Dear Friends of Greenside
Welcome to the New Year – 2018 is here at Greenside!
Just before the Christmas holiday we had much to celebrate:
We were so proud of our students and their STAR Day test progress; our students worked hard and were rewarded by their results!
In Film Crew Days they made their own short films and created the most imaginative and beautiful full scale sculptures – do check out the pictures in our Newsletters.
The week before we broke up in December our Y6 students performed Metamorphosis over in the Hammersmith Academy theatre with a true Brechtian feel! They were amazing – they captured Kafka’s essence and showed their extraordinary skills of character interpretation – I was so proud that evening!
Through our Charity and Celebration Project our students raised £15.000 for Good Chance supporting Refugees. We held the Great TEF Bake Off, sponsored events, we created a Found Story and performed Alice in Green Wonderland. In January we were totally in awe of and inspired by a visit by some of the cast of The Jungle (a Young Vic theatre piece) who came in to Greenside to perform and meet us all; it was a thrilling and humbling experience for us all.
The spring term is now underway. We are busily heading towards our reception, Y2 and Y6 Tests.
We are also looking forward to commemorating 100 Years of Voting for Women and thinking about how we can all contribute to making the next 100 years even better for the world. This links with our learning as we go ‘Inside the Green Screen’ and ‘Inside the Green Lab’ – at Greenside we are Scientists for the whole term!
We hope you will enjoy your website experience today and leave us with an understanding and flavour of the joy that makes our ‘Film Factory’ such an exciting and interesting place to learn.
We are enjoying our role as key partners in a brand new 3-Academy Federation with two local schools. Only this week students from the 3 academies worked together to create a joint piece of Jigsaw Art and next week all our Y6 students will attend a GGL Maths Conference together.
Greenside, Griffin and Lena Gardens are now working together (GGL Federation) to make the experience of all our communities even better. Each will maintain their unique and very different identity but together we will continue the recent Greenside ‘World Ready and Test Ready’ way of learning and anything that we can do better together we will do!
Here at Greenside we are now in our 3rd year of our Experiential Learning Model, learning about Film, through Film and by making Films. In this day of rapid technological advances it’s a great way to experiment and learn. Our texts and learning experiences are challenging, our students pride themselves on developing their curiosity and thinking powers to be young leaders and confident citizens.
In the spring term this year our STAR Days (Students as Researchers) we will be studying films that ask big philosophical questions. Our screening of Dr Who – the 13th Doctor propelled us in to AI – Artificial Intelligence, Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Finding Nemo and many more.
On our Film Crew Days we will apply our skills and knowledge, as we become Scientists exploring hypothesis each week.
We are also set to rehearse and perform Anne – A Greenside Play in a Day! – This promises to be enormous fun and quite a challenge!
We are so fortunate to have such positive, engaged and curious students, they thrive on exciting learning opportunities and live by our saying that ‘Learning is Everything and Everything is Learning’. We are also proud of how kind they are and this is currently exhibited in our charity work. This is linked to our new Greenside Specialism Award when our students study a range of short courses developing their life skills, as they become increasingly World ready.
Our Test results in 2017 were ‘outstanding’ in every key stage and we urge you to take a look in more detail. We strongly believe that the way we learn contributes to our students’ ability to do their best in tests and to make amazing progress. They are becoming more ‘Test Ready’ every year.
Our adults are inspired learners in their own right – whether that be learning a hobby – Dance, Spanish and Cooking are on our current list of evening ventures, an MA or PHD in education or an EYFS certificate, the thirst for knowledge and love of learning makes us a happy community and a fun place to be. Being part of The Elliot Foundation is a key part of our identity and the work we do too.
We hope you are able to find everything you need to know on our website including our STAR Day Learning Plans, our Pupil Premium and Sports Impact Report and statutory policies.
We always welcome visitors to come along and meet our students and staff and to see us during our learning – please feel free to contact us via email if you would like to see Greenside in action!
Karen Bastick-Styles – Executive Head – Greenside (GGL) and Robin Yeats – Head of School