Category Archives: KS3

Skills & Opportunities at Swanlea

On Wednesday 1st May, Swanlea School hosted a ‘Skills & Opportunities Event’ with Year 8 students, delivered by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.

The event was divided into various workshops, each one developing a key employability, enterprise or financial concept or skill. The media company NBC Universal supported the event with 35 business volunteers working with the students in small groups.

These events are designed to raise the aspirations and confidence of the students while giving them practical help and advice for the future.

Comments from the students included:

‘We enjoyed making the paper tower because it made us work together and help us communicate with each other more. We also enjoyed filling out the ‘Who Am I’ sheet because it helped us choose what we wanted to do.’

‘We learnt about soft skills, what others wanted to be. We also learnt whatever you do have to put your heart in it and never let others decide what you want to be.’

‘We enjoyed communicating with the group and learning new information. We also enjoyed creating a CV and talking to the volunteers.’

Comments from the volunteers included:

‘The students were fantastic and surprising. Their energy and intelligence really showed, I felt their confidence and team building skills were greatly improved by the end of the day.’

‘I believe the students gained a better understanding of their own skills, the team building activities helped the students to understand and learn how team working is done.’

‘I believe the students gained a good introduction to talking about careers and skills they need. The opportunity to talk to people outside school/family environment.’

‘I believe the students who wanted to learn or gain an insight, I felt they took a sense of media as a career where as others learnt a few tools to use when applying for jobs.’



I AM ME – Mental Health Awareness Campaign

 On Monday 29th April 2019, Swanlea School launched the second part of the I AM ME mental health awareness campaign. The event was attended by a number of professionals from public health, to artists, the Ideas Store and of course Swanlea’s own school governors and parents/carers.

I AM ME is a campaign created by Swanlea Students to raise awareness surrounding mental health. Swanlea School has developed a creative partnership with The Mile End Community Project (MCP) where students have been given the opportunity to express their views on mental health via the medium of film and other various media outlets. In our previous campaign, we created a film and photo campaign to depict one of the many ways mental health can affect young people.

This year Swanlea School have worked with The Mile End Community Project, The Ideas Store and the Spine Festival to create a brand new photo campaign, where students express their own individuality. MCP and the Ideas Store ran a number of workshops, including a spoken word session, discussions about mental health, art and design sessions and performing spoken word. Students learnt to use the camera to film and take professional pictures.

Students also recorded their spoken word pieces, which were printed on their individual campaign images. The spoken word was recorded performance-style, creating a better understanding of what each students was trying to express. They were available to listen to in special ‘sound booths’ set up by Swanlea School during the event.

The aim is to raise awareness of mental health and to encourage all people, no matter what age, race, gender or sexuality, to embrace who they are. We want to encourage conversation around mental health and let people know support is there for them.

I AM ME not only highlights mental health issues amongst young people, but also the wider community.

Swanlea School wish to create a community where it’s not taboo to talk about mental health and where everyone, whether you suffer from mental health or know someone who does, has the opportunity to receive help from the numerous organisations and services available supporting mental health.

A huge well done to our students involved, from year 12: Mohona Qader, Adnan Alam, Fatima Mohammed, Marwan Ahmed, Kawsar Ali, Rimaz Salih and from year 10: Yusuf Khan and Agnes McLaughlin.


Photo by- Nurull Islam
Photo by- Nurull Islam
Photo by- Zara Islam
Photo by – Nurull Islam
Photo – Zara Islam


Swanlea’s Social Action

During a 6 week project, nine year 9 students worked with State Street Employees, Volunteering Matters and Think Forward to explore mental health and create a podcast on the topic.

This was a social action project giving our students the chance to talk about issues affecting young people and to inform adults on the best way to approach the subject with them.

The students had to complete four sessions with the support of State Street Mentors to explore what is mental health, how does it affect them, what do they know about the subject, what would they like to share about the subject.

