FOR YOUR DIARY
MAY Are you an ex-Greneway pupil or
Mon 29 Bank Holiday staff member? Take a look on our
HALF TERM WEEK website at old Greneway photos?
Mon 5 Start of new term
Year 7 & 8 Optional Maths Tests
Wed 7 N Herts Yr 7/8 Athletics League Can you tell us when these events
Thu 8 Yr 5 Inter-form swimming gala happened? Email the web-editor at
Mon 12 Year 8 Journey to France email@example.com
Tue 13 Year 8 Caribbean Dance Workshop and we will add your comments.
Wed 14 Year 8 Sailing trip
N Herts Yr 7/8 Athletics
Tue 20 7 Gv to Henry Moore Foundation
Wed 21 N Herts Athletics Championships
Thu 22 7 Fn to Henry Moore Foundation IMPORTANT MESSAGE for Year 8
Fri 23 7 BG to Henry Moore Foundation
Year 6 to Crucial Crew
As this will be your last half term at Greneway
Mon 26 Sportsday Field Events start
Thu 29 N Herts Yr 7/8 Athletics League
you will have to take total responsibility for
Fri 30 Yr 7 ICT day at Meridian your Smart Card, amongst other things.
Mon 3 Sportsday Track Heats You will not be lent money or given credit for
Tue 4 Sportsday Finals evening forgotten cards. This is to get you used to
Wed 5 School Reports sent home being responsible for your card, as you will
Thu 6 Yr 6 visit Therfield Heath need to be at Upper School.
Fri 7 Celebrations Evening
Mon 10 Yr 8 visit new schools
Yr 5/6 Athletics meet with Roysia
& St Mary’s In this edition we recap some of the news
Tue 11 Yr 8 visit new schools
Yr 6 Form Teacher interviews (I)
from our weekly newsletter and bring
Meridian new intake evening you new news and pictures including ...
Wed 12 Yr 6 Form Teacher interviews (II) • Calling ex-pupils and staff
Thu 13 New Yr 4 visiting Greneway • Yr 6 & Yr 7 Swimming gala results
Yr 8 visit Meridian for Crime Day • News from School Journeys
Fri 14 Flame Academy
• Job Vacancy at Greneway
Fri 21 Yr 8 Leavers Disco
End of Term Finish at 3 pm
• Insurance for pupils—are you covered?
• And much more too ...
FALSE NAIL ALERT
False nails and nail extensions Year 6 & 7
are not allowed in school Did you go to York or North Wales?
for Health & Safety Have you collected your refund from the
reasons. Save them for the office?
holidays (with your
jewellery). Our www.greneway.herts.sch.uk
Volume 11 Number 4 Newsletter of the Pupils, Staff and Friends
May 2006—Published 26 May 2006 of Greneway School
A WORD FROM
MRS KENNEDY PERSONAL ACCIDENT FOR PUPIL
INSURANCE provided by HCC
How much sleep do our children need?
A recent article in the Times Educational Hertfordshire County Council offer an
Supplement has highlighted issues linked to sleep annual insurance scheme for pupils. The
patterns amongst young people. I thought I would
annual payment for cover is £12.00 per pupil,
share this with you as I have recently been
concerned about some children at Greneway being irrespective of when the pupil joins the
very tired. scheme. Cover is from 1 September to 31
August each year.
• One in five parents say their child has lost
sleep during the past month, the most
For further details of the cover provided
common reason being bad dreams.
and an application form please contact the
• Children at Key Stage 4 are more likely to school office.
loose sleep because of worries about course
work and exams.
with Steve Kidman & Sue Ruggles
• One in 10 parents says their child’s sleep At Meridian School, Royston.
was disturbed when taking SATs. Progressive lessons, adult lessons, small groups,
after school lessons, summer crash courses, ASA
• Seven in 10 children have a television set in Awards.
their bedroom. Only a quarter have control Half term crash course 30 May—2 June £20/child
filters to screen out unsuitable programmes. Experienced, qualified teachers.
Half of parents whose children have access Call Steve and Sue on 01799 501293
to the internet use a control filter.
• Few schools suggest times by which children
should be in bed. Volunteer Centre
• 40 per cent of parents think that schools Volunteer Centres in
should recommend bedtimes or a minimum Hertfordshire offer
number of hours’ sleep. information & guidance
on volunteering to:-
According to Jim Horne who runs the sleep research People who are interested
centre at Loughborough University healthy 8 year in volunteering
olds need 9 to 11 hours, and early teens need 8 to 10 Organisations that involve volunteers
The bus stops in Royston at the Town Centre
and the Leisure Centre on Wednesday 31
The Headteacher from Rugby School said that May (Half term week) with the chance to win
pupils from his school aged under 11 will be prizes. Why not go along and find out more?
expected to be in bed by 9 pm and pupils between
the ages of 11 to 13 normally have “lights out” at
The recommendation coming through is that pupils
should have a calming activity to do prior to
sleeping and this excludes watching television,
using a computer and playing computer games.
What do you think? Any contributions or thoughts Royston Volunteer Centre
Based at Royston Hospital
can be sent to the editor of Magpie, Emma Daintrey, London Road, Royston SG 8 9EN
at firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01763 243020
TESCO COMPUTERS FOR MULTICULTURAL ARTS EVENING—
SCHOOLS 2006 What a show!
Thank you for collecting vouchers. The scheme The evening started with a bang. Everyone played
ended on perfectly in the orchestra and both drama groups
14th May were great. The dancing (jive, twist, Calypso and
line) went down well too. The audience thought it
You can still find Collection boxes in
was a good idea to have dancing in the middle of
each form room and in the crush hall the hall instead of on the stage.
