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At Bede’s Senior School Trust Sussex, a collection of exceptional Deis House pupils recently conducted an assembly to raise awareness of the Trussell Trust Eastbourne Foodbank.

First Year pupils Owen Pennington, Zak Rawat, Varun Mahatme and Jem Matthews, supported by their House Prefects Ryan Welch, Tom Welch and Sam Avery, organised a team of pupils to collect canned and packaged food ready to be boxed.

Eastbourne Foodbank are a self-sufficient charity who do not receive any local or government funding, relying solely on volunteers and donations from the public and local businesses. Eastbourne Foodbank said ‘’We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK’’. If you would like to find out more about us please visit: https://eastbourne.foodbank.org.uk/

The generosity 770 co-educational day and boarding school pupils from St Bede’s School Trust Sussex from the age of 13-18 years has been overwhelming; as a result of the food collected, an amazing 25 boxes of food have been filled for Eastbourne’s Foodbank. This will certainly help our local community this winter.

Mr. Driver, Deis Housemaster at Bede’s Senior School which has a campus of over 100 acres of Sussex Downs National Park, a site of Special Scientific interest, said “The experience has been extremely insightful into how the charity is run and how our contributions can help. The efforts of the pupils show just how willing they are to make a positive difference.”

Bede’s offers over 40 different subjects at GCSE and over 70 courses in the Sixth Form along with co-curricular activities programs Bede’s provides over 100 choices each week, from Sailing to breeding endangered species at the School’s bespoke Animal Management Unit.

For more information please contact Rachel Robinson-Reid [email protected] 01323 356606

Is your child an engineer in waiting? Do you want to help provide your child with information about their career choices and what they want to be ‘when they grow up’ it can be a daunting prospect.  With many resources available it can be difficult to know where to start.

Engineers are at the forefront of shaping the world we live in, helping to solve our biggest challenges.

From dealing with cyber security, enabling commercial space travel and minimising the impact of natural disasters to developing sustainable energy, food, housing and products; engineers help pave the way to a better future for everyone. Engineers use their creativity and problem-solving skills to improve the design and performance of everything we use today and to develop the products and processes of our future, or children’s and even our Grandchildren’s future.

Subjects and routes into engineering are largely based around math and science particularly physics, chemistry (for biomedical or chemical engineering). Design and technology, computing, electronics and construction and the built environment are also useful for engineering careers.

But how can you spot an engineer in waiting? There are some common signs that engineers will exhibit, even at an early age. A career in engineering could be right for your child if they do any of the following:

–       Ask how things work

–       Dismantle and re-assemble things

–       Come up with solutions to problems


But it’s not just those who display these signs who could make great engineers. Common personality traits of successful engineers include:

–       Curiosity

–       Open-mindedness

–       Resourcefulness

–       Collaborating with others

–       Problem solving


If you notice your child shows any of these skills a future in engineering could beckon!

Engineering is a solid career with great earning potential.

Like doctors and lawyers, professional engineers are well respected and
professional registration is recognized around the world. The letters they can put after their name demonstrate academic ability, expertise and competence developed by workplace experience.

The employment prospects are good for engineers as it is one of the most in demand jobs globally. A recent survey found that 94% of engineering undergraduates had entered full-time work, were pursuing further study or a combination of both, three and a half years after graduating.

The average starting salary for engineering and technology graduates is around £26,000, which is approximately 10 per cent higher than the average starting salary for all graduates. With experience, average salaries can be between £35,000-£60,000 and for specialist roles and Chartered Engineers, they can be considerably higher. Many engineering employers also pay apprentices well above the statutory rate. To prompt conversations about careers in engineering with your child and to explore their future options you can start by trying of the some of below:

  • Trips to exhibitions, shows and museums, such as the Science Museum


  • Science and engineering TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts, computer games and apps. A quick internet search will point you in the right direction



  • Attending the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.If your child’s school isn’t already planning a trip, ask them to consider it. Or come along as a family on Saturday 17th March 2018: www.thebigbangfair.co.uk


For any further information and to download the Parents’ Guide to Engineering and other free guides, visit www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Eleanor Eyre is Head of Careers at EngineeringUK which is behind Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, a campaign running from 6th -10th November to help encourage more young people to look at a career in engineering.



Swimming is undoubtedly a great activity for babies and children, and can be an exciting and enriching experience for everyone involved.



Here, we’ve listed some of the many benefits of childhood swimming and reasons why you should add swimming lessons to yours and your child’s schedule…



1) Physical

Swimming engages all 5 senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell, and therefore the swimming pool is a fantastic sensory playground for children to enjoy. Swimming provides a gentle all bodywork-out for children and parents alike, and allows babies free movement a long time before they can walk. It also helps to develop children’s core muscles, co-ordination and balance.

boy swimming

2) Emotional

Learning to swim at an early age reduces the chance of a child fearing the water later on in life. Fear of the water usually stems from a negative experience, so well structured lessons will introduce the pool and the idea of swimming gently and allow swimming to become a enjoyable activity. Swimming is also an amazing skin-to-skin bonding activity for parents with babies.

baby swimming

3) Social

Above all – swimming is fun! It will become an activity that both parents and children will enjoy. Children can enjoy playing and learning with others, and well structured lessons will develop children’s trust as well as listening skills. Later in life, children can enjoy attending swimming parties with their friends, and the ability to swim can increase a child’s level of self esteem.

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For local swimming schools in the area –

Small Splashes – located in Wilmington
Aquability – Pools in Horam and Isfield (near Uckfield)
The Little Swim School – Pools in Brighton, Hove and Lewes
The Swim Skills School – Located in Eastbourne
Freedom Leisure – Centre in Hailsham