What a fabulous first week back! The children have been simply amazing, and it is so wonderful to see their smiling faces and sheer delight to be back at school with all their friends. We are really focusing on behaviour across the school and considering our school values of being: ambitious, brave, curious, healthy, united and respectful. I have already seen lots of class tokens being awarded and individual prizes and today we will hold our first celebration assembly of the year. Despite not having moved around the school freely for well over a year, all the children have adapted straight away to our new routines and have made myself and the rest of the staff so proud.

Some lovely news- there were two weddings over the summer for Greetland staff. A huge congratulations from all at The Greetland Academy to Mrs Rothery (Miss Austwick) and Mrs Khan (Miss Khan) who both got married over the summer. We were all so glad that they finally got their special days.

I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming our new Reception children and their families to our Greetland family. It has been lovely getting to know them all and it was equally lovely to finally be able to have parents in school and show the Reception families our classrooms. Watch out for information from our Friends of Greetland School (FOGS) soon as we would love some of our new (and not so new) parents to join the FOGS team. They do amazing things for the benefit of our children.

You should receive a letter through Seesaw about our new ‘parents’ showcase afternoons’ that we will be holding this year with the date for your child’s year group. We want to see parents back in our school once more and give the children the opportunity to share their learning and we hope you agree that this will be a great way of doing so. I have also included a few other key dates on there and we are busy updating the calendar on our website to reflect all our planned events across the year. Please do note that all events are subject to national and Public Health guidance at the time and we may have to postpone or find a virtual alternative at short notice.

The Learning Launch Pads for this half term will be shared today to inform you of what your child will be learning and of key dates. These will be on Seesaw but also can be found on our school website.

We are also busy putting together an after-school clubs offer for both sites and will send out communication shortly about this.

On Monday, our Year 6 children go to Edale for their residential. I will be joining them and so I won’t be on the gate at KS1 on Tuesday and Wednesday but will see you all again on Thursday. I’m looking forward to some adventurous activities including abseiling and raft building! Mrs Ashton (Vice Principal) and Mrs Rothery (Assistant Principal) will look after everyone at KS1 and Miss Bailes (Assistant Principal) will be doing the same at KS2.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I will be spending it sleeping as something tells me I might not get a lot of sleep once we are at Edale 🙂

Mrs Crowther