Friday, 24 March 2017

What's Coming Up (Wc 27.03.2017)


March 2017

Yr 5 Norfolk Parents Meeting
1800-1930
Weds 29
PSHE Day
Thurs 30
Term Ends
1300
Fri 31
April 2017
Bank Holiday
Mon 17
Term Begins
Tues 18
Royston and Surrounding Villages Parent Forum
1830-2000
Weds 19
STOMP/National Gallery Year 8
Thurs 20
FoGS/Lions Quiz Night (for adults only)
1900-2130
Sat 22





Greneway's News

Monday 20th March

Themed Assembly Week
Pupils this week have been taking part in a series of assemblies on the theme of developing a CRISP Mindset.

Activities included celebrating successes, identifying challenges and setting positive goals for future improvements.


This quote from Mia Hamm (an American retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup winner) was discussed as motivation to aim higher.




Wales School Journey
Sixty one year seven pupils had a wonderful week in Wales last week. The pupils, led by teachers from Greneway, spent five days using the beautiful town of Caernarvon as their base.  Among the exciting day trips were the opportunity to explore the Caernarvon Castle, take a walk on Snowdon, visit an eco friendly theme park and take part in a trial at Beaumaris Courthouse and Gaol.  They arrived back in school with many stories to tell and adventures to share - a great time was had by all. A big thank you must go to the parents who accompanied the trip.

Pupils enjoying a wet walk on Snowdon.


Meeting a Welsh Dragon at Caernarfon Castle:



Tuesday 21st March

Science Week
A number of activities and competitions have been held to celebrate National Science Week.

Can you make a ping pong ball float in the air? Can you knock things over at a distance? How can you tell the difference between a hardboiled and a fresh egg without cracking the shell?
Year 5 have been having fun with forces to astound their friends and amaze their family.  A variety of 'parlour tricks' using normal household items have been used to explore different forces.

Year 6 , following on from their recent work on Electricity, have been taken on an Engineering Challenge.  With a limited number of resources, they had to design and build a working model of a lighthouse.







Year 7 have been running experiments from the Global Experiment 2015.  The experiment involves mixing dried hydrogels with water in a 2L fizzy drink bottle. The absorption of the water into the hydrogels is measured and plotted.  The results will be loaded onto the Royal Society of Chemistry website









Year 8  had the opportunity to work alongside Clarissa Watts who is a scientist at GSK.  They worked on an experiment called Smart Medicines. It involved looking at an experiment which models a stage of drug development - drugs need to stay intact and in perfect condition during transit and storage so they have a coating on them - the coating needs to come off in the stomach so the drug can be released.  The model was lemonade and a skittle - the lemonade removes the colour of the skittle and the time that this takes can be altered by various factors such as adding an extra coating. 


 

All years have taken part in a Science raffle - tickets have been given out in lessons for excellent questioning and reasoning skills.  The prizes will be awarded at the end of the week.  Science quizzes have also been going on in form time and the competition has been hot!

Science in the news:
On this week’s update, hungry spiders eat a lot of insects, painless vaccinations move a step closer, and a strange moon!  https://tinyurl.com/k3cgxhb 

 Wednesday 22nd March

Maths Team Challenge

Preparations for this week’s Maths Team Challenge started after Christmas when 14 Year 8 students were initially selected for their problem solving skills to attend team maths training.  From those 14, 4 pupils were selected (William, Sian, Dominic and Daniel) - it was a very difficult decision as so many of the pupils did well at training. These pupils went on to represent Greneway at the UKMT Team Maths Challenge Regional Finals.

The challenge took place on Wednesday 22 March at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University. The team came 10th in a very tough competition involving 30 schools from around the region. A fantastic achievement!

Well done to William, Sian, Dominic and Daniel and to Mrs Bearpark for her training.

 

Headphones

A reminder that pupils need to have headphones with them at all times as they are used frequently in lessons.  All pupils were given a new pair of earbud headphones at the start of the year.  Replacements can be purchased from the school stationery shop.


Thursday 23rd March

Library After Hours Session

Date:           Tuesday 28th March
Time:            3:20 - 4:30
Where:         Greneway Library




This is an opportunity for pupils to share Greneway’s Library with their families.  Pupils will be able to browse and borrow books with Mrs Dawes on hand to offer advice.


Friday 24th March

Comic Relief
Pupils across the school today were wearing red in support of Comic Relief.  Activities to support Comic Relief have included ‘Match the member of staff to the joke’ quiz where pupils had to work out which member of staff told which joke. 

