Seaford Team Completes Epic Three Peaks Challenge

The Seaford team celebrate reaching the summit of Ben NevisJust 26 months after nearly missing out on completing the National Three Peaks Challenge, on July 8th at 5.38am a team from Seaford College achieved the incredible feat of climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in under 24 hours (23 hours and 37 minutes to be precise).

The Seaford team comprised of eleven, including one driver and ten walkers. Teacher and houseparent Matthew Pitteway organised the event, and he said: “we all had one thing in mind: not to miss out again. Conditions on the hills were pretty awful with rain and strong winds nearly all the way, which made the going tough. We had no views to speak of at all on any of the summits, but soldiered on nonetheless.”

The Seaford team set off up Ben Nevis (1,344 m) at 6.01am on Tuesday 7th July. Although they started strongly, they found it difficult to get the right balance of kit due to the weather conditions, and so they had to stop several times to readjust and change clothing. The team eventually summited in just over three and a half hours, which was about half an hour longer than they had planned. Pausing for a quick picture, the team then shot straight back down, taking only one and a half hours in the descent.

The Seaford team then had to travel to Wasdale Head, but the driving conditions were excellent and they covered the 270 miles quicker than they anticipated. They started to climb Scafell Pike (978m) at 5.30pm and covered the ascent Continue reading

Seaford Students Celebrate Best Ever A*-B GCSE Results

John Green with happy pupils Mattie Hansing, Christopher Colegate, Annabel Jeffries, Lucy Brown and Danie LowStudents at Seaford College are celebrating achieving their best ever A*-B GCSE results leading to a record number of pupils heading into the Sixth Form.

Headmaster John Green, who took up the post two years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “I’m very pleased with the progress and academic strategy we have put in place this year enabling all our students to achieve excellent results. Harry Wheeler, from Wisborough Green, achieved 10 A*s, Callum Loeffen-Ames, from Bognor Regis, achieved 6A*s and 5As, Daniel Low, from Billingshurst, gained 7A*s, 2As and a B, Mairi Donaldson, from Haslemere, gained 7A*s and an A, Daisy Hanbury, from Haslemere, achieved 4A*s, 3As and a B, Callum Easton, from Loxhill, gained 3A*s, 6As and a B, and Alex Harry from Billingshurst achieved 3A*s and 6 As. We look forward to welcoming back a record number of Seaford students in September into the Sixth Form and wish them every success as they continue their studies at Seaford.”

“In addition to the best ever A*-B result at Seaford the A*-A pass rate has increased and our impressive A*-C pass rate of Daisy Hanbury from Haslemere with her results80% has been repeated this year.  In a current environment of an undoubted toughening up of academic standards these results are particularly pleasing. Many children have achieved academic personal bests spurred on by our new Challenge Grade system and our excellent teaching. Our English and English Literature are particularly impressive, where many of our pupils have surpassed their Challenge Grade. As a proud Mattie Hansing celebrates with her proud mumnon-selective school our results indicate that our academic core is strengthening year on year enabling pupils to gain their academic personal bests. In conjunction with the strong A Level results, this demonstrates that Seaford is continuing to gather academic momentum”.

John added: “We achieved an 80% A*-B result in English which is simply phenomenal.” John Doy, Head of English said: “I’m delighted by our latest sets of results in English and English Literature which are testament to the hard work of the students and all the members of the English department here at Seaford.” Harry Wheeler, from Wisborough Green, achieved 2 A*s in English Language and English Literature. He should be congratulated on his impressive 100% pass rate in his in English papers.
Harry achieved 10 A*s and said: “It felt really good when I saw the results. All of the teachers at Seaford have given me so much support and guidance. I see Mr Doy as a mentor and he really supported me in the Debating Society. The society gave me a lot of confidence and helped me develop a good work ethic. I worked independently preparing my speeches Harry Wheelerand I’m sure these skills will help me in the future. I’m studying Maths, Further Maths, History, Chemistry and Physics at A Level and I would like to go to Oxford or Cambridge and then work in the City in Law or Accounting”. Mrs Wheeler added: “I am very proud, Harry has thrived at Seaford. Seaford gives students a balance between working hard and other things in life, helping them to keep things in perspective. Harry has high expectations for himself and I was impressed at how well his tutors knew him. They knew exactly how far to push him, but also knew when to tell Harry to take it easy on himself. I can’t praise Mr Doy enough.”

