On July 4th Seaford College ran its first Community Action Day. Headmaster John Green came up with the idea because as he said ‘Our students live and study in a very beautiful part of the country. They are very lucky and it is only right that they put something back into the local community’. On the day over 200 students plus members of staff went out to twenty different venues doing good deeds whilst 30 remained on the college campus and hosted children from local infant and primary schools who took part in a round-robin of activities organised by members of staff and supported by college students.
The venues covered both East and West Sussex running from Hove in the East to Bracklesham in the west. Seaford students were involved in beach cleaning (30 plus bags of waste collected plus sharps containers from both beaches), animal welfare (in one case learning how to supervise the delivery of two pigs at the ABC sanctuary at West Chiltington), dog walking, helping with an on-going project on a housing estate in Chichester and conservation work.
Other activities included restoring a war memorial, fence painting, ripping down and erecting new fencing, cleaning cars for free, helping the disabled, running activities at nurseries, bag packing, cleaning a church and learning how to use breathing apparatus and climb a ladder wearing full kit at Hove Fire Station.
The day brought the whole Seaford College community together and next year’s event is already being planned. John goes on to say ‘We don’t see this day as being a one off – we want our students to be going out to the community on a regular basis and for the local community to come to us. Well done to all those involved.’
And to sum up the day, a comment from a feedback form from one of the centres: ‘The Seaford students were stars’.