Teaching Infants and Juniors at Greenfields

Greenfields Unique Study Methods and the Junior, Infant and Nursery School

Being aware of the powerful workability of the Study Technology* used by the school clearly gives us a responsibility for the correct application of it to our students. But how is this done with younger children? How is this technology applied to a 10 year old in say, Maths?

There is not a teacher alive who has not seen a student giggling, doodling, messing about or staring into space. The truth is that every one of these phenomena and many more besides are caused by the misunderstood word (a word which is not understood or wrongly understood) Of course, the student will swear blind that he has none of these at all, that he or she has perfectly understood every word that he or she has just read, that he or she is “just a bit tired”, “did not sleep” or “that was only…”.

All of these excuses and comments can be quietly but thoroughly ignored. The golden rule is that unless the student is calmly and interestedly at his work, there is something he or she missed. Without fail, a misunderstood word or term is found to be at the bottom of the trouble.

Another action that we have found to be salutary is word clearing on the most obvious words relating to school subjects. For example, a student continually loses one or more of their exercise books. About 10 minutes of the lesson could be lost while there is a search for these items.

The teacher then refers to a glossary of all the lesson names, plus key words in each subject of only about 12 words (including maths, comprehension, punctuation, grammar, fractions) in length. When the misunderstood word is found and cleared the result is: brightness, happiness, genuine smiles and a greatly increased understanding of and affinity for the subject. And the student no longer “misplaces” his or her materials!

Our first priority is the handling of the misunderstood word on the student as he or she goes along. Following that is the action of getting the child able to find words that are not understood fully on his or her own, and clear them himself or herself.

With these and other tools, Greenfields addresses a range of learning and experience that is far broader than any state-prescribed curriculum.

*Study Technology was developed by American author and educator L. Ron Hubbard™ and it allows a person to learn any subject successfully. Study Technology consists of tools and techniques teachers can use to improve the learning rates of students. These same tools and techniques can be used by students themselves to improve their ability to understand and to use the materials they read and study. And it remains vital for continued learning as one leaves school and faces the challenges of life. For educators, Study Technology offers proven teaching strategies and resources that can help resolve classroom issues and improve student achievement. Study Technology is the breakthrough that undercuts the reasons people are illiterate. It is not just another system. Study Technology is a workable methodology that makes it possible for a person to recognize and handle the barriers to successful study. More at www.appliedscholastics.org/study-tech.html

Former Greenfields Students find success in the Arts

Greenfields has a strong track record for helping to nurture the creativeness of its students. Whether via is own Theatre Company, Rock School or by making professional artists available for tuition, the result is that many of its former students have gone into theatre, film production, design, photography, music and many other arts. Here are some updates on some of them:

Omayma Ramzey – Hollywood makeup artist

“I was very lucky I went to Greenfields School. They have an amazing arts department. In the last three weeks of the year we would do theatre production. They put on Pride and Prejudice one year and they had a costume department where I was helping my teacher make dresses. It was amazing.”

Omayma is now living in LA where she runs her own company called Omayma Inc., providing make-up, clothing and styling services to the stars. She has also worked on music videos and numerous TV commercials including for Ford and Samsung.

The daughter of Hossam Ramzy – an Egyptian percussionist who has provided music for artists such as Shakira, Led Zeppelin and Ricky Martin – Omayma started out with an interest in fashion when she attended Greenfields School in Forest Row.

After Greenfields, Omayma gained a degree in fine art at the City and Guilds of London Art School. But she credits her time at Greenfields School with giving her the buzz for fashion, which has led her to her glamorous career.

Ali Helnwein – Musician and Orchestra Founder

“I remember some of my earliest musical memories being at Greenfields. I greatly enjoyed the lessons and learned a lot from them, which in turn helped prompt me to pursue a career as a composer conductor – now having my own chamber orchestra. Using study technology (A method that helps children learn and to retain and use what they have learned) helped me a lot in my early studies and I continue to use it every day. Knowing how to study, makes it possible to learn what I need to and want to know in order to achieve my artistic goals.”

Ali is an Emmy winning composer and has orchestrated Grammy winning projects.
He composed all the music for 13 “Touch of Evil” short films, featuring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Jessica Chastain, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Shannon, Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin and Adepero Oduye.

In 2006 he founded the Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra, which he has been successfully conducting since. The orchestra has become known for showing up in places where one normally wouldn’t expect an orchestra, premiering new works, and playing to new audiences — performing in places such as a skatepark, a Chinatown Alley, the rooftop of the Standard, etc.

Joanna Bessey – Top Malaysian actress

“I have found study technology to be invaluable not only when I was in school but in life in general and I continue to use it on a daily basis. I have had a successful career as an actress in both the theatre and television, including hosting a programme for BBC World News recently called ‘Exploring Malaysia’. There is no question that study technology has and does help me in accomplishing all these endeavours, as my ability to truly comprehend and therefore fully apply myself is achieved with study technology. It even helps with learning my lines rapidly!”

