Autumn Term

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

IRock Xmas


It has been a hectic last couple of weeks at Elmwood with the Year 3 production, Pantomime Trips and an IRock concert (Hayato, Srinika and Anisa pictured above) on Thursday 19th December. The Elmwood Steel Band also made their first public performance at a Christmas Extravaganza on Friday. Everyone at Elmwood would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please remember that school re-opens on Monday 6th January 2020- see you then!


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Elmwood Art Exhibition

Finalists of Elmwood Junior School’s Art competition had the opportunity to exhibit their paintings at the First Floor Art Space in Croydon. Students joined in a celebration with their families. They also created a large scale painting together on the showcase night while moving to the sound of music.

Their art pieces will remain on display at the Art Centre for two weeks before they return to Elmwood Junior School. Paintings will then be part of the staff room’s Art gallery.

Elf Visit!

The school received a visit from an unusual visitor on Wednesday 11th December. An elf met all the pupils of the school in the hall and gave some useful advice, performed some some magic tricks and gave out presents to everyone. Any parents of Year 3 children who are also looking to get into the Christmas spirit should also remember the upcoming performances of the Year 3 production. Show times are: Monday 16th December at 2.00pm and Tuesday 17th December at 9.30am. See you there!

Mayoral Ambassadors

Five Elmwood pupils have been chosen to be Mayoral Ambassadors. Cameron, Amber, Kapinaya, Vedanth and Akshara will contribute fundraising ideas for the Mayor’s chosen charities: Mind in Croydon, Croydon Vision, Apasen International, Ashdon Jazz Academy and the Croydon Refugee Day Centre.

Stories on Values Competition

Congratulations to Shaheer who won 1st Prize in the Stories on Values Competition organised by the Human Values Foundation. Shaheer’s story ‘Always Be Kind’ is included below.

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Shaheer with his certificate and a copy of the book in which his award winning entry is included.



Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you to all the pupils, parents and carers who visited the school hall on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of December to look at the books on offer from Scholastic. A special ‘thank you’ should also go to Fatimah, Safiyah, Hifza and Seerisha who made and sold bookmarks for charity.

Parents’ Evening Book Sale

Remembrance Day Service

We are honoured to be the only school in Croydon to be invited every year to attend the commemoration service that was held at Croydon’s War Memorial in Katherine Street on Monday, 11th November 2019.  Twenty pupils from Year 6 attended the service and laid their crosses at the monument.

After the ceremony, pupils were invited to have refreshments and were given the opportunity to talk to the Mayor and veteran soldiers. This was a fantastic learning experience for pupils and Elmwood is privileged to be invited to participate every year.

Gold Schools Games Mark

We are delighted to announce that the school has again achieved the Gold Schools Games Mark in recognition of all the different sporting activities and achievements children and staff enjoyed throughout the 2018/19 academic year. Well done to all the children at Elmwood for participating so enthusiastically in their PE/Games lessons and after school clubs. We also thank all the children who committed time to training for a sports team including Athletics, Football and Netball and who went on to represent the school so well in inter-school competitions across the borough. Particular thanks goes to Mrs Swan-Thompson and those members of staff, both from within the school and external agencies, who put so much work and enthusiasm into ensuring the children at Elmwood always have a wide range of exciting sporting opportunities to enjoy.


All children in Gold and Silver Behaviour Reward Groups were treated to a trip to the cinema during the week beginning Monday 11th November. Over five hundred seats were filled by pupils, staff and parents.

The films: ‘Missing Link’ and ‘A Dog’s Way Home’ at the Vue Cinemas at Purley Way and Croydon Grants Building, were enjoyed by all.

Year 6 HMS Belfast Trip

On November 11th and 12th, Year 6 classes visited HMS Belfast as part of their ongoing topic, ‘Events of the Twentieth Century’.  The children and adults travelled by train from West Croydon station to London Bridge and walked along the River Thames to where the ship is docked.

Children were given the chance to explore the ship in small groups to find out about the jobs that people did and what life was like for them on board.  The trip extended and supported learning on the Second World War and the experience will be used by children for some follow-up writing.

