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FOBS would like to thank all the volunteers, helpers, staff, stallholders, performers and most importantly the children and their families for making Saturday’s FOBS Winter Fair a roaring success.

We hope you had as much fun as we did.

The fundraising total will be announced at the FOBS AGM this Wed 30th Nov. 6.45pm held in the school dining room.  Please come along and hear about what the FOBS team are planning next.

Headteacher’s Blog

Breakfast club takes place every morning from 7.30am. Last drop-off for breakfast is 8.15am. It is a popular part of our school provision and a great start to your child’s day. Payment is made in advance through Schoolcomms and your child can attend as often or irregularly as you might need. Mrs Stanley and her team welcome pupils from all year groups and provide fun, games, a great breakfast and a positive start to your child’s day at school. For further information, please contact the school office.

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‘Roast battles’ have recently become a cause of upset between some of our older pupils. What starts out as some friendly, agreed ‘banter’ between friends often turns into an unkind exchange of insults that is suddenly very unfunny, angering and upsetting for some or all of those involved. Staff are spending a lot of time trying to get to the bottom of situations, that have started off as ‘roast battles’ between pupils and we are therefore encouraging pupils not to take part in these battles at school. Please could parents and carers reinforce this message, discussing with your child why these ‘battles’ might turn into upsetting exchanges and how they could and why they should be avoided.

The new parking restrictions have made a significant difference to the traffic and parking during the school run, making it calmer and safer for our school and local community. There has, however, been a noticeable increase in the number of drivers ignoring the restrictions as well as several complaints from local residents about their driveways being blocked by cars on the school run. Please could we remind parents and carers not to park across our neighbours’ driveways and to respect the parking restrictions that have been introduced, to help make the roads around school safer for drivers, pedestrians and local residents.

Three more sleeps until our winter fair! Tomorrow, your child may wear non-uniform in exchange for chocolates or a bottle for the tombola.

Pupils in Key Stage 2 enjoyed a special treat during their music assembly this morning, with performances by some of our Year 5 and Year 6 musicians. Very well done to Betsy on trumpet; Aidan, Celine, Kian and Harry on piano; Poppy on recorder; and Hector on drums. Thank you to all of the talented musicians who performed with courage and confidence – you really did yourselves proud! Thank you also to Mr Bronstein, for organising this performance and for the parents and carers for joining us this morning, to support your children.

Headteacher’s Blog

Last week was national Anti-Bullying Week. Odd Socks Day kicked off the week, with pupils and staff wearing odd socks day to highlight and celebrate what makes us all unique. Assemblies, lessons and activities throughout the week provided opportunities for pupils to learn, discuss and share their knowledge and experiences. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘reach out,’ focusing on empowering pupils to be aware and proactive in identifying and countering bullying and the harm and hurt that it causes. Although our focus is on anti-bullying all year round, Anti-Bullying Week reminds everyone (at home, school, in the community or online) to reach out and show each other support.

The Bowmansgreen Friendship Coaches are back! Our trained Year 6 peer mediators are available every break and lunchtime to help pupils across the school when they have fall-outs or need some advice and support with friendships struggles.  They are a valuable, successful and well used support. Thank you to the pupils who have taken on this responsibility. They will soon be passing on their skills and experience, helping to train pupils in year 5.

Strings Music Making Day, 22nd November 2022 at St Albans Music School – there are a few places left. All primary aged strings players are welcome to attend, from beginners upwards. This event takes place during the school day so if your child attends, please let the school office know so that we can authorise their absence. Venue: St Albans Music School, based at Townsend School, High Oaks, St Albans AL3 6DR. To join, please visit https://sams-strings-day-22.eventbrite.co.uk

Please ensure that your child’s school drinks bottle contains water only. This is the only drink that your child is allowed to drink throughout the school day. If another liquid is identified in the bottle, staff will ask your child to tip it away and re-fill it with water. At lunchtime, pupils can have squash, juice or a milk-based drink as part of their packed lunch but this must be drunk in the dining hall, with their lunch. Energy drinks or fizzy drinks are not permitted at any time, during the school day.