Session one was information gathering, Session 2 looked in more detail about some of the causes and outcomes of Mental Health, Session 3 was mic work and debates and finally we created a podcast.

The students were amazing with a number of them producing excellent and thoughtful content. They were supportive of the group and they were considerate around what people did and did not want to say.




Year 8 Athletics Tournament

On Tuesday 26th February, Year 8 participated in an indoor athletics at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

The first events were field events for the Year 8s. Our shot-putter and triple jumper got high scores and lengths, but due to the fierce competition others came higher and both the boys came 4th or 5th (not clearly specified at the time). Our high jumper came 1st place with ease.

In the 400m (two laps around the track), our runner stayed in 2nd place throughout the whole race but nearly lost it at the end.  Thankfully he sprinted the final straight to the finish line, coming in second!

Next was 200m and 60m. In both sprints, tension rose as lots of sprinters were quite evenly as fast as each other. Fortunately, both of Swanlea’s sprinters won their races.

Last, but not least, was the intense relay race – which was 1 lap for each runner. The final runner was in 3rd place but then paced the final straight to finish Swanlea’s relay team in 2nd place.

At the end of the tournament, Swanlea were declared 5th place out of the 11 schools. Well done to all involved!






Year 8 Football Tournament

A few weeks ago, the Year 8 football team participated in a 7 a-side tournament against 2 other schools in Tower Hamlets. It was at Victoria Park and was organised by Queen Mary’s University.

In the first match, it was Swanlea vs Stepney Green. Our team struck a goal first with a long-range shot into the bottom corner. However, only a few minutes later, the Stepney winger did a brilliant cross to the striker who then scored. It was 1-1 and Swanlea were determined to win. We made many chances with crosses and passes in the oppositions’ box but unfortunately we couldn’t execute an on-target finish.

In Swanlea’s second match, we were opposing St Michael’s Catholic College. In this match, Swanlea had most possession of the ball the majority of the time and made several chances for a goal. However, St Michael’s goalkeeper did some brilliant saves against Swanlea’s wingers and strikers. Fortunately, near the end of the match, Swanlea’s left-winger dribbled through their midfielders and defenders, passing it into the back of St Michael’s net.

At the end of this tournament, Stepney Green won with 1st place and St Michael’s were 2nd due to goal difference. Swanlea were declared 3rd place!



Singing for East London!

On Monday 11th February, the Swanlea Choir took part in the Stratford and East London Music Festival, an annual competition for all musicians in South Woodford.

The choir were entered for two categories, Youth Choir-Open and Youth Choir-Theatre. In the Open class they performed in Latin, “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck and “Colours of the Wind” from Pocahontas by Alan Menken. After giving a most musical and confident performance they were awarded second place behind reigning champions, Modality, a superb choir who performed “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman with slick choreography!

In the Theatre class Swanlea relaxed a little and showed off their fun side with “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Seasons of Love” from Rent, bringing home the trophy for first prize!

The adjudicator gave his very fair and helpful comments on both performances. He made positive references to their gentle choral tone and offered advice on how to achieve a better balance between all voices in the group. Something to develop for next year!

For some, this was their first competition, although for Maya Khan of 9C this was her third year of competing with Swanlea! When asked what she liked best about singing in the choir, Maya said

“Singing really relaxes me and I love it when we sing in two and three part harmonies as it just sounds so good!”

We’d love more students to be involved, especially the boys! Swanlea, if you like singing then head to M5 after school on Tuesdays and see what’s happening. You will be very welcome!

Well done to all who took part this year. We are very proud of you.

1st Sopranos: Harriet Nodder, Halima Begum, Saima Ahmed, Mariam Ali, Ana Maria Loladze, Silvia Zakir, Kezia Stanley, Cerian Bright,

2nd Sopranos: Anjuma Anbia, Maya Khan, Naima Anbia, Aamna Malik, Maisha Azizur, Daania Iqbal, Isra Alam, Aaliyah Khan

3rd/Altos: Adi Khan, Ameer Alyas