So far we’ve collected 20,000 vouchers
5Sm did a great performance on Mowgli. Year 5/6
If you still have vouchers please bring drama sketches were very different to each other.
Year 5/6 did a scene about Bob Marley, the
them in to school as quickly as
famous Jamaican singer. Year 7/8 did the Willow
possible. Pattern story in three parts. In the finale
everyone took part, even the crew backstage, and
sang Calypso and Tinga Layo.
By Lucy Smith 7Cw
The Royston Cave
Hertfordshire Adult and
I am a member of the Royston Time Bank and
Family Learning Services
I was invited to visit the Cave. From the
second I took my first step into the tunnel I
The Family Learning team is part of the
knew I was surrounded by history from
HAFLS which is part of Children, Schools
Royston’s oldest townspeople. The ancient
and Families. They deliver courses by
Cave is carved with pictures of Saints and
specialist Lead Teachers, in partnership with
Holy people from the Middle Ages. The walls
you, at a venue that suits the learners needs.
are covered in images of Jesus, his 12
The range and length of courses can be
apostles, St Catherine, St Mary and other holy
designed to meet the requirements of
We were told about how the Cave had been
For more information please contact the
used for secret meetings of the Knights
office on 01992 588819 or visit the website:
Templar and the meanings of the carvings. It
was also used as a dairy because it is nice
and cool and the butter wouldn’t go off.
I really enjoyed it because I love learning
Thank you Saffron
for submitting this
interesting and well
written piece. Ed
SCHOOL MEALS PUBLICATION DATES FOR MAGPIE
School meals cost £1.80 per day. The cost for a Friday 14 July 2006
week will therefore be £9.00.
The cost for the next half of the term will be £63.
This still represents excellent value for money
and provides the children with a healthy,
nutritious variety of meals at lunchtime.
FRIENDS of GRENEWAY SCHOOL
‘Your school really needs you’
There are not enough parents volunteering to
help with Friends activities. The burden of
Cheques for dinners or tuck should fund raising currently falls on a few people
be made payable to HCC, not and the office staff. Please help if you can.
Greneway School or NHDC
Friends are a vital part of school. Fund raising is a
necessary part of providing additional materials and
equipment for all our pupils. Every family is a Friend of
the School. All help with Friends’ activities is greatly
WHEN SENDING ANY CHEQUE IN appreciated.
please write pupil name and form Future Fund raising events include:
on reverse of cheque especially if
the signatory’s name is different Flame Academy Talent Show
from the pupil. 14 July 2006
TUCK FoGS Update
If your child wishes to buy tuck at On 22 April FoGS held a St George’s Day
breaktime please remember to put extra money quiz. OK, maybe the day wasn’t quite
on their smart card in addition to lunch money. right but a grand evening was had by all.
£350 was raised for the school so thanks
to everyone who attended. We hope you
Remember that crisps and similar snacks are not enjoyed the fun. Special thanks to Helen, Ken & Tom
allowed to be eaten at break time as part of our Pigott for all their organising, Jillian and Terry Graves for
Healthy School initiative. the questions and quiz mastering and Emma and Joe
Daintrey for technical support.
Help!—FoGS needs a secretary. Many of the current
MUSIC LESSON—FEE INCREASE committee have children in Year 8 and will be standing
Advance Notice down in July. Could you spare a couple of hours once a
term to join us at our meetings (we have snacks too …). If
There will be an increase in the fees yes, please contact me on email@example.com or let the
for individual and group music school office know.
lessons from the start of the Autumn
If you can help with any (or all) Friends’ activities then
Term 2006. please contact the school office (243650). Chair of Friends
20 minute individual lesson will cost £112.70 is Carolyn Causton who can be contacted on 01763
30 minute individual lesson will cost £169 231565 or firstname.lastname@example.org
30 minute shared lesson will cost £80.50
Friends also help out with refreshments at school events
such as concerts, celebration evenings and pupil discos
Please remember that a full half term’s notice in More help is needed at these events throughout the school
writing is required if you wish to cancel your year.
child’s lesson. This also applies to pupils
receiving financial help with tuition fees.
Year 7 RE work News from YEAR 6 who didn’t go to York ...
Mrs Kennedy’s Year 7 RE class have been Those staying behind were
studying the link between RE, pop music, Indian steeped in experiences from the
music and pop stars’ links with religion. There Tudor Age. Activities included:
have been animated discussions in class around the making Tudor face masks,
topic for the past few weeks. Daniel Jinkerson in designing and producing Tudor
7Cw wrote this song based on the themes sewing samplers, creating Tudor
Fare, Ye Olde Tudor
Religious World Orienteering, cooking and much more. The
group had thought they would go sailing at
Chorus You don’t have to see it, Fairlands Valley but unfortunately the lake was
Before you believe it, frozen, making it impossible, so other fun
You have the power, you can use it, activities were organised by
To believe in the Lord, you can choose it, Fairland’s staff. Everyone
But you have the power, and don’t you lose it. had a lovely time and thanks
must go to all staff involved
The Father is watching, with the organisation and
Giving his blessing, delivery of the programme.
But people don’t realise
And just keep on messing,
They’re running this world
And don’t you forget it. Tudor Week
God gave us a target,
But we haven’t met it,
The Tudor week that took place seemed to
Please give this world a chance.
This place where we live, be a great success for the organisers and
God is all good teachers but what was it like for the
But he can’t just forgive us, children? This is our view …
When we do wrong
Just protect this earth please,
That’s why I’m singing this song We were put in big classes of 25 but they
For the Lord and world peace, yeah. were fun classes. The highlight of the
week was the sailing trip to Fairlands Valley
Park in Stevenage. There was outstanding
We’re trying our best orienteering, tricky problem solving and
To look after the environment, sailing. This trip was brilliant.
The world is so great
And it’s fine at the moment,
But if you don’t respect Being in school was just as much fun. We
Then for you I pray, did fun things for PE in the gym which
That everyone around involved concentrating very hard. We made
Keeps God’s world this way.
masks, did calligraphy and played football in
the sunshine and the rain. Calligraphy was
nearly as hard as breaking the school 600m
record. The teachers were good fun too as
SCHOOL GOVERNOR VACANCIES
they were in a good mood all week (a rare
There are still vacancies for 2 Community and 2
Parent Governors at Greneway. event)!
Would you be interested?
Please speak to Mrs Kennedy or Mrs Daintrey for So Tudor week was one of the most fun
more information on 01763 243650 or visit the weeks I have had in school.
herts direct website at: By Kieran Willis-Wright 6Bd
TERM DATES 2006/2007
Inset Day = Staff Training Day school is closed
Occasional Day = school is closed
Autumn Term 2006
Inset Days Friday 1 September &
Monday 4 September 2006 Spring Term 2007
Term Starts Tuesday 5 September 2006 Inset Day Wednesday 3 January 2007
Term Ends Wednesday 20 December 2006 at 3 pm Term Starts Thursday 4 January 2007
Half Term Monday 23 – Friday 27 October 2006 Term Ends Friday 30 March 2007 at 3 pm
Occasional Day—Friday 1 December 2006 Half Term Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2007
Summer Term 2006 Summer Term 2007
Term Starts Tuesday 18 April 2006 Inset Days Monday 16 April & Friday 20 July 2007
Term Ends Friday 21 July 2006 at 3 pm Term Starts Tuesday 17 April 2007
Half Term Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June 2006 Term Ends Thursday 19 July 2007 at 3 pm
Inset Days Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 July 2006 Half Term Monday 28 May - Friday 1 June 2007
On the last day of term (but not half term) school finishes at 3 pm
Year 5 Visit Letchworth Museum to look at Mummies
Year 5 pupils have been visiting Letchworth Museum as part of their Ancient Egypt topic in History. The
sessions were led by Samantha who works for the Schools Museum Service. This is what happened when
5Gy visited the museum:
“First Samantha gave us some real Ancient Egyptian artefacts to handle and identify. We had to wear special
white gloves to stop them being damaged as they were over 4000 years old. Next we learnt what happened to
Pharaohs when they died. Joe Carpenter had to pretend to be a pharaoh—it was funny when he had to wear a
wig and a long white tunic.
After all this we enjoyed ourselves making mummies. We rolled up some modelling clay and then we used
plaster of paris strips and water to make our mummies’ bandages. That was the most exciting bit. It was
messy and good fun and our finished products really looked like they had been mummified.
Next we looked at the exhibition of mummified animals in the museum—there were cats, birds and a crocodile.
Our final activity was writing our name in hieroglyphs. Last, but not least, we visited the museum’s shop.
There were lots of things like stationery, Egyptian figures and posters, but to Mrs Galley’s dismay our class
were more interested in the bouncy balls and the springs!
We all enjoyed our visit—it was a fun way of learning about ancient Egypt.
By Ellie Sims, Amy Cooper, Jessica Handley 5Gy
ORDERING SCHOOL UNIFORM
Uniform can be obtained from Uniform Solutions The Butts Business Centre, Fowlmere,
Royston, Herts SG8 7SL. Tel: 01763 209380 Email: email@example.com or order online at
www.uniformsolutionsonline.co.uk orders can also be placed by phone or via the school order forms.
Tue, Wed, Thu 10 am—5 pm Fri—10 am—4 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Monday Closed
Uniform ordered can be delivered direct to school. An Order with payment by cheque or cash should be given to the
school office for collection every Monday morning. Items will be delivered to school the following Monday. For
payment by credit card please ensure that a daytime contact number is written on the back of the order form. Uniform
Solutions will contact you for your card details. Orders can also be phoned through to U.S. on 01763 209380.
Year 6’s return from York My visit to York
We experienced many adventures and many
The Year 6’s returned from their in York where weather conditions on our week in York.
they took part in lots of different activities such as
Taking a trip back to WWII was just one of the
the Ghost Walk, bowling, Malham and on the way many activities we took part in. At Eden Camp
they went to Conkers Activity Park. we saw what life was like for the people who
Here’s what some of the Year 6 pupils and went through the war. We smelt the smoke and
teachers who went on the trip thought of it: Lauren heard the sounds. It was very realistic. We saw
in 6KW said “The accommodation was how prisoners of war were treated and how the
comfortable, clean, welcoming and warm.” Mrs Japanese tortured their prisoners. At one point it
felt like the Blitz was happening to us there and
Wahlich said “It was a cold week, but great fun.”
Vanessa said “Eden Camp was brill.” Jake 6KW
said “The Ghost Walk was the best bit.” Miss Our visit to Malham included a steep 6 mile
Bennett said “It was a fantastic week, everyone walk, some of which was over limestone
enjoyed it.” pavement. The pavement was like a maze and I
thought I would get lost.
Science museum at the
National Space Centre I think York was a brilliant journey and when I’m
on the way home older it will be an amazing memory. The best
part was Eden Camp as I learnt so much there. I
hope I will go back to York one day with my
friends. Saffron Cooper 6Bd
I am writing about our visit to the Yorkshire Dales
National Park, and Malham Cove in particular, during
Malham our week in Yorkshire.
