Welcome to Greenside



The Year of Magic, Mystery & Miracles!

Welcome 2023 and welcome to Greenside


It is wonderful to be back at our extraordinary Fim Factory to start a new calendar year and the spring term 2023! As the doors opened this morning Milly the Executive Greenside cat was waiting patiently at the main door, definitely looking forward to spending the day with our fab Greenside students!

It’s a short half term – 5 weeks & 4 days so we will be working at full speed with our learning & making sure we enjoy every moment. It is truly the Year of Magic, Mystery & Miracles!

We would like to begin by wishing all of our Greenside families, friends and visitors a very happy 2023 with lots of peace, hope and happiness from all of our Greenside students and staff.

The new year at Greenside promises to be full of fun, challenge and new adventures and we are delighted you have joined us on the journey!

Last term we enjoyed some super challenging learning through our Experiential Learning Model. The ‘magic’ of our films, specialisms and Film Crews was everywhere and the evidence that ‘learning is everything and everything is learning’ was so true: from our Magical Mystery Tour Performance to our Data Capture tests.

We had another wonderfully kind collective focus on fundraising for our Refugee friends through Good Chance – from a special cake sale to celebrate 1 year since Little Amal was welcomed to London through to our Choir ‘Singing in the Community’ in the snow at Christmas! I am so proud of you Greenside!

As I write, on the morning of 3rd January, we are getting ready to explore The Mystery of the Universe, we start with Dr Who and a Trdis, we’ll be creating and performing Gustav Holst’s: The Planets in our musical Film Immersion Day and sharing across all of our year groups – it looks like a great day ahead and it will, surely, get us straight back into some Breaking Boundaries learning for the spring term.

This term our classes will each be studying a Documentary and a film with a big mystery. We love our films and at Greenside hope you will too, as an Apple Distinguished Academy we are innovating through our technology and think we have some future filmmakers amongst our cohorts already! 

Do check out our Podcasts and watch out on Instagram for alerts to our live Radio Broadcasts that can be heard anywhere in the world, bringing together our World Ready & Test Ready approach to our learning. 

If you are a family interested in a Nursery or Reception place at Greenside in September 2023, please note we have two more visits scheduled: 1) Monday 9th January at 10.00am and 2) Monday 16th January at 2.00pm – we look forward to seeing you! We also have space in our lovely Y5 class – apart from that we are full!

Do take a look at our YouTube channel to view our most recent Film Crew Horrible Histories films made in December.

To our current Greenside families – we wish you a safe and peaceful term ahead and look forward to sharing it with you all very soon. As always if we can help with anything at all please contact us and we will get back to you asap. Watch out for emails and text messages throughout the weeks ahead!

Our 1st Multi-Media Newsletter: Leadership Group letter, Instagram special and Podcast will be published at 8.00am on Friday 3rd February. 

I’d just like to remind you of 3 dates for your diaries early on this half term:

Week 2 – Thursday 12th January – 9.00am – KS2 Writing session for Families; we’ll be sharing examples of good writing by students at Greenside and National examplars – this is aimed at parents/ carers with students in Y3 – Y6.

Week 3 – Tuesday 17th January – 9.30am – Nursery & Reception Link & Learn English session (more details to follow from Sophie & Felicity) 

Week 4 –Thursday 26th January – 9.00am – Family Learning Walk; visit sessions with us Nursery – Y6.

With very best wishes


Karen Bastick-Styles (Executive Head – Greenside & Griffin)