This week will be the first anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy. On the morning of June 14th 2017 we all awoke to these horrific events. Our school community were shocked and deeply saddened by the tragedy and felt very strongly that we should show our support to our West London neighbours.
We organised a ‘Green for Grenfell’ day encouraging our children to wear green to show their support and collected donations. The total of £409 that Earlsmead School raised was added to another pot of money that the Angels of Kaos Choir had raised totalling £1994.79!! This money was distributed between 7 schools all who had been directly affected by the fire losing children, families and staff.
Each school could use the donations in any way they saw fit to help heal and support their school community. Holland Park School decided to use the money to put towards a memorial bench to remember Nur Huda, one of their pupils who died in Grenfell tower. Avondale Park School put the money towards commemorative mosaic memorials in their playground. All 7 Schools knew that the money had come from the Angels of Kaos Choir and Earlsmead School and were extremely grateful and touched by our support.
You might have seen the memorial event held by Avondale Park School on the BBC news. The whole school community observed a 72 second silence, children read poems, prayers were said in English and Arabic, 12 white balloons were released - one for each of the people who died who were children or family members of Avondale and the school choir sang a couple of songs with huge emotion and passion. It was an extremely moving memorial service. The 4 beautiful memorial mosaics were made with the help of artist Ruth Kersley. Avondale Park’s children, parents and governors all helped to make the mosaics.