Callum Loeffen-Ames, from Bognor Regis, has achieved 6A*s and 5As. He achieved A* in English Literature and an A in English Language and the results are a great personal achievement. Callum said: “I’m really happy and I got better than my Challenge grades. It is really motivating when you see what a teacher thinks you can get in a subject.” James Passam said: “The ambition shown in his Challenge Grade report is reflected in these superb results. This is a fantastic example of how ongoing academic tracking and the review of each pupil’s learning flightpath, allied with regular communication with students, and encouragement, helps them exceed their expectations and reach their full potential.”
Callum added: “I joined Seaford in Year 9 and I really liked it. You learn to do things for yourself, not because you’re forced to. It’s really unjudgemental and you are allowed to be yourself. I’ve really enjoyed the teaching here.” Callum’s mother, Mrs Loeffen Ames, credits his competitive streak for his academic success: “Callum wants to succeed and beat his siblings!” Callum will be going into Seaford’s Sixth Form to study Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths. He hopes to study Medicine at university, and emulate the success of his sister Sasha, Seaford’s Head Girl, who last week won a place to study Biology at Newcastle University.

Daniel Low, who gained an impressive 8*s, 2As and a B in his GCSEs. He said that he was “lost for words and over the moon” with his results, which he wasn’t expecting: “the biggest surprise was Spanish.” Daniel gained 100% in one of his Spanish modules, and also in some of his English papers. Dan said that he gained immensely from Seaford’s Revision Course, where he learnt new revision techniques, such as drawing images to help him revise. He also found Open Mornings incredibly useful, where students come in on Saturday mornings for extra study sessions. His mother, Mrs Low, said: “Dan joined Seaford in Year 6 and has had such a happy time. He’s worked hard, and Seaford is the perfect environment in which to succeed.” Dan is going on to study English Literature, Maths, Psychology and History at A Level.

Headmaster John Green with Daniel Low and his proud mumJames Passam added: “The introduction of bespoke revision courses introduced early on in our GCSE teaching is undoubtedly having a positive impact. Furthermore, in the context of national concerns reported in the press regarding increasing pressures faced by young people, particularly around examination time, this year we hosted a new seminar on welfare and health for both pupils and parents. Students had talks on good nutrition and a balanced lifestyle, which is another element of exam success and helps students manage this stressful time.”

John Green added: “Seaford inspires personal ambition and success so that personal bests are achieved inside and outside the classroom. This is why I love Seaford – because our flight path is unique.” Many of Seaford’s students achieve high academic results and excel in extra-curricular activities. Callum Loeffen-Ames is a great sportsman and played hockey 1st team, the rugby A team, participated in the javelin at county level and played tennis. Daisy Hanbury, with 4A*s, 3As and a B is a key member of the choir. Callum Easton, from Loxhill, Godalming, achieved3A*s, 6As and a B, and is a talented athlete. Jaime Pardey is a key part of Seaford’s drama department, having performed in Oh What a Lovely War! and Little Shop of Horrors. Jaime is going into Seaford’s Sixth Form to study English Literature, History, Music Technology and Theatre Studies. She hopes to go into journalism, and work in radio.

Seaford achieved 100% A*-C for Art. Thomas Waller excelled achieving 100% in all four of his module in Art & Design. He is continuing into Seaford’s Sixth Form where he will study A Levels in Fine Art, 3D Design and Photography. He hopes to then study at the prestigious Central St Martin’s, one of the world’s leading centres of art and design education, where he would like to focus on his painting. He would then be following in the footsteps of Seaford’s Gabriel Monks, who last week won a place at The Falmouth School of Art after achieving an impressive A* in his 3D Design A Level with two of his modules Smiles of success from Annabel Jeffries and Lucy Brownmarked at 100%.

James Passam, Deputy Head Senior School, said: “A particular strength at Seaford is the dedication shown by teachers, and particularly tutors, insofar as the time they give in prioritising pastoral care, which underpins each pupil’s academic progress. This is a unique selling point for Seaford and something we are immensely proud of. The early intervention and support provided to each pupil enables them to develop strategies, and the confidence required, to succeed academically. We view each pupil’s time at Seaford as an educational journey from Year 7 through until Year 13, and we work with students throughout that time to tailor their educational curriculum to suit their strengths and passions, which in turn then leads to them realising personal bests both in and outside of the classroom. There are some real personal triumphs amongst these results for our candidates, and I am immensely proud of all of them for all that they have achieved.”

