Day 5 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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We had an early start this morning, meeting with our bags packed at 7:00am and headed for an all you can eat breakfast to prepare for the first set of matches. We hit the road at around 9:00am towards Timaru. The girls and the senior rugby boys in one bus, as their matches were being played at Roncalli school, with the the year 10 and 11 boys’ match being played at Temuka Rugby Club. The journey took a couple of hours and we were grateful of the warm welcome that we received by the Roncalli staff and students.

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Day 4 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Day 4

We are all starting to settle into the tour now, slowly adapting to the time difference. We awoke for an early breakfast, back at the very popular Five Stags restaurant. They have fed us well over the past couple of days while we have stayed in Hanmer Springs. It was really quite damp when we were packing up to leave, but we were pleasantly surprised to be driving away from this and into much sunnier and warmer conditions. Continue reading

Day 3 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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The alarms were set for many this morning to embark upon a morning run. 14 happy faces met Miss Bryant and Mrs Hegarty at 8:30am to start the day with a bang. They did very well indeed and covered four and a bit kilometres all before breakfast.

We returned to the Five Stags, where we visited last night, for an all you can eat breakfast with so much choice. Cooked breakfast, cereal, toast, pastries, fruit yoghurt and the list goes on. They were all set for the day and our first proper training session of the tour. Continue reading

Day 1 & 2 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Well, we made it! It has been a long journey but not a single complaint from the tourists. They have powered on through the long and tedious flights and we’ve only lost two mobile phones so far (both recovered quickly).

We made our way through security after leaving many of you at Heathrow, with a couple of fairly rigorous bag checks taking place for those who cooperatively put their liquids into clear plastic bags and then tucked them away in with the rest of their hand luggage. Before we knew it we were boarding the first of the three flights, on this occasion to Dubai. The majority of the tour party were all near the back of the plane so we were able to switch around and ensure everyone had a seat they would be happy in for the coming day ahead. Mr Bird found himself chatting away and entertaining strangers further up the plane.

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Seaford College’s Big Day Out 2017, lends helping hand in the community.

Seaford College Big Day Out - Two Seaford College pupils construct shelving at Brent Lodge Wildlife HospitalOn Thursday 6th July, an unprecedented number of Seaford College students and staff will surge out into the community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. Over 450 students and staff will take part in Seaford’s fifth annual Community Action Day, known as the Big Day Out, carrying out 38 activities, at over 34 different locations in West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire. The work the students will do ranges from helping at St Barnabas Hospice, to taking residents from Shaw Care Homes to lunch, to beach cleaning and conservation work. Continue reading

The Silent Deep, Seaford’s annual History Society talk & dinner

silent-deep-1Seaford College hosted its annual History Society talk and dinner, with guest speakers Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks authors of a much lauded history of the Royal Submarine Service: “The Silent Deep”.

The evening was introduced by Seaford’s Head of History, James Gisby, who began by saying that history was about much more than just “the past” and that the evening promised to demonstrate to the assembled crowd of students, parents and interested local people that history is still occurring before our eyes.

Lord Hennessy began the presentation with a brief sketch outlining the genesis of the project, explaining that due to the sensitive nature of the submarine service’s operations, there was, before their book, a sizeable “gap” in British naval history where submarines were. This perhaps explains the “special fascination” that these craft and their operations have, not just for historians like himself but also many curious laymen, as evidenced by the attentive and appreciative faces before him.

He explained the “remarkable access” that he and Dr Jinks had enjoyed to previously forbidden territory, remarking however that the clear enjoyment he took from the research led his wife to suspect the whole thing was some kind of “extended jolly”. And this was perhaps the overriding message of the night, especially for the students: despite the fact that the speakers were discussing such terrifying concepts as the “letters of last resort”, they had an infectious enthusiasm for history and the stories they had to tell, which transcended the serious subject matter to make for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Dr Jinks then followed, giving a brief history of the submarine service from its beginnings on the “piratical fringe” to its current modern incarnation. Much of its modern history was of course concerned with Cold War intelligence gathering, and Dr Jinks’ talk was accompanied by some fascinating photographs of Russian military hardware taken by submarines in the 70s. He spoke also of the service’s involvement in the Falklands war, as well as offering some fascinating insights into the under ice warfare that characterised the 1980s as the Russian fleet retreated to the Arctic Circle.

