Graduate Successes 2017
CLAIRE KAN – Graduate with Honors (sitting in middle)
My name is Claire and I come from Taiwan.
Almost three years ago, it was my first day of school here at Greenfields. After learning English to a high standard, I joined Year10 for half a year. Then in Year 11, I took my GCSE examinations in Art and Maths. This year, I finished my A-level examinations in Art, Economics and also GCSE examinations in Business Studies and French.
In these three years, I noticed that I have become more mature and responsible for my life and what I want to achieve.
I would like to thank all of my friends – they made me happy. When I first came to school, I didn’t have any friends. But, by lunch time, I did!
The school is just like a big family – which makes it different from other schools. It is also different because of the Study Technology – which really helps people to study more effectively. I have particularly applied this to looking up the meanings of words so that I can better understand what I am studying and doing.
Thank you to the school for providing such a nice environment to study in.
I especially want to thank my favourite teacher – Miss Bullock. Thank you for helping me so much with my art in GCSE and A-level. Although you said you felt that you only taught me the things that I already knew, for me it was more than that. I gained so much art knowledge and skill from you and you supported my decisions on my work. You never forced me to change my ideas – and you always said to me “Claire, just follow your feelings and do what you want to do.” Thank you Miss Bullock.
I want to thank the Sixth Formers for their help – thank you! I had a very happy time with you guys, you made my free lesson time very relaxing.
Thank you to Mr Hutt for being my Sixth Form Tutor and to the executives and staff of the school for keeping this school here and helping students to be able to achieve their goals in life.
Finally, I want to thank my family – especially my parents. Thank you for always supporting my decisions and my dreams – and for letting me grow up so happily.
After I graduate I am planning to go to France to study Culinary Art and International Restaurant Management to achieve what I have always dreamed of in my life.
CHARLIE MEER – Graduate (standing left)
My name is Charlie Meer-Sipkoski. I first joined Greenfields when I was two years old. My Mum and Dad knew the importance of having an ethical environment and being surrounded by the correct types of people.
Greenfields provides much more than just education. They encourage each student to be themselves, they don’t just make a well-behaved robot. By using the principles from The Way to Happiness and using Study Technology they are able to make every student flourish as an individual.
I want to say a few words about Study Technology. Greenfields is the only school in the country that provides this incredible discovery in the field of education to all of its students and staff. For me personally, I couldn’t imagine not being in a school that doesn’t have this technology. It has made it possible for me to not simply learn subjects off by heart, but be able to apply what I have learnt in life.
My time at Greenfields has definitely been something I took for granted. Looking back into the juniors I started to remember all the great times I’ve had. I remember when I was in a junior class and we had a system called super hero of the day which you got given a star if you were the most well behaved student that day. Somehow by the end of the year I had the most stars!!
All the teachers deserve an individual acknowledgement but my speech would be to long so I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you guys do.
Greenfields is a place where you find true friends who actually care about your wellbeing, I would like to thank all my friends for the amazing 14 years at Greenfields it wouldn’t have been the same without you guys.
As for my mum and dad. If it wasn’t for you two I wouldn’t be standing here today, I’m so thankful that you sent me to Greenfields. You’ve made me the man that I am now. I love you more than I love Starbucks, and that means a lot.
SYLVANA VINCENTE-JONES – Graduate (sitting right)
My name is Sylvana and I have been at Greenfield’s since January, and over the period of six and a half months I have made such substantial progress in my subjects in comparison to my previous school. For example, in a ridiculously short space of time, I went from an E to an A in English Language.
What brought this about? Well, to begin with, on the study side of things, I’ve learnt and applied Study Technology, and therefore been able to swiftly handle any academic problems. It has, furthermore, enabled me to deal with anything else that I may encounter in my studies in the future.
Next, at my previous school (a local secondary school), I was told I ‘wasn’t good enough’ in multiple aspects, and that I ‘wasn’t motivated enough for music’…by my own music teacher. Accompanying this there comments from other teachers that belittled and degraded me and my fellow classmates. For example, I performed a piece for my Solo Music GCSE – and straight after I was told that I simply wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t the only one who was hearing this comment.