Seaford offers a unique environment and inspiring personal ambition & success is part of its DNA.

Seaford College’s Big Day Out Lends Helping Hand in Community

Headmaster John Green tackles the Himalayan Balsam plant alongside Seaford pupilsOn July 2nd an unprecedented number of Seaford College students and staff surged out into the community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. Over 450 students and staff took part in Seaford’s third annual Community Action Day, known as the Big Day Out, over 33 different locations in West Sussex. John Green, Headmaster created the initiative at Seaford College. John said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Due to the success last year, Wednesday afternoons are now blocked out in the timetable for weekly community events. Our students are extremely fortunate to study and live in such a beautiful part of the country, it is only right that they put something back”.

Pupils took residents from care homes in Petworth, Pulborough, Steyning and Bognor Regis out for tea and cake, following on from the successful ‘Picnic in the Park’ event, where residents from the Shaw Care Home Group had a picnic in Seaford’s beautiful grounds. Many thanks to Macari’s café in Bognor Regis for providing free drinks.

Students and staff also assisted with a range of social projects, visiting the Aldingbourne Centre, a trust dedicated to Seaford pupils help with the weeding at the Aldingbourne Centrehelping those with learning disabilities to reach their potential and enjoy life, to help with a variety of different projects. Seaford students also visited local schools – Oakwood, Conifers and St Peter’s in Shoreham-by-Sea – to lead activities with pupils. Head of Girls’ Games Emma Teague visited St Peter’s with four students to help with a range of numeracy and literacy activities, and Headmistress of St Peter’s Mrs Crees said: “We are very grateful to Seaford College for including us in their community project. Their support was much appreciated and enjoyed by the children. We hope to be included again next year.”

Meanwhile, Year 10 students provided a free carwash in Continue reading

John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford College Continues to Succeed Even Though A Levels Toughen Up

Jack Shaw-Pethers, who achieved 3 As, with Headmaster John Green and his parentsSeaford College has seen a significant increase in the overall pass rate at A Level. This has led to Seaford College celebrating its impressive trend of securing students’ places at top Russell Group universities. Headmaster John Green, who took up the post two years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “We are delighted to have maintained our number of A* grades achieved in last year’s exams, and the A*-C pass rate at close to 75% continues to reinforce our proud academic record. Considering the undoubted increase in academic rigour from the examination boards the results this year are particularly pleasing.”

“We have a significant number of pupils heading to a Russell Group University. Jack Shaw-Pethers, from Haslemere, has achieved 3As and is heading Continue reading

A Conversation with Seaford’s New Head Girl Emma Brown

Emma Brown in a physics lessonMany congratulations to Sixth Former Emma Brown, who has just been appointed Head Girl at Seaford College. We caught up with her to ask her about her plans for the future, and her life after Seaford College.

What is your dream job?
I’d like to work in occupational psychology, which is about understanding the dynamics of how people work in industry, for example how they work together.

What are you doing this autumn?
I’ll be starting my A2s and getting ready for university. I’m applying to Oxford, UCL, Bristol and Bath to do Psychology or Human Sciences. Human Sciences explains more about the biological side of psychology, focussing on genetics and evolution.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation?
The concept of self-worth. If you have a good sense of self-worth you will be more confident in getting good grades, going for that job, aiming higher. Not having that sense of self-worth can Continue reading

Sun Shines on Stars of Seafordstock

Seafordstock 2015The evening could not have been more perfect for the highlight of Seaford’s musical calendar, Seafordstock, which took place on Wednesday night.

On the warmest day of the year, crowds gathered on the terraces behind Mansion for a joyful, and as one audience member termed it, ‘europhic’ evening of rock and pop music.

The audience was treated to a range of different songs and styles, featuring everything from Jonny Cash’s Fulsome Prison Blues, expertly sung by Sixth Former Keaton Smout, to the soaring David Guetta club anthem Titanium, sung by Isa Johnstone, which set spines tingling.

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights included the Prep School Choir’s rendition of S Club 7’s hit Reach. There was great audience participation throughout the performance of The Lumineers’ Hey Ho, and Yolanda Gumpo impressed with her version of Beyonce’s Love on Top, this year’s winning House Music song. As Head of Voice and Choirs Sara Reynolds commented, Yolanda’s singing was even better than Beyonce’s herself.

