It has been great to see all our children and families again after the Easter holiday. The children look rested and have clearly benefited from the break. They have quickly got into school mode and made an excellent start to the new term. As usual, we would like to emphasise the importance of full and punctual attendance for all our children. Last term’s series of viruses, flu and scarlet fever across the whole school resulted in poor attendance figures for some children, so we are definitely keeping our fingers crossed for a much healthier term and improved attendance.
Reducing lateness, absence and persistent absence is a vital and integral part of our work to both promote children’s welfare and safeguarding as well as to ensure every pupil has access to the full-time education, to which they are entitled. We know that the vast majority of our parents work very closely with us to ensure your children succeed at school, so that they will have access to the widest possible range of opportunities as they grow up. If you are one of the few, who finds it difficult to get your child(ren) to school on time every day, please make an extra effort this term for your child’s sake. Late arrivals and persistent absentees miss out on so much and get left behind in their learning. Children who come to school every day get the chance to learn more, build better friendships and make much better progress than those whose attendance is poor. Please aim for 100% attendance for your
child(ren) this term.
Every year our wonderful Friends of Greenfield kindly fund the Living Eggs experience for our Reception children. Living Eggs Ready Hatch is a two week comprehensive programme providing us with all we need for hatching chicks in school. The 10 embryo eggs will arrive in school on Monday morning and the boys and girls will enjoy the excitement of seeing the eggs hatch. We are looking for families, who would like to adopt one of our Greenfield chicks in two weeks’ time. You may already be an old hand on the hen front or just keen to start enjoying the delights of keeping your own poultry. Parents are welcome to pop into Reception to see the chicks but please come and see me, if you are interested in adoption.
It’s amazing to think that we are already in the last term of the school year. Offers for Reception places for September went out on Monday. For those of you, who already have a son or daughter at Greenfield, the first session for parents will be on Thursday 24 May at 4.00 pm.
Please make sure that your child has his/her Greenfield PE kit in school every day so he/she can always take part and improve their physical fitness and sporting skills. Our Greenfield PE kit is:
Þ School PE T-shirt or white polo shirt
Þ Navy shorts
Þ Navy jogging suit (a cold weather option)
Þ Pumps or trainers
Þ No jewellery is to be worn during PE
Please keep your fingers crossed for warm, dry weather for our Sports’ Day on Thursday 24 May at Oldswinford Hospital. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 children will race in the morning (9.30 to 11.30) and our Key Stage 2 children in the afternoon (1.15 to 3.15). We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families at both of these exciting events.
The Spring Term has been jam packed with wonderful learning opportunities for all our children. Our long list of enrichment activities and achievements has included inter-house benchball competitions, World Book Day, Netball Club, Stay and Play with Dudley Performing Arts, the launch of the G-Bees, Year 6 Boosters, sessions for We-Do, Mission Possible and the Dirty Dozen, Times Tables Rockstars, Film Club, visits to Stourbridge library, the Year 3 and Year 4 Coalbrookdale Residential, Spelling Bee competitions, the Dudley Maths championships, the Greenfield Eisteddfod, Dizzee Dance at Stourbridge Dance Festival, tennis and our Choir on stage at Symphony Hall.
We are very grateful to all our parents and friends in the extended Greenfield family for your involvement in the life of our school this term. The Mathematics Open Sessions, which enable parents to come into classes and get involved with your children’s learning, have been well attended. Don’t forget to come to our Computing Open Sessions next term. Your support for our Design and Technology this term has been as generous as ever and enabled the children to achieve well in their own projects. It is always rewarding to see us all working hard together to ensure that each child fulfils his or her potential.
We would really appreciate even more involvement from parents and families in the work of our Friends of Greenfield (FroG), so it can flourish fully and provide a rich range of fundraising and social opportunities for us all to enjoy. Please do your best to get involved in our preparations for our Summer Fayre on Saturday 7 July. We would be grateful if you can just offer an hour of your time to help set stalls on the morning of the Fayre.
On behalf of our wonderful staff team, I wish all our children and families a relaxing Easter break. We look forward to seeing you all at 8.45 am on Monday 16 April for the start of the Summer Term.
It has been a pleasure and privilege this week to enjoy our show ‘Alice the Musical’. The children in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 really have surpassed themselves with three superb performances. So many of our parents, grandparents and families have told us how much they have enjoyed being entertained by the children on stage. This year’s show was a fine piece of musical theatre and the quality of the singing was exceptional. A show such as this once again proves just how talented our Greenfield children are, whether they perform individually or with their peers, and demonstrates how much our children can achieve through working with our dedicated staff, who have high expectations. We extend our thanks to our teachers, Mr Dove, Miss Lewis, Miss Midgley, Mr Benbow and Miss Jones, for enabling the children to deliver such a great show and to our teaching assistants, Mrs Hadley and Mrs Tyas, for the props. Special thanks go to Miss Hill for the outstanding quality of singing in the shows and her excellent accompaniment on the piano.
Have a thought this evening for our Year 3 and Year 4 children, who have just returned from their very first residential at the Youth Hostel in Coalbrookdale. I am sure they will be tired after all the activities not to mention the experience of a night away from home with their classmates. Many thanks to Mrs Remmers, Miss Midgley, Mr Benbow, Mrs Hawker, Mrs Lee and Mrs Taylor for accompanying the children on this educational visit.
Tickets are now on sale via Parentmail for our Key Stage 2 Spring show ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March. The children in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 really have been working so well together on the songs and acting for this performance. Fire regulations limit the numbers we are allowed to have in the school hall at any one time and compel us to restrict the ticket allocation to two per child for these concerts.
Following the success of last year’s Open Evening, Dudley Performing Arts are holding another drop-in session for children to come along and try out a range of musical instruments. You will be able to try a range of instruments (trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, guitar, drum, keyboard) and parents can ask questions about how lessons work in schools with Dudley Performing Arts. The evening also provides a chance for pupils learning in whole class instrumental projects, such as our Trombone Project in Year 3 and Year 4, to find out about making the next steps in music making. If you are interested, please go along to Netherton Arts Centre on Tuesday 20 March between 6.00 and 8.00 pm.
We are pleased that our children in Year 3 and Year 5 have enjoyed their Bikeability training this week. The children worked with the Dudley Road Safety Team and completed practical training as well as developing their understanding of the Highway Code. Bikeability is based on the government approved National Standards for Cycle Training, which teach the necessary skills to ride confidently on today’s roads. Cycling is a life-long skill, which encourages a healthy lifestyle, boosting confidence and developing independence. There are three award levels for Bikeability, with a level to suit all abilities, from beginner to experienced commuter or rider. Our Year 3 children completed Level 1, teaching basic bike-handling skills in a controlled traffic-free environment. Our Year 5 children completed Level 2, teaching them to cycle planned routes on minor roads and offering a real cycling experience.
Traffic and parking are two serious issues for the children of Greenfield Primary School both in the morning and at the end of the school day. The main problems are cars parking as close to school as possible with no apparent concern for the safety of our children as they arrive at and leave school. If you do travel to school by car, please park safely and make sure you keep your eyes out for both pedestrians and cyclists, as more children may well be cycling to school after their Bikeability training.