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A Hair Raising Ride

tom&louMiss Plumstead and Mr Misenti will be cycling 100 miles in the RideLondon event on 31 July as part of Team Anthony Nolan to say ‘thank you’ to the charity.  The BACA couple aim to raise £1,200 for the charity in addition to a separate school fundraiser which sees Mr Misenti promising to shave off his well-established beard in front of the whole school if BACA raises £500, both his beard and his head for £750, and beard, head and full leg waxing if £1,000 can be reached!

The couple were recently interviewed for an article in The Argus to highlight their cycling challenge and their aim to encourage more people to sign up to the bone marrow register, in particular, people with a mixed ethnic background as finding a match is more difficult in these cases.

Mr Misenti said: “Anthony Nolan have been fantastic in helping us properly prepare for this 100 mile ride. They held a training day where a sports nutritionist, physio and bike mechanic gave advice and encouragement. I never used to be the sporty type but I started cycling three years ago. We cycle to school most days and we try to fit in at least one 30 or more mile ride every week, although it’s not always possible when you’re a teacher.”

The ride takes place on July 31, leaving from the Olympic Park in London and looping around the Surrey Hills before finishing at Buckingham Palace. Good luck to you both and don’t forget, Mr Misenti will probably make a faster finishing time without his beard, head and leg hair!

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Go Alice Go!

Alice_Whalley.jpeg.620x0_q100_cropThe Revd Alice Whalley, curate of St Andrew’s Church in Moulsecoomb, Brighton is cycling 250 miles around the Diocese of Chichester in 48 hours to raise money for the new church heating system.

The church has just borrowed over £20,000 to replace the 83 year old church boiler with a new system that will keep the building nice and warm, not just for the congregation, but  for wider community use too.

Good luck Alice!

Follow her training progress on! and click here to donate.

SLAM is Back@BACA This Summer

front coverAll the fun packed into three epic days, including an overnight camp for everyone! Get a head start at BACA for September by taking part this summer.   You will get to know your way around the Academy and make some new friends while having lots of summer fun!

FREE Summer Programme Open to all new year 7 students

9, 10 & 11 August 2016

This year we have three different strands to choose from. Here’s a little taste of each one to help you choose.


Bike shot1Become a Biker and you develop your riding skills, complete a proficiency test and learn basic bike maintenance techniques before heading off on a range of local rides.  Each ride will be increasingly more challenging, so get on a bike this summer and see how much ground you can cover.  Maximum capacity: 18. Please note you do not need to own a bike to take part in this strand as BACA has a number of mountain bikes available for use.


IMG_7902Join the Foodies and get the chance to work in a professional kitchen as part of an elite team with our Community Chef. You will cook lunch for all SLAM participants, whilst developing a range of new skills, and recipes to try out on your friends and family.  Maximum capacity: 12 places.


IMG_1996Choose to be a Survivor and learn basic ancient living techniques and survival skills. You will take part in a range of bush craft activities whilst building self-motivation and resourcefulness as you become part of a team of survivors.

Maximum capacity: 25 places.


Wherever possible, students will be matched with their preferred activity, however some activities are extremely limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis, so book now to avoid disapointment.

Each day will run from 9am to 3pm with a free breakfast club available from 8:30am at the start of each day.  In addition, students will recevie a free home cooked hot meal courtesy of the Foodies.

This year, to make the experience extra special, we are planning for all students to camp over on the school field on the Wednesday evening (10 August). The programme will finish with an Awards Ceremony on Thursday 11 August at 2pm.  Come and see what the students have got up to and find out which of the entrepreneurial attributes they will be presented with.

There is no cost to attend SLAM but if you are allocated a place and no longer want it we ask that you let us know straight away so we can give it to someone on our reserve list – please don’t be a ‘no show’!

To book a place complete a booking form 2016_BACA Summer Programme Booking Form and return it by Monday 27 June: SLAM 2016, BACA, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9PW, or contact me.

