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Greenfield Community College A Specialist Arts & Science School
A message from the Executive Headteacher
elcome to this edition of the Achiever.
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I am delighted that we can share with you some of the many highlights from the ƭƥƭŞŠƥĚƑŞȦ'ĚƙƎĿƥĚƥĺĚɉŞîŠǋƑĚƙƥƑĿČƥĿūŠƙ we have worked hard to keep our organisation safe secure and successful. We have had to work differently but ĺîǄĚČūŠƥĿŠƭĚēƥūƎƑūŞūƥĚūƭƑHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēîƥƥƑĿċƭƥĚƙūĲƑĚƙĿŕĿĚŠČĚȡ ƑĚǜĚČƥĿūŠȡƑĚƙƎūŠƙĿċĿŕĿƥǋČƑĚîƥĿǄĿƥǋîŠēČūŕŕîċūƑîƥĿūŠȦ¹ĺĚƙĚîƑĚîŕŕ ƐƭîŕĿƥĿĚƙƥĺîƥîŕŕūǅƭƙƥūċĚƙƭČČĚƙƙĲƭŕĿŠēĿĲǛČƭŕƥƥĿŞĚƙîŠēƙƭƎƎūƑƥ ūƭƑƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙîƙîŞċĿƥĿūƭƙȡ ČūŠǛēĚŠƥȡƙĚŕĲȹŕĚēŕĚîƑŠĚƑƙȦT ĺūƎĚȡŕĿŒĚŞĚȡǋūƭǅĿŕŕĲĚĚŕƎƑūƭē as you read this Achiever. ¹ĺîŠŒǋūƭƥūƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙȡƙƥîĲĲ and families for working hard together.
David Priestley Executive Headteacher
Highlights of the Term Our new library system is fabulous and will be an awesome addition to the way our school supports reading. Ms Vennard
CONTENTS P4-5 Gold Medal Moments P6 Did You Know?
It has been great to have the chance to learn a musical instrument and join in lots of clubs.
I love it here
Year 7 student
One student in particular has amazed me and has overcome many challenges, she ĺîƙĳƑūǅŠĿŠČūŠǛēĚŠČĚ through her option of dance and has made brilliant progress, well done.
P7 Year 7 settle in
P8-9 Speaking up for Writing P10 Academic Success…
It’s been brilliant to see students take part in creative ūƎƎūƑƥƭŠĿƥĿĚƙîƥHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕē Arts in their own time and really want to make a difference.
P11 Our Creative Collaborators P12 What’s On…
Gold Medal MFL Students are Virtual Parisians Students in the Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) department have celebrated European Languages Day by taking part in activities such as language quizzes and exploring cultural diversity as part of their academic ŕĚîƑŠĿŠĳȦɉ¹ĺĿƙǋĚîƑƥĺĚ department even organised a virtual trip to Paris to help students experience the ČƭŕƥƭƑĚîŠēŕîŠĳƭîĳĚǛƑƙƥ hand. It’s great to see such a creative and resilient spirit
in the current climate and a chance to bring learning to ŕĿĲĚȡƥƑĩƙċĿĚŠȣ
How Can I Help? What a creative ƑĚƙƎūŠƙĚƥūūƭƑǛƑƙƥ young people’s online ĚǊĺĿċĿƥĿūŠȡƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙîŠēƥĺĚ wider community joined the campaign inspired by The Big Draw to encourage a ‘climate of change’. It was heart-warming to see the passion and creativity on display as young people led the way supported by student leadership.
Kindness is key at HƑĚĚŠǛĚŕē HƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙ are writing kindness into their daily lives at school by passing on a ƙŞĿŕĚȡČîƑƑǋĿŠĳūƭƥƑîŠēūŞ acts of kindness and taking part in initiatives where they can make a difference. This term students went the extra mile to raise funds for charities such as Children in Need; supported the campaign for anti-bullying and wore yellow as part of #HelloYellow to raise awareness for the Young Minds charity.
Moments Safe and Sound Learning... A big well done to students who have followed the many guidelines put in place this term. Students have been a credit to the school and the ČūŞŞƭŠĿƥǋȡîēîƎƥĿŠĳƥū changes in their learning methods with maturity. Staff have worked hard and found ways for students to attend school safely and ĲîŞĿŕĿĚƙîŠēƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙȡ whether in the building or îƥĺūŞĚȡĺîǄĚƙĺūǅŠ respect for each other and adjusted to new ways of working. Safety measures are continually being reviewed and we are hoping to welcome parents îŠēƥĺĚǅĿēĚƑHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕē community for more face-to-face contact in 2021. Once again thank you.
