Bowmandale News

What's Happening At Bowmandale?

There's always something interesting going on at Bowmandale. Whatever the time of year, there will be competitions, sporting events, educational visits and lots of learning. You can also download our monthly newsletter and mobile app to keep up to date with all our news.

Key Stage 2 Sports Day

Key Stage 2 Sports Day   Key Stage 2 Sports Day

We had beautiful weather yesterday for our Key Stage 2 Sports Day and lots of parents joined us on the field to watch. The afternoon kicked off with the individual sprints then moved on to skipping, the one lap race and the relay. We took a quick break for the popular toddlers' race then finished with the optional one and a half lap and two lap races. The children showed superb sportsmanship all round and we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sport.

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Arts Week and Enterprise

Arts and Enterprise Week   Arts and Enterprise Week

This week was our Arts and Enterprise Week. All the children have worked incredibly hard to produce artwork relating to their artist of the term. Our art exhibition looked spectacular with our amazing art products on display in the hall inspired by artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Andy Goldsworthy. On Friday afternoon, we had our Enterprise Sale where the whole school came together to buy each other's work. The profits from each class will go towards something that the class has chosen.

You can see more pictures and read more about Arts and Enterprise Week on our app.

Ball Throwing Competition

Ball throwing competition   Ball Throwing Competition

This afternoon, we all went onto the field for our annual ball throwing competition. Three girls and three boys competed from each upper school year group. It was a close competition which was enjoyed by everybody. The results will be announced soon, at the upper school sports day.

Garden Offical Opening

Garden Opening   Garden Opening

Last year, we asked the year 5 children to design a garden for the school including working out the cost of their design using the money donated by Tesco. The children worked in groups and the winning design has now been turned into a real garden. This morning, the whole school gathered together to watch the winning team cut the ribbon to mark the official opening. The garden will be a quiet space that will be enjoyed year round by the children. The designers also hope it will encourage wildlife and they have included a bird table with feeders that the classes take turns to fill. Thank you again to Tesco for supporting projects in our local community.

Royal Wedding Celebration Picnic

Royal wedding picnic   Royal wedding picnic

We were lucky to have such a beautiful day today for our picnic to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The cooks prepared packed lunches for the children who usually have school dinners and everyone sat out on the sunny field. The children were also all given a special commemorative coin to take home as a gift from the school.

Eden Camp

Eden Camp   Eden Camp

Year five and six have had an excellent day out at Eden Camp, despite the rain! Fortunately, there were plenty of fascinating huts to shelter in, each one with its own theme such as 'Women at War', 'The Great Escape', and 'The Blitz'. Can you share with your families what we looked at in the other huts and what your favourite part of the day was?

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At the end of January, 37 children from Year 4 visited Robinwood Activity Centre near Hebdon Bridge. It was a 3 day residential visit which gave many of the children their first experience of staying away from home.

The children had the opportunity to take part in a range of challenging activities both in the centre and in the surrounding countryside. The growth mindest the children have been practising in school stood them in good stead and they impressed the staff by stretching themselves beyond their comfort zones to make the most of the visit.

On arriving back at school, the children have done a range of follow-up work including writing thank you letters to the Robinwood staff. You can read some of these letters below.

Our stay at Robinwood

Dear Emma,

I am just writing to tell you I really enjoyed my stay at Robinwood. I wanted to say a massive thank you and all the other amazing staff. My favourite activity was definitely the Trapeze I was actually quite scared before I climbed but then I realized I just needed to be brave and I managed it! The Trapeze was something new for me but I had a go and I enjoyed it so much. My funniest memory was when we were putting mud on our face because everyone was getting hands full and slapping on their face. I also thought it was funny when we fell in the piranha pool because it was freezing. The looks on people’s faces when they fell in the pool was so funny. The activity I found difficult was the Crate Challenge because it was really wobbly on top of them. I had a great time because everyone was encouraging each other.

