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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!

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Mrs Stanley will be hosting our annual coffee morning as part of MacMillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning,’ on Friday 30th September. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available between 7.30 – 9.15am, outside the main entrance.  ‘Bake it or fake it’ donations are welcome – please send into school by Thursday 29th. No nuts please!

Please check the school calendar for up and coming events – it is going to be a very busy term!

Sadly, Film Club will not be running this term due to the limited number of pupils who had signed up. This is such a shame as it has been a very popular and successful club at Bowmansgreen for more than four years. If you would like further information about this club and are interested in your child attending either an after school or lunchtime film club, please contact Miss Mates in the school office or Gill via HERTSBEDSFILMCLUB@GMAIL.COM or 07341305131.

Healthwatch Hertfordshire is supporting the local NHS by hearing from parents and carers about their experiences of accessing their GP practice on behalf of their child or the young person they care for. They have launched an online survey: https://bit.ly/ParentsCarersGPAccess. The results of this survey will be fed back to the NHS to help improve GP services. The closing date is 3rd October.

Take a look at the Herts for Learning autumn term online safety newsletter, which includes guidance, news, links and updates about online safety, with particular reference to current and recent developments and concerns.

Please be reminded that we are closed on Monday for the State Funeral Bank Holiday.

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We are aware that the end of day pick-up on the Key Stage 1 playground is currently stressful – for staff and families! We have re-marked the playground with year group zones so that families know where they can meet their child each day. From tomorrow, we will also include a painted boundary line which we would like families to wait behind until their child is handed over to them. That way, there is a defined area that staff can wait with pupils, until their adults arrive.

Thank you for responding and adapting well to the new parking restrictions. The junction at the front of school is much clearer and calmer and has made a significant difference to the school drop-off and pick-up.  There are still a few cars, without blue badges, taking a chance and parking on the lines. We would encourage all drivers to respect and adhere to the restrictions that are intended to help keep our school community safe.

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It has been a great first week of term! Pupils have returned to school settled, enthusiastic and ready to learn.

Monday’s assembly focused on our school rules (Be kind, be safe, be respectful) and values (Kindness, Respect, Friendship, Courage and Determination, Truth and Honesty, Trust).  This half-term’s school value is kindness. Staff will be on the look out for pupils going over and above in demonstrating kindness towards their peers and adults around the school.

Please ensure that your child (or their younger siblings) does not go onto the play equipment before or after school. Staff are not able to supervise these areas during the  drop-off and pick-up.

Yesterday’s announcement, of the death of Queen Elizabeth, was addressed with pupils during this morning’s assembly. Pupils were also given time in their classes, to discuss this news, share their feelings and ask questions about this historic event. We will follow DfE guidance and advice on the period of national mourning and expect further guidance and information to follow, regarding the funeral. We will also give consideration as to how to mark this occasion as a school community and update families accordingly.

 

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It has been a very busy couple of weeks at Bowmansgreen! It has been lovely to see families back on-site, supporting their children at a range of school events, some of which have not taken place for the last three years.

Happy Birthday Bowmansgreen! Our 70th birthday picnic was made very special by family and friends joining us for the afternoon. Pupils had great fun at the disco – thank you Mr Major, for your super DJ-ing skills and keeping pupils entertained all afternoon.

MJ the Modern Shaolin delivered a motivational talk to the whole school, about his journey to China, Kung Fu and his Shaolin experience. He was joined on stage by our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils who have been training with him at the Shaolin Temple. It was great to see how far the pupils have come and what they have learnt since beginning their training. Well done, children. You should be very proud of yourselves!

Sports days were such fun! Thank you families, for coming out to cheer on your children during these events. We have some very talented, sporting stars of the future at Bowmansgreen and it was great to see all pupils taking part and having fun. The EYFS sports day finished with an adults’ race or two! We clearly have lots of talented parents and carers too! Thank you for being such good sports and getting involved.

