What a Week! So much to be proud of at Greenfield

So many exciting things have happened in our school this week. It’s been a very busy one, that’s for sure! On Monday evening, thirteen children from our David Almond class sang in a Christmas concert at St James’ Church, Wollaston. We were invited as the ‘special guests’ of In Sound Company Community Choir, and the event itself was in aid of Wavelength, a creative music project for young people aged 12-18 with mental health conditions. Obviously, we wanted to support this excellent project, and our children did us proud with the four carols they performed.

On Tuesday, we had a wonderful Music Mark celebration assembly, where Chris Jones, head of Dudley Performing Arts, presented us with our award. There were lots of performances from our budding musicians too, and I felt very proud of all that we have achieved with our Music curriculum and enrichment. I may have even committed to start learning a musical instrument myself next term!

As you know, we entered a tree into the St Thomas’ Church Christmas Tree Festival last week. The organisers wrote to us to congratulate us on our “beautiful and creative tree”, and also to tell us that we were the overall winners! Our letter also described the pupils, who met and hosted the Mayor, as “a credit to your school”.

Three of our Year 5 pupils have had their work chosen for publication as part of a national Young Writers competition. Ben Noble, Khadija Imaan and Joseph Kilbride have shown real promise with their writing. Their English teacher, Mrs Knapman, says “the children were really motivated to write amazing monster poetry!” We will be sure to include some of the children’s writing in upcoming newsletters.

What a treat our Reception parents had on Wednesday morning as they watched our youngest children perform their show, The First Christmas. The children were confident, performed and sang beautifully and it was hard to believe that they are only four and five years old! They have all made an excellent start to their primary education. I have really enjoyed watching them grow this term.

And to top our week off, we had a visit from Her Majesty’s Inspector, Mark Sims, from OFSTED on Tuesday. He carried out a subject-specific survey into Modern Foreign Languages in Key Stage 2. It was a very positive visit, and you will receive a letter in the new year explaining his findings.

I would like to thank all of our staff and children for their support and positivity this week in what has been our busiest one this term. We are looking forward to a week of Christmas fun and laughter next week!

I also have some sad news to share. As many of you know, Gary Tyas, husband of Mrs Claire Tyas, who worked at Greenfield as a teaching assistant for many years, had been ill for some time. Unfortunately, he passed away during the afternoon of Sunday 1st December. I am sure you will share with me in sending our condolences and love to Claire and her family at this difficult time.

The collection at our carol service at St Thomas’ Church on Tuesday will be for Brain Tumour Support. We look forward to seeing you there.