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Greenfield PE Department gain Association for Physical Education Quality Mark with Distinction status

posted 12 Apr 2021, 03:56 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 12 Apr 2021, 03:57 ]


Greenfield Community College PE department are delighted to announce that they have recently been awarded the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Quality Mark with Distinction for PE and School Sport, the highest accolade possible. This prestigious award is a powerful way of celebrating the success of the department. The afPE Quality Mark recognises, through a thorough self-review and evaluation process, the strength and quality of physical education and sport in the school. It raises the profile of the subject and the school both locally and nationally and promotes the high-quality work that is being undertaken on a day-to-day basis.

At Greenfield, we are fully aware that all young people are entitled to benefit from a high- quality physical education and there is significant evidence to show this supports other learning right across the curriculum. It also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional well-being, reduces poor behaviour, increases attendance and develops key skills such as leadership, confidence and social skills. High quality physical education and all the additional benefits are a great cause of celebration and the afPE Quality Mark with Distinction has provided the independent endorsement of this at Greenfield Community College.

Schools across the UK are invited to apply for the afPE Quality Mark which has become the benchmark and industry standard for high quality. Greenfield Community College PE Department now joins only 7 other schools in the North East to have held the highest accolade of Distinction status since the programme started in 2012. It builds on the afPE Quality Mark award received by the department in 2017 and clearly demonstrates the commitment that the department show to continuing to evolve staying at the forefront of high-quality PE and school sport.

The PE department will receive a certificate, an engraved plaque with the school to be listed on the afPE Quality Mark webpage. Martin Butterworth, Subject Leader for PE, who was responsible for coordinating the application, commented ‘I am delighted to be able to receive this award on behalf of the department. It is particularly pleasing to achieve the distinction status which pays tribute to all the hard work of our PE staff on a day to day basis but also acknowledges our outstanding commitment to ensuring that students receive high quality PE and school sport provision. I am very fortunate to lead a fantastic PE team and would like to thank them for all that they do for our pupils. This includes Barbara Davis, a PE teacher of 37 years at Greenfield, who recently retired at the end of the last academic year. She was an inspirational teacher who made a significant difference to thousands of pupils during this time and was an absolute pleasure to work alongside. Thank you, Barbara, and happy retirement’.

Greenfield Community College are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential. The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like further information visit www.greenfieldschool.net or contact the school by emailing contact@greenfieldschool.net or by calling 01325 300378.

Greenfield Arts Embark on Exciting New Project

posted 12 Apr 2021, 03:54 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 12 Apr 2021, 03:54 ]


Greenfield Arts are delighted to have secured funding to engage in a creative project that explores personal development and how we engage with our environment supporting young people to emerge from recent times into a brighter future.  The project is supported by County Durham Community Foundation and Durham County Council and is inspired by Finders, Seekers, a recent exhibition at Greenfield Arts by artist Bethan Maddocks.

The project, drawing upon Bethan’s work, will initially explore eco systems and the environment as a metaphor for how we interact with each other and our environment, working alongside young people from Greenfield Community College. These social and environmental areas are important and arts and culture is a powerful way to help us explore these.

Artist Paul Theo Murray will be working alongside Year 10 3d design students to explore ideas and create resources that will cascade to the whole school and for young people across Newton Aycliffe and Shildon.  It is an exciting but mindful approach that will engage in a creative response to the current climate and explore the impact of Covid19 and the challenges that this has brought about.

The students will benefit from working alongside a professional artist, exploring techniques and developing confidence to share ideas and have the opportunity to produce a creative stimulus that can be shared.

Katy Milne, Creative Director at Greenfield Arts is looking forward to the collaboration “curiosity and creativity encourage us to find new ways of seeing and helping us to understand positive changes we can bring to our community and environment. Thank you to County Durham Community Foundation and Durham County Council Arts and Culture team in supporting this project.”

