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Week Ending 6th December 2019


This week, the following children have received a Head Teacher’s Award:


Teddy, Livia and Matilda – Red 2 – for independently following instructions from the smartboard to enable them to draw perfect penguins. They were fabulous!


Jake – Yellow2 – Super explanation of subtraction methods. He talked about exchanging 1 ten for 10 ones.


Ollie - Green 1 – For his insatiable thirst for times tables. His score and progress have been truly unbelievable. What a star!


Joey - Indigo 2 - For his handwriting. He has made huge efforts to his improve his style and he is very proud of himself. So are we!


Current attendance results are as follows:


1st place goes to Blue 1 for 99.2% attendance.

2nd place goes to Yellow 1 for 98.6% attendance.

3rd place goes to Blue 2 for 98.2% attendance.


Wow…this week has certainly started to feel more Christmassy. The tree is up, post box is out and play rehearsals are underway.


Monday afternoon was lovely to see Grandparents helping the children with the Christmas festivities and preparations. Many classes used their £50 budget to make a product of their choice to sell at the Christmas fair for a festive profit on Monday. I saw classes making baubles, bracelets, gift tags and decorations. Thank you to all the grandparents, who came to school on Monday afternoon. We had approximately 245 visitors to school and one granddad even visited from Liverpool. School was very full and very busy, and it was lovely to see so many of the grandparents engaged in the children’s festive preparations.


On Tuesday, I had Lorna Naylor from the Local Authority visit school to talk about her team, who support schools and parents with different areas of the wider school curriculum. She works within the Tackling Emerging Threats to Children Team (TETC) and we have booked her to do some training with staff, parents and governors around online safety. As we all know, the use of the internet and mobile phones is forever-growing and the problems that come along with this continue to grow within primary schools. More details will be provided after Christmas but a ‘date for the diary’ is the 12th February 2019. At 2pm, Lorna will present to parents the current challenges for children surrounding online safety, what the risks are and how you as parents can help and protect your children. We hope that you can make it. More details to follow.


On Wednesday morning, the children who play recorders and brass instruments with Mrs Fox showed their talents off in an assembly to the children and parents. They played a selection of Christmas favourites and wowed us all with how well they play together, and the amount of effort that has gone into learning new songs for their performances. We were very proud of them.


In addition, more musical talent was shared with me from Mrs Fox on Thursday as she emailed me with the results from the children’s exams and Selston music festival. This is what she had to say:



What a fantastic musical start to the school year.

Katherine has passed grade 3 piano with distinction and grade 3 theory with merit.

Zara has passed grade 1 recorder with distinction and Amelia grade 1 recorder with merit.

Joshua, Jessica and Hannah have all passed Ilkeston Brass challenge 2 on their cornets.

All my pupils entered Selston Music Festival and won medals for their performances.

Katherine came 2nd in the film class on the treble recorder, Jessica came 2nd and Ruby came 3rd on descant recorder in the grade 1 to 3 class.

Jessica and Hannah have also received their Blue Peter music badge and to top the term off the musicians put on a fantastic assembly as always 😊

I am very proud of all their hard work. Credit also goes to the whole team: Katherine, Jessica, Ruby, Charlie-May, Hannah, Amber, Amelia, Zara Barrowcliffe, Joshua, Lily,  Sienna, Noah, Sebastian, Grace, and Daniel.


Kind regards

Debra Fox


This week, we have also had Parents’ evening so you have now received your child’s autumn term report and had chance to meet with teachers to discuss current learning, progress and work completed this half term. It was lovely to meet so many of you and have those informal discussions around the book fair. I received so many positive comments – mainly around our new approach to nurture, the new curriculum of Greasley and homework. Thank so much.


On Thursday evening, Miss Marvin and I went along to the Greasley Christmas light switch on with a team of year 5 and 6 singers. We sung around the Christmas tree with the community and then led the way inside to sing a selection of songs and deliver poems and readings. I was very proud of the children as they raised the roof and very grateful to Miss Marvin for putting the Christmas celebration together during a very time at school. The children were fabulous and thank you to everyone who came to watch from the school community.


Finally, the week ended well for our reception children as they headed off on their first school trip. They ventured out to the Nuthall Methodist Church, where they experienced the Nuthall Tree Festival. They were very excited and I am told that they had a super time. They conducted themselves very well out in the community and we were very proud of them. They were very excited as they have now taken their learning beyond the school and into the community. Thank you to the staff and parent volunteers for arranging this opportunity and going along with them.


What a great week.


Next week, we have the Christmas fair on Monday, the reception and Key Stage 1 Christmas concert Wednesday and Thursday and carols and coffee with the choir in the hall on Friday. What a busy but exciting time ahead.  


Have a great weekend everyone.


Warm regards,


Michelle Bates

Head Teacher