Last Thursday, we held our final curriculum evening of the year, the first one with families in attendance. Pupils had been busy planning and creating individual and class pieces of jubilee art which was displayed in our impromptu, outdoor gallery. Thank you to everyone who came to either of the sessions – we hope you enjoyed it.

This year, we will be saying farewell to a number of staff across the school. Miss Gell and Miss McShane are leaving our support staff team; Mrs Gritz, Miss Hancock, Miss Kay and Miss Wynne are leaving the class teaching team; and Mr Wilson and Mrs Neo are leaving the school’s Senior Leadership Team. I know that you will join me in thanking them all for their hard work and commitment to the Bowmansgreen school community and wishing them the best of luck and happiness for the future.

As well as staff leavers, at this time of year we always say goodbye to some families across the school, and our fantastic Year 6 pupils who finish their primary school education. Year 6 will share their leavers’ assembly with their family members on Friday and then start their summer holidays, slightly earlier than the rest of us. If you are leaving the Bowmansgreen School community on Friday, we wish you well and the best of luck for the future.

Mr Sanders has not left! He is recovering from an operation on his knee and will hopefully be back, fully recovered, next term.

If anyone has been growing sunflowers for the District Schools in Bloom competition, please could you send any photos and measurements to the school office – via admin@ – during the next couple of days so that we can forward the details before the holidays. Look after them during the summer, as more measurements will be taken in September.

Please remember to send your child into school tomorrow with a bag so that they can bring home their books, contents of their trays and any other belongings before the summer.

 

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Today, your child found out who their new class teacher will be in September. They spent some time in their new classrooms, getting to know their new class staff and sharing some information about themselves. We hope that pupils found this activity helpful, as part of their transition to their new year group.

We have lots of new staff to welcome in September and some changes of year group for other staff. We also have a number of staff moving on from Bowmansgreen this year and therefore some goodbyes to say. Staffing update to follow.

Congratulations to Abigail, Isabella and Harrison who have been selected to join the district football squads for the season. This is a fantastic achievement and I am sure they will practise hard, play well and do themselves and their teams proud.

On Sunday June 26th, I attended Reverend Pat’s final service at St Peter’s Church. Reverend Pat will be leaving St Peter’s at the end of the month. It was lovely to see her lead the service for the local community, family and friends. Somehow Reverend Pat also managed to find the time to be a school governor at Bowmansgreen during her time in London Colney. On behalf of Bowmansgreen, I would like to thank Pat for her commitment to our school and its community and wish her and her family well as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.

As the number of cases of chicken pox and viral infections across school finally subsides, we now have an increasing number of positive cases of Covid-19 back at Bowmansgreen. For the last fortnight, staff and pupils have been off unwell with Covid and the situation in St Albans is worsening. With this situation in mind, we will be adjusting some of our end of year events so that they can go ahead with the least amount of risk to our school community, as possible.

Our curriculum evening this afternoon (3 – 4pm and 6 – 7pm) will therefore take place outside. Yes, we have picked the windiest day of the week…. but we will make it work!

Late arrivals – if your child arrives late to school, we ask that you walk your child down to the school office to sign them in. There are an increasing number of pupils arriving after 8.45am who walk themselves into school unaccompanied. Please ensure that you sign your child in at the school office and support them with their late arrival to school, as children often find this experience an uncomfortable and unsettling start to their day.

Free Track Cycling Session for Girls – As part of a drive to encourage more girls into sport, Welwyn Wheelers/British Cycling are offering free track cycling taster sessions at the outdoor Velodrome at Gosling Park Welwyn Garden City. These fully coached sessions are aimed at providing a pressure free, female only, introduction to track riding where everyone starts together. Contact Welwyn Wheelers for more information.

HAPpy camps are back this summer! Hertfordshire County Council is once again funding free summer activity camps for children and young people who attend a Hertfordshire school and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. At the sessions, eligible children and young people can enjoy free food, free sports and free craft activities this summer. They will also receive advice on nutrition and cooking skills to enhance their health and wellbeing. If your child is eligible and you have not yet received your code please ask at the school office. Bookings can be made via the Herts Sports Partnership’s website.

