Healthy challenges to celebrate every week

Elmhurst School for Boys

6th October 2017 | Headmaster's Blog

I was delighted to hand out Golden Certificates in last Friday's Celebration Assembly, in particular to a number of the new boys who have joined us this academic year. All the certificates were for good behaviour, settling in well or demonstrating a good attitude to learning. As a Senior Leadership Team and as a whole school staff, we often discuss the expectations we have of the boys and what characteristics we would like them to have. It is clear to me that here at Elmhurst we have boys with just those positive characteristics we expect.

I led the Upper School Assembly this week, with a safeguarding theme, sending the message to the boys that our Six Rules for a Happy Elmhurst Family are all directly related to safeguarding. As you would expect in the 21st century, safeguarding is high on the agenda and I feel it is important for the boys to recognise their responsibility to it around the school. The boys identified a number of areas where they could be more mindful of their responsibility, from the playground to the classroom and beyond. With this in mind I would like to take this opportunity to point out that when dropping your sons off in the morning, could all parents remember their responsibility to safeguarding in our community by turning left into our car park, therefore approaching the school from the Croham Road end.

Another important Assembly this week was the Harvest Assembly. I would like to thank all of our wonderful families for supporting our 'Fill the Bus' campaign, providing much needed provisions for the Croydon Refugee Centre. Elmhurst has made this bus load donation to the Croydon Refugee Centre for the last three years now and as the Head, I am immensely proud that we are able to make a difference. I believe it is important for us as a community, to recognise that there are many families less privileged than us and that we have some responsibility to support these causes in the best way that we can.

We have been focused on providing challenges for our boys this term and we understand that in order to promote challenge, the boys need to be given opportunities. In the last two weeks there have been a number of these opportunities for the boys, which have included the conclusion of the House Football competition, the U11 A an B teams' involvement in the Croydon Schools 5 a side Championships, the U9's participation in the Caterham Prep School Football Tournament as well as a number of boys running in the Croydon Schools Cross Country Championships. Also, Mr Bartley and Mr.Venier have started the Table Tennis club after school on Mondays.

These opportunities alongside the wide variety of other after school activities and of course those provided by teachers within lessons, mean that your boys are being provided with a great number of healthy challenges.

I look forward to discussing and celebrating your sons' progress in meeting these challenges at the upcoming Parent Consultation evenings.

- Mr. Padfield

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