Friday, 24 November 2017

What's Coming Up (Wc 27.11.17)


November 2017
8GC/SP Curriculum Interviews 
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Weds 29
December 2017
Occasional Day
Fri 01
School Charity Event ~ Mini Fete
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Weds 13
Christmas Concert
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Fri 15
End of Term
1.00pm
Tues 19
January 2018
Spring Term Begins
Weds 03









Greneway's News

Christmas Market
Our biggest and best!  It was lovely to see so many families enjoying the Christmas Market and so many great quality goods on offer.
Huge thanks must go to FoGS who coordinated the whole event and have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure that everything ran smoothly.


 


Thanks must go to the following parents who gave freely of their time to ensure that all the pupils at Greneway benefit from monies raised:  Heather Howard, Nicola Frost, Amanda Gifford, Lee & Emma Childers, Anne Brickles, Sally Duddy, Emma Keenan, Emma Dwyer, Bee Marinkovic, Clare Carstens and Alina White.

Children in Need

Thank you to everyone for their support of Children in Need on Friday.  A grand total of £565.25 was raised from the non uniform day and the staff vs year 8 basketball match.  As you can see, they were all exhausted at the end of the match - which ended, surprisingly, as a draw!


Tuesday 21st November

The Addams Family @Meridian
Year 7 and 8 had a treat on Tuesday afternoon when they were invited to watch the dress rehearsal of Meridian’s production: The Addams Family.  Pupils and staff enjoyed the performance immensely and were amazed by the quality of the performances, costumes, props and music.  It was lovely to see so many former pupils excelling in the arts.
If you get the chance to go, don’t miss out!



Harry Potter
This week, year 6 had the opportunity to visit Hogwarts, stroll down Diagon Alley and cast a spell or two when they visited Harry Potter World.  The visit is to support their descriptive writing in Literacy lessons.
 

We look forward to sharing some of their pieces of writing over the following weeks. 
Parents - Home School Agreement
Please could we remind parents/carers that they should aim to avoid sharing any issues relating to school on social media (as agreed in the home school agreement signed when children start at the school).  If you have a matter that you wish to raise with the school, an appropriate member of staff would be happy to make time to discuss further.  Appointments can be made via the office:  admin.greneway@rsat.org.uk 

Thursday 23rd November
Year 8 Curriculum Interviews
This week saw the start of our programme of curriculum interviews where parents and pupils get the opportunity to meet with subject staff to review progress to date and set targets for the future. This week 8JS and 8RD pupils met with staff. Next Wednesday, it will be the turn of 8SP and 8GC. These meetings have always been a valuable link between home and school - helping us all to aid pupils to achieve the best that they can.


Friday 24th November

Reminder: RSAT Consultation Document is open until the end of next week.
Responses to the proposal can be made:
      Electronic return using the weblink: http://bit.ly/RSATConsultation
      Email to clerk@rsat.org.uk
      Hand delivered paper copies, in sealed envelopes for the attention of RSAT Clerk, returned to either: Greneway Middle School, Roysia Middle School or Meridian Upper School.
      Post to RSAT Consultation, Clerk to Trust, Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston, Herts, SG8 7JF
All feedback must be received by Friday December 1st, at 4pm.
Book of the Week
If you enjoy….humorous football stories

Charlie loves football. He watches it, memorizes facts about it, and he's even the captain of the local youth team, North Star Galaxy.

When Charlie discovers that youth teams are being selected to play in exhibition matches at the World Cup tournament later that year he decides to enter North Star. There's one problem. He's got to prove that North Star deserve a place at the tournament and that's not easy when your team are kind of rubbish at football!

This humorous story is the first in a two part series that is sure to appeal to fans of football.  Suitable for all year groups but year 5 and 6 students might appreciate it the most.


Essential E-Safety


Duke of Cambridge Launches National Action Plan to Tackle Cyberbullying

The Royal Foundation's Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying brought together the UK’s largest media and technology firms to deliver the first ever internet code of conduct – 'Stop, Speak, Support'.

The Duke's national campaign seeks to reach every 11-16 year old in Britain, to empower them to stop cyberbullying, to speak out and seek support.

