Many congratulations to our brilliant tag rugby teams for such splendid performances in this week’s Dudley finals. Having come first and second in the qualifying competition in November, our teams went to Oldswinford Hospital School yesterday to compete against the best schools from Dudley. Our B team played really well and were unfortunate to go out in the quarter finals against Church of the Ascension A.
Our A team eased through the pool games with emphatic wins, going on to beat Maidensbridge 4-0 in the semi-final to progress to the final against Church of the Ascension A. This was a hugely exciting and entertaining game of end to end rugby. At the end of the allotted game time of seven minutes, the score was a nail-biting 3-3, which meant the game moved on to two minutes of extra time. Our Greenfield team worked well together but after extra time the scores were still level at 5-5. This meant the match was to be decided by a ‘golden try’. Every player in our team managed to raise the level of their performance once again, enabling Ben Atherton to run in the deciding score!
This means that Greenfield are now the Dudley Champions and through to the Black Country Games in May. I am immensely proud of the effort, enthusiasm and positive sporting attitude of both our teams. Many congratulations to Jake Holloway, Jack Iceton, Toby Gorner, Jenson Ollerenshaw, Reuben Allen, Tom Burborough, Eloise Kent, Jordan Docker, Bethan Rees, Millie Knott, Owen Westwood, Ben Atherton, Max Lamb, Joe Owen, Connor Palmer, Sam Grimmett-Bate, Sonny Morgan, Joe Kelly, Isabel Norton, Jessica Noble and Jada Thompson! You are a credit to our school and really prove how much we can achieve through dedication, team work and determination. Greenfield have been the Black Country tag rugby champions for two out of the last four years, so please keep your fingers crossed for further success this year.
We are really pleased that our Year 6 children have returned safely from an exciting outdoor adventure residential at Boreatton Park, PGL’s flagship centre in Shropshire. After the excitement of two nights away with their classmates and an action-packed schedule of kayaking, quad-biking, giant swing, rifle-shooting, dodgeball and zipwire, I am sure they will be ready for a weekend at home. Many thanks to Miss Tang, Mr Aldersley, Mrs Remmers and Mrs Taylor for accompanying the children on this memorable educational experience. I was fortunate to be able to join the group for one night and must give a special mention to Ben Harper, Reuben Allen, Harry Fox and Owen Rowlands for the tidiest dormitory I have ever seen on a residential. I hope your parents can say that your bedrooms at home are just as neat. In order to save time on packing and reduce their wash loads, Reuben, Harry and Owen even attempted to go to bed in their day clothes! You will be relieved to hear that they did see sense and opted for their pyjamas.
This year’s Eisteddfod was the perfect showcase for Greenfield’s many talented children. After the very popular auditions, the entries were whittled down to the individuals and groups, who made it through to the Eisteddfod itself. We would like to thank our expert judges for giving so generously of their time and providing each performer with individual positive feedback and good advice. Our judges were Claire Estell (Woodwind Specialist from Dudley Performing Arts), Julie Bonar-Philpotts (Vocalist), Ali Pritchard (Dizzee Dance Academy) and Linda Raybould (Dudley’s Primary English Adviser). Our winners in the four categories were:
1. Matthew Preston
2. Ben Whyatt
3. Mary Cutler
1. Jayme Gubbins
2. Madeline Rees
3. Joss Partridge
1. George Westley-Smith
2. Zain Ali, Raees Ali and Aleeza Imaan
3. Owen Rees
1. Joshua Davies
2. Freya Westwood and Scarlett Millington
3. Jessica Noble and Grace Sisley-Smith
Many congratulations to all of our entrants. You were brilliant, brave and confident; we are very proud of you all. Parents and families of our winners will see the performance at our special Arts Celebration Assembly on Friday 20 March. We are looking forward to our next major arts event at school, our Springtime ‘Rule Britannia’ Concerts starring the children in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. Performances take place on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 March at 7.00 pm.
Yesterday morning one of our Hill Street neighbours was putting her children into their car seats in the back of her car. As she was fastening her youngest child into the roadside seat, it seems that a car drove straight at her and at the last minute, without indicating, drove up onto the pavement! I was shocked when I was informed. The registration of the car was noted and has been passed on to our PCSO’s. I do hope that it was not one of our parents as I know that we all work hard together to keep our Greenfield children safe at all times.
