The first week back after our half term break has seen all our Key Stage 2 children engrossed in their Child Initiated Learning (CIL) Projects. I am always fascinated by the children’s high levels of creativity, cooperation and concentration. Every time the children amaze me with their ability to be able to come up with innovative and original ideas. We are grateful to all our parents, grandparents and volunteers, who have been able to come in and support the children this week. Our commitment to CIL really does provide an excellent opportunity for the children to take responsibility for organising, extending and deepening their very own learning.
We are supporting the Poppy Appeal at Greenfield as we do every year. It is one of the best known national campaigns and each year the nation shows its support for the Royal British Legion’s work by giving generously to the Poppy Appeal. Many thanks to all the children, who have bought poppies this week. We shall observe two minutes’ silence in school on Tuesday at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
We are pleased that a number of our Year 5 children were privileged to attend Chemistry at Work at the Black Country Living Museum yesterday. This is an annual free event funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and offers pupils the opportunity to appreciate the place of chemistry in everyday life and the world of work, with particular emphasis on what is happening in our local area. Mrs Luckhurst, our Science Subject Leader, led the children through a series of interactive workshops and an interactive tour of the Museum site highlighting the strong chemical heritage of the region.
As a Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award school, we recognise the importance of developing the children’s investigative and observational skills. Next week is our annual Science Week with a focus on Mathematics in Science. Science Week aims to raise the profile of the subject and I look forward to seeing all our budding young scientists immersing themselves in stimulating, practical experiments.
It has been a busy week of Parents’ Evenings across our school and we have enjoyed being able to talk with you about your children’s learning and behaviour. I was moved to receive a touching email from one of our Reception parents and would like to share it with you:
Dear Mr Bravo
I just want to say how deeply impressed I am with Greenfield Primary School in the short time my son has been with you. It’s amazing. The attitude of the children is testament to the staff’s care and commitment. The children I have encountered in the school, the playground and on Greenfield Gardens have been polite, friendly, kind and helpful. There are several examples. Two older boys asked all the children on the witch’s hat in the park to stop the spinning so they could help me encourage my son to get off it, which they successfully did. A boy in the playground in his football lesson told parents he hoped we would enjoy the Harvest Festival because, “It’s really good”. A Year 1 boy called William calmly and politely showed us the way to the medical room when my son was hurt in the playground.
The effort your staff put in to provide a rich and stimulating learning and caring environment is obvious and the effort to involve parents is clear and welcome, though (I admit) a little daunting. I didn’t really know what to expect when my child started at Greenfield. I thought I went to a good school when I was in primary 40 years ago. Greenfield knocks the socks off it. To provide such a positive, nurturing place and successfully navigate central government’s educational policies must take almost superhuman effort. I am extremely grateful to all your staff and to you for running such a great school.
We really do appreciate receiving your feedback. While we always work to address any concerns, we are also keen to hear your views when you feel that things are going well and when we are getting it right for your children, so please let us know.
We are grateful to all our children and families for supporting our Greenfield Daffodil Day. We have managed to plant just over 600 bulbs in the grass area outside our main entrance. Many thanks to the wonderful parents, who braved the elements this afternoon with our Site Manager, Mr Butler. We really could not have done it without your help. We are astounded and delighted that our Daffodil Day has raised over £300 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Friday 24 October is going to be our Greenfield Daffodil Day. We are planning to plant several hundred daffodil bulbs around the front entrance to our school so that when spring does eventually emerge after the dark winter months, we shall have the most wonderful display of cheerful, seasonal colour. We are going to use our Daffodil Day as an opportunity to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. We would like all our children to come to school next Friday in clothes suitable for a bit of gardening and bring a donation of £1 for every two bulbs that they would like to plant. If any parents or grandparents would like to lend a hand, you are more than welcome to join us. We do hope that you are able to support this worthwhile cause. It will be very exciting for our children to keep an eye on where they have planted their own bulbs and see their daffodils make their appearance in the spring.
It has been superb to have such a great response to our call for help to support the continued work of our excellent Home and School Association, The Greenfield HSA. We are grateful to those of you who have already promised your support and involvement, guaranteeing a positive future. It was especially encouraging to have such a good turnout for this week’s meeting at the Longlands. Our HSA’s main priority is the children of our school and the aim is to provide a blend of social and fundraising opportunities to meet the needs of our children and families. As a parent in our school you are automatically a member, so please get involved in whatever way you can and help to provide your children with the very best of learning and play experiences in our school.
Many congratulations to our brilliant tag rugby teams for such splendid achievements in this week’s first qualifying round for the Black Country games. We went to a breezy Old Halesonians yesterday to compete against local schools from Stourbridge and Halesowen and were pleased to be able to field both an A and a B team. Both of our teams played exceedingly well in their groups and progressed to the semi-finals, where our A Team beat Caslon Primary 6-2 and our B Team beat Wollescote 3-1. This meant an all Greenfield final! This was a hugely exciting and entertaining game of end to end rugby, in which both Greenfield teams put in an excellent performance. After a gripping encounter Greenfield A gained the upper hand and went on to win 5-2. This means that both Greenfield teams are now through to the all Dudley Finals in the spring. I am immensely proud of the effort, enthusiasm and positive sporting attitude of both our teams. Well done to Isabel Norton, Max Lamb, Sam Grimmett-Bate, Jessica Noble, Jenson Ollerenshaw, Joe Owen, Millie Knott, Tom Burborough, Ben Atherton, Connor Palmer, Sonny Morgan, Joe Kelly, Jake Holloway, Jack Iceton, Eloise Kent, Toby Gorner, Bethan Rees, Jordan Docker and Reuben Allen! You are a credit to our school and really prove how much we can achieve through dedication, team work and determination.
Don’t forget that our Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings are fast approaching on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 October. You should have received your appointment letter this week. Our teachers will be organising your appointments first thing on Monday morning, so please return your reply slips as soon as possible. If you have not had this important information from your child, please contact us as soon as possible so we can arrange a convenient appointment time for you.
Many thanks to all of our parents, families and friends for joining us for the Harvest Festival celebrations in school yesterday. This year’s Harvest Assemblies were the best we have ever seen at Greenfield. It was a pleasure to see and hear every single child in Key Stage 2 with a speaking part as they spelled out the meaning of Harvest letter by letter. The afternoon assembly was the first time our new Reception children had performed before a large audience and they did brilliantly well with their beautiful singing. We were also impressed with the confidence and enthusiasm of our boys and girls in Key Stage 1. Many, many thanks to our Home School Association for kindly paying for a Harvest bread roll for each child. The rolls and the two decorative Harvest sheaves were baked by Tony’s Bakery, Kidderminster.
We are very grateful to all our families for all your Harvest Gifts, including the ‘Morning Coffee’ boxes. We are keen for our children and families to nominate neighbours and friends to receive a Harvest Gift. If you have someone in mind, please let us know by emailing their name to firstname.lastname@example.org. The remainder of gifts will be donated to the Black Country Food Bank.
The Black Country Foodbank helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis through the provision of 3 days emergency food supplies 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. The Black Country Foodbank has fed over 15,000 people during the past year, over a third being children. In 2013 that included over 5,300 boys and girls, the equivalent of 19 schools the same size as Greenfield!