Our Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings will be on Monday 22 October from 6.00-8.00 pm and Tuesday 23 October from 4.00-6.00 pm. Arrangements for appointments will follow closer to the time but please keep these dates free. If you have any questions or would like to know more about your child’s education in our school, you don’t have to wait for Parents’ Evening. Just come in and see your child’s class teacher or myself. The door is always open.
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 4 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 Year 6 pupils leave Greenfield, we say goodbye to 19 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 in the Greenfield family. Miss Sophie Cotton, who has worked as a teacher in our super Key Stage 1 team, is getting married this summer and has decided to take the opportunity of making the most of an extended honeymoon in the autumn. Miss Chloe Jones, who has ably covered Mrs Ami Leech’s maternity leave in Year 5, has been successful in getting a new post in Bromsgrove. Miss Cate Green, who has travelled through our school as a Teaching Assistant, will be taking up a position at Busy Bees Kindergarten. I am sure you will join me in thanking them for all their hard work and wishing them all the very best for their personal and professional futures.
And now for the good news! We are delighted to welcome back Mrs Ami Leech from her maternity leave and look forward to working with Mrs Laura Hickman, who will be supporting learning in Year 3 and Year 4.
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 drop-in Parents’ Evening next week on Monday 16 July from 3.30-5.00 pm. Miss Jones (Greenland) will be unavailable on Monday, so she will be running a session on Tuesday 17 July from 3.30-5pm. 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 would be grateful if you could complete and return your child’s report comment slip by Thursday 19 July.
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 six 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 ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. Our students excelled themselves with a very humorous performance 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 superb. 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 20 July.
So many children have told us that they really enjoyed going into their new classes and meeting their new classteachers on Transition Day yesterday. Here’s a reminder of our class names for the new school year.
The Sun Mrs Hawker & Miss Stephenson
Year 1 & Year 2
Mercury Miss Batham
Venus Mr Benbow
Earth Mrs Cattell & Mrs Kelly
Year 3 & Year 4
Mars Miss Lewis
Jupiter Mrs Leech
Saturn Mr Dove
Year 5 & Year 6
Uranus Miss Cook
Neptune Miss Tang
Pluto Miss Midgley
We look forward to seeing as many of our children, families and friends of our school as possible at our Greenfield Summer Fayre tomorrow, Saturday7 July. Our wonderful Friends of Greenfield have been busy planning the stalls and entertainment, buying prizes and charming some brilliant raffle prizes from our generous and supportive local business community. The Summer Faye is the major social and fundraising event of the year for our school community. We are always grateful for the support from our families with children at Greenfield, but our Summer Fayre also attracts many longstanding friends and familiar faces, who have been involved in life and learning at Greenfield over the years. With ever reducing budgets for education, the importance of raising much needed funds can not be emphasised enough. We have worked together with determination and innovation to build Greenfield into the school it is and are determined to continue to improve what we offer to all our children. Every penny of profit goes straight into providing learning resources and educational opportunities, which we would simply not have otherwise.
Due to England’s success in reaching the quarter finals stage of the World Cup, the start time of the Fayre has been brought forward. The fun now starts at 12.00 pm and runs until 3.00 pm. The England v Sweden with kick-off at 3.00 pm match will be screened in its entirety on the big screen in our hall, so please join us to support England and enjoy cool refreshments from our pop-up bar.
It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents and families to our Summer Recital this week. This showcase for the musical talents of our Greenfield children featured children from the age of six to eleven, ranging from new starters to more seasoned players. We were treated to an excellent afternoon of musical entertainment from our school choir, our school band, our guitar ensemble and individual performers on the piano, guitar, trumpet, fife, flute, trombone and violin. I am so pleased to see music at Greenfield going from strength to strength.
It is great to see that our continued work to develop and extend the quality and range of our children’s writing at Greenfield is paying off. It’s exciting to see hear so many children say that they enjoy writing, when they come to see me for their house point rewards and badges. The icing on the cake was the announcement on Monday that we have two winners in the Dudley Young Writer of the Year 2018 competition. William Barron came first in the poetry section for 7-9 year olds and Torsten Penney-Philips won the non-fiction section for 10-11 year olds. Huge congratulations go to both boys for doing so well. A full report with photo of William and Torsten plus their pieces of writing will feature in next week’s newsletter.