To continue our medical theme, all our child in Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 are being introduced to First Aid next week. We look forward to welcoming St John Ambulance to Greenfield to run hour long taster sessions, which will teach our children the very basics. St John Ambulance is the UK’s leading first aid charity and believes that every young person should have the chance to learn vital lifesaving skills. We hope that this introductory will provide our pupils with the knowledge and confidence to possibly be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. We shall of course be asking the children for their feedback but would also welcome parent’s comments so we can gauge interest for running First Aid as an after school club.
Since September our School Council representatives have been working hard together to decide on the best type of play equipment to replace our old climbing frame. After looking at designs, discussing ideas and comparing 5 quotes, the School Council has chosen a superb piece of play of play apparatus. It’s called the ‘Boogie Woogie Plus’ and it combines two towers, a slide, a climbing wall, a rope ramp, a rope climb, a twisted scramble net, a net pit, a spider’s web, a lookout tower and play panels! It will be installed on an all-weather, rubber, safety surface in the area between our play boat and the tepees during June. The purchase of this equipment is only possible with the generous support of our brilliant HSA, who have pledged £10,000 towards the costs. Please do your best to support all our HSA events so we can raise as much as possible for our children.
It really is a pleasure to see so many of our Mums and Dads having a chance to chat at the end of the school day as your children play on our newly marked pitch and the fitness trail, but there will be even more of you here when you see our new apparatus. We would like to remind you that it is the responsibility of parents and carers to supervise your own children before and after school, if you allow them to stay and play. We haven’t had any broken arms recently, but please keep your eyes on your children. For the security and safety of the children attending our Good Afternoon Club, we lock the gate onto Greenfield Gardens at 4.00 pm.
Don’t forget that it’s Chocolate Bingo tonight! We have lots of delicious prizes thanks to your generosity on last week’s Chocolate Mufti Day. This is the third time we have run this event and it has always been a great success. Chocolate Bingo is a true family event, so we hope to see lots of children, parents and grandparents spending an evening together for a traditional bit of family fun. Don’t worry if you haven’t bought your tickets in advance as you will be able to get in on the door. There will be a bar and snacks will also be available.
Our collection of lost property is growing. We are grateful to Mr Butler, our Site Manager, for putting it out on tables in the playground at the end of each day but a considerable remains unclaimed. Please come and have a look if you think your child has lost any items of clothing.
On the theme of clothing, some children still don’t have a full PE kit in school. Please ensure that your child is fully equipped or else they will not be able to take part. This includes appropriate footwear, so check that your child has trainers or pumps, which fit them and are labelled, in their PE bag.
Samina (Mum of Aleeza and Khadija Imaan) is climbing Mount Snowdon on 23 May 2015 to raise desperately needed money for SKT Welfare. SKT Welfare delivers humanitarian aid and solutions regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief. Their aim is to help relieve the suffering of the world’s poorest communities and make a difference to those most in need. SKT Welfare (charity registration number 1153735) operates a 100% donation policy; for more information have a look at their website www.sktwelfare.org
To help Samina raise funds, a samosa and cake sale will take place next week on Friday 1 May at 3.30 pm. As with the ever popular samosa sale, to avoid disappointment please try and text your orders in advance with your child’s name, class and order details to Rayla (Mum of Inayah and Sabah) on 07779664928. Samosas will be 60p each or 2 for £1. The will also be a selection of home baked cakes and cupcakes ranging from 50p upwards.
You can also donate directly via her Justgiving page by following this link http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/fozia-saminaMOUNTSNOWDON.
The wonderful warm weather has seen our children and teachers getting our term off to a very sporty start and making the most of our new playground surface. Please make sure that your child has his/her Greenfield PE kit in school every day so he/she can always take part and improve his/her physical fitness and sporting skills. Our Greenfield PE kit is:
* School PE T-shirt or white polo shirt
* Navy shorts
* Navy jogging suit (a cold weather option)
* Pumps or trainers
* No jewellery is to be worn during PE
Please keep your fingers crossed for warm, dry weather for our Sports’ Days at the end of this half term at the Stourbridge Children’s Centre on Forge Road. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports’ Day is on Thursday 21 May and our Key Stage 2 Sports’ Day is on Friday 22 May. Both Sports’ Days will take place in the morning and our events will run from approximately 9.30 am up until lunchtime. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families at both of these exciting events.
We would like to remind parents that no jewellery is to be worn by our children in school with the exception of a wrist watch. For children with pierced ears, one set of plain studs may be worn, but these must be removed at home before school on PE days unless children can remove these themselves. Our members of staff are not allowed to remove ear rings. We also recommend that children with long hair have it tied back; this makes it easier to manage and reduces the chances of a visit from the nits! Extreme hairstyles (including any bright colour or patterns cut into the hair) and make- up (including nail varnish and temporary tattoos) are not allowed.
It is amazing to think that our once new Reception children are in their last term of their first year of full-time education already. We are delighted to have received 236 applications for the 40 places in Reception for September 2015! Yesterday was D day for place allocations and we are pleased to see that we shall continue to have lots of little brothers and sisters joining us as 20 of our new intake are Greenfield siblings. Our induction schedule will be sent out as soon as we have our confirmed list of accepted places. We improve and develop our curriculum, systems and schedules each year, so even if you have been through it before, please don’t assume it will be ‘business as usual’ or you might be in for a surprise.
Many thanks to our brilliant staff team for giving all our children so many superb learning experiences both in and outside the classroom this term. Our children are lucky to be able to benefit from hands-on experiences which lead to deeper learning. The ‘Fabulous Finishes’ to this term’s themes aim to consolidate the learning and make it memorable. Our children in Potter and Picasso came to school in springtime colours and enjoyed an Easter treasure hunt and seasonal cakes. Vivaldi, Seacole and Gagarin went for a real ‘Walk in the Woods’ at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre. Our children in Curie, Gandhi and Glennie have had the chance to go on their first residential in wildest Derbyshire. Tensing and Mandela were treated to a special film show on our big screen, while Hawking and Parks put on an Indian Celebration for parents complete with burfi, authentic tea and Bollywood dancing.
On behalf of the Greenfield Team we wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter and look forward to seeing you all again at 8.45 am on Monday 13 April for the start of the Summer Term.
This has been a truly action-packed Spring Term and I have been very impressed with the high levels of energy and enthusiasm, which our children have brought to their work throughout the whole term. Last Sunday it was wonderful to be able to see 24 of our children on stage at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, performing in the Dudley Performing Arts Concert. They were part of a massed Gospel Choir and were accompanied by the amazing Dudley Big Band. The experience of performing in a world-class concert hall will remain with the boys and girls for ever.