Grenfell Anniversary 2023
This page will provide parents and students with information about Grenfell Anniversary activities in school and in the community ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire on Wednesday 14 June 2023.
A letter from the Principal informing parents of events can be found here: Grenfell Six Year Anniversary Parent Letter May 2023
Information from the site management team on community events can be found here: Paying your respects at the Grenfell Tower site for the 6th anniversary
On the day of the anniversary itself – Wednesday 14th June – school activities will include:
· Students will be invited to wear “Green4Grenfell” as a mark of remembrance, and school uniform is not required. This can be a full green outfit or items displaying the Grenfell heart symbol or similar. Student volunteers will also be able to give students green ribbons and anniversary badges to wear on the anniversary if your child does not have any green clothing.
· Students will be able to visit our Grenfell memorial garden during break, lunch time and after school on the anniversary, with KAA and therapy staff available to support students. Children will be invited to leave green ribbons and messages of remembrance on the branches of the tree in the memorial garden.
· Students will also be invited to complete a tutor period activity that will allow them to create a 72-word poem as part of the “Green4Grenfell” activities for the anniversary this year. You can also participate in this from home (see attached flyer for more information).
During the week of the anniversary – from Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June – school activities will include:
· The regular school assembly slot will be dedicated to an anniversary assembly led by Jasmine Vines, our Assistant Principal for Personal Development, and Nikki Sullivan, the Director of Inclusion who works closely with our bereaved and survivor students, as well as managing our therapy provision at KAA.
· If any student would like to contribute to these assemblies or help handing out green ribbons or anniversary badges, they should contact Mrs Vines or Ms Sullivan as soon as possible – our thanks to those who have already expressed an interest in supporting these activities.
There will be a range of events taking place in the community for the anniversary:
· The silent walk takes place on Wednesday 14th June at 6.30pm, meeting at the Notting Hill Methodist Church from 6pm on the day of the anniversary.
· Grenfell Tower illumination – the tower will be illuminated in green from: 8pm on 13 June to 6am on 14 June and 8pm to around midnight on 14 June
· Commemorations – As in previous years, there will be community-led commemorations for the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Grenfell Tower site will be open to local residents, bereaved families and survivors to pay their respects on 11 and 12 June, and to bereaved families and survivors only on 13 and 14 June. As the site is prepared for these visits, residents may notice some increased activity on and around the site in the days leading up to the anniversary. Please contact the site team using the details below if you would like more information.
· Health and wellbeing support – The local NHS service offers physical and mental health support to members of the community affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, including for children and young people. Visit the NHS Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service at grenfellwellbeing.cnwl.nhs.uk for information. Or you can call them on 020 8637 6279 (from 8am to 8pm) or on their urgent advice line on 0800 0234 650 (24 hours a day)
· On 22 June, there will be a debate in the House of Commons to mark six years since the tragedy. The debate will be on Grenfell’s legacy, and the government will provide an update on the action it is taking on social housing, building safety and wider reform. You can watch the debate online at: www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons.