All posts by Peter Bravo

Podium Place at the 2017 Maths Championship Results

Well done to our Year 3 and Year 4 Maths Team for coming third in the Dudley Maths Championship finals. Many congratulations to our team of Erin Holloway, Ben Thomas, Soraya Tasadiq, Solomon Tyler-Gordon, Katie Cunningham and Tom Hinds for an amazing achievement on achieving a podium place! We are all really proud of the children and staff for achieving such a high standard of Maths proficiency. We were all so impressed with the children’s teamwork skills, as they all got involved, worked well together and shared ideas to solve a broad range of problems throughout nine challenging rounds of competition. The children were rewarded with prizes and certificates and have been invited back next week for a creative fun and fitness session with Virgin Active. We are already looking forward to next year’s competition and hope to do even better.

 

Great Gurdwaras!

On Wednesday 21 June, Year 6 visited the Gurdwara in Handsworth, Birmingham. We were greeted by a Sikh faith guide, who talked to us about the building and explained the different features of the temple. The outside of the building looked beautiful and the atmosphere was calm and very relaxing inside. It was a fascinating experience for us to visit a Sikh temple and we learned lots of interesting facts about the building of the Gurdwara and the Sikh faith. We were offered a meal, a tasty curry and chapatti, as part of the Sikh way of welcoming others to their temple. Year 6 were all respectful and followed the Sikh rules inside the Gurdwara, such as removing our shoes and covering our heads. Everyone thought it was a great experience and appreciated the generosity and warmth of the Sikhs, who helped us learn more about the religion. All of Year 6 enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone, who has the chance to go.

Reporter: Kyle Green

 

All the Fun of the Fayre

We look forward to seeing as many of our children, families and friends of our school as possible at our Greenfield Summer Fayre on Saturday 1 July. The wonderful Friends of Greenfield are busy planning the stalls and entertainment, buying prizes and charming some brilliant raffle prizes from our generous and supportive local business community. The Summer Faye is the major social and fundraising event of the year for our school community. We are always grateful for the support from our families with children at Greenfield, but our Summer Fayre also attracts many longstanding friends and familiar faces, who have been involved in life and learning at Greenfield over the years. With ever reducing budgets for education, the importance of raising much needed funds can not be emphasised enough. We have worked together with determination and innovation to build Greenfield into the school it is and are determined to continue to improve what we offer to all our children. Every penny of profit goes straight into providing learning resources and educational opportunities, which we would simply not have otherwise. The fun starts at 1.00 pm and runs until 4.00 pm.

 

Play it Again

We invite parents and families to join us for our Summer Recital, which will take place at 2.00 pm on Monday 3 July. This showcase for the musical talents of our Greenfield children is always a well-attended and enjoyable event. What originally started as a small performance seven years ago has grown into a proper concert. We are all looking forward to being entertained by a guitar ensemble, vocalists and individual performers on the piano, guitar, clarinet, flute, trombone and violin, ranging from new starters to more seasoned players. You will also have the chance to hear our choir, who are currently rehearsing for a charity choir competition on Wednesday 12 July. They shall be singing two songs, one chosen to demonstrate their vocal range and ability and the other as an entertaining show piece.

 

Move On Up

We do hope that as many of our Reception and Year 2 parents as possible will be able to come to our Transition Meetings on Monday 10 July. They will enable our staff to explain fully the different learning expectations for Reception children as they move into Key Stage 1 and for Year 2 children as they move up to the dizzy heights of Key Stage 2.

  • Reception Transition Meeting at 5.30 pm
  • Year 2 Transition Meeting at 6.00 pm

 

Moving On Up

Moving on up

Can you believe that it’s only six weeks until the end of the Summer Term? As we look towards the end of one school year and the start of another, we are keen to ensure that the transition to new classes and teachers is achieved as smoothly and effectively as possible for all our children. This starts with the organisation of our classes for September.

For many years at Greenfield all the classes were organised exclusively according to age. However, in 2009 as part of our drive to improve the standards of learning and achievement in our school, we decided to organise the classes differently. The three key aims were to keep the classes as small as possible, to take into account each child’s individual learning needs and to recognise the importance of friendship groupings. This approach has proved to be extremely successful. It has not only enabled us to manage each child’s personal learning and development more effectively year on year, but also resulted in Greenfield children achieving significantly better levels of attainment and progress than other children nationally. As we organise the new classes, our teachers will draw on their excellent understanding of our children and in addition will ask each child to name a list of friends, who help them in their learning. If there are any issues or concerns, which you would like to make us aware of, please see me or your child’s current class teacher by Wednesday 14 June.

