A Reflection on the Year

Elmhurst School for Boys

14th December 2018 | Headmaster's Blog

As Christmas is upon us and the year end draws nigh, it is a good time to reflect on the achievements of the boys this year and to consider the opportunities ahead. The achievements of our pupils have been many and varied throughout. To start with the outstanding results of the Year 6 boys and their achievements in the entrance examination process of last academic year - 21 scholarships were awarded, 17 of which were academic, as well as two Sports scholarships and two Music scholarships. One of our Year 6 boys was the highest performing academic in the Whitgift entrance examinations and another scored the highest marks in the Whitgift Mathematics examination. 13 boys passed the Eligibility Examination with 11 boys going on to the second stage of the Grammar School Entrance Examinations. Nine boys were offered Grammar school places and seven boys accepted their offers.

Elmhurst is not a school with a sole focus on examinations, however. In ‘Preparing Boys for the 21st Century’ we are acutely aware of our responsibility, to provide a wide-ranging curriculum, which facilitates the opportunities to nurture the talents of each and every boy. Our Forest School, carousels of learning and the 4Cs, all support the delivery of a multi-sensory approach to learning, developing skills for the 21st century including leadership, adaptability and grit. Our program of Sport has been expanded to include Badminton, Squash and Hockey. Almost every boy in Key Stage 2 has had the opportunity to represent the school in Sport as well as their houses in the inter-house competitions in Football, Cricket, Basketball, Touch Rugby, Cross Country, Table Tennis, Swimming and Athletics. Participation in Sport promotes leadership, teamwork and self-motivation; all important characteristics of outstanding individuals in the 21st century.  

In Music, the boys are enjoying playing the ukulele and recorder in lessons, whilst individual musicians have been given the opportunity to play in assemblies and concerts. The Orchestra and Choirs are going from strength to strength under the directorship of Miss Laurent and the celebrations for the 150 year anniversary of Elmhurst School for Boys in 2019, will undoubtedly provide many more opportunities for all our pupils to perform and create memories for themselves and their families.

The wonderful performance of the Key Stage 1 and Early Years boys in their Nativity play, as well as the joyful celebration of Christmas at the brilliant Carol Concert last night, have put the whole Elmhurst community in the spirit of Christmas, I am sure. So, I hope you all enjoy the break from school, spend time with your families and rest.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

- AJ Padfield

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