STARS Award Gold: Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe

We very pleased to have been awarded STARS Gold Level STARS 2018-19.

STARS is TfL’s accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.

STARS supports pupils’ wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality. TfL’s STARS accreditation scheme inspires young Londoners to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, wellbeing and the environment.

Elmwood Junior School has worked extremely hard to promote active travel across the school.  Part of the award recognises the work of our six appointed Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs) from year 5 and year 6 who work to promote active travel and road safety to their peers through a range of activities.  This includes presenting assemblies across the school, helping to select winners from competition entries and delivering the monthly WOW badges to each class. In addition, we have built aspects of active travel into the curriculum through stand-alone lessons, PSHE and P.E activities. The whole school has participated in a variety of sporting events such as Soccer Aid Playground Challenge and the Mile Challenge from which the children benefit greatly and really enjoy.

Hampton Court

Each Year 5 class has visited Hampton Court Palace – the home of Henry VIII. Pupils took part in a workshop called ‘Tudor Fun and Games’- an exploration into the world of Tudor sport and pastimes. They also discovered what it was like to be a child in the Tudor Age.

For their second session, each class were given a ‘Digital Mission’ – The Ambassador’s Secret Assignment. This was a character-led adventure where pupils navigated and observed palace spaces, while solving challenges on an iPad. Each mission encouraged pupils to use the palace as a primary source to weigh historical evidence.

Rights Respecting School Award: GOLD

Elmwood Junior School has successfully met the standard for the third and final stage of Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award.   We are one of only five schools in Croydon to have achieved this award.  This means that we have fully embedded the rights of children throughout our school policies, practice and ethos.  Well done and thank you to all of the pupils, parents, governors and teachers who made this possible- but especially to Mrs Maharaj who has worked tirelessly on our RRS curriculum.

Music Mark

Croydon Music and Arts have recognised the value Elmwood Junior School place on music and have invited us to become a Music Mark School Member.  We have been thanked for all the hard work school staff do to ensure that pupils are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education.

‘Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated’.

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Harvest 2019

Our Harvest Assembly took place on Thursday 17th October in the school hall. Reverand Catherine Tucker presented ‘A Harvest of Food and The Environment in Creation’ with the help of some volunteers. The presenters for the morning were Shaheer and Kera while poems and prayers were read by Alicia, Meliyah, Hafsa, Devansh, Uzayr, Danial, Eeqan and Nicole. Peter Hall from The Croydon Refugee Day Centre gratefully received the food that was so generously donated by the children, parents and carers.

 Silver Primary History Quality Mark

We are very pleased to have successfully renewed the Primary History Quality Mark Award Silver Level. The PGQM is seen as a key strategy for raising the quality of History in primary schools and recognises the excellent history provision in the school. The assessor stated,

‘There was evidence that history was being used as an effective motivational context for the teaching of literacy, particularly extended writing. Staff were enthusiastic about the teaching of history which they conveyed to their pupils and this was a consequence of effective leadership. From the evidence added to the portfolio it is clear that the subject leader is active and enthusiastic, maintaining the standard set by her predecessor effectively and adding to it.’

Congratulations to all staff and pupils for all their hard work with this submission. We will continue to hold this award for a further 3 years.

Painshill Park: Year 6

Year 6 recently enjoyed an action packed visit to Painshill Park in Surrey. Despite the unfortunate weather everyone enjoyed the opportunity to ‘Fix the Waterwheel’ and follow the ‘Georienteering Trail’.

iRock Band

A new term and another new activity for Elmwood pupils. Children participating in the new iRock band sessions recently had their first rehearsal. As you can see, signing up for iRock (a paid service) means you can get your hands on an instrument of your choice and learn to play alongside your classmates! If you are interested in joining iRock you can ask at the school office for details.


Autumn Produce

Welcome back! As the new term gets under way it is time to harvest the vegetables that have grown over the Summer in our garden area. All of the produce will be added to our ‘Salad Bar’ at dinner time.

Make sure you stay up to date with all the latest Elmwood news throughout the term here!