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End of School Year 2016-17
Friday 21st July is the last day of the 2016-17 school year. Thank you to everyone for making this a wonderful school year. We wave goodbye to our Year 2 pupils who are leaving to move onto their Junior schools, we also say a found farewall to Mrs Meadowcroft, Ms Scott and Miss Rosin who leave the school at the end of this year, we thank them for all their hard work and support over the years! 

A reminder that the new Year 1 & 2 pupils return to the school on Wednesday 6th September, our school Nursery opens part-time on Thursday 7th September and those in starting in reception start on Wednesday 13th September. 

We wish everyone a relaxing summer holiday break, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back – and our new pupils and staff – in September. 

Crystal Palace Foundation – Summer Holiday Courses
The Crystal Palace Foundation are running a series of football courses over this coming summer holiday. You can download and view all the information in their flyer. 

The Great Get Together 2017

On 16th June we joined millions of people up and down the country in a simple act of community, friendship and fun by having a picnic lunch where we will have fun and celebrate diversity with food. 

We take inspiration from Jo Cox’s quote,

“We have more in common than that which divides us.”

Show Racism The Red Card 2017 – Jo Cox Memorial Award

The Jo Cox Memorial Award has been won at the annual Show Racism the Red Card prizegiving ceremony by Croydon’s Elmwood Infant School & Nursery

This is the eighth year running the school has won in one category or another of the national competition, and some of the staff, children and parents attended the event at Leicester City FC’s stadium to receive their honour.

Iona Lawrence, director of the Jo Cox Foundation, selected Elmwood as the winning entry, and England Manager and former Crystal Palace centre half, Gareth Southgate was on hand to help congratulate the winners.

Speaking after the event, Zoe Harris, head teacher at the school, said: “We’re so, so proud to have been chosen for this award. The school takes the Show Racism the Red Card competition very seriously every year because it’s such an important subject. It was fantastic to be told by Iona that Jo would have loved the poster the children designed – in fact she told us it would have made her laugh, which is so nice to hear.”

Show Racism the Red Card’s Chief Executive, Ged Grebby said: “It is fantastic that Leicester City Football Club have agreed to host this year’s School Competition Award Ceremony. The club’s achievements last season were an inspiration to so many people, and we hope that the winning entries from this year’s anti-racism competition will also inspire people from across the UK and beyond.’

“The competition sees thousands of young people take part annually and it is a hard job for the judges to pick the winners from so many great entries. This year there were some wonderfully original entries and we would like to thank all of the teachers for promoting the competition in their schools.”

Throughout its history, entrants into the competition have produced truly inspirational work, some of which has gone on to be incorporated into the campaign’s wider awareness-raising activities.

Croydon Council’s cabinet member for children, young people, and learning, said: “I’m more than delighted that Elmwood have continued their winning streak and been recognised in this way for their tireless efforts to help stamp out racism. The future of our society relies upon children getting on together in harmony as they grow up, so competitions like this are important in helping them learn the value of seeing people for who they are, not the colour of their skin.”

Garden Update! 
Our new garden area is slowly making progress, check out these latest pictures from the work taking place. Thanks to School Food Matters, on behalf of Whole Kids Foundation.

Show Racism the Red Card 2017
We are delighted to share the news that our entry from Dolphin class as won an award at this years Show Racism the Red Card event! Dolphin class will be visiting the come of current Premier League champions Leicester City on the 3rd May to pick up their prize. England manager Gareth Southgate will be attending the ceremony! 

Information Leaflets 
We provide and produce a variety of information leaflets for our parents, here are some important leaflets about helping your children stay safe online and information on FGM. 

NSPCC – Talk PANTS
FGM Leaflet
Safer Internet Leaflet

 

Show Racism the Red Card 2017

Once again we have been very busy  creating artwork, videos and books for the Show Racism The Red Card Competition’.
The overall winning entries that will be sent off to the national competition are a wonderful video made by Turtles class and a poster made by Dolphins class. Fingers crossed and lets hope they win.  Winners of the school competition are Elephants class, Seahorses and Penguins. Have a look at the photos and videos here.

Turtle Class

Seahorses Class

Readathon 2017

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Marsden March 2017! 
After a successful participation in 2016 we are doing it all again in 2017! Taking place on Sunday 19th March we will be walking the 14 mile distance. You can sponsor ‘Team Elmwood’ via Justgiving

News Flash !!
The nursery children became the victims of crime before the half term holiday. The water tray was stolen from the classroom! Thankfully lots of police officers were on hand to investigate. Officers found lots of clues at the crime scene and worked out that the thieves were Wally Wolf (also known as the Big Bad Wolf) and Goldilocks.

Thanks to the efforts of the Elmwood Police officers the Big Bad Wolf and Goldilocks are now safely in prison.

Beep Beep! Day
On Wednesday 8th February our Nursery took part in Beep Beep! To help save little lives. It’s a great way to engage children with the road safety basics through fun activities. Our Nursery pupils had a walk outside the school taking in the sights and sounds of the passing traffic and learning how to safely cross the road. 

 

Nursery World Article 
We are proud to be featured in an article in Nursery World! From the article:
‘However, at Elmwood – which serves a diverse community with more than 95 per cent of children from an ethnic group other than white British – they have successfully interpreted British Values for even the youngest children by working towards the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award.’
You can view our Nursery World article by clicking here

Christmas Meal 2016
We all enjoyed our Christmas Meal this year! Here are some pictures of our amazing lunch!

The Gruffalo visits to open our new Library!
On Friday 2nd December the Gruffalo came to visit our school to open our brand new library!

 

Rights Respecting School Award!
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We are delighted to be able to announce that our assessment to become a Level 1 Rights Respecting School was successful and we can now officially call ourselves a Rights Respecting School. The assessor spent the day talking to staff, children, governors and parents to get a view of how embedded the rights respecting values were within our school. She was rightly impressed with what she saw!  Particular thanks to the steering group for all their hard work and to Miss Gilroy and Mrs Carley for their leadership of our rights respecting commitment.
We are now working towards Level 2 status and hope to achieve this in the next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Walk

 

Scooter Pods
We have now installed our scooter pods throughout our playground! So now you can safely store your scooters at school all day, removing the need to bring them to and from home on each school visit. You will find these pods outside our reception classes and along the side of our adventure playground!

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