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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!

FOBS

Bag2School Collection – Recycle / Reuse Project

Friday 30th September – 8.00-9.00am

This is a great way to declutter whilst raising valuable funds for Bowmansgreen.  Bags will be sent home with the children next week, or feel free to use your own bags.

Please bag up 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 30th September.  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.

 

School Disco

Friday 7th October – 2 sessions after school

The mega-popular school disco is back after a 2 year absence.  Pop the date in your diary and more details will follow.  If you would like to be involved in helping with this event the next FOBS meeting is 21st September, 7.30pm in the Colney Fox.

 

FOBS Winter Fair 

Saturday 26th November 11am-2pm

FOBS Winter Fair preparations are in full swing.  Oliver & Akers Estate Agency are proud to be our main sponsor for our festive event.

Should you wish to run a stall for the school, place an advert in the event programme, donate a raffle prize, help on the day or purchase a stall pitch as an external stall holder (£25 per pitch), please email the office or contact us via the Friends of Bowmansgreen School Facebook page   

 

Cinderella Pantomime

Saturday 17th December – 6pm

FOBS are delighted to have secured discounted theatre tickets for the pantomime Cinderella at the Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden.

Ticket prices are just £14 per person (full price £18 child/£20 adult). This discount is open to all family and friends of Bowmansgreen School.  Tickets are available on a first come first serve basis and will be sold via the School Gateway app from next week.  A notification will be sent via the app when booking has opened.

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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.

Friends of Bowmansgreen (FOBS)

Friends of Bowmansgreen School (FOBS) has a new team of parents/guardians heading up the programme of fundraising events for the new school year.

Angela Duce is the newly appointed Chair.  She and the committee are looking for volunteers to help in any way possible.

Angela says, “The children are really looking forward to PTA-style events starting up again.  Some school children have never experienced FOBS events due to the pandemic, so let’s make this year extra special. Everyone is welcome to join in and help out – this could be hands-on at events, coming up with new ideas or assisting in the background with promoting or admin …the more people the merrier!”

Please join the FOBS Facebook page to volunteer and see what’s in store for this term:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/169879673121653/?ref=share

21st Sept – FOBS committee meeting 7.30pm at the Colney Fox

30th Sept – Bag2School collection

7th Oct – School Disco

26th Nov – Winter Fair

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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.

 

Start of Term

Key changes and information about the start of the new school year – parent/carer letter

 

New EYFS/Reception families – first week of school:

Monday 5th September 2022Day 1: 9.15am – 11.30am
Tuesday 6th September 2022Day 2: 9.15am – 11.30am
Wednesday 7th September 2022Day 3: 8.35am – 1.30pm. Children have lunch at school.
Thursday 8th September 2022Day 4: 8.35am – 1.30pm. Children have lunch at school.
Friday 9th September 2022Day 5: 8.35am – 3.00pm
From Friday 9th 2022, all pupils attend a full school day, unless agreed with class teachers.

We are trialling an 8.30am start from Monday 5th September – reception pupils are welcome to arrive at this time, during their first week. Your child will not be late if they arrive at 8.35am.

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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.

 

Red Weather Warning

As you are probably aware, the weather is about to get much hotter over the next couple of days and the government has issued its first ever red weather warning for extreme heat.

National and local guidance has been issued to support schools to best look after pupils during this heatwave. This guidance was last updated on Friday. As of Friday, schools in Hertfordshire had not been advised to close and we therefore intend to be open tomorrow and Tuesday.

We will follow national and local guidance and do our best to protect the health of pupils, staff and families during the heatwave conditions.

Currently, the temperature tomorrow is forecast to reach 36 degrees at around 2pm. If you would like to collect your child before the end of the school day, we will authorise your child’s absence from 1.30pm. Please let the school office know in the morning, if you will be collecting your child early.

We do not advise that you keep your child off school tomorrow but if you do decide to do this, although we cannot authorise the absence, it would be helpful to know that this is the reason behind it, thus avoiding a phone call from the office, chasing the absence.

All pupils may come to school in their PE kits tomorrow and Tuesday.

Please ensure that you apply sun cream to your child before school and that you send them in with a refillable water bottle.

If local or national guidance is updated, we will inform families accordingly.

Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves: for teachers and professionals – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Heatwave Plan for England: Protecting health and reducing harm from severe heat and heatwaves (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Bowmansgreen’s Got Talent!

Bowmansgreen’s Got Talent is back!

There has been an excited buzz throughout the school since this year’s competition was announced with pupils busy planning and rehearsing for their auditions. All classes have taken part in this stage of the competition – any pupil who wanted to audition was given the opportunity to perform in front of their classmates and audition for a place in the final.

Pupils have had great fun and been very supportive of their classmates. There certainly is a lot of talent at Bowmansgreen! Your child will have come home with a letter if they have successfully made it through to the final.

During the past fortnight, pupil absence has been high due to illness, particularly in EYFS and KS1 and we are therefore making a couple of additional places available for the final, for pupils who have not yet had the opportunity to audition. If your child has already auditioned, they will not be able to audition for a second time. Final auditions will take place on Tuesday.