Many congratulations to all of our performers in our Eisteddfod Celebration this afternoon. You were wonderfully confident and we are so proud of you all.
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 29 April for the start of the Summer Term.
The Spring Term has been jam packed with wonderful learning opportunities for all our children. Our long list of enrichment activities and achievements includes World Book Day, netball, dodge ball, football, brass tuition with Dudley Performing Arts, the launch of Quest in Year 3, Year 6 Boosters, sessions for G-Bees, Mission Possible and Dirty Dozen, Times Tables Rockstars, visits to Stourbridge Library and Waitrose, the Year 3 and Year 4 Ilam Hall Residential, cross country and athletics competitions, the Dudley Maths championships, the Greenfield Eisteddfod, Flair Dance at Stourbridge Dance Festival and the Best Practice Phonics Roadshow for the Department of Education.
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 Writing and Kinetic Letters Open Sessions, which enable parents to come into classes and get involved with your children’s learning, have been very well attended. Don’t forget to come to our E-Safety Open Sessions next term. Your support for 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 6 July. We would be grateful even if you can just offer an hour of your time to help set up stalls on the morning of the Fayre.
It has been a pleasure and privilege this week to enjoy our show ‘Troy Story – the Musical’. The children in Year 3 and Year 4 really have surpassed themselves with two 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 Mr Dove, Mrs Leech, Miss Rowe and Mrs Hadley, for enabling the children to deliver such a great show. Special thanks go to Miss Hill for the outstanding quality of singing in the shows and her excellent accompaniment on the piano.
We are all looking forward to next week’s show ‘Troy Story – the Musical’, performed by our Year 3 and Year 4 children. Our actors and singers have been polishing their lines and fine tuning the songs in preparation for the eagerly anticipated shows on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April, with both performances starting at 7.00 pm. Thank you for the feedback on how easy it has been to pay for the tickets via our ParentMail payment system. There are still a few tickets remaining for both performances. If you would like to purchase additional tickets, these are now available to purchase on ParentMail until 10.00 am on Monday 8 April.
To ensure that we are fully compliant with health and safety and safeguarding requirements, we have reviewed our system for individual risk assessments. An individual risk assessment is completed for any child with a physical, visual or hearing impairment or for any child with an Education Health Care Plan. They are done to ensure that any potential risks to a child have been identified before going on an off-site visit or before taking part in certain activities at school.
These risk assessments often have to be submitted to external agencies for approval, and therefore can take some time to complete. The final document requires both a headteacher and parental signature, and, without both of these, the risk assessment is classed as incomplete and therefore the child would be unable to participate in the visit or activity. On occasions, a risk assessment may have exactly the same information as a previous one, but each new risk assessment produced still requires both signatures. Verbal consent is not acceptable.
Our aim is to have individual risk assessments ready by five days prior to the visit or activity taking place. Parent(s) will receive a ParentMail text asking them to come to the school office to sign the risk assessment at their earliest convenience, but obviously prior to the visit or activity.
We thank you for your understanding and assistance with this matter. Please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Remmers if you have any questions.
It has been excellent to have such a great turn-out at our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Party this afternoon. Many thanks for your enthusiastic comments and heartfelt thanks, which always make running these events so worthwhile. The quality and range of cakes was truly stunning and they were all enjoyed by our Mums, Grandmas and children alike. We are indebted to all of you who baked and helped to make it such a lovely afternoon. We are also hugely grateful to Emma Kilbride and her brilliant team of FroG helpers for putting so much into organising the Afternoon Tea. I don’t think you’ll find a teapot or a set of crockery in any of our local charity shops, as they have all been bought up by FroG and put to very good use this afternoon. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful Friends, there were enough spare cakes for every child at Greenfield to be able to have one this afternoon.
It was a pleasure to receive a letter from Birmingham Children’s Hospital this week. It read:
‘Thank you so much for your very kind donation for our patients and families – we really do appreciate it. We hope the Christmas Carol Concert went and you got lots of photos. We are so grateful for your continued support. Over the years, Greenfield has raised an amazing £1,681.21!’
We have invited the BCH Team to do an assembly for our Greenfield children and look forward to hearing all about how our donations make a difference to the Hospital’s work.
This year our Springtime Concert, performed by our Year 3 and Year 4 children, is a musical entitled ‘Troy Story’. Our actors and singers have been busy learning and rehearsing their parts and songs for the shows on Monday 8 April and Tuesday 9 April. Both performances start at 7.00 pm. As fire regulations limit the numbers we are allowed to have in the school hall at any one time, there will initially be a maximum ticket allocation of two per child. Ticket information has come out this week, so please book online.
We look forward to welcoming parents and grandparents to work together with your children in our Key Stage 1 Design and Technology Open Sessions from 1.15 to 3.00 on Wednesday 10 April. It is clear from your comments after all our Open Sessions that you enjoy watching how your children learn and benefit yourselves from having first-hand experience of our approaches and methods at Greenfield. As the National Curriculum demands ever higher levels of achievement, it is essential that parents know how subjects are taught in school, so that you can really support your children at home.
Have a thought this evening for our Year 3 and Year 4 children, who have just returned from their residential at Ilam Hall Youth Hostel, a 17th Century gothic manor sitting in 84 acres of National Trust parkland with the beauty of Dovedale and the Peak District just on its doorstep. The beautiful Youth Hostel is full of character and our children were especially impressed with their rooms. The food at Ilam Hall is excellent and we all enjoyed the delicious evening meal and breakfast in the canteen. The boys and girls immersed themselves in an action-packed programme of building minibeast habitats, rocket construction and creative art activities. I was really pleased to see the children having so much fun and getting fully involved in their team-building and problem-solving activities. I am sure they will be tired after all the excitement and the experience of a night away from home with their classmates. Many thanks to Mr Dove, Mrs Leech, Miss Rowe, Mrs Spence, Mrs Hadley and Mrs Taylor for accompanying the children on this educational visit.