Many thanks to our children, families, friends and everyone else in our school community for turning out in such great numbers to our Summer Fair last Saturday and making it such a great success. I am especially grateful to the dedicated core of our brilliant Home School Association, who turned up early in the morning to erect the gazebos, set up the stalls and make sure that everything was ready to roll when the Fair opened at 3.00 pm. We really do appreciate the time and effort of our parents, families and staff, especially Mr Butler, who helped to make the event happen, while enduring the full range of English summer weather from torrential downpours to boiling sunshine. It was good to see and meet former pupils and parents. I was fortunate enough to meet some former members of the HSA from 30 years ago, who actually made the stalls, which we still use!
The Summer Fair raised a superb total of £1919.91! This is a really great result and a significant contribution to raising the £10,000 pledge towards our new play equipment, which is starting to take shape. The holes for the uprights have been dug this week and the posts themselves and the platform for the stainless steel slide are being installed as I write. We have been informed that the remainder of the apparatus should come together quickly and we hope to be ready for the laying of the safety surface next week.
Many thanks to all our children and families for your help and support in preparing for our Summer Fair, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday 20 June from 3.00-5.00 pm. We are very grateful for all your donations of jolly bags, bottles, cakes and toys on our mufti days. The BBC forecast predicts warm sunshine after morning showers but please keep your fingers crossed for perfect Summer Fair weather! We are raising funds for our new play equipment, so please bring your families, friends and neighbours with you to the major social and fundraising event of our school year.
The actual 2015 Rugby World Cup will be hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October 2015 but Greenfield have already been crowned ‘World Champions’ this week!
In a ‘World Cup’ competition for schools, run by the Windsor Sports Partnership, each school involved was allocated a country and our 2 Greenfield teams represented Argentina. The other schools/countries were Hob Green (South Africa), Amblecote (Wales), Tenterfields (France), Lutley (England), Colley Lane (Japan), St James (Scotland), Pedmore (Australia), Manor Way (Ireland) and Caslon (Samoa).
We entered two teams, one experienced and one new to rugby, into two levels of competition. Yet again we are delighted that our Greenfield players excelled themselves by winning both competitions! Coach for the day, Mr Dove, was hugely impressed and told me: ‘Our children were just brilliant. They worked well together in their teams and were determined to do their best. I was really pleased with their excellent sportsmanship too.’
Each of our players was presented with a gold medal by Philippa Tuttiett, who represents Wales at Rugby Union, Touch Rugby and 7’s Rugby. She has not only played in 2 World Cups, 6 European Championships, 6 Home Nations and 4 Six Nations, but has also won both Welsh International Player of the Year and Welsh Touch Rugby Player of the Year! Many of our players had their medal ribbons signed by Philippa and Sonny Morgan even got her to sign his shoe! Many congratulations to our brilliant Greenfield tag rugby teams for adding these splendid achievements to our recent success in winning the Black Country Games.
The installation of our new piece of play apparatus, the ‘Boogie Woogie Plus’, started this week on Monday 15 June as scheduled. Steven and Jason from Playdale have completed the ground works and will press on with the building of the equipment next week before completing the safety surface. Our children are really impressed with how big the new play space will be.
Have you put our E-safety Evening on Monday 29 June at 7.00 pm in your diary yet? This is a very important internet safety training session that every parent should attend. You can only really keep your child safe if you know what young people do online, are fully aware of the risks that your children face and know how to manage them.
After many months of planning, waiting and counting down the days, we are delighted that the installation of our new play equipment will commence next week on Monday 15 June. The project will start with ground works to clear the area between our play boat and tepees. This will involve removing of all the shrubs, trees, paving and brick plinth to create an open space of just under 100 m2. When the area has been cleared, we can then proceed with the installation of the apparatus itself and the pouring of the bonded rubber mulch safety surface. We can’t wait to see the final result!
The purchase of this equipment is only possible with the generous support of our brilliant HSA, who have pledged £10,000 towards the costs. We are very grateful to all of you for your generous donations of Jolly Bags today. Please do your best to come along with your families, friends and neighbours to our Summer Fair on Saturday 20 June from 3.00 to 5.00 pm, so we can raise as much money as possible for our children.
Today we have taken part in the Big First Aid Lesson organised by St John Ambulance. This was a free online first aid session streamed live and direct into classrooms across the country. The interactive programme combined first aid training and 999 scenarios with amazing real life stories. In the same time it takes to watch an episode of a favourite TV show, our pupils in Key Stage 2 have learned some vital first aid skills. Please talk to your child and ask them what they have learned today. For a bit of fun and first aid education you really should try the excellent game of ‘Rescue Run’ by putting this link http://rescuerun.sja.org.uk/ in your browser. Additional information is also available on the St John Ambulance website.
We are delighted with the way in which the Greenfield Caterpillars, our parent and child club, has grown and developed since its inception in September 2010 but in recent weeks the numbers have dwindled. This might be down to our recent good weather or simply the fact that appointments and other commitments have fallen on Friday mornings but it would be good to see the Caterpillars growing and thriving again. We would like to remind you that the group meets every Friday from 9.00-10.30 am in our school hall with a very small charge of £1 to cover refreshments. Greenfield Caterpillars is intended for mums and dads with babies and toddlers, who would like to come together for a play, a chat and a cup of tea. If you have a pre-school child, you are warmly invited to come along and join in. It may be called Greenfield Caterpillars but it has never been restricted exclusively to parents of our school. Please pass on the word to other parents you know in our school community, who you think would be interested in coming along.
If you care about your own child’s safety and well-being, you won’t want to miss our E-safety Evening on Monday 29 June at 7.00 pm. The internet has brought us many benefits and is a superb tool for learning, communication, shopping, reference and downloading music, pictures and games. However, the internet also poses significant risks to your child(ren). We have a comprehensive filtering system in school to minimise these risks but how safe is your child when they are browsing on a tablet, a smartphone or a netbook at home? Make sure you attend this important internet safety training session, so that you can find out what young people do online, be aware of the risks that your children face and know how to manage them.
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.