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Bright spring sunshine meant there was nowhere to hide for those cheeky chicks!

Bright spring sunshine meant there was nowhere to hide for those cheeky chicks!

Cheeky chicks snuck their way into the Balfour Infant and Junior school playgrounds and fields on a lovely sunny Thursday 2nd April.

In this second year of BISA and the FBA running an Easter event together, children from reception up to year 6 chased around together looking for those mischievous little birds.

Once all 10 had been tracked down, everyone got a chocolate egg and the chance (in the case of the infants) to have a good explore of the Balfour Junior playground. Meanwhile, teas and coffees kept mums and dads refreshed after all that hard work.

And while the year 2s got a chance to explore their 'new' school, junior school children got to revisit old infant haunts

And while the year 2s got a chance to explore their 'new' school, junior school children got to revisit old infant haunts

All good fun but also a useful ‘transition’ event. With the good news that Balfour Juniors will be four form entry, like the Infant school, a year earlier than planned, from September this year, those coming down the hill when the go up a year got a chance to get a feel of the place.

While we used the event to raise some funds for bo PTAs, as ever, the hoards paying their £2.50 plus the teamwork to get this organised also demonstrated what a fab community we belong to.


Quiz Night 2008!

Make mine a crate - Lou and pals drink the bar dry

Make mine a crate - Lou and pals drink the bar dry

The FBA Quiz Night on Friday September 26 saw over 70 parents, members of staff and friends pack out the dining hall to make this the best Balfour Juniors Quiz Night ever.

Although the staff teams really could have done better, they approached the whole thing with enthusiasm and endless optimism which are clearly important qualities in a teacher. Well done Mrs Cooper, Mr Jones, Mrs Canes et al.

The prize – possession of the FBA Picasso Quiz Cup for 12  months or until it disintegrates, whichever is sooner – went to the team called Where’s Steve? We have no idea if he turned up to take a share in the glory.

Mr Ferber keeping things in order

Mr Ferber keeping things in order

The cup was forged by one of the FBA committee when we realised that the mythical Cleveland Cup had not surfaced. The name Picasso Cup gives an idea of its artistic style. The Cleveland Cup is apparently in someone’s sister’s bedroom. If anyone happens to know whose or wheres, that would be interesting to hear about.

The search is over but Steve, is he still missing? Where's Steve gloat in front of the score board

Where's Steve gloat over the score board

The final result was a close run thing. Kelly’s Opus Day was in the lead for a long, long time. But some very rude answers to the caption round led to the final results. I would love to reproduce the captions here, but we are a family centred-organisation you know! I can’t even publish the picture for fear of offending.

I couldn't dance for another. One team heard 'club  night' instead of quiz night. Theywere not alone

I couldn't dance for another. Some participants heard 'club night' not 'quiz night'. At least they aren't dancing on the chairs, eh Lou?

Mr Ferber did an extremely good job of compering. Comparing the players to those he teaches mainly. He certainly keeps a very tight ship. Ofsted should have been there. They would have given him an ‘excellent’. We did. Although our profuse ‘thank yous’ to our favourite Liverpudlian Balfour Juniors teacher were heard best when we were holding out a few bottles of beer for him to take home.

Make mine a Khol Rhabi.

Make mine a Khol Rhabi.One Misfit wishes she had joined a different team

The Misfits lived up to their title and came last. They did not walk away empty handed. For them, a Kohl Rhabi was awarded and I noted before leaving that this had been put in the staffroom for all to enjoy next week.

Leadership is often about sitting back and lettingothers take the glory

Leadership is often about sitting back and letting others take the glory. This was the case on Friday

And the final scores on the doors? We had a great time and raised a magnificent £386.43. This should keep the staff in caviar for a while. If you have a better idea about how we spend this, come along to the AGM on Thursday October 2.

Thank you to all who turned up and made the night such a success. Particular thanks go to Mr Ferber for being compere extraordinare; Suzy Borenius for the best heckle of the evening; Mrs Latham’s brother for his cheeky humour; Mr Marle for being Mr Marle; and Robin Fitzgibbon from Infinity Foods for stocking the very well attended bar; Chris Bowden for going on the late-night ASDA run; and of course our serving wenches – Kendra Stonehouse and Charlotte Clow.

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Dates for your diary:

Friday 15th May is Quiz day! Well, evening. Get yourself a team together and get on down to the dining hall for 7.30. (Kick off around 8.00)

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It is truly wonderful the way that local businesses and those run by Balfour parents come up with brilliant ways to support our ventures.

If you would like to help out with prizes, donations and so forth in exchange for a warm fuzzy glow in your heart and your name on our leafelts and so forth, get in touch via the contact bit at the top.

Here are some of our generous supporters:

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