Headteacher's September News Message.
September has been a very busy month for all members of our school community. Open Evening once again gave us a chance to showcase all the work that goes on in school and gave our students the opportunities to be ambassadors. I received so many wonderful words of praise from prospective parents about the students guiding and the way staff welcomed and talked so passionately about what they are achieving with the girls.
As a Senior Leadership Team we are currently touring the school on various dates to show prospective parents a normal working day at Greenbank. During these tours and walking around the school on a daily basis we have been very impressed with the standard of uniform, purposeful and creative classroom environment and the presentation of work in students’ exercise books. We have been very interested to see how students are improving their work through the formative Improvement Time (IT) targets given to them by their teachers which leads to them learning from their mistakes and making excellent progress.
We have achieved sporting success once again in the month of September. The Year 11 hockey team won the Merseyside tournament on 23rd September and I was delighted to be able to watch our netball teams achieve so highly at Formby High School on 25th September. It was fantastic to see the two Year 7 teams gel together so well as a team and winning all their games! Year 7 have settled into school very well and are already taking so many opportunities outside the classroom in activities ranging from Gaelic football to dance. The new extra-curricular timetable can be found in the ‘Outside the Classroom’ section of the website. It was also a pleasure to see the Year 7 pupils showing their parents around their school so confidently and with such pride on 22nd September. Parents met with their tutors who have worked hard to ensure the pupils have settled in so smoothly.
Year 11 have recently undertaken their primary data collection for their Geography GCSE coursework and were lucky enough to travel to the Lake District to undertake the study and stay in a Youth Hostel overnight. Our More Able, Gifted and Talented Programme led by our MAGT Lead Teacher, Miss Rule has started this year for Years 10 and 11 with year 10 students being equipped with an A* toolkit to further their independent learning. This has been complemented by Oxford and Cambridge University visiting Greenbank on 24th September to present on study skills, the application process and university life.
Developing leadership skills is now an integral part of our curriculum for all girls at Greenbank. We have planned all leadership activities through our Greenbank Leadership Academy. The booklet outlining the opportunities available is available on the website. Our Duke of Edinburgh students, who show such outstanding leadership skills, completed their Bronze Expedition on 27th and 28th September in Tawd Vale, which was gruelling, and immensely rewarding for the students.
Reading has always been a cornerstone of life at Greenbank with pupils taking every opportunity read, our Learning Zone heavily used, and stocked up with the most up to date fiction. This year we have introduced The Accelerated Reader Programme for Years 7-9 where every pupil has a reading book appropriate to her reading development. The letter explaining the programme has been sent out with the pupils by Miss Barnes, our Literacy Coordinator, and is available in the ‘Inside the Classroom’ section of the website.
Our House system is now firmly embedded into the fabric of Greenbank. We are delighted to welcome 3 new House Leaders Mrs. Almond, Mrs. Clarke and Mr. Whittle. You will find the new criteria on the website for awarding house points. House points are accessible to everyone on a regular basis regardless of ability and are an excellent way of rewarding students for showing commitment to learning, pride in their appearance, excellent attendance and service to school.
Thank you for your support
Mr I. Raikes