FOBS Colour Fun Run Blog

The children loved choosing gifts at the FOBS Mother’s Day sale last Friday; they were so polite and a joy to serve. This event is never run to be a big fundraiser, it’s so children can enjoy the independence of giving to their loved ones.  We were very fortunate that savvy purchasing from the FOBS team, and a generous donation of stock from B&Q, gave a £700 profit.  A special thank you to Danielle, Jade and Sabrina for their hard work sourcing and producing the gifts for the sale.
Please let us know if you can help with donations or sourcing products for our Father’s Day Sale in June.
Ticket availability is currently:
11:20 Sensory Friendly – Spaces available
11:40 Spaces available
12:00 Limited spaces
12:20 Sold out
12:40 Sold out 
13:00 – NEWSFLASH new slot has been added due to high demand (final slot)
Please click to book your space now –
Participants should wear a white top for maximum colour bursts, and sunglasses/goggles.

We are thrilled that Oliver & Akers Estate Agency are sponsoring the FOBS Colour Fun Run; their promotional boards have popped up in the village to advertise our event.

A huge shout out goes to our Colour Station sponsors, where participants will be showered with colourful eco-paint powder:
Colin Bailey Sports Therapy –
London Colney Football Club –
At arrival you will check in at the registration wristband station, so there’s no need to bring your paperwork.
Fun Runners will do a warm-up dance lead by Allie Park-Crowne from RedAlert PT.  The colour fun begins under the multi-coloured balloon arch .  The course is 250m with four different sets of obstacles; participants can go round as many times as they wish within their time slot.  Watch out for the four colour stations and water pistols along the course…you will get colourfully wet!  The SEN session will not have paint throwing or water pistols along the course.
The grand finale is the paint throwing station after the finish line.  This is where additional purchased powder can be thrown and runners can pose using the selfie photo frame for their Instagrammable moment.
Every entrant will be awarded with a FOBS Colour Fun Run 2024 Runners Medal.  We advise you to bring a towel so you can dry off after taking part.
On the main playground there will be lots to do.  DJ Jamie will be providing the entertainment and you can purchase:
  • Powder Paint Stall (one packet is included in your entry ticket)
  • Rainbow Raffle
  • Burger and Hot Dogs
  • Ice Creams
  • Face Painting
  • Candyfloss
We are still looking for volunteers, please register here to sign up for an hour or two.
Please click on the link to check out our frequently asked questions file FOBS Colour Fun Run FAQS.pdf(Review) – Adobe cloud storage
Everyone is so excited to painting Bowmansgreen all the colours of the rainbow!



Last week was so much fun!


Year 5’s Leap Day event was a great success, with an impressive £465 raised for sports equipment.  Congratulations to Mia P (Y6) for guessing that the Bowmansgreen Bear was named Gracie.  Antonia (Rec) was the proud raffle winner of the signed Michael Morpurgo book.  The rest of the children were winners by having a yummy doughnut at school, happy days!


Year 5 loved running the Leap Day stall and games.  If any class groups would like to organise and run at stall at our summer event on Friday 7th June, please let FOBS know via the school office.


Crazy Hair Day on Friday was crazzzzzzy.  The children were rocking some really funky styles and colours.  The heavens opened at drop-off but that didn’t dampen spirits.  FOBS received many generous donations for the Colour Fun Run Rainbow Raffle, thank you.  Thanks also goes to our FOBS volunteers who collected the donations in the torrential rain.


This week is another exciting week with school running a book swap on Tuesday and World Book Day on Thursday.  FOBS’s Mother’s Day pop-up shop will be open during school time on Friday 8th March.  This is where the girls and boys can buy a little Mother’s Day gift for their loved ones.  Presents range from 50p to £3.00 and are gift wrapped with love.  This was a sell-out event last year – the children were empowered by choosing and spending their money on others.


FOBS Colour Fun Run 2024 takes place on Saturday 23rd March.  Bookings  are now open to the wider community and some slots have sold out.  Please secure your spot by purchasing a ticket as slots cannot be reserved without a ticket.   Ticket sales close on 16th March.  Our next blog will be all about the FOBS Colour Fun Run, so watch this space!


