We have had an excellent turn out for all our ‘Share The Learning’ assemblies with attendance from over 75% of parents in each class! We really do appreciate this tremendous level support and it means so much to the children to see you there. It has been inspiring to see the children talking with such subject knowledge and sharing their enthusiasm for their cross-curricular learning themes with their peers, parents and families. These assemblies neatly bring the year’s learning journey to a conclusion and allow you to see what the children consider to be the highlights of their learning.
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 a record breaking 238 applications for the 40 places in Reception for September 2014! It was a pleasure to welcome the parents of our new intake for their initial welcome session at Greenfield this week. Our next induction sessions are on Wednesday 4 June, when the children will have a chance to get to know their new peers and our staff, while we share all the important information with parents. 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.
We would like to thank the overwhelming majority of our families, who make such a great effort to ensure your children achieve excellent attendance. Our attendance for the school year up to today is 96.59%, despite significant outbreaks of sickness and chicken pox. This compares to95.65% for the same period last year. Please do your best to make sure your child achieves 100% attendance for the last half term of the year, so they can get as much learning in as possible and we can move to over 97% attendance for the whole school year.
It is unfortunate that we had to cancel our Sports’ Days this week but the field at the Stourbridge Children’s Centre on Forge Road was badly waterlogged. We look forward to seeing all our parents and families at our rearranged Sports’ Days, Early Years and Key Stage 1 on Thursday 3 July and Key Stage 2 on Friday 4 July. Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine!
As we look toward the end of one school year and the start of another, we are working hard to ensure that the transition to new classes and teachers will be achieved as smoothly and effectively as possible for all our children. We are consulting with the children to ensure that our September classes are based on cohesive, positive friendship groupings. All the children have completed their list of Learning Friends and these are used as the basis for compiling the new classes. We would also like to remind you about our Transition Meetings onMonday 7 July. The meetings will enable our staff to explain fully to parents the learning expectations for the new phase that your child will be entering in September. We shall also explain how we structure our weekly timetable, organise homework and how you can best support your child in their learning to help them achieve their full potential in their new year group. The meetings will take place at the following times:
6.00pm Parents of Reception children moving to Key Stage 1
6.45pm Parents of Year 2 children moving to lower Key Stage 2
7.30pm Parents of Year 4 children moving to upper Key Stage 2
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All of our children throughout Key Stage 2 have had the opportunity to enjoy professional tennis coaching this term. It is clear that we have some potentially talented players, who are keen to develop their skills and interest in this great sport. In order to inspire these boys and girls, 40 of our Year 5 and Year 6 children went to see the Aegon Classic at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham today. It was a real privilege for the children to be able to attend a professional, pre-Wimbledon tournament and an extra special treat was the chance to participate in a 45 minute on-court session with a Lawn Tennis Association coach. We are hoping that we may have a budding champion or two in the making.
Many thanks for all your positive comments on our new morning routine with our children coming straight into their classes as soon as they arrive at school from 8.45 am onwards. We shall be surveying the opinions of children, staff and parents next week. Following this consultation we shall be in a position to decide on and confirm arrangements for the longer term. Please fill in the surveys and return them to our office as quickly as possible. Remember that if you do want to speak to any of our teachers, parents are warmly invited to come into school. The doors are wide open and you are all very welcome as usual.
It is always sad when members of our team move on but this year two of our longstanding and valued members of staff have decided to retire.
Our caretaker, Mr Andrew Brettell, will be leaving us after 15 years at Greenfield. Mr Andrew has become part of the furniture in his caretaking and lunchtime supervision roles. His commitment to the school has really enabled us to develop the community use of Greenfield out of school hours and we are grateful to him for all his work.
Mrs Jane Underwood, our Special Needs Coordinator, will be hanging up her chalk after a long and successful career, 21 years of which have been at Greenfield. Mrs Underwood has worked especially well with all staff to make Special Needs a whole school issue over the last six years. Her membership of the local authority Assessment Panel has been to the benefit of our children at Greenfield because it has given her a clear understanding of the statementing process.
We are planning a special send-off for Mr Andrew and Mrs Underwood. All details will be communicated to our parents and families by Parentmail.