It has been excellent to see so many of our parents at our Parents’ Evenings this week. Many thanks for your enthusiastic comments, which always make Parents’ Evenings at Greenfield such constructive events. The feedback on the revised Interim Report is overwhelmingly positive and it is clear that you appreciate the accurate information on your child(ren)’s progress and attainment. 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 learning and know exactly what support you can give them. If you have not attended a Parent’s Evening or already made arrangements to meet with your child’s teachers, please make sure you do. We shall be contacting absent parents and families to ensure no child is left out.
Matt Windle is Birmingham’s Poet Laureate. He’s a poet by day and a boxer by night. Join Matt for a poetry workshop with a Shakespearean twist at Stourbridge Library on Saturday 17 March from 12.15 to 1.15 pm. Matt’s forte is creating raps and it is a skill he loves to pass on to adults and children alike. It promises to be a great family event and is completely free. If you’d like to go, pop into the library and speak to a member of staff or ring 01384 812947 to book a place.
We had a brilliant day last Friday as we enjoyed our Eisteddfod, the perfect showcase for Greenfield’s many talented children. Following the very popular auditions, the entries had been whittled down to the individuals and groups, who had made it through to the Eisteddfod itself. The winners in the four categories were:
1. Mary Cutler – violin
2. Ben Thomas – trumpet
3. William Kilbride – piano
1. Grace Burford-Sargen
2. Freya Westwood
3. James & Charlie Marsh tied with Connie Cutler
1. Lottie Webster & Mary Cutler
2. Freya Westwood, Erin Holloway, Kate Miles, Scarlett Millington & Mary Cutler
3. Millie Carr tied with Scarlett Millington
- Evie Kendrick
2. Kai Lumsden, Ethan Bird, Boo Ollerenshaw, Seb Gaskin, & Brandon Wood
- Sophie Brookes, Maeve Smith & Sadie Male
Many congratulations to all of our entrants. You were brave, confident and we are very proud of you all. Thanks also to our Judges – Helen Hastings from Redhill (Instrumental & Vocal), Ken Preston (Poetry) and Sarah Millington (Dance). The parents and families of our winners will be invited to a special Arts Celebration Assembly on Thursday 29 March at 2.30 pm.
Today’s Eisteddfod has been the perfect showcase for Greenfield’s many talented children. After the popular auditions, the entries were whittled down to the individuals and groups, who made it through to the Eisteddfod itself. Many congratulations to all of our entrants. You were brave, confident and we are very proud of you all. We shall announce all our medallists in next week’s newsletter.
Thanks also to our Judges – Helen Hastings from Redhill (Instrumental & Vocal), Ken Preston (Poetry) and Sarah Millington (Dance). The parents and families of our winners will be invited to a special Arts Celebration Assembly on Thursday 29 March at 2.30 pm.
We are now eagerly looking forward to our next major arts event at school, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, starring the children in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. Performances take place on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March.
There is no question about the fact that good readers do better in their learning than poor readers. As research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states: ‘Developing a love of reading can be more important for a child’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic background’. It was rewarding to see such a clear love of books and reading in our school, as our children amazed us with their creative character costumes during yesterday’s World Book Day. We were delighted to welcome many of the Harry Potter characters, Mary Poppins in a variety of sizes, the Mad Hatter, Pippi Longstocking, Gandalf, Mr Twit, Superworm, Mr Greedy and many more famous figures from children’s literature.
Don’t forget that it’s Family Quiz Night next week on Friday 9 March. This enjoyable evening of brainteasing questions will have you racking your brains and we are hoping for a full house. Our two previous quiz nights have been a great success and I am sure that this year’s will be even better. Don’t forget to bring your friends, family and knowledgeable neighbours for a 6.00 pm start. This perfect Friday night will be complete with a bar, refreshments and a sweetie stall too.
Just to let you know that Greenfield is open today, Friday 2 March. Thorns Primary School kitchen, our schools meals provider, is closed, so all children will need to bring a packed lunch. We look forward to seeing you all at the same time as usual. Wrap up warmly!
The Greenfield Team wishes all our children and families a wonderful half term holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 27 February at 8.45 am. Parents’ Evening letters have gone out this week, so if you haven’t already returned your appointment slips, please make sure they come in on the first day back.
Have you ever thought your child has difficulty in reading print or has your child ever told you they can’t see the whiteboard in school clearly? If so, please get their eyes checked during the half term break. It’s recommended that children have regular eye tests at least once every two years. These tests can be done at a high street opticians and are free for all children under 16 years old (and those under 19 years old in full-time education). Similarly, if you’re worried about your child’s hearing, please don’t hesitate to speak to your GP or health visitor. It’s not always easy to identify problems with sight and hearing, but if you are in any doubt, please get your child checked. Sight and hearing difficulties can have a big effect on your child’s life and really impact on their learning in school.
Our 2018 Eisteddfod takes place on the afternoon of Friday 2 March. The original National Eisteddfod of Wales was a grand gathering to which poets and musicians from all over the country were invited and can be traced back to 1176, so we are following in the footsteps of a long artistic tradition. My own maternal grandfather was a keen amateur Welsh-speaking actor and reciter, who competed in Eisteddfods in South Wales in the first half of the last century. Our Eisteddfod is an important part of our life at Greenfield and enriches our curriculum by giving the children the opportunity to perform. It has been wonderful to see so many children taking part in this week’s auditions in singing, instrumental music, dance and poetry. The standard of entries has been really high and I know we shall all enjoy their artistic talents on the big day. The coming half term break provides the perfect time for our finalists to perfect those performances.