This week it has been an absolute pleasure to watch our children performing their Christmas Productions. It was hard to believe that our boys and girls in Reception have been in school for less than a term, when you saw them dancing and singing with such confidence in their excellent performance “Celebrate Good Times”. For those of you who were in the audience, I am sure you will never forget those comical reindeer and the ‘Frozen’ snowflake dancers. Our children in Year 1 and Year 2 entertained us brilliantly with their show “The Apprentice”. A special mention must go to Freya Westwood, Torsten Penney-Phillips, Edie Morley and George Smith for their superb performances and solo singing in the lead roles. So many parents and grandparents commented that these performances were two of the best shows they had ever seen. The costumes were superb, the acting was assured and the singing was excellent. Both shows prove just how talented our Greenfield children are, whether they perform individually or as part of a show’s cast, and demonstrate how much our children can achieve through working with our dedicated staff, who have such high expectations.
I hope that many of you will be able to join us for our Christmas celebrations at Greenfield in the last week of term with Carols by Candlelight in school on Monday 15 at 6.30 pm and our Carol Service at St Thomas’ Church on Tuesday 16 at 10.00 am. If you are not feeling festive already, I am confident that our children’s carol singing will put you in a suitably seasonal mood. Our choir, under the direction of Miss Sharon Hill, will also be singing at the prestigious Christmas Concert at Dudley Town Hall on Tuesday 16 December.
Last Friday we had a turn-out of around 50 people for the Longlands meeting led by Margot James MP. Initial plans have been drawn up for the site and these are now on display in Greenfield, Please come in, have a look at the ideas and leave your suggestions in our Comments’ Book, which will be passed on to the planners and architects to inform decision making on this important local development.
Many thanks to our wonderful children and families for your generous donations of Jolly Bags today. We are all really looking forward to next week’s Christmas Fair, so make sure you join us for some festive fun from 6.00-8.00 pm on Friday 5 December.
We also warmly invite all our parents and families to join us for our Carol Service at St Thomas’s Church, Stourbridge on Tuesday 16 December from 10.00-11.00 am. If you haven’t got into the spirit of Christmas by the last week of term, our traditional service with carols, readings and a Nativity will certainly put you in the right mood.
In the interests of safeguarding our children, we are happy for families to take photographs or videos of performances for exclusively personal purposes only. If anyone were foolish enough to upload any of these images onto social networking websites, the privilege of taking personal photographs would have to be withdrawn. We are sure that you will agree that we must all act together to keep all our Greenfield children as safe as possible at all times. The important thing is to be sure that people with no connection with our school do not have any opportunity to film covertly. Our members of staff are asked to quiz anyone they do not recognise who is using a camera or video recorder at events and productions.
Next week sees our children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 on stage for their highly anticipated Christmas performances. We are looking forward to seeing our Year 1 and Year 2 show, “The Apprentice”, on Tuesday 2 at 2.00 pm and on Thursday 4 December at 6.30 pm. Our eagerly awaited Reception performance, “Celebrate Good Times”, takes place on Friday 5 at 10.30 am. The children have amazed me with their ability to learn so many new songs so quickly and the quality of their singing, acting and dancing is superb. We hope to see as many parents and grandparents in the audiences as possible, as you shall be in for a real treat.
It has been brilliant to see so many parents joining us for our Open Sessions in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 this week. We really do appreciate your involvement in your child’s education at Greenfield and value your feedback. We are not required to run Open Sessions and as a school we only engage in any activities, which have a positive impact on improving learning. We genuinely believe that the more that you as parents and carers can support and engage in your child’s learning and development, the more successful your child will be. We have a great team of teachers at Greenfield but don’t forget that you are you are your child’s teacher too!
The Reception Open Sessions have been well received this week. One parent commented: “It was really lovely to see how my daughter is learning. I would recommend it to all parents”, while another added: “What a great idea! My son talks a lot about ‘my teachers’ and ‘my school’. It’s good to know what he needs to concentrate on at home”. Please do your best to join us for our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Open Sessions next week. These sessions will focus on writing and give you the chance to come in and see your child(ren)’s learning in action in our classrooms. Your child’s teacher will explain the aims of the lesson before the session and there will be the opportunity after the lesson to discuss the learning.
Our Open Sessions for Early Years take place next week and for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the following week. These sessions will focus on writing and give you the chance to come in and see your child(ren)’s learning in action in our classrooms. Your child’s teacher will explain the aims of the lesson before the session and there will be the opportunity after the lesson to discuss the learning. We hope that these Open Sessions will really help parents to understand how the key skills of writing are taught at Greenfield.
Reception Beatrix Potter with Mrs Kelly on Tuesday 18 November at 2.00 pm
Picasso with Miss Ridout on Thursday 20 November at 2.00 pm
Year 1 & Year 2 All classes on Wednesday 26 November at 9.00-10.00 pm
Year 3 & Year 4 & Year 5 All classes on Thursday 27 November 11.00-12.00 pm
Year 6 Both classes on Tuesday 25 November at 11.00-12.00 pm
We are asking if you can help us give to families that are living in poverty in our borough this Christmas. Over 5,300 children in Dudley are from families that have to use the services of the Black Country Foodbank and it would be wonderful to give the children in these families a treat. When you are buying your advent calendars this year, would you be able to buy an extra one please to donate to the Black Country Food Bank and make a child’s day? We will be collecting them in school until 24 November when we will pass them to Black Country Foodbank. We are grateful for your generosity and also for your support for BBC Children in Need today.