Principal’s message

Firstly, a huge well done to all our Year 6 children who took their recent SATs tests in their stride. They are an AMAZING bunch of children who have made us all very proud. Next half term, our Year 4 children will do their national multiplication tables test and Year 1 will take their phonics tests and I know that they will all do us proud also.

This week we have enjoyed our third annual Health Week at The Greetland Academy, and what a success it has been! We have focussed on three areas of health and being healthy. Firstly, we have looked at our physical health and were visited for taster sessions from Health Rugby Club, The Chance to Shine Cricket Academy and The Strength School – who taught us how to appropriately use self-defence. We have also looked at our mental health and were visited by a yoga expert who came into our classes to show us the benefits of yoga and looking after our mental health. Finally, we have learnt about the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. We were visited by Phunky Foods who taught us how to effectively and safely prepare vegetables before also sharing some recipes with us for healthy, well-balanced dips for our vegetables. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting to taste what they had prepared! We are already looking forward to what we can bring to Health Week next year!

The Greetland Academy has become a member of Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary which looks at promoting a culture of welcome for refugees and people seeking sanctuary in Calderdale. As part of this, we have started the process to become a School of Sanctuary. On Friday 14th June, we will be celebrating ‘A Day of Welcome’ in school. A Day of Welcome is a day of solidarity and learning in schools that aims to build a culture of welcome and understanding for refugees and asylum seekers. We will share our learning and insights with you via Seesaw. For further information and updates please head to our ‘School of Sanctuary’ page on our website.

This week, we also had an exciting meeting with the new local care home ‘Fleetwood Heights’. We are very keen for our children to collaborate and work with our wider community. Coming up, we have lots of exciting opportunities planned to link up with older members of our community. The first begins with a competition to name the different floors at the care home. More information will be shared about this after half term.

We now have even more silverware to add to our trophy cabinet thanks to our dance squad and Y3/4 gymnastics teams. As always they represented the school with pride displaying our school values in abundance. We are all so very proud of them.

If you know of anyone wanting a place for their reception child in September, please do point them in our direction even if they do not live locally as we have some places left.

Wishing you all a relaxing (hopefully sunny) half term break and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 3rd June for our final half term of the year!

Mrs Crowther