This morning all of our children in Key Stage 2 travelled to the award winning Top Barn Activity Centre for a day of outdoor adventure activities. The aim of the day was to promote teambuilding, develop confidence and give all our children the chance to experience challenging adventure activities. We are keen to introduce all our children to a broad and interesting range of sports and outdoor pursuits and will be offering bellboating again this term with the opportunity for parents to be involved too. We shall provide a full report on our day of adventure in next week’s newsletter but if you would like to find out more about Top Barn please look at www.topbarnactivity.com.
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: Owen Rowlands & Molly Hall
Vice Captains: Connor Palmer & Lola Tait
House Captains: Joe Owen & Grace Sisley-Smith
Vice Captains: Jenson Ollerenshaw & Eloise Kent
House Captains: Ned Saunders & Isabel Norton
Vice Captains: Toby Holt & Niamh Timmins
House Captains: Ben Atherton & Lauren Stewart
Vice Captains: Reuben Allen & Joss Partridge
We would also like to congratulate our new Head Boy Toby Gorner, Head Girl Jessica Noble, Deputy Head Boy Ben Harper and Deputy Head Girl Bethan Rees. Well done! We look forward to seeing you make a big contribution to life and learning at Greenfield throughout your time in Year 6.
It has been great to see all our children and families again after the summer break. The children have settled back into our work and routines with the minimum of fuss and I am pleased with such an excellent start to the new school year. It has also been a pleasure to see our new teachers working with their new classes this week. Mr Joshua Aldersley, Miss Nicola Tyler and Miss Becky Lewis excelled themselves throughout our rigorous selection process last term, worked with us during our transition weeks and have spent a lot of time in school during the holidays getting ready for the new term. We are also very pleased to welcome our new site manager, Mr James Butler. James started with us in mid August and is already putting his many talents to good use on our site. We also extend a warm welcome to Mrs Helen Baynham, Mrs Joanne Jones and Miss Emily Grubb, three specialist Early Years practitioners, who have joined our Reception team
We have made considerable improvements to our site for each of the last six years but we are especially pleased that our playground has been resurfaced during the summer holidays. The poor state of our old playground with its slippery, gritty surface was the main cause of children’s accidents at Greenfield. It is a delight to see the children running and even lying down on the smooth surface! Our first aiders have already seen a decrease in the number of slips and graze injuries. As one of our Year 5 girls explained to Miss Cook: ‘I’ve just fallen over but it didn’t hurt me like I thought it would’. The old play apparatus had come to the end of its life and has been removed; it will be replaced by a large new piece of apparatus, which will be installed between the boat and the wigwams this term. If you do come into our building, I am sure you will be as impressed as we are with our beautiful new carpets throughout our corridors and offices. Additionally we have replaced our wireless network, upgraded our operating systems and bought a suite of netbooks and iPads, which will increase our children’s computing opportunities and enhance learning in our classrooms.
Our two key priorities are to ensure that your children are happy in our school and that each child achieves academic success by making excellent progress in their learning. We are very keen for you to be involved in your child’s learning and value the important contribution to learning that you make at home. To help parents to find out more about how early reading skills are learned and taught at Greenfield, we shall be running two Parent’s Reading and Phonics Workshops. The first is on Thursday 18 September and is aimed at parents of Year 1 children and the second is on Wednesday 1 October for parents of Reception children. Please put these dates in your diary and come along ready to take part.
We look forward to welcoming all our children and families back to Greenfield for the start of the new school year on Tuesday 2 September. The school gates will open at 8.45 am as usual. We have been busy during the holidays and do hope you will notice all the many improvements both inside and outside. Make sure you look smart in your uniforms, children, and be ready for an exciting start to the term with your new classes and teachers.
This final week of our school year at Greenfield has been a very special one. Saying goodbye to our Year 6 pupils, who are moving on to the next phase of their education, is especially difficult. While we feel happy celebrating their successes and achievements, we all feel sad that they are leaving us and that we won’t have the chance to work so closely together again. It was a privilege to attend the Year 6 Prom Night on Tuesday evening. The quality of performances across the whole year band was exceptional and 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 rehearsals, performances, educational visits and the Prom.
As our Year 6 pupils leave Greenfield, we say goodbye to 23 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. Do the same with your child’s new secondary school and your child will not fail to do well. Remember, you will always be welcome in our school and we do hope you will stay in touch.
Today we also say a final farewell to our staff leavers. We are very grateful to Mrs Jane Underwood and Mr Andrew Brettell for all their invaluable work and wish them all the best for an active, happy and healthy retirement. We also wish good luck to Miss Jane Kelly, Mrs Karen Morris, Mrs Clare Heather, Mrs Sarah Hodson and Miss Debbie Robbins. I am sure you will join me in thanking all of these staff for their effort and commitment throughout their time at Greenfield and wishing them all the very best for future success.
I would like to thank every single member of our superb staff team at Greenfield for all their dedication, inspiration and hard work throughout this school year. We have all worked hard to continue to build on our ‘Outstanding’ status and this school year has brought us considerable, continued success. Our recent academic, creative and sporting 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 wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday and look forward to seeing all our children and families on Tuesday 2 September at 8.45 am for the start of the Autumn Term.
Best wishes for a peaceful and relaxing Summer Holiday from the Greenfield Team.
The dress code for the final day of our 2013-2014 school year is uniform as usual. Our Leavers’ Assembly starts at 2.00 pm and is reserved exclusively for our Year 6 parents and families. We do hope that you will stay to say good bye properly over Tea and Cakes.
This special whole school assembly on Friday 11 July, 2014 is exclusively for the parents and families of our Year 6 pupils. The children will perform for the final time at Greenfield and each individual will share his or her aspirations for their own futures.
This has been a very successful year for our school and all our children. We thank you for your continued support and involvement in life and learning at Greenfield throughout the whole school year.
We have had an excellent turn out for all our ‘Share The Learning’ assemblies with attendance from over 75% of parents in each class! We really do appreciate this tremendous level support and it means so much to the children to see you there. It has been inspiring to see the children talking with such subject knowledge and sharing their enthusiasm for their cross-curricular learning themes with their peers, parents and families. These assemblies neatly bring the year’s learning journey to a conclusion and allow you to see what the children consider to be the highlights of their learning.
It is amazing to think that our once new Reception children are in their last term of their first year of full-time education already. We are delighted to have received a record breaking 238 applications for the 40 places in Reception for September 2014! It was a pleasure to welcome the parents of our new intake for their initial welcome session at Greenfield this week. Our next induction sessions are on Wednesday 4 June, when the children will have a chance to get to know their new peers and our staff, while we share all the important information with parents. We improve and develop our curriculum, systems and schedules each year, so even if you have been through it before, please don’t assume it will be ‘business as usual’ or you might be in for a surprise.