Seevic College marks 61st anniversary of The Great Flood

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Great Flood survivor Geoff Barsby visits Essential Skills studentsSeevic College marked the 61st anniversary of Canvey Island’s Great Flood with a visit from survivor Geoff Barsby.

Mr Barsby, a local historian and author, shared his experiences with students at the College on Monday 27 January.

The Great Flood, which took place on 1 February 1953, is regarded as one of the most devastating natural disasters ever recorded in Britain, causing 58 local deaths and leading to 13,000 people being evacuated from their homes on Canvey.

Mr Barsby, who was seven-years-old at the time of the flood, has published two books on the subject and talked engagingly to 30 students studying the Essential Skills programme at the College.

Seventeen-year-old Aaron Radley, who previously attended the Cornelius Vermuyden School, said: “My family moved to Canvey Island a long time after the flood, but it was really fascinating to hear about what local people went through at the time, and how the area has changed since.”

"It was really fascinating to hear about what local people went through, and how the area has changed since.” Aaron Radley, 17

Seevic College’s Essential Skills programme sees young people learn and develop skills that will give them the confidence to effectively manage their lives both at home and in their local community.

The Essential Skills programme incorporates the development of independent living skills and basic skills such as numeracy, literacy and ICT. It is specifically designed for those who would benefit from learning within a supported environment with small class sizes and a focus on personal and social development.

Mr Barsby’s talk was part of a module of study which involves discovering local history and introduced learners to a wide variety of methods of investigation.

Mr Barsby said: “The young people at the College have been just smashing and incredibly attentive. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my visit and really hope that the students have taken something away from it too.”

Seevic College offers the widest choice of A-Levels in South Essex in addition to Vocational & Professional Qualifications, Higher Education and Apprenticeships

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