Joanna is the star of hit Malaysian comedy series Kopitiam and has appeared in over 200 episodes of television, 6 TV movies, 5 feature films, commercials with 2 major celebrity endorsements, voice-over work for commercials and animated series and numerous theatre productions.

Felix Kunze – International photographer

“The most valuable skill I took away from Greenfields is the ability to learn any subject I set my sights on. The school gives you the tools you need to learn about life and actually USE the knowledge you attain. The attainment of knowledge takes a back seat to the USE of knowledge, which is invaluable.”

Felix is an international world class portrait photographer whose work is often featured in magazines and events and in the portfolios of celebrities.

From his base in London, Felix travels for projects all around the globe. As well as providing some photo assistance for Annie Leibovitz in New York, he shoots a lot of portraiture as well as assignments for agencies like Getty Images, WireImage, the Redferns Music Library, Getty Travel and others, including celebrity portraits at ContourPhotos.

Shannon Tarbet – British TV and Theatre Actress

“From attending Greenfields School at such a young age I have been given a strong sense of my own integrity and belief in my competence going into any career field. If it hadn’t been for growing up in such a positive and supportive environment I don’t think I would have thought of myself being in the position I’m in today. Greenfields is a great exemplification of how important support is and I cannot thank the staff and my fellow pupils enough! At Greenfields I learned to love studying and that was because of the study tech used in this school helping me to fully grasp each subject. When you really apply something as simple as “clearing your misunderstood words” – no subject appears as a challenge anymore. Studying becomes a game! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent at Greenfields, and am very grateful for the tech this school has provided me with to flourish and prosper in life!”

Shannon first came to public attention in 2010 with her critically acclaimed professional stage debut as Delilah Evans in Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre in London where she was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer in 2010.

Her second theatre performance was in Mogadishu by Vivienne Franzmann at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester which then transferred to the Lyric Theatre in London in 2011. Shannon won the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Mogadishu and has made appearances in episodes BBC programs such as Silk, Lewis, Monroe, Inspector George Gently and many others.

Gabriel Philips Sanchez – award winning international Lighting Designer

“Greenfields gave me the opportunity to discover an art form that not many people notice – Lighting. If anything, my story shows what you can really achieve if you put your mind to it. And the answer is anything. For example, Greenfields Theatre Company – always pushing the boundaries of what can be done in such a short time scale, GTC showed me that a brilliant team can be more of an asset than a large budget. I am thrilled to be creating on lighting every day for my living, and Greenfields helped me discover this.”

Gabriel designs and installs lighting for concerts, dance shows, musicals and drama on an international level, and is manager of his own company, GPS Lighting.

Assaff Rawner – MD of Mark Roberts Motion Control

“Before coming to Greenfields I had been out of school for several months. I didn’t want to go to school anymore, I was bored with it. When I started at Greenfields, I was able to study at my own speed at each of the different levels I was at in the subjects. This allowed me to excel in certain subjects and my desire to study increased dramatically. As a result, I studied a lot of different subjects, doing exams in everything from cookery to computing, but what I enjoyed the most was electronic engineering. Needless to say after finishing my A Levels at Greenfields, electronic engineering at university was a breeze and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

MRM Motion Control is a revolutionary special effects company for the film industry used in most major films such as ‘the Matrix’, ‘Avatar’, ‘Harry Potter’ etc. Winners of a technical Oscar at the Academy Awards Hollywood 1999.

Lucy Renouf – Ballet Dancer

“I would like to let you know my appreciation for the wonderful Study Technology I have learnt here at Greenfields. Previously I found learning a chore. Now, I enjoy learning new things and taking on any task which is thrown at me”

Lucy is the most recent graduate to be mentioned here and left Greenfields to study at the Laine Theatre Arts in London in 2014. Despite her youth she is already making an impact in the dance world where she continues to excel.

Easy Fundraising for Greenfields

( Above – the Jolly Roger – made possible with the aid of PTA Fundraising)

Easy Fundraising for Greenfields

Hello!

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Greenfields School?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/greenfieldsschool/ and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Greenfields School will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

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Why help Greenfields? Here are some comments from parents about why they chose this school:

“The advantage of being at Greenfields School, that overrides all other schools, is the care, enthusiasm, passion and sanity of the teachers. I would like to thank them all for their dedication to my son’s future.” D.M.

“I moved from Scotland to England to have my daughter attend this school and it was the best decision I could have made.” J.D.

“An excellent school delivering a quality and caring education. If all schools were like this the world would be a better place.” E.S.