seafords-gifted-talent-student-william-morris-asking-questionsThe question and answer session that followed raised some fascinating points with two very searching questions from Seaford students, Tom Hennessy (no relation) and William Morris. Tom had clearly done his homework, having read one of Lord Hennessy’s other books, questioning him on his personal views on nuclear retaliation while William asked about the safety measures aboard nuclear vessels. Both questions provoked well-considered and detailed responses from the panel.

The event was followed by a book-signing and dinner with many guests and students stocking up on some high-brow stocking fillers for the Christmas period.

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john-doy-james-jinks-breege-jinks-john-green-headmaster-peter-hennessy-james-gisbyJohn Doy, Seaford’s Director of Academic Performance said: “The evening was a fascinating, if sometimes alarming, insight into what has gone on, and continues to go on, beneath the surface of the world’s oceans; we were all left feeling privileged to have glimpsed for a moment the secretive and compelling world of “The Silent Deep”. Many of Seaford’s Gifted and Talented students and the students on the Academic Enrichment Programme attended the talk and dinner and they enjoyed hearing Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks share their experience and expertise.”

 

James Gisby, Head of History added: “My vision for the evening was to inspire future historians with influential speakers who are experts in their fields.  This talk follows closely on the heels of Seaford’s Gifted and Talented conference for local schools and Seaford staff, making a link between the skills we teach and foster at Seaford, manifested in an authoritative work.  This is a key feature of providing extension of provision for the Gifted and Talented pupils.”

neil-franks-angela-azis-jonathan-claudia-golden-kate-lavender-tim-kate-wardle-andy-annette-henderson-from-petworth-festivalThe talk and dinner was supported by the Petworth Festival Literary Weekend. Festival Manager, Kate Wardle, and her colleagues attended the event and added: “Thank you very much indeed for a superb evening on Friday. We all enjoyed the talk and presentation enormously. Lord Hennessy and James were very knowledgeable people who could both speak eloquently and expertly on the subject, but from different points of view and with different emphasis. This made for an extremely interesting and informative evening. I don’t think many of us can imagine quite what it’s like to spend weeks on end under the sea without any daylight or realised quite how important the sub-mariners work is to our national security. Dinner was wonderful with a great atmosphere too. All the Festival team so enjoyed being guests at Seaford.”mr-mrs-venables-kyrke-major-laurence-bedford-sara-bedford-henry-bedford

Seaford College hosts Gifted and Talented Conference

photowebSeaford College hosted a large number of local primary and secondary schools this week at its inaugural Gifted and Talented conference, “Challenging the more able learner”. Sue Mordecai the renowned and inspirational speaker spoke at the conference. Sue covered the current challenges for able learners in our classes from Reception to Year 13. The key messages included ideas to help engage children to read for pleasure in an age where technology is so dominant. Sue said: “After the age of 7 research studies show that we learn new words from what we read, encouraging ‘Screenagers’ to read is a real challenge.” Sue discussed the importance of good teachers and highlighted that a passion for a subject along with good subject knowledge in secondary education is crucial for engaging the more able learner. Sue shared a checklist of characteristics of the more able learners and challenged the audience to make sure teaching allows for these characteristics to flourish:

Highly able learners:
• are curious
• continually ask questions
• have a willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty
• have a recognition of and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of things
• are fascinated by, or passionate about, a particular subject or aspect of the curriculum
• determined and persistent
• can be perfectionists

Her main message was that schools should give children the opportunities to reveal their abilities so that talent can be identified. She then gave practical examples about how this can be achieved saying, “Ask unusual questions to prompt unusual answers and give students the chance to show exceptional qualities”. Examples of questions to ask included: What happens if I drop an ant? Do ideas have to be right to be valuable? Who is more corrupt – the person who gives bribes or takes bribes?

Rebecca Burns from Pennthorpe School said: “It was a superb event with fantastic