Students go the extra mile
Students take on the ‘Teams’ challenge Students have had many challenges this term and have developed their skills to adapt to experience blended learning. Microsoft Teams has given the opportunity to continue learning and nurture a more ‘seamless’ connection between staff and students. It has been pleasing to see a mature and resilient approach to learning and the valuable resources available to students. Keep ċĚĿŠĳƑĚƙĿŕĿĚŠƥȡǋūƭîƑĚ ǅūƑƥĺĿƥȣ¹ĺîŠŒƙƥūĲîŞĿŕĿĚƙ for their continued support.
It has been brilliant to see so many students sign up and take part in the many clubs and sports on offer. Mr Butterworth has been thrilled to see the take-up with 18 clubs now attracting students of all ages from Year 7 to Year 11. The ‘Race to Tokyo Challenge’ is back on track and there are lots of miles being earned through the house system. Who will be ǛƑƙƥƥū¹ūŒǋūȧ
Attendance Whether students have been at home or in school they have taken their attendance seriously.
ǧǦ'îǋǧǦǦɼƥƥĚŠēîŠČĚ ĺîŕŕĚŠĳĚ TŠƥĺĿƙǄĚƑǋēĿĲǛČƭŕƥƥĿŞĚƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙ rose to the challenge of learning at school for 2 full weeks from the 5 October until 16 October. This surpassed the previous record in February 2020. Each student received 5 house points and a small prize. All the winners were put into a draw for a £25 voucher and there were 5 additional draws of £5 vouchers for each year group.
Did you know?
EVERY DAY COUNTS
Year 7....................Maegen Cummins Year 8......................... Ella Richardson Year 9........................ Mitchell Dobson Year 10 .......................Farah Mahjoub Year 11 .............................. Yasmin Lau The overall winner of the £25 was Alisha Kirby.
/ĿŠƙƥĚĿŠƙŕĚƎƥĲūƑƥĚŠ ĺūƭƑƙîŠĿĳĺƥȡĳĚƥƥĺūƙĚ ǕǕǕƙĿŠȣ
Mr Walton was a Movember hero, o, being part of a team running 5691 km to raise se awareness for mental health – oh and he grew wa moustache too!
Year 10 student, Jaden came up with the idea of designing a reading competition for Year 7.
¬ƥƭēĚŠƥƙƑîĿƙĚē£220 for Children ĿŠsĚĚēîŠēūǄĚƑ£700ǅîƙƑîĿƙĚē ĲūƑTĲÞūƭ îƑĚ¬ĺîƑĚȦØĚŕŕēūŠĚƥū ĚǄĚƑǋūŠĚĿŠǄūŕǄĚēȦ
The winners of the £5 voucher were…
Student g Learnin l a n r u o J
Our student ŕĚîƑŠĿŠĳŏūƭƑŠîŕ ĿƙĳūĿŠĳĳŕūċîŕȣ TŠŠūǄîƥĿǄĚĲĚîƥƭƑĚƙ ēĚƙĿĳŠĚēċǋūƭƑ students will be ƑūŕŕĚēūƭƥîƙĲîƑîƙ ¬ĿŠĳîƎūƑĚȣ
Year 7 settle in Year 7 have settled into life îƥHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēǅĿƥĺĚîƙĚ
They have had opportunities to sign up for after school clubs which many have got involved in. There are a number of students who are engaging with our homework clubs and making a conscious effort to improve their learning. Students have recently sat their CAT4 tests where they have showed great maturity and good conduct. Well done what a great start. Ms Davies
ÞĚîƑǭ¬ƥƭēĚŠƥƙĺîǄĚĺîēūƎƎūƑƥƭŠĿƥĿĚƙ ƥūĳĚƥČƑĚîƥĿǄĚȡƎƑūēƭČĿŠĳĳƑĚîƥČĚŕŕ models in science.
I love it here here
Everyone's so friendly
Can't believe I was worried
Many Year 7 students have taken on board the opportunity to get involved d in music lessons through either the Durham Music Service or through Music Works. Popular favourites are drums, singing lessons, brass, guitar and keyboards. We’re looking forward to a time when the choir and guitar club can meet together. ūŠƥîČƥqƑHūŞĚǕƥūǛŠēūƭƥŞūƑĚȦ Mr Gomez ǅǅǅȦĳƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēƙČĺūūŕȦŠĚƥȟČūŠƥîČƥʀĳƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēƙČĺūūŕȦŠĚƥ
S See, there th re really was no w need to ne w worry!
