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Glowing Report for Greenfield

posted 11 Oct 2017, 06:29 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Community College opened their doors and welcomed year 6 students and their families recently. This year’s annual open events proved very popular with families who were able to meet students and staff to discover what makes Greenfield a distinctive school in order to make an informed choice about their choice of secondary school. Families were able to get a real sense of the positive environment and the excellent facilities on offer, including the recent investment of 2.6 million pounds in phase one of the schools renovation programme. There were lots of opportunities to be ‘hands on’ as they experienced taster sessions throughout the school. Parents said “the range of opportunities at Greenfield look great” and “What a lovely atmosphere.” 


Executive Headteacher David Priestley welcomed everyone to the school speaking about the high aspirations and achievements at Greenfield. He highlighted the 100% commitment to treating every child as an individual. He ensured that visitors were able to listen to students who spoke eloquently about their personal experiences and how proud they are of their school.

Mr Priestley invited everyone to take the time to look around, meet people and ask questions in order to make their own decisions. All subjects ran active sessions and staff were delighted with the positive feedback they received. Feedback shows that people were really impressed with the commitment and skills of the staff to achieve the very best for students. The quality of care and support was applauded. The quality of the sample menu was also very popular. Staff look forward to welcoming back a new cohort in September to be part of Greenfield's exciting journey to excellence.






New Courses Available at Greenfield Arts

posted 10 Oct 2017, 12:55 by Sophie Lewis

As we approach the October Half Term, we look forward to the start of a whole host of new courses, running on a weekly basis.

We welcome the return of weekly ‘Core Arts’ group led by artist Alison Curry, which is now hosted fortnightly on a Thursday evening and is intended to give participants of all abilities a chance to dispel misconceptions and experience a variety of core creative skills, including ceramics and drawing. The aim is to enable bespoke weekly development or progression onto Specialist Arts courses.

The latest addition to our Thursday Masterclass offer is ‘Decorative Plaster Casting’ held on 26th October 12pm to 4pm, where you will be able to make decorative flower fossil wall hangings, with artist Fiona Gray, who currently has her work on display in The Craft Programme.

We also look forward to the introduction of our advanced courses in Painting and Photography starting after Half Term. These courses are designed to offer participants a place to work on more detailed pieces of work with the guidance of a professional artist. They will also give participants the time and space to develop their own creativity and maybe even aim towards entry into The Greenfield Gallery Annual Open Art Exhibition in March 2018.

The October Holidays will launch our season of creative writing and illustration events with a fabulous activity day on Saturday 28th October 10am – 2pm, including activities for both adults and young people to learn and explore together.

Activities include the ever popular ‘Family Cooking’, work with Jan Hodgson to develop recipes to keep the whole family happy and healthy, then produce your own meals as a family to take home and enjoy. We will also be hosting story making activities including book making with Dawn Belshaw and creative writing with Alison Curry. We are working in connection with The Big Draw 2017, which is focussing on #LivingLines2017. We want to see how imaginative you can be in making your pencil marks move and your work could even go towards the Big Draw Awards 2017. We will have plenty more opportunities on offer to keep you entertained throughout the day. Details of all activities can be found on our website where you can also book your place. Activities are suitable for any age, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, check out the website: www.greenfield-arts.co.uk, or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.




Greenfield Rises to the Challenge for Macmillan

posted 5 Oct 2017, 08:00 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Arts and Greenfield Community College, hosted a wonderful set of activities, including cake sales and arts activity, for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning ran by Macmillan, on Friday 29th September. Students raised a fabulous total of £210, which will go towards supporting people who are facing cancer. 

Greenfield Arts group ‘Creative Forum’ joined up with Jade tutor group to take part in activity and raise funds. Students took a guided trip around The Greenfield Gallery, recognising the brilliant work of local artist Mike Connell, and then went on to have cake and join in the activity with Creative Forum members, who meet every Monday evening and Friday morning. The group have been running for 6 months and come together to learn from one another, offering creatives of all ages and abilities a chance to develop their artistic skills.

Artist, Sharron Bates facilitates the group each week and therefore guided the session offering both adults and young people a chance to work together to create one big quilted collage, based on what it is they love and want to share with others to brighten their day.

The event was enhanced with the sale of home-made cakes, made by students from Greenfield Community College, who gave up their free time after school to bake goods especially for the public. Students brought the entire school together by holding stalls in both the Arts Centre and canteen, and staff remarked that the turnout was excellent.

All events were devised by the students who were keen to bring their local community and school together for a good cause and share their love for helping others. Staff also remarked that students were enthusiastic, dedicated and the events showed their various creative talents. So much so that parents and staff also made generous baking donations which helped raise the fantastic total.




