The last two weeks of term have flown by – it has been a very busy fortnight!
The extent of the recent, heavy snow and icy conditions caused major disruption and a ‘snow day’ for many schools, locally and nationally, including Bowmansgreen. Thank you for your patience and support during a few very cold, precarious days. School resumed on Tuesday and thankfully, by Thursday, the roads were safe enough for Mr Regan and Mrs Elborough to accompany pupils for their final ‘Go Wild!’ session of the term. Pupils has great fun in the snow, in the picturesque surroundings of Hudnall Park.
Last week, our EYFS and Key Stage One classes took part in Nativity performances, to the rest of the school and their family members. Pupils were fantastic! It was a pleasure to see them on stage, performing their lines, singing and dancing: many of them, for the very first time. Well done children – you should be very proud of yourselves!
Last Friday, Year 6 led our Christingle service. Despite a last minute change of venue, due to the icy weather conditions, Year 6 successfully led the service at school, joined by family, friends and pupils in Key Stages One and Two. What a fantastic job they did, in adapting to a change of venue and alterations to their best laid plans! Well done Year 6, for sharing with us such a beautiful, fitting performance as your final Bowmansgreen Christingle service.
On Monday, pupils in Year 3 and Year 4 performed their carol concert, twice in one day – first, to the whole school and then to their family members. Mr Bronstein accompanied on piano, as pupils sang in year groups and altogether, as well as some numbers performed by the choir. It was such a lovely occasion and a really impressive display of the talent and school ethos, at Bowmansgreen.
Thank you to the staff involved throughout all stages of the planning and organisation of these events and to the family members who turned out to support their children and the performances. The biggest ‘thank you’ goes to our amazing pupils who entertained, impressed and made us all feel very proud, with their energy, bravery and talent. Well done!
Free mental health advice and guidance for children and young people (CYP) in Hertfordshire (aged 10-25yrs) via Kooth.com, The service provides a free, safe and anonymous place for people to connect with others and know they are not alone. Drop-in or booked sessions with professional counsellors, from 12pm-10pm weekdays and 6pm-10pm weekends.
Free Eating Disorder Support for CYP in Hertfordshire (aged 5-18yrs) via First Steps to Understanding Eating Disorders (First Steps ED), offering face to face and digital one-to-one support sessions, as well as weekly psychoeducation and group support programmes (Wellbeing Workshop, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) Support Group, Binge Eating Workshops etc). This service is also available to support parents, carers and older siblings (18 years +) with workshops and one-to-one parent support. Referrals (including self-referrals) are made via firststepsed.co.uk.
Here for you – Winter Campaign. Please be aware of this Hertfordshire campaign detailing some of the support that is on offer, locally and nationally, to help manage the rising cost-of-living and to stay safe and well this winter. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hereforyou.
Winter HAPpy camps are running during the Christmas holidays, from today (22nd Dec) until 4th Jan, 2023. Eligible children and young people (those in receipt of benefits-related Free School Meals) can enjoy a choice of free activity sessions, which include sports, physical activity, craft activities, food and nutrition advice and a free, nutritious meal.
Please visit the Herts Sports Partnerships website for more information.
On behalf of all the staff, who have been overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your support, kind words, Christmas cards and gifts in the last few days and weeks. It really is much appreciated and reinforces what an amazingly supportive, kind and caring school community we are!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday.
See you all in 2023!