Steyning Students ‘Get Funny for Money’ raising £5092 for Red Nose Day
8th April 2015

The whole school became a sea of ‘Red’ as students and staff came in dressed to support this year’s Red Nose Day, Comic Relief fundraising campaign and raise as much money as possible.

The Sixth Form College excelling once again organising loads of fun activities to raise money for this good cause, spurred on by the Governments commitment to double the amount raised by schools. The students creative genius was exploited as a variety of antics were dreamed up in a bid to create interesting and unusual opportunities for money to be raised including covering the entire Sixth Form College Centre in red spots.

Sally Randall, Assistant Head and Director of Sixth Form College said: “Our students have been inspirational in doing something funny for money. Their positive mind-set and generosity of spirit as young people determined to help other young people less fortunate than they will have far reaching life-changing consequences.”




Red Nose Day was officially kicked off on Thursday the 12th March with an ‘inter College Learning Group Tug of War’.  Learning Groups put a team forward as they battled it out to reach the final at the end of lunchtime.   

On Red Nose Day itself students arrived in school in some wacky red outfits in preparation for the catwalk fashion show.  The winners deemed to be the best dressed red contestants were judged by a senior staff panel.  Prizes for this were donated by local business in Steyning including the Co-op, the Little Sweet Shop and Martins Newsagents.

Throughout lunch and break an array of students and staff took to the stage to take part in the Karaoke. Teacher Mr Buckwell was the highlight of this event.

Also during lunch there was the dreaded Jelly Bath.  Students took turns to take the plunge as on lookers were given the opportunity to pour more jelly over the victims head.  The victims included: Senior Sixth Form junior officers including Head Boy and Girl and their deputies and Head Boy and Girl of Boarding.




Head Boy Ross Cusden was first to take the plunge, he said: “It’s great to take in Red Nose Day, there’s not much opportunity for the whole school to come together to raise money – even if it is at my expense!  It felt like getting in a bath of rice pudding.  I would like to encourage as many people to do ridiculous things like this for such a good cause.”

The 600 ‘Red nosed ginger-teds’ sale was very popular with staff and students.  Another successful event was the Leg Waxing.  The victims were members of the Sixth Form College 1st X1 and 2nd XI Football Teams who were quite daunted by this prospect.

Olly Parker one of the first to be waxed, had this to say: “Yes it was good, I thought it was going to be more painful than it was, but it’s all part of it, raising money for a really good cause.  There has already been a lot of money raised through this event.”

The legs were auctioned off to students in advance for £600!  Some of the victims were braver than others, all we can say is that the ‘waxers’ loved it! 

At Church Street, our younger pupils were keen to run their own challenges for their peers with a sponsored silence, photo booth, football competition, music and dance events as well as a cake sale and red non-school uniform.

Overall a very successful day at Steyning Grammar School Sixth Form College, raising over £1926 at this stage, with a further £3166 raised by Years 7-11. All monies will be donated to the national target of securing schooling for over 300,000 children in parts of Africa.

Nick Wergan, Headteacher said: “Students and staff exemplified the Steyning Grammar School spirit – commitment, hard work and great fun, in support of a fantastic charity. I am very proud of the amount students raised, how they worked together across all year groups and the passion they showed to support those less fortunate than themselves.“

Since the last Red Nose Day, Comic Relief has helped over 12 million people living unimaginably tough lives all over the world, using money raised through Red Nose Day, Sport Relief and other partnerships. Money raised this Red Nose Day will help to change the lives of millions more.  Here in the UK, it could help to provide food for families living below the poverty line and help those affected by dementia to lead the best lives they can. Across Africa, it could help protect many mothers and children from deadly diseases and provide thousands of children with life changing access to education.


About Steyning Grammar School:

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework.  The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.

Full details can be found on the school’s website

Steyning Grammar School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014, visit our website  for more details or to register your interest in the events. 

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