Autumn Term

Christmas Card Design Winners!

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Congratulations to Kapinaya, Raissah, Nethra and Parisa for their winning Christmas card designs. Their entries (pictured above) were used as the school’s official card that was sent out this Christmas.

Clean Air Research

On Friday 21st Of December our Rights Respecting Ambassadors were busy placing test tubes around the school grounds. This is all part of the research they have been doing into air pollution. They are also writing to the Mayor of London to inform him of their work. In the mean time parents and carers can help by making sure their engines are turned off when they are parked outside the school. Information on air purefying plants for indoors have also been sent home.

Year 3 Production: The Brightest Star

A huge ‘well done’ to the pupils, parents and staff who all contributed to the success of this year’s Christmas production ‘The Brightest Star’. The acting, singing and musicianship had the audiences enthralled from start to finish. Thank you to all who attended and/or helped in some way.

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Winter Newsletter: Public Health England 

Please read the latest public health bulletin below.

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THANK YOU!: Christmas Hamper Appeal

Everyone at Elmwood would like to extend their warmest, heartfelt thanks to the parents, carers, pupils and staff for their support of our Christmas Hamper Appeal. As you will know, the initiative- arranged by the charity Croydon Commitment- is aiming to deliver 500 Christmas hampers to elderly residents of Croydon. The quantity of donations made (pictured below with our Rights Respecting Ambassadors) has surpassed all our expectations! Thank you once again for your tremendous support for this wonderful charity.

Christmas Hoops 2018

Here’s a sneaky-peak at the Christmas Hoop decorations hanging proudly in the school hall at the moment. Have a closer look when visiting on MONDAY 10th and TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER after school for our SCHOLASTIC and COLLINS BOOK FAIR.

UPDATE: Our trees are up as well!


Stories on Values competition

To mark this year’s “Values in the Community” World Values Day, a competition: “Stories on Values” invited children from all over the world aged from 7 to 11 to submit their own stories based on their chosen values. All the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the imaginative and perceptive work that was sent in.  The school received a certificate for participating and Safa (Year 6) won a ‘Highly Recommended’ prize for her entry ‘Honesty is the Best Policy’ (see below). Well done to Safa and all those who took part!


Jaguar I Pace Writing

Huge congratulations to our Jaguar writing winners Kehara, Tamah, Rayane, Aayan, Kiran, Huda, Eamonn, Ummaima, Arushan, Narmeen, Jonathan, Vicky and Lexus. Well done to you all for producing such fantastic writing. Vicky’s effort can be seen below.

All of our star writers received a prize generously donated by Jaguar. The school would like to thank them for their generosity and also give thanks to Mrs Kirby who arranged the whole project.

Year 4 Roman Amphitheatre Trip

Last week, Year 4 stepped into the ruins of London’s Roman Amphitheatre and discovered the hidden history under our feet.

It was an excellent opportunity for Year 4 pupils to engage in some ‘hands on’ learning for their topic on ‘The Romans’.

Year 3 Ancient Egyptian Day

On Friday 16th November all Year 3 children took part in Ancient Egyptian Day. Lots of children wore Egyptian dress for the occasion. Activities included a treasure hunt, games, handling artefacts and mummifying and embalming a ‘body’.

Year 6 Car Visit

On Thursday 15th November representatives from Jaguar visited the school along with a brand new Jaguar I-Pace. This was part of a writing project that Year 6 have been working on throughout the week. We would like to say thank you to Jaguar for taking the time to share their fantastic car with the school.

Year 5 Hampton Court Trip

Year 5 visited the historic palace at Hampton Court in November. It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the topic and experience some Tudor artefacts first-hand.

Cinema Reward Trip

As a reward for winning our Inter-House Competition, children from Willow House attended a screening of ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ on Friday 9th November. All Willow House members, together with members of staff visited Vue Cinema on Purley Way.

HMS Belfast Trip

As part of Year 6’s history topic: The Twentieth Century, all Year 6 classes visited HMS Belfast on the River Thames.  The experience (and weather!) was enjoyed by all pupils who had the opportunity to extend their knowledge of life during World War II.

School Games Gold Mark

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We are delighted to announce that Elmwood Junior School has achieved a Gold School Games Mark in recognition of all the different sporting activities and achievements children and staff enjoyed throughout the 2017/2018 academic year. Well done to all the children at Elmwood for participating so enthusiastically in their PE lessons and after school clubs! We also thank all the children who committed their time to training for a sports team, such as Athletics, Football or Netball, this enables the teams to perform their very best in inter-school competitions. However, it must be noted that none of this would be possible without the 2017/2018 PE Leader Mr Pollock and those members of staff, both from within the school and from 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.

The School Games Mark is a government led award scheme to encourage and reward schools for their commitment to the development of sporting participation and achievement. At Elmwood we are pleased that the children and hard work of staff in this area has been acknowledged.

Debra Charity

Please see the certificate and message of thanks for the money the school raised for DEBRA. The money was raised as part of the work ex-pupil Fazeel did to raise awareness about his skin condition.


Harvest 2018

Our Harvest Assembly took place on Thursday 11th October in the school hall. Reverand Catherine Tucker presented ‘There is Enough’ with the help of some volunteers- illustrating the importance of sharing. The presenters for the morning were Beryl and Dylan while poems were read by Najira, Viana, Pranavchand, Malaika, Manuel, Rakin, Shazil and Safa. Peter Hall from The Croydon Refugee Day Centre gratefully received the food that was so generously donated by the children, parents and carers.

Diwali Assembly and Workshops

On Monday, 1st October 2018, Nabhinandan Das from the Hare Krishna temple in South Norwood, led an assembly on Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Diwali symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair.

After the assembly he held workshops for the Year 3 pupils.  Staff and pupils enjoyed the workshops.

Year 6 Painshill Park

As part of Year 6’s History and Geography studies of Britain, the pupils visited Painshill Park, Cobham.  Here pupils had the opportunity to extend their knowledge of using coordination skills and life during World War II.

Elmwood Autumn Harvest

Welcome back! As you can see our school-grown produce has been harvested and has been added to our salad carts at meal times. Well done to all those who helped plant, water and pick the fruit and vegetables- we can’t wait to start growing again next year!