I thought that the 6 mile walk up the hills of Malham
Cove was the best activity all week. It was great
exercise walking up the rocky mountains and the
slippery hills, but it was very dangerous jumping over
the limestone pavements. The strong wind made it
81 pupils in Year 6 and 8 staff visited the wonderful even more treacherous. The scenery from the top of
city of York. We tackled many activities in the week the hills was magnificent and made the climb
including the tough 6 mile walk to Malham Cove. It worthwhile. I also found out that there were ancient
may have been tough for us but think of the poor old huts on top of the hills.
I liked Malham the best of all the activities we did and
On the way north we visited Conkers Activity Centre would like to go again. I hope I have made you want
which was fun for us all. I enjoyed the touch and see to go there too.
part. On Monday evening we experienced the Ghost By Mark Archibald.6Bd
Walk of York. There was a spooky atmosphere as
the walk took place at night time.
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LAUREN IS INVITED TO THE
Mrs Playle’s QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
visit to Sierra
Mrs Annette Playle works at Greneway. Just before half
term she went to Sierra Leone, West Africa as a
volunteer with Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships have We asked Lauren Buchan in
converted three old cruise ships into floating hospitals Year 8 about her big day at
with operating theatres that treat cataracts and broken Buckingham Palace in June.
limbs. Mrs Playle wasn’t actually on a ship but was
with a group of six people from Royston church, helping How did she get the
to finish building a land based clinic called New Steps. invitation? “My mum
The New Steps clinic is in Freetown. There is a 200 applied on the CBBC
year old cotton tree in Freetown planted by the first website.”
slaves who were set free. Hence the name of the town. What will she wear?
The New Steps clinic is a place to help people who have “Probably some formal
lost limbs in land mine explosions or through polio. clothes, I haven’t really
They measure the amount of leg lost by comparing it to decided yet.”
the other leg. Then they make the false leg and fit it. Who will she take with her?
But they don’t give it to the patients until they are sure “Alice Law and my mum.”
that it will not make blisters on their stump. It has to be Will she get a present for
a perfect fit. Also in the centre there is a children’s the Queen? What might she
playroom for the nurses to assess the children’s progress get? “I think I’ll probably
if they have lost a leg too. Moreover, there is a rehab give her some flowers.”
centre in which the people with new fitted limbs can Will she get a birthday card
practice and learn to walk again. Mrs Playle was there for the Queen? “I don’t
for eleven days as a delay at Gatwick Airport shortened think so.”
her stay. The flight back was fine. How many other children
Interviewed by Lucy Smith 7CW, Matthew Spooner 7BG are going? “There are 1000
children of all ages from all
and Ryan Bellamy 7CW
over the UK.”
Are you excited about the
party? “I’m really excited
and I feel very privileged to
Have a great day Lauren
and tell us all about it so we
can let everyone know what
you did and who you saw.
Can we have a photo too?
Interview by Ryan Bellamy &
Year 7 returns from North Wales
Year 7 who
Mr Gee, 80 Year 7 pupils and 7 other adults went on the school journey. Mr didn’t go to
Gee said ‘It was a fantastic week. The children learned lots about the history of North Wales also
the country, about castles and the Welsh language itself. The children also h a d a n
seemed to enjoy the bridges at Ironbridge and on the Menai straights.” interesting and
Our school newsletter journalists went on the trip too and can recommend it to
year 6 when they get to year 7. They interviewed some pupils about the journey learning lots of
and Georgia Read said she would recommend it and her favourite part was the things they
Fun Centre. Mitchell Lawrence said he would recommend it, he quoted ‘YEAH didn’t know
definitely!!!’ His favourite part was Caernarfon castle. Corey Hill said that he about Royston.
would recommend it and his favourite part was also the Fun Centre. Others said They visited the
that the hotel was nice and the food was good, it was 4*. The Victorian village
at Blists Hill was also great fun. Cave, the Heath
Interviews by Ryan, Lucy, Katherine & Matthew and did the
Tow n Tra il.
working with the
Tu r n e r and
Year 7 will tell
us about their
THE GAOL (JAIL)
WILL AT THE week?
We had a great letter from the Guide Dogs about the money we raised at Christmas. They told us that it was an
amazing amount (£1443.34). There are almost 5,000 working guide dogs and over 2,000 puppies being
prepared for training, dogs in advanced training and in retirement across the UK. Our money will help towards
keeping and training all these dogs. 2006 is the 75th birthday of Guide Dogs. The biggest celebration is being
held in conjunction with Blue Peter. It’s called ‘Bark in the Park’ and takes place on Sunday 28 May (this
weekend) at Gloucester Park in Basildon.
THE ROYSTON FUN RUN
The Royston Fun Run took place on the Heath during the Easter holidays. Many
Greneway pupils took part, including Hayden Erasmus, Daniel Jinkerson and
Georgia Clark. We found out what it was like to be one of the runners.
Hayden said “It was very good. The food and drinks at the end was my favourite part. I came
second in the U11 boys run. I would definitely do the Fun Run again.”
Daniel said “It was very enjoyable. Finishing was my favourite part. I was in 8th place overall. I
would do it again next year and I’d like to beat my time.”
Georgia said “I came second in the U13 girls run. I really enjoyed it. My training with someone
who is faster than me really helped my performance. I wanted to sprint at the end to finish. I
plan to do it next year too.”
Interview by Emma Erasmus
PEOPLE PROFILE No. 1 INTERACTIVE MATHS ROAD SHOWS
Youth Development Worker Maths was made fun for Years 5 & 7 this week
when a road show visited the maths centre.