Our new minibus has arrived! Thank you to FOBS for helping to fund a new minibus that we look forward to being able to use in the autumn term.

The weather on Monday and Tuesday is forecast to be very hot! All pupils may wear their uniform PE kits to school, on both of these days.

We will be holding two nearly new uniform ‘sales’ next week – they will be set up on the KS1 playground during the morning drop-offs on Monday and Wednesday morning. Please help yourself to any of the items.

 

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Break and lunchtime were manageable outside today, thanks to a welcome breeze and your help in ensuring that pupils were well prepared for outdoor activities in the sun. After two very hot days, the weather looks likely to cool down over the weekend and into next week. Please continue to apply sun cream to your child before they come to school, send in water bottles and hats so that we can safely take pupils outside and make the most of the weather and outdoor play and learning opportunities.

The eco-committee has been very busy, as usual, helping Bowmansgreen to become a more sustainable, less wasteful school community. This week, they discussed water management and spent time improving the (already fabulous) bug hotel.

Bug Hotel

On Friday 8th July, we will be holding a tea party to celebrate the school’s 70th birthday. Families will be invited to join the celebration at 2.15pm. We ask that families contribute £1.00 per child, paid via Schoolcomms, from Monday.

Please encourage your child to practise their times tables regularly and make good use of their Times Tables Rockstars or Numbots accounts. Year 4 pupils are currently participating in the Multiplication tables check (MTC) which determines whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12. We have been impressed by how many pupils in Year 4 know all of their tables securely and the speed and fluency of their recall.  Well done, Year 4!

Our Bowmansgreen Reading Festival has come to a close after a second, successful year. Pupils across the school enjoyed a week of activities to encourage and promote a love of reading, including D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) time, buddy reading with another class, book swap and finding a new place to read around the school. This afternoon, the school site was filled with pupils comfily enjoying a ‘read-in.’ It has been a great week, introducing pupils to new books and authors and hopefully inspiring them to value the importance and enjoyment of reading. Winners of the ‘design a book cover’ House Competition will be announced next week. Thank you to Mrs Davis for organising the Reading Festival events.

Please be aware that there have been a number of cases of chicken pox and suspected hand foot and mouth disease at school, during the last couple of weeks. If your child is unwell and you suspect either of these infections, please do not send your child into school and inform the office. Health protection in education and childcare settings – exclusion table

Free workshops for Hertfordshire families from Step2Skills – to book a place on any of the free 2-session workshops, visit the Step2Skills website.

It is almost time to welcome our Reception 2022 families into Bowmansgreen, for their first Stay and Play session. EYFS staff are looking forward to meeting their new classes and families next week.

Reminder – next week, Bowmansgreen families have a long weekend. Friday June 24th school is closed (additional jubilee holiday) and Monday June 27th school is closed as it is an INSET day.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Welcome back, to the final half-term of the school year.

Pupils looked fantastic yesterday – thank you for ensuring that we had a school filled with red, white, blue (and royalty), in celebration of the Queen’s platinum jubilee year. Throughout the week, pupils learnt about the monarchy, aspects of British history, custom and tradition, to help them understand the significance of the jubilee and the celebrations they have witnessed during the last few weeks. Your child has received a book about Queen Elizabeth, as a commemorative souvenir of the platinum jubilee.

Reminder – our additional bank holiday is Friday June 24th. There is also an INSET day on Monday 27th June.

As well as being the Queen’s jubilee year, 2022 is also the year of Bowmansgreen’s 70th birthday! On Friday 8th July, we will be holding our own birthday tea party – more details to follow.

