Swaffield School is proud to be an integral part of the local community and we play a key and active role in the local area.
We bring communities together and ensuring our school life is a true reflection of the Wandsworth community within which we are based.Our community liaison, Ms Crolle, works very closely to build relationships with local people and organisations and this has had a huge impact not only on our pupils but members of our community.
From visiting the Friendship Group at West Side Church, raising money for the Poppy Appeal, meeting a famous climber of Everest, to celebrating the culturally rich heritage of our children, we have a real community focus at Swaffield.
Currently our outreach projects include links with West Side Church, Friendship Group, Wandsworth Foodbank, St Ann’s Church, Royal British Legion, British Red Cross, Anchor Church, The Peace Run, Inner Peace Day London, Macmillan, and Hestia Age Concern.
Interested in working with Swaffield School?
If you’d like to see how you could work with Swaffield, Ms Crolle would be happy to hear from you; please email her on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Community Liaison.
Throughout the academic year, Ms Crolle organises a wide range of activities that the children enjoy.
These activities include Harvest Festival, Black History Month, Christmas Puppet Shows, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Eid, collections for those less fortunate than us, as well as to samosa sales, they are enjoyed enormously by Swaffield’s pupils.
Here are some of the highlights from this academic year:
- Swaffield goes around the block for Sport Relief 2018
- Chinese New Year
- Black History Month
- Pennies Collection for Hurricane Irma
- West Side Church Puppet Christmas
- Christmas Cheer Around Wandsworth
- Carol Concert for the Mayor of Wandsworth
- Poppy Appeal
- Harvest Festival and Collection for Wandsworth Foodbank
Some events and celebrations happen just once but have made a huge impact on our children and our school. Here are some of the highlights:
Around The World Day - February 2017
Swaffield is culturally rich and Around the World Day was a celebration of this fabulous diversity.
The countries represented were England, Wales, Scotland, Jamaica, Denmark, France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Albania, Burma, Algeria, Australia, South Africa, China, Brazil, Iran, Honduras, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mauritius, India, Senegal, Somalia, United States of America, and Antarctica.
Swaffield was delighted to be joined by Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting, at Around the World Day. The children were very excited to meet their local MP and to share this wonderful day with her. With a special Swaffield School Passport in hand, the children spent Around the World Day visiting stalls for each country and learning about its location, traditions, food, culture and language and earned a stamp in their passport for each visit.
Sporting Stars Inspire Swaffield Students – October 2016
Children at Swaffield were inspired by three sporting heroes to use positive-thinking and tenacity to achieve their dreams.
The children welcomed Rio Olympic super-heavyweight silver medallist Joe Joyce, Bradley Skeete (British Welterweight Champion 2016) and Richard Williams (Twice Commonwealth Light Middleweight Champion) to an assembly that focused on determination and its key to success.
The boxers’ visit was arranged with Earlsfield Amateur Boxing Club in Garratt Lane and was organised by Ms Crolle as part of Black History Month celebrations. Teachers at Swaffield encourage their pupils to have a ‘Growth Mindset’ which means that the children are open to the idea that trying their best and not being put off by difficulty will help them to achieve their goals. It’s common for children to say “I can’t do that yet” and to persist in trying again and again. This ‘Growth Mindset’ was echoed by the boxing sporting heroes who shared their own journeys to success.
Sri Chinmoy Peace Run – April 2016
Swaffield welcomed runners from 12 different countries to launch the UK leg of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.
The Peace Run is a global relay which crosses 100 nations and touches the lives of millions of people from everyday folk to world leaders. The runners arrived with the Peace Run’s flaming torch and shared two assemblies with Swaffield’s pupils that included poems, singing and a celebration of the many countries of heritage (from Wales to China) represented by the pupils of Swaffield.
Swaffield children created their own beautiful peace flag to present to the runners. The visit culminated in all children and staff passing the torch in the playground – our Nursery children at the age of three are some of the youngest children ever to hold the peace torch - before it left on its way to Battersea Park.
The following day a number of pupils from Swaffield School took part in the Peace Run at the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Peace Mile in Battersea Park.
Bring-A-Pound For Nepal
Our Bring-A-Pound Day for Nepal to support Unicef’s Nepal Disaster Appeal raised over £400.
We were really pleased to hear from Bhuban Karki, Under-Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Nepal who wrote to us in reply to a letter written to him by two of our pupils.
70th Anniversary of VE Day – May 2015
We were joined by The Friendship Group from West Side Church for our fabulous VE Day 70th Anniversary celebrations.
To the delight of their cheering neighbours, the children, teachers and staff were dressed in red, white and blue, waving Union Jacks and singing as we paraded with parents down Swaffield Road, Garratt Lane and then back to school.
During the parade, The Friendship Group had the difficult task of selecting a winner in a Cake Competition into which parents had entered some spectacularly decorated cakes and cupcakes with a VE Day theme. Once back at school the children, teachers, staff and parents gathered in the playground. There, they listened to some war poems read by two Year 6 pupils and wonderful memories of VE Day 1945 shared by three members of The Friendship Group from West Side Church, two of whom had been pupils at Swaffield School during World War II.
Not even the typical British weather could affect the wonderful afternoon which was rounded off with rousing renditions of wartime favourites “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” and “Pack Up Your Troubles” which were sung beautifully and with passion despite the falling rain. The finale of the day came when Swaffield’s Chamber Choir sang a very moving “White Cliffs of Dover” to the members of The Friendship Group.
Picture: Former Swaffield pupils, Joan and John, cut the winning cake.
Here are some pictures of our 70th Anniversary of VE Day Celebrations:
World Cup 2014 Assembly
On 10th June we had a whole school assembly about the World Cup.
Miss Crolle shared an A to Z of facts about Brazil and the World Cup and Mrs Nejand talked about supporting teams even when they're different from those your friends support. Against a backdrop of the 1966 World Cup Final and with some well-known World Cup songs, the children got in the mood.
Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP Christmas Card Competition
This competition was run for a number of years when Sadiq Khan was our local MP. Children from Swaffield entered some amazing designs over the years and we were always pleased when they were runners up or winners. Most recently, in December 2013, we were delighted that one of our pupils won this borough-wide competition.
You can read more about it and see the winning design here.