Mr Hollingsworth, or Dave as he likes to Over the course of two days Years 5 & 7 had
be known, is going to be a regular visitor the opportunity to experience lots of fun
to school. His official title is Youth puzzles, including a Large Sudoku and a
Development Worker. He lives in Sliding Sam.
Cambridge but is based at the
Methodist Church in Royston. Dave is a We spoke to some of the pupils who enjoyed
Methodist Preacher and also has an Art the hands-on activities:
Ministry. He paints Christian art which
he uses as a preaching tool. He has Chloe E, 5Ri said “I enjoyed the part with the
been an artist for ten years and has sand very much. I’d recommend the
exhibited his work all over the country. road show to other schools”.
Dave studied theology at Wesley House
His youth development work involves Robert in 5Ri said “I liked all the activities and
building relationships with schools and really enjoyed my day.”
Mitchell in 7Gv said “I liked the road show but
He is working with Greneway to give our some of the activities were a bit young for me.
young people of all faiths and cultures I’d recommend it to people though as a fun
the opportunity to experience art and way to learn maths.”
creativity as a way of expressing
The Greneway School Photography
We welcome Dave to our school and are Competition
sure that we will gain a lot from his
We were delighted to welcome the Crow Editor,
experience dealing with young people. Mr Les Baker, to be our judge. He had a difficult
task. Although there weren’t very many entries
Mr Baker said “They are all of a good standard
Instrumental Music Lessons and of a wide range of subjects.” After a long
If anyone is interested in learning to time, Mr Baker decided that the winning
photographs were those taken by Melanie Coates
play an instrument and would like to (flower by blind), Stephanie Fox (self portrait),
start in September you can put your Sophie Ovens (street entertainer) and Emily
name on a waiting list. Collect a form Richer (snow scene). Congratulations to the
winners and well done to everyone who
from the office. Instruments include: submitted a picture. They are all on display in
Flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, cornet, horn, the crush hall. Mr Baker has arranged for Daniel
trombone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar Watkinson, the Crow photographer, to meet all
(electric & acoustic), drum kit, piano, keyboard and our entrants in school later this term to talk to
all sizes of recorder beginner to grade 8. them about his job as a professional
PSHE/CITIZENSHIP DAY AT GRENEWAY
What a busy day we had on Friday 28 April. There were 16 visitors in school.
They included Simon Gee a scientist at Johnson Matthey, David May who
sources new products for Tesco, Sarah Campbell currently training to be a
radiographer, Sandra Ready bi-linguist and international representative for
Johnson Matthey, Adrian Wood GP, Oliver Heald MP, Royston Fire & Rescue
team representatives, Diane Thompson from Connexions, Charlotte Sandwell
and Nicky from North Herts College and PC Jeff Mason. We spoke to Mr Gee,
our PSHE organiser, and some pupils about the day.
Mr Gee said “It was very good of people to give up their time and come in to
school to tell us about their jobs, like Oliver Heald, our local MP.”
Scott said “It was an interesting day but would be even more interesting if we
had a theatre group perhaps.”
Amy said “It was a good day because it gave us more choices about what we
could do when we are older and what qualifications we might need.”
Will said “It was an OK day but I’d like more computer time.”
James said, “A good Dr Wood demonstrates day.”
a heart monitor Sara
Matthew & Georgia with
Oliver Heald MP said ,“I’m impressed
all t h e s e Mrs Campbell
visitors gave up so talks about
m u c h radiography
What career would you
choose? Matthew would like
to work in the motor industry
time to talk to on car design. Lucy would
Mr May like to work in medicine,
us. It was particularly in surgery.
If you have news, views or information for inclusion in the
Magpie please contact the Editor, Emma Daintrey,
on 01763 243650 or email
JOB VACANCY AT GRENEWAY
We have the following job vacancy at Greneway. If you are interested please contact Mrs Janet
Wakelin, Catering Manager on 01763 243650.
Required from 5 September 2006. £5.80/hour. 2 hours contract per day Monday—Friday. Term
A full CRB check will be required before work can commence.
Year 5 Activity Week
While their classmates were away at Manor Adventure on their residential trip to Shropshire, the Year 5
children who stayed at school had an interesting week discovering creepy crawlies, making marzipan
creatures, exploring the outdoors at Harlow Outdoor Activity Centre, making friends with Mustapha the
chameleon and lots more exciting activities. Here are some photos of their week in school.
Mini-beasts in marzipan
A visitor from Shepreth Wildlife Park
progress While some children were in Shropshire
we stayed back and met Andy, a man
from Shepreth Wildlife Park. He came in
because the theme of our week was mini-
beasts. He showed us a millipede, a
scorpion, a spider shed, a hissing
cockroach, a leopard gecko, a giant land
snail and two snakes.
Tyler Gordon 5Gy
A Different Week
I was a bit sad that I wasn’t going to Shropshire but I knew that
I was going to have a brilliant week in school. The best time of
the week was when we went to Harlow Activity Centre when we
did canoeing, mountain boarding and problem solving. The
best activities were the canoeing and mountain boarding. We
went downhill on our board standing or sitting. I was worried
that I might fall in the river but I didn’t. That was a relief! Meeting Mustapha
and the mini-
I enjoyed the whole week but on Friday I was upset again beasts from
because it was the end of the best week I have had at
Greneway. In Year 6 I can’t wait to go to York. Shepreth Wildlife
Jessica Handley 5Gy Park
Year 5 in Shropshire
When Year 5 went to Shropshire on Monday 8 May I My favourite activity in Shropshire was
was eager to set off and go. Everyone was excited as
they loaded their suitcases on to the coach. We canoeing. The boat I was in was one of the
stopped off to have some lunch just before we reached fastest on the lake. We were the first
Manor Adventure. Soon after we arrived, we were told
which rooms we would be in and who we were sharing boat in the lake. Near the end of the
with. session we played a game where we had
Our first activity was raft building and well … it didn’t to throw a ball into the other team’s boat.
fall apart but some people kind of jumped/fell in. We The team’s were boys vs girls. The boys
were given 6 barrels, 6 pieces of rope and 4 planks of
wood. Then there was the hard bit, making the raft. won!
