Hitting high note for charity in Ringmer

Picture by E.Burke-Duggan
Picture by E.Burke-Duggan

Ringmer Community College staged the finale of its run of ‘open mic’ evenings last week – in the form of a Spotlight Concert to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

The evenings and the concert was the concept of the college’s ONESIE organisation, a group of students who have spent the year creating and running a range of community based events to raise money for the charity.

During the course of the ‘open mic’ nights various acts and solo artists performed their pieces to an audience and the chosen acts were put through to perform in the Spotlight Concert.

A good mix of bands, such as Pretorian, Maelstrom, Stone Angels and Scott Free, plus student vocalists, made it through to the finale and the evening ended with some brilliant covers.

Students and Sixth Formers were involved in the planning and running of the event, from hosting the evening to implementing the lighting for the show.

The base player of Maelstrom, Mark Piercy, co-ordinated the sound on the evening.

The concert was a huge success, attended not only by many students from the college but also by members of the local community.

The event raised an amazing £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust which takes the total for the year to £2,000.

Philip Dean, Leader for Enrichment and Cohesion at the college, said: “It was fantastic to see the event bringing so many people together for a very good cause. Each part of the community was represented by the organisations involved as well as staff, parents and students.

“The best part is the fact that it was organised so smoothly by the students, giving them experience and knowledge of event management. I am very much looking forward to doing this again; it has been a very enjoyable event to be a part of. I am very proud of the students for managing to arrange so much money for charity.”

Elsewhere, the college staged a disco for current Year 7 students and the new Year 7 youngsters arriving in September. More than 60 attended and danced to music by DJ Zammo, a Sixth Form student.