Yours sincerely

Robinwood 2018

Dear Peter Brown

I am just writing to say how much fun I had at Robinwood. Thank you for setting up the activities for us. My favourite activity was the Trapeze because it was very challenging and surprising. The funniest moment was when Scarlet fell of the crates on the first three layers. It was also funny when everyone fell in the piranha pool. The activity I found the hardest was the Dungeon of doom because you had to find hidden numbers to crack the code. I had a great time because you helped me and you always listened to me and you made me feel so happy.

Yours sincerely

Robinwood 2018

Dear, Suzy and Charlotte

I am just writing to say a humongous thank you for all the hard work you put in to looking after us during our stay at Robinwood .

My favourite activity was Archery because I felt like it was the easiest. My funniest memory was when Miss Turner knocked down all the crates it was funny because it was hilarious when she looked petrified. But the one I found difficult was rock climbing because I was scared to let go but then I realized I would just hang.

I had a great time because I felt really welcome.

Yours sincerely

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Young Voices 2018

Young Voices 2018

On the 18th of January just over 40 pupils from Bowmandale Primary School took part in the fantastic Young Voices choir with over 5000 other children. While we were there we also waved to one of our fellow schools in the area: Castledyke. We also had a good time rehearsing with the special guests, who were: Natalie Williams, Alfie Sheard and The Magnets.

At the real concert, we all had little lights and when the lights went down all you could see was the little lights shining and it looked like stars in the night sky. At the end of the concert, we were all exhausted from singing all the songs and doing the dance moves. We were also accompanied by some street dance people from Urban Strides who are an upbeat dance group and who perform almost every time at Young Voices since Bowmandale has taken part in the brilliant concert.

It was also a bit sad in the end because for some of us it was our last ever time going to Young Voices with Bowmandale. On the bus journey there it was quiet and on the way back it even louder than the first time. (People still had energy from the concert!) On the other hand, some people were trying to get to sleep on the way back.

All in all we all had a great time. The adults that came were: Mrs Vickers (school governor), Mrs Dunstan, Miss Wilkinson, Mrs Evison and Mrs Mason.

By Shayna

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New Outdoor Resources

New Foundation Stage sheds

You may have noticed the wonderful new sheds and resources in the outdoor EYFS area, we are so pleased with the provision for the children. We would like to say a huge thank you to Wren Kitchens who donated over £3,000 and also to Barton Rotary Club who donated £200. We are extremely grateful for the local support to our school.

Christmas Concerts

Wriggly Nativity

This year, our children performed three Christmas concerts.

The Foundation children performed 'Wriggly Nativity' which was a wonderfully wriggly version of the traditional Nativity story. The children looked beautiful in their costumes and their voices were clear and carried all the way to the back of the hall. It was a magical performance for pupils and adults alike.

KS1 Christmas concert   KS1 Christmas concert

Key Stage 1 performed 'A King is Born' - a traditional re-telling of the Christmas Story as told by Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandad to their four children. The actors and singers gave us a lively performance and the costumes added the final touch.

KS2 Christmas concert   KS2 Christmas concert

This year, Key Stage 2 performed a version of 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens called 'Scrooge: A Ghost of a Chance'. The actors, dancers, singers and stage hands had a lot to learn but their hours of practice paid off with a flawless performance.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with costumes, scenery and helping the children learn their parts. We look forward to another season of concerts again next year!

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Eureka   Eureka

On Friday, we went to Eureka in Halifax. We all enjoyed it. We learnt about the digestive system and the human body. First, we explored some of the teeth and pretended that we were doctors and patients using a fake computer. We could talk to each other through a speaker pretending that we were doctors, midwives and patients.

Before dinner we went to the bit where you could make robots and play on iPads and control remote control robot cars and you could race each other as racoons. You had to the control levers side to side to make your racoons switch with over to dodge the objects. Then we had our lunch on a train that didn’t move.

After lunch, we went to our workshop called From Chew To Poo. There was a banana sandwich and we looked at where it would go before coming out of your bottom. When it comes out of you bottom your poo is meant to look like sausage! When it drops into the toilet it is meant to sink NOT FLOAT!

Then we went home on the coach. We were all exhausted from our long day of exploring at Eureka.