The Taskforce has prompted unprecedented action from some of the most popular social media and gaming companies to commit to further action to support and protect young people online.

The Stop, Speak Support code includes:

STOP
Action 1: Take time out before getting involved, and don’t share or like negative comments.

Action 2: Try and get an overview of what’s really going on.

Action 3: Check the community guidelines for the site you’re on.

SPEAK
Action 1: Ask an adult or friend that you can trust for advice.

Action 2: Use the report button for the social media it’s happening on.

Action 3: Speak to one of the charities set up to help with situations like this, such as Childline.

SUPPORT
Action 1: Give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone.

Action 2: Encourage the person being bullied to talk to someone they can trust.

Action 3: Give the person being bullied a positive distraction from the situation.


To find out more, follow the link.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Meridian Admissions Consultation for 2019/20

Meridian School is consulting on the proposed admissions arrangements for the school year 2019/20 and is seeking responses from parent/carers, schools and community groups.

A copy of the Admissions Statement can be found via www.meridian.herts.sch.uk - there are no proposed changes, however Meridian School are statutorily obliged to consult every 7 years.


The consultation period runs from 20 November 2017 - 5 January 2018. If you have any comments regarding the Admissions proposal please send to office.meridian@rsat.org.uk, entering “Admissions Consultation Feedback” in the Subject/Title line. 

Greneway Admissions Consultation for 2019/20

The consultation period runs from 20 November 2017 - 5 January 2018. If you have any comments regarding the Admissions proposal please send to admin.greneway@rsat.org.uk, entering “Admissions Consultation Feedback” in the Subject/Title line.

The Admissions Statement can be found via www.greneway.herts.sch.uk/About Us or click on this link to be re-directed to the appropriate page


Friday, 17 November 2017

What's Coming Up (Wc 20.11.17)

     
November 2017
FoGS Christmas Market
11.00am – 3.30pm
Sun 19
Harry Potter Yr 6 (CM & EC)
Tues 21
Harry Potter Yr 6 (HG & JI)
Weds 22
8JS/RD Curriculum Interviews
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Thurs 23
8GC/SP Curriculum Interviews 
4.00pm – 7.00pm
Weds 29
December 2017
Occasional Day
Fri 01
School Charity Event ~ Mini Fete
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Weds 13
Christmas Concert
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Fri 15
End of Term
1.00pm
Tues 19
January 2018
Spring Term Begins
Weds 03








Greneway's News

Monday 13th November
Christmas Books
Over the next two weeks, Mrs Dawes (our amazing librarian) will be sharing with pupils ideas of books they might like for Christmas.  So if you need any ideas on a book for their Christmas stocking, have a look at their Christmas Book Wishlist.


Tuesday 14th November

Reminder: RSAT Consultation Document
The consultation document linked to the RSAT proposal has been released.  It can be accessed via the school website.  We encourage parents/carers, staff, governors and the wider Royston community to share their views via the response document. Pupils have had the opportunity to respond in an age appropriate format during last week.
Responses to the proposal can be made:

      Electronic return using the weblink: http://bit.ly/RSATConsultation
      Email to clerk@rsat.org.uk
      Hand delivered paper copies, in sealed envelopes for the attention of RSAT Clerk, returned to either: Greneway Middle School, Roysia Middle School or Meridian Upper School.
      Post to RSAT Consultation, Clerk to Trust, Greneway School, Garden Walk, Royston, Herts, SG8 7JF

All feedback must be received by Friday December 1st, at 4pm.

Wednesday 15th November

Youth Speaks
This annual event run by Rotary, was an opportunity for some of our pupils to demonstrate not only their skills in presenting but also their ability to put over their points of views on some important issues. They were very well prepared and presented their ideas confidently and thoughtfully alongside those of pupils from St Mary’s and Roysia.