Speaking up for writing ÞĚîƑǭƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙîƥHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕē ūŞŞƭŠĿƥǋ College were buzzing with excitement as their Bookbuzz choices arrived in school. Every Year 7 student received a free book which they had selected from a list ūĲǧǭČĺūĿČĚƙȡîŠēǅĚƑĚēĚŕĿĳĺƥĚēǅĿƥĺ ƥĺĚĿƑČūƎĿĚƙȡǅĺĿČĺîƑĚƥĺĚĿƑƙƥūŒĚĚƎȦ Ƀ¤ĚîēĿŠĳĿƙîƥƥĺĚČĚŠƥƑĚūĲĚǄĚƑǋƥĺĿŠĳ ǅĚēūîƥHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēȡîŠēǅĚǅîŠƥĚēƥū ŞîŒĚƥĺĿƙČŕĚîƑƥūÞĚîƑǭƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙǅĿƥĺ ƥĺĚĳĿĲƥūĲîċūūŒɄ Ms Bennett
or Did you know that authid: Jhumpa Lahiri once sat That's the thing abou el books. They let you travet! without moving your fe
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~ƭƑŠĚǅŕĿċƑîƑǋƙǋƙƥĚŞĿƙČūŞĿŠĳȣ ĺūūƙĿŠĳîċūūŒǅĿŕŕ ŠĚǄĚƑĺîǄĚċĚĚŠĚîƙĿĚƑĲūƑċūƥĺƙƥƭēĚŠƥƙîŠēƙƥîĲĲȦ A wonderful new way to access the library is being created that will ƙĚĚîŠîǅĚƙūŞĚūŠŕĿŠĚƎŕîƥĲūƑŞȡ accessible to all. Students will be îċŕĚƥūČĺĚČŒūƭƥŠĚǅƑĚŕĚîƙĚƙȡ ǅĺîƥɄƙîǄîĿŕîċŕĚȡƑĚƙĚƑǄĚƥĺĚĿƑČĺūĿČĚ and create their very own reading ǅĿƙĺȹŕĿƙƥȡŕĚîǄĚƑĚǄĿĚǅƙîŠēƙĚîƑČĺ for other interests to support their reading and learning goals. We believe that the ability and joy of reading should be nourished and underpins all ventures of life. ¬ČĺūūŕgĿċƑîƑĿîŠƙqƙ×ĚŠŠîƑē îŠēqƙOūǅĚ
¬ƥîƑ¤ĚîēĿŠĳ¹ĚƙƥƙĺîǄĚċĚĚŠî ƥƙ ēĚŠ ƙƥƭ ƎĿŠĳ ĺĚŕ ĳƑĚîƥƙƭČČĚƙƙ ČĺūūƙĚîŠēƙĚŕĚČƥîƎƎƑūƎƑĿîƥĚ ƑĚîēĿŠĳŞîƥĚƑĿîŕîŠēċĚ ĿŠƙƎĿƑĚēƥūƎƑūĳƑĚƙƙȦ
A number of students who trained last year to be peer reading mentors have begun to put their training to good use. Undeterred by restrictions presented by year groups working ĿŠċƭċċŕĚƙîŠēƙūČĿîŕēĿƙƥîŠČĿŠĳȡ some of the group have begun to ČƑĚîƥĚƥƑîĿŠĿŠĳǛŕŞƙƙūƥĺîƥūƥĺĚƑ year groups can learn from their ĚǊƎĚƑƥĿƙĚȦɉ¹ĺĿƙĳƑūƭƎɄƙŒĚĚŠŠĚƙƙ and determination to support other students develop enthusiasm for reading is impressive. Ms Rose
Academic Success I t’s always uplifting to hear about the success of our former students as they continue their academic journey, here are just a few of our alumni/ leavers who have gone on to great things and have had some brilliant achievements. We wish them and all of our HƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēČūŞŞƭŠĿƥǋ every success for the future. /ǄĚîĿŠċƑĿēĳĚ QESFC Darlington ȜĿŠgîǅȡĿŠ Psychology and D*D* in Health and Social Care. Currently working as a supervisor for an international company ¤ūċĚƑƥĚîƙƥūŠ QESFC Darlington A* in Film ¬ƥƭēĿĚƙȡȜĿŠ Media and A* in Religious Studies. I’m currently at ÞūƑŒ¬ƥcūĺŠȡƙƥƭēǋĿŠĳ ‘Media Production: Film and Television’
Chloe Bell: QESFC Darlingtonɉ ȜĿŠ¡ūŕĿƥĿČƙȡ in Maths and A in Law. Studying Law LLB at Newcastle ÀŠĿǄĚƑƙĿƥǋɉ
'îŠĿĚŕŕĚ¬ĚîƑȠ QESFC Darlington A* in ¡ƙǋČĺūŕūĳǋȡȜ ĿŠ¬ƥîƥĿƙƥĿČƙȡ A in English Literature and A* in EPQ. Now studying Psychology at the University of York.