“Having come from a suppressive school regime and an idea that reading was ‘boring’ and some form of punishment, my daughter is now, in contrast, happy, optimistic, has a desire to learn and is winning!” L.B.

“Within her first week my daughter told me that Greenfields is “not a school – it’s Disneyland!” L.B.

“When my husband and I collect our child from school each day we have to coax him out of the classroom as he does not want to leave!” P.C.

“We would recommend the school to all other parents. It is an extraordinary place for our extraordinary child. We hope she will learn here a lifelong love of learning.” M.C

“I am happy to say this school has changed our son’s outlook on learning. Not only is he thriving on the excellent teaching by dedicated staff, he loves going to school and we are delighted with the predicated grades and devotion he has been shown.” A.P.

“What impressed me the most about Greenfields Infants and Junior School was the lovely teachers – my kids are very happy there.” M.C.

“I feel my daughter will have a good grounding for her life-long academic career, also for her own welfare through life. Thank you, Greenfields, from a happy parent.” N.W.

“I would recommend the school to other parents for the reason that their children would always receive the help they needed and they would be in a very safe and happy school.” M.B.

The Art of Learning by bestselling British author R.J. Ellory*

Following is an excerpt from an article written by R.J. Ellory* as a gift to Greenfields School (www.greenfieldsschool.com). Greenfields is the first UK school to implement the Study Technology** as part of its curriculum:

“People are extraordinary. The human mind is extraordinary. The quantity of information that can be retained by one person is immeasurable. It is possible for one person to not only understand car mechanics, but to also be fluent in nine languages, play two musical instruments, pursue an intense interest in oil painting and rugby football, to raise a family, hold down two jobs, while simultaneously studying the history of furniture manufacture and French 18th century poetry. And that wouldn’t even be a stretch. There is no finite capacity for the mind. There is no point that the mind reaches where it is ‘full up’, and cannot retain any more information. We are not dealing with nerves and synapses and neurons. We are not dealing with a physical thing at all. We are dealing with an infinite universe that exists for everyone, and that universe is flexible.

So why are some aware, and some not? Why are some people able to retain vast quantities of information, and yet others are incapable of remembering their own address? Why are some people – despite the fact that they have spent years wandering through the groves of academe – somehow unable to really accomplish anything of any real value for themselves, their fellow man, the society or culture at large? What makes the difference?

Well, it’s simple. One understands what he has learned, or one does not. One can apply what he knows, or one can not. One is studying with the view to using that knowledge, or one is being ‘an academic’. I have met a lot of academics. I know some very well. They are fine people, very learned, very good at dinner conversation, but their personal and professional lives are a shambles. They also tend to have fixed ideas. They tend to see life from one perspective, and are generally relatively rigid in that perspective. Why? Because they have not collided with life. Because they have not gotten their hands dirty in the business of real living. They didn’t study the history of furniture-making in order to make a chair. They didn’t study 18th Century French poetry in order to write a better poem, and thus enchant the girl they hoped to marry. And, truth be told, they do not really understand these subjects at all.

Study technology. That’s what academics don’t have. That’s what society doesn’t have. Over sixty percent of parents in the Greater London area feel that their own reading skills are not up to a standard where they’d feel comfortable reading to their own kids. Those kids never got a bedtime story.

Study technology. Those of us who know it sometimes take it for granted. We know it ourselves, we apply it, we – as parents – raise our children with it. But we so often fail to appreciate that we are in the minority.

There is a vast, gaping omission in the education system, and that omission is study technology. It is too easy to forget that children are processed through the current secondary modern education system with no instruction on how to learn. We just hope that that they’ll come out with something they can use in life. The vast majority of them come out with nothing but a staggeringly low literacy level, and a tremendous lack of interest in learning anything further in life.

Study technology is for use, for application, for life. Study technology makes the difference between ‘knowing’ and ‘knowing for application’. Actually, study technology is the line between success and failure. How can someone do something if they don’t understand how to do it? How can someone make something work if they don’t understand how that thing works in the first place? In such a light, approaching study and learning from any other perspective is ludicrous.
Without study technology, a great many people will never even come close to understanding the potential of the human mind, let alone being able to use that potential. And those who are brilliant, those who have somehow accomplished great things without ever being given the gift of study technology? Well, consider what they might have accomplished had they possessed study technology as well.
How frustrated do we become with some who ‘won’t be shown’? How intolerant do we get with those who always ‘know best’, even as they demonstrate that they don’t know best at all?

The value of a member of a society is measured in what he or she produces. Real things. Real products. Real accomplishments. Things that can be bought and sold, things that can be exchanged, things that can be employed to improve the quality of life of others.

Engineers, designers, musicians, painters, ballet dancers, athletes, cabinet makers, photographers and teachers. All walks of life, all areas of industry and the arts. People who can really do. And the recompense and return for those who can really do is so much greater than the return for those who can not.

