Seaford College awarded for community work

Paul Griffin and John Green with the awards CONTRIBUTED PICTURE SUS-141112-134910001
Paul Griffin and John Green with the awards CONTRIBUTED PICTURE SUS-141112-134910001

KIND-HEARTED students from Seaford College have given up their spare time to help the community – and won an award for their efforts.

The college’s community work has been recognised, winning the ‘Making a Lasting Difference’ award at the South Region Awards for the ‘Community Project of the Year.’

The awards, organised by The Hyde Group, recognised Seaford College’s involvement in the Whyke Estate, Chichester, as part of the school’s community action day in July. Students and staff carried out a variety of tasks to help those most in need.

Sixth form pupil Lucas Thornley said: “It was a really good day and nice to help the community and make a difference.”

Paul Griffin, who received the award on behalf of the school, said: “With schools across the country being encouraged to make a meaningful difference to their communities, it is great that the work of our pupils has gained recognition with the community.”

In the run up to the season of goodwill, pupils have been helping the community again, this time hosting carers and residents from Shaw Care Homes for a Christmas lunch at the school.

Following on from the success of last year’s lunch, residents and carers from Petworth and across the county went to Seaford to enjoy a festive meal, served by pupils.

Visitors were also entertained by student singers and musicians.

Community coordinator Clive Thorpe said: “One gentleman had four portions of Christmas pudding, and another with a usually light appetite had two more portions, paying testament to the college’s excellent catering and kitchen staff.

“I get satisfaction seeing our students interact with people from very different backgrounds and ages.”

Pupils who helped out included Holly Busfield and Eleanore Derham, and international students Phoenix Zhor, Paul Moser, Lucia Ecija Rueda, Celia Sanchez Barragan, George Mumladze and Kakhaber Bakuradze.