On Thursday 6th July, an unprecedented number of Seaford College students and staff will surge out into the community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. Over 450 students and staff will take part in Seaford’s fifth annual Community Action Day, known as the Big Day Out, carrying out 38 activities, at over 34 different locations in West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire. The work the students will do ranges from helping at St Barnabas Hospice, to taking residents from Shaw Care Homes to lunch, to beach cleaning and conservation work.
Alex Herghelegiu, from Year 12, spoke with Simon Fielding at Spirit FM, about the work she does for the community. Alex goes out to Shaw Care Homes, in Petworth and Pulborough, every Wednesday during Seaford’s timetabled community time, she also goes every other Tuesday in her spare time. Alex said: “Every Wednesday I leave the Care Home and realise how much it means to the residents. It is one activity out of my day, but for the residents it can be the best part of their day. I enjoy hearing about their life stories and being joyful and playful with them during the activities I organise.”
Alex is looking forward to working with a new age group on the Big Day Out. Alex is heading to Oak Grove College, a secondary school for students with complex needs and learning difficulties, to help build a sensory garden. Alex added: “I plan to go into medicine and I wanted to gain experience, I realise I not only have a passion for science but also a passion for working with people. There will be similarities working with young people to working with older people but I know the way I work and communicate with them may also be different.”
Alex also volunteers every Saturday at St Richard’s hospital in Chichester. Alex urged all teenagers to give back to their community saying that, “it’s a very rewarding experience and you learn a lot about yourself as well as new skills.”
Another school that will benefit from the day is Fittleworth Primary. Nell Jones, Seaford’s Gifted & Talented Coordinator, will take Seaford students to create an Antony Gormley field out of clay with the students at the school.
There are two free events for the community to take part in; there will be a free carwash at Hampers Green in Petworth from 10am, where students will also be renovating the rides on the recreation ground. Members of the Seaford Jazz Band are renovating road signs and clearing a churchyard, they will then be putting on a Jazz Concert at The Gribble Inn, Oving from 12.30. All are welcome to this free concert.
John Green, Headmaster created the Big Day Out initiative at Seaford College. John said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Due to the success of the annual event, Wednesday afternoons are blocked out in the timetable for weekly community events. Our students are extremely fortunate to study and live in such a beautiful part of the country, it is only right that they put something back.”
Seaford College is always looking for new partnerships. If anybody would like to be considered for next year’s event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.