October Activity Day at Greenfield Arts

posted 5 Oct 2017, 07:57 by Sophie Lewis

The October Holidays will launch our season of creative writing and illustration events with a fabulous activity day on Saturday 28th October 10am – 2pm, including activities for both adults and young people to learn and explore together.

Activities include the ever popular ‘Family Cooking’, work with Jan Hodgson to develop recipes to keep the whole family happy and healthy, then produce your own meals as a family to take home and enjoy. We will also be hosting story making activities including book making with Dawn Belshaw and creative writing with Alison Curry. We are working in connection with The Big Draw 2017, which is focussing on #LivingLines2017. We want to see how imaginative you can be in making your pencil marks move and your work could even go towards the Big Draw Awards 2017. We will have plenty more opportunities on offer to keep you entertained throughout the day. Details of all activities can be found on our website where you can also book your place. Activities are suitable for any age, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

We also welcome the Into Film Festival, which takes place from 8-24 November across the UK. The Into Film Festival is the world's largest free film and education event for young people presenting 3,000 free cinema screenings, and showcasing over 140 films at more than 600 venues across the UK.

The festival aims to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year olds by inspiring young people to watch and understand film in new and creative ways. Greenfield Arts will therefore be offering public screenings on Thursday 16th November and Tuesday 21st November. This is a brilliant opportunity for lovers of film and story, at any age, to see the much loved short stories by Roald Dahl in ‘Revolting Rhymes’, a mischievous double-bill which presents fairy tales in a way you’ve never seen before, or ‘Their Finest’ which depicts the story of a young woman during WWII, who discovers she has an inspiring way with words when she is taken on as a scriptwriter for propaganda films.

Bookings are currently live on the Into Film website, where you can also search for Festival events throughout the North East: https://www.intofilm.org/events/festival. For more information please also see our website: www.greenfield-arts.co.uk, or speak with one of our friendly members of the arts centre team on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.


Greenfield Community College Supports university research

posted 5 Oct 2017, 01:29 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 01:30 ]

The school has held a financial capability award for several years now and today we strengthened our money management programme by inviting 7 alumni from the school to advise year 10 students on financial issues they are likely to meet when progressing onto post 16 education or training.


The 7 alumni were from a variety of backgrounds and transition routes from apprenticeship to vocational courses to the more academic A Level routes.


'A very useful activity which proved an excellent way to make students aware of issues relating to being financially competent.'


'They were honest and articulate mentors who were good at getting their opinions across.'


Edinburgh university's brief was:


Near-to-Peer Financial Education Trial

Young Enterprise & University of Edinburgh

21st September 2017


Overview

We are looking to test how students react to discussions around money and finance with near-to-peers.

To test this, we are going to work with two secondary schools in England and two secondary schools in Scotland.  We will use one of our education consultants to facilitate a 45 minute near-to-peer session with approximately 30 current Yr10/S4 students. 

To assess student’s reaction to his intervention the University of Edinburgh are developing an online pre survey and a post survey which the students would complete before and after the session.


A great success!


Glowing Report for Greenfield Open Evening

posted 3 Oct 2017, 03:15 by Daniel Potts   [ updated 3 Oct 2017, 03:24 ]



Greenfield staff and students were thrilled with the exceptional turnout for their Open Evening at Sunnydale Campus. Parents and students were able to get a real sense of the positive environment and excellent facilities on offer and chat with staff and students about their aspirations and journey to excellence.

Staff were delighted with the positive comments from the visiting families,

“the range of opportunities at Greenfield look great”

“I love science, it was great to try a new experiment tonight”

“We loved the sample menu!”

Staff would like to thank all visitors for their lovely feedback and look forward to welcoming back the new cohort in September.

Greenfield Students turn ‘Inside Out’ to Raise Awareness

posted 26 Sep 2017, 08:33 by Sophie Lewis

Greenfield Students were determined to play a positive part to mark ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’ observed on September 10th of each year. To mark this the school joined the ‘If you care share’ campaign ... Going Inside out.

TEAMH are a group of Greenfield students who resolutely promote positive mental health and work closely with the ‘If you care share’ initiative. This year they marked the event by turning their blazers inside out and challenged students to "Ask us why?"

This then promoted discussions with students about not keeping things bottled up inside and the benefits sharing can have on mental health.

Staff also showed their support for the campaign, Executive Headteacher David Priestley wore his jacket inside out as he spoke about raising awareness in the school assembly and staff followed suit as they initiated important class discussions and awareness during Time4Success.