Role Models@Sussex Student Union

groupRole Models is a peer-led mentoring project which aims to provide young people in the local community with a safe space and an appropriate environment to engage with PSHEE topics (PSHEE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education).

This covers areas such as personal health, mental health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Alon Harshak, Role Models Project Manager said,

“The project is founded in the belief in the power of youth. Through the collaborative power of the student body, and the passion, experience and knowledge of Role Models volunteers, the team wants to foster a safe environment within which young people can discuss these essential topics.”

So far this year Role Model Volunteers have delivered two full length PSHEE lessons to all 103 year 9 students.  Themes for sessions have included gender, homophobia, sexual health and risky behaviour.

In addition, the volunteers have been working with a discreet group of year 11 students supporting them to consider a series of themes including issuses around mental health, physical health, sexual health, careers and the future, gender and race over 8 sessions.

“In our workshops we aim to form a strong and trusting relationship with the BACA students. Through a strong emphasis on the experiences and knowledge they already have we want to give them a strong voice and confidence in themselves“Alon Harshak

image oneNot including all of the time spent training up the team of 30 plus volunteers, we currently estimate the total number of Sussex University student individual voluntary hours to be in the region of 50 plus hours this academic year alone.

The programme has now moved on in a new direction and has started working with 6th form students studying Entrepreneurship to train up in the Role Models style.

Over six session participating BACA students will;

  • conduct research on their chosen PSHEE topic
  • attending training sessions designed to give them facilitation, communication and teamwork skills
  • help to create the PSHEE workshop content
  • work as part of a team to deliver a one off PSHEE workshops for a year 8 class
  • take part in the evaluation of the Role Models pilot 16 form programme
  • there will be opportunities to get involved in creative and innovative enrichment projects in

“This is a great opportunity for our 6th formers to develop themselves as positive Role Models for lower year groups.  Not only do they get the chance to develop their own skills and abilities, but they also get to pass those skills on to younger students and see the impact they can have directly on their school community.  I am delighted to support Alon to create this new pilot and can already see its potential for wider work and impact.” Natasha Silsby, Community Manager

The programme started this April with training session at Sussex University, before BACA 6th formers lead their own workshop for year 8 students in June.

The Results Are In!

On Wednesday 16 March all BACA students took part in a whole school vote to decide which local groups should receive a Pegasus Award of up to £500.

reults_imageAfter all application films were seen by all students, they each cast their vote and together selected the following nine projects to receive up to £500 to make their project possible;

  1. Bevendean Activities Group (BAG) – run a range of activities for local teenagers for free or low cost. A Pegasus Award will bring the costs down on a range of activities for this summer.
  2. Chomp – provide a free hot and healthy meal to families who are living with a low income. A Pegasus Award will ensure the group can run sessions during the summer break.
  3. Crazy Comic Club – A Pegasus Award will enable bestselling cartoonist, James Parsons, to run a series of comic art drawing workshops with young people at The Bevy Community Pub.
  4. Digi-Daz Entertainment – will use their A Pegasus Award to set up a gaming club to educate BACA students via Maths and English using gaming as an incentive.
  5. Look Sussex – is a weekly youth club for blind and visually impaired children and young people. Their Pegasus Award will be used to buy new resources.
  6. Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project – will set up an after school gardening club to develop a growing culture and improve the space at the back of the academy.
  7. Moulsecoomb Primary School Afterschool Club – will use their Pegasus Award to buy new equipment the afterschool club that runs each weekday until 5.30pm.
  8. ProStars – is a small group of Year 7 BACA students who will provide more entertainment for year 7 students to help with socialising and making new friends.
  9. Trailer Trashed – will use the Pegasus Award to match fund a course for young people to develop their cooking skills and receive a food safety qualification.

The final stage will be for the steering group to track the progress of each project and get ready to act as mentors and support a new group of students to go through the same process next September. Follow their progress here.

Pegasus Award – Whole School Vote

The BACA student steering group worked with their mentors from Lloyds Banking to shortlist the following projects for funding.  All shortlisted projects went to a  whole student vote today , Wednesday 16 March and we are counting the votes as we speak! The outcome of the vote will be announced on Monday 21 March – so watch this space!

