FROM THE EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER

Welcome to Greenside

GREENSIDE FILM FACTORY

Dear Greenside Friends and Families,

We hope you are all well and healthy today.
We are writing to confirm arrangements at Greenside for the foreseeable future.
From Friday 20th March Greenside will be closed to students.
We will be partially open for some students under the key worker/ vulnerable students criteria and these arrangements have now been made.
We have shared lots of fab on-learn and creative Home Learning.
Please encourage your daughter/ son to keep working and learning and do contact our Class Teachers if you have any questions.
We are so very sad that we will have a period of time when we won’t have our Greenside Community together.
We will be in touch with our Y6 students when we are all up and running again – and sending them special wishes.
To all our families – keep in touch and we are sending lots of love and best wishes.
Karen
Karen Bastick-Styles (Executive Head)

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Dear Greenside Parents/ Carers

How lovely to start the year by writing to you all with a special ‘Happy New Year’ message – we wish a wonderful 2020 to our Greenside students and families and look forward to creating and savouring many glorious, special Greenside moments during the calendar year ahead.

 

Our Greenside autumn term was busy, fun and full of events & occasions to enjoy and place firmly in our wonderful memories ‘book’.

We came back in September to be awarded the much coveted Arts Mark Platinum award from the Arts Council celebrating the richness of our Arts Learning Experiences throughout the Film Factory curriculum; an Experiential Learning Model that ensures our students engage in the learning Experiences (no room to ‘opt out’) they reflect, analyse and think critically ready to use their creativity, decision making and problem solving skills in the next stage of their learning. It’s a model that has seen our students become increasingly independent  and able to build upon knowledge and develop skills across the curriculum.

We enjoyed seeing Greenside and our vegetarian philosophy celebrated on national TV with a viewing of Jamie Oliver’s TV programme to the healthy lifestyle associated with growing and eating vegetables in any interesting way; Greenside leading the way in ‘eating in education’.

We were thrilled by the performances and ensemble success of our students from Reception to Y6 as they showed such a wonderful understanding of Shakespeare within A Midsummer Night’s Dream – I was so proud!

 

Finally in the last 2 weeks of term we shared so many beautiful Greenside moments: the joy that comes from an EYFS Nativity, Christmas in Crews, Singing in the Community to raise money for Good Chance and our Key Stage 1 Choir ‘hit’ the national headlines with Do they know about Climate Change reaching the finals of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show – wow!

 

We were so proud to screen our Changing Places Animations – I’m sure you’ll agree the standard of the production and final outcomes is fab but, more importantly, the deep and sophisticated learning evident throughout these sot films is so strong – well done to all of our Greenside students.

Our Key Stage 1 and Y3 and Y4 Animations are available to view on our Greenside YouTube Channel.

We cannot share the Y5 & Y6 amazing piece via this method so please check in with Robin Yeats to access a copy – well done to all of our students!

 

We had a wonderful Tea & Cakes to raise money for Good Chance on the same day – thank you to the PSA for allowing our students to ‘change places’ for the afternoon – we raised £250 from the event and almost as much again when we went Singing in the Community on the penultimate day of term – the streets of Hammersmith were alive with the sound of Greenside Christma voices – our fundraising made a huge difference to many unaccompanied children in Callais living alone at Chtristmas time – a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone for their help and support.

 

The Primary School Key Stage 2 League Tables were also published just before Christmas (what an extraordinary concept when we stop to think about it!) Greenside did really well – come on Y6 you can do just as well in 2020!

Finally we had our Data Capture Tests and Assessments and a delicious Greenside Christmas lunch complete with student made hats and an Elf Stall with ‘treats’ – the yin and yang that is Greenside.

Spring Term 2020

And here we are ready for the new calendar year and spring term 2020! As you all know our theme for 2019-2020 is Changing Places and we this term we will be focusing on Big Ideas that affect the World and our role within society. We will be contributing to TEFAT London Environment Convention and creating a Dance in a Day.

Film Immersion Day

On Monday the 6th of January we returned to think about Changing Words and screened the documentary about a Spelling Bee Spellbound – a great way to get us all started on thinking about language, spellings and challenging our students to a Greenside Spelling Bee today – we also have a Scrabble Tournament planned to take place during the day – I know lots of students will be excited to take part!

 

STAR DAY Plans

Please remember to check our Year Group STAR Day plans on the website to see what areas of study your daughters and sons will be focusing on over the next 6 weeks and to see how all of our Film Inspired Learning and Big Questions launch our academic new knowledge and allow us to develop skills and apply concepts. Do contact our Class Teachers if you have any questions at all!

 

Radio Broadcasters Needed!

I am delighted that we have received some funding to purchase a mobile Radio Station for Greenside which promises to be a wonderful tool for learning & great fun. It will arrive at the start of February when we will start to broadcast and make our podcasts. If we have any parents/ carers/ family members with any Radio or Broadcast experience please do let me know and come and get involved!

 

Y6 Residential

A quick message to all of our Y6 Parents/ Carers – please ensure you have booked a place for the Oxford Residential for your daughter/ son this year. Please ensure you have set up a payment plan with the Office and if you have any questions re: finances or any other aspect of the trip, please check in with Daniel Mahara this week – we’d ;love every single student to go along this year.

 

Guitar Lessons

We have a couple of parents/ carers who have recently asked about guitar lessons – do any of our parents/ carers have friends who have the skills and availability to teach a group after school at Greenside? If so do get in touch with me and we could then look to set up a Guitar Club one evening after school.

 

Calendar information

Our Next Newsletter will be published on Friday 17th January – in the meantime please see below.

 

Greenside Family Calendar
Spring Term 1 – 2020
Week 1
Monday 6th January 8.55am Spring Term begins at Greenside – Film Immersion Day – Changing Words
Wednesday 8th January All Day Nursery Dental Check
Wednesday 8th January 10.30am Mixed Group to Good Chance
Week 2
Tuesday 14th January PM Y5 Athletics Event
Wednesday 15th November All Day Y4 Trip to Science Museum
Wednesday 15th November PM Y6 – Theatre Visit to Hammersmith Academy
Wednesday 15th November 3.30pm Tea & Cakes
Wednesday 15th November All Day Y4 Trip to Science Museum

 

Looking forward to catching up with you all over the next few days.

With very best wishes for a great Greenside spring term and for 2020!

Karen