Year 12 Lewes Old Grammar School pupils plays the mandolin he made in 3D Art and Design at concert
TALENTED musicians put on a showcase of tunes old and brand new, including a first outing of a mandolin handmade by its player.
Pupils from across the year groups at Lewes Old Grammar School put on a dazzling display at the school with the audience enjoying everything from Lewis Capaldi hits to Schubert and Bach classics.
17-year-old Felix St Maur Sheil chose the showcase to reveal the mandolin he has crafted himself as part of his BTEC in 3D Art and Design. The gifted instrumentalist, who plays guitar and ukulele, took just 25 hours to make it and played Hummel’s Mandolin Sonata 3rd Movement.
He said: “I started making it in December and I just researched how to do it online. I enjoyed it so much I might make a loot next!”
You could hear a pin drop when Mia Battle belted out On My Own from Les Misérables while Max Dahlberg-Hughes held captivated everyone with his own acoustic guitar composition.
Year 11 flautists Phoebe Hatch and Lily Ellis treated the room to their GCSE piece Telemann’s Dolce Duet and Joshua Reid produced a beautiful Rachmaninov’s Elegy.
Head of music Matt Casterton said: “What makes us so proud at LOGS is that there are pupils here from all across the year groups. Music really is an integral part of the LOGS experience and it’s lovely for people to be able to hear what the students work so hard on throughout the year.”
Mini tycoons' business ideas will support developing world entrepreneurs
Lewes Old Grammar School pupils take part in Wild Hearts Group enterprise scheme
A GROUP of Sussex schoolchildren are learning the art of business in a bid to raise funds to support entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Year 7 and 8 children from Lewes Old Grammar School have been given four weeks and one pound coin each as seed money with which to grow small business plans or fund money-raising ideas.
The project, called Micro-Tyco, is organised by the Wild Hearts Foundation which passes on the schoolchildren’s profits as micro-loans to poor entrepreneurs in countries as diverse India, Haiti, Malawi , Jordan, Uganda, Ghana and El Salvador.
Charlotte Robson, Jamie Peasgood, Sam Rowney and Rory Macleod, all in Year 8, came up with a basketball shooting competition at 50p a go which garnered much interest from the competitive element of the year group. Said Charlotte: “This is just the first of our ideas to really grow our seed money into a good amount. We have also heard about a place that pays for used printer cartridges that get recycled so our next idea is to collect as many as we can and sell them on.
She added: “We had an assembly and learnt about a young man in Malawi who had an idea to rent bikes out and with the help of Wild Hearts he has really expanded and developed his business. When I hear stories like that, it really makes me want to make as much money as I can to give to Wild Hearts.”
Other activities have included some feverish cookie-making, using pound coins to pay for ingredients, with 95 selling out in seven minutes flat and a beat-the-keeper competition with PE teacher Miss Ellis in goal where pupils queued up to pay 50p to score penalties against her
Lewes Old Grammar School teacher Javed Alikhan, who is organising the Micro-Tyco project, said: “Teaching children about the wider world around them is part of the LOGS education as is encouraging them to think practically about how they can change the world for the better. So Micro-Tyco, which brings all of that together, was the perfect project for us to get involved with. I just can’t wait to see all the entrepreneurial ideas that the children come up with!”
The Wild Hearts Foundation operates across the globe, helping would-be entrepreneurs get their businesses going, but also helps people here in the UK addressing social mobility by equipping young people with key development and employability skills. For more information, go to https://www.wildheartsgroup.com/
Lewes Old Grammar School pupil thinks nothing of driving at 120mph most weekends!
A 15-year old Lewes Old Grammar School pupil who is taking the motorsport world by storm is looking for partners in order to keep racing.
Aston Millar, who has worked at his dad’s garage since he was nine years old, has impressed the junior motorsport circuit after he began testing earlier this year, winning the winter rookie cup in the Ginetta Juniors Championship - the top and most prestigious next to British touring cars.
The teenager developed his driving skills as a go-karter from the age of eight and has won several titles including the Southwest Championship and the Buckmore Park Championship.
And because he was so successful, he and his dad Richard have committed to taking Aston’s racing further to see if he can fulfill his full potential.
But motor racing at this level is a serious business, requiring large sums of money to be competitive, covering testing, maintenance and race fees. So Aston is looking for sponsorship partners.
Richard, a professional engineer himself, keeps costs down by preparing and fixing the car - both between race meetings and crucially during the weekends racing.
He said: “Aston shows real talent and he could go far if he gets the right support and although we are one of the least-funded on the circuit we are not going to let that stop us.
Aston’s races will be live on ITV4 every Sunday when they air the British touring car races. The races are also broadcast in Australia, Asia and the US with around 17 million viewers tuning in to watch the races over the season. And just under half a million people are trackside across the year to see the races, so if we could get the right partners, they would get a lot of exposure.”
