WORKING WITH SCHOOLS
During our Lottery Funded year we worked extensively with two local schools, Burntwood Secondary School and Smallwood Primary. Both are central to our community and very much part of its history. Burntwood, acknowledged as one of the finest girls schools in south London and the most recent recipient of the Stirling Prize for architecture, was not so long ago a farm that served the Springfield Hospital complex. Next to Garratt Green, once the location of the extraordinary Mayor of Garratt revelries, it a site that is steeped in history. Smallwood School opened in 1898 and still stands in all its Victorian splendour having survived a V2 rocket attack and expansive sixties developments on all sides. We know that at least 40 of the Summerstown182 attended there.
We enjoyed so much working with the young people from these schools. They produced a beautiful timeline artwork, an illustrated map and some short films relating to the Summerstown182 stories. They engaged in a variety of activities which gave them a much greater understanding and appreciation of local history and how it has shaped where they live today. One of these was by participating in a ceremony for a ‘Forgotten Soldier’. We were overwhelmed by the students engagement and their desire to learn about the history of the streets they know so well. We provided workshops in history and art through which students learnt oral history skills and helped create digital outputs to promote the 182 stories.
We showed the work we have done with Smallwood and Burntwood schools at our Summerstown Celebration Day on Saturday 16th September at St Mary’s Church. Some of it is still on display. We are always looking to work with other schools, to give a talk, presentation or a guided walk. Other local schools we have worked with include Ernest Bevin College, Dunraven, Earlsfield Primary and Sellincourt.