572 students, 34 activities, 32 venues across 3 counties. One Big Day Out.
This year saw Seaford’s fifth annual community action day and it was the biggest ever with unparalleled numbers of our students and staff going into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes.
Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. 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.”
At Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary Seaford students and staff were raking and smoothing out a path especially for winter to make it easier to walk down the farm, it’ll also enable visitors to walk further into the farm. Seaford students used re-used concrete from old building works. A proud student said “I love helping animals and it’s great to help out the community”.
Year 9 did a fabulous job at Staunton Country Park. They worked hard all day and really made a huge difference to the landscape. Betsy Vernon said: “The day was so productive with all the pupils clearing, cutting down and picking up unwanted brambles that encroach on the woodland floor. The afternoon was spent picking up litter. I am so proud of what you did and thank you to the conservation rangers at Staunton Park. The Big Day Out made a big difference for the community.”
A group spent the day in Duncton where they painted a recreation area giving it a new fresh look. They also spent time cleaning benches at a local church. Others were in Graffham, cleaning the war memorial.
Students took residents from Shaw care homes out for lunch. They also spent time at the care home doing gardening and repairing fences. The students enjoyed interacting with the residents and spending time with them.
Elsewhere, students undertook the very important task of beach cleaning, trying to get rid of as much plastic as possible. Amazingly they managed to fill four to five sacks with it!
Clive Thorpe, Community Action Day Organiser, said “What is great to see is that the bigger it gets, the more successful it gets. The more we go out, the more the centres want us back and I think that is a great big tick for what The Big Day Out is all about.