Aston is committed to his racing and has taken on board the advice from adult drivers and coaches that it’s not just about driving but also team work, partnerships, a good mental state and keeping the momentum going.
Richard added: “Aston has grown up around cars and has been driving them around the forecourt and on the fields since he was 8 so I suppose it is in his blood! He was delighted with his Ginetta G40 racing car even though it’s the oldest one on the grid and in this car he won the rookie championship in the winter season and even took pole position in one of the races, beating older drivers with much more experience. It was a thrilling end to the year.”
Aston added: “People think it’s amazing that I’m driving a car at 120 mph at the weekends when I’ve only just turned 15, but in fact I have been practicing my driving skills for years. My dad also thinks it will make me a safer driver when I get my regular driving licence at 17 because I will have nothing to prove. That said, my mum still worries a lot.
I would love to race for a living when I’m an adult. It is an amazing privilege to do this sport and I love every second of it.
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School's tie-up with Lewes FC provides new changing facility
Players celebrate new hut with LOGS pupil
LEWES FC players Rhian Cleverly and Katie Rood got together with pupils from Lewes Old Grammar School to celebrate the school’s latest tie-up with the club.
The Sussex independent school has unveiled a changing hut it has funded down at the club’s 3G pitches to make it quicker and easier to get changed before and after training.
Pupils Harry Wesgate, Theo Light, Ruairi Lamont, Theo Ncube and Louis Anderson didn’t let the rain and mud spoil the fun as they posed with LOGS sports teacher Murray Heywood, Rhian, who joined the club from Le Havre in the summer and New Zealand international Katie, who is on loan from Bristol City.
The Rooks hit the headlines when they became the first semi-professional or professional club in the world to pay its female team players the same amount as the men’s team and now coach girls at the Lewes school.
Female team members from the club have also given talks at LOGS assemblies on equal opportunities in football – and to inspire girls to get involved in the sport.
LOGS head of GCSE PE Catherine Hyland, who has been playing football for 26 years and has played at county level for Essex and Sussex, started working at the school just over a year ago with the remit to get more girls into the country’s national sport.
She said: “All the girls at school now play football in PE. We now have teams competing against other schools and I can see that there is real talent there. It’s about time that people realized that girls can be just as passionate and talented at this game as boys.
Lewes FC director Charlie Dobres added: “We are extremely grateful for LOGS’ support in having a shelter and changing room space right next to the 3G pitch. This can now be used by all of Lewes' community groups and clubs who play on the 3G. We applaud the school’s commitment to expanding their girls’ football coaching and we see it as a really significant move to integrate this into the curriculum as well as after school clubs."
LOGS champion jumper is unstoppable as he storms through to BSGA trampoline finals
SUSSEX schoolboy trampolinist Daniel Bradford continued his high-flying career in the sport this week with another win.
Daniel, a year 10 pupil at Lewes Old Grammar School (LOGS), took first place at the u19 Boys Southern Zonal round of the British Schools Gymnastics Association in Gillingham.
He will now compete in the BSGA Trampoline Finals - for the fifth consecutive year - in March to be held in Eastleigh where he will jump against the rest of the country’s zonal finalists.
Daniel completed two routines of 10 skills including a triple somersault against the top three qualifying gymnasts from London, South West, Southern and his fellow qualifiers from the South East Regional competition.
His final score of 65.200 meant he bagged first place for LOGS.
Mum Lynette Bradford said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Daniel will again represent LOGS at the BSGA Trampoline Finals. He works so hard and is an incredibly disciplined gymnast and it is really paying off.”
Daniel added: “I’m proud to represent LOGS for the fifth consecutive year in the British Schools Trampoline Championships - to win at the zonal competition was a great start to 2020 and I’m now looking forward to the British Schools final in March and the British Gymnastics Spring Series competitions to come. I hope to improve on my results in both the regional and zonal rounds and win the U19’s British Schools 2020 title for LOGS.”
Daniel continues to train four evenings after school and additionally at the weekends developing new skills and building more complex routines as a competitive member of the Sky High Gymnastics Academy in Uckfield.
LOGS headteacher Robert Blewitt said: “Once again, Daniel is making us all very proud of him here at school. He goes from strength to strength and we are very excited for his future as an athlete. Congratulations, Daniel!”
The result continues Daniel’s gymnastic success. He won four medals at the 2017 Trampoline Tumbling & DMT English Championships. In 2018 he held the title of U14 Boys Elite British Schools Trampoline Champion, in addition to bringing home a medal at the 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT English Championships. In March last year he walked away with the U19 Men’s Elite 2nd place trophy at the BSGA Trampoline Championships in Staffordshire and was placed 6th in the British Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships held September at the Arena Birmingham.
