Making direct contacts between students in the UK and at Sparrow is at the heart of Sparrow Schools Foundation’s work.
Many schools have been involved in these links and the ability of the young people to empathise and learn through volunteering, tours and fundraising has been proved again and again.
Remembering Sparrow Art Circle…
Drumworks hit Sparrow again
In August last year Alwyn Laudat Wade and Kenny Mukendi, who graduated from Morpeth School this summer, returned to Sparrow to help imbed the Drumworks programme introduced on earlier visits. Alwyn and Kenny spent two weeks running workshops with learners and teachers. They held 30 minute crash courses, selecting learners that showed potential and interest with the assistance of their teachers who made approvals based on behaviour. They also had workshops with the music teachers responsible for carrying the programme through once they had left.
The introduction of the modern pan and rubber stick art was received with great enthusiasm by the Sparrow teachers aware of the benefits.
“The learner’s progress in key areas such as memory, cognitive function, motor skills and social skills like self-discipline is already noticeable” Tristan Paton, Head Psychologist, Sparrow therapy team.
Tudor Hall started an annual Sparrow School visit four years ago as part of their Tudor in Three Continents initiative, promoting a culture of involvement and giving back whilst exposing the girls to the world. The girls spent time at Foundation School both as teachers’ assistants and painting snakes and ladders and hopscotch in the playground and bright murals in one of the therapy rooms. Rani Tandon, the Deputy Head at Tudor Hall carried out teacher’s evaluation and training throughout the week, assisting the educators in implementing practical remedial teaching methods.
The following schools have supported Sparrow and welcomed them on sport, music or drama tours:
Ashcroft Technology Academy
Bonneville Primary School
Burdett Coutts Primary School
City of London School for Boys
Dulwich College Junior School
Dulwich Prep London
Eaton House The Manor
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Prep School
James Allen’s Girls’ School
John Cabot Academy
King’s College Junior School, Wimbledon
Macaulay Church of England Primary School
Peckham Rye Primary School
St Edward’s College, Liverpool
St John’s School Leatherhead
St Michael’s Otford, Kent
The Dragon School
Tudor Hall School
Watford Girls Grammar School
Westminster Under School