This week’s homework!

Do you remember when we asked you to submit potential names for all of our houses before the holidays? Well, now the time has come to put your suggestions to use!

Firstly, we’d like to thank everybody across the Federation for submitting such brilliant and thoughtful suggestions, there are some really inspirational people among these names.

Now, we’ve spent weeks poring over the many many submissions you have all made, and we’ve had to whittle down the list by only choosing the most popular suggestions. We’ve also taken out any of our previous house names, as we think it’s time for a change.

So onto this week’s homework! Below, you’ll see a list of five names for each house colour (red, green, blue and yellow). Your homework this week will be to research the person who you know least about in your own house’s list.

For example, if I was in the red house, and I know lots and lots about Martin Luther King Jr, but not too much about Emmeline Pankhurst, I would do my homework on Emmeline Pankhurst.

The key is to find as many interesting facts about that person as possible. One for Emmeline Pankhurst might be that she was arrested over seven times whilst campaigning for women’s rights.

Once you’ve got all of the information, we will be setting up a poll on the blog so you can vote for your favourites! Look out for this next week!

We’ve added a link to some information about each person to get your started…






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  1. I’d have thought you might have names of people who had some connection with at least Croydon, if not actually Selsdon. For example Archbishop Lanfranc. OR The Queen’s ancestor George Smith once resided at Seldon’s Park Hotel and her ancestor’s graves can be found at Sanderstead’s All Saints Parish Church.

    The destiny of Selsdon Park Hotel, formally known as Selsdon Mansion, as a noble residence was marked long ago when as far back as the ninth century, the area was named Selle Dun meaning mansion on the hill.

    The Earl of Alfred once owned this mansion and its history spans almost a thousand years and has many royal connections.

    Selsdon Mansion was once an Anglo-Saxon hall, a medieval farmhouse, a Tudor and Elizabethan manor house and a Victorian country seat and is now a very fine Hotel.

    In 1538 King Henry VIII gave the manor to his financial advisor Sir John Gresham and it is believed the King stayed there whilst secretly courting Anne Boleyn who was staying nearby.

    In the time of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) the Selsdon mansion was worth 100 shillings (£1 in modern day money).

    In Sanderstead’s All Saints Parish Church there lies a memorial which links past and present with the Royal family.

    The vault of the Smith family can be located on the North side of the church and it is the Queen mother’s grand mother, great grand parents and great great great father who are buried there.

    The Queen Mother’s great great grand father, George Smith was an MP and a banker, whose bank Smith Payne Smith has now been taken over by the National Westminster Bank.

    He married Frances Mary and had 15 children including a son named Oswald. Oswald’s daughter Frances Dora Smith married the 13th Earl Of Strathmore, Claude Bowes-Lyon in 1853.

    Their Son Claude George Bowes-Lyon is the father of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon popularly known as the Queen Mother.

    George Smith who resided at Selsdon House now known as Selsdon Park Hotel, is also buried in the Church yard

    I was at Selsdon primary and Infants schools 1953 to 1958

  2. Hello Mr Reynolds,

    Thank you for your comment.

    The children chose these particular individuals as suggestions for house names, and many of them chose Benjamin Zephaniah.

    Many of the children in our schools have read a lot of Zephaniah’s work; they enjoy it and see him as a literary role model.

    Zephaniah was arrested when he was young for burglary but this is a good example of how someone can turn their life around in a positive way after a rocky start in life.

    Zephaniah was also unable to read or write aged 13 and is dyslexic. These are just some of the barriers he overcame to become a renowned writer.

    The children enjoy Zephaniah’s poetry as it is a different perspective than many of the poets they have studied before.


  3. Hello Robin,

    Thank you for your comment.

    We had previously asked the children to select individuals they feel are their personal role models.

    They chose individuals who they felt were relevant to their lives. These were their suggestions.


  4. I feel the proposed list of house names is hugely disappointing.

    The original house names, although maybe dated, are people of real historical significance and their names will continue to live on historically for many more years to come. They are hugely significant role models and from your previous comments, these names have still been suggested by the children, but dismissed.

    You mention that Benjamin Zephaniah overcame the barrier of dyslexia which infers this makes him more deserved, but Pablo Picasso also was dyslexic and is one of the greatest living artists of all time. Children relate to the childlike naivity of his work, my children themselves having Picasso prints adorning their bedroom walls, Picasso painted houses, he didn’t burgle them.

    My children are very well read, and they appreciate literature from many different cultures, one of my children is reading Korean literature at the moment and my children have enjoyed the books of Malorie Blackman, South Londoner and Children’s laureate and the author of books, such as the naughts and crosses series of books, which highlight and address issues of racism and violence but without the political activist thread and unsuitable language throughout her work such as Mr Zephaniah’s many works, such as ‘Teachers Dead’, ‘The dread affair’, ‘Schools out, Poems not for school’ and ‘Rastatime in Palastine’.

    Michael Rosen, another children’s laureate who the children at the school have read and are familiar with his books and poems, himself overcame barriers such as being from Jewish background and being raised in London during the 1940s and 50s by communist parents and dropping out of school to achieve the success he has is a great inspiration to budding writers and it is a shame this has not been recognised.

    I agree, that it would have been appropriate to have a role model with a link to Croydon. David Bowie himself not only a great and significant artist of many mediums but also an advocate for equality and acceptance and a former student of Croydon College.

    But, I guess my children will have a house name which they do not relate to.


  5. Reblogged this on Selsdon Year 1 and commented:
    Hello Year 1. Here is your homework for this week. Have fun researching your chosen person. We look forward to seeing what you have been able to find out.

  6. Hello Mrs Reynolds,

    Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry that you feel disappointed with the children’s choices.

    As I have previously mentioned, these were the children’s choices, and these were the most popular suggestions. These are the individuals they feel are their role models.

    In this federation, we like to support the children’s autonomy and ideas. This supports the British value of democracy. We, as well as the children, would appreciate your support for their choices.


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