12-year old Lewes Old Grammar School pupil is inspired by Paralympian
COUNTY table tennis whizz James Brandon got to meet one of his heroes when gold medallist Paralympian Will Bayley came to his club to film for BBC Breakfast TV.
The 12-year-old Lewes Old Grammar School pupil was training at Brighton Table Tennis Club (BTTC) when Bayley, who is the world number one Paralympic player, arrived to film with BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell and Brighton Youtuber Saffron Barker, ahead of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing as all three were competing.
James, who started playing table tennis three years ago and is now ranked 91 in the country for his U13 age group, plays for the U15 BTTC Cadets as well as representing Sussex in the Sussex Cadets 2nd team.
He said: “My table tennis heroes are Timo Boll, Tom Jarvis and Will Bayley. I have met Will a few times, including when Mike Bushell came with the BBC Breakfast team to interview him at the club, along with Saffron Barker, ahead of the Strictly launch. I even ended up seeing myself on TV!”
And the schoolboy has been inspired by the meeting to aim high in his sport. He added: “‘I am already so proud of what I have achieved, particularly having only started to play competitively a year ago. Not only have I been invited to join the Cadets at BTTC, but I have been asked to play in the National Junior League, and represented Sussex, which is a huge honour.
This month James took first place for LOGS at a county table tennis competition, winning the U13 East Sussex Individual Schools’ Championships at Sussex University. He also played in the U18 National Junior League recently, winning all ten of his matches, with his team winning all but four in total. He has also recently played at Horsham in the National Cadet League (U15), where his team remained in the top division, despite forfeiting a third of their matches in November as they were a player short.
LOGS footballers selected for world's biggest youth tournament
Lewes Old Grammar School boys will fly to Gothenburg to play in front of thousands
TALENTED footballers from Lewes Old Grammar School have been selected to play in the world’s largest youth tournament in Sweden, hosting 1700 teams, next summer.
Year 6s Reuben Fries, Luke Whitefield and Thomas Barry, Year 7s Billy McKay, Alec Clifford and Rowan Bell, Year 8s Charlie Hatch, Finn Craig, Henry Brown, Theo Summers and Year 9s Charlie Milner, Toby Warren and Stan Knight have all been invited to attend The Gothia Cup in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in July 2020 as members of the Prep School Pumas.
The Cup sees teams of different age groups compete from 80 nations across the globe. A startling 52,000 spectators will turn out to the tournament’s opening ceremony on July 12.
Players attend a residential training camp in the Easter holidays where they will meet their fellow team mates from across the south east and receive top level coaching which will not only focus on developing physical and technical abilities but will also see football psychologists developing the team’s mental fitness. There will also be workshops in nutrition, hydration and sleep.
Organiser for the Pumas Dan Abraham said: “This is a meeting place for the world’s youth, irrespective of skin colour, religion or nationality where football is the common denominator. It is a wonderful opportunity for the players to meet friends from around the world and take part in an event that is full of joy for the game.”
Charlie Hatch, from Hove, said: “It’s a bit mind blowing to imagine so many people from all around the world gathering in one place to watch the games. I can’t wait to start training with the team, getting to know everyone and then travel out to Gothenburg. I have never been to Sweden before and I am really excited!”
Lewes Old Grammar School head of football Murray Heywood added: “Last year six boys were chosen to go out to Sweden and this year again we are delighted that so many boys have been selected. This event is a real once-in-a-lifetime moment and parents have told me that the opening ceremony is electrifying. I know the boys will never forget it and I hope they remember to savour every moment!”
Grandma's fight with cancer prompts LOGS pupil to get crafty for charity
Lewes Old Grammar School's bighearted Alice has made pom-pom keyrings to sell at her local Cancer Research Shop
WHILST most children were spending their half term relaxing, 11-year-old Alice Dryden was busy dreaming up ways to raise money for Cancer Research.
The Lewes Old Grammar School pupil was inspired to help her local Cancer Research shop on the town’s high street because her grandmother was taken by the disease a few years back.
So with money she had won at her school’s Dragon’s Den competition a few months earlier, Alice bought the materials to make Halloween-themed pom-pom key rings and set about crafting them. She then delivered them to the shop which sells them for donations.
The keyrings have been selling like hotcakes and now she is planning on making more with a festive theme.
Said Alice: “I really wanted to do something positive for Cancer Research and I just came up with this idea because I like making pompoms. My mum rang the shop to see if they would like my keyrings and they said they thought it was a great idea. It makes me feel happy to know that I am making a small difference with the pompoms so I am definitely going to do more.”
Alice’s mum Fiona Dryden added: “We are so proud of her. It was all her idea and she did it in her free time with the money she won from the schools Dragon’s Den competition which we were very touched by. Her grandma would have been so proud of her.”
LOGS headmaster Robert Blewitt said: “When I hear about this sort of selfless behaviour and thoughtfulness, it makes me incredibly proud. What a kind thing to do.”
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