The staff proved to be a mine of information when it came to awful jokes.  Examples included:

      Which dinosaur knows a lot of synonyms?         The Thesaurus!
      Why did the crisps not take the bus?               Because they were walkers!
      Why couldn’t the car play football?                  Because it only had one boot!


Youth Makes Music
This evening, pupils from across Royston and the surrounding areas will be gathered at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge to share an evening of Youth Makes Music.  Royston Rotary Club have initiated this event and supported its promotion alongside music teachers from across the town.

Pupils were excited leaving school today and, we are sure that we will be treated to a pleasureable evening’s entertainment.

Book of the Week

If you like….Humour

‘Feel that your life has gone down the pan? Well here's your chance to swap it for a better one!' When these tempting words appear on the computer screen, Jiggy McCue just can't resist. He hits 'F for Flush' and...Oh dear. He really shouldn't have done that. Because the life he gets in place of his own is a very embarrassing one - for a boy.
Suitable for all year groups and for anybody who likes to read funny books.  Part of a series so plenty more to read if you enjoy this title.



FoGS Quiz Night


Essential E-Safety


Mobile Phones

Pupils may bring mobile phones into school for their journey to and from school.

In years 5 and 6, phones are handed in and locked away in the office during the day.

Year 7 and 8 pupils must lock their phones in their lockers for the whole of the school day, including lunchtime.

For more advice on how your child can stay safe using mobile phones, follow the link: http://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/secondary/online/giving-your-child-a-mobile-phone/

Balance of the Week


Friday, 17 March 2017

What's Coming Up (Wc 20.03.2017)


March 2017

Science Week - (special events, competitions etc for all year groups)
Mon 20-Fri 24
Youth Makes Music
1300-1730
Fri 24
Yr 5 Norfolk Parents Meeting
1800-1930
Weds 29
PSHE Day
Thurs 30
Term Ends
1300
Fri 31
April 2017
Bank Holiday
Mon 17
Term Begins
Tues 18
Royston and Surrounding Villages Parent Forum
1830-2000
Weds 19
STOMP/National Gallery Year 8
Thurs 20
FoGS/Lions Quiz Night (for adults only)
1900-2130
Sat 22






Greneway's News

Monday 13th March

Year 7 School Journey to North Wales
We understand that Year 7 have had a fantastic time in Caernarfon, North Wales this week. 
Share their adventures by following their journey on Twitter:

@GrenewaySchool or @GrenewayJourney

 Year 6 Celebrating Success Week

This week, pupils have been  'showing off' all they have learnt using some practice SAT papers.  Efforts and achievements will be celebrated in assemblies. In addition, pupils have been completing some mid-year reflections on how their writing has improved using their special Writing Portfolios.

Pupils responded positively, showing their CRISP Mindset - accepting the challenge, working independently, showing resilience when the going got tough and responded positively to feedback from their teachers.

Well done, Year 6!


Wednesday 15th March

Year 5 & 6 Informal Concert
The Year 5 and 6 Informal Concert took place on Wednesday after school. This is an opportunity for some of the pupils who learn an instrument to perform in a relaxed and supportive environment. Year 5 and 6 Choir and Recorder Club also participated. All pupils who took part performed fantastically and really challenged themselves to overcome their nerves and ensure a memorable afternoon. The Year 8 Music Leaders did a superb job ensuring that the event ran smoothly.


The Year 7 and 8 Informal Concert is on Wednesday 29 March at 4.00pm.

If your child would like to start learning an instrument, please ask them to collect a letter from the office.


Thursday 16th March

Youth Makes Music
It was fantastic to see so many instrumentalists together in one place. It promises to be a very exciting concert next Friday.  Pupils will need to remember to bring their full schol uniforms (including shoes and jumpers) in on Friday due to it being Red Nose Day.

Please be aware that Orchestra practice will finish slightly earlier on Monday 20th at 4.15pm and Chamber Orchestra will finish at 4.30 as usual.




Book of the Week
If you like….Animal stories within a wartime setting

Cracker works for the US army. She's a German shepherd dog trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam, where he plans to prove his dad wrong - and everyone else who thinks he isn't tough enough for war. But soon he can't help wondering if they were right...When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't too sure about her new handler. Is he up to the job? They need to be friends before they can become a team, and they've got to be a team if they want to get home alive…

A moving read about the strong bond between a man and his dog.  Best for those in years 7 and 8.

Essential E-Safety


Does your child need a mobile phone?

Family Lives is a national parental support charity that offers advice on many aspects of family life.

This article gives sound advice on considerations that need to be made when middle sch

ool aged children have a mobile phone.

Follow the link to find out more:


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