Please be reminded that the start of the school day has now reverted to its ‘pre-lockdown’ time of 8.45am. Pupils who do not attend breakfast club can be dropped off from 8.35am onto the Key Stage 1 playground. If your child arrives to school after 8.45am, they must enter via the school office and will be registered as late. Lateness to school is logged as absence on your child’s attendance certificate and, if persistent, may lead to a referral to the Attendance Improvement Officer. Pupils arriving late miss out on valuable learning as well as the opportunity to experience a calm, settled, social transition with their peers. Arriving late to school is usually an anxious, unsettling experience for children and one which can deeply affect pupils if it is a regular routine.

Thank you for all of your efforts to make packed lunches at Bowmansgreen a healthy option. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the lunchtime staff to choose a single, daily winner as there are now lots to choose from! It is great to see so many more pupils eating a range of healthy foods in their packed lunches and to hear them discussing and comparing their healthy choices with their friends and staff.

After receiving their peer mediator training, our Year 5 friendship coaches are now ready, willing and able to support pupils across the school, with disputes and disagreements, help resolve issues and repair friendships. Thank you and congratulations to the following Year 5 pupils who successfully completed the training, and are giving up some of their time each week, to support their peers:

AmiraBreconHarryEmilia
NevaehBetsyAnnaAlexia
AbigailNoahRubiLouisa
RosaDaisyLexiRaudah

Celebration assembly this week was extra special as we were joined by the families of pupils who were being celebrated, for the first time in nearly two years. Pupils were surprised and excited to see their family members in attendance and it was lovely to share the experience with them. For now, we will continue to limit attendance at celebration assembly, to invited adults only and review the situation, next term.

Breakfast club – price change from Monday 20th June. We will be introducing a £1 charge for attendance at breakfast club for pupils whose places were previously free of charge. All other charges remain the same. Please read for more information and details.

Anthony Glenn also returned to Bowmansgreen yesterday, to perform a Shaking up Shakespeare performance of Macbeth. It was a wonderful hour of entertainment and enthusiastic participation which pupils loved and will surely remember for years to come. There was also lots and lots of laughter – just what we all needed!

 

Support for Parents/Carers of children with Eating Disordered Behaviour or Poor Body Image
Hertfordshire has commissioned a new 4 week programme called First Step ED skills. It offers free online workshops for Hertfordshire parents, carers & older siblings, who are supporting a young person with their body image, disordered eating and/or eating disorders. Find out more.

Due to a few recent incidents where children have walked or run into the roads around school, we will be having discussions with all pupils about their road safety knowledge and awareness of potential risks and hazards. Please follow-up and reiterate key messages with your child.
Teaching road safety to children (capt.org.uk)    Skills for Carers – First Steps ED    Education resources – THINK!

Next week, it is our annual Bowmansgreen Reading Festival, with lots of activities planned to encourage, promote and excite pupils about reading for pleasure. Lots to look forward to!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Year 1 stepped back in time yesterday, to experience a Victorian school, during their trip to the British Schools Museum. Pupils had great fun learning about Victorian school life and were able to explore and compare toys and objects from the past and present. Pupils were very excited to be travelling off-site, on a coach and have already been asking when their next trip will be taking place!

Our regular Bowmansgreen Book Swap took place this week, with pupils choosing new titles to enjoy during half-term. Our next Book Swap event takes place during our Reading Festival, June 13th – 17th. Book donations are always very welcome – thank you for the steady supply!

Hertfordshire’s Family Centre Service brings together a range of activities, services and resources to support children and their families. Find out what your local Family Centre Service has to offer.

We have two blue badge parking spaces within our staff car park, available for staff and visitors. With an increasing number of families holding blue badges, we will no longer be able to guarantee parking within the carpark. If both spaces are full, we will be unable to let blue badge holders into the carpark until a space is available.

