First half of this term comes to a close

Elmhurst School for Boys

20th October 2017 | Heads Blog

Congratulations! For some of our Year 6 boys it is time to celebrate. The Sutton Grammar School and Wilson’s School entrance exam results came out this week and a number of our boys have achieved their ambitions in passing. The hard work in preparing for these examinations cannot be underestimated and for all of those boys, this is a time to reflect on how they have achieved this goal and appreciate the fruits of their labour. I am sure that in their reflection, they will want to thank their parents for all of the support they have provided and also the teachers for guiding them through the process. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Elmhurst for their dedication and hard work in providing the boys with the opportunities they have throughout their time at school which in turn enables them to fully appreciate their abilities and  achieve their full potential in everything that they do. Also, Mr. Cater, Miss Bennett and Mrs Neagu for their commitment to the extra booster classes, including the ‘Booster Day’ in late August.

Whilst the journey towards a Grammar School place may be coming towards its end, the Year 6 boys will continue to work hard and the booster classes will also continue, alongside the daily school timetable, in preparation for the Independent School examinations which take place in January. Some of the boys who have done so well in the Grammar School tests will also be looking to gain places in their Independent Secondary Schools of choice and so, whilst it is important to celebrate the successes, we must also remain focused on the challenges ahead.

This week, some of our families have been celebrating Diwali. The Hindu, Sikh and Jain ‘Festival of Light’ falls on a different date each year depending on the position of the moon. This year, Diwali fell on the 19th October with the five day celebrations starting on the 17th October. Diwali is a  celebration of the legend of Hindu God Rama and his wife Sita's returning to their kingdom in northern India after being exiled following the defeat of demon King Ravanna and coincides with Hindu New Year. Diwali is seen to be one of the most significant festivals in the Indian culture. At Elmhurst we recognise and celebrate the diversity of faiths and cultures within our community and for those families celebrating this week we wish you a very ‘Happy Diwali’!

As the first half of this term comes to a close, I hope that the boys can enjoy some time with their families and get some well earned rest.

Have a great Half-Term!
Mr A J Padfield


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