Following the recent local elections, we are about to enter Greenfield Election Week. All our children and staff are going to experience democracy in action as we vote for our Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. I have been very impressed with the way in which our Year 5 children have taken the matter so seriously and immersed themselves in the election process. Campaign teams have been working together and next week we shall find out all about the 15 candidates’ manifestoes and election pledges. Election Day is Thursday 25 May and we shall try our very best to declare the results in next week’s newsletter. We wish all our candidates the very best!
We are all praying for dry weather for our Sports’ Day next week. This year we are delighted to be able to use the facilities at Oldswinford Hospital School. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports takes place from 9.30-11.30 am and our Key Stage 2 Sports from 1.15-3.15 pm. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families at both of these exciting events. Our Friends of Greenfield have kindly offered to run a tea and coffee stall for parents, so don’t forget to bring some change.
The children will be competing in their House Teams, so please make sure that your child is wearing a T-shirt in his/her House colours as well as their shorts and pumps or trainers. Just to remind you, here are the Houses and their corresponding colours.
Stevens – Blue
Webb – Red
Foley – Green
Lyttleton – Yellow
We are really pleased that our Year 6 children have returned safely from an exciting outdoor adventure residential at Boreatton Park, PGL’s flagship centre in Shropshire. After the excitement of two nights away with their classmates and an action-packed schedule of raft building, tunnel trails, giant swing, rifle shooting, abseiling and zip wire, I am sure they will be ready for a weekend at home. Many thanks to our brilliant team of Miss Cook, Miss Tang, Mrs Remmers and Mrs Taylor for accompanying the children on this memorable educational experience. Our PGL Group Leader, Dawn, who had worked at the site for 5 years, commented that our children were one of the best groups she had worked with. I was fortunate to be able to be with the group and must commend all our children for their superb behaviour, enthusiastic participation and real courage in the face of challenge.
‘This week we have had an amazing experience at PGL! Going on an outdoor adventure residential has helped us all learn how to look after ourselves for two nights on the run. We have also learned many teamwork skills and building skills; for example, when making rafts we all had to work together to master the technique of tying ropes to make the raft strong. Many of us also had to conquer our nerves and face our fear of heights. Our teachers and the PGL staff helped us to be courageous and challenge ourselves to do everything to the best of our ability. We have not only learnt things about ourselves but also about others. Some people, who we didn’t expect to, built up the courage to complete everything. It was great to see our friends overcoming their fears and then seeing the satisfaction on their faces at the end of the abseiling, the zip wire and the giant swing. Overall, PGL taught us a lot and we’re sure it will be an experience, which we shall never forget!’ Jack Ciasullo, Ruby Pritchard, Will Holloway and Molly Carroll-Grigg (our Head/Deputy Boy/Girl Team)
Many congratulations to our Year 6 pupils for showing such excellent positive attitude, great determination and an admirable work ethic during SAT’s this week. We have been really pleased with their great progress this year and we are confident that all our pupils will achieve excellent outcomes.
It has been wonderful to see all of our boys and girls early each morning at our SAT’s Breakfast Club. Now in its tenth year, this has yet again proven to be a successful and worthwhile initiative. It gives children the opportunity to get into school early, see their classmates and overcome any pre-test nerves. We would like to thank our Friends of Greenfield for annually funding this activity and are very grateful to our dynamic Year 6 team of Miss Cook, Miss Tang, Mrs Remmers, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Knapman and Mrs Smith, who were in school early each day to prepare and serve the breakfasts.
Our Year 6 pupils can now look forward to making the most of their last nine weeks at Greenfield. This starts on Monday with our three day outdoor adventure residential at Boreatton Park, PGL’s flagship centre in Shropshire. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather to enjoy a packed timetable of raft building, giant swing, tunnel trail, zip-wire, aero ball and rifle shooting! Interschool sports, arts celebrations and community events will soon follow. There is still time for our pupils to achieve and experience even more (as well as preparing an excellent end of year performance) before they make the move onto the next phase of their education. Keep up the good work and well done, Year 6 – we are all so proud of you!
Don’t forget that it’s Chocolate Bingo tonight! We have lots of delicious prizes thanks to your generosity on last week’s Chocolate Mufti Day. Chocolate Bingo is a true family event, so we hope to see lots of children, parents and grandparents spending an evening together for a traditional bit of family fun. Don’t worry if you haven’t bought your tickets in advance as you will be able to get in on the door. There will be a bar and snacks will also be available.
Many thanks to Mr Butler for doing such a splendid job on the flower beds at the front of our school. From the amount of positive comments from parents, it’s clear that the seasonal flowers and plants certainly do brighten up the day. We are planning on more, so please let us know if you’d like to help out one afternoon.
Don’t forget that it’s Chocolate Bingo next Friday! We have lots of delicious prizes thanks to your generosity on today’s Chocolate Mufti Day. Chocolate Bingo is a true family event and it has always been a great success, so we hope to see lots of children, parents and grandparents spending an evening together for a traditional bit of family fun. Don’t worry if you can’t buy your tickets in advance as you will be able to get in on the door. There will be a bar and snacks will also be available.
The improved weather this week has seen our children and teachers making the most of the chance to enjoy outdoor PE in lessons and use our trim trail and play equipment at playtime. Please make sure that your child has his/her Greenfield PE kit in school everyday so he/she can always take part and improve his/her physical fitness and sporting skills.
Our Greenfield PE kit is:
- Greenfield Primary School PE T-shirt
- Navy shorts
- Navy jogging suit (this is just a cold weather option)
- Pumps or trainers
No jewellery is to be worn during PE.
We would like to remind parents that that no jewellery is to be worn by our children in school. There is one exception. Children with pierced ears may wear one set of plain studs, but these must be removed at home before school on PE days unless children can remove the studs themselves. Our members of staff are not allowed to remove ear rings. We also recommend that children with long hair have it tied back; this makes it easier to manage and reduces the chances of a visit from the nits! Extreme hairstyles (including any bright colour or patterns cut into the hair) and make-up (including nail varnish and temporary tattoos) are not allowed. As children learn to tell the time, we are happy for them to be encouraged to wear a wristwatch.
Please keep your fingers crossed for warm, dry weather for our Sports’ Day at the end of this half term. We are grateful to Mr Paul Kilbride, Headteacher at Oldswinford Hospital School, for kindly inviting us to use their facilities again this year on Thursday 25 May. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports will run from 9.30-11.30 am and our Key Stage 2 Sports from 1.15-3.15 pm. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families at both of these exciting events.