On Thursday, the Chancellor announced his Autumn Statement which included some positive news relating to school funding over the next two years. As I am sure you are aware, there is a school funding crisis and all schools, like many public sectors and services, continue to face significant, financial pressures and challenges. Whilst we wait to find out the details of this funding and likely impact, school leaders and governors at Bowmansgreen will continue to make careful decisions regarding current budget pressures, in the best interests of your child, to ensure that they receive the best possible support and education whilst they are at Bowmansgreen.

Please could we remind families not to let children play on the equipment at the beginning or end of the school day – staff are not available to supervise the play and use of the equipment at these times, as is required.

It is great to see so many pupils riding or scootering to and from school – good exercise and for the environment! Please ensure that your child walks their bike or scooter onto and off the school site and to the bike/scooter shelters. It is very busy on the playground at both the drop-off and pick-up and we ask that pupils do not ride around on the paths or playgrounds or block the gates at this time.

The last few weeks have been an exciting and very busy time for sports fans, with several world cups to follow and enjoy, including women’s rugby, men’s T20 cricket and wheelchair rugby league. The Fifa World Cup 2022 tournament kicks off tomorrow. Whilst we will follow and support the football and progress of the men’s team, we will not be allowing pupils to watch matches during the school day. We will also use this opportunity to promote the power of sport and nurture and reinforce the values of fair play, sportsmanship and mutual respect.

 

 

FOBS Blog

The wait is nearly over for the FOBS Winter Fair.

There are raffle prizes galore to be won in the FOBS Grand Winter Raffle, including a £100 cash prize!  The raffle will be drawn at the Winter Fair. A full list of incredible raffle prizes, that have been generously donated by local businesses and school parents, can be found on the Friends of Bowmansgreen School Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/169879673121653

Tickets are £5 for a book of 5 – the school office has additional tickets and they are collecting the completed stubs/payment.

Thurs 24th Nov is NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY!

There is no cost for this event, however, in exchange, FOBS would be very grateful for a donation to the Bottle and Chocolate Tombola.  Please send in with your child or larger items can be dropped off at the school office.

Fri 25th Nov is WRAPPED PRESENT and CAKE DAY!

FOBS will be accepting Winter Fair cake donations and/or a children’s wrapped gift to the value of £1. These can be handed in at class.

Thank you parents, for your continued support – 100% of FOBS profits are invested in the enrichment and educational enhancement of the school children.

Maths

To support your child’s learning in maths, Numbots (EYFS, KS1), MyMaths (KS1, KS2) and Times Tables Rock Stars (KS1, KS2) can be used to practise key skills.

Please let the class teacher or school office know, if your child has not had or forgotten their log-in details.

Remembrance Day

This week, pupils across the school have been learning about the significance of Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. At 11am, staff and pupils observed a two minute silence, in honour of those who lost their lives in World War One and to take time to reflect and consider those who have died as a result of wars, past and present.

The Last Post was played by Mr Bronstein, to signal the start and end of our two minute silence.

Miss Golding and Mrs Stanley accompanied our House Captains to the London Colney War Memorial, where they held their two minute silence and also laid a commemorative wreath, on behalf of the Bowmansgreen School Community.

Pupils in Year 6 have been learning about World War One as part of their English topic. They have been writing poems based on the work of the war poets – see some examples of their fantastic poetry, below. We will publish more of their poems on the school website, in the coming days.

 

House Captains

Bowmansgreen House Captains

MorpurgoWiggsWhitlockKenny
LexiLouisaLaceyAmelia
LaiqZakJakeAlfie

Congratulations to our eight, newly elected house captains who are superb role models and ambassadors for our school community.

Thank you and well done to all of the year 6 pupils who put themselves forward for the role of house captain. Your speeches were impressive and very persuasive – what a talented, articulate bunch you are!

