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It was a longer than usual celebration assembly this Friday, with so many pupils to congratulate and celebrate. Sporting superstars, outstanding learners, safe cyclists, incredible role-models and talented mathematicians were all celebrated this morning, for their super achievements and efforts. Mrs Street led the assembly song, accompanied by pupils from across the school, signing the lyrics to the audience. We are a talented school community, with pupils to be very proud of and Friday mornings are always a great reminder of this.

Thursday was World Book Day. There is always a good reason to read a book and an even better one to share a story with someone else and pupils at Bowmansgreen managed to do both of those things in abundance on Thursday. Pupils took part in a range of book related activities, to support this year’s theme of ‘Reading is Power,’ including  poetry reading and helping to write a school story. A paired story time took place in the afternoon, involving all pupils across the school. Reception enjoyed hosting Year 6 in their classroom and settled down to hear a story or two with their older friends. Thank you to Miss Ottley for organising our World Book Day activities.

 

Hertfordshire County Council is keeping schools up to date with information and advice regarding coronavirus. The national guidance remains that schools do not close. We appreciate that some families will naturally be worried about local coronavirus cases within Hertfordshire. The local authority have stressed that current evidence indicates that most cases appear to be mild, with patients experiencing flu-like symptoms and that the new cases of coronavirus are nothing unexpected. The latest updates for Headteachers are around what schools should do if  a member of the school community should test positive for Covid-19 or comes into close contact with somebody who has. The local authority is discussing and planning strategies around possible and likely scenarios for schools and we will update the school community accordingly, if or when necessary.  In the meantime, it is school business as usual! We will continue to be proactive about hygiene routines and school cleanliness and ensure that school is well resourced and equipped to fulfill the ‘Catch it, Bin it. Kill it’ guidance.

Next week, Bowmansgreen will be supporting British Science Week, through a range of curriculum activities. You can look forward to finding out more about your child’s learning during science week, at our next curriculum evening on Thursday 2nd April.

Please be reminded that parent consultation evenings take place on March 24th and 26th. See your child’s class teacher if you have not yet made an appointment.

Enjoy your weekend.

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You may have noticed something different about the front of the school since returning after half-term but couldn’t quite put your finger on it….
Unfortunately, the large Lombardy Poplar tree, that had stood for many years by the school entrance, had to be felled during half term. It never recovered from being hit by lightning a couple of years ago and, unfortunately, had to come down.

As you will be aware, there has been a lot of information in the news about a strain of coronavirus called COVID-19. This includes information relating to schools, including those returning from trips to Italy over half term. Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) have reassured all schools that none of the trips run by Hertfordshire schools were within the ten towns which the Italian authorities have put on quarantine measures and Hertfordshire residents remain at low risk. HCC have advised that taking basic hygiene precautions remains the best way to reduce the chances of spreading any virus, a message that we have reinforced to all pupils. The Department for Education has communicated guidance for educational settings in conjunction with information and advice from Public Health England which we are following and will closely monitor as it is updated.

We have again managed to accumulate hundreds of items of lost property during last half term, including coats, shoes, bags and football boots. None of the items are named so cannot be returned to their owners. Please could we remind parents and carers to name all items of children’s uniform. Weather permitting, we will have a used uniform sale alongside our monthly book swap, on Friday 13th March. Please come along to top up your child’s uniform.

National headlines frequently refer to statistics that support a worrying trend of poor mental health amongst school-aged children. This is alongside rising reports of self-harm and anxiety. These are not just increasingly common trends, they are real issues for some of our families. As a school, we will continue to teach and support our pupils to look after their physical and mental health and look at ways of building their resilience and self-esteem. We are continuing to develop and improve our therapeutic provision so that we can provide early intervention for our families, which in this climate of funding and service cuts, is not easy to achieve. If you would like more information or you are worried about the mental health or emotional well-being of a child or young person, the NSPCC and Young Minds websites are good places to start. If you are concerned about your own child and would like some support or information from school, please see your child’s class teacher or contact me via the school office.

