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Sport Relief

Elmwood has been home to the sound of ‘huffing and puffing’ over the course of this week as children have been busy walking a mile to raise money for Sports Relief. Luckily, the weather has been more Spring-like this week and all children are on course to have completed the challenge by Friday. Thank you in advance to all parents, carers, family members and friends who have contributed to raising sponsorship money. We will give you an update of the total next week!

Update: 15/03/2018

Eamonn has been busy signing books- we hope you enjoy them!


Author Visit: E.R. Reilly

On Monday 12th March author E.R. Reilly visited the school and took a special assembly. Eamonn told his audience all about the books he has written and gave some writing challenges. If you would like to purchase a book and get it signed by Eamonn himself make sure you return the slip you have been given.

Eamonn’s website can be accessed here:


Year 5 Honeywood Museum

Year 5’s trip to the Honeywood museum began in the Edwardian Billiard room. Here they were given an introduction to the Victorian Age, looked at Victorian photographs of the local area and handled historical objects. A tour of the drawing room came next where the children learned about the Victorian family.

Pupils played with historical toys such as Hobby Horses, cup and ball, flip books and Jacob’s ladders. They also dressed up in Victorian costumes. In the Victorian scullery, children searched for certain items and examined how they were used.

Geography-History Week

The annual Geography and History week was a huge success this year with lots of special events. To launch the week a group of year 6 children independently created an assembly creating a divided debate in school by asking children to choose their favourite subject: history or geography. Children were particularly thrilled by the ‘rap battle’ that took place pitting geography and history against each other.

To inspire children each class went on an orienteering ‘treasure hunt’ around the school grounds; practising map skills and team work. Lower school used grid references to find hidden map symbols, whereas upper school were challenged to use compass directions to find the missing password. Children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and in end of week evaluations marked it as a highlight.

In addition to all the above, a special ‘teaching science dome’ visited the school for two days; inside the dome children learnt about the origins of the earth and the impact that volcanoes had. Staff and children alike were enthralled by this unique experience.

To conclude the week the geography and history week took place; encouraging healthy competition between the different houses! Work compiled from the week is currently on display.

Rights Respecting Schools- Silver Award

Elmwood has recently been awarded the Rights Respecting Schools Silver Award which means we are recognised as ‘Rights Aware’ by Unicef. The report says:

‘Opportunities have been clearly established to enable children to be involved in
decisions about their school. Pupil leadership roles have been created, including: RRS
Ambassadors, School Council, Junior Travel Ambassadors, Digital Leaders and the Eco
Council, to promote an RRS ethos.’

Special thanks must go to our RRSA co-ordinator Mrs Maharaj!


Book Week Fancy Dress Parade

Book Week had an exciting finale when the whole school met in the hall to take part in the fancy dress parade. Well done to all the children, parents, carers and staff who made the tremendous effort to take part. Special thanks go to Mrs Maharaj and Mrs Buck for organising the event.

Windband and Recorders Concert

Children in Year 3 were treated to a concert by the Year 4 windband and recorder group on Tuesday 30th January. This was an excellent opportunity for them to see what awaits them next year. A big ‘well done’ to all of those involved and a special thank you to our Soundstart teachers!


Book Week: Ciaran Murtagh

Book Week 2018 got off to a great start with a special assembly with guest author Ciaran Murtagh. Ciaran read from some of his books and shared some of his top tips for finding inspiration for ideas to write about. Throughout the day Ciaran worked with groups of children on their writing- hopefully we will be able to share some of this work later in the week.

PS: Don’t forget to get your costume ready for Friday’s Fancy Dress Parade!  


The George Knowland Award Assembly 2018

Our annual George Knowland Award Assembly took place on Thursday 25th January. In attendance were The Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon Councillor Toni Letts OBE, Brenda Newman, Captain Gaskell, Eric Buckmaster, Fred Davis, Reverend George Parsons, Chad Carress of The Royal British Legion, Pipe Sergeant Chris Oldroyd Gordon Highlanders Regimental Association and other friends and associates of the school.

The Elmwood Steel Band played renditions of ‘Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major’ and ‘Long Way to Tipperary’. The Upper School Choir gave a wonderful performance of ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’. A special dance troupe composed of children from Years 3, 4 and 5 also appeared in a recorded routine performed to Glenn Miller’s ‘In the Mood’. Special congratulations should be given to the winners of this year’s award Kirusana and Caelen. Thank you, on behalf of the school, to all those who attended and help make this such a special event!

Caelen (6P) and Kirusana (6K) 2018 George Knowland Award Winners.

Fred Davis, Mrs Read, The Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon Councillor Toni Letts OBE and Eric Buckmaster.

Excellence Mark: Training and Development Award

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring Term! Elmwood is delighted to announce that the school has been awarded an ‘Excellence Mark’ for ‘Training and Development’. This award recognises the commitment of governors and leaders to the training and development of all staff- leading ultimately to the best possible outcomes for pupils. The report was very complementary and states:

‘The leadership have gathered around them a competent and professional team who work corporately for the children in their care. Empathy and respect percolate all aspects of the school’s organisation.’

Particular thanks should be given to Mrs Soar (pictured above right with Mrs Read) who worked so hard on achieving this award for the school.