All posts by Peter Bravo

Paddle Power

Our Key Stage 2 pupils have been invited to take part in a Bellboating Experience. This has been a very popular activity in previous years and the children have really enjoyed taking part. We shall paddle on the Stourbridge Canal and then return to Greenfield on foot. This Bellboating Experience is being organised and led by Andy Train, a five time Olympian and three time world champion marathon canoe racer. The bell boat was designed by Andy’s Dad, Olympic Canoe Coach David Train: ‘The bell boat is a totally unique design in watercraft; its purpose is to remove the fear of taking part and to help with team work and co-operation. The versatility of the bell boat holds no bounds, it is a long lasting robust platform for introducing all ages to water sports as well as a classroom on the water.’ The children will be accompanied by specially trained bellboat helms, who hold full British Canoe Union qualifications. Full safety equipment is provided for the children. If you would like more information, please visit www.bellboat.com. We welcome willing volunteers to come along, so if you would like to join us on Monday 15 or Wednesday 17 October, please contact Mr Bravo directly.

 

Meet the Teachers

Please keep your eyes out next week for invitations to our Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings, which take place on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. You will receive a written Initial Report, which you will discuss with your child’s classteacher. We shall also be running our Autumn Book Fair in our foyer. We receive a generous commission on all books sold, so please don’t hesitate to reward great effort and progress with a good read! Please remember that you don’t have to wait for Parents’ Evenings, if you want to find out how your child is doing in school. Do not hesitate to come in and see us. The door is always open and we are always happy to see you.

 

Keeping Safe in Education

At Greenfield, we are committed to safeguarding children and promoting children’s welfare. Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm, safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment, so that we are all able feel safe in our environment.

We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Please make sure you play your part by helping us to maintain our site security by only letting our staff buzz you in at our Hill Street entrance and following our ‘No Phone’ policy. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. Our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours underpins this commitment. We aim to work in partnership with families and other agencies to improve the outcomes for children, who are vulnerable or in need.

We listen to our pupils and take their thoughts and feelings seriously. All our staff are trained in Child Protection, and children are aware of the adults they can talk to, if they have any concerns. Our staff are trained to look out for signs of physical and emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to our Designated Safeguarding Lead. The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and our Child Protection Policy follows this guidance. On rare occasions, our concerns for a child may mean that we have to consult other agencies. Where possible, we ensure that all concerns are discussed with parents or carers first, before any referrals are made, unless we believe that such a move may be contrary to a child’s welfare. If you have any concerns about a child, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mrs Remmers sremmers@greenfield.dudley.sch.uk

Greenfield Safeguarding Team

Mr Peter Bravo    Headteacher

Mrs Sarah Remmers  Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss Phillipa Cook    Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Sarah Hawker  Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Miss Rebecca Lewis  Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Jan Robinson     Safeguarding Governor

 

What’s on the menu?

Our children really enjoy welcoming their Mums, Dads and grandparents into Greenfield to have lunch with them. This term parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 you will have the opportunity to see what’s on the menu and taste of our school dinners, while parents in Key Stage 2 will be invited in early in the New Year.

Wednesday 10 October                          Stars                           Reception

Wednesday 17 October                          Stars                          Reception

Wednesday 24 October    Moons    Reception

Wednesday 7 November    Moons    Reception

Wednesday 14 November    Mercury     Year 1 & Year 2

Wednesday 21 November     Venus    Year 1 & Year 2

Wednesday 28 November     Earth    Year 1 & Year 2

We shall send out a letter with full details of the arrangements in the week prior to your dinner date and do hope that as many parents as possible will grasp the opportunity to sample our school dinners. All our boys and girls in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Universal Free School Meals, so please make sure you are making the most of this opportunity to save on lunchbox expenses. If your child hasn’t tried a dinner yet, they can always give it a try. Just ask them to choose a school dinner at morning registration with their classteacher.