Hill Street is a constricted and potentially dangerous street with very narrow pavements. There have already been several near misses and it would be tragic if any child were hurt. Parents have complained that pupils are still being dropped off by drivers at our Hill Street entrance. Some drivers just stop in the road and let the children jump out of the car or even park on double yellow lines. This is endangering the safety of our children and is totally illegal. If you do come to Greenfield by car, please park on Worcester Street or alternatively on the Greenfield Gardens side of our school and walk your children into school via the park entrance. We are privileged to have two excellent lollipop ladies, who are there to keep our children safe as they cross the road. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
This is a very busy half term as we run up to Easter. We have our Eisteddfod, two residentials (Year 3 and Year 4 in Derbyshire, Year 6 in Shropshire), the Dudley Concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, our own Spring Concert (starring the children of Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5) and we are also expecting a special surprise delivery for our Reception children. Make sure your child has excellent attendance or they will definitely miss out on some exciting learning experiences!
We introduced ‘praise postcards and phone calls’ at Greenfield in the week before the half term break. Ten parents in each class have received a special postcard or a very positive call from one of our teachers, commending your child’s achievement, attitude and effort. If you were lucky enough to get one this time, let your child’s teacher know what you thought of the idea. I spoke to one of our Mums yesterday and she was delighted to have received a praise postcard for her son and a call for her daughter: ‘I thought it was lovely for my daughter’s teacher to ring me and tell me how impressed she is with my little girl’s work and behaviour. It was another surprise on the first day of the holiday to receive the postcard praising my son! He was delighted and we were so proud of him.’ Please expect more postcards and calls just before Easter.
We have had a good response from parents to our annual questionnaire but we have not yet received replies from all our families. We really do need as many of your responses as possible, so that we can follow up any specific issues with you individually and feed common themes into our School Improvement Plan for the coming year. There is a section on the survey, giving you the opportunity to explain what you particularly like at Greenfield and what you think we can do to improve. We would be grateful if you would return your forms to our school office or your child’s teacher by Friday 6 March, that’s the end of next week.
Did you know that the law has changed to keep children with asthma safe at school by enabling them to have access to a spare emergency inhaler? I am pleased that we have been able to purchase an emergency inhaler at our local pharmacy and can now ensure that every child with asthma gets the basic care they need, when they might actually need it most. I know that parents of our children with asthma are also relieved that the law has at last taken a more common sense approach to this surprisingly common health condition. It is hard to believe that previous legislation meant it was actually illegal for a school to have a spare emergency inhaler for a child to use in the event of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, even though exemptions allowed some organisations, including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the armed forces, to use emergency inhalers. We have recently updated our own Asthma Policy and have contacted all the families of children known to have asthma. If we haven’t contacted you and you feel your child may have been missed out, please contact us immediately as children who are not on our school asthma register will not be able to use the emergency inhaler. Tragically, children have died from asthma attacks in school, so it’s absolutely vital your child can have access to an emergency inhaler if he or she is having an asthma attack.
We had a very eventful time at school yesterday from about 5.30 pm onwards. This involved our expectant Key Stage 1 teacher, Miss Nicola Tyler, a 999 call, some of our amazing staff, the arrival of an ambulance and a rapid trip to Russell’s Hall Hospital! We were delighted to hear that Nicola gave birth to a beautiful baby boy weighing in at 6lb 3oz at 7.05 pm! Mummy Tyler and her super son (brother to Oliver and Solomon) are both doing very well. I am sure that you will all join me in sending love, best wishes and many congratulations to Nicola, Antony and their lovely boys.
George Westley-Smith, Mimi Haynes, Lilly Mullis and Jake Holloway competed at the Dudley Spelling Bee Final on Monday at Ridgewood High School and came home the winners! They won with a stunning grand total of 120 points with the runners up scoring 102. They competed against St James’, Pedmore, Ham Dingle and Oldswinford Primary Schools. This is an absolutely brilliant result. Well done to our team!