We are already two weeks in to the final half term of this academic year: time flies when you’re having fun! This half term is always packed full with event such as transition for next year, sports day, music showcases, end of year shows, trips, parents’ showcases and end of year assessments and reports to parents. Please do keep your eye on Seesaw and your email for any letters about upcoming events.
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support with our Summer Fair: it was such a fantastic event and the weather gods shone down on us. I am thrilled to announce the grand total that was raised… £ 2,019. This is over a £300 increase on last year and will all be used for the benefit of our children so I cannot thank you all and FOGS enough.
I shared with you all a few months back that we have become a Champion School for Little Wandle Phonics. We were so proud to have been awarded this accreditation in recognition of our excellent phonics provision. You may have seen from Facebook or Twitter that we held our first Champion School Showcase Event for 14 leaders and teachers from other schools this week and it was a resounding success. All the delegates gave such positive feedback about what they saw. Here is just an example from the feedback : ‘ What a fantastic, welcoming school. It was absolutely inspiring to see how you have embedded the Little Wandle Programme,’ and, ‘Today was really useful. Your children were fabulous, with lovely reading and learning behaviour.’
A huge thank you to our parents and carers who completed the parent survey and for the overwhelmingly positive comments about our school. Here ‘s an example: ‘Choosing Greetland for my son was the best decision I ever made. They have the balance exactly right between high standards and expectations with a very caring, supportive and nurturing approach.’
Whilst a survey provides a snapshot of parental voice, I do want to reiterate that if you have any concerns or something you would like to discuss , my door is always open.
There were also some lovely comments about how we have done further work on bullying across the school including, ‘I am so impressed by all of the anti-bullying that Greetland Academy has in place, the children all seem to be so kind to each other. Also, my son is very accepting of other people’s thoughts and beliefs which I think the Greetland Academy have helped with: he says things like “men can marry men and women can marry women”. Thank you so much to a wonderful school for this forward thinking which will really prepare him to be a kind adult in the future. We are so grateful.’ As always, we continue to support our children with friendships and there will be a video coming out shortly from our Princess Diana Award Anti Bullying Ambassadors and Mrs Graham.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of how we communicate with you. This can be found here: https://greetlandacademy.org.uk/parents/how-we-communicate/ Again, if you feel you are experiencing an issue with communication , please do bring it to the attention of the class teacher, member of the leadership team or myself. The calendar on the website and the half termly launch pads, which are shared on Seesaw and on the website, should include all key dates for you to enable you to plan in advance.
Tomorrow afternoon it is the turn of our Year 4 parents to come and spend the afternoon in class- you are in for a real treat! I’m sure lots of photos will be shared on Seesaw also.
Next week we celebrate our ‘Diversity Week’ with the theme of ‘being different gives the world colour’. Alongside our anti-bullying and safeguarding policies, taking part in a School Diversity Week is an important way of actively demonstrating and supporting our commitment to an inclusive school environment where every child can thrive and be themselves. There will be a specific theme each day with a variety of activities planned. These have already been shared on Seesaw but are as follows:
Monday 26th June: Refugees
Tuesday 27th June: Disabilities with a focus on hidden disabilities
Wednesday 28th June: Religion
Thursday 29th June: RSE Day
Friday 30th June: We are inviting children to come to school in non-uniform. The theme for the day is ‘Our colourful world’.
We will share lots of photos etc of the week on Seesaw and Facebook and I can’t wait to see our school full of colour on Friday for the non-uniform day.
Wishing you all a lovely rest of the week.