FOBS Blog: March Madness

FOBS have a jam-packed schedule of events coming up after the half term break.

29th Feb (timings tbc) – Leap Day Fun run by our Year 5 pupils and FOBS, including Donut sale, a chance to win a signed Michael Morpurgo book and Guess the Name of the Bear.

1st March – Crazy Hair Day
Children can wear their hair as crazily as they wish, in return for a raffle prize donation for our Rainbow Raffle Hampers. Each year has been awarded a hamper colour:

Reception – Pink
Year 1 – Red
Year 2 – Orange
Year 3 – Yellow
Year 4 – Green
Year 5 – Blue
Year 6 – Purple

The hampers will be raffled at the FOBS Colour Fun Run on 23rd March.

8th March – Mothers Day Sale, held during school time. The children can purchase gifts from as little as 50p to £3 for their loved ones. This event was so popular last year – we completely sold out.

23rd March – FOBS Colour Fun Run 2024 – Let’s paint Bowmansgreen all the colours of the rainbow!
This is a fabulous family friendly fun run, open to all your family and friends. Wear a white t-shirt and goggles and be prepared to be showered with colourful eco-friendly paint around the course.

Runners/walkers/joggers must be over 2, and children under 8 must be with a participating adult. Gates open at 10.45am with a sensory friendly run being the first race starting at 11.20am, and every 20 mins after that.

Tickets must be purchased in advance from –
Book early to secure your required timeslot.

FOBS give a big thank you to our event sponsor Oliver & Akers Estate Agents, colour station sponsors Colin Bailey Sports Therapy, Busy Books, London Colney Football Club and Strive Drama. There will be stalls and an ice cream van to enjoy, as well as the Colour Fun Run.


Thank you to everyone who supported the bag2school clothing collection last Friday. We collected a staggering 460kg for reuse and recycling! Along with the pop-up coffee morning we raised an amazing £372 towards projects at school. Thank you once again to Mrs Stanley and Breakfast Club for hosting the coffee morning and to everyone who helped on the day or donated cakes.

At our meeting at the Colney Fox on the 23rd January we discussed our events for the term ahead and made plans for the rest of the school year.

On 9th February we will be holding our Glow Discos for KS1 4pm and KS2 at 5.30pm. We are encouraging the children to wear neon and glow-in-the-dark but all will have the opportunity for glow facepaint and tattoos and will receive a reusable glow ‘baton’. Squash and biscuits are included for the entry price of £4. Tickets are available through School Gateway with a ‘pay it forward’ option. If your family needs a free or discounted ticket, please ask at the school office. As always, we need volunteers to help with the event – please sign up at:

We’re pleased to announce the return of Crazy Hair Day on 16th February in return for a donation to our Rainbow Raffle – look out for a letter coming home with details of your year group ‘colour’.

Year 5 pupils in partnership with FOBS will be holding a Leap Day Sale on 29th February to raise money for new netball goal posts. This will include a donut sale, on the day raffle and more!

We will again be holding a Mother’s Day Sale in school time on 8th March which allows all the children to buy a present in secret! Gifts are priced between 50p and £3 so lots to choose from.

We are really excited to announce the first Bowmansgreen Colour Fun Run on 23rd March 2024 sponsored by Oliver & Akers. We are now open for entries through Tickets are open to everyone so we look forward to seeing friends and families tackling the course and getting showered with paint!

Headteacher’s Blog

Last Saturday’s winter fair was a huge success, with a steady stream of families enjoying the fun, activities and great atmosphere. Thank you to Mrs Duce and the FOBS committee for organising this event and to the families who supported and helped out in the run-up or on the day. It was a lovely community occasion.  The money raised by FOBS really does make a difference to your child and our provision at Bowmansgreen as it helps to fund items that we would not otherwise be able to prioritise due to the ongoing difficulties with school funding. Today, I had a sneak preview of the newly painted playground games that FOBS has funded. They look great and pupils will be so excited to use them. Thank you.

