It is essential that we achieve 100% attendance at our Parents’ Evenings on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. We are looking forward to telling you how the children have settled into their new classes as well as informing you about your child’s progress, attitude, effort and behaviour, so you will know exactly what support you can give at home. You will receive a written Initial Report, which you will discuss with your child’s classteacher. Our teachers will be scheduling your appointments on Monday, so please return your reply slips, if you haven’t done so already, to get the slots of your choice.
Many thanks to all of our parents, families and friends for joining us for our Harvest Festival celebrations in school yesterday. Both celebration assemblies were really well-attended and we are grateful to Dave Morris and Alan from Hope Church, Hanbury Hill, for leading them. Many thanks to all our families for your generous Harvest Gifts, including the ‘Morning Coffee’ boxes and lots of toiletries, which will be collected by Black Country Foodbank on Tuesday morning. Black Country Foodbank helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies for a period of three days, while a longer-term solution is developed. Their services have an enormous impact on the people who use them, giving them an important breathing space at a time of great need. The Food Bank only provides for individuals and families, who really are in need. Their aim is not to create dependency but to help those in crisis while other agencies work to address underlying problems. In total in 2017 Black Country Foodbank provided 182,560 meals across three boroughs in partnership with local churches and community groups.
Our Stars in Reception have really enjoyed welcoming their Mums, Dads and grandparents into Greenfield this week to have a taste of our school dinners. Parents came for a roast dinner on Wednesday and we were pleased to hear that our guests thought the food was tasty and that the portions were good. One Mum was even seen to swap her roast dinner for her child’s Grab Bag! It’s good to have an insight into what your children actually do at school as some of them aren’t always to willing to tell you exactly what they’ve been up to. We look forward to welcoming the remainder of our Reception parents for lunch on the following three Wednesdays. We shall be inviting Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 parents through the course of the school year.
At Greenfield we aim to focus on and develop the whole child. As part of our school’s aims to promote happiness and success, we are working towards gaining recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools. Unicef UK is working with schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
We have a strong and well-established set of Greenfield Values, which we use to support and drive the personal and social education of our children. We also use a system of Rights and Responsibilities to underpin our approach to positive behaviour management, aiming to enable all our children to make the right choices for themselves. Our Rights Respecting work is developing these approaches. This year the members of our School Council are working as our Rights Respecting Ambassadors. They meet regularly with Mrs Cattell and Mrs Leech to make sure we work on a particular Article from the Convention each month. In October, as part of our Harvest Festivals, the children in our School Council are concentrating on Article 27 (adequate standard of living) and each child’s right to have food, clothing and a safe place to live.
We are looking forward to seeing lots of our parents and families at next week’s Harvest Festival Assemblies on Thursday 11 October. Join us for Early Years and 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 Foodbank. Ideally a Morning Coffee Box should contain a jar of coffee, some tea bags, sugar and a packet or two of biscuits. We have heard recently that the Foodbank is desperate for toiletries, so please feel free to donate shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shower gel and personal care items. Other good suggestions for the Foodbank box may include UHT fruit juice, potatoes (tinned & dried), coffee, tinned veg, cooking sauces, breakfast cereals, rice, noodles, biscuits and ready meals.
We always 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Key Stage 2 pupils have been invited to take part in a Bellboating Experience. This has been a very popular activity in previous years and the children have really enjoyed taking part. We shall paddle on the Stourbridge Canal and then return to Greenfield on foot. This Bellboating Experience is being organised and led by Andy Train, a five time Olympian and three time world champion marathon canoe racer. The bell boat was designed by Andy’s Dad, Olympic Canoe Coach David Train: ‘The bell boat is a totally unique design in watercraft; its purpose is to remove the fear of taking part and to help with team work and co-operation. The versatility of the bell boat holds no bounds, it is a long lasting robust platform for introducing all ages to water sports as well as a classroom on the water.’ The children will be accompanied by specially trained bellboat helms, who hold full British Canoe Union qualifications. Full safety equipment is provided for the children. If you would like more information, please visit www.bellboat.com. We welcome willing volunteers to come along, so if you would like to join us on Monday 15 or Wednesday 17 October, please contact Mr Bravo directly.
Please keep your eyes out next week for invitations to our Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings, which take place on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. You will receive a written Initial Report, which you will discuss with your child’s classteacher. We shall also be running our Autumn Book Fair in our foyer. We receive a generous commission on all books sold, so please don’t hesitate to reward great effort and progress with a good read! Please remember that you don’t have to wait for Parents’ Evenings, if you want to find out how your child is doing in school. Do not hesitate to come in and see us. The door is always open and we are always happy to see you.
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 feel safe in our environment.
We expect all staff, governors, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment and maintain a vigilant and safe environment. Please make sure you play your part by helping us to maintain our site security by only letting our staff buzz you in at our Hill Street entrance and following our ‘No Phone’ policy. Everyone has a responsibility to act without delay to protect children by reporting anything that might suggest a child is being abused or neglected. Our willingness to work safely and challenge inappropriate behaviours 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 and 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. Where possible, we ensure that all concerns are discussed with parents or 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 email@example.com
Greenfield Safeguarding Team
Mr Peter Bravo Headteacher
Mrs Sarah Remmers Designated Safeguarding Lead
Miss Phillipa Cook Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Sarah Hawker Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Miss Rebecca Lewis Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Jan Robinson Safeguarding Governor
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 you will have the opportunity to see what’s on the menu and taste of our school dinners, while parents in Key Stage 2 will be invited in early in the New Year.
Wednesday 10 October Stars Reception
Wednesday 17 October Stars Reception
Wednesday 24 October Moons Reception
Wednesday 7 November Moons Reception
Wednesday 14 November Mercury Year 1 & Year 2
Wednesday 21 November Venus Year 1 & Year 2
Wednesday 28 November Earth 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. All our boys and girls in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Universal Free School Meals, so please make sure you are making the most of this opportunity to save on lunchbox expenses. If your child hasn’t tried a dinner yet, they can always give it a try. Just ask them to choose a school dinner at morning registration with their classteacher.
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: Edward Sawyer & Erin Holloway
Vice Captains: Ethan Bird & Edie Morley
House Captains: Myles Dhaliway & Scarlett Millington
Vice Captains: Kai Lumsden & Edie Male
House Captains: Tom Hinds & Kate Miles
Vice Captains: Seb Gaskin & Annabelle Findley
House Captains: George Smith & Charlotte Yates
Vice Captains: Rufus Wear & Katie Cunningham
We would also like to congratulate our new Head Boy Miles Cutler, Head Girl Freya Westwood, Deputy Head Boy Torsten Penney-Phillips and Deputy Head Girl Evie Kendrick. Well done! We look forward to seeing you make a big contribution to life and learning and Greenfield throughout your time in Year 6.