 

 

 

A new venture for Seaford this year has been the Jazz Band, which has proved to be hugely successful. Fresh from their impressive performance at Langham Brewery, where owner Lesley Foulkes praised them for being ‘exceptional,’ they kicked off the evening in style with classics Feeling Good and Fever. Abbey Caveney was another of the evening star performers; singing George Ezra’s Budapest with haunting and soulful grace.

 

 

The evening contained a couple of surprises too. Several members of the teaching staff took to the stage in coordinating beige chinos, white shirts and sunglasses to form boyband ‘Take This.’ Their rendition of the Backstreet Boys classic I Want it That Way was performed with an abundance of flair and was an audience favourite.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was the performance by Headmaster John Green, who had pledged to sing if £500 was raised for the forthcoming choir tour to Paris. In the end, enough funds were raised, so Mr Green was good to his word and sang Tom Jones’ Green Green Grass of Home. He proved to be a natural performer, and had the entire audience swaying together.

 

The finale of the evening was a dazzling rendition of Mark Ronson’s hit Uptown Funk. All the performers joined together, and had audience members dancing in front of the stage. It is was a fitting end to an amazing evening that truly showcased the enormous and varied talents of Seaford College’s Music Department.

 

Sara Reynolds, who organised the event, said: “Seafordstock is getting better and better each year, it’s growing and growing. All the students performed so well, they are my rock stars, and I am looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

A Conversation with the Cuthbertsons

Alana and Bill Cuthbertson with pupils from Heden CourtBill and Alana Cuthbertson have devoted the last sixteen years to Seaford College, taking on a variety of different roles at the school. Well-loved Heden Court Houseparent Alana retired at the end of the Summer Term and before she left we spoke to her and Bill about the sixteen years they have dedicated to the school.

 

How did you become houseparents at Seaford College?

Bill
: I hadn’t even thought about being a houseparent. I came here doing rugby coaching, doing three to four different jobs, but I wanted to settle down. I was asked if I wanted the houseparent role and I said ‘houseparent, you must be joking!’ I’d been a parent before, but never a houseparent. But I took the job, and I’ve never looked back. Alana was my assistant, and then Continue reading

An Interview with Seaford’s Sailing Duo

Oliver Randall-May and Thomas Lawson in actionSeaford College Prep School pupils Oliver Randall-May and Thomas Lawson are keen and talented sailors. After bumping into each other at Chichester Sailing Club, having never realised that each other sailed, they now sail their RS Feva XL, a double handing sailing dinghy, together with great success, and have high hopes for the future. They have just done extremely well in the Schools Week competition at Itchenor Sailing Club, representing Seaford. They were racing alongside much older competitors, many of whom were four years older than them, and did fantastically well. They participated in eight races over two days, their best position was 8th and they overall ranked 26th out of 40.

When did you start sailing?

Thomas
: I’ve grown up by the water, my dad grew up by the water. In the holidays we’d go sailing all week. I started in a Topper about five to six years ago, and I sailed in Toppers until I started to sail the Feva.
Oliver: I started sailing when I was three. I’ve been out in loads of different Continue reading

Seaford Completes Round the Island Challenge

The group who conquered the Round the Island ChallengeNot satisfied with running two marathons and several half-marathons, Seaford College teacher Matthew Pitteway, accompanied by thirteen others, set off on the 20th June to complete the 100km circuit of the Isle of Wight by bike.

The circuit of the Isle of Wight is part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for Whizz-Kidz, a charity that provides support to improve the lives of children both at home and at school. Matthew’s marathons were in aid of Whizz-Kidz, and his fundraising efforts have been supported by his boarding house, Walled Garden West, who sold roses on Valentine’s Day in aid of the charity.

Matthew Pitteway and fellow teacher Edward Bowden cycled to Portsmouth, leaving at 6am and arriving at 8.30am. They had Continue reading

Seaford in Successful Steyning and Goodwood Runs

The Seaford group who ran at GoodwoodCongratulations to the twelve Seaford College staff and students who took part in the Midsummer 5 run earlier this term in Goodwood.

The Goodwood run was hosted by the Chichester Athletics Club and the Chichester Rotary club. It began at Lavant Village Hall, and from there the course went up and onto the Goodwood Motor racing circuit for a lap of the track.

There were almost perfect conditions, although the wind proved a bit of the issue on the exposed track at times.