On Wednesday, Meila took part in the Advent Carol Service at St Albans Abbey. She bravely performed her solo reading in front of a rather large audience and pupils from schools across St Albans. Well done, Meila! She represented Bowmansgreen brilliantly and really did herself proud.

Please could I remind car drivers not to block the driveways of local residents during the school run. We have recently had several very upset neighbours who have fed back that when they have asked drivers to move from where they have blocked access, they have been ignored or challenged. Please ensure that driveways and paths are not obstructed as we would really like to keep our neighbours and pedestrians happy and safe.

As you might be aware from personal experience, there are a few bugs and illnesses currently doing the rounds. We appreciate that it can sometimes be an inconvenience but we ask that you keep your child off school for forty-eight hours after your child is last sick, to help prevent the spread of infections. Both pupils and staff have been affected recently, with stubborn illnesses lasting several days.

Congratulations to Sarah Pigott who has been elected as a parent governor at Bowmansgreen. Thank you to all five of the nominees for putting the time and effort into standing for this role. It is almost unheard of for so much interest in a governor vacancy and it is a very positive sign and reflection of the support Bowmansgreen has within the community. Thank you.

A Yellow Level 10 Cold-Health Alert has been updated for the East of England and is currently in effect until tomorrow. For up to date information, see the Met Office National Severe Weather Warning Service. Please ensure that you send your child into school with a coat, hat and gloves next week, while the weather remains cold.

Next week, pupils can look forward to Anthony Glenn returning to Bowmansgreen, for a very special Shaking up Shakespeare performance of The Nutcracker. It is sure to be highly entertaining and provide lots of opportunities for crowd participation!

On Wednesday, we will have our Christmas lunch. All pupils are invited to join in the festive meal, served to them by staff and our Bowmansgreen House Captains. Pupils can also wear their Christmas jumpers on this day, for a £1 donation to Save the Children.

Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been busy learning their lines and songs for their Nativity performances, which they will soon perform to the whole school and also their parents and carers. Year 3 and Year 4 have also been rehearsing, for their carol concerts which take place on the last Monday of term. There is lots to look forward to over the next couple weeks!

Mrs Fleming, Bowmansgreen’s new Headteacher, is hoping to visit next week; to say hello to pupils and so that we can begin the handover and transition to her taking over as the Headteacher after Christmas. She is very much looking forward to joining Bowmansgreen and I have been sure to stress how lucky she is, to be joining this wonderful school community.

Wrap up warm this weekend!



Headteacher’s Blog

November 20th is World Children’s Day, with this year’s theme: For every child, every right. Monday’s assembly highlighted the significance of this date and discussed and celebrated children’s rights. We considered what rights are, why they are important and acknowledged that the rights of many children around the world are threatened. It was also an opportunity to reflect upon the fact that many children live in parts of the world where there is war or conflict and that, as the innocent victims, their rights are often denied.

The Childcare Choices website brings together existing childcare offers in one place so parents can access help that fits their family. This could be through Tax-Free Childcare, 30 Hours Childcare or Universal Credit Childcare. Some families might be eligible to use more than one childcare scheme together.
• From April 2024, eligible working parents in England with children aged 2 will have access to 15 hours childcare.
• From September 2024, the 15 hours childcare offer will be expanded to eligible working parents in England with children between 9 and 23 months old.
• From September 2025, eligible working parents in England, with children between 9 months up to school age, will have access to 30 hours childcare.
Visit the Childcare Choices website to check what offer you might be eligible for and sign up to the newsletter.

Tomorrow, our Winter Fair takes place, between 11am – 2.00pm. FOBS have been busy organising and preparing, to help make tomorrow a fantastic day for our school community. Come and have fun in the Snowball-nado; win one of the super raffle prizes; and find bargains on the stalls. Lots to keep everyone entertained! Enjoy the food and drink, face painting, dance and choir performances and much, much more! Join in the fun and help raise funds for our school. There might even be a very special guest…

Headteacher’s Blog

This week was national Anti-Bullying Week. At Bowmansgreen, pupils and staff wore odd socks to support the message that we are all unique and should be allowed to be ourselves,  free from bullying. Monday’s assembly launched this year’s campaign : Make a Noise About Bullying and throughout the week, pupils took part in a range of activities, highlighting and discussing how and why we all play a part in helping to ensure that bullying does not happen at Bowmansgreen and if we think that someone is being bullied what we should do about it, to make it stop.