Greenfield Arts are committed to providing high quality arts and creative opportunities that encourage creativity, questioning and curiosity.  To find out more about us you can contact our friendly team by emailing info@greenfield-arts.co.uk or you can visit www.greenfield-arts.co.uk to find out about our full programme of projects and activities.

Greenfield Raise More than a Smile for Comic Relief

posted 12 Apr 2021, 03:52 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 12 Apr 2021, 03:52 ]


Students at Greenfield Community College have once again risen to the challenge to raise funds for good causes.  As part of the charity effort for Comic Relief students have been taking part in activities that will benefit children in need both locally and around the world, raising a smile at the same time.

Staff and students organised a selection of activities and events to inspire everyone and raise funds.  This included games and quizzes, the chance to design a poster and superhero, online activities from the comic relief school events and a lovely ‘pass on a smile’ event.

Fund raisers and donations from red nose day brought in over £100.  Students have returned to the school site with a very positive attitude to their learning and have demonstrated their resilience and care for others in a number of ways, comic relief being just one example.  Well done to all involved.

Greenfield Community College are committed to Greenfield Community College are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like further information visit www.greenfieldschool.net or contact the school by emailing contact@greenfieldschool.net or by calling 01325 300378.

Cree Prepare to Share Boxes of Inspiration

posted 24 Mar 2021, 07:49 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 24 Mar 2021, 07:50 ]


The Men’s Cree group at Greenfield Arts are busy preparing to share creative boxes with the community that will inspire hope and inspiration.  Although the Arts Centre facility is closed at present, the group are keeping in touch and have just received a creative pack through their letterbox with materials to start making and creating.

The group are putting together a selection items and are even testing their origami skills in a bid to share kindness and inspiration with others.  Greenfield Arts are looking forward to a time in the near future when they can meet face-to-face.

There is a full programme of activity for the spring and summer planned for the Cree group which includes working alongside artists and practitioners to capture everyday moments and imagine new futures.  Professional photographer Elaine Vizor will be supporting and inspiring the group to capture moments through photography and artist Dawn Belshaw will be sharing her recycling artistry to suggest ways to use everyday objects to get creative.

The summer will also bring the chance to get lyrical as songwriter and musician John Melvin teases out some happy moments to bring together in song.  An exciting opportunity - we are looking forward to be able to share the final song with the Cree group and the wider community. 

The Greenfield Arts Cree is a wellbeing group that enables members to explore ideas, express themselves and give to the community to support wellbeing and their own positive mental health. The Cree includes men of different ages, skills and experiences and are very welcoming to new men. The group have embarked on many projects that have benefitted the wider public that have been appreciated and benefitted many.  If you think you would like to join, contact our team to find out more by emailing info@greenfield-arts.co.uk

Greenfield Students are Future Focused

posted 24 Mar 2021, 07:47 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 24 Mar 2021, 07:48 ]


Students from Greenfield Community College are returning to school with a positive outlook with eyes to the future.  Supported by expert staff and a safe environment, students are able to focus upon their learning and thoughts of a ‘Future Me’.

This week Year 10 students are meeting with staff from local colleges as they decide upon their learning journey.  Each student is given their own space and time to sit down face-to-face and talk about their future, learning more about college life and their academic options.

Careers lead, Mr Tait has been consistently supporting students whilst working from home with a comprehensive bespoke programme of careers advice and guidance. There has also been inspiring initiatives that have sought to support the programme and help young people make decisions that nurture ambition and aspiration in the current climate.

Students have been given the opportunity to access online ‘Push’ talks’ where they have benefitted from the experience of innovative and inspiring speakers.  Recent talks have included sessions with actor/comedian Moj Taylor and Screenwriter Aron Tennant.  These sessions were focused on current worries students experience (Covid-19, the impact of remote learning), the motivations students have for school and life after school and student wellbeing, both physical and mental.

Students have also recently been involved in an Arts Council England funded partnership project that has been supporting students to explore their aspirations for the future and their ambitions and opportunities to use their skills in the local area.