FOBS Blog

Wow, wow, wow, what a great start to the school year!

The FOBS Disco was a roaring success, thank you to everyone who made it an evening to remember. The children had a wonderful time dancing with their friends and the event raised over £700.  There will be another disco later on in the school year.

The FOBS Bag2School collection bagged £180.00!

The next collection will be on Friday 20th Jan 2023, perfect timing for a new year de-clutter.  Mrs Stanley will run her coffee morning fundraiser alongside the Bag2School event so there will be coffee and cake.

Let’s talk PANTOMIME!

The panto is one of our big annual fundraising events so we would love our Bowmansgreen families to come along: Cinderella, Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden, Saturday 17th December, 6pm.  

Tickets are usually £20 for adults and £18 for children (18 months+)/senior citizens (60+) plus a £3.50 booking fee.  

FOBS are selling all tickets for just £14 with no booking fee.  

You can purchase as many tickets as you like for friends and family, but payment has to be made via the School Gateway app.

This early bird offer closes next Friday (21st October) so please book quickly so you don’t miss out.

Best wishes

The FOBS team 

Headteacher’s Blog

Last Monday, Year 5 led our harvest assembly. They explained the importance of harvest, through songs, readings and poetry, performed brilliantly to the rest of the school and their own family members. Reverend Adrian Wood joined the assembly to express his gratitude for the generous harvest offerings from Bowmansgreen families, which have been donated to the Churches Together foodbank. Thank you to the Year 5 pupils, staff and families for getting last week off to such a positive start!

Last Tuesday and Thursday, the first family consultation meetings of the year took place. If you did not manage to book or keep your appointment, please contact the school office to arrange/rearrange a meeting, before half-term. Family consultation meetings also take place next term. These meetings will be face-to-face, with the opportunity to see some of your child’s learning in their books.

Friday evening was disco time at Bowmansgreen! There was a fantastic turn-out for our KS1 and KS2 discos and they were both a huge success. It was great to see pupils across the school socialising, having fun together and demonstrating their latest dance moves! Thank you to FOBS for organising our first school discos in over three years and for the parents, carers and staff who helped (and danced) on the evening.

Our current whole school attendance has just dipped below 95% for the first time this academic year. Our target attendance is 96%. Your child should attend school every day that school is open unless they are too ill to attend or they have permission for an absence, in a very small number of allowable circumstances. If you are ever unsure of whether or not to send your child into school, please call the school office to check.

Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure their child attends school regularly. Good school attendance (especially after three difficult school years, including school closures) is essential for pupils to get the most out of their school experience and to support their wellbeing, academic achievement and wider life chances. If your child’s attendance has fallen below 90% this half-term, you are likely to receive a letter this week, explaining your child’s current situation, detailing the number of sessions missed and their current percentage attendance.

Home Learning Club is back! Open to KS1 and KS2 pupils, every Monday lunchtime.

On Friday, two special visitors made an appearance at Bowmansgreen. Two hedgehogs – who probably should be hibernating by now – were spotted in the school grounds. London Colney Hedgehog Rescue collected the two animals, to check for any illnesses or injuries and micro-chipped the larger female hedgehog before returning her to school today so that she could find her way back home.

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you for attending the ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions this week – we hope that you found them useful. The presentation slides will be available from Monday.

This morning was very busy at Bowmansgreen! Mrs Stanley hosted her annual coffee morning, raising a fantastic £344.84 for Macmillan Cancer Support. A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by for tea, coffee and piece of cake and made a donation to support this event and to Mrs Stanley as chief organiser!

Thank you also to everyone who contributed to the mountain of bags ready for the Bags2School collection. This was the first fundraising event of the school year organised by the new FOBS committee. Next week, it’s school disco time!

Next Tuesday and Thursday, our first family consultation meetings of the year take place. If you have not yet booked an appointment, please contact the school office.

Our school open morning takes place tomorrow, 9am – 11.30am. Current and prospective families are all welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!