Please can we remind families that children are not allowed on the playground equipment at the end of the school day. Pupils are aware of this expectation and we would appreciate your support in ensuring that it is reinforced.

If you would like brass instrument lessons for your child, please express your interest to Mr Bronstein who will be offering lessons to Bowmansgreen pupils in the summer term.
Please contact Mr. Bronstein directly via mob: 07961 760388 or email: maxbronstein@icloud.com

I would like to thank the staff team from Santander who helped spruce up Bowmansgreen during half-term. All hands were on deck for their community painting day which resulted in a fresh lick of paint for our dining hall, gym and some class areas. The redecoration was much appreciated and has helped freshen up the school ready for spring. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Robertson for organising this event.

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This half term has been as busy as ever!

Our Story Cafes have continued to prove popular and a great way to involve families in our curriculum. Pupils in EYFS and Year 1 have loved the opportunity to share a lesson and reading experience with family members. Thank you so much for committing your time to these events –  we really appreciate your support and involvement.

Bowmansgreen has welcomed some new additions to the school community as Miss Wynne and Mrs Gritz have both had their babies. I know you will join me in congratulating them both on their very happy news. Mothers and babies are all doing well and we look forward to seeing them all very soon.

FOBS have been busy this half-term, organising a doughnut sale and school disco. These events are always popular and really enjoyed by pupils. They also help to raise money for school that directly benefits our school community. Please see the school calendar on our website for upcoming FOBS events throughout the year.

The school choir had a great time at the O2 last Tuesday, when they took part in Young Voices. Staff have fed-back how fantastic pupils were, not just in terms of their singing but also their participation and behaviour. It was a very long day, with the coach leaving at lunchtime and not returning until nearly 11pm but it was great fun and enjoyed by all. Thank you to Mrs Street, Mrs Clark and Miss Golding for organising and accompanying the trip. It was lovely to see the choir perform a medley, from the concert, in last week’s celebration assembly. Well done choir – you were amazing!

Please could I remind parents not to block the driveways of local residents on the school drop-off or pick-up. We rely on a lot of patience and goodwill from our neighbours during the busiest times of the school day and would hope that drivers are mindful of the frustration and inconvenience that the traffic and parking can cause.

We are packing a lot into the final two days of the half term! Our curriculum evening takes place today, in the school hall between 3-4pm and 6-7pm. Come along and see what pupils across the school have been learning in English.  Tomorrow afternoon, in the mobile classroom, our monthly book swap takes place. Bring in any books that your children no longer read and swap them for some new titles to keep them busy over half term. Book donations are always much appreciated!

Also taking place tomorrow, we have a special afternoon assembly which will be led by Max Bronstein, who is a trumpet player. He may have an exciting opportunity for the pupils of Bowmsngreen….

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Our final celebration assembly of the year brought the term to a fitting close. Pupils, staff (and some parents!) were in fine voice as they sang and celebrated the pupils who have shone this week. It was also an opportunity to say our goodbyes to Mrs Flatt and Ms Chivers and wish Mrs Gritz good luck as she prepares to have her baby in the new year. Congratulations to all of the pupils who have, throughout the term, achieved amazing things and done themselves and the school community very proud. Bowmansgreen pupils are fantastic!

….including Hannah who has done it again! Hannah in 2C has been busy raising money for charity again this winter. She has made a family of lolly stick people and raised £115 to fund four beds through the charity Crisis. We are all very proud of you Hannah and know that your beds will make a huge difference to homeless people this Christmas.

…. and also Bailey in 4H who won the Christmas card competition run by Holiday Inn Express, St Albans. As well as receiving some goodies as her prize, Bailey’s design has been produced as the official Christmas card for the hotel. Congratulations Bailey!

Bailey’s winning card design

Pupils and staff at Bowmansgreen also helped to raise over £250 for Save the Children by supporting their Christmas Jumper Day 2019. Thank you.

