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.
Have a thought this evening for our Year 5 children, who have just returned from their Shakespeare residential at YHA Wilderhope. Situated near Wenlock Edge in Shropshire, Wilderhope Manor is a beautiful Elizabethan manor house, which was restored by John Cadbury in 1936. The children have worked with Shakespearean actors to develop their own acting skills bringing ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to life in a series of drama workshops. I am sure the children will be keen to share their excitement and experiences of a night away from home with their classmates. Many thanks to Mrs Remmers, Miss Midgley and Mrs Hewines for accompanying the children.
Please keep your fingers crossed for warm, dry weather for our Sports’ Day next week on Friday 5 July. Early Years and Key Stage 1 Sports will run from 9.30-11.30 am and our Key Stage 2 Sports from 1.15-3.15 pm. We look forward to seeing as many of our parents and families at both of these exciting events. Please feel free to bring your picnic blankets, camping chairs and parasols. Refreshments will be provided by our Friends of Greenfield.
The end of the school year is in sight but it is still essential that all our children get to school every day. As our teachers bring the year’s learning to a conclusion, the final three weeks of term are packed with educational visits, our Sports’ Day, end of year performances, Share the Learning Assemblies and outdoor learning opportunities. Late arrivals miss the start of the school day and this can make it very difficult for a child to get fully involved in his or her learning. A child who is persistently late by only 5 minutes a day will miss 3 whole days during the course of a school year! We all know that good school attendance gives children the opportunity of success and helps them to develop skills for life, so we expect all our children to attend school every day, unless there is an unavoidable cause such as illness.
As you are aware, holiday during term time cannot be authorised and extended absence will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice from the Education Investigation Service. Four Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to Greenfield families so far this term, resulting in a fine of £60 for each parent. We hope there won’t be any more.
All our Year 3 and Year 4 trombonists in Mars had the privilege of taking part in the Dudley Performing Arts Inspire Concert at Dudley Town Hall on Wednesday this week. The event is a culmination of a year’s work for many hundreds of pupils and gave our boys and girls the chance to play in a 500 strong orchestra with other children, advanced students, students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a small group of professional musicians. The children were also treated to an excellent performance from the professional group.
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.
We invite parents and families to join us for our Summer Recital, which will take place at 2.00 pm on Thursday 4 July. This showcase for the musical talents of our Greenfield children is always a well-attended and enjoyable event. What originally started as a small performance eight years ago has grown into a proper concert. We are all looking forward to being entertained by vocalists and individual performers on the piano, guitar, clarinet, flute, trombone and violin, ranging from new starters to more seasoned players. You will also have the chance to hear our choir.
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.
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.
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.
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.