Friday, 9 February 2018

What's Coming Up (Wc 12.02.18)


February 2018
Half Term
Mon 12-Fri 16
Spring Term Resumes
Mon 19
Year 5 & 6 Form Teacher Interviews
1550-1910
Thurs 22
Year 5 & 6 Form Teacher Interviews
1540-1730
Weds 28










Greneway's News

Monday 5th February
Year 6 Morning at Meridian
Year 6 were joined by their peers from Roysia to enjoy a carousel of different, fun activities on Monday morning. Pupils took part in a variety of sessions including finding out about the importance of being hydrated in science and making a new Top Trumps game in Business and ICT.   Pupils had great fun, enjoying the opportunity to work alongside pupils from Roysia as well as Meridian staff.


Thank you to Meridian School staff and pupils for making the middle school pupils so welcome and providing interesting and challenging activities.


Tuesday 6th February

Safer Internet Day - “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”

Safer Internet Day has been the focus of assemblies this week.  Pupils have had the opportunity to spend time exploring the theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day.  After half term, the Digital Leaders will be following this up with a week of assemblies focussing on safe use of the Internet.

The Digital Leaders have been working this year to raise their awareness of eSafety issues through completing discussion sessions and online tutorials under the Childnet International, Digital Leaders Programme.  Their work has been recognised by Childnet International who sent representatives into school to work alongside our Digital Leaders.  Our Digital Leaders also feature on the website - see below:

Thanks to Friends of Greneway School (FoGS) for supporting the Digital Leaders Programme.




Pop Up Science Club
Budding young scientists had a great time on Wednesday evening when they made bath bombs at Pop Up Science Club. Using, baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salts and cornflour, they explored witch hazel and sunflower oil as possible solidifiers. The ingredients were mixed to form a ball and a colouring was added. The Citric acid and baking soda combined to make carbon dioxide gas, which made the bath bomb fizz.   Great fun was had by all.




Wednesday 7th February

Rotary D&T Tournament
A group of Year 8 pupils took part in the annual Rotary D&T Tournament that was held at Meridian School on Wednesday.  Pupils had to work in teams to solve a problem where they were judged on their ingenuity, skill and teamwork.   It was great to see the teams working collaboratively to successfully solve a challenge.  Well done to the year 8s and our thanks to Royston Rotary Club for their organisation of the event.




Thursday 8th February
Calling all young artists…
Creative Royston have launched a schools’ art competition to design the cover for the Royston Arts Festival programme.  The theme this year is Voyages of Discovery.  Last year, many Greneway pupils had their work combined to make a stunning cover.  We are sure that many pupils would be interested to get involved this year too.

Friday 9th February
Middle Years Day
It was with great excitement that pupils from Roysia and Greneway spent a day working together on a collaborative middle years day today (Friday).  Year 5, 6 and 7 spent the day based at the Greneway site where they enjoyed a number of different activities including team building, designing a school logo and motto, getting to know the site and, most importantly, getting to know each other.
Year 8 spent the day on the Roysia site working in teams on a business project to design a ready meal business.  Each team worked together to devise a menu, design packaging and market a new ready meal design.
The aim of the day was to give pupils the opportunity to get to know each other in a supportive way to aid transition into their new year groups as part of the new through school, planned for September 2018. Pupils saw the day as a success as they enjoyed the opportunity to work off timetable, sharing their ideas and getting to know each other. 


 


Book of the Week
If you like…..Family stories set in the past
Because of the potato me and my family left our home and travelled 6,000 miles to find a new life ...Slim Hannigan and her family are poor but happy. Theirs is a life filled with love and laughter - and a pet pig called Hamlet. But things change overnight, and suddenly they find themselves facing hunger and danger like they have never known ...So they leave their village in Ireland to journey to America where, they hope, family and fortune await them. Slim soon finds herself living a life that feels just like one of those far-fetched stories her Da has always told. Can one brave girl keep her family together no matter what is thrown at them...?
A fantastic family story that will transport you back in time.  Suitable for all year groups.

Essential E-Safety



Safer Internet Day 2018

This week, pupils have focussed on what makes a Safer Internet.  We all have a part to play and the following video is especially for parents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmPO6NkY2jQ



Easter Holiday Club 2018

Available to all Greneway and Roysia pupils at the Greneway site on the 26th- 29th March 

Website link is www.entertainholidayclub.co.uk

Friday, 2 February 2018

What's Coming Up (Wc 05.02.18)


February 2018
Year 6 Maths Morning @Meridian
Mon 05
Rotary Technology Tournament
Weds 07
Middle Years Day–Y5,6&7 Greneway
Y8 Roysia
Fri 09
Half Term
Mon 12-Fri 16
Spring Term Resumes
Mon 19
Year 5 & 6 Form Teacher Interviews
1550-1910
Thurs 22
Year 5 & 6 Form Teacher Interviews
1540-1730
Weds 28









Greneway's News

Monday 29th January
Careers Day
Pupils had an interesting day on Monday when they spent the day off timetable focussing on the subject of careers.  A number of visitors worked alongside pupils during the day to give them an insight into what their job entailed.  We were lucky enough to welcome people from professions as diverse as scientist, graphic designer, paramedics, fire service, procurement manager and even a career in dance and drama.  Our visitors informed and inspired pupils who had so many ideas for how they want to progress with their careers in the future.
Many thanks to all of the presenters who gave so generously of their time.
 