Greenfield staff are very proud of the achievements of ‘TEAMH’ as the students work very hard to help others feel good about themselves, tackling important issues with integrity and enthusiasm. 



Greenfield Cree Men Make a Difference

posted 26 Sep 2017, 08:31 by Sophie Lewis

The fabulous Men’s Cree group at Greenfield Arts are continuing to work closely with local groups and organisations to bring their very special brand of creativity to the heart of the community.

They are presently creating a ‘Super Shed’ in partnership with the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, the project promises to create a fantastic resource for local volunteers of all ages and abilities and is just one of many successful ventures that has the capacity to ‘keep on giving’ well after the initial project is complete. The aim is to create a custom-built fully accessible facility where PCP volunteers can work and store gardening equipment and develop further ideas for their outdoor spaces. Funders of the shed project include GAMP and Livin. The Men’s Cree are supported by funding from DCC Public Health.

Recent Cree projects have also included the Little Library project which had its roots at Greenfield Community College and grew into a County project in partnership with New Writing North. The little libraries offer a free resource where people can borrow, donate and read at leisure and there is likely to be one not too far away from you!

Katy Milne, Creative Director at Greenfield Arts is delighted to see the results that the group have achieved and the benefits to individual members as they grow in confidence. “The Greenfield Men’s Cree are such a giving group who thrive when providing opportunities for others. They have supported many different initiatives and created many new additions to the wider community that lots of people have benefitted from. We are very proud.”

The group, lead by Richard Agar, meet regularly at Greenfield Arts to socialise and work on a range of valuable projects for which they have received well deserved awards. The sessions are held on a Monday from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm and new members are very welcome.

If you would like further information please contact our friendly team on 01325 379048.

Greenfield Arts Latest Exhibition

posted 26 Sep 2017, 08:30 by Sophie Lewis

‘World Within a World’ by Neida Pearson

Thursday 5th October – Wednesday 25th October 2017


Greenfield Arts invites you and the public to the preview of our latest exhibition by Neida Pearson on Wednesday 4th October 6pm to 8pm.

Neida’s work is an exploration into another world, one that only exists in her imagination. Her studies of colour and pattern have become the language of her paintings leaving the viewer to the task of translation. The medium used is pen, ink, watercolour and gouache. Neida will also be in attendance at the preview event to discuss and provide insight into her work with artworks for sale throughout the exhibition.

As we look towards the end of our 2017 programme, we welcome applications from potential stall holders for our 2017 Winter Market, which will accompany this year’s group art exhibition by Interface Arts in December. The event will host professional artists and crafters, showcasing handmade, or hand designed items, gifts or artworks, as well as artisan food items. We see this as a wonderful opportunity to highlight the talent and creativity of our local crafters and artists, with a chance for some Christmas shopping for those who attend the event. If you are happy to demonstrate your craft at your table as well this would be a plus! Tables will cost £10.00, for further information or to request a booking form please see our website or contact us.

For more information please check out the website or speak with one of our lovely team members on 01325 379048 or info@greenfield-arts.co.uk.

Gallery Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm and Friday 10am – 4pm.


Greenfield Students Make Great Start

posted 26 Sep 2017, 08:28 by Sophie Lewis

Staff at Greenfield Community College are thrilled with the initial progress made by returning students and the way that they have encouraged and assisted the new intake of Year 7 students to make the transition a happy and welcoming experience, laying excellent foundations for the years ahead.

Executive Headteacher David Priestley is delighted with the commitment and positivity shown by staff and students alike and how the challenge to raise aspirations and develop the talents and academic skills of individual students is being met.

In his welcoming address this term Mr Priestley emphasised the ethos and fundamental principles which are at the heart of Greenfield Community College and the commitment that is made to the ‘whole child and every child’. “Greenfield’s vision for learning is a strong vision, said Mr Priestley “we need to recognise together how to best achieve and realise it”.

Greenfield Community College strives to be a high performing specialist community school with a distinctive ethos and is committed to excellence. The results of which can be seen in many outstanding individual performances throughout the year, not only in academic expertise, but in stand-out sporting achievements, innovation and creative collaborations.

New facilities and equipment at both the Aycliffe Site and Sunnydale Campus will provide an excellent environment for learning this term and is already making a positive impact on a day-to-day basis as students make use of their new surroundings.

Moving forward David Priestley’s vision for Greenfield is not only to provide improvements to facilities but to continue to draw upon research and innovation to ensure the very best for the students in the future “We are a learning organisation, committed to learning from experiences and moving forward” said Mr Priestley.

Staff at Greenfield are looking forward to new challenges and judging by initial progress the future months promise to be a real success!


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