Following his form from last year, Year 11 pupil Elliot Lewis was first of the students across the line, and Year 11 Anabelle Jeffries was the first girl home for Seaford.

Afterwards the participants were treated to a BBQ hosted by the Chichester Rotary Club, which was very much appreciated by all.At the BBQ afterwards

Teacher Matthew Pitteway, who competed in the run, said: “It was an excellent run at Goodwood. We really appreciated the BBQ afterwards, which made the whole event worthwhile.”

At the end of term three staff members and one student took part in the Steyning Roundhill Romp, a 6 mile race going up from Steyning on to the South Downs way, before returning on a fast downhill track back into to Steyning and the finish line. This was one of the toughest runs of the season, and the Seaford team did well to finish in reasonably good time, considering the record-breaking hot The Seaford team in Steyningtemperatures.

Freya Jenkins Seaford’s Rising Fencing Star

Seaford's Freya Jenkins in her fencing kitYear 8 pupil Freya Jenkins is not only the Head Girl of Seaford College Prep School, she is a rising star of the fencing world.

She took up fencing at Seaford College, a year after starting the school, because she needed new ideas for after school activities. Since then, she hasn’t looked back: “I stuck to it, and I found out that I could do it quite well.”

Freya was spotted by Seaford’s fencing coach, Sharon Blackman, who runs the Chichester Fencing Club. She suggested that Freya start training at the Chichester Fencing Club, and since then she has been achieving great things.

She came third in the qualifiers for the British Youth Championships, and in the actual competition she was knocked out in the second round by an incredibly narrow margin, losing by only a point. In the Independent Association of Prep Schools Competition (IAPS), another national tournament held at Millfield School, she came an impressive third place Continue reading

Prep School Gives Dazzling Performance of ‘Joseph’

The Prep School performs 'Joseph'Seaford College Prep School gave a dazzling performance of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last week. Eighty students from Years 2 to 8 took part in the production, with Nick Easton taking the title role and Ben Clark as the Pharaoh.

The role of the Narrator was divided between five students including two of the cast’s youngest members, Charlotte Cragg and Lauren Goldsmith.

Head of the Prep School Sebastian Rees said that the show was “an example of what the Prep School does best, making education fun.”

Some of the cast members will also be performing at ‘Seafordstock,’ an outdoor rock concert taking place in the College grounds this evening, Wednesday 1st July at 6.30pm.Over 80 pupils from Seaford College Prep School performed

Head of Drama Dr Jane Askew said, “The performing arts are thriving at Seaford College, with events happening throughout the year. It is very exciting to see the younger students emerging with such talent.”

Hugely Successful Speech & Prize Giving Day

The prize winners on Speech DayOn Saturday, more than a thousand pupils, parents and staff attended the Speech and Prize Giving ceremony at Seaford College, making it the largest Speech Day of recent years.

The ceremony focussed on the beating heart of the school – the pupils – four of whom spoke to outline the year’s sporting, creative and community achievements.

Headmaster John Green gave his Annual Address in which he summarised the ‘tremendously successful’ year and underlined Seaford’s strengths, in particular the school’s ability to encourage its pupils to be the best they possibly can be.

Chairman of Governors Richard Venables Kyrke introduced the day’s guest speaker, the record-breaking British climber Jake Meyer. Jake was the youngest man to climb the seven highest peaks on each continent; he has Continue reading

Seaford Sports Day “Bigger and Better Than Ever”

Sports Day at Seaford CollegeOn Saturday, after Speech and Prize Giving, parents, pupils and staff headed to the Oval for the Seaford College Senior School Sports Day.

It was a fantastic afternoon of competitive and enjoyable sporting endeavour, in spite of lurking rain clouds. All those who took part should be commended for giving their absolute best; and congratulations must go to Adair, who were the overall House Winner.

Special mention must also go to those students who were named overall athletes of the day: Continue reading

‘Unplugged’ Celebrates Seaford’s Musical Talent

Seaford UnpluggedLast week Seaford College’s Music Department staged ‘Unplugged,’ an evening of student solo and group musical performances.

Musicians and singers from both the Prep and Senior School performed a range of acoustic songs, featuring everything from George Ezra to John Legend, James Bay to The Lumineers, as well as a variety of jazz classics.

