All posts by Peter Bravo

Go for Green for Greenfield

If you’re shopping in Waitrose, make sure you pick up a green token at the till and pop it in the Friends Of Greenfield tub! The more tokens that go in, the more money for our school!  Thank you for your support.

 

Wear Your Word Day

Our children are all working hard to build their word power by developing their vocabulary. Not only does this improve our reading skills, it also helps the children to be more creative, precise and indeed ambitious in their writing. To bring our first half term to a colourful conclusion, we would like our children to come to school on Friday 26 October dressed as your favourite word. You might choose to be a noun of distinction, an innovative adjective or even an engaging verb! Be as imaginative as you can.

 

Safe Inside and Out

It is essential that all schools have established and proven procedures to guarantee the safety of all children. We carry out fire drills once a term to ensure in the event of an actual fire, our children would be able to act in a calm and orderly manner. Our staff have designated responsibilities to ensure the safety of all children and adults. We use escape routes according to a predetermined, practised plan and the evacuation of our buildings is achieved in a speedy and orderly manner.

It is also advisable for all schools to have effective lockdown procedures that are regularly practised and reviewed. Lockdown procedures may be activated in response to a number of situations, but some of the more typical ones might include an intruder on the school site; a warning of local air pollution from a poisonous gas cloud; a major fire in the vicinity of the school or the presence of a dangerous dog on site.

Our children are aware of the two different sounds for the fire and the lockdown alarms. They know that the fire alarm is the signal for us to get outside to stay safe and that the lockdown alarm is the signal to stay inside to stay safe. Our most recent fire drill was effected in a time of 3 minutes and 6 seconds. We plan to practise our lockdown procedure in the coming weeks and are confident that the children will respond with their usual sensible and positive attitude. All our pupils will be aware of the procedure and regular practice will increase their familiarity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see me.

 

Brilliant Ideas

The first week back after our half term break will see all our Key Stage 2 children engrossed in their Design and Technology Projects. Your child’s classteachers will be starting to discuss and help the children plan their projects next week in school. Parents, grandparents and volunteers are welcome to come in and support the children from 1.30 – 3.00 pm on the following days.

Thursday 8 November        Mars, Jupiter & Saturn (Year 3 & Year 4)

Friday 9 November  Uranus, Neptune & Pluto (Year 5 & Year 6)

It is always rewarding to see so many children and adults working so well together on their projects. Our commitment to involving parents really does provide an excellent opportunity for you to support your children in their own learning. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings

We have had an excellent reply-slip response for our Autumn Parents’ Evenings next week on Monday 22 October and Tuesday 23 October. It is essential that we achieve 100% attendance from our parents at our Parents’ Evenings, so that we can guarantee that all our parents are informed about your child(ren)’s attitude, effort, behaviour, progress and attendance and know exactly what support you can offer them. You will receive a written Initial Report, which you will discuss with your child’s classteacher. If you still have not got an appointment, please make sure you contact your child’s classteacher as soon as possible.

 

Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings

It is essential that we achieve 100% attendance at our Parents’ Evenings on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. We are looking forward to telling you how the children have settled into their new classes as well as informing you about your child’s progress, attitude, effort and behaviour, so you will know exactly what support you can give at home. You will receive a written Initial Report, which you will discuss with your child’s classteacher. Our teachers will be scheduling your appointments on Monday, so please return your reply slips, if you haven’t done so already, to get the slots of your choice.

 

Harvest Thanks

Many thanks to all of our parents, families and friends for joining us for our Harvest Festival celebrations in school yesterday. Both celebration assemblies were really well-attended and we are grateful to Dave Morris and Alan from Hope Church, Hanbury Hill, for leading them. Many thanks to all our families for your generous Harvest Gifts, including the ‘Morning Coffee’ boxes and lots of toiletries, which will be collected by Black Country Foodbank on Tuesday morning. Black Country Foodbank helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies for a period of three days, while a longer-term solution is developed. Their services have an enormous impact on the people who use them, giving them an important breathing space at a time of great need. The Food Bank only provides for individuals and families, who really are in need. Their aim is not to create dependency but to help those in crisis while other agencies work to address underlying problems. In total in 2017 Black Country Foodbank provided 182,560 meals across three boroughs in partnership with local churches and community groups.

 

Food for Thought

Our Stars in Reception have really enjoyed welcoming their Mums, Dads and grandparents into Greenfield this week to have a taste of our school dinners. Parents came for a roast dinner on Wednesday and we were pleased to hear that our guests thought the food was tasty and that the portions were good. One Mum was even seen to swap her roast dinner for her child’s Grab Bag! It’s good to have an insight into what your children actually do at school as some of them aren’t always to willing to tell you exactly what they’ve been up to. We look forward to welcoming the remainder of our Reception parents for lunch on the following three Wednesdays. We shall be inviting Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 parents through the course of the school year.

 

On the Rights Track

At Greenfield we aim to focus on and develop the whole child. As part of our school’s aims to promote happiness and success, we are working towards gaining recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools. Unicef UK is working with schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

We have a strong and well-established set of Greenfield Values, which we use to support and drive the personal and social education of our children. We also use a system of Rights and Responsibilities to underpin our approach to positive behaviour management, aiming to enable all our children to make the right choices for themselves. Our Rights Respecting work is developing these approaches. This year the members of our School Council are working as our Rights Respecting Ambassadors. They meet regularly with Mrs Cattell and Mrs Leech to make sure we work on a particular Article from the Convention each month. In October, as part of our Harvest Festivals, the children in our School Council are concentrating on Article 27 (adequate standard of living) and each child’s right to have food, clothing and a safe place to live.

 

Harvest at Greenfield

We are looking forward to seeing lots of our parents and families at next week’s Harvest Festival Assemblies on Thursday 11 October. Join us for Early Years and Key Stage 1 at 9.10 am and our Key Stage 2 at 2.45 pm. We are delighted that Dave Morris from Hope Church, Hanbury Hill, has kindly offered to lead both of these special events.

We are asking for Harvest Gifts in the form of a Morning Coffee Box or items to send to the Black Country Foodbank. Ideally a Morning Coffee Box should contain a jar of coffee, some tea bags, sugar and a packet or two of biscuits. We have heard recently that the Foodbank is desperate for toiletries, so please feel free to donate shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shower gel and personal care items. Other good suggestions for the Foodbank box may include UHT fruit juice, potatoes (tinned & dried), coffee, tinned veg, cooking sauces, breakfast cereals, rice, noodles, biscuits and ready meals.

We always welcome our children and families to nominate elderly relatives and neighbours, who would appreciate a Harvest Gift. If you have someone in mind, please let us know by emailing their name to cbenson@greenfield.dudley.sch.uk.