Principal’s Festive Message

I cannot believe we have already done a whole term in school, and what a term it has been!

Firstly, I would like to welcome Miss Khan to the KS1 team. She will be supporting in Year 2 as a teaching assistant and in a wonderful twist of fate, I taught her at primary school! She is going to be a real asset to the team. I’d also like to welcome back Miss Bailes and Miss Whiteley who have been greatly missed whilst they have been on maternity leave.

You should all have received your child’s first written report of the academic year on Monday as a follow up to your parents’ evening meetings in October. Please can we ask that you return a copy to us with your comments on for our records.

You will have all received a letter updating you on what clubs will be on offer next term. We really do endeavour to offer a broad range of clubs within the limitations of physical space, pupil numbers and the directed time of our staff who already do so much for our school and children. Next term you can expect to see clubs such as: Year 3/4 Choir, Year 5/6 Choir, KS1 Multi Sports, KS1 Judo, KS1 Singing Club, Year 2 Key Steps Gymnastics, KS2 Drama Club, Y3/4 Book Club, Y3/4 Computing, Y3/4 Basketball Club, Y5/6 Multi Sports, Y5/6 Key Steps Gymnastics, Year 6 Sewing Club, Year 6 Dance Club and KS2 Easter Craft Session.

We have had a very festive few weeks in school and we loved having our parents and carers attending our Christmas performances. Both Reception and Year 1 put on amazing shows for their loved ones- they are such a talented bunch. Our Year 6 children also delivered a fantastic Christmas Service at St Thomas’ Church for the rest of KS2.

Our Christmas project this year has required the children to use their problem solving skills to help Wink Wink Silverbells the elf save Christmas. You will all be glad to know that using their amazing  maths and problem solving skills, the children of The Greetland Academy did save Christmas- phew!

We were thrilled to still be able to have our Christmas Fair despite the ongoing issues with the KS2 gym.  A huge thank you to everyone at FOGS and the staff who volunteered. I know many people commented that they actually preferred the fair up at the Community Centre and it is certainly an option for us moving forwards.

I have also had the pleasure this week of joining our Year 3 Choir at Woodfield Grange where they truly did spread the Christmas spirit to all the residents and workers. We really do have such talented children in school.

On Wednesday, we had our Christmas Jumper and Christmas dinner day and what a festive day we had! The children and staff all looked amazing in their Christmas jumpers and our wonderful catering team did a fabulous job of feeding us all.

Today will be our first ‘Star of the Term’ assembly for the academic year and these are my favourite assemblies to host as the recipients are voted for by the rest of the class. Our children always make such intelligent and thoughtful decisions about who should be given the award based on who has been fulfilling our Greetland Values of being ambitious, brave, curious,  healthy, respectful and united. A huge well done to all the Stars of the Term- we are very proud of you. There will also be the School Council Awards and the lucky recipients all receive a certificate from their class School Councillors again for embodying our values.

Today is also the day when a special visitor comes to visit the children at KS1. His sleigh is already packed high with gifts for the children, and they are all very excited to catch a glimpse of him. He will be joining them in assembly to give them their special gift (which of course is the gift of reading).

As I bring my message to a close on this last day of term, I would like to wish all of our community a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Your support, as always, is very much appreciated. We will see you all on Monday 8th January 2024.

See you in 2024!

Mrs Crowther