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
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
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
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
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.
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 www.sgs.uk.net
School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year
2014, visit our website http://www.sgs.uk.net/SGS-400
for more details or to register your interest in the events.