Step2Skills is offering two courses, to help parents and carers of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, understand the transition to secondary school level maths and English.
Getting Ready for maths at secondary school – a five week, online, live-streamed course, starting on Tuesday 7th June – 10am to 12pm.
Getting Ready for English at secondary school – a five week, online, live-streamed course starting on Tuesday 7th June – 1pm to 3pm.
Both courses will cover the various topics within the curriculum and the strategies and methods used to teach your child. As a Hertfordshire resident, you can access this course for £15 and places can be booked on the Step2Skills website.

2022 is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. Many celebrations are taking place over the special bank holiday weekend, from June 2nd to 5th. Bowmansgreen will be marking this occasion with a jubilee tea party for pupils, on Friday 10th June. Pupils can wear red, white or blue or dress up as a Queen or King, to join in the celebrations.
Reminder: our additional bank holiday is Friday June 24th, 2022.

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to join Ms Franks and a group of KS2 pupils for a ‘Go Wild’ adventure in Hudnall Park. Set in the park’s beautiful grounds, pupils had a fantastic outdoor learning experience and great fun climbing, swinging and building in the woods before enjoying s’mores around their campfire. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

Enjoy your half-term.

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Bowmansgreen is taking part in the ‘Life Skills for Resilience’ project, led by Flip Theatre. This project is a four-week programme of drama workshops, focusing on building confidence and self-esteem. The sessions include drama, opinion polls, role plays, chants, discussion and meditation to encourage pupils to speak out about issues that are affecting them and to provide practical tools to support mental health, that they can use in their everyday lives. Pupils in Y1, Y3, Y4 and Y5 have really enjoyed taking part in their first two workshops which focused on the 5 Ways of Wellbeing (Connect, Get Active, Learn a New Skill, Be in the Moment and Give to Others). Sessions 3 and 4, after half-term.

Sports day – families are welcome!
11th July at 9.15am – KS2 sports day 
12th July at 9.15am – KS1 sports day 
12th July at 2pm – EYFS sports day

Mrs Gritz and the Bowmansgreen eco-committee have organised the planting of sunflower seeds again this year. Your child, if they haven’t already, will bring their seedling home during the next few days. We will again be running a sunflower competition to help find some strong entries to submit as part of the Sunflower Challenge of District Schools in Bloom 2022. Measurements are taken at the end of the summer term and then at the start of the next academic year so please encourage your child to look after their plants and they might be a winner!
The eco-committee and Forest School have been working hard to plant lots of vegetables, herbs and flowers in the planters around school. Last week, they were busy hanging bird feeders, to encourage diverse wildlife to visit our school grounds. Thank you eco-committee, for your continued enthusiasm and hard-work!
 
This week, we will be talking to all of our KS2 classes about vapes and why they are not appropriate or safe for children and young people. We are mindful of the fact that they are becoming a more common topic of conversation amongst school aged children as well as something that some of their older friends and family members are using. It is important that we provide pupils with the facts relating to the purchase and use of vapes and the impact they can have upon the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Regrettably, we will no longer be able to fully subsidise places at Breakfast Club for pupils whose families qualify for pupil premium. Increased day-to-day running costs over time as well as the recent steep rises in energy costs, mean that we cannot afford to provide these places for free. From Monday June 20th, we will be introducing a £1 charge for attendance at breakfast club for pupils whose places were previously free of charge. All other charges remain the same. Families will receive further communication explaining this change, in more detail.

We have been given a generous number of free child tickets to the Hertfordshire County Show, taking place this weekend, May 28th and 29th. One free family ticket is also available. Please contact the school office if you would like a ticket or further information. Child tickets (children must be accompanied by an adult) – first come, first served. Names will go into a hat on Friday, for the family ticket.

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to enjoy Excel Performing Art’s Excelebration show, at the Sandpit theatre. It was a pleasure to be part of the audience, to see so many fantastic performers dancing, singing and acting their hearts out, on stage. Well done, Sam and Stephen – it was fantastic! It was lovely to see so many Bowmansgreen pupils up on that stage, including some of our newest families and many ex-pupils, now at secondary school. What a talented bunch you are! Congratulations everyone – you should all be very proud of yourselves.