We do hope that as many of our Reception and Year 2 parents as possible will be able to come to our Transition Meetings on Monday 10 July. They will enable our staff to explain fully the different learning expectations for Reception children as they move into Key Stage 1 and for Year 2 children as they move up to the dizzy heights of Key Stage 2.

We shall run our successful ‘Welcome to Your New Class’ meetings in September for all parents. These will enable you to meet your child’s teaching team and get important information on the learning expectations, curriculum content, weekly timetable, organisation of homework, educational visits and residentials, significant calendar events and top tips for how you can best support your child in their learning to help them achieve their full potential in their new year band.

 

Share The Learning

Our ‘Share The Learning’ assemblies bring the year’s learning journey to a conclusion for our classes and allow you to see what the children consider to be the highlights of their learning. Please do your best to join your child’s class on the following days.

Tuesday 11 July   Jessica Ennis-Hill @ 9.15 am

Wednesday 12 July   Beatrix Potter @ 9.15 am

Wednesday 12 July   Michael Morpurgo @ 2.30 pm

Tuesday 18 July   Lang Lang @ 9.15 am

Wednesday 19 July   Michael Rosen @ 9.15 am

Wednesday 19 July   Mo Farah & JK Rowling @ 2.30 pm

Thursday 20   July   Ellie Simmonds @ 9.15 am

Thursday 20 July   Stevie Wonder @ 2.30 pm

These assemblies have been very well received by our parents and families for the past five years and we do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to make it to these special celebrations of learning this year.

 

The Votes Have Been Counted

There has been a real buzz of excitement in the air throughout our Greenfield Election Week, when children in Year 5 have stood for election for the positions of Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. It all started with our candidates’ speeches declaring their manifestoes in a special whole school assembly on Monday morning. At Wednesday’s Hustings, children from all year groups came up with a range of interesting and challenging questions for the candidates to answer, including ‘What has inspired you to be Head Boy or Head Girl?’ and ‘What do you do to help out at home?’

The candidates themselves and their campaign teams have all worked together and supported each other well, sticking to the task and even surprising parents and staff with their maturity and clear thinking.

Voting took place yesterday and today. I have been pleased and impressed with the way in which all our children have taken the process so seriously and clearly given their choices so much thought. All votes have been counted and double checked this afternoon and we are delighted to announce the results:

Head Boy                      Jude Berry                      

Deputy Head Boys       Todd Stevens & Remy Wear      

Head Girl      Mary Cutler

Deputy Head Girl        Evie-Mae Wells

Prefects

Alfie Wilde   Grace Burford-Sargent   Tilly Willetts-Court

Niamh Bird   William Smith   Hannah Cole

Joss Wells   Maurice Meneer   Lottie Webster

Jamiee Lawrence

Many thanks and congratulations to each and every one of you. Your attitude, cooperation and conduct have been superb. We all agree that each one of you is a credit to our school and we are looking forward to seeing you in action in the next school year.

 

Good Sports

We are delighted and fortunate to have been able to enjoy such perfect weather for yesterday’s Sports’ Day. It was wonderful to see our parents and families turning out in such great numbers for both our morning and afternoon events. Some of you were well prepared for a sporting picnic complete with blankets, chairs and drinks, but many of you also made the most of the chance to have a tea, coffee and ice-cream, courtesy of our wonderful Friends of Greenfield.

We were all really pleased to be able to use the facilities at Oldswinford Hospital School for the second time. The track on the top field provided the perfect venue in such an idyllic setting. We would like to thank Mr Paul Kilbride, Headteacher, for the invitation and appreciate the warm welcome given to us by Mr Andrew Coalter and his fabulous team, including Lee Meneer and Ian Sherwin, who helped the day run so smoothly.

We have received so many compliments and positive feedback from our families. These are summed in the kind words of Pat and Paul Beard, grandparents of Amelia in Year 1 and Lowenna in Year 4: ‘We retired bystanders thoroughly enjoyed Greenfield’s Sports’ Day yesterday. It was great to witness all the pupils giving of their best, cheered on by their house-mates! Of particular note, which reflects so well on the school, was the meticulous observation of the silence in remembrance of the victims of the arena bomb attack in Manchester. Many thanks!’

I am sure you will agree that our children excelled themselves in the true spirit of healthy competition. Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils and Year 5 candidates, who worked together so efficiently to run the individual events, organise the equipment and tally the scores.

 

Thank You

Many thanks to all our children and families for your support for today’s Meningitis Awareness Mufti.  We have ordered ‘Signs and Symptoms’ cards, which we shall distribute to all our families.  For further information, please visit the Information for Parents page of this website, where you will find ‘Meningitis – a Factsheet for Parents and Carers’.