Looking further ahead to their academic journey Year 10 students had the opportunity to take part in a virtual university talk.  The session was a great way of helping students make choices now to help them to reach their future goals.

Greenfield Community College are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential and develop the attributes to be creative, collaborative, responsible, reflective and resilient learners. The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like further information visit www.greenfieldschool.net or contact the school by emailing contact@greenfieldschool.net or by calling 01325 300378.

Greenfield Arts are Shouting about Shildon

posted 24 Mar 2021, 07:45 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 24 Mar 2021, 07:46 ]


Greenfield Arts are delighted to be working with partners Shildon Town Council to develop a project that helps us celebrate community spirit across Shildon and its history past, present and future.

Artist Paul Theo Murray has been commissioned to design and create inspiring boxes, gifted to 100 people across Shildon.  The contents inspire people to recall memories of people and places that reflect acts of kindness and community spirit throughout their lives and recent times.  The contents include inspirational cards, a crafted hand-made journal and prompts to help tease out wonderful stories.

This National Heritage Lottery Funded project has enabled creative boxes of material to make their way to community groups, young people, care homes and individuals around the Shildon area and responses will inform artwork that will be created around Shildon as a result. This work will be a celebration in May that acknowledges the resilient and vibrant community spirit there is in Shildon and the celebration will mark the anniversary of VE Day and the spirit shown throughout Shildon’s history.

“This is a great partnership project with Shildon Town Council and community partners that recognises and highlights the fantastic people that make the community of Shildon. The project is inspired by Shildon’s heritage and the towns positive approach. We look forward to sharing the artwork that will emerge as a result of the creative conversations and input from across the community.” said Katy Milne, Creative Director at Greenfield Arts.

Thank you to all involved for your inspiration, we are excited to hear about the many positive experiences and personal memories. Greenfield Arts are committed to providing high quality arts and creative opportunities that encourage creativity, questioning and curiosity.  To find out more about us please visit www.greenfield-arts.co.uk

Greenfield Students Return to Site

posted 24 Mar 2021, 07:44 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 24 Mar 2021, 07:57 ]

Students from Greenfield Community College have been returning to site this week with guidelines in place to ensure a safe and positive learning experience.

The resilience and commitment shown by students has been exceptional with valuable support from expert staff, families and carers.

Measures are in place for a comprehensive testing policy that will allow face-to-face learning.  Students have been quick to ensure this a smooth process allowing maximum time for teaching and learning.

Staff are thrilled to be able to see their students back on site and to continue a curriculum that includes blended learning to maximise the positive gains and student experience that have contributed to their recent achievements. 

Staff are trained and experienced at responding to student needs and will continue to support students in their learning through the adjustment of returning to the building for many.  Expert teaching and support staff will continue to provide engaging learning opportunities and making this face-to-face learning a strong and positive experience through strong relationships and positive well-being; developing resilience, creativity, responsibility, reflection and collaboration through this exciting opportunity to be together in the school building space.

Greenfield Community College are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential. The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like further information visit www.greenfieldschool.net or contact the school by emailing contact@greenfieldschool.net or by calling 01325 300378.

Greenfield Students Inspired by Artists

posted 8 Mar 2021, 04:52 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 8 Mar 2021, 04:53 ]

 

Students at Greenfield Community College are taking advantage of creative opportunities as part of their learning experience. 

Supported by Greenfield Arts, a group of Year 7 students have been inspired in a project partnered with The Bowes Museum to learn more about representation and identity. The students enjoyed the opportunity to create their own artwork working alongside school staff, artist Mel Kyles and staff from The Bowes Museum to explore a work The Bowes Museum collection from the Workshop of Dieric Bouts, “St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child.”

These online creative sessions led to exciting images ideas and images created by the students that represented aspects of their own identity. The work will be shared in an online public exhibition at The Bowes Museum, an exciting prospect for the students who found the experience positive and creative.

