Have a very Merry Christmas from Mr Padfield

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13th December 2019 | Heads Blog

Have a very Merry Christmas from Mr Padfield

Merry Christmas everyone!

As we end the Autumn term and break for Christmas, ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, I have been reflecting on our achievements as a school and as a community. 

We have been ‘Valuing Individuality’ this term and the introduction of the Elmhurst All Rounder has facilitated the opportunity for the boys to explore their understanding of the relationship they have with themselves, their families and friends, and the world. In the first half term, we set the boys their missions to demonstrate that they were Super Citizens and they embraced the challenge. The impact of these missions led to boys providing evidence of their commitment to the environment through recycling and the boycott of single use plastics, raising money for charities such as our very own ‘Joshua Community’ and generally helping other people. The fundraising did not stop at half term either as the Elmhurst School 2020 Calendar is made up of some wonderful artwork and has been selling fast. Each and every boy in the school offered up one of their pieces of art for the calendar. So, if you have not bought one yet then they are still available from the office. Year 6 also planned heir own cake sale to raise even more money for charity.

The second half term has had a focus on being Super Communicators. Boys have volunteered themselves to perform in our Celebration Assemblies on Fridays. Whether it be a song or a poem, an instrumental piece or a recital, many boys have celebrated their individuality through these performances. There has been an overwhelming response overall from all of the Elmhurst Community to the Elmhurst All Rounder Project for which I would like to thank you all. Watch out for more Missions relating to the ‘6C’s’ as we move through this academic year.

Building on our successes has led to higher levels of engagement in sport and computer science competitions and clubs. There have been opportunities in football, cross country, indoor athletics, basketball, squash and badminton with notable performances in the Croydon Schools Cross Country and U11 Football Cup competition where we are through to the third round! Four of our boys are through to the next round of the Bebras 2020 Oxford Computing Challenge which means they achieved scores in the top 10% in the country. Forest School continues to offer the  boys the opportunity for outdoor learning and I understand that we are the only school in Croydon who actually take our pupils to the woods. It has also been fantastic to see so many of our parents supporting our Forest School learning opportunities.

I hope you all enjoy some quality time together with your family and get some well earned rest. See you in the new year!


AJ Padfield, Headteacher

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