Greenfield Festival - Celebrating our New Home
On Saturday 14th September, we launched our new 10 acre site with a festival taking place on our very own field.
Greenfield Festival, organised by Friends of Greenfield School or “FroGS” was a chance to bring the whole Greenfield community together to celebrate the site in all of its expanse and open this new chapter.
The afternoon began with all pupils taking part in an eco-parade and song. On the first day of term, the children had spent time making banners and posters based around several eco themes including endangered animals, recycling, deforestation and wildlife in Woking. They proudly displayed the artwork to their parents and members of the wider Greenfield community while parading in the playground.
Following the parade, Headmistress Mrs Botting opened the festival by throwing the first “paint bomb” onto a large art canvas, and cutting the green ribbon.
Whilst parents and grandparents relaxed on the grass with live music, street food and tipples from the bar, children took to the bumper cars, bungee trampolines and donkey rides. Many visited the face painting tent and emerged as spotty dogs, butterflies and dragons.
A pop-up circus provided entertainment for all the family and there were a number of local businesses who provided prizes for the raffle, including Mr Milligan’s Pirate Golf and The Inn at Maybury.
The festival also provided a great opportunity to open up the onsite Forest School, where children could take part in a forest trail and nature based craft activities. This outdoor classroom is one of two forests belonging to Greenfield and provides every pupil with the opportunity to connect with nature, build confidence and apply classroom learning to different tasks.
The highlight of the afternoon for children and adults alike was the “It’s a Knockout” competition. Some will remember the hit British family game show broadcast in 1960-1980, where contestants competed in school sports day style tasks (often involving getting wet and messy) to win points and take home a special trophy.
At Greenfield Festival, teams of children, parents, staff and alumni competed to be crowned Greenfield champions. Luckily it was a beautifully sunny day and so not even the adults minded getting wet and soapy! Many of the teams donned matching outfits including tutus, shower caps and superhero costumes.
After hours of family fun, the festival didn’t stop there! Into the evening, there was marshmallow roasting over an open campfire and an outdoor cinema where those still standing snuggled up under blankets to watch family favourite, Home Alone.
The festival was the perfect way to open an exciting chapter for Greenfield School. As the new term begins, there is a buzz of anticipation around the school for what is in store over this next year, with no doubt many more celebrations to come.
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