On Wednesday, the school hall went back in time, around 5000 years, to become part of the civilization of Ancient Egypt. Year 3 spent the day as Egyptians, learning about life in the ancient Kingdom and very much looking the part, in their Egyptian costumes. They had great fun taking part in a range of activities including embalming, lamp making and a banquet which also supported their learning in History. Thank you to the staff, parents and carers who supported Year 3 during this workshop, ensuring that it was a great success.

Hopefully, you have all received the information needed for you to vote in the Parent Governor Election. If you have any questions or difficulties casting your vote, please contact the school office. Voting will close on 28th November, 2023.

Please take a read of the recently published CQC/ Ofsted Area SEND Inspection for Hertfordshire

Thank you to our House Captains and Mr Garwood for laying a wreath at the London Colney War Memorial, on behalf of our school community. Each class also made a wreath to mark this year’s Remembrance Day.


Please be courteous and mindful of our neighbours and pedestrians when parking during the school run. The wet weather has caused more families to travel by car during the last couple of weeks and several incidents of dangerous parking, including blocked driveways and footpaths. Please ensure that parking restrictions are adhered to and the safety of our school community is prioritised.

Our whole school attendance is currently 95%. It has dipped slightly in the last couple of weeks and it would be great if we could tip it back up to 96% which is where it has been for most of this term so far. Please ensure that your child is at school, on time every day so that they benefit from all of the learning opportunities planned for them. The next few weeks are very busy at school, with lots of exciting curriculum activities as well as festive events; a special Shaking up Shakespeare theatre performance; and our next curriculum evening – lots to miss out on if pupils are not at school!

The Department of Health and Social Care has alerted schools to disruption to the national supply for medication prescribed to help manage ADHD symptoms. There are several reasons contributing to the supply disruption, including an increase in demand for the medication and a change in the companies who produce and supply the medication. If you or your child are affected by the supply shortage, your GP or specialist will have already contacted you with more information. The supply issue is improving but could continue until the end of December 2023 or early 2024. Please do let Mrs May (via the school office) know if your child is affected by this shortage so that we can do our best to support you and them until the situation improves.

Hertfordshire County Council is once again funding HAPpy activity camps for children and young people who attend Hertfordshire schools and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. HAPpy Winter Camps – booking opens Wednesday 22nd November, 2023.

Congratulations to our newly elected House Captains:








Henry P

They have made a super start in their new roles and I am sure that they will represent their houses brilliantly and with pride.

Enjoy your weekend


FOBS had their Annual General Meeting at the Caledon Community Centre on Wednesday evening – thank you to everyone who came along. After the Chairperson’s and Treasurer’s reports were presented and approved, the FOBS attendees voted to adopt the PTFA model constitution from Parentkind. A constitution is a governing document that sets out the fundamental principles, practices, and purposes of a charity. The main change is that online meetings are allowed under the new constitution. A FOBS election process will be written to support this constitution.

Whilst all Bowmansgreen School parents and carers are automatically members of FOBS, the AGM voted to elect four trustees to formally manage the FOBS charity. Angela Duce (Chair), Danielle Sutton (Treasurer) and Liz Alderston (Trustee) were re-elected, and Abi Housley (Trustee) was newly elected. Sabrina Miller was co-opted as Events Coordinator. Sian Riches (Secretary) stepped down as a trustee. To succession plan for 2024/2025, FOBS member Lindsey Lee volunteered to work with the trustees to learn the roles.

The FOBS team are planning events and activities to give the children wonderful school memories. The Trustees will work closely with Ms Lippa and the new Head, Mrs Fleming, to spend the funds raised by FOBS on improving the playgrounds and supporting the Bowmansgreen pupils and staff where required.