Moreover, I didn’t have any textbooks to work from before I came to Greenfields. The teachers just talked at you and gave you a revision guide. So you didn’t have the opportunity to properly study the subject.
But, thankfully, I didn’t let the negativity affect and drastically sway my career path. Next September I’m starting my degree, at The Academy of Contemporary Music, in Music Business, Professional Industry & Tour Management.
The wonderful teachers here at Greenfields are the complete opposite to those found anywhere else – they are kind and caring. I cannot thank them enough for treating me like an actual person and helping me to realise my own potential.
I also want to thank all of my amazing friends that I’ve made since I began here at Greenfields.
Finally, I really want to thank my dad! I’m so pleased that he enrolled me at Greenfields and I couldn’t be more thankful for everything he has done for me.
Thank you for listening.
TOBY APPAVOO – Graduate (standing left)
My name is Toby Appavoo, I joined Greenfields in 2014 entering a welcoming Year 9 class. Coming from a completely different world of education I was not used to the hard work ethic and high aspirations of Greenfields School. Before Greenfields I had wasted many years of education; my family and I eventually caught sight of where my life was heading in Year 8 at my previous school, this is when we decided we needed a change, after some insightful induction days I decided I wanted to become a member of Greenfields community.
Throughout Year 9 I was still largely influenced by the previous behavioural issues I’d developed; following multiple Incidents I was admitted to the school ethics programme and with the help of the school teachers I was able to become the best, or at least better version of myself.
Having been disappointed with my poor performance in the past, I made an academic comeback in Year 10. I realised that this was due to the ethics programme I had done. This motivated my aspirations, and I began to study harder and more thoroughly. With this I became more intellectual – and I also began to implement Study Technology to its full potential. The concept of being able to be rid of a headache by gaining mass on a subject is fantastic isn’t it? In Year 11, I took my GCSE’s with full confidence after studying intensively for months. I hope it was worth it.
Now at 16 years of age and Year 11 I can look back at my time in Greenfields as an undisputed success.
I have acquired unique study skills that will help me to reach success in the future, I have also heightened my aspirations; my overall view on life has completely changed for the better.
Every teacher in Greenfields has helped me to some extent, I’m in a debt of gratitude to them. I need to thank every one of my teachers, they didn’t just teach me, and they expanded my intelligence, self-respect and happiness:
I would like to acknowledge everything that the staff members and the executives of Greenfields have done for me, but I don’t have years of time to tell you. However, I owe a great deal of gratitude to you all.
Mum and dad; you work hard every day, always taking everyone into consideration. You bend over backwards to send me and my siblings to fantastic schools, and like every parent here we thank you for your attention towards education.
I plan to continue to studies on to University – taking a law-related course in a Russel Group.
In closing, I would like to convey a moral – never take education for granted.
MATILDA O’BRIEN – Graduate (sitting left)
My name is Matilda O’Brien and I’ve been at Greenfields since I was seven years old.
Before I came to Greenfields, I was at a school that I didn’t like, I was having trouble studying and I didn’t get along well with some of my teachers. Then I decided to come to Greenfields, and it’s been different ever since.
One of the most remarkable things about Greenfields is the Study Technology. Looking up the meanings of words as you go makes things so much easier to study and understand. If you don’t know what something looks like or what it does, getting the mass, the thing itself or a picture of it makes such an amazing difference.
You get individual programmes and checksheets so you can work at your own speed at the right gradient for you. This has helped me through all my time here and has led up to me taking my GCSE’s. It has also helped me learn how to apply what I have studied to my everyday life.
I have now been accepted in to Plumpton College to study Animal Management, which is what I’ve been wanting to do for as long as I can remember.
So, I would like to thank Greenfields Executives, staff and all my teachers for teaching me friendship, understanding, community, kindness, youth, optimism, and unity in the time I’ve been here.
I really want to thank my mum and dad for making it possible for me to come to Greenfields and for supporting me with everything – including helping to get me in to Plumpton College.