Pupils Help the Community on Make a Difference Day

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On Friday 22 June, First Year and Lower Fifth pupils teamed up to volunteer in the local community for Bede’s Make a Difference Day. Pupils got involved in a range of projects, from teaching at local primary schools and visiting the elderly at Woodside Hall retirement home, to volunteering at a Village Shop and gardening for the BEden Project.

A group of boys from Camberlot worked hard to raise funds for Eastbourne Foodbank by packing bags in Asda. Five Dorter girls had a busy day volunteering at Hailsham Foodbank, which involved collecting funds and food at Waitrose, serving in the Hailsham Parish Church café, and packing food boxes. Julie Taton said, “It was a hugely productive day, and we really enjoyed doing so many different activities associated with the Foodbank.”

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A group of Dorter and Dorms pupils organised a beach clean. Maddy Baldwin-Charles said, “It was a beautiful sunny day. We started from the Wish Tower and made our way along the beach for a three-hour long litter picking session.” 

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Another group of Dorter girls travelled to the Mohair Centre for some DIY. Georgie Pearch said, “By the end of the day, we had painted eight benches and two sheds. It was sweat, blood and tears, but we’re happy we made a difference!”

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Stud House took a group of boys to Park Mead Primary School, where they taught pupils about different countries around the world. Rodrigo Merlo said, “I think that this day was, overall, a great experience. I learnt how to cooperate with other people and how to help people who are struggling with what to do. I really hope that Stud continue to volunteer at Park Mead, as it is a brilliant experience for those who learn and those who teach.”

Crossways organised a tea party for staff who work behind the scenes at the school. The girls worked hard to purchase the ingredients, pick strawberries at Sharnfold Farm, bake the cakes, create bouquets of flowers, set up the room, serve the tea and clear up after the event. They said, “Everyone sat on the patio in the sun with big smiles on their faces. Isadora and Louis, a boy from Stud House, sang and played the guitar and Eloise performed magic tricks to entertain the visitors. The tea party was a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves.”

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The girls from Bloomsbury volunteered at a variety of organisations, from Southover Primary and Rose Hill schools, to Chiddingly Village Shop and Chequer Trees Cattery. Mrs Devereux, Bloomsbury tutor, said, “It was wonderful to see the students outside of the school environment, applying themselves to quite different tasks but with the same amount of enthusiasm. It was obvious from the feedback from the Cattery Manager that Daisy had made a difference to her day. The Head of the Upper School at Rose Hill remembered all of our pupils from their time there, and was very pleased that the students were able to work under their own initiative.”

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We are very proud of all of our pupils for their enthusiasm and commitment to helping the local community on Make a Difference Day and beyond. Well done all!

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