Category Archives: KS3

Swanlea School Presents The Polar Express!

Our Christmas show this year was a collaboration between the Drama and Music and Art departments.

The choir and Drama Club joined forces to perform an adaptation of the The Polar Express by author Chris Van Allsburg. The cast- all from Key Stage 3- stayed behind after school for their rehearsals throughout October and November to perfect their lines and songs.

The performance was performed to an audience of the whole school staff and parents on the afternoon of December 13th. It was a wonderful way to get into the festive spirit!

We would like to thank all of the cast and musicians for their hard work in making this a great production as well as Ms Williams for the fantastic scenery.

Please keep your eyes on the school website in the new year for exciting news regarding our summer performance!

We hope you all have a lovely, restful Christmas


Mrs Coulson, Mrs Hibbert and Miss Blackford.


Health and Education Ministers Talk Mental Health at Swanlea

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening visited Swanlea School last week.

Swanlea was involved in the CAMHS and Schools Link Training pilot in 2015/16 which saw local models of joint working between schools and mental health services vastly improve. The pilot meant that services worked more smoothly together, and children were able to get the right help quicker through the new, trained school leads, reducing pressure on local CAMHS services and improving the mental health support of all pupils.

The Health Secretary and Education Secretary talked to our students about the services available to them and how Swanlea’s help and support has benefited them and their mental health.

We also showed the minsters the work our students have been doing to raise awareness around mental health. Students were thrilled to present the ‘I Am Me’ campaign, a video and set of images promoting awareness of the issue for young people and the community. Needless to say Education Minister, Justine Greening, was more than impressed and encouraged our students to carry on with raising awareness on such an important topic.

For more information on our mental health campaign please go to :


The Lady – GCSE Drama

Before the summer holidays the year 9 GCSE drama class embarked on a new and exciting drama project called Re-Fuel. The students worked with professional playwright, Asif Khan, and director, Cheryl Ndione, to develop ideas to create a new play. Over the summer holidays, Asif wrote a play using the pupil’s ideas. The play, The Lady, was set in a minicab office during a Eid party however a mysterious ghost appears asking the party-goers for help.

The pupils performed The Lady at two professional theatres, RichMix Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East during October. The pupils performances at both venues were outstanding and they were true professionals.  Future theatre stars in the making.

A huge congratulations to Aisha Naima Adan, Khadija Begum, Joly Begum, Zahra Haque, Rehan Malik, Anisha Mohamad, Zulaikha Khushi Rob, Sandipa Sen and Rahul Uddin.


International Day of the Girl

On Wednesday 18th October 2017 it was the International Day of the Girl. This day aims to highlight all the challenges girls go through and inspires them to be the very best they can be.

Select year 8 and 9 students were lucky enough to visit the London Eye, where they attended a networking event. They were mentored by numerous inspirational women, all of whom are successful in their chosen fields.

Students met lawyer and women’s rights activist Miriam González Durántez and Doctor Who actor Pearl Mackie who told our students can do anything we aspire to.

For more information on this event and what our Swanlea Students go up to, click here for an article written by the Evening Standard.


Inspiring the Next

On Friday 30th September Swanlea School were host to workshops run by The Hitachi Group. Hitachi is a global technology firm with divisions all over the world with a vision to “Inspire the Next” and our students were certainly inspired!

The Hitachi Group ran a STEM workshop with 40 of our highest attaining Year 8 students. Senior team members from the UK division of the Hitachi group attended the workshop to support the students in the various activities that took place. The workshops were based around the different skills and traits needed for jobs roles within the Hitachi Group. The students were split into four groups, with each group competing with each other to complete Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths based challenges. Our year 8 students successfully rose up to the challenges, pleasantly surprising the staff at Hitachi. One Maths challenge was given that was so difficult that even the Hitachi volunteers struggled but four of our students managed to solve the problem and get it right.

Every student involved enjoyed this experience, some saying “It was the best in house STEM workshop we’ve done!”

A massive thank you to the Hitachi Group for this incredible learning experience and we can’t wait to work with them again.

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Readers & Rewards

Reading is an exciting, yet beneficial way to learn and expand your vocabulary. Rewards are given to students for achievement in reading. The achieving students are invited to a specially catered afternoon tea party with an assortment of delicious cakes and biscuits to celebrate their tremendous effort.

It is through the Lexia and Accelerated Reading programmes that students are quizzed and challenged on their understanding of literacy and the books that they have read. It is the successful involvement of these programmes that allows students to be invited to this party. Parents are also invited because of the important supporting role they play in their child’s progress in reading. It is also an opportunity for the parents and their child to take a photo with the headteacher Ms Landers.

The literacy team manager Miss Diana Wells had the following to say:

“It’s a great way to spend an afternoon celebrating a worthy achievement. Reading is a skill for life, the more you read, the more your options open up.”

Congratulations to all year 7 pupils that attended and may those pages keep turning.

(written by Junior Journalist Angelina Fontaine)

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