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Elmwood wins award for young carer support

Elmwood has been given a Bronze award for our work to make sure students don’t miss out on an education because they are young carers.The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

Young Carers in Schools Award Bronze Cert 2017_Elmwood


Summer Holiday Competition

If you are bored over the Summer holidays why not enter into a competition sent to us by our visiting author Daniel Blythe? See details below.

Design an outfit for the 13th Doctor



Visit to the London Stadium

On Tuesday 18th July pupils from Elmwood had the opportunity to see the world’s best para-athletes compete in the Olympic Stadium at the 2017 IPC ParaAthletics World Championships. The pupils and teachers enjoyed watching the events and visiting the iconic Stadium in Stratford, east London which was built for incredible summer of London 2012. A great time was had by all- as you can see!

‘Oliver!’ Evening Performance

Consider yourself… notified! The Year 6 evening performance of ‘Oliver!’ will take place on Tuesday 18th July at 5:30 pm. Here are some pictures from Monday morning’s dress rehearsal to get you in the mood!


Celebration Assembly with the Mayor of Croydon

by Adam and Samuel

On Monday 3rd of July, the Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts OBE, visited Elmwood Junior School to present awards to students.

Adam and Zahra from Year 6 were given awards for ‘going that extra mile’ towards being outstanding citizens.

They also received a ‘School Shield’ on behalf of the school. This is only awarded to one school per year and Croydon Council has this year presented it to Elmwood.

Croydon Council’s Youth Engagement Team said they were delighted that Elmwood Junior School continues to work together with them and are very grateful for their involvement.

The mayor was also on hand to present medals to our victorious athletes who performed so well recently at the Croydon Athletic Championships (please see Sports News Section for details).


Year 4 Sound Start Concert

On Tuesday 27th June two special concerts took place at Elmwood to celebrate our young musicians in Year 4. After many months of learning, practising and rehearsing the ‘Wind Band’ and ‘Strings’ performed to an audience of parents, carers, pupils and staff in the morning and afternoon respectively. It really was inspiring to see the children, playing as an ensemble, their violins, cellos, trombones, ukuleles and other instruments.

We hope that our Year 3 children are looking forward to learning an instrument next year and that our current Year 4 continue to develop their musical talents.

A special thank you to our Sound Start teachers: Mrs Hardy, Mrs Elliott, Mr Pearce, Mr Shepherd and Mrs Parry.

Garden Update

Our second season of vegetable growing is in full swing! As you can see our ‘Eco-dome’ provides the perfect conditions for growing a wide range of vegetables. Below you can see radishes, garlic, mint, onions, beans, parsley, herbs, potatoes and lettuce- all of which have been added to our ‘Salad Bar’ at dinner times.


Bread Making

On Wednesday 14th June Year 3 children took part in a bread making workshop with a representative from Caterlink.

The children found out about the process of bread making and got some ‘hands-on’ experience of preparing and working the dough.

Later, after some time in the oven, the freshly baked bread was delivered to class for a tasting session.


Arts Week ‘African Drumming’

On Friday 9th June Arts ‘Fortnight’ continued with drumming workshops led by representatives from ‘African Activities’. The skilled and highly experienced team introduced the energetic style of West African drumming and taught pupils rhythms throughout the day. With over sixty drums assembled in the hall, the day involved 100% participation and the generation of many hypnotising beats!

Arts Week ‘Rock Steady Assembly’

On Wednesday 8th June 2017 Arts Week kicked off with a special assembly. A representative from ‘Rock Steady’ was in attendance to give a display of the electric guitar, drums and keyboard. The children and staff very much enjoyed the demonstration and joined in with a few games of ‘Guess the song’ as well as a singing along to some recent hits by popular artists.


Culture Day 2017

On Friday 26th May we held our 2nd (ever!) Culture Day.  This was a day when we celebrated the wide variety of cultures which we are fortunate to have at our school.  It was wonderful to see so many children dressed in outfits traditional to their culture.   On the day children took part in activities such as dance, food tasting, learning languages, traditional stories and many more!  The children had a great day and both they and the staff would like to thank parents and carers for your help and support – without which this day wouldn’t have been such a success.


The whole day went really well.  The children enjoyed celebrating all cultures and it was interesting to learn what was important to the children and families in the area.” (Year 3 teacher)

“The children loved the day and there was a fantastic atmosphere!  They were very proud to show off and share their culture to the class.” (Year 4 teacher)

“The children loved sharing their cultures and they were very respectful of each others’ beliefs and cultures.” (Year 5 teacher)

“We did Bollywood dancing.  VERY FUN!” (Year 3 pupil)

“Learning about different cultures was fun and learning more languages was fun.” (Year 5 pupil)

“I enjoyed it when the parents came in and I liked that we could dress up.” (Year 4 pupil)

Author- Ciaran Murtagh
Children from Elmwood visited Croydon Library on Friday 26th May to meet popular author Ciaran Murtagh. Ciaran is a multi-award winning author who has written over 34 books.  His latest series ‘The Fincredible Dairy of Fin Spencer’ has been published all around the world.  He also writes for some popular tv shows such as Shaun the Sheep, Mr Bean and the Amazing World of Gumball. 

Please see the following link for more information:!__books

Phunky Foods

On Thursday 26th May our Phunky Foods partner Wendy Walsh took a special upper and lower school assembly to promote ‘Strive for 5’. Wendy demonstrated how having your ‘5 a day’ can easily be achieved through making delicious smoothies for breakfast. A representative from each class sampled three different varieties of smoothie and the verdict was a resounding ‘thumbs up’.


The Smart Brothers Road Safety Show

On Friday 5th May The Smart Brothers Road Safety Show came to Elmwood. Stuart Clark and Jason Perry play Freddie and Eddie Smart, two brothers who are ‘smart’ when it comes to crossing the road. Or are they..?

The show is funny, skilful and entertaining, with the main aim- to educate the audience and make them safer on the road. Other safety messages concerned:

  • cycling safety
  • safer places to cross the road
  • the dangers of playing, using mobile phones and listening to headphones near the road
  • safety when traveling in a vehicle

Using a mixture of juggling, unicycling, circus skills and song, along with plenty of audience participation, The Smart Brothers Road Safety Show was a great way to end the week.

Photo Reminder

A quick reminder that the photographer will be visiting the school on Tuesday 16th May. All year groups will have class photos taken; Year 6 will also have individual photos taken for their ‘Yearbooks’. Photographs and Yearbooks will be available to purchase in the usual way.

A Successful OFSTED

A huge ‘well done’ is in order to the staff, children, parents and governors following an OFSTED update inspection which was carried out by inspector Lou Anderson on February 28th. The school was judged to be ‘GOOD’ and was recently the subject of an article by the Croydon Advertiser.

The report says:

‘The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Together with senior leaders and governors, you have ensured that Elmwood Junior School is a welcoming and happy place. The governing body, pupils, parents and staff are rightly proud of the inclusive nature of the school. One pupil told me, ‘I love this school because it makes everyone feel welcome.’ Parents praised the school’s strong sense of community. They spoke positively about how well their children settled when they joined the school’.

A link to the full report can be found under Parents Links > OFSTED

A link to the Croydon Advertiser article: