Chiswick School delivering food and computers to its pupils

Images above: Head teacher Laura Ellener and assistant on the delivery run; receiving a delivery of eggs

Chiswick School is one of those which has remained open for the children of key workers and those who are for a variety of reasons considered ‘vulnerable’. Since they launched a fundraising campaign to help disadvantaged children and their families just a couple of weeks ago, the school has raised £7,000. The school will remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday and over what in theory should be their Easter Break, staff will be delivering food parcels, vouchers and computers to their students at home.

Here’s an update from head-teacher Ellener and her team:

‘In such an unprecedented time, Chiswick School has been working hard to ensure there is support in place for its school community and beyond.

‘Online lessons and other resources are being used and students are engaging with work that has been set and families are managing with this new way of learning. The school has made its own YouTube Channel ‘Chiswick School Blog’ to enable students to feel connected while they are at home and the twitter feed @ChiswickSchool is a great way to keep in touch with the work the school is doing during this time.

‘The school remains open for children of key workers and other vulnerable students. Teachers are working on a rota system and social distancing is in place. The students are completing online work, experiencing creative activities such as Art and cooking and also spending time at the school’s allotment and playing sports. Over Easter the school has also decided to remain open – including Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Images above: food parcels ready for delivery

‘In addition, the school has been delivering food parcels to hundreds of children. With the help of their school caterers ‘Innovate’, recipe packs were made up complete with instructional videos and a recipe book. Tasty meals have been made by the students who have been sharing pictures of their dishes over twitter. Despite the government not funding free school meals over Easter, the school will be able to keep supporting as Hounslow Council have made the decision to fund this initiative.

‘Earlier in March, the school launched a fundraising campaign to support vulnerable children and their families. So far the campaign has received nearly £7000 in donations – this is a fantastic achievement and testament to the kindness and generosity of the community.

‘Some of the funds raised have been directly passed on to vulnerable families as Tesco vouchers and also used to support the FSM food parcel delivery initiative. We will begin to deliver family food parcels to those that need support after Easter. Students without computers are also being supported with teachers delivering these over the Easter break. Some of the money raised is also being used to provide dongles so that children with no internet access can get online and access the remote learning activities. Deliveries are also being made to local elderly people who have requested support. In addition the school donated approximately 300 pairs of science goggles to support The Royal Hospital Medical Centre which looks after around 300 veterans.

‘Please get in touch via enquiries@chiswickschool.org. The school is happy to help if it can.

‘Headteacher Laura Ellener said:

“The teachers and support staff at Chiswick School have been extraordinary during this time and are working hard to support students who are in school and those learning from home. I feel incredibly lucky to be working in Chiswick and we love serving the community here. We miss the students a great deal and we are working hard to keep in touch and make sure they continue to learn. We have been very impressed with their efforts so far and urge them to keep going and to stay at home. Hounslow local authority have also been incredibly supportive as have our students’ parents. We have been so grateful for the messages of support.”

Anyone wishing to donate should do so via the school website – www.chiswickschool.org