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It has certainly been a busy couple of weeks! Story cafes, cycling events and discos are amongst the many activities that pupils have recently taken part in, at Bowmansgreen.

Thank you to the family members of pupils in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 who were able to join us for their child’s story café. It was lovely to see so many parents and carers, sharing a story and activity with their child and seeing aspects of our new phonics programme, in action. Pupils were very excited and (apart from some very teary goodbyes!) thoroughly enjoyed hosting family members in their classrooms. We look forward to inviting you to our next story cafés, in the summer term.

Last Monday, pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 took part in a fully funded cycling event. The purpose of the session was to check the safety of their bikes, to ensure that they are roadworthy and  pupils can ride safely, with confidence. Pupils were given bikes and helmets, if they had outgrown or no longer owned their own. It was a valuable event and great preparation for the Bikeability course which will take place later in the year.

This week is Children’s Mental Health week. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Let’s Connect.’ During yesterday’s assembly, pupils considered what it means to connect with others and who they connect with. They also thought about what it might feel like for people who do not feel connected or who are lonely. Pupils will be taking part in activities as part of this campaign, throughout the week.

Today is Safer Internet Day. Miss Golding launched the 2023 campaign with pupils during this morning’s assembly, which is based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’. There are lots of resources for schools and families (select your preferred language) to mark the day and to support our roles in creating and maintaining a safe, online world for our children.

Last Friday was disco time at Bowmansgreen! Pupils across the school enjoyed their second disco of the year, having lots of fun, singing, dancing and spending valuable social time with their friends. Thank you to the FOBS committee for organising this event to help raise much needed funds for our school.

Take a look at the DSPL7 website, for information and resources for families in St Albans, including courses for parents and carers.

A belated thank you to a very generous parent at RedAlert PT who kindly donated some new netball bibs to Bowmansgreen. Our netballers have been training hard and taking part in matches with local schools, putting their new bibs to good use. Thank you very much!

This Thursday, our next Curriculum Evening takes place with English as the focus subject. Come along to share in your child’s learning, from 3.05pm – 4pm and 6-7pm, in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you there!

EYFS Blog

Over the last few weeks, we have been learning about doctors, paramedics, and nurses. The children have enjoyed playing doctors in our role play area and helping their patients feel better.

We have created different emergency vehicles and people who help us, for our classroom display.

Thanks for all your support this half term. Your children have been working very hard.

We look forward to our new topic and learning all about transport, next half term.

FOBS Blog

The FOBtastic School Disco is back on Friday 3rd February

Each ticket includes glitter tattoos/ neon face-painting, a biscuit and squash.

Headteacher’s Blog

Kene Madueke Foundation

On Tuesday, Yvonne and Udoka Madueke visited Bowmansgreen to lead a special assembly for pupils in Y4 – Y6. They talked about their talented, courageous son Kene who was a former pupil at Bowmansgreen, and the foundation they have set up in his memory. The Kene Madueke Foundation, supports teenagers diagnosed with cancer and other terminal illnesses.

Tuesday was a non-uniform day, where staff and pupils wore yellow – the colour commonly associated with certain types of cancer, particularly childhood cancer or sarcoma. The assembly informed and supported pupils’ understanding of why and how some people can develop cancer and how we might be able to support them, ourselves and each other when someone we know becomes ill.

Pupils took this opportunity to share some of their own experiences and ask thoughtful, pertinent questions. The assembly also highlighted how many families within our school community have been affected by cancer – more than two thirds of pupils sharing that they have a family member or know someone close, who has or has had cancer.

It was unexpected and incredibly uplifting, just how many pupils seized this opportunity to learn and share their own experiences.

A huge thank you to Yvonne and Udoka for sharing their family’s experience and journey; for helping to raise awareness of a disease that affects so many families within our school community and beyond; and for empowering our pupils with knowledge.

Thank you Bowmansgreen families, for helping to raise £400 for the The Kene Madueke Foundation.

 

EYFS Blog

This half term, Reception are learning about the people who help us.

This week, we focused on the police, with a ‘crime scene’ in the book corner.

The children became police officers and investigated the scene, looking for clues and thinking about who could have caused such a mess!

The children have enjoyed dressing up as police officers and solving crimes.

We have also been decorating police cars and making our own police officers.

 

We look forward to finding out more about the different people who help us in the community, next week.

