It has been great to see all our children and families again after the summer break. The children have settled back into our work and routines with the minimum of fuss and I am pleased with such an excellent start to the new school year. It has also been a pleasure to see our new teachers working with their new classes this week. Mr Joshua Aldersley, Miss Nicola Tyler and Miss Becky Lewis excelled themselves throughout our rigorous selection process last term, worked with us during our transition weeks and have spent a lot of time in school during the holidays getting ready for the new term. We are also very pleased to welcome our new site manager, Mr James Butler. James started with us in mid August and is already putting his many talents to good use on our site. We also extend a warm welcome to Mrs Helen Baynham, Mrs Joanne Jones and Miss Emily Grubb, three specialist Early Years practitioners, who have joined our Reception team
We have made considerable improvements to our site for each of the last six years but we are especially pleased that our playground has been resurfaced during the summer holidays. The poor state of our old playground with its slippery, gritty surface was the main cause of children’s accidents at Greenfield. It is a delight to see the children running and even lying down on the smooth surface! Our first aiders have already seen a decrease in the number of slips and graze injuries. As one of our Year 5 girls explained to Miss Cook: ‘I’ve just fallen over but it didn’t hurt me like I thought it would’. The old play apparatus had come to the end of its life and has been removed; it will be replaced by a large new piece of apparatus, which will be installed between the boat and the wigwams this term. If you do come into our building, I am sure you will be as impressed as we are with our beautiful new carpets throughout our corridors and offices. Additionally we have replaced our wireless network, upgraded our operating systems and bought a suite of netbooks and iPads, which will increase our children’s computing opportunities and enhance learning in our classrooms.