Next FOBS events:

Fri 10th Nov 3pm Christmas Jumper Sale – KS1 Playground

Thurs 23rd Nov Non-school uniform day – for a donation for the bottle/chocolate tombola

Sat 25th Nov 11am-2pmFOBS Winter Fair Follow us on Facebook – Friends of Bowmansgreen School

Headteacher’s Blog

Last week, as the temperatures outside dropped, we turned on our new heating system for the first time. The building and heating works that have taken place during the last year – to change the school’s heating system from gas central heating to air source heat pumps and more solar panels – is now complete. This change will enable the school to be more energy efficient, sustainable and hopefully reduce our energy bills.

Yesterday’s celebration assembly was a very pumpkin occasion! As well as celebrating our fantastic readers, authors, mathematicians and musician of the week, yesterday, children across the school excitedly waited to see if their names were called out as winners of Mrs Stanley’s pumpkin competition prizes. Well done to all of our winners and for all of the children who took part in the competition.

Please be reminded that breakfast club starts at 7.30am and that we ask parents and carers to walk your child to the breakfast club door, to support their transition and handover. It also gives breakfast club staff the opportunity to give messages to you, when needed.

Thank you to the families that visited yesterday’s curriculum evening. We hope that you enjoyed sharing your child’s learning in maths this half-term. We hope that you join us for our next curriculum evening, with a focus on English.

As the cost of living continues to present significant challenges for many families, please be aware that school can make referrals to local food banks. If this is something that you would like us to do, please let the school office know. There is a minimal amount of information that we require from you and then we can issue vouchers directly from school.

Congratulations to Miss Golding who is the very proud mummy of a new baby daughter. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating her and her family and wishing them well at this very happy time. Both mother and baby are both doing well.

Enjoy your half-term.

Headteacher’s Blog

Last Friday, pupils across the school had lots of fun at the first school disco of the year. It was lovely to see so many pupils, singing, dancing and socialising together, including many of our new Reception pupils enjoying their very first school disco. Thank you to the FOBS committee for organising another successful fundraising event.

This week has been slightly quieter than usual at school… as many of our Year 6 pupils have been away on their residential trip to Manor Adventure. They arrived back yesterday afternoon having had a fantastic time, taking part in a range of activities including bouldering, caving, paddleboarding, axe-throwing and archery. Thank you to Ms Franks, Mr Sanders, Mr Garwood and Miss Goodfellow, for helping to ensure that pupils enjoyed such a great time. I am sure they will all sleep well this weekend!

Please can we remind parents and carers that staff cannot give out, to classes, celebration cakes or any other sweet or savoury treats brought in by families, due to the risk to individuals with allergies. We have a number of pupils, across the school,  who have severe allergies to specific foods, including nuts, eggs and general dairy products and we do not want to risk their health by offering them food items that may contain any of these ingredients.

Next Tuesday, all pupils will take part in an online safety workshop. Each workshop will be tailored to the year group and delivered at an age-appropriate level. The topics covered will include: personal information and privacy; cyber-bullying; grooming and how it may occur; and how to report concerns.

There is a presentation for parents and carers to accompany these workshops, to provide an insight into the online world that our children inhabit and the reality of how they navigate this digital world. The presentation covers a range of topics including: what children are taught about online safety; the latest trends of what children are doing online; and the issues and dangers they face. We will share the link to this presentation next week – it will then be available to Bowmansgreen families, for four weeks.

Next Thursday is our first Curriculum evening of the year. We look forward to being able to share your child’s learning in English this half-term and hope to see you in the school hall, from 3.05pm – 4pm and 6pm – 7pm.

I am very pleased to announce that we have had five parents and carers who have been nominated to stand for election as a parent governor at Bowmansgreen. As we have had more nominations than vacancies, we must now hold a secret ballot. The ballot will take place after half-term, with details to follow about the process and how to vote. Thank you to the parents and carers who have put themselves forward for this vacancy – we really appreciate your interest and support.

Please be reminded that we have an INSET day next Friday and school is therefore closed to pupils. The following week is half-term.

Enjoy your weekend.