I hope that many of you will be able to join us for our Christmas celebrations at Greenfield next week. Carols by Candlelight takes place in school on Monday 15 December at 6.30 pm. This event combines our termly recital evening with community carol singing. We are pleased to have so many keen young musicians at Greenfield, who are working hard to learn to play a range of instruments. Carols by Candlelight provides them with an opportunity to play in public and share their talents. Our school choir was scheduled to take part in the prestigious Dudley Borough Christmas Concert next week but problems with the roof at Dudley Town Hall have closed the venue for up to three months. However, we are very pleased that we shall be able to hear our choir singing their Christmas Concert songs at Carols by Candlelight. Please do your best to come along and get into the Christmas spirit with a glass of mulled wine and carol singing.
This year our Carol Service at St Thomas’ Church on Tuesday 16 December at 10.00 has a decidedly traditional theme. All of our children will be taking part and each class will be performing a piece together. St Thomas’ is the perfect setting for our service and we warmly welcome all our families to join us.
We are happy for the children to come to school in party clothes for our Party Day on Thursday 18 December and the final day of term will be a mufti day.
Good luck with your Christmas preparations!
Many thanks to all our children and families for turning out in such great numbers to support our Christmas Fair last Friday. It was a splendidly successful and enjoyable evening. We are very grateful to our HSA team for all their efforts both on the night and before, especially in attracting so much advertising for the programme. It really is wonderful to see the HSA invigorated and back up to full strength again. We would also like to express our thanks to our Year 6 pupils for working so well on the stalls and helping out as Santa’s elves.
This week it has been an absolute pleasure to watch our children performing their Christmas Productions. It was hard to believe that our boys and girls in Reception have been in school for less than a term, when you saw them dancing and singing with such confidence in their excellent performance “Celebrate Good Times”. For those of you who were in the audience, I am sure you will never forget those comical reindeer and the ‘Frozen’ snowflake dancers. Our children in Year 1 and Year 2 entertained us brilliantly with their show “The Apprentice”. A special mention must go to Freya Westwood, Torsten Penney-Phillips, Edie Morley and George Smith for their superb performances and solo singing in the lead roles. So many parents and grandparents commented that these performances were two of the best shows they had ever seen. The costumes were superb, the acting was assured and the singing was excellent. Both shows prove just how talented our Greenfield children are, whether they perform individually or as part of a show’s cast, and demonstrate how much our children can achieve through working with our dedicated staff, who have such high expectations.
I hope that many of you will be able to join us for our Christmas celebrations at Greenfield in the last week of term with Carols by Candlelight in school on Monday 15 at 6.30 pm and our Carol Service at St Thomas’ Church on Tuesday 16 at 10.00 am. If you are not feeling festive already, I am confident that our children’s carol singing will put you in a suitably seasonal mood. Our choir, under the direction of Miss Sharon Hill, will also be singing at the prestigious Christmas Concert at Dudley Town Hall on Tuesday 16 December.
Last Friday we had a turn-out of around 50 people for the Longlands meeting led by Margot James MP. Initial plans have been drawn up for the site and these are now on display in Greenfield, Please come in, have a look at the ideas and leave your suggestions in our Comments’ Book, which will be passed on to the planners and architects to inform decision making on this important local development.
Many thanks to our wonderful children and families for your generous donations of Jolly Bags today. We are all really looking forward to next week’s Christmas Fair, so make sure you join us for some festive fun from 6.00-8.00 pm on Friday 5 December.
We also warmly invite all our parents and families to join us for our Carol Service at St Thomas’s Church, Stourbridge on Tuesday 16 December from 10.00-11.00 am. If you haven’t got into the spirit of Christmas by the last week of term, our traditional service with carols, readings and a Nativity will certainly put you in the right mood.
In the interests of safeguarding our children, we are happy for families to take photographs or videos of performances for exclusively personal purposes only. If anyone were foolish enough to upload any of these images onto social networking websites, the privilege of taking personal photographs would have to be withdrawn. We are sure that you will agree that we must all act together to keep all our Greenfield children as safe as possible at all times. The important thing is to be sure that people with no connection with our school do not have any opportunity to film covertly. Our members of staff are asked to quiz anyone they do not recognise who is using a camera or video recorder at events and productions.
Next week sees our children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 on stage for their highly anticipated Christmas performances. We are looking forward to seeing our Year 1 and Year 2 show, “The Apprentice”, on Tuesday 2 at 2.00 pm and on Thursday 4 December at 6.30 pm. Our eagerly awaited Reception performance, “Celebrate Good Times”, takes place on Friday 5 at 10.30 am. The children have amazed me with their ability to learn so many new songs so quickly and the quality of their singing, acting and dancing is superb. We hope to see as many parents and grandparents in the audiences as possible, as you shall be in for a real treat.
It has been brilliant to see so many parents joining us for our Open Sessions in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 this week. We really do appreciate your involvement in your child’s education at Greenfield and value your feedback. We are not required to run Open Sessions and as a school we only engage in any activities, which have a positive impact on improving learning. We genuinely believe that the more that you as parents and carers can support and engage in your child’s learning and development, the more successful your child will be. We have a great team of teachers at Greenfield but don’t forget that you are you are your child’s teacher too!
The Reception Open Sessions have been well received this week. One parent commented: “It was really lovely to see how my daughter is learning. I would recommend it to all parents”, while another added: “What a great idea! My son talks a lot about ‘my teachers’ and ‘my school’. It’s good to know what he needs to concentrate on at home”. Please do your best to join us for our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Open Sessions next week. These sessions will focus on writing and give you the chance to come in and see your child(ren)’s learning in action in our classrooms. Your child’s teacher will explain the aims of the lesson before the session and there will be the opportunity after the lesson to discuss the learning.