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26 November 2020 - Elisabeth Helmin (Nugent 2019-20) wins Wettern Prize for undercroft design

Elisabeth Helmin (Nugent 2019-20) has been awarded the Arnold Embellishers' Wettern Prize for Innovation in recognition of her exceptional presentation of ideas for enhancing the Undercroft of the new Winn Building.

The Wettern Prize is awarded when a pupil makes a practical, well-thought-out suggestion which the Arnold Embellishers and the Headmaster feel could improve the campus significantly.

Elisabeth, who is from the USA, attended the College on the prestigious ESU Secondary Exchange programme. She researched, modelled and presented ideas to make more exciting use of the thoroughfare to the dining hall and science block. Her design involves a corner stage, a retractable screen, an aquaponic garden and inventive seating.

The presentation formed Elisabeth’s Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) for which she was awarded an A*. The EPQ is an extra A-level standard piece of study which is now taken by a large number of sixth formers as part of their university applications and to provide extra academic stimulus on a topic they want to research. Elisabeth is now studying landscape architecture at the University of Connecticut and wants to specialise in the education and outdoor public spaces sector.

The Arnold Embellishers is a group of current and past parents, pupils, staff and friends of the College who support projects to enhance the school which might not otherwise be undertaken. It is hoped that elements of Elisabeth's project can be funded by the Embellishers and implemented shortly.

'Being awarded the Wettern Prize and having the opportunity to develop the Undercroft project at Eastbourne is such an honour' said Elisabeth on hearing the news in the States.

'I am truly grateful for this community to have been so accepting of my ambitions. I was given generous amounts of time by the school's architects and the Facilities Department to discuss the practicalities of my ideas. With the unwaivering support of the DT Department and Mr Lawson, the Headmaster, I was able to develop my EPQ over seven months, planning location, budget, aesthetics and viability. I look forward to continuing this project with the Arnold Embellishers'.


26 Nov 2020    Elisabeth Helmin (Nugent 2019-20) wins Wettern Prize for undercroft design
11 Nov 2020    Armistice Day at the College
2 Nov 2020    A tribute to David Winn OBE 1940-2020

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Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures

A new fully-illustrated souvenir book, Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures, is now available to buy from the Eastbournian Society.

Exploring the history of the College with a series of themes, covering art, buildings, the cadet force, chapel, charity, drama, houses, personalities, science, sport, the war years and much more, the book is packed with photographs and drawings sourced from the College archives.

With a soft cover and 108 pages it is available to buy for just £5.00.

You can buy it in person from the Eastbournian Society office or the school shop, or order a copy to be posted to you.

The price including postage and packing (UK) is £7.70. For postage costs outside the UK please enquire for details.

Contact David Blake at 01323 452262 or drblake@eastbourne-college.co.uk .

You can pay by credit card over the phone or send a cheque, made payable to Eastbourne College Incorporated, to Eastbournian Society, Headmaster's House, Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JX.

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