gĚĿĳĺ¬ƥîċŕĚƑȠ QESFC Darlington A* in English gĿƥĚƑîƥƭƑĚȡ A in Chemistry and B in Biology. Studying English literature at the University of Leeds
Future First are continuing to inspire and mentor students. Are you a former student who might like to be part of ūƭƑîŕƭŞŠĿȧ×ĿƙĿƥhttps:// ŠĚƥǅūƑŒƙȦĲƭƥƭƑĚǛƑƙƥȦ ūƑĳȦƭŒȬƙĿĳŠƭƎȬĳƑĚĚŠǛĚŕē to get involved.
qîƙūŠqĿŕċƭƑŠ QESFC Darlington A in English gĿƥĚƑîƥƭƑĚȡĿŠ ¡ƙǋČĺūŕūĳǋȡ gy. Now gy in Biology. studying g Medical ver e sity y Sciences at the University of Leeds
Our Creative Collaborators
¬ƥƭēĚŠƥƙĲƑūŞHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕē ūŞŞƭŠĿƥǋ ūŕŕĚĳĚĺîǄĚċĚĚŠ ǅūƑŒĿŠĳ îŕūŠĳƙĿēĚHƑîČĚ Dunne from The ŠŠĚGƑîŠŒ¹Ƒƭƙƥ îŠēHƑĚĚŠǛĚŕē ƑƥƙƥūČūŕŕîċūƑîƥĚūŠîǄîŕƭîċŕĚ ĿŠĿƥĿîƥĿǄĚȦ¹ĺĚƎƑūŏĚČƥɃ ƑĚîƥĿǄĚ ūŕŕîċūƑîƥūƑƙɄîĿŞƙƥūƎƑūŞūƥĚ ŒĿŠēŠĚƙƙîŠēƥūŕĚƑîŠČĚȡēƑîǅĿŠĳ ƭƎūŠƥĺĚŕĚĳîČǋūĲŠŠĚGƑîŠŒîŠē ƥĺĚŕĚƙƙūŠƙǅĚČîŠŕĚîƑŠĲƑūŞƙƭČĺ îŠĿŠƙƎĿƑĿŠĳǋūƭŠĳîēǄūČîƥĚȦ TƥǅĿŕŕĳĿǄĚǋūƭŠĳƎĚūƎŕĚƥĺĚ ūƎƎūƑƥƭŠĿƥǋƥūŕūūŒîƥƥĺĚǅūƑŕē îƑūƭŠēƥĺĚŞîŠēîƙŒɃǅĺîƥĚŕƙĚ ĿƙƎūƙƙĿċŕĚȧɄîŠēɃĺūǅČîŠǅĚîŕŕ ƥîŒĚċĚƥƥĚƑîČƥĿūŠɄȧ
“It’s important that we look after each ūƥĺĚƑîŠēūƭƑĲîŞĿŕǋȡċƭƥĿƥɄƙŠūƥĚŠūƭĳĺȡ ĺȡ ĺȡ we need to be kind. It’s important we understand other people’s perspectives ty and this project will be a great opportunity to explore that and look after everyone” Šƥ ÞĚîƑǯƙƥƭēĚŠƥ
Students are exploring ways to develop and embed d ideas across ƙČĺūūŕȡƙƭČĺîƙ¬ƥƭēĚŠƥ ƙČĺūūŕȡƙƭČĺîƙ¬ƥƭēĚŠƥ Ambassador roles and encouraging greater input in decision making.
WHAT’S ON JANUARY School opens 05/01/2021 Year 11 reports Year 7 & 8 exams HƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēƑƥƙĚǊĺĿċĿƥĿūŠGĿŠēĚƑƙȡ¬ĚĚŒĚƑƙ H
FEBRUARY Planning for GCSE success Year 10 & 11 Year 11 reports Year 10 parents evening Half term holidays 15/02/2021 – 20/02/2021 HƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēƑƥƙĺūŕĿēîǋîČƥĿǄĿƥǋ Year 11 additional mock exams Year 7 – 10 reports
MARCH/APRIL Food practical exams Recognition evening GCSE French speaking tests HƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēƑƥƙĚǊĺĿċĿƥĿūŠĿŕŕOĿŠēŞîƑƙĺ GCSE art exams begin Year 11 reports Easter holidays ǨǯȬǦǩȬǨǦǨǧȶǦǯȬǦǪȬǨǦǨǧ HƑĚĚŠǛĚŕēƑƥƙ/îƙƥĚƑîČƥĿǄĿƥĿĚƙ