In the Autumn term, 20 year 6 students took part in a special Chaucer project run by Marina Angadi of The Twist Partnership (a leadership development organisation working with schools, young people and adults). The project aimed to empower students and develop a love of literature by engaging them with the general prologue of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The poem, a 14th century poem normally studied at A-Level, is the story of a group of pilgrims who are travelling to Canterbury together and tell each other stories to pass the time The children began the project by visiting the National gallery to look at contemporary paintings and through them understand the historical context of the poem. They went on to do storytelling, debating, perform with actors in role plays, write an essay and ended by preparing a performance of their work for the school and parents. The group learned sections of the poem in the original medieval language which is very different from the modern English that we use now and performed this alongside their own modern versions of the characters in the poem. They transformed “The Miller” into a baker working in Greggs and “The Franklyn” into the owner of a halal restaurant all of which was enjoyed by their audience. The children all received certificates for excellence at the end of the performance and five students were given special awards for outstanding achievement and hard work in their essays.
Richard III - Dec 2017
This year’s Shakespearean production has been another excellent one by the talented KS2 cast who were exceptional when they performed Richard III at the Shakespeare Schools Festival on Monday 21st November at Stratford Circus. Elmhurst pupils really shone brightly, commanding the stage and acting with conviction and confidence. Sarah Bonnell, the local Secondary School, also participated on the same night and our youngsters more than held their own.
A special congratulations to the actor/director Narinder Samra and director Mrs Colthrust who spent time really understanding the text. Our next production will be The Tempest and all those who feel inspired should come and audition!
National Inter-school Quiz Championship 2016
Out of 240 students, four children were selected to represent Elmhurst Primary School at a very special National Science Quiz. The event was held at Broadwater Primary School in Tooting Broadway and the children managed an amazing seventh place out of the twelve teams, despite only attending a few booster sessions. All four children did the School extremely proud: Mahim Sikder (5L), Inaya Crawford (5S), Ehsen Khan (6A), Muhammad Hamza (6R).