By Ben and Molly

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Beech House Visit

Beech House Visit   Beech House Visit

This morning ten children from Reception walked down to Beech House Care Home to visit some of the residents. The residents joined us in the dining area and together we made some Christmas crackers for the Fayre. The ladies were a huge help and we managed to make lots of crackers! The children enjoyed telling the ladies about life at Bowmandale. We have invited the residents to the Reception nativity play and we will be visiting Beech House again in the new year.

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Children in Need Day

Children in Need   Children in Need

Miss Singleton's class have had a spotacular day in aid of Children in Need!

Dressed in spots, we enjoyed making our own Pudsey bears, even creating new outfits for him too. Whilst designing them we talked about our Anti-Bullying week message of 'All different, All equal', remembering that no two of our ideas would look the same but that wouldn't mean they weren't all equally fabulous!

I think you'll agree that we have come up with some wonderful new clothes for him!

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Imagination Library

Imagination Library   Imagination Library

The children in Reception went to Baysgarth Leisure Centre to take part in an Imagination Library reading event. We walked across to the centre for a morning of fun and lots of parents came with us! At the centre, a large number of diffferent activities were set up for us which were all linked to different books the children have received through the Imagination Library. The children then took part in an interactive story about the little red train, we had a wonderful morning and a big thank you to all the parents who came with us.

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Football Tournament

Football Tournament   Football Tournament

Congratulations to all 35 pupils who proudly represented the school at the Year 3/4 Football Tournament on Thursday afternoon. We had great fun whilst displaying fantastic teamwork and some amazing skills. Not only that, teams from Bowmandale won all 3 leagues at the largest festival ever held at Baysgarth! A huge well done to those 15 children.

We would like to say a massive thank you to the generous volunteers who kindly accompanied the teams to the event.

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Conker Competition 2017

Conker Competition   Conker Competition

This afternoon we held our annual conker competition final. The entire school assembled in a packed hall to watch the finalists battle it out for the prestigious Bowmandale conker competition trophy.

32 competitors were drawn to form 16 pairings. From these, the 16 winners made it through to the second round. 16 then became 8 and we were into the quarter final. The excitement mounted as the matches went to best of 5. The semi-final had arrived! The tension was palpable as the semi-finalists entered best of 5 and then sudden death. All players at this stage were expert but someone had to go through. It was a close run thing but in the end we had our 2017 conker competition champion.

Well done to all of this year's contestants and a special well done to the finalists.

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Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest   Enchanted Forest

Yesterday the children in Reception were introduced to the natural loose parts collection. The children made a range of different designs and then tried different ways to improve them. Four children made the most amazing enchanted forest with hedgehogs and fairies hiding within it, it was the most beautiful forest we had seen! Together we decided we needed more natural resources so we went to collect more conkers and interesting leaves. We had a wonderful time learning about different trees and their names.

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Harvest Assembly

Harvest Assembly   Harvest Assembly

Last Friday, we celebrated autumn with our harvest assembly. Each class prepared a song or a poem which they performed to a packed hall of parents and pupils. Thank you to everyone who donated produce and well done to all the children.

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Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

Macmillan coffee afternoon   Macmillan coffee afternoon

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for attending Friday's Macmillan coffee afternoon and helping to make it a huge success. We are so grateful to all of the families who donated some delicious cakes and biscuits in support of the event.

Keep your eyes peeled for the next school newsletter to see how much we have raised for this fantastic cause.

Roald Dahl Day 2017

Roald Dahl Day 2017   Roald Dahl Day 2017

On 13th September we celebrated Roald Dahl's 101st birthday with lots of Roald Dahl Day activities.

In the morning we read some of Roald Dahl's poetry and stories, found out about his exciting life and created our own Roald Dahl inspired work.

At 2 o'clock we joined hundreds of other schools around the country to take part in a live video feed from the Roald Dahl museum. We heard lots about the book 'Billy and the Minpins', took part in a quiz to find out which Roald Dahl character we were most like, and even drew along with the famous illustrator Quentin Blake!

Some classes will be continuing their Roald Dahl work for the rest of the week.