Held in the beautiful setting of the Marquee behind mansion, the evening was blessed with beautiful weather and was a true celebration of the enormous talent of Seaford’s Music Department. Seaford Unplugged

The event was organised by Head of Voice and Choirs Sara Reynolds, and Acting Director of Music Jeremy Weaver, who were both delighted by the support shown by all those who attended and very proud of all students who performed.

The Music Department’s next big event is Seafordstock on Wednesday 1st July, to find out more CLICK HERE.

Seaford’s Emma Teague Selected for England Hockey Masters Side

Emma Teague with the Home Nations trophyMany congratulations to Emma Teague, Head of Girls’ Games at Seaford College, who has just been selected for the England Hockey Masters Over 40s team.

The England Hockey Masters fields a number of different teams for men and women over the age of 40 and beyond.

To get into the England Masters teams Emma had to successfully pass several trials. She said: “I play for a club called Trojans in Southampton, and one of the players there was playing for the Masters team. She said I should go for it, and hence my old age, I did. I went to the trials, got selected into the squad of 16, and now I’ve got lots of tournaments lined up.”

She played in her first tournament in the Channel Islands, and she has just got back from the Home Nations tournament in Wakefield. She and the England team won the tournament, defeating Ireland 4-1, drawing with Scotland 0-0 and beating Wales by the impressive margin of 8-0. In August she will compete Continue reading

Seaford College Prep School Presents ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’

Seaford College Prep School proudly presents 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'Seaford College Prep School are delighted to invite you their performance of the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June. Performances start at 7.00pm and will take place in the Assembly Hall. Admission is free, but you are invited to make a donation to the forthcoming Prep School Choir Tour.

Refreshments are available in the Hollington Centre before the show, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Join Us for Seafordstock on Wednesday 1st July

Seafordstock will be taking place on Wednesday 1st JulyWe are delighted to invite you to ‘Seafordstock,’ one of the highlights of our musical calendar, on Wednesday 1st July. Seafordstock is a fantastic evening featuring many of our students performing rock and pop classics, with student bands and solo performances.

The event will take place on the terraces behind Mansion. Gates open at 6.00pm with performances starting at 6.30pm. Please bring your own picnics, refreshments and picnic blankets, and join us for this glorious evening of rock, pop and dancing. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

We look forward to seeing you there.Seafordstock 2014

Medals Galore at County Athletics Finals

Seaford's Harry Marchant who won gold in the 400m Senior Boys' HurdlesSeaford College pupils were astoundingly successful in the West Sussex County Athletics Finals held at the weekend in Crawley.

Particular mention must go to Harry Marchant, who won gold in the Senior Boys’ 400m hurdles, setting a new school record in the process. Ross Hinton also won gold in the Senior Boys’ Long Jump, and many congratulations must go to them both.

Seaford saw success elsewhere with several silver medals. Simon Ward won silver in the Junior Boys’ Javelin, and he has been subsequently selected for the County team for their match next weekend. Both the Senior Boys and Junior Boys won silver in the relay.

Flying the flag for the girls was Charlotte Reading, who won an impressive bronze in the 800m. Jack Glascott won bronze in the Junior Boys’ Discus, as did Hugo Squires in the Inter Boys’ 200m. The Inter Boys picked up another bronze in the relay.Ross Hinton with his gold medal for the Senior Boys' Long Jump

Antony Cook, Seaford College’s Director of Sport, said: “These results show all the hard work that has been put in by all pupils and the coaching team, and I am very proud of all those who competed in the County Athletics Finals. We are now looking forward to our Sports’ Day which promises to be highly competitive.”

Prep School Hosts Successful Grandparents’ Day

Seaford pupils showed their grandparents their classroomsLast week, Seaford College Prep School welcomed about 90 of our children’s grandparents to Grandparents’ Day and an afternoon tour of the College followed by tea, scones and cakes. This has become a real highlight in our calendar and is an event greatly enjoyed by grandparents, pupils and staff alike. Families and extended families play a big part in College life and this is our chance to invite them to see what we do, the facilities we offer and the sort of events and activities that we put on. Many grandparents saw their grandchildren’s classrooms and met their class teachers as well walking around the wider school. The guests and pupils enjoy their delicious tea

They were particularly impressed by the wonderful work on display in our Art and Design and Technology building. They also had the opportunity to see other aspects of what we do, including music, as well as just enjoying our fabulous outside space – and all bathed in the summer sunshine.

The afternoon was beautifully rounded off by our catering staff, who provided drinks, homemade chocolate éclairs, lemon drizzle cake and scones with cream and jam.

