The first week back after our half term break has seen all our Key Stage 2 children engrossed in their Child Initiated Learning (CIL) Projects. We are grateful to all our parents, grandparents and volunteers, who have been able to come in and support the children this week. Our commitment to CIL really does provide an excellent opportunity for the children to take responsibility for organising, extending and deepening their very own learning.
On behalf of the Greenfield Team, we wish all our children and families a safe, happy and peaceful half term holiday. We look forward to seeing all our children for the start of the second half term at 8.45 am on Monday 2 November and would also like to remind you that school is closed for staff training on Monday 9 November.
Many thanks to our parents and carers for attending our Parents’ Evenings this week in such great numbers. There was a great atmosphere in school as all our parents and carers from Reception to Year 6 attended! The overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic feedback has been very encouraging. We have been pleased to be able to discuss your child(ren)’s attitude and effort in their learning with you as well as looking at their personal and social development. We look forward to continuing to work closely with all our parents and families to ensure that each child at Greenfield works towards achieving his or her full potential during their time with us.
Adam Woodhouse in Year 3 is a very special and very thoughtful boy. Adam has a friend called Amy Dimmick, a little girl who has a complex genetic condition called Rett syndrome. Her Mum needs to raise £7,000 to buy specialist computer equipment and software to enable Amy to communicate with her family and make her own choices. When Adam heard about this, he began to think about how he could help. He decided that he would start off with a “Scoot for Amy”. So, last Saturday Adam (accompanied by his sister Emma in Reception) rode his scooter around Mary Stevens Park and raised over £300 in sponsorship towards the cause! Well done, Adam. This is a tremendous achievement. We are all so proud of you for thinking of your friend Amy and doing something to raise money for equipment that will really help her. If you want to help or join Adam in his fundraising, have a word with Adam or his Mum and Dad, Jo and Dean, or just see me.
The first week back after our half term break will see our Key Stage 2 children engrossed in their Child Initiated Learning (CIL) Projects. Our commitment to CIL gives the children a unique opportunity to organise, resource and realise their very own learning. We are always very grateful to all our parents, grandparents and volunteers, who come in and support the children. Please come and join in if you can during the afternoons of Tuesday 3 November for Year 6, Wednesday 4 November for Year 3 & Year 4 and Thursday 5 November for Year 5.
The number of road traffic accidents can increase during the autumn and winter months and unfortunately this is especially the case for younger children. As the nights draw in for winter, it is getting darker much earlier. It is important that pedestrians and cyclists can be seen easily. Dudley’s Road Safety and Travel Awareness Team are reminding people to wear light, bright clothing in the daytime and reflective clothing at night.
We have had an excellent reply slip response for next week’s Parents’ Evenings. It is essential that all parents attend Parents’ Evenings, so that you are informed about your child’s attitude, effort, behaviour, progress and attendance. You will also receive a written Initial Report, which you will discuss with your child’s classteacher. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 19 October from 4.00 – 6.00 pm and on Tuesday 20 October from 6.00 – 8.00 pm. Don’t forget to make the most of our Book Fair too.
Many congratulations to our brilliant tag rugby teams for such splendid achievements in this week’s first qualifying round for the Black Country games. We went to Old Halesonians yesterday to compete against local schools from Stourbridge and Halesowen and were pleased to be able to field both an A and a B team. Both of our teams played exceedingly well in their groups and after some tough competition our A team progressed to the semi-finals, where they beat Manor Way, and eventually to the final against Howley Grange. This was an exciting and unexpectedly physical game of tag rugby. We are delighted to announce that our Greenfield team put in an excellent performance and went on to win 2-1 with a golden try! This means that we are again through to the Dudley Finals in March 2016. I am immensely proud of the effort, enthusiasm and positive sporting attitude of both our teams. Well done to Sonny Morgan, Joe Kelly, Nina Maeer, Charlie Walker, Jake Homer, Will Holloway, Jack Ciasullo, Millie Knott, Jada Thompson, Sam Grimmett-Bate, Jake Holloway, Eden Green, Ben Wilson, Owen Westwood, Tyler Harris, Jake Hammonds, Maisie Lamb, Emma Hadley and Molly Carroll-Grigg! You are a credit to our school and really prove how much we can achieve through dedication, team work and determination.
At Greenfield we aim to focus on and develop the whole child. As part of our school’s aims to promote happiness and success, we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools. Unicef UK is working with schools across the country to embed children’s rights in their ethos and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
We have a strong and well-established set of Greenfield Values, which we use to support and drive the personal and social education of our children. We also use a system of Rights and Responsibilities to underpin our approach to positive behaviour management, aiming to enable all our children to make the right choices for themselves. Our Rights Respecting work is developing these approaches. Each class has elected a Rights Respecting Ambassador (have a look at our back page to see your representative). Our Ambassadors meet regularly with Mrs Cattell and Miss Davies to make sure we work on a particular Article from the Convention each month. In October, as part of our Harvest Festivals, we have concentrated on Article 27 (adequate standard of living) and each child’s right to have food, clothing and a safe place to live.
Our bellboating for all our Key Stage 2 children this week has been a huge success. After such wonderful weather last week, it was a shame that the forecast had to change on Monday and Tuesday, but nevertheless our children took the showers in their stride. I was fortunate enough to join the children on Thursday when the weather was glorious. It was excellent to see our Greenfield pupils proving themselves to be such willing and enthusiastic paddlers as they set off from the Bonded Warehouse on their journey down the Stourbridge Canal. The highlight was the experience of going through a lock and the children were impressed with how the boats rose up as the lock filled with water. It is one thing to find out how a lock works by studying a diagram but nothing can beat the first-hand experience of learning by actually sitting in a boat in a real lock. It was great for the children to meet and paddle with Andy Train, 4 times Olympian and 3 times world champion marathon canoe racer. Thanks and congratulations to the parents, who took the opportunity to get involved, pick up a paddle and see what bellboating is all about. If you missed out this time but are interested in trying out bellboating for yourself, there may be a chance for another taster session later this year.