Principal’s Message

Well I didn’t expect to be sending this message from my house whilst looking out at a snow-covered garden! I hope all the children are enjoying lots of fun in the snow. Thank you all for your support this morning. The decision to close was not taken lightly and I hope you appreciate that I wanted to wait and see what this morning looked like before making any decisions.

We’ve now been back from the half term break for three weeks and as always, we have been really busy in school!

Sadly, the current snowy weather scuppered our plans to take our cross country team to the West Yorkshire finals. There is good news however, as we have three children who will automatically go through to represent West Yorkshire at the next competition. I know the children will be disappointed as they have trained so hard, but there will always be next year.

This week we welcomed our new KS2 caretaker, Tom Dowie, to his role. He has already commented on how he has been made to feel welcome by children, staff and our families. Do say hello to him when he is on the gate at the start and end of the day.

Yesterday our Chair of Governors visited school and we gave her a tour of our new nurture room (The Safe Space) where Mrs Graham is based. She was so impressed with the fact that we can offer this facility to our children to support their well-being. Thank you to those parents who donated items for the room. We will share a picture soon once it is completely finished.

As you will be aware, we give our parents and carers the opportunity to come and spend the afternoon in class with their child through our showcase events. Last week was the turn of Year 3 and family members were treated to an assembly, computing session , sports and maths activities amongst other things. It was so lovely to see so many people in class sharing in the children’s learning.

Our Year 4 residential visit to Nell Bank in Ilkley was a resounding success. The children were an absolute credit to the school and got to take part in a river walk, team building activities, obstacle course, play on the adventure playground and den building in the woodland. The staff at Nell Bank commented on how amazing our children and staff were which is all I can ask and made me feel extremely proud.

We decided to keep our World Book Day celebrations a little more low key this year as at The Greetland Academy we always value and promote the love of reading. The children looked amazing in their book-themed costumes and we also had lots of children who brought in a book for the book swap.

You will all receive a letter on the 16th about our next parents’ evening which will be held across Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th March ( please note that for class 3G there are also a few appointments on the Monday). This will be your opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and behaviour with their class teacher.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and enjoy the snow! Please do share any pictures of your snowy fun on Seesaw.

Mrs Crowther