EYFS Team

FOBS Blog

Bag2School Collection – Recycle / Reuse Project

Friday 20th January – 8.15 – 9.00am

Bag2School is back!  This is a great way to declutter whilst raising cash for Bowmansgreen.  Bags will be sent home with the children w/c 16/01/23, or feel free to use your own bags.

Please donate unwanted clothing, shoes (paired), jewellery, cuddly toys and linen, then leave by the mosaic mural outside the main school office entrance between 8.15-9.00am on 20th January.

All donations must be made during the morning drop-off as Bag2School will collect shortly afterwards.

To see the full list of what can/cannot be donated please check out the Bag2School website – https://bag2school.com/what-we-collect.

You’ll be please to hear that Mrs Stanley’s cake and drinks stall will also be at the Bag2School drop-off point. So you can have a Friday morning cuppa and cake,  yum!!!  FOBS are asking for parents to donate cakes, cookies or pastries for the stall. Please can all donations be dropped off at the school office the day before – Thursday 19th January.

Thank you again for supporting FOBS and your school. We couldn’t do this without you.

House Competition – speed stacking

Pupils in Key Stage Two took part in a speed stacking competition, as their first House event of the school year.

Congratulations to Hadley who was a double class and year group winner and the overall competition winner.

Well done to all pupils who took part, gave it their best efforts and had great fun!

Thank your to Mr Sanders and our sports ambassadors, who organised and ran the event.

 

Class winners – 10 house points for each win

Class3-3-33-6-3
3ORAlfie (Wiggs)Alfie (Wiggs)
3RMSofia (Wiggs)David (Wiggs)
4RHugo (Kenny)Abdul (Wiggs)
4SZara (Kenny)Zara (Kenny)
5HHadley (Morpurgo)Hadley (Morpurgo)
5ALibby (Wiggs)Maddison (Morpurgo)
6RRosa (Kenny)Abigail (Whitlock)
6GFaye (Kenny)Faye (Kenny)

Year group winners – 15 house points for each win

Year Group3-3-33-6-3
3 – boysAlfie (Wiggs)Alfie (Wiggs)
3 – girlsSofia (Wiggs)Fern (Wiggs)
4 – boysHugo (Kenny)Abdul (Wiggs)
4 – girlsZara (Kenny)Zara (Kenny)
5 – boysHadley (Morpurgo)Hadley (Morpurgo)
5 – girlsZoha (Kenny)Maddison (Morpurgo)
6 – boysHarry G (Kenny)Harry G (Kenny)
6 – girlsFaye (Kenny)Faye (Kenny)

 

Overall winner – 25 house points for each win

3-3-33-6-3
Hadley (Morpurgo)Hadley (Morpurgo)

Headteacher’s Blog

The last two weeks of term have flown by – it has been a very busy fortnight!

The extent of the recent, heavy snow and icy conditions caused major disruption and a ‘snow day’ for many schools, locally and nationally, including Bowmansgreen. Thank you for your patience and support during a few very cold, precarious days. School resumed on Tuesday and thankfully, by Thursday, the roads were safe enough for Mr Regan and Mrs Elborough to accompany pupils for their final ‘Go Wild!’ session of the term. Pupils has great fun in the snow, in the picturesque surroundings of Hudnall Park.

Last week, our EYFS and Key Stage One classes took part in Nativity performances, to the rest of the school and their family members. Pupils were fantastic! It was a pleasure to see them on stage, performing their lines, singing and dancing: many of them, for the very first time. Well done children – you should be very proud of yourselves!

Last Friday, Year 6 led our Christingle service. Despite a last minute change of venue, due to the icy weather conditions, Year 6 successfully led the service at school, joined by family, friends and pupils in Key Stages One and Two. What a fantastic job they did, in adapting to a change of venue and alterations to their best laid plans! Well done Year 6, for sharing with us such a beautiful, fitting performance as your final Bowmansgreen Christingle service.

On Monday, pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 performed their carol concert, twice in one day – first, to the whole school and then to their family members. Mr Bronstein accompanied on piano, as pupils sang in year groups and altogether, as well as some numbers performed by the choir. It was such a lovely occasion and a really impressive display of the talent and school ethos, at Bowmansgreen.

Thank you to the staff involved throughout all stages of the planning and organisation of these events and to the family members who turned out to support their children and the performances. The biggest ‘thank you’ goes to our amazing pupils who entertained, impressed and made us all feel very proud, with their energy, bravery and talent. Well done!