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Click on the links below to view each short film outlining their application.

Bevendean Activities Group


Each summer the BAG seeks to put on a programme of activities for local teenagers where the group raises most of the money to pay for it, then offers the discount prices to participants.  This means activities are free or low cost which helps poorer families or larger families who couldn’t afford to do them otherwise.  Funding from Pegasus would bring the costs down on a range of activities including a trip to a theme park as well as community-based things like dance, graffiti and mountain biking.



Chomp has been running in Moulsecoomb since August 2014. We provide a free hot and healthy meal to families who are living with a low income. Most of our families are referred to us through schools and food banks. Families spend an hour doing crafts and games together, before sitting together for a meal. We also provide food for families to take away, as well as support and information to access a variety of services that may be useful to them.

Crazy Comic Club


A series of free comic art drawing workshops with young people aged 8-14 in the Moulsecoomb area. Workshops will be held over 5 weeks at The Bevy Community Pub after school. A selection of the artwork created will be used for a beautiful comic for each participant at the end of the course. Workshops will be hosted by bestselling, internationally published cartoonist James Parsons, with over ten years of comic teaching experience. Sessions will be dynamic, high-energy, and full of drawing tips and techniques. All cartooning equipment will be provided. Fun guaranteed!

Digi-Daz Entertainment


A gaming club for current students at BACA. The gaming club will aim to educate students via Maths and English using the incentive of gaming. Students that sign up will get assigned a Gaming Club tracking card which teachers sign if students have met set targets. If they receive more than 10 crosses that week they won’t be able to participate in the club. As a reward they get to play games against their class mates on the latest consoles.

Look Sussex


Look Sussex is a weekly youth club for blind and visually impaired children and young people where they can come and have fun in a safe, social environment.  Funding from Pegasus would enable new resources to be bought that would enhance the experience of members.  These may be sporting games to help the group keep fit, such as balls with bells inside.  A summer trip would help bond the group and grow social cohesion and support networks for members in their community.

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project


An after school gardening club for year 7 and 8 students at BACA to develop a growing culture and improve the space at the back of the academy building. Participants will get to choose what is grown and enjoy working together to tend the beds and cook up any harvest at the end of the project.

Moulsecoomb Primary School Afterschool Club


We would like funding to buy new equipment for our afterschool club that runs each weekday afterschool until 5.30pm. The children have said that they would like new Lego, new board games and DVDs. We would also use funding to try out new activities, such as trampolining and tennis that the children don’t usually have an opportunity to do. We would use funding to pay for coaches and hire of facilities and equipment at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre.

PAGE (Parents Action Group for Education)

MPSPAGEPAGE are a group of parents who fundraise to benefit pupils at Moulsecoomb Primary School.  We usually hold a small celebration for the Year 6 leavers before they go to secondary school. With this additional funding we would like to extend the activities provided and give them a party to remember! We would also like to give the pupils Year books as a memento and to organise an outing if possible.

The Pantry Project


The Pantry Project wishes to work with local young people 11 plus in art & food workshops that explore eating and behaviours around food. Our theme this year and our focus is ‘waste not want not’ – what does waste mean to us? Wasting food, wasting our time, our energy, wasting opportunities, ‘wasting away’. Working alongside professional artists and chefs, using unusual ingredients, young people will share stories, make artworks in creative & culinary company and taste and try new things to change thinking!



We are a small group of Year 7’s who are looking to provide more entertainment for year 7 students. We feel by putting on more events for these students will help them with socialising and making new friends. Prostars are looking to run gaming console events and outside sports events. This will help students to become more active and involved in these activities and definitely make new friends.

Trailer Trashed


A five week after school course for a group of young people to develop their cooking skills and receive a food safety qualification.  The group will learn how to cook healthy affordable meals; we will all sit and eat together at the end of each session. Trailer Trashed has some money to match fund the project and participants will get the opportunity to volunteer at events like Strawberry Fair Festival in Cambridge at the beginning of June.