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This morning, our final celebration assembly of the year took place. As always, family and friends joined us to celebrate pupils who have behaved and achieved above and beyond.  It was fantastic to be able to recognise our super authors, readers, mathematicians and gymnasts. We were also able to congratulate Husdon for achieving his black belt in karate – an amazing achievement for a boy of 10. Well done, Hudson!

Celebration assembly was also an opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to members of staff who will be leaving Bowmansgreen this term. As many of you know, the Bowmansgreen Primary Support Base (PSB) will be closing next week. This closure brings about change for the pupils who are currently on-roll in its class as well as the staff who work there. Mrs De’ath has joined the Bowmansgreen staff team, working as a teaching assistant.  Ms Robson, Mrs Apicella and Mrs Plummer will be leaving us for adventures new. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and dedication to the pupils and families of St Albans and Bowmansgreen. We will miss them all very much and wish them well and much happiness for the future.

I would like to inform parents that Miss Corbett will also be leaving next week after just one year at Bowmansgreen, to work at a school where her son will be attending nursery. I know you will join me in wishing her well and good luck for the future.

This week, we also celebrated pupils across the school who achieved 100% attendance this year. Twenty seven pupils from reception to Year 6 went bowling as a special treat to congratulate them on being at school every day, for the whole year. Well done for this fantastic achievement, children! I look forward to being able to take even more pupils on a surprise day out, next year.

The Department for Education (DfE) has now published its final statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education should be implemented in all schools across England by 2020. We will be involving parents in the process of developing our new school policy by providing information as well as seeking opinions about various aspects of the content and materials that we will be using.  Please read this DfE parent guide as an initial overview about how Relationships and Health education will be taught. I have also included a link to an NSPCC briefing document that provides a summary and further references that parents might find useful.

Year 6 should be very proud of themselves for their fantastic end of year performances. They sang, danced and acted their way through the two shows and demonstrated just what a talented year group they are. Thank you to all of the staff involved in making the show such a success.

This afternoon, Year 3 and Eva performed a ukulele concert to their parents and the rest of the school. Year 3 were joined by Eva and Oscar, who performed guitar solos, to show their parents what they have been learning as part of their weekly music lessons.  Well done musicians, you sounded great! Thank you to Antony Pigram for organising this concert.

See you after the weekend, where your children will receive their end of year reports and we will say goodbye and good luck to our wonderful Year 6 as they move on to their secondary schools.

Food Bank

The Churches Together Food Bank is open during the holidays at the following times:

Monday 22nd July        10-11 am

Monday 12th August      10-11 am

Monday 26th August      10-11 am

DSPL 7 Autumn courses for Parents/Carers

Please find attached details of courses being run by DSPL 7 for Parents and Carers in the Autumn term.  All booking information and course details are on the flyers including contact details.

Space ADHD

Simple Solutions Sally Glossop

Gross Motor Skills Development and Sensory Circuits Flyer PDF

Zones of Regulation 2019

St Albans Families in Focus CIC FREE Award Winning:

Handling Anger in Your Family Sept 2019 (1),

Complete Guide to Parenting Children with SEND Sept 2019

This Week’s Celebrations

Author of the week

2LC: Lexi                3S: Emily

Reader of the week

2BC: Lexie            5JW: Avril

Mathematician of the week

1W: Hector      4H: Filip

 

Attendance

1O and 6G

Headteacher’s Blog

Thank you to everyone who attended our final curriculum evening of the year. The Bowmansgreen art gallery was open for viewing with art work from across the school on display. Pupils have worked really hard on their art activities this half-term and we hope that you were impressed by their final pieces.

Yesterday was also an opportunity for parents in KS1 and KS2 to meet their child’s new class teacher and we hope that you took the opportunity to say ‘hello.’ Between now and the end of term, we will ensure that pupils receive a supportive transition towards their new classes. We recognise that some pupils will benefit from additional opportunities to meet their new teachers and familiarise themselves with their new classrooms and this will be built in to the remainder of this term.

The Healthforkids website is a new resource for Hertfordshire families that covers health-related subjects for children aged 4-11 years. It contains articles, advice and signposts to services and other resources in the Parents/Carers section whilst the children’s section includes games, activities and information about healthy minds and bodies, bereavement, how to access help and thinking about feelings.  https://www.healthforkids.co.uk/

BeeZee Families is another resource being recommended by our school nursing team. BeeZee Families is a healthy lifestyles programme which is free for 5-15 year olds and their families living in Hertfordshire.  The programme is led by nutritionists and behaviour change experts and focuses on making changes towards a healthier lifestyle.
https://beezeebodies.com/programs/beezee-families/

Tomorrow, the Bowman music festival takes place. Don’t panic if you haven’t already purchased a ticket –  there is still the opportunity to purchase on the gate. It promises to be a great family event, with food, music and lots to keep the whole family entertained. It would be lovely to see you there in support of this event which will help raise money for our school.

Enjoy your weekend.

This Week’s Celebrations

Author of the week

1O: Henry                6HW: Lucy

Reader of the week

Rec: Hugo                  4CG: Mikail

Mathematician of the week

2LC: Bailey                  3C: Alishba

 

Young Film Makers Awards Summer Term

Kaia: Improved Confidence and Lead Role

Abigail: Excellent Improvisation and Overall Contribution

Samuel: Excellent Adaptation of Lead Role in Willie Wonka

Rotimi: Excellent Creative Input and Overall Contribution

 

Attendance

Rec/KS1: 1W
KS2: 4CG

New Classes

Today, we held our ‘meet the teacher’ morning , where children in KS1 and KS2 met with their new teachers and support staff for September. Parents will be notified of the names of the their new teachers, by email.

Our reception children will be introduced to their new teachers and classrooms tomorrow morning. Parents, you will have this information confirmed tomorrow afternoon.

After school today, there is the opportunity to say ‘hello’ to your child’s new teacher during our opening evening, 3-4pm and then 6-7pm. It is also our final curriculum evening of the year and an opportunity to see some wonderful work at our art exhibition.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Cricket

The past two days have been a Kwik Cricket-fest!
On Tuesday, two boys teams had an all day festival at Fleetville School. Both teams performed brilliantly, the B team especially as they had a particularly difficult group.

On Wednesday, it was the mixed team’s turn as they participated in the St Albans Schools’ tournament. They got through to the final for the first time, having won all three group games. Unfortunately, the final was a step too far but the team can be very proud of itself.

Mr Sanders