Pupils from Greneway focused on the concept of Freedom (linked to National Poetry Day in October).  Their presentations were well rehearsed and showed both knowledge of the subject and confidence in their delivery.  Well done to:

Group 1: Jess, Keira Lou and Ellie 7LBK- Equality- women and rights.
Group 2: William, Cameron and Rory  7TG Unjust imprisonment- prisoners of war.
Group 3:Rose, Emma, Lucy and  Charlotte C 7SC - Nelson Mandela
Group 4: Katie and Kerrie 7AJ - Equality
Group 5: Abi, Grace and Natasha 7SC - Music
Group 6: Eliza, Freddie and Nancy 5TLI  - Endangered zoo animals


Thursday 16th November

Active Listeners
A group of year 6 pupils spent Thursday morning this week training to be Active Listeners.  Once trained, the Active Listeners across years 6, 7 and 8 are available at break and lunch times for any pupils to seek out and provide a listening ear to concerns and worries.  Active Listeners are trained to listen and support any pupil who might need a little support coping with day to day school life. The training was supported by Miss Ingrey, Mrs Whalich and four year 8 Active Listeners.

 


Pop Up Science Club

It was like Bonfire Night at Pop Up Science Club this week. The activity was to flame tests metals and salts in a hot Bunsen flame and seeing what colours they made.  The results were varied - some colourful, some sparked (iron fillings) and some burnt with a bright white flame (Magnesium)   Pupils explored the chemistry behind the colours and sparks of fireworks and sparklers. Many thanks to Mrs Durrant, Mrs Chappell and Mrs Hodge for organising the event.

 














Friday 17th November

Children In Need
Greneway went spotty today for Children In Need!

All week, pupils have been collecting round pounds for this worthy cause and today pupils had the chance to be out of school uniform to raise money for Children in Need. The traditional staff vs year 8 basketball match went ahead with both teams showing skill - although one of the teams did look a little more jaded at the end of the lunchtime match!

At the time of printing the amount raised has not been finalised and this will be reported next week

Friends of Greneway Christmas Market - 19th November
The Greneway Christmas Market is this weekend.  It has always
proved to be a very popular event and looks set to be even bigger and better this year.  As well as a great variety of stalls, FoGS will be serving drinks, bacon rolls and cakes during the day - do come along and have some lunch whilst you are browsing.

Pupils have been bringing to school paper cups which we have asked them to decorate and fill with sweets - a great way to dispose of all those Hallowe’en goodies! The filled cups will be part of a tombola stall run by the House Captains on the day.  Returned cups will win house points!

Books of raffle tickets have been sent home with the youngest sibling in each family.  FoGS have managed to secure some amazing prizes including a range of experience vouchers:  Airspace, Stevenage;   Laser Tag, Letchworth;  Shepreth Wildlife Park and Beauty vouchers  to name but a few and even a Christmas tree!

There are so many ways that everyone can get involved. Perhaps, you could spend an hour or two helping with one of the following:

      Setting up tables - Sat 18th from 10.30am
      Serving refreshments - Sun 19th anytime between 11am - 3pm
      Helping to clear away - Sun 19th 3pm - 4pm
      Bake a cake for the cake stall -Cakes can be dropped off in school Friday, Saturday before 2pm or Sunday before 11am.
      Come to the Christmas Market and enjoy!

FoGS do an amazing job raising money to support all of the pupils at Greneway - please give them your support.

All offers of help will be gratefully received: fogs@rsat.org.uk

Book of the Week

If you enjoy….Adventure

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her
biggest worry should be about reuniting with handsome Prince Mahdi, her childhood crush. Instead she finds herself haunted by strange dreams foretelling the return of an ancient evil, and dealing with the deaths of her parents as assassins storm the betrothal ceremony, plunging the city into chaos.
Led only by her shadowy dreams and pursued by the invading army, Serafina and her best friend Neela embark on a quest to avenge her parents' death and prevent a war between the mer nations. In the process they discover a plot that threatens their - and our - world's very existence.

A fantastic adventure series that will appeal to fans of Percy Jackson.  Suitable for all year groups but due to the complexity of the made up language might be better suited to years 7 and 8.

Essential E-Safety


For a wealth of eSafety information, guidance and top tips that would be ideal to share with your child, try the BBC Stay Safe website.


Follow the link for more details.