Seaford College welcomed Old Seafordians back to the College for it’s annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 12th November. This is always a very special event in the Seaford College calendar, with over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members attending a lovely service, which this year was led by The Reverend Canon David Nason. It’s always an important day in the calendar where we not only honor the fallen, but also provide opportunities for Old Seafordians to return to the College and catch-up with each other.
Before the Service began, the CCF cadets marched to the Johnson Centre with incredible discipline, led by Sgt Cameron Gillespie. The Service began with a beautiful song by the Chapel Choir,, before Contingent Commander Major Andrew Plewes received the Union Flag and Standard Flag from Kamal Sameer and Sgt Ollie Somer, respectively.
Year 10 student Sam French delivered the sounding of the last post, and CCF Cdt Henry Bedford and Cdt Lourdes Velasco read out the names of all Old Seafordians who gave their lives in the two World Wars as part of the ceremony of remembrance. Cadets then laid wreaths for each of the two world wars, and Sam delivered the sounding of the Reveille. Canon then gave a lovely address.
Finally, the Cadets took up their position for the March Past, saluting Major Andrew Plewes on their way out of the hall, and the attendees moved next door to the Johnson Centre to catch-up over tea and coffee. It was also a chance for many Old Seafordians to take a look around Seaford’s impressive new Sports and Performing Arts building, The Johnson Centre.
You can see a few highlights of the Service in the video below.
Following the service, those who wanted to stay on for lunch were treated to a delicious roast dinner, and it was a warm, bubbly atmosphere as Old Seafordians caught up with each other, current students, and with staff.
A number of Seaford students also took part in the annual charity walk, immediately after the Remembrance Service. Thecold weather meant that, rather than fancy dress, novelty hats became the theme. A group of just over 20 set out after a quick lunch in good spirits. The walk was similar to the previous year – out along the back drive, through the top of Graffham and then out along the footpaths towards Heyshott before looping back into the centre of Graffham to the finish. The walk has so far raised £350 for Walled Garden West’s charity of the term, YoungMinds.
It’s also a tradition at Seaford College for some Old Seafordians to take part in matches against current pupils, and this year, not only did we have an Old Boys vs Current boys Hockey match, and an Old Girls vs Current Girls Hockey match, but a number of Old Seafordians played against each other in a game of touch rugby. Patrick Disley-May, and Old Seafordian himself who is now a Sports Assistant at the Seaford College Prep School, organised and took part in the match, and really enjoyed it.
“There was a range of ability from all the players who used to represent the college and something extra from those who still compete at either amateur or professional level. Of course the sideline support was second to none and it was great having parents and current pupils pitch side, watching to see if the players they used to look up to back in school could still put on a show.”
In the Hockey games, a spirit of fun was combined with a gentle competitiveness between the Old Seafordians and the current students, which made for two very interesting games.
As the games were taking part, the sounds of clay pigeon shooting carried overhead from Seaford’s Clay Pigeon range, as a number of Old Seafordians took part in a competition. Old Seafordian James Walker, who has only missed one Old Boys shoot in 31 years since leaving the school, thought it was “a very enjoyable afternoon at the Gun Club, as always!”
It was great to see so many people at Seaford College on Remembrance Sunday, and our Alms Collection raised over £2,200.