A view of the daySebastian Rees, Head of Seaford College Prep School, said: “Our children were very proud to show grandparents their school, and our grandparents were equally proud of what the children have achieved here. We look forward to welcoming them to future events.”

Girls’ and Boys’ Cricket Teams Having an Impressive Season

The U13s Seaford Girls' TeamSeaford College Prep School cricket continues to go from strength to strength. The U13 girls who previously got to the Regional Semi-Finals for the Indoor Softball Cup in the Spring Term were in action on Friday 12th June in the U13 County Outdoor Finals day at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker. Convincing wins against Claremont and Lancing College set up a mouth-watering final against Bede’s Prep School. With rain in the air and a storm brewing over the downs, it was Bede’s to bat first. Amassing a sizeable total of 261, it was down to our girls to chase it down and win the Cup. Some superb bowling from the Bede’s girls kept things tight and it all came down to the last pair of Constance Stockman and Megan Bennett to get us over the line. With 30 needed off their last three overs, they came ever so close to a famous victory against the tournament favourites, only losing out by 11 runs.

Tomorrow sees the U15s in action at the Hurst County U15 Tournament. Hopefully Continue reading

Seaford in Directors’ Commando Challenge

Seaford representatives take part in the Directors' Commando ChallengeFour students and two teachers from Seaford College went to Lympstone, the training facility of the Royal Marines, on Friday to take part in one of the hardest endurance events there is. Students Henry Lunt, Harry Smith, Charlie Anderson and Hugo Wilson and teachers Matthew Pitteway and Dan Joseph took part in a 9 mile run, a lap of the endurance circuit, complete with lots of mud, tunnels, streams and very steep gradients, before finally finishing on the assault course.

The event was organised by The C Group, a charity that supports marines injured in action, who invited Seaford to take part in the challenge. Houseparent Matthew Pitteway and his boarding house Walled Garden West raised an impressive £160The Commando Challenge0 for the charity by organising a variety of fundraising events: from film nights to fancy dress walks, from fun runs to cycle rides. One event involved a cycle ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the original site of the school at Corsica Hall, Seaford. Staff, students and parents cycled the 50 miles, setting off at 8am and arriving at 6pm.

The C Group invited representatives from other companies that had donated money to the charity over the course of the
year as well.

The successful Seaford teamMatthew Pitteway, who came an amazing second place, said: “We received a thorough debrief when we arrived and were talked through the whole circuit by Royal Marines PTIs. The race was extremely tough, which was not helped by the fact that we missed a turn and ended up running an extra 2 miles! In the end we did really well, and the experience and sense of achievement made it all worthwhile.”

Seaford’s Holly Bassett Ranks 16th in SUP World Championships

Holly Bassett Competing in SayulitaSeaford College Sixth Former Holly Bassett, 17, has just returned from the ISA World Stand Up Paddlesurf and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita, Mexico, with a ISA World Ranking of 16th place for 2015.

The International Surfing Association hosted over 30 international teams in sunny Sayulita, who competed in surf, distance, technical and prone paddleboard disciplines. The event attracts some of best riders in the world; and the ISA are pushing hard for Stand Up Paddlesurfing (SUP) to be included in the Olympic Games.

Holly’s skill is riding waves; she competes against 4 other riders in 20 minute heats in surf conditions.

During the SUP World Championships, Holly faced both challenging conditions Continue reading

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Easy Fundraising for Seaford CollegeDid you know you could be donating to Seaford College when you’re doing your online shopping?

By signing up to easyfundraising, every time you shop online, you earn a donation for Seaford College completely free of charge.

There are over 2,700 retailers to choose from including John Lewis, Amazon, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer and Ebay. Simply sign up, shop away and help raise money for Seaford without spending anything extra. The retailers will donate a small percentage of the money spent as a thank you for shopping with them.

The money raised by easyfundraising will go to a variety of good causes including the chapel fund, the new sports Easy Fundraising at Seaford Collegepavilion, commemorative benches, sports and choir tours, as well as to the various charities Seaford College supports.

Easyfunding was launched ten years ago by Ian Woodroffe, a former telecoms account manager, who whilst recovering from cancer, wanted to use the boom in internet shopping to help charities. Since then, nearly ten million pounds have been raised for good causes across the country.

To sign up, CLICK HERE and follow the easy steps to get started.

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