We had to go out of the Manor Adventure Park to do By Ben Batchelor 5Gy
the Canoeing, Kayaking and raft building. Thankfully I
didn’t capsize in both the canoeing and kayak, although
we did a song that included lots of jumping up and
down in the boat!
I would probably say that my favourite activities were
the climbing, abseiling and the zip wire. In the
climbing we did some climbing (obviously) and some
bouldering. I really enjoyed this because I’d never
done bouldering before and it was where you had to
climb around the bottom of the wall without a harness
on and your head wasn’t allowed to go above the white
line which kept on going in all directions. The zip wire
was a little nerve-racking because you had to climb up
the ladder sideways and my heart was thumping when
I got to the top! I managed to get a bulls eye after my
8th go in the archery. I was quite rubbish at it to begin
with but after a while I got the hang of it.
Last of all was the abseiling. I loved it! Mrs Galley was
also good at this. When I got to the top the instructor We set off a 9 am and arrived at Manor Adventure at around
told me to ‘lean right back’. It was exciting but at the 1.30 pm. As soon as we arrived we did a practice fire drill
same time I felt my heart flutter.
and had a tour of the site. After this we were told which
dormitories we were in which I thought was very fair as
I had a really enjoyable week in Shropshire and I fully
everyone was with a close friend. We were allowed to bring
recommend it to the next Year 5 who go.
By Alice Atkins 5Gy £2.50 which was for a postcard, a stamp and sweets.
As well as our school there were 6 other schools staying for
The best part of Shropshire was the the week. We challenged them to a football match which we
underground maze, because it wasn’t just fun it won 10-5! The meals were gorgeous as there was a big
was scary too! It was pitch black so we had to selection.
wear a helmet with a torch on the front. The
Throughout the week each group experienced a range of fun,
tunnels were tiny and flooded up to our knees. confidence building activities, including raft building,
kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, underground
The zip wire was great too, and the hill walk. maze, problem solving, orienteering and lots more. One of
We had to kiss a rock under a waterfall which the activities was a 3 mile hill walk. At the top of the hill the
view was amazing. The instructors were very encouraging
is meant to be good luck but I think it was just and didn’t force you or make you do anything, as a few of the
a joke! activities were nerve racking!
I wish I was there now. Although I may have been an effective alarm clock, I think
By Ellie Sims 5Gy everybody enjoyed the week incredibly.
By Eleanor Bishop 5Gy
A Dozen Championships for Greneway
North Herts Schools’ U.12 Basketball
Association Championship FINAL
St. Christopher School (Letchworth) were the hosts for this
Corvus Cornix Basketball Year 7 NHSBA Final between Barclay School (Stevenage)
and Greneway. The latter were looking to win their twelfth
Summer Camp title in fourteen years and maintain their 100% record for
the season. The best two U.12 teams in North Herts – the
Summer Holiday basketball fun!
scene was set for a great game.
Corvus Cornix BC are running a 3 day basketball camp at
Royston Leisure Centre on:
From the tip Greneway won possession and scored.
st Barclay responded in kind. This pattern continued as both
Monday, July 31 : 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
teams looked comfortable in offence. Gradually Greneway
Tuesday, August 1st: 9.00 – 1.00 pm
tightened their defence and squeezed energy from Barclay
Wednesday, August 2nd: 9.00 – 1.00 pm
as they began to pass and move more effectively to end the
period in control at 26 – 12.
The camp is open to all years.
The second period saw Greneway’s new five carry on the
There will be a Year 3 & Year 4 session on
great work of their team-mates as they increased the quality
Wednesday August 2nd: 2 – 5 pm
defence and used it to spring many excellent attacks.
Barclay tried bravely to weather the storm but could find
More details to follow.
little penetration as Greneway dominated all phases. The
interval was reached with Greneway cruising at 48 – 18.
The third quarter saw Barclay rally as they chased the game
and understandably Greneway eased off. Barclay scored
eight unanswered points for their best run. This aroused
the reigning champions once more and they responded
positively to end the period still in control at 61 – 35.
The final quarter saw many changes as both benches were
Players Points Assists Steals Rebounds Blocks used and this allowed all players to shine and Greneway in
particular were impressive. The team passing at times was
Joe Graves (V.Capt.) 4 7 5 7 5 very pleasing leaving Steve Darlow (EBBA) to say ‘the
Jack Beck 16 1 4 5 3
individual skills of the Greneway players allied to their
James Richardson 2 2 6 2
Leon Gibson 1 2 1 1 work for each other was as good as you will see at such a
Tom Heginbottom 6 6 14 10 5 young age’. Barclay continued to work hard and were
Chay Woodford 2 3 5 5 4 never down but Greneway caused too many problems and
Ayrron Armstrong 8 2 7 8 4 greeted the buzzer at 79 – 38 for a well-deserved twelfth
Nathan Crossman 6 2 4 22 4 championship.
