It was a pleasure to be able to welcome Saltmine Theatre Company to Greenfield again yesterday. Every year Saltmine Theatre Company work with 21 Local Education Authorities, performing in more than 270 schools to over 54,000 students across The British Isles. They use inventive story-telling theatre and interactive workshops to help children learn about important issues and in turn help them to make wise choices that will impact the rest of their lives.
Saltmine have tackled the themes of internet safety and bullying on previous visits to Greenfield. This year, their production ‘In Their Shoes’ celebrated and promoted unity in diversity and sensitively explored issues around British values and how to be a good neighbour. The Home Office has approved part-funding of the show to bring this production into 25 Dudley Borough primary schools. The play was about ‘The Spots’ and ‘The Stripes’, who have always hated one another for no real reason other than that they are different. The performance for all our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children was followed by practical workshops for Year 3 and Year 4, looking at what can be achieved when different people come together and use their abilities for the same goal. Gracie in Year 6 summed up the show: ‘It was excellent because it had a really good moral to it; even if you are different, you can still get along. I thought the actors really engaged the audience with their enthusiasm and were so energetic in the way they moved around on stage.’
We have had an excellent reply-slip response for our Autumn Parents’ Evenings on Monday 2 October and Monday 9 October. It is essential that we achieve 100% attendance from our parents at our Parents’ Evenings, so that we can guarantee that all our parents are informed about your child(ren)’s attitude, effort, behaviour, progress and attendance and know exactly what support you can offer them. You will receive a written Initial Report, which you will discuss with your child’s classteacher. If you still have not got an appointment, please make sure you contact your child’s classteacher as soon as possible.
All our parents and families are warmly invited to join us for next week’s Harvest Festival Assemblies on Friday 6 October: Key Stage 1 at 9.10 am and our Key Stage 2 at 2.45 pm. We are delighted that Dave Morris from Hope Church, Hanbury Hill, has kindly offered to lead both of these special events.
We are asking for Harvest Gifts in the form of a Morning Coffee Box or items to send to the Black Country Food Bank. Ideally a Morning Coffee Box should contain a jar of coffee, some tea bags, sugar and a packet or two of biscuits. Suggestions for the Food Bank box may include UHT fruit juice, potatoes (tinned & dried), coffee, tinned veg, cooking sauces, breakfast cereals, rice, noodles, biscuits, ready meals and non-food items such as shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste. We also welcome our children and families to nominate elderly relatives and neighbours, who would appreciate a Harvest Gift. If you have someone in mind, please let us know by emailing their name to email@example.com.
It was good to see almost half the children in Year 1 represented by parents at this week’s Phonics Open Session for Year 1 parents. The Mums and Dads had the chance to see how phonics is taught and, most importantly, see their children working so well in the classroom. There is a Reading and Phonics Workshop for parents of children in Reception on Thursday 2 November at 9.15 am. Please do your best to come.
Greenfield Safeguarding Team
Mr Peter Bravo Headteacher
Mrs Sarah Remmers Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Phillipa Cook Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Sarah Hawker Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Rebecca Lewis Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Jan Robinson Safeguarding Governor
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 to feel safe in our environment.
We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. It is our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours that 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/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. We ensure that all concerns are discussed with parent/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.
Don’t forget to come to our ‘Welcome Meetings’ on Monday evening (see the Diary Dates section of this newsletter for meeting times). Feedback last year was overwhelmingly positive, so join us and find out exactly what your child is learning this year, so you can offer them support at home. We shall explain the learning priorities for your child and also provide you with some excellent handouts, including ‘End of Year Expectations’ booklets, which were especially well received by parents. These provide a very useful reference point for what your child needs to know and understand by the end of this year. If you are unable to attend, we shall contact you directly.
It was great to see so many of our new Reception parents at our ‘Wave Goodbye, Say Hello’ coffee morning on Monday. Our Reception intake have been absolutely superb throughout their first week of full-time education.
They are settling in brilliantly despite being so tired by the end of the week. We’re sure they will appreciate a restful weekend!
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 will have the opportunity to see what’s on the menu and taste our school dinners, while parents in Key Stage 2 will be invited in early in the New Year.
Wednesday 4 October Koalas Reception
Wednesday 11 October Koalas Reception
Wednesday 18 October Kangaroos Reception
Wednesday 1 November Kangaroos Reception
Wednesday 8 November Madagascar Year 1 & Year 2
Wednesday 15 November Zanzibar Year 1 & Year 2
Wednesday 22 November Mauritius 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. Two thirds of our boys and girls children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are taking up the offer of Universal Free School Meals. If your child hasn’t tried one yet, they can always give it a try. Just ask them to choose a school dinner at morning registration with their classteacher.
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 25 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:
4.45 pm Year 1 & Year 2 Parents
5.30 pm Year 3 & Year 4 Parents
6.15pm Year 5 Parents
7.00 pm Year 6 Parents
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:
House Captains: Oli French & Tilly Willetts-Court
Vice Captains: Alfie Wilde & Daisy Beckett
House Captains: Joshua Davies & Freya Hackett
Vice Captains: Toby Homer & Hannah Cole
House Captains: Jack Miles & Niamh Bird
Vice Captains: Will Kilbride & Sophie Bridgewater-Bennett
House Captains: Joss Wells & Lottie Webster
Vice Captains: Will Smith & Tilly Vanes
We would also like to congratulate our new Head Boy Jude Berry, Head Girl Mary Cutler, Deputy Head Boys Todd Stevens and Remy Wear and Deputy Head Girl Evie-Mae Wells. Well done! We look forward to seeing you make a big contribution to life and learning and Greenfield throughout your time in Year 6.