Parents in EYFS may have noticed that Mrs Akbolat had not been at school for the last few weeks of term….  except for a couple of surprise appearances to say ‘hello’ to pupils and to tell Father Christmas that she has tried to be very good this year! I regret to inform everyone that Mrs Akbolat was suddenly taken very ill and gave herself, her family and friends more than a bit of a scare! I am very happy and relieved to announce that she is now on the mend and hopes to gradually return to work after the holidays. I know that you will all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in the new year.

It has been a great first term at Bowmansgreen this year. We are all working hard to bring continued, sustained improvements to our provision in all areas and although we still have so much to do and achieve, we should all be very proud of how far we have come. Last month’s Ofsted inspection and subsequent report accurately reflect the great things that we do every day to provide a safe, happy and enjoyable educational experience for our pupils. In terms of our results and published data,  we are certainly holding our own with local schools in terms of the progress and attainment that pupils achieve whilst they are with us. It is a whole school, community effort and I would like to thank everyone for their contributions and support. It really makes a difference to the lives of the pupils who come through our doors each day.

On behalf of the staff and governors at Bowmansgreen, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.

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Not long to go now until the Christmas break! It has been a very long term and pupils are certainly beginning to flag. They will have done really well if they managed to dodge flu and sickness bugs and keep going right until the end. One more sleep!

Pupils have enjoyed a very busy week including a pantomime, Christmas lunch and class parties. Father Christmas was also spotted at Bowmansgreen again this week, visiting Key Stage 1 classes to deliver a few more early presents.

We hope that you enjoyed the opportunity to share in your child’s maths work at today’s curriculum evening. Pupils are always excited to show off what they have been learning with you and are always proud of their work.

I am sad to announce that Bowmansgreen will be saying goodbye to Mrs Flatt and Ms Chivers tomorrow as they are both moving on to new schools after Christmas. Mrs Flatt has worked with pupils across the school for the last four years, singing, drumming and strumming your children through their music lessons, performances and assemblies. Mrs Flatt is changing roles and becoming a class teacher at another Hertfordshire school. Ms Chivers is leaving to teach at a school closer to her home. I know that you will join me in thanking both Mrs Flatt and Ms Chivers for their hard work and commitment to the pupils of Bowmansgreen and wishing them well in their new jobs.

 

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Our latest Ofsted report has now been published and is available for parents to read.

Bowmansgreen remains a ‘Good’ school under the new Ofsted framework. The report acknowledges what a caring, inclusive school we are where pupils are happy and safe; where they work, behave and play well together. Staff and governors are already working on the areas for improvement and I am confident that Bowmansgreen will continue to go from strength to strength.

 

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What a week!

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, an Ofsted inspection was carried out at Bowmansgreen. It had been three and a half years since Ofsted last visited the school and although the prospect of an inspection has never filled me with delight… I welcomed the opportunity to show off the journey that the school has been on since 2016 and the changes and progress that we have made.

The report for parents will take roughly a month to publish and until then, staff and governors are not permitted to discuss the outcome in terms of judgements or specific details. I can, however, confirm that we are pleased with the feedback and consider the inspection to have been a positive experience.

The experience of the two day inspection highlighted what a caring, supportive school community we are at Bowmansgreen and how well we all work together to support our fantastic pupils. I remain incredibly proud of the school and feel very well supported by parents, staff and governors. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment,  not just over the last few days but since I joined this very special school community. Bowmansgreen is a great place to work and learn and I am excited about what we can all achieve together.

There was, of course, lots of ‘business as usual’ last week….

… including, Anti-Bullying Week. We kicked off the week with theatre shows for all pupils. The Power of One Anti-Bullying Show reminded pupils about what bullying is and is not and reinforced our school values of being kind, safe and respectful. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Change Starts With Us’ which focuses on what part we all play in preventing bullying and taking responsibility for our own actions towards each other.

