Preparations for our major social and fundraising event of the year are going ahead at pace. Many thanks to those of you who are getting involved and helping out. We are currently collecting raffle and tombola prizes. We would be very grateful if you could keep us in mind if you’re having a clear out over Half Term or need a good home for any unwanted gifts.
We are looking forward to seeing an excellent turnout at our Sports’ Day on Friday 7 June at Old Swinford Hospital School. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports will run from 9.30-11.30 am and our Key Stage 2 Sports from 1.15-3.15 pm. Please keep your fingers crossed for wonderful weather.
In preparation for September each child has compiled a list of Learning Friends today. These are other pupils your child works well with and who also support your child in their learning. Thank you to those parents, who have already been in touch. If you do have any worries or concerns, which you would like to make us aware of, please contact me or your child’s current class teacher as soon as possible.
We are really pleased that our Year 6 children have returned safely from an exciting outdoor adventure residential at Boreatton Park, PGL’s flagship centre in Shropshire. After the excitement of three days away with their classmates and an action-packed schedule of kayaking, archery, high ropes, orienteering, giant swing, rifle shooting, climbing and team building games, I am sure they will be ready for the half term break. Many thanks to our brilliant team of Miss Cook, Miss Tang, Mrs Remmers and Mrs Taylor, for accompanying the children on this memorable educational experience. This Year 6 were one of the best behaved groups we have ever taken. I was fortunate to be able to be with the group and must commend all our children for their superb behaviour, enthusiastic participation and real courage in the face of challenge.
Don’t forget that it’s Chocolate Bingo tonight! We have lots of delicious prizes thanks to your generosity on last week’s Chocolate Mufti Day. Chocolate Bingo is a true family event, so we hope to see lots of children, parents and grandparents spending an evening together for a traditional bit of family fun. There will be a bar and snacks will also be available.
Elmer the Elephant is 30 years old this year. Many of us will be familiar with the wonderful stories about the adventures of this humorous, patchwork elephant through reading them to our children. The first book ‘Elmer’ was published in 1989 and it was a particular favourite of all the children in my first Reception class, when I started teaching in 1990. We shall be celebrating Elmer’s birthday next week with a multi-coloured mufti at Greenfield on Friday 24 May. Come to school in as many colours as you can and enjoy a day of exploring our diversity and celebrating our differences.
We shall soon be organising our classes for September as part of our planning for the coming school year. 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 compile his/her own list of Learning Friends. These are other pupils your child works well with and who also support your child in their learning. If you have any worries or concerns, which you would like to make us aware of, please see me or your child’s current class teacher by next Friday.
Many congratulations to our Year 6 pupils for showing such excellent positive attitude, great determination and an admirable work ethic during SAT’s this week. We have been really pleased with their great progress this year and we are confident that all our pupils will achieve excellent outcomes.
It has been wonderful to see all of our boys and girls early each morning at our SAT’s Breakfast Club. Now in its eleventh year, this has yet again proven to be a successful and worthwhile initiative. It gives children the opportunity to get into school early, see their classmates and overcome any pre-test nerves. We would like to thank our Friends of Greenfield for annually funding this activity and are very grateful to our dynamic Year 6 team of Miss Cook, Miss Tang, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Knapman and Mrs Remmers, who were in school early each day to prepare and serve the breakfasts.
Our Year 6 pupils can now look forward making the most of their last eight weeks at Greenfield. This starts on Monday with our three day outdoor adventure residential at Boreatton Park, PGL’s flagship centre in Shropshire. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather so we can enjoy a packed timetable of water sports, giant swing, high ropes, archery, orienteering and rifle shooting! Interschool sports, arts celebrations and community events will soon follow. There is still time for our pupils to achieve and experience even more (as well as preparing an excellent end of year performance) before they make the move onto the next phase of their education. Keep up the good work and well done, Year 6! We are all so proud of you!
Good luck to all our Year 6 children, who will be taking their SATs next week. As in previous years, we shall be running our SATs Breakfast Club each morning. This breakfast club provides the children with the chance to come in early, spend some time together with their friends and have a calm start to the day. Children can arrive from 8.30 am and enjoy a range of treats including croissants, cereal, toast, crumpets and juice. The club is free to all our children thanks to the generosity of our wonderfully supportive Friends of Greenfield.
The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE). These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. This means that we’ll be reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy, so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their age, physical and emotional maturity, religious and cultural backgrounds, and special educational needs and disabilities. We need your feedback to help us do this and would like to invite you to be part of a RSE Focus Group. The first meeting will be on Wednesday 12 June at 3.00 pm. If you’d like to participate, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call our school office on 818585. This meeting will finish by the end of the school day.