 

Full House

We use our Houses at Greenfield to support and encourage excellent behaviour as well as developing the children’s responsibility and independence. It is a successful system and is very popular with our children. We have four houses, each with its own house colour; Stevens (blue), Lyttleton (yellow), Webb (red) and Foley (green). Each House met last week to elect their new Captains and Vice Captains. Year 6 pupils in each House may choose to stand for election and have to give an election speech outlining their vision and plans for the coming school year. This year’s successful candidates are:

Stevens

House Captains: Edward Sawyer & Erin Holloway

Vice Captains: Ethan Bird & Edie Morley

Lyttleton

House Captains: Myles Dhaliway & Scarlett Millington

Vice Captains: Kai Lumsden & Edie Male 

Webb

House Captains: Tom Hinds & Kate Miles

Vice Captains: Seb Gaskin & Annabelle Findley

Foley

House Captains: George Smith & Charlotte Yates

Vice Captains: Rufus Wear & Katie Cunningham

We would also like to congratulate our new Head Boy Miles Cutler, Head Girl Freya Westwood, Deputy Head Boy Torsten Penney-Phillips and Deputy Head Girl Evie Kendrick. Well done! We look forward to seeing you make a big contribution to life and learning and Greenfield throughout your time in Year 6.

 

Welcome Meetings

We do hope that as many parents as possible will make it to our ‘Welcome to the Year Group’ meetings in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 on Monday 24 September. These important meetings will inform you of the expectations for your child for the year ahead in their new year band. Our teachers will explain curriculum content, highlight the essential non-negotiables of learning, share timetables and be available to answer your questions and suggest the best ways of helping your child to fulfil his or her potential. Please do your very best to attend, so you can support your child(ren) and really help them to be as successful as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at the following times:

5.00 pm Year 5 & Year 6 Parents (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)

5.30 pm Year 3 & Year 4 Parents (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn)

6.00 pm Year 1 & Year 2 Parents (Mercury, Venus, Earth)

 

Wave Goodbye, Say Hello

It has been wonderful to see our new Reception children coming to school so happily as full-timers this week. I am hugely impressed with how well they are already settling in and coping with the demands of learning and lunchtimes too! We have never had so many parents come along to our ‘Wave Goodbye, Say Hello’ coffee morning as we did on Monday. The staffroom was packed.

 

Leaping Ahead with FroG!

It would be great to see new and familiar faces at our first Friends of Greenfield (FroG) meeting next week on Wednesday 26 September. Our Friends run such a great blend of social and fundraising events, which always keep a strong focus on the children. All profits go straight back into enhancing the educational opportunities for the children of our school. We really couldn’t do what we do without this extra financial support. The Friends of Greenfield (FROG) is a charity and as a parent at Greenfield, you are automatically a member. Don’t worry if you can’t make it next week, you will always be welcome at any future meetings. If meetings aren’t your thing, we would value any involvement or contribution you might be able to make at any stage of the year. Please extend this welcome to family members and any former pupils and families you know.

 

Welcome Meetings

We do hope that as many parents as possible will make it to our ‘Welcome to the Year Group’ meetings in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 on Monday 24 September. These important meetings will inform you of the expectations for your child for the year ahead in their new year band. Our teachers will explain curriculum content, highlight the essential non-negotiables of learning, share timetables and be available to answer your questions and suggest the best ways of helping your child to fulfil his or her potential. Please do your very best to attend, so you can support your child(ren) and really help them to be as successful as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at the following times:

5.00 pm                       Year 5 & Year 6 Parents (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)

5.30 pm                       Year 3 & Year 4 Parents (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn)

6.00 pm                       Year 1 & Year 2 Parents (Mercury, Venus, Earth)

Budding Musicians

Music is a very important aspect of life at Greenfield and it is always exciting to see new musicians starting to learn an instrument. We are pleased to have worked successfully with Dudley Performing Arts (DPA) to provide instrumental tuition at Greenfield for many years.

We currently have a limited number of spare places, if you would like your child to have instrumental lessons. We are able to offer Brass (cornet, trumpet, trombone, tenor horn, euphonium and French horn), Woodwind (clarinet, flute), Strings (violin, cello), Guitar and Singing lessons. There are many adults, who wish that they had had the chance to learn a musical instrument at school, so please don’t miss this opportunity for your own children. All lessons are provided by experienced tutors and most of our children learn in small groups. We do our best to ensure that lessons take place at lunchtime or during the afternoon, so that our children do not miss learning in English and Maths. Lessons are open to all children frim Year 2 to Year 6. Please contact our office if you are interested.

Children who play any musical instrument at any level of ability are warmly encouraged to join our School Band, which runs every Tuesday from 3.30-4.00 with Mr Mark Hadlington. Mark is our Brass Tutor, who teaches our whole class trombone lessons in Year 3 and Year 4. His enthusiastic, good humoured approach makes playing in our School Band a great and enjoyable experience.