Study technology is the difference between those who can, and those can not. The difference between those who are already doing something, and those who could do so much more. In that light, considering that happiness is almost exclusively dependent upon how much one is accomplishing in life, how rapidly and effectively one is achieving one’s goals, then it could be said that study technology – the only technology that guarantees that one can use what one is learning – is really the answer to happiness.”

*R.J. Ellory is the author of ten novels including the bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels, which was a Richard & Judy Book Club selection and won the Nouvel Observateur Crime Fiction Prize in 2008. A Quiet Belief in Angels has also been optioned for film, and Ellory has written the screenplay for its Oscar-winning French director, Olivier Dahan. Ellory’s other novels have been translated into twenty three languages, and he has won the USA Excellence Award for Best Mystery, the Strand Magazine Best Thriller 2009, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the Quebec Laureat. He has been shortlisted for a further thirteen awards in numerous countries, including four Daggers from the UK Crime Writers’ Association. Despite the American settings of his novels, Ellory is British and currently lives in England with his wife and son.

**Study Technology was developed by American author and educator L. Ron Hubbard™ and it allows a person to learn any subject successfully. Study Technology consists of tools and techniques teachers can use to improve the learning rates of students. These same tools and techniques can be used by students themselves to improve their ability to understand and to use the materials they read and study. And it remains vital for continued learning as one leaves school and faces the challenges of life. For educators, Study Technology offers proven teaching strategies and resources that can help resolve classroom issues and improve student achievement. Study Technology is the breakthrough that undercuts the reasons people are illiterate. It is not just another system. Study Technology is a workable methodology that makes it possible for a person to recognize and handle the barriers to successful study. More at www.appliedscholastics.org/study-tech.html

Greenfields Infant and Junior Play – The Jungle Book

The infant and junior Christmas play this year – the Jungle Book – was a great success. There were two performances and full audiences on both days. All of the children, staff and some volunteers worked together as a magnificent  team to produce the singing, dancing, acting, costumes, scenery, choreography and essential backstage management. Study Technology* was applied so that the children understood the script and the words of the songs resulting in a more professional performance. The whole production was an excellent achievement by the children and staff.

*The school is distinctive in that it utilises the technology of learning developed by L. Ron Hubbard, known as Study Technology. This teaches a student how to successfully learn and apply any subject.

The main characters
the monkeys
Jungle Book
Jungle Book – the elephants
Jungle Book – the snakes

Greenfields Reception and Nursery Nativity Play

This year’s Nativity Play produced and performed by the Reception and Nursery classes was adorable and loved by parents and friends alike. The script was written by the Reception teachers and costumes were made by staff and the parents. The children learnt the carols in their music lessons and by singing them in the classroom every day with their teachers. The result of all this teamwork was a splendid and endearing show.
Greenfields Nativity Play
Mary and Joseph
The Three Kings
Angels
Gabriel

The Way to Happiness – Application in School

At Greenfields School we utilise the common sense advices contained in a book called ‘The Way to Happiness’ by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.

The ‘Way to Happiness’ is the first moral code based wholly on common sense. It is in the Guinness Book of Record’s as the world’s single most translated non-religious book in the world and aims to fill the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society, containing 21 basic principles that guide one to a better quality of life.

This term, some of the senior students were asked to make their own display boards based on some of the good advices in the booklet. They enjoyed this project very much and pictured here you can see some their creations which illustrate their understanding of principles 19 and 20 – ‘TRY NOT TO DO THINGS TO OTHERS THAT YOU WOULD NOT LIKE THEM TO DO TO YOU’ and ‘TRY TO TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO TREAT YOU’   More at: www.thewaytohappiness.org

Greenfields School launches the Jolly Roger in Junior and Infant playground

New pirate ships in school playground
The new Jolly Roger pirate ship
the Jolly Roger official launching in Greenfields School playground
Jolly Roger official launching in School playground
the telescope and ships bell of the jolly roger
pirates getting to grip with the telescope and ship’s bell 

In September 2016 the children of the Greenfields Junior and Infant school officially boarded their new pirate ship. All materials were provided courtesy of fund raising events organised by the school PTA. The pirate ship was designed and build by our own estates crew headed by L.J. Daley The opening took place on the first day of the autumn term and after a warm thank you to the PTA and to the Estates crew, a bottle was broken on the ship’s hull to officially launch it. The ship is called the Jolly Roger (from the story of Peter Pan) and once the ribbon was cut the children swarmed onto the ship. They swung happily from ropes, descended the slide and pole and put the ship’s wheel, bell and telescope to good use! It has two floors and a section for the girls called ‘mermaids’ and the boys called ‘sailors’. The ship is a lovely addition to the Junior and Infant playground and one which will no doubt be well utilised by the children for years to come!