Daniel Jinkerson 8 3 6 17 5
Scott Elliott 2 5 5 17 6
Adam Monti (Capt.) 10 4 4 21 5 (Results Table)
Neil Addison 18 2 2 21 3
Jack Clarke 2 1 2 2 2
Will Annetts 2 1 2 1 3
Free throw Percentage: 52%
Coaches: Mr.Graves and Mr Dowler, Miss Gifford and
Thanks to: Referees: Mr. S.Darlow (EBBA) and Mr. P.
Kelly (St.Christopher) and St.Christopher School for
hosting the Final.
Tesco Sports Vouchers –
Thanks to the collection of 40,000
vouchers we have just received the North Herts Schools’ U.13 Cricket League
following PE equipment, which will
enhance our programme: Greneway’s Year 8 cricketers travelled to Nobel School
(Stevenage) looking to re-establish their title credentials
after an unexpected loss to Heathcote last week.
• Gymnastics springboard x 2 The visitors won the toss and decided to bat on a very good
• Crash mat batting track. Openers Jackson (Capt.) and Brain (V.
Capt.), who had enjoyed a 56 run partnership in the
• Short tennis nets x 8 previous game, got off to a steady start, before Brain
• Kwik cricket sets x 5 unfortunately played onto his wicket.
Ingrey joined the fray and immediately set about the Nobel
attack. Jackson was then well bowled with an inswinging
yorker and Jones partnered Ingrey. This pairing proved to
be be pivotal to the Greneway innings, amassing 65 runs.
Scoring 90 for 6 was a ‘good knock’ in hot conditions and
Greneway School Sports Dates gave Greneway something to work with. Excellent fielding
was the order of the evening for Greneway as Stafford and
Summer 2006 Dacey took great catches at mid-on and square-on
June respectively. There were also two impressive run outs
T. 6 Year 7 Cricket vs. Priory (H) involving Bentley and Ingrey and Chapple and Jones.
NHSCA Division 1
Nobel could not match Greneway’s score and finished on
W. 7 Year 7/8 North Herts Schools’ 78 for 6 from their allotted overs. This put Greneway back
Athletics League (3.00 – 7.00pm) on course as over results went in their favour – Heathcote
Th. 8 Year 5 Inter-form Swimming gala losing.
(3.20 – 4.15pm)
M. 12 Year 7 Cricket vs. Fearnhill (H) Batting How out Runs
1. Ben Jackson (Capt.) bowled 10
NHSCA Division 1 2. Jonathan Brain (V.Capt.) bowled 0
W. 14 N.Herts Athletics Hurdles Heats and 3. Ryan Ingrey Not out 41
Discus Finals (Ridlins) 4. Brad Jones caught 6
W. 21 Year 7/8 N.Herts Athletics 5. Tom Dolden bowled 0
Championships (8.00 – 5.00pm) 6. Charlie Stafford caught 0
7. Will Dacey caught 2
M. 26 Sportsday Field Event Finals 8. Tom Bentley Not out 0
(in lessons) Year 6 HJ Final 9. Liam Brammall DNB
W. 28 Year 7/8 North Herts Schools’ 10. Callum Chapple DNB
Athletics League (3.00 – 7.00pm) 11. Hayden Barnard (WK) DNB
M. 3 Sportsday Track Heats TOTAL 90 for 6
(8.45 – 1.05pm) BOWLING
T. 4 Sportsday Finals (6.00 – 7.30pm) B.Jackson: 4 - 0 - 15 – 1, B.Jones: 2 - 1 - 4 - 3 ; C.
W. 5 Sportsday Finals (6.00 – 7.30pm) Chapple: 3 – 0 – 15 - 0; J.Brain: 4 – 0 – 9 – 1; W.Dacey:
2 - 0 - 11 - 0; R.Ingrey: 3 - 0 - 14 - 1
M. 10 Year 5/6 Athletics ‘meet’ with Roysia
and St.Marys (3.30 – 5.30pm)
*The programme is likely to be amended with
additional events and possibly other changes
(P) = Provisional
YEAR 6 Inter Form Swimming Gala 2006
Event POSITION/PERFORMANCE FORMS
5 points (1st) 4 points (2nd) 3 points (3rd) 2 points (4th) 1 point (5th) Bd Bt KW Lr Wd
Boys H Stafford W Silverosa T Hall J Hall L Hunter 5 4 2 1 3
Backcrawl Bd 42.35* Bt 47.94* Wd 49.70* KW 53.12* Lr 67.89*
Girls J Wright K Hutson L Crowley N Ruocco-Trenouth K Fox 9 5 4 4 8
Backcrawl Wd 39.29* Bd 46.44* Lr 46.82* KW 52.28* Bt 60.09*
Boys S Clayson L Ireland T Leggett C Free R Thomas 13 10 7 5 10
Breaststroke Bt 39.41* Bd 40.64* KW 49.00* Wd 64.76* Lr 69.66*
Girls C Hubbard V Shepherd L Woo-Sam R Brown E Williams 14 14 9 10 13
Breaststroke Lr 45.82* Bt 47.25* Wd 52.16* KW 52.25* Bd 68.37*
Boys Butterfly I Pickett J Middlemass M Jackson J Leighton S Tobiss 16 17 14 11 17
