All posts by Peter Bravo

Good Bye and Good Luck!

After 11 very happy and successful years as Headteacher at Greenfield, I am very sad to say good bye to all our Greenfield children, staff and families. Throughout my headship, the three elements of partnership between children, parents and school have been central to my philosophy and vision for our school. This close co-operation between home and school has helped each child to feel secure, gain confidence and meet with success. I thank all our parents and carers for being such an important part of your child’s education and for working so closely with us. Please keep it up in September!

I know I am going to miss our Greenfield children. They are special in many ways. They are warm, kind and considerate. I have really appreciated their enthusiasm for getting involved in life at Greenfield, making the most of learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom. We have worked to develop an engaging curriculum, which produces high standards, alongside a rich range of educational experiences for all our children and they have immersed themselves in both. I hope this will be nurtured, extended and improved in the future. The value of an excellent primary education combined with creative and physical experiences cannot be overestimated. Our Greenfield children have benefited from and will remember the music, art, dance, shows, Eisteddfods, recitals, whole class instrumental tuition, Arts Weeks, performances at Symphony Hall and the NEC, residentials, athletics, sports competitions, swimming at the Crystal, Share the Learning assemblies, Open Sessions and their teachers.

I congratulate our staff for their tireless work in continuing to build on our ‘Outstanding’ status and the 2018-2019 school year has brought us considerable, continued success. We are delighted with our excellent SAT’s results, which are significantly above national outcomes yet again. Our recent academic and creative achievements are well-deserved rewards for our children, staff and everyone connected with our school.

I would like to say a final thank you to every single member of our superb staff team for all their hard work, creative thinking and absolute dedication to the children and families of our school during my time at Greenfield. We have worked relentlessly to ensure that all our staff share the highest of expectations for our Greenfield children. I know that our staff always do whatever it takes not only to enable the children to be happy and develop as well-rounded individuals, but also to make progress and achieve success in their learning. I shall be eternally grateful to my brilliant Leadership Team colleagues, Mrs Remmers, Miss Cook and Mrs Hawker, our committed teachers, our innovative teaching assistants and our superb office and site staff for putting in such a huge effort to make each year so successful and memorable for the pupils with a happy school environment, high quality learning opportunities, stimulating curriculum enrichment and outstanding academic outcomes.

Thank you all so much for your continued involvement, support and warm words of praise and congratulations. I would also like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all our children and families for your thoughtful end of year presents and wonderful cards. Your kindness has overwhelmed me and I promise you that your generosity is greatly appreciated by us all.

I wish you all the very best of future health, happiness and success, and hope that our paths will cross again.

 

Transition Day

So many children have told us that they really enjoyed going into their new classes and meeting their new classteachers on Transition Day yesterday. Here’s a reminder of our class names for the new school year.

Reception

Donaldson: Mrs Hawker & Miss Stephenson

Year 1 & Year 2

Blyton: Miss Batham

Milne: Mr Benbow

McKee: Mrs Cattell & Mrs Kelly

Year 3 & Year 4

Wilson: Miss Rowe

Ahlberg: Miss Stanley

Anne Fine: Mr Dove

Year 5 & Year 6

Rundell: Miss Cook

Almond: Miss Tang

Shakespeare: Miss Midgley

 

End of Year Reports

You should have received your child’s end of year report yesterday. I have really enjoyed reading the reports, which reflect each child’s effort, attainment and progress. If you have not done so already, please do take the time to read and discuss the report with your child. This is an important opportunity for you to recognise and celebrate your child’s achievements and look at how you can help them to do even better next year. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents as possible at our drop-in Parents’ Evening next week on Monday 15 July from 3.30-5.00 pm. We do hope you will come into school with your child(ren), so that they can show you their work in their books and on displays. We would be grateful if you could complete and return your child’s report comment slip by Thursday 18 July.

 

Moving On and Moving In

As we come towards the end of one school year and look ahead to the start of another, we say goodbye to a familiar face in the Greenfield family. Mrs Emily Ennever (known to many of you as Miss Grubb prior to her Whitsun wedding), who has worked as a teaching assistant in our super Early Years team for the past five years, has decided to train as a teacher at the University of Wolverhampton. I am sure you will join me in thanking her for all her hard work and wishing her all the very best for her personal and professional future. She’ll make a great teacher! And now for the good news! We are delighted to welcome Miss Rebecca Stanley as a new teacher in Year 3 and Year 4. Miss Stanley has already spent time in school getting to know our children and planning for the new school year with our experienced staff.

 

Share the Learning

It has been great to see so many parents at our ‘Share the Learning’ assemblies this week. We have had the best turn out ever at these special celebration assemblies, bringing the year’s learning journey to a conclusion and allowing you to see what the children consider to be the highlights of their learning. Thank you for your support.

 

Talent on Show

This week it has been a real treat and a privilege to enjoy a superb end of year musical production ‘Let Loose’, starring our Year 5 and Year 6 children. Our students excelled themselves with a very humorous performance combining acting, dancing and singing to great effect. Congratulations to all our pupils and our fabulous staff for such an excellent team effort! I look forward to our Year 6 Prize Giving and Prom Night next week on Tuesday with eager anticipation. Our Prom Night is a celebration of each child’s time at Greenfield, a showcase of their talents and a traditional end of year prize giving. It is a unique, special occasion and an important rite of passage for the children as they move on from the primary phase of their education. Due to space restrictions, we are only able to invite the parents of our Year 6 pupils to our final Leavers’ Assembly on the last day of term. Our Leavers’ Assembly will start at 2.00 pm on Friday 19 July.

 

All the Fun of the Fayre

We look forward to seeing as many of our children, families and friends of our school as possible at tomorrow’s Greenfield Summer Fayre. The wonderful Friends of Greenfield have been busy planning the stalls and entertainment, buying prizes and charming some brilliant raffle prizes from our generous and supportive local business community. The Summer Faye is the major social and fundraising event of the year for our school community. We are always grateful for the support from our families with children at Greenfield, but our Summer Fayre also attracts many longstanding friends and familiar faces, who have been involved in life and learning at Greenfield over the years. With ever reducing budgets for education, the importance of raising much needed funds can not be emphasised enough. We have worked together with determination and innovation to build Greenfield into the school it is and are determined to continue to improve what we offer to all our children. Every penny of profit goes straight into providing learning resources and educational opportunities, which we would simply not have otherwise. The fun starts at 1.00pm and runs until 4.00pm.

 

Share The Learning

Next week’s ‘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 at 2.30 pm on the following days.

Tuesday 9 July:  Year 5

Thursday 11:  Reception – The Sun

Wednesday 10 July:  Year 1 & Year 2   Venus, Mercury & Earth

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.

 

Good Sports

We are delighted and fortunate to have been able to enjoy such superb summer weather for today’s Sports’ Day. It was wonderful to see our parents and families turning out in such great numbers for both events. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 children enjoyed the perfect summer’s morning and it certainly warmed up significantly in the afternoon. Some of you were well prepared for a sporting picnic complete with blankets, chairs and drinks, but many of you also made the most of the chance to have a tea, coffee and ice-cream, courtesy of our wonderful Friends of Greenfield.

We were all really pleased to be able to use the facilities at Old Swinford Hospital School. The track on the top field provided the perfect venue in such an idyllic setting. We would like to thank Mr Paul Kilbride, Headteacher, for the invitation.

I am sure you will agree that our children excelled themselves in the true spirit of healthy competition. Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils, who worked together so efficiently to run the individual events, organise the equipment and tally the scores.

 

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.