 

Tuesday 30th January
 
Friends of Greneway School (FoGS) Meeting
Our dedicated band of parents/carers met on Tuesday evening to make plans for upcoming events.  Up for discussion was a school disco, quiz and film evening as well as consideration of how money raised could be spent to enhance the school experience for our pupils. If you are able to offer just an hour or twos help, it would be gratefully received.  Please contact fogs@rsat.org.uk 




Wednesday 31st January

5AN Johnson Matthey STEM trip
5AN visited Johnson Matthey to experience STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in a real life setting.  They examined the viscosity of wash coats to be applied to catalytic converters - who knew that Heinz Tomato Ketchup would be the Industry standard?  They formulated a wash coat using a slurry powder, Rhodium, Palladium and Platinum precious metals, tried out a model car on rolling road to simulate the converters in use and walked under cars to see where they went on the vehicle. They saw huge ovens to bake the chemicals to activate them  and finally they got to see the robots on the factory floor - very popular.

Eventually, they made it back to the classroom base through the maze to discover how well they had managed to purify the samples they were given in lessons.  The answer is pretty good! 
Thank you Johnson Matthey for an informative and interesting tour.

 




Parents Awareness Raising Session
Year 6 staff and members of the leadership team were joined by year 6 parents on Wednesday to talk through information relating to this year’s SATs which will be sat in May by all year 6 pupils.  Parents/carers were shown examples of what pupils were expected to do during the week as well as being advised on how best to support their children.  It was an interested and informative evening that was well attended.
A copy of the presentation shown during the evening can be found on the parents page of the website: http://www.greneway.herts.sch.uk/parents/index.html

Thursday 1st February
Advance Notice: ‘Pop Up’ Science Club
‘Pop up’ science club is going to be taking place on Tuesday 6th Feb, in Lab 1 from 3.30 to 4.30. Pupils will get the chance to do some chemistry and there will be something to take home (hopefully!).  Mrs Durrant and Mrs Chappell

Science in the news
This week’s update: water warning for the city of Cape Town, studying a new volcanic island, and a hammerhead shark nursery. Follow the link to find out more: https://tinyurl.com/ybfcl7lx

Yr 7 and 8 Online Book Group
Did you know that Greneway runs an online book group for any pupils in years 7 and 8 who want to join?
Each month, there is a new theme. The theme for February is: Relationships with others. Pupils can contribute through Google Classroom, attend a book group meeting or both.  The next face to face meeting of the book group is 1st March.





Friday 2nd February
Reminder: Middle Schools Day - next Friday
Next Friday is Royston Middle School Day where years 5 to 8 across Roysia and Greneway will come together to share a day of team building, shared activities, fun and friendship.  Years 5, 6 and 7 will be based at the Greneway site and Year 8 will be based at the Roysia site.  Details have been shared with pupils and parents/carers.
We are all looking forward to a day of getting to know each other better and collaborative working.
Book of the Week
If you like…..Fast paced action packed mystery
When Theo discovers the father he thought died when he was a baby is still alive, he's determined to find him. The clues lead him to lonely Rachel, who has problems of her own, including parents who compare her unfavourably to her long-dead sister. But when Rachel and Theo are attacked by men from RAGE - the Righteous Army against Genetic Engineering - they are rescued by strangers and taken to meet a mysterious figure who leads them to make startling discoveries about their identities, which will affect their past, present, and future in dramatic and life-altering ways.
An award winning book written by a multi award winning author.  A fast paced action / mystery with some surprising secrets.  Suitable for all year groups.

Essential E-Safety


Have you ever wondered how long your child should spend online each day?  The Digital 5-A-Day (based on the NHS’s Five Steps to Better Mental Health) gives children and their parents easy to follow, practical steps to achieve a happy and balanced digital diet.
Or watch this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/MsUGmyjqw2w




Friday, 26 January 2018

What's Coming Up (Wc 29.01.18)



January 2018
FoGS Meeting @Greneway
1845-2015
Tues 30
5AN Johnson Matthey Visit

Parents Awareness Raising Session – KS2 SATS 1830-1945
Weds 31
February 2018
Royston Parish Church Quiz @Greneway 1800-2230
Sat 03
Year 6 Maths Morning @Meridian
Mon 05
Rotary Technology Tournament
Weds 07
Middle Years Day–Y5, 6 & 7 Greneway
Y8 Roysia
Fri 09
Half Term
Mon 12-Fri 16
Spring Term Resumes
Mon 19
Year 5 & 6 Form Teacher Interviews
1550-1910
Thurs 22
Year 5 & 6 Form Teacher Interviews
1540-1730
Weds 28