All posts by Peter Bravo

Great Gurudwaras!

On Wednesday 18 June, Year 5 and Year 6 visited the Gurdwara in Handsworth, Birmingham. We were greeted by a Sikh faith guide, Kiran, who talked to us about the building and explained the different features of the temple. The outside of the building looked beautiful and the atmosphere was calm and very relaxing inside. It was a fascinating experience for us to visit a Sikh temple and we learned lots of interesting facts about the building of the Gurdwara and the Sikh faith. The children were all respectful and followed the Sikh rules inside the Gurdwara, such as removing our shoes, washing our hands, covering our heads and walking in silence. Everyone thought it was a great experience and appreciated the generosity and warmth of the Sikhs, who helped us learn more about the religion. All of Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed the trip and would recommend it to anyone, who has the chance to go.

 

Cleaning Team of the Year

We are more than delighted to have won Cleaning Team of the Year 2019! This is a wonderful achievement, which is richly deserved by James Butler, Sally Lockett, Nicky Skelding and Louise Fotheringham and follows on from our recent 100% cleaning audit score! I nominated our Cleaning Team for the award back in January and wrote a recommendation praising their ability to not only work well together as an effective team but also perform their individual duties independently to ensure the standard of cleaning in our school is excellent. The cleaning team’s timekeeping is exceptional; they are always punctual and are keen to do their jobs to the best of their ability. Each of them has positive relationships with our teaching and support staff, understanding the different working styles of individual teachers and being respectful and friendly towards our pupils. Special congratulations go to James, our Site Manager, who has become a key member of our staff since joining us in August 2014. He works above and beyond the call of duty not only to support the work of our school directly, but also to support the Friends of Greenfield to organise and run a broad range of excellent fundraising and social events. He is always there to open up early, to lock up late and to help set up before and put away after events.

 

RSE Consultation

As you may be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE), which come into effect for all schools from September 2020. Schools will be required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships Education and RSE, which will inform schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered. To initiate this consultation, we have set up a RSE Focus Group, which met for the first time this week; it was great to see such a good turn out from a cross section of our families. Effective consultation will give the space and time for our parents to input, ask questions and share concerns. We are keen to listen to your views before we make a reasonable decision on the way forward. What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content.

We started with an introductory discussion and shared the draft guidance from the DfE.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/relationships-and-sex-education-and-health-education

We plan to discuss the guiding principles at our next meeting on Wednesday 10 July at 3.00 pm. If you couldn’t make the first meeting, please feel free to come along. The meeting will finish by the end of the school day.

 

Father’s Day Treat

It was great to see so many of our Dads and Granddads at our Father’s Day Breakfast with their children and grandchildren this morning. We had a full house in our hall and the atmosphere was brilliant. The breakfast baps, tea and coffee were all so well received that we have already had several requests to make this a weekly event! Many thanks to our team of FroG Mums for getting up early to make this event happen.

 

The Big Breakfast

We’re looking forward to seeing our wonderful Dads and Granddads for our Father’s Day Breakfast with their children on Friday 14 June from 8.15-8.45 am. We shall have a delicious selection of hot bacon baps, sausage baps, veggie sausage baps and croissants on the menu with mugs of steaming tea and coffee, not to mention cold fruit juice, to wash it all down. This is another event devised and organised by our fabulous Friends of Greenfield and follows on from our successful Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea Party. Many thanks to FroG for putting on such great community events for our children and families.

 

Share The Learning

Our ‘Share The Learning’ assemblies bring the year’s learning journey to a conclusion for our classes and allow you to see what the children consider to be the highlights of their learning. Please do your best to join your child’s class on the following days.

Þ Tuesday 9 July        Year 5

Þ Wednesday 10 July Reception – The Sun

Þ Thursday 11 July Year 1 & Year 2 – Venus, Mercury & Earth

Þ Friday 12 July Year 3 & Year 4 – Mars, Saturn & Jupiter

These assemblies have been very well received by our parents and families for many years and we do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to make it to these special celebrations of learning this year.

 

Election Fever

After the recent local elections, we shall soon be approaching Greenfield Election Week. All our children and staff are going to experience democracy in action as we vote for our Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. I have been very impressed with the way in which our Year 5 children have already taken the matter so seriously and immersed themselves in the election process. Campaign teams have started working together and we shall soon find out all about the candidates’ manifestoes and election pledges. Election Day is Thursday 20 May and we shall declare the results in our newsletter. We wish all our candidates the very best!

 

Run Again, Greenfield, Run!

After today’s torrential rain, we are glad we made the call to cancel our Sports’ Day, despite the fact we were enjoying warm sunshine as we did! We are already praying for dry weather for our rescheduled Sports’ Day on Friday 5 July. Times will remain the same with Early Years and Key Stage 1 from 9.30-11.30 and Key Stage 2 Sports from 1.15-3.15. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families as possible at both of these exciting events.

 

Happy Whitsun

We wish all our families a happy, restful and peaceful half term break. We look forward to seeing all our children again at 8.45 am on Monday 3 June.

 

Looking Ahead

As I come to my final half term at Greenfield, I am glad to be able to share our Governors’ plans for September with you. The post of Headteacher has been advertised and an appointment will be made by the end of June for a January 2020 start date. Greenfield will be very ably led during the Autumn Term by Mrs Sarah Remmers in the role of Acting Headteacher. She will be well supported by Miss Philippa Cook and Mrs Sarah Hawker as her two Acting Deputy Headteachers. Please be assured that Greenfield’s successful, established and well-attended programme of Welcome Meetings, Open Sessions, Harvest and Christmas Celebrations together with our ever popular clubs, performances and regular FroG events will continue as usual.