The photographers were back in on Thursday, in response to the feedback from parents about the quality of the most recent photos. We hope that the new photos give parents more choice and better quality to choose from.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Last half-term ended with our school Harvest celebration. Year 5 did themselves proud by leading proceedings at our Harvest assembly, with their super readings and singing. Thank you to Mrs Flatt, Mrs Street and the Y5 staff team for organising such a lovely assembly. This celebration highlighted what a caring, giving school community we are, with over 500 items having been generously donated. Reverend Wood collected the donations for the Churches Together Foodbank and has asked me to pass on his thanks and gratitude to everyone who kindly made a contribution.

Last half term, we said goodbye to Iaonna who worked in our breakfast club and school kitchen. I know that you will join me in thanking Ioanna for all of her hard work and commitment to Bowmansgreen and wishing her good luck for the future.

Bowmansgreen has been chosen to benefit from the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund which is open until 24 October 2020. If you are a Co-op member, please ensure that you choose Bowmansgreen as your local cause so that every time you buy selected own-brand products and services, school receives 1% of the money. Please encourage friends and family to register too. https://membership.coop.co.uk/new-registration

This week, all pupils took part in on-line safety workshops, to remind them about the best ways to keep themselves safe when navigating the internet and apps. Thank you to the parents who attended the evening workshop. We hope that you found it useful and an opportunity to be updated about what our children are accessing and can be exposed to on-line as well as ways to help keep them even safer. Once they are received from ECP, we will make the workshop slides available to parents.

Yesterday, pupils created our Bowmansgreen poppy field to help the school community commemorate Remembrance Day. Every pupil made a poppy and planted it to help them remember the lives lost in war and to symbolise the hope for a peaceful future. Each class marked the occasion in their own way, including with poetry readings and quiet reflection.

Enjoy your weekend.

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FOBS have already been busy this term, raising money for our school, by holding a school disco and a doughnut sale. There are plenty more events planned throughout the year for you to enjoy and get involved in.  The money that is raised directly benefits your children. Every class has already received resources funded by FOBS this year, including dictionaries, thesauruses, maths equipment and reading books. We are very lucky that we have such an active FOBS committee and supportive school community and we appreciate how much pupils benefit from the additional funds that are raised. Thank you.

On Tuesday, Bowmansgreen said goodbye to Mrs Doyle who will be starting a new job at another local school. I am sure you will join me in thanking her for all of her hard work and wishing her luck in her new job.

This term, we have welcomed Miss Bliss to the Bowmansgreen school community. She will be working with pupils across the school as part of our PE team.

This afternoon, our Y6 returned from their residential at PGL. They had lots of fun taking part in a range of activities, including raft building and a ride on a zip wire! They had a great time and did themselves proud with their enthusiasm and behaviour. I think they all might sleep very well this weekend! Thank you to Miss Allen, Miss Chilton, Miss Rawlings, Mr Gowler and Mr Sanders for making the trip such a great experience for the pupils.

Next Thursday, 17th October, our first Curriculum Evening of the year takes place. Come along and see some of the work that your children have been busy working on this half term. Pupils love sharing their work with you and are always proud of their efforts and achievements. It is always a popular school event and I would encourage you to come along, say hello to the teachers and see how busy your children have been.

Keeping our children safe on-line is an ongoing battle and responsibility that home and school share. At Bowmansgreen, we are constantly reminding pupils and setting clear expectations of their on-line behaviours. All pupils will again attend on-line safety workshops next half-term, to reinforce key messages and raise awareness of some of the dangers that they and their peers face in the on-line world. Last year, we also held a parent workshop that was, unfortunately, very poorly attended. We had decided to hold this workshop, as many parents were contacting school about issues that their children were facing on-line, either through gaming, messaging apps, or on social media. We are holding another parent workshop, led by an external company, to inform and empower parents to support their children in keeping safe on-line. Parents who attended last year’s workshop found it to be a bit of an eye-opener in terms of the apps that their children were using and I would encourage any parent, whose child uses a mobile device and accesses the internet or apps, to attend. The parent workshop takes place on November 7th, 6-7pm.

On Saturday October 19th, we are holding our open morning from 9 – 11.30am. This event is not just for new and prospective parents – all are welcome.

Enjoy your weekend.