KW 15.98* Wd 16.60* Bt 17.47* Bd 18.00* Lr 19.80*
Girls Butterfly A Hildrop K Stubbs C Day M Gough K Hutson 17 22 16 14 21
Bt 17.38* Wd 18.14* Lr 18.95* KW 19.56* Bd 21.34*
Boys Freestyle S Cooper B Coles M Watson R Lewis M V-Roodenberg 23 26 19 16 22
Bd 32.28* Bt 33.41* KW 38.20* Lr 41.56* Wd 48.84*
Girls Freestyle J Wright A Hildrop Z Reader S McAndrew L Skeggs 25 26 22 17 27
Wd 31.18* Bt 33.41* KW 40.09* Bd 41.41* Lr 46.09*
Boys Medley W Silverosa L Ireland T Hall J Hall R Lewis 29 35 24 18 30
Relay M Jackson J Leighton J Middlemass I Pickett R Thomas
S Clayson K Willis-Wright A Gooding T Leggett S Tobiss
M Brennan A Mills T Stacy T Geddes L Hunter
Bt 1.14.53* Bd 1.16.31* Wd 1.23.87* KW 1.24.28* Lr 1.31.09*
Girls Medley K Stubbs C Day C Fisher B Hinton E Williams 30 37 27 22 35
Relay L Woo-Sam Z Quinn M Gough A Hildrop S McAndrew
A Beckwith L Crowley H Levitt T Payne S Cooper
J Wright C Hubbard Z Reader K Fox K Hutson
Wd 1.15.48* Lr 1.24.25* KW 1.36.63* Bt 1.44.34* Bd 1.44.44*
Boys Freestyle S Cooper S Clayson A Gooding M McLean S Tobiss 35 41 29 23 38
Relay K Willis-Wright W Silverosa M V-Roodenberg W Trotti R Lewis
J Leighton M Brennan T Stacy M Watson L Hunter
H Stafford M Jackson J Middlemass J Seabrook R Thomas
Bd 60.35*# Bt 61.03* Wd 1.11.63* KW 1.15.26* Lr 1.16.34*
Girls Freestyle H Houghton L Woo-Sam C Wright L Skeggs M McCarthy 38 43 30 25 42
Relay A Hildrop K Stubbs C Berry C Cooper C Fisher
M Mansfield J Wright S McAndrew E Simons H Levitt
A Lord A Beckwith E Williams R Smith Z Reader
Bt 63.90*# Wd 66.17* Bd 70.90* Lr 1.13.63* KW 1.15.22*
*=Personal # = Record POSITIONS 3 1 4 5 2
Special thanks to: Mr Graves, Mr Dowler, Mrs Balsom, Mrs Day, Alice Hully, Marie Walsh, Molly Whittaker, Mrs Bradfield,
Mrs Kelly, Miss Wild, Miss Latimer
YEAR 7 Inter Form Swimming Gala 2006
Event POSITION/PERFORMANCE FORMS
5 points (1st) 4 points (2nd) 3 points (3rd) 2 points (4th) BG Cw Fn Gv
Boys Backcrawl M Scott B Upton K Ogilvie R Foster 3 2 5 5
Gv 43.77 Fn 43.77 BG 45.18 Cw 57.47
Girls Backcrawl B Boulton O Mindel L Rivers L Silverosa 6 4 9 10
Gv 37.53 Fn 43.64 BG 44.41 Cw 46.91
Boys L Maslin S Watson J Graves R Hutchings 11 9 12 12
Breaststroke BG 36.25 Cw 41.75 Fn 41.79 Gv 49.35
Girls G McPeanne L Urbas K Palmer G Clarke 13 12 16 17
Breaststroke Gv 42.84 Fn 43.46 Cw 49.81 BG 55.67
Boys Butterfly T Fynn J Beck J Richardson S Watson 16 14 20 22
Gv 20.01 Fn 20.03 BG 20.12 Cw 20.22
Girls Butterfly L Lewis L Smith A Pearson H Woodley 21 18 23 24
BG 14.13 Cw 17.47 Fn 18.30 Gv 18.71
Boys Freestyle L Gibson T Heginbottom O Lee-Stevens J Clarke 23 21 28 28
Fn 35.95 Gv 36.07 Cw 39.50 BG 40.25
Girls Freestyle K Yarwood E Erasmus E Burton M Coates 26 25 33 30
Fn 27.83 Cw 28.50 BG 30.97 Gv 33.25
Boys Freestyle L Maslin R Hutchings N Crossman J Clarke 31 27 36 34
Relay J Richardson M Scott J Beck R Foster
S Elliott T Heginbottom B Upton O Lee-Stevens
A McNeill T Fynn J Thompson S Watson
BG 1.05.93 Gv 1.06.41 Fn 1.07.34 Cw 1.20.16
Girls Freestyle L Urbas H Woodley A Symonds L Rivers 33 30 41 38
Relay O Mindel K Lucken Z Collings R Caddick
R Robinson O Wilkinson C Reeves G Clarke
K Yarwood M Whittaker E Erasmus E Burton
Fn 1.01.33 Gv 1.10.00 Cw 1.11.05 BG 1.14.69
Boys Medley R L Gibson J Richardson R Hutchings R Foster 37 32 46 41
J Graves L Maslin T Fynn S Watson x 2
J Beck K Ogilvie M Lawrence O Lee-Stevens
T Oxley N Addison T Heginbottom
Fn 1.23.49 BG 1.23.84 Gv 1.26.28 Cw 1.36.53
Girls Medley R P Baron B Boulton C Raymen C Reeves 40 34 51 45
J Biddlecombe A Johnson G Reid L Silverosa
K Yarwood M Coates E Burton E Erasmus
A Pearson G McPeanne L Lewis K Palmer
Fn 1.12.09 Gv 1.16.46 BG 1.17.09 Cw 1.17.47
POSITIONS 3 4 1 2
Special thanks to: Mr Dowler, Mrs Balsom, Mr Graves, Mrs Foulger, Miss Flitton, Mrs Blay, Miss Crowther,
Alice Hully, Marie Walsh
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