly entertaining and provide lots of opportunities for crowd participation!
On Wednesday, we will have our Christmas lunch. All pupils are invited to join in the festive meal, served to them by staff and our Bowmansgreen House Captains. Pupils can also wear their Christmas jumpers on this day, for a £1 donation to Save the Children.
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been busy learning their lines and songs for their Nativity performances, which they will soon perform to the whole school and also their parents and carers. Year 3 and Year 4 have also been rehearsing, for their carol concerts which take place on the last Monday of term. There is lots to look forward to over the next couple weeks!
Mrs Fleming, Bowmansgreen’s new Headteacher, is hoping to visit next week; to say hello to pupils and so that we can begin the handover and transition to her taking over as the Headteacher after Christmas. She is very much looking forward to joining Bowmansgreen and I have been sure to stress how lucky she is, to be joining this wonderful school community.
November 20th is World Children’s Day, with this year’s theme: For every child, every right. Monday’s assembly highlighted the significance of this date and discussed and celebrated children’s rights. We considered what rights are, why they are important and acknowledged that the rights of many children around the world are threatened. It was also an opportunity to reflect upon the fact that many children live in parts of the world where there is war or conflict and that, as the innocent victims, their rights are often denied.
The Childcare Choices website brings together existing childcare offers in one place so parents can access help that fits their family. This could be through Tax-Free Childcare, 30 Hours Childcare or Universal Credit Childcare. Some families might be eligible to use more than one childcare scheme together. • From April 2024, eligible working parents in England with children aged 2 will have access to 15 hours childcare. • From September 2024, the 15 hours childcare offer will be expanded to eligible working parents in England with children between 9 and 23 months old. • From September 2025, eligible working parents in England, with children between 9 months up to school age, will have access to 30 hours childcare. Visit the Childcare Choices website to check what offer you might be eligible for and sign up to the newsletter.
Tomorrow, our Winter Fair takes place, between 11am – 2.00pm. FOBS have been busy organising and preparing, to help make tomorrow a fantastic day for our school community. Come and have fun in the Snowball-nado; win one of the super raffle prizes; and find bargains on the stalls. Lots to keep everyone entertained! Enjoy the food and drink, face painting, dance and choir performances and much, much more! Join in the fun and help raise funds for our school. There might even be a very special guest…
This week was national Anti-Bullying Week. At Bowmansgreen, pupils and staff wore odd socks to support the message that we are all unique and should be allowed to be ourselves, free from bullying. Monday’s assembly launched this year’s campaign : Make a Noise About Bullying and throughout the week, pupils took part in a range of activities, highlighting and discussing how and why we all play a part in helping to ensure that bullying does not happen at Bowmansgreen and if we think that someone is being bullied what we should do about it, to make it stop.
On Wednesday, the school hall went back in time, around 5000 years, to become part of the civilization of Ancient Egypt. Year 3 spent the day as Egyptians, learning about life in the ancient Kingdom and very much looking the part, in their Egyptian costumes. They had great fun taking part in a range of activities including embalming, lamp making and a banquet which also supported their learning in History. Thank you to the staff, parents and carers who supported Year 3 during this workshop, ensuring that it was a great success.
Hopefully, you have all received the information needed for you to vote in the Parent Governor Election. If you have any questions or difficulties casting your vote, please contact the school office. Voting will close on 28th November, 2023.
Thank you to our House Captains and Mr Garwood for laying a wreath at the London Colney War Memorial, on behalf of our school community. Each class also made a wreath to mark this year’s Remembrance Day.
Please be courteous and mindful of our neighbours and pedestrians when parking during the school run. The wet weather has caused more families to travel by car during the last couple of weeks and several incidents of dangerous parking, including blocked driveways and footpaths. Please ensure that parking restrictions are adhered to and the safety of our school community is prioritised.
Our whole school attendance is currently 95%. It has dipped slightly in the last couple of weeks and it would be great if we could tip it back up to 96% which is where it has been for most of this term so far. Please ensure that your child is at school, on time every day so that they benefit from all of the learning opportunities planned for them. The next few weeks are very busy at school, with lots of exciting curriculum activities as well as festive events; a special Shaking up Shakespeare theatre performance; and our next curriculum evening – lots to miss out on if pupils are not at school!
The Department of Health and Social Care has alerted schools to disruption to the national supply for medication prescribed to help manage ADHD symptoms. There are several reasons contributing to the supply disruption, including an increase in demand for the medication and a change in the companies who produce and supply the medication. If you or your child are affected by the supply shortage, your GP or specialist will have already contacted you with more information. The supply issue is improving but could continue until the end of December 2023 or early 2024. Please do let Mrs May (via the school office) know if your child is affected by this shortage so that we can do our best to support you and them until the situation improves.
Hertfordshire County Council is once again funding HAPpy activity camps for children and young people who attend Hertfordshire schools and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. HAPpy Winter Camps – booking opens Wednesday 22nd November, 2023.
Congratulations to our newly elected House Captains:
They have made a super start in their new roles and I am sure that they will represent their houses brilliantly and with pride.
FOBS had their Annual General Meeting at the Caledon Community Centre on Wednesday evening – thank you to everyone who came along. After the Chairperson’s and Treasurer’s reports were presented and approved, the FOBS attendees voted to adopt the PTFA model constitution from Parentkind. A constitution is a governing document that sets out the fundamental principles, practices, and purposes of a charity. The main change is that online meetings are allowed under the new constitution. A FOBS election process will be written to support this constitution.
Whilst all Bowmansgreen School parents and carers are automatically members of FOBS, the AGM voted to elect four trustees to formally manage the FOBS charity. Angela Duce (Chair), Danielle Sutton (Treasurer) and Liz Alderston (Trustee) were re-elected, and Abi Housley (Trustee) was newly elected. Sabrina Miller was co-opted as Events Coordinator. Sian Riches (Secretary) stepped down as a trustee. To succession plan for 2024/2025, FOBS member Lindsey Lee volunteered to work with the trustees to learn the roles.
The FOBS team are planning events and activities to give the children wonderful school memories. The Trustees will work closely with Ms Lippa and the new Head, Mrs Fleming, to spend the funds raised by FOBS on improving the playgrounds and supporting the Bowmansgreen pupils and staff where required.
Next FOBS events:
Fri 10th Nov 3pm Christmas Jumper Sale – KS1 Playground
Thurs 23rd Nov Non-school uniform day – for a donation for the bottle/chocolate tombola
Sat 25th Nov 11am-2pmFOBS Winter Fair Follow us on Facebook – Friends of Bowmansgreen School