I would like to thank every single member of our superb staff team at Greenfield for all their dedication and inspiration throughout this school year. We have all worked tirelessly to continue to build on our ‘Outstanding’ status and this school year has brought us considerable, continued success. We are delighted with this year’s excellent SAT’s results, which are significantly above national outcomes yet again. Our recent academic and creative achievements are well-deserved rewards for our children, staff and everyone connected with our school. Thank you all so much for your continued involvement, support and warm words of praise and congratulations. We would also like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all our children and families for your thoughtful end of year presents and wonderful cards. I promise you that your generosity is greatly appreciated by us all.
On behalf of the Greenfield Team, I wish all our children and families a safe, peaceful and happy summer holiday. We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday 5 September at 8.45 am for the start of the Autumn Term.
This final week of our school year has been special. Saying goodbye to our Year 6 pupils, who are moving on to the next phase of their education, is difficult. We feel happy celebrating their successes and achievements but are sad that we won’t have the chance to work together again. It was a pleasure to attend the Prom and Prize Giving on Tuesday, when the parents of our Year 6 pupils were treated to a showcase of the children’s gifts and talents. We are especially grateful to our Year 6 staff team for putting in such a huge effort to make this last half term so memorable for our pupils with the excitement of our Year 6 Show, Leavers’ Trip and Prize Giving.
As our 39 Year 6 pupils leave Greenfield, we say goodbye to 20 of our families, whose youngest or only child is moving on. The three elements of partnership between children, parents and school are central to my philosophy and vision for our school. This close co-operation between home and school has helped these children to feel secure, gain confidence and meet with success. We thank our Year 6 parents for being such an important part of their children’s education and for working so closely with us.
As we arrive at the end of one school year and look towards the start of another, we say goodbye to familiar faces and welcome new members to the Greenfield family.
Mrs Rachel Smith, who has worked as a specialist Maths teacher, is moving on to Cherry Tree Learning Centre, a short stay school supporting pupils unable to access their mainstream school due to ill health. Miss Hannah Hurst in Reception has decided to travel and we look forward to receiving her news from around the world. I am sure you will join me in thanking them both and wishing them all the very best for their personal and professional futures.
And now for the good news! We are delighted to welcome two new teachers to our Greenfield Team. We appointed Miss Chloe Jones before Easter and we are sure she will be an asset in Year 5. We are also very pleased that Miss Jade Stephenson is joining our dynamic Reception Team. Both Chloe and Jade have already spent time in school getting to know our children and planning for the new school year with our experienced staff.
We are delighted to have won the Primary School Choir Competition run by Higgs & Sons Solicitors! Our amazing choir performed two pieces, a first song showcasing the children’s vocal range and ability and a second as an entertainment piece. The children sang their first number ‘Rise and Shine’ with great dynamics and perfect harmonies. The second song, ‘Raise My Voice’, not only featured Emily Edwards, Freya Westwood, Scarlett Millington and Erin Holloway as soloists, but was also brought to life with specially choreographed dance moves. Our choir looked so professional in their black T-shirts emblazoned with ‘GREENFIELD’ in gold letters that they wouldn’t have looked out of place on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’! We were presented with a special trophy, medals and certificates for the children plus a cash prize of £400, which we are going to spend on musical instruments. Huge thanks to Miss Hill for preparing the children so well and to Ali Pritchard for the excellent choreography.
You should have received your child’s end of year report yesterday. I have really enjoyed reading the reports, which reflect each child’s effort, attainment and progress. If you have not done so already, please do take the time to read and discuss the report with your child. This is an important opportunity for you to recognise and celebrate your child’s achievements and look at how you can help them to do even better next year. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents as possible at our Parents’ Evening next week on Monday 17 July from 4.00-7.00 pm. We do hope you will come into school with your child(ren), so that they can show you their work in their books and on displays.
We are keen to involve you fully in your child’s education and value your support. Parents’ attendance at our ‘Share the Learning’ assemblies this week has been superb, but don’t forget that there are five more next week! It has been great to have received so much positive feedback and to know that you value these special celebrations of learning as much as we do.
This week it has been a real treat and a privilege to enjoy Year 6’s superb end of year musical production ‘Edith’s Wartime Scrapbook’. Our students excelled themselves with a performance to a packed house, combining acting, dancing and singing to great effect. We know that we have many very talented individuals throughout our school but the quality of talent in Year 6 this year really is top rate. Congratulations to all our pupils and our fabulous staff for such an excellent team effort! I look forward to our Prize Giving and Prom Night next week on Tuesday with eager anticipation. Our Prom Night is a celebration of each child’s time at Greenfield, a showcase of their talents and a traditional end of year prize giving. It is a unique, special occasion and an important rite of passage for the children as they move on from the primary phase of their education.
Due to space restrictions, we are only able to invite the parents of our Year 6 pupils to our final Leavers’ Assembly on the last day of term. Our Leavers’ Assembly will start at 2.00 pm on Friday 21 July.
Many thanks to all our Reception and Year 2 parents for such splendid attendance at our Transition Meetings this week. I am really impressed by the support that so many of you are giving your children. It’s really quite simple: children with a positive attitude, high attendance and supportive, interested, determined parents just do better!
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 to Key Stage 2 Transition Meeting at 6.00 pm
Is your child or teenager a Snapchat user? Child safety concerns have recently been raised about a new Snapchat feature that reveals users’ locations amid fears it could be used for stalking. Parents have been warned to turn off “Snap Maps” on their children’s phones after Snapchat, which is especially popular among teenagers, introduced the location-sharing mode in late June. The feature displays a map of nearby friends, showing their latest location gathered using a smartphone’s GPS sensor. Users of the app can also search for locations such as individual schools, with the app displaying public photos and videos sent by students. While the feature is designed to help friends meet up or attend events together, it has raised fears that it could be abused.
The UK Safer Internet Centre explains: “It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time. Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person.”
Please remember that parents can turn the feature off on children’s phones by setting the app to “ghost mode”. For further information, please see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40509281
Many, many thanks to everyone in our school community for making last Saturday’s Summer Fayre such a great, happy and profitable day. It was good to see so many current and former pupils and families enjoying the wonderful sunshine, the fine refreshments and excellent entertainment on offer. I am especially grateful to our brilliant Friends of Greenfield (FroG), who turned up early in the morning to erect the gazebos, set up the stalls and make sure that everything was ready to roll when the Fayre opened at 1.00 pm. We really do appreciate the time and effort of our parents, families and staff, especially Mr Butler, who helped to make the event happen.