On Wednesday 26th June, Bexhill College students took part in their own Social Action Day. This involved taking part in activities to give back to the local community, environment, and raise money for charity.
One of the events which took place was the sponsored walk to help raise money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). More than 50 students walked 5 kilometres through Bexhill. So far they have raised £231.10 (as of 28th June), but donations are still rolling in. The money raised will go towards producing a children's talking book for the blind or partially sighted. Sarah Harris, Head of English, Humanities and Languages said: "Thank you to all the people who wished us well. We are very proud of our students for their efforts today. Please donate as even just a little makes a difference.” Donations can still be made via this link: https://bit.ly/2LqdTH4
Performing Arts and Creative Arts students used questionnaires to interview 18 older members of the local community to gather information for a film project. Head of Performing Arts at the College, Kim Byford, explained what they did: "Our students asked older people in the local area to recount their young adult life: what it was like when they were 18 themselves, their memories of music, and falling in love for the first time. Our students performed these answers to camera, and recorded a soundtrack of their favourite music using a gramophone and vinyls. They then edited the piece together. We hope to bring the students and elders together soon for a showing of the final film.”
Maths, Computing and Science students took charge of giving back to the local environment. They participated in a variety of environmental activities such as litter picking, bracken bashing and gardening at various locations in the community with Bexhill Environmental Group. Lastly, they helped Ocklynge Primary School prepare bunting, sashes and lucky dip prizes for its School Fair.
Finally, Bexhill College A Level PE students visited local school Pebsham Primary Academy. They ran cricket and rounders sessions for Year 6 students at the primary school. Subject Lead for A level PE Hannah Shooman-Taylor was impressed by the activity the students had arranged: "I was really proud of the students; particularly for their efforts and enthusiasm when interacting with the students from Pebsham Primary Academy. Whilst there, we received multiple comments about our students' professional nature and how much the Pebsham students were enjoying the sessions that our students had organised. It was a really valuable and meaningful experience for our students, which we are keen to repeat.”
The Social Action Day was a great success overall, with Bexhill College students and staff making a genuine impact on their local community. Congratulations to everyone involved.
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