Help Needed

The preparations for our Summer Fair are moving forward at a pace but we need more hands on deck to ensure that this important event is as successful as it needs to be. I am hugely grateful to the dedicated core of our brilliant Home School Association, who work with so much enthusiasm and laughter to plan our events and make them happen. We are currently finalising the list of stalls for the Fair and unless we get a few more volunteers, we shall have to limit what we can usually offer. This would be a great shame as so many of the stalls are geared towards our children. If you can just spare as little as an hour to help us set up, man a stall or clear up after the event, please come forward and let me know. The Summer Fair is an important community event as well as being our major fundraiser, so please try your very best to help us out.

 

In a class of our own

We are currently organising our classes for September as part of our planning for the coming school year. As we organise the new classes, our teachers will draw on their excellent understanding of our children and, in addition, will ask each child to compile his/her own list of Learning Partners. These are other pupils your child works well with and who also support your child in their learning. If there is anything, which you would like to make us aware of, please see me or your child’s current class teacher as soon as possible and by Wednesday 10 June at the latest.

A new school year will also mean it’s time to change our class names too. The job of coming up with the new names has been given to our current Head/Deputy Boy/Girl team of Toby Gorner, Ben Harper, Jessica Noble and Bethan Rees and their newly elected successors, Charlie Walker, George Westley-Smith, Esther Evans and Grace  Park-Davies. They need to compile a list of famous men and women, who represent a range of nationalities, areas of expertise and reasons for being significant. The Head/Deputy Boy/Girl teams will be collecting suggestions from all our children during play and lunch times next week. If you do have any good ideas, please let them know, so they can be added to the list.

 

Election Result

The ballot papers have been counted and the results of our Head Boy and Head Girl election have been confirmed.

Head Boy:    Charlie Walker

Head Girl:    Esther Evans

Deputy Head Boy:   George Westley-Smith

Deputy Head Girl:   Grace Park-Davies

We congratulate all our candidates for their mature attitude and are delighted to announce that they will all be Prefects, when the new school year starts.

Black Country Champions

Many congratulations to our brilliant Greenfield tag rugby team for such a splendid achievement in this week’s Black Country Games. The team was crowned Dudley champions earlier in the school year and on Wednesday we went to Old Halesonians RFC to compete against the best schools from the West Midlands. Our qualifying pool consisted of teams from Saint John Bosco Primary from Sandwell, Blackwood Primary from Sutton Coldfield and St Stephen’s C of E Primary from Wolverhampton.

We enjoyed a superb series of performances, making it through to the final against Church of the Ascension Primary. We have experienced several close and exciting encounters with teams from the Kingswinford school in recent years, so it was no surprise when we saw they were going to be our opponents in the final. Our brilliant team of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils put on a flawless performance and achieved a comfortable 7-3 victory. This means that Greenfield are the Black Country 2015 Tag Rugby Champions. This is the third time we have won this title in the past 5 years!

I am immensely proud of the effort, enthusiasm and positive sporting attitude shown by our team. Well done Max Lamb, Connor Palmer, Joe Owen, Toby Gorner, Ben Atherton, Isobel Norton, Jessica Noble, Sam Grimmett-Bate, Joe Kelly, Jada Thompson, Millie Knott and Sonny Morgan! What a team! You are a credit to our school and really prove how much can be achieved through dedication, team work and determination.

 

Democracy in Action

Election Week at Greenfield has been a great experience for all our children and staff.  The candidates, campaign teams and voters have all taken the process very seriously and after yesterday’s election, the votes have now been counted.  The winners will be declared in our afternoon assembly and we shall post the results in the news section of our website after school today, so please have a look.

 

Democracy in Action

Election Week at Greenfield has been a great experience for all our children and staff.  The candidates, campaign teams and voters have all taken the process very seriously and after yesterday’s election, the votes have now been counted.  The winners will be declared in our afternoon assembly and we shall post the results in the news section of our website after school today, so please have a look.

 

Ready, Steady, Go!

We are delighted and fortunate to have been able to lay on such super weather for our Sports Days this week! It was wonderful to see so many of our parents and families. Some of you were clearly prepared for a sporting picnic complete with blankets, chairs and drinks. The field at the Stourbridge Children’s Centre provided an ideal venue and we are grateful to the Centre for letting us use their facilities. I am sure you will agree that our children excelled themselves in the true spirit of healthy competition. Congratulations to our older pupils, who worked together so efficiently to run the individual events, organise the equipment and tally the scores.

 

 Register now for new Parentmail

It’s essential that you register for the new, upgraded Parentmail.   You will, by now, have received an email asking you to verify your account.  Please do so as a matter of urgency.  After half term, we will be transferring to the new version and unless you have registered, we will be unable to contact you with essential information.  To date 80 (28%) parents have verified, with 203 (72%) have yet to verify.

 

Election Fever

Following hot on the heels of last week’s national General Election, we are about to enter Election Week at Greenfield.  Our Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl have traditionally been selected by our staff.  However, this year all our children and staff are going to experience democracy in action.  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 process of nominating eight boys and eight girls as candidates.  Campaign teams have been out together and next week we shall find out all about the candidates’ manifestoes and election pledges.  Election Day is Thursday 21 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!

 

Tried and Tested

Many congratulations to our Year 6 pupils for showing such a positive attitude and working so well during SAT’s this week.  After months of eager anticipation and a few pre-test nerves, the reality of SAT’s Week was well summed up by one child: ‘It has actually been a good week and I have enjoyed it.  The tests were fine and I think I have done well.’  It has been wonderful to see all the boys and girls turning up early each morning for our SAT’s Breakfast Club. This continues to be a successful and worthwhile initiative, which has now run for eight years.  It gives children the opportunity to get into school early, see their classmates and overcome any worries.  Our Year 6 pupils have achieved 100% attendance this week and not one child has been late!  We would like to thank the HSA for kindly funding the breakfast each year and are very grateful to our Year 6 team of Miss Cook, Miss Tang, Mr Aldersley, Mrs Remmers, Mrs Taylor and Mrs O’Brien,  who were in school early each day to prepare and serve the breakfasts.  Year 6 can now look forward making the most of their last eight weeks at Greenfield and to preparing an excellent end of year performance before they make the move onto the next phase of their education.  Well done, Year 6!

 

Everyone can grow in a Greenfield!