Ahead of the Game

“It is important to teach pupils about the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that can help them to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app.” Teaching Online Safety in School, DfE, June 2019

As teachers, we have a huge responsibility to understand the risks that exist online, and to tailor our teaching and support to the needs of all our pupils.

As parents and carers, you also play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. Sometimes it is about being ‘ahead of the game’ as the online world moves forward with such pace.

Please do your best to attend our NSPCC Online Safety for Parents session at 9am on Tuesday 24th September.  The session explores what children have access to at home, the appropriateness of different apps and games and ways in which parents can monitor their child’s online behaviour whilst still keeping positive lines of communication open.

We really hope you can make it!

Thinking Caps On!

We know there are some really creative individuals within our Greenfield community…..we need your help please! We are looking to rename our successful ‘Good Morning and Good Afternoon Club’. It’s a bit of a mouthful, so something short, snappy and memorable would be ideal. Please email any suggestions to me or the school office.

Please don’t forget to use our before and after school provision. Both regular and occasional users are very welcome, and there is real flexibility when it comes to changes in arrangements. There is a dedicated phone number which you can text and ring after 4pm when the school office is closed. That number is 07561 827918 and your contact is Mrs Tracey Hewines, club manager.

We like the children to have a say in the kind of things on offer at Good Morning and Good Afternoon club and we do our very best to accommodate their requests. The children are taken outside to play wherever possible, but sometimes they just want to relax. It’s a great provision, please use it if you can.

Reception Rocks

It’s hard to believe that this is the first week of primary education for our new Reception children. They look like old hands, coming into their classroom confidently and with smiles on their faces! We are looking forward to them being with us full time from next week.

We would like to warmly invite any parents of our new Reception children to pop into school after drop-off on Monday 16 September for a coffee and a chat. We know many of you know each other already, but there’s nothing nicer than getting to know other parents and building those friendships that will take you and your children through the next seven years and beyond.

We look forward to seeing you!

‘Welcome’ meetings

Please do your best to attend the ‘Welcome’ meetings for the year group that your child or children are in. At these meetings, the teaching staff for each phase will outline daily routines, learning expectations and answer any questions you may have. They will be held on Wednesday 11th September at the following times:

5pm                          Year 3 and 4

5.45pm                   Year 1 and 2 

6.30 pm                  Year 5 and 6

We look forward to seeing you there, but in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns. The Greenfield door is always open.

 

Safe and Sound

Of course, the safety of the children while they are in school remains paramount. You may have noticed that we have had some new internal doors installed in our foyer. They are fully functional, but still need to have the finishing touches of sections of frosted glass and the school logo to complete their look. The doors are only to be operated by members of Greenfield staff or adults exiting the building. Please support us with reminding the children that any door or gate release button is only to be used by an adult.

Please bear with us over the next week or so as we get used to our hometime routines. Our main objective is to hand over the right children to the right adult, and we would ask for your patience initially as classteachers get used to new faces and pick-up routines. You might see our Year 6 pupils coming to school and leaving by themselves. This is to help them prepare for their transition into secondary school next year where the majority will be travelling independently.

If you need different arrangements for your children to be collected at the end of each school day, then please speak to their classteacher in the first instance. We will try to be as flexible as possible, but it is safety first.

Nice to see you….

It has been a really great first week of term! The children look shiny and bright in their new uniforms and shoes, and I have seen lots and lots of smiling faces around school. Obviously, some happy holidays have been had!

Thank you so much to any parents who have wished me well in my new role for this term. It is a real privilege to be the Acting Headteacher at Greenfield. I have been here for 18 years, and my commitment to maintaining our high standards and excellent outcomes is stronger than ever. Alongside my main role, I shall be continuing to act as Special Needs Coordinator until Miss Lewis returns in January.

We have welcomed three new teachers to our fantastic staff this week. Mr Sutton joins us as classteacher for AA Milne, Miss Stanley joins us as classteacher for Alan Ahlberg and Mrs Cast joins us as a Key Stage 2 teacher on Thursdays. They have all made a great start, and we are sure that each of them will really enjoy working here at Greenfield.

Unfortunately, Miss Hill has not yet been able to return to school as she has broken her foot. We wish her a speedy recovery and shall keep you updated on her situation. We would also like to inform you that our long-standing secretary, Helen Solly, has decided to take early retirement. Helen has worked at Greenfield since 1991 and the decision to retire was not an easy one for her. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all she has done at Greenfield and we send her and her husband, Eddie, our very best wishes for their future. Miss Fran Harriman and Mrs Clare Benson will continue to be your first points of contact in our front office.

As many of you know, Claire Tyas, one of our teaching assistants, has had a long period of absence due to needing to care for her husband. Claire has also made the difficult decision to resign from her post here, as her husband’s condition has deteriorated. Our thoughts are with her and her family.

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.

 

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 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, Sarah, Phillipa and Sarah, 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.

Peter Bravo

Headteacher

Onwards and Upwards

It was a pleasure to attend the Prom and Prize Giving on Tuesday, when the parents of our Year 6 pupils were treated to a showcase of the children’s gifts and talents. We are especially grateful to our Year 6 staff team for putting in such a huge effort to make this last half term so memorable for our pupils with the excitement of our Year 6 Show, Leavers’ Trip and Prize Giving.

Saying goodbye to our pupils, who are moving on to the next phase of their education, can be difficult for our staff, who have got to know them so well over so many years. While we feel happy celebrating their achievements, we are sad that they are leaving us and feel privileged that we have had the chance to be such an integral part of each child’s life and learning at Greenfield. This year, we are saying farewell to 21 of our families, whose youngest or only child is about to move on from Greenfield. We wish each of our Year 6 pupils all the very best for future success!

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

 

Everyone can grow in a Greenfield!