This is just one of the many opportunities available to students to support learning creatively.  Greenfield Community are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential and develop the attributes to be creative, collaborative, responsible, reflective and resilient learners. The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like further information visit www.greenfieldschool.net or contact the school by emailing contact@greenfieldschool.net or by calling 01325 300378.

Greenfield Students STEAM ahead

posted 8 Mar 2021, 04:51 by Daniel Potts

Students at Greenfield Community College are being given opportunities to learn through an exciting STEAM programme or events and activities. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) involves a method of inquiry based interdisciplinary learning that aligns with real life experience, encouraging awareness and a practical sense of how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics can impact upon our learning and our lives.

STEAM has played an important part throughout the global pandemic – from the role of Science, Technology and Engineering in analysing the virus and its mechanisms and subsequently developing a number of vaccines as well as the Mathematicians and statisticians who analyse all of the data relating to the pandemic, right through to the roles of the Arts in helping us to explore ideas, reflect, be creative, entertain and stay connected with each other.

One aspect of the STEAM programme is the Future Medics project. Recently a group of Year 10 Future Medics students took part in two socially distanced lunchtime workshops where they learned hands-on skills.  They were shown and then carried out their own heart dissections; they familiarised themselves with the major structures of the heart and the blood vessels leading to and away from the heart. Then in the second workshop, the group were introduced to the importance of vital signs as well as how to look for and measure them. Once they were aware of body temperature (and its normal range), pulse rate, rate of breathing and blood pressure, our students were given the opportunity to correctly use stethoscopes, thermometers, sphygmomanometers, as well as being shown how to calculate BMI.  A valuable experience that gave an insight into the work of medics as students make their career choices.

The school are now looking forward to extended learning opportunities through STEAM as they celebrate British Science Week  (05.03.2021 – 14.03.2021).  This year’s theme focuses upon ‘innovating the future’ and celebrating the amazing diversity we see across the world.  Staff and students are looking forward to sharing the quality resources available that can bring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to life in the classroom.

Greenfield Community College are committed to supporting students to reach their full potential. The school promotes an inclusive curriculum encouraging students to work together to realise an outstanding learning experience.  If you would like further information visit www.greenfieldschool.net or contact the school by emailing contact@greenfieldschool.net or by calling 01325 300378.

Greenfield Arts Announce New Exhibition

posted 2 Mar 2021, 03:52 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 2 Mar 2021, 03:53 ]


 

Greenfield Arts are delighted to welcome back artist Bill Hindmarsh to the Greenfield Gallery.  Bill’s exhibition People and Places, has a new place in our programme and is an exhibition that showcases Bill’s ‘eclectic mix of subject and media’ including previously unseen and current work.

Bill is a renowned artist who lives and works in the north east of England.  His work includes a strand of work that draws upon his time working in the coalfields which explores a sense of place and time with a unique perception.  The exhibition runs from Thursday 18 March 2021 to Wednesday 5 May2021 and boasts a number of opportunities to engage and connect with the exhibition. 

Greenfield Arts are offering an opportunity to meet the artist, this event will take place online and will feature a conversation with Bill and the chance to find out more about the man and his art.  There will also be creative challenges that will offer the chance for our community to connect and create work inspired by People and Places.

We are also offering a video workshop which will be led by artist Graham Stead who will help you explore the art of capturing people and the benefits and skills of sketching.  Inspired by the exhibition Graham will support you to develop your skills and capture your own subjects.

Our current exhibition Finders, seekers is currently available to view through our newsletter and via our website just follow the link https://bit.ly/2ZxKil2 to find out more.  Bethan’s unique paper structures are capturing imagination and curiosity and there is still time to engage with this wonderful exhibition.

To find out more about our exhibition programme, projects and activities visit our website www.greenfield-arts.co.uk follow us on social media or contact our friendly  team by email info@greenfield-arts.co.uk or call 01325 379048.

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