Four Longhill students, Lois Martin and Daisy Lawlor from year 7, Gene Ronaldson and Oscar Lake-Gouhari from year 8, have been lucky enough to be chosen to design a bespoke rugby shirt for the Longhill team. The Rugby shirt design is part of a special RFU all schools initiative, sponsored by CBRE in conjunction with Canterbury Rugby.
The students spent a day at Hove Rugby Club, along with children from other Brighton schools. They looked at the core values of rugby, the history of their school and the local area and designed the shirt around those elements to give pride and identity to their team. They each took an element of the shirt design to work on, eg sleeve, collar, body, etc. They incorporated one of the dolphins from the Brighton & Hove coat of arms, which is also on the Longhill crest, together with the Rottingdean windmill and the Longhill colours of blue and yellow.
“The Latin motto between the land and sea we flourish is very apt for our philosophy at Longhill”, explained Nick Rolf. “The students used the motto and our core values as their inspiration and have done a fantastic job with their design.”
Student Gene Ronaldson told us, “It was a great day out and lots of fun. It was a good opportunity to learn and use our art and design skills. The chequers on the shirt are from our school crest and the blue is like the sea.”
Oscar Lake-Gouhari added, “It was a chance to mix with other schools and share ideas; to learn about our local history and what it all means. We will have 20 shirts made by Canterbury – that’s amazing and we can’t wait to wear them at Twickenham!”