Headteacher’s Blog

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.