Free mental health advice and guidance for children and young people (CYP) in Hertfordshire (aged 10-25yrs) via Kooth.com, The service provides a free, safe and anonymous place for people to connect with others and know they are not alone. Drop-in or booked sessions with professional counsellors, from 12pm-10pm weekdays and 6pm-10pm weekends.

Free Eating Disorder Support for CYP in Hertfordshire (aged 5-18yrs) via First Steps to Understanding Eating Disorders (First Steps ED), offering face to face and digital one-to-one support sessions, as well as weekly psychoeducation and group support programmes (Wellbeing Workshop, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) Support Group, Binge Eating Workshops etc). This service is also available to support parents, carers and older siblings (18 years +) with workshops and one-to-one parent support. Referrals (including self-referrals) are made via firststepsed.co.uk.

Here for you – Winter Campaign. Please be aware of this Hertfordshire campaign detailing some of the support that is on offer, locally and nationally, to help manage the rising cost-of-living and to stay safe and well this winter. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hereforyou.

Winter HAPpy camps are running during the Christmas holidays, from today (22nd Dec) until 4th Jan, 2023. Eligible children and young people (those in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals) can enjoy a choice of free activity sessions, which include sports, physical activity, craft activities, food and nutrition advice and a free, nutritious meal.
Please visit the Herts Sports Partnerships website for more information.

On behalf of all the staff, who have been overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your support, kind words, Christmas cards and gifts in the last few days and weeks. It really is much appreciated and reinforces what an amazingly supportive, kind and caring school community we are!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.

See you all in 2023!

FOBS Blog

FOBS Fundraising Challenge

Autumn term events were:
Bags2School
EYFS/KS1 & KS2 Discos
Cauliflower Cards (funding still to come in)
Winter Fair
Cinderella Pantomime

The Winter Fair raised a whopping £6,800. This included £2,000 of match-funding from Barclays Bank – an enormous thank you Amanda & Danny Day for securing this phenomenal additional funding.

Total raised in our first term is £8,800!

FOBS also organised the Early Years toy donation which provided some much needed toys for the Reception classrooms and playground.

The AGM took place at the end of November, and we now have a confirmed wish list from Ms Lippa.  FOBS will focus on raising funds to provide playground gym equipment and additional reading books across all age ranges.

We want to give a huge thank you to Sam and the previous FOBS team for passing on their FOBS knowledge.  Thanks to all our FOBS volunteers and to the Bowmansgreen staff.  The biggest thanks goes to the parents and pupils who have supported us by attending the events and participating in FOBS-run activities.

Please follow the Friends of Bowmansgreen School Facebook page to keep up to date with our plans for the rest of the year.

And YES we always need more volunteers so please shout if you would like to get involved. All meetings are announced on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/169879673121653/

Headteacher’s Blog

On Monday morning, pupils enjoyed a great start to their week with a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Anthony Glenn returned to Bowmansgreen to entertain and involve pupils in a super, interactive performance of this Charles Dickens novel. Well done to all of the pupils who volunteered and joined in the performance. Anthony will be back in the summer term, with one of his ‘Shaking Up Shakespeare’ performances.

School Christmas lunch took place on Wednesday. Pupils and staff across the school ate a festive lunch together, served by staff and House Captains. It was a lovely occasion and a very tasty Christmas lunch! A special thank you to our kitchen staff, MSAs and support staff for helping to organise this special lunchtime, ensuring that it was a lovely occasion for our pupils.

Please read our new school uniform policy. We welcome feedback, questions and suggestions from our school community, about any aspects of this policy.

Thank you to all those who joined us at yesterday’s curriculum evening. We hope you enjoyed sharing your child’s learning in PSHE and seeing work from across the school. Thank you to Ms Smith, our PSHE lead, for organising this event.

Earlier this week, you will have received a letter about Scarlet Fever and iGAS from Public Health England. Although we currently do not know of any confirmed cases of Scarlet Fever at Bowmansgreen, we have had lots of children off school in recent days with a range of illnesses. Please let the school office know if you suspect that your child has Scarlet Fever or if you have had it confirmed. It is important that we have this information to help protect the health of our school community.

The weather has been very cold this week and set to get even colder in the coming days. Please ensure that your child has a coat, hat and gloves at school every day so that they can stay warm at break and lunchtimes. This is especially important for next Friday, when we walk down to St Peter’s Church, for our Christingle service.

A special thank you to Lottie who helped me lead this morning’s celebration assembly. Lottie – you were a fantastic help and quite the professional!

Next week, an inter-house speed stacking competition takes place. Good luck everyone!