Harvest And The Kew Neighbourhood Association
Every year in October we hold our Harvest Festival. Parents from Year 6 are invited to join the whole school in the celebration, with songs and poems from every class. Even our newest children in the Pre-Kindergarten class sing and recite, having only joined Broomfield a matter of weeks before! Children are encouraged to think about what Harvest Festival means and how important giving to others is in the life of our community. To put this into practice, our children bring in small gifts of food as a Harvest offering. The Year 6 children and their parents share these gifts into individual boxes and deliver these to over 50 local elderly people along with poems and Harvest cards. Our partners in this project are Kew Neighbourhood Association (KNA). The children really enjoy talking with the people they visit and love the sense of community it engenders. We are always delighted to receive the letters of thanks from happy recipients.
Information on Kew Neighbourhood Association can be found at www.kna.org.uk
Cecil Court: Carols And Poems
For over twenty years Broomfield has been pleased to present an afternoon of carols and poems to the residents of Cecil Court Care Home in Kew. In early December our Years 5 and 6 pupils with 2 children from Year 1 arrive at Cecil Court to sing some favourite carols and to recite some Christmas poems. At the end of the concert our children spend some time chatting with the residents.
Kew Fete: Enterprise Project
Every year, Year 4 work as a team on an enterprise project to run the Broomfield stall at Kew Fête. With the support of the Year 4 teaching team, they make and sell elderflower cordial. Our pupils are involved with everything from picking the flowers and making the elderflower cordial to learning how to price it, serve and market it. The best bit being deciding what to do with the profit they make!
Kew Sparkle: Carols And Hand Bells
The local shops around Kew Gardens station literally do sparkle for one evening a year when the roads are closed, the shops open late, fairground rides abound and lights and happiness light up the darkest of evenings. Broomfield children are everywhere enjoying the fun with their parents. As part of the festivities we bring our Year 3 pupils to sing a selection of traditional carols to raise money for Kew Sparkle and their charities.
Rotary Club Charities: Carol Singing At Richmond Station
For over a decade, our Years 4, 5 and 6 pupils have braved the cold on a winter evening to sing carols to commuters at Richmond Station in support of Richmond Rotary Club’s charities. The children are wrapped up, warm and smart in their uniforms, while parents and younger siblings have become expert in encouraging the crowd to make donations. Over the years this has raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities, generally supporting children.
We are also grateful to our local Kew Rotary Club for their support, presenting each Year 5 pupil with a dictionary at our annual Speech Day. This is a lovely gift to a child at this stage in their education, to encourage a love of words and learning.
St Anne’s Church, Kew: Broomfield’s Annual Carol Service
Broomfield has historic connections with our local parish church, St Anne’s Kew Green, where we hold our annual Carol Service. Our founding headmistress, Miss Mead is commemorated with a plaque in the church for her public works, as is our headmistress from the 1950’s, Miss Palmer. Broomfield is honoured to be the subject of one of a special embroidered church cushion, which are mainly dedicated to notable people, especially Royalty, with connections to St Anne’s.
Broomfield is pleased to support the church’s fund raising activities by donating half of the proceeds of the retiring collection at our Carol Service to St Anne’s. The remaining half of the proceeds are donated to a charity chosen each year by the children in Year 6.
While Broomfield is delighted to support St Anne’s, we educate our children about all the major world faiths and welcome families of all faiths and none, within our school community.
To find out more about St Anne’s Church please see www.saintanne-kew.org.uk
The Avenue Club: Songs And Recitals
Our Chamber Choir, along with some of our talented musicians, spend an afternoon with the Avenue Club in Kew. In 2019 they sang a variety of songs, some from Honk! which was our Senior Play that year as well as some animal songs. The instrumentalists played a variety of solo pieces to entertain this new audience, who were delighted to hear Maylea, one of our violinists and winner of the International Golden Strings competition, who played the piece she subsequently performed in the winner’s concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.