2,500 pupils join up for giant assembly


Six Eastbourne schools joined forces to hold one giant assembly with more than 2,500 pupils.

The Deanery partner schools – Bishop Bell, Pevensey and Westham Primary, St John’s Meads, St Andrew’s Infants, The Haven Methodist Primary and Tollgate Juniors – all met up to deliver the same assembly on October 18 to every pupil in their schools on the theme of Love thy Global Neighbour.

The assembly raised awareness of the unfair distribution of wealth, particularly in Africa, and shared slides showing the opulence some enjoy and the utter poverty that others suffer on a daily basis.

Each of the church schools that took part play an active role in the village of Kabubbu in Uganda by supporting a project run by Hailsham-based charity The Quicken Trust.

Pupils were asked to think about what it would be like to go to school in Kabubbu, how different, or similar, it might be to their own experience of education and what their home might be like there.

Pupils were then asked to think about what they would thank God for if they lived in Kabubbu, and what might they ask for.

The schools have been involved in fund-raising events for their joint charity project as they aim to buy a tractor for the village.

A schools spokesperson said, “A tractor would enrich the lives of people in Kabubbu in so many ways.

“To quote the Chinese proverb, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

“ Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’

“We want whatever we do to make a difference not just today, but for generations to come.”