News headlines – November 2020

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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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'.

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11 November 2020 - Armistice Day at the College

An Act of Remembrance took place in the Memorial Arch at Eastbourne College on Wednesday 11 November at 11.00am.

Unfortunately due to coronavirus restrictions, the traditional parade by CCF personnel on College Field on Remembrance Sunday was not able to take place this year.

However the ceremony on 11 November was broadcast live for all those who wished to take part. 

For those unable to watch the live webcast a recording is now available which you can view here: https://vimeo.com/478066813.

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2 November 2020 - A tribute to David Winn OBE 1940-2020

David's Winn's funeral took place on Thursday 22 October and we know that a number of OEs were able to watch the service via a webcast from Mortlake Crematorium.

For those unable to see the service, you can now read the eulogy delivered by David Stewart by clicking here.

We are also able to share some footage from a video made during the College's 140th anniversary celebrations in 2007. David Winn, as President of the OEA, gave a warm and funny speech at the OE reunion on 22 September that year, and we feel that this is a fine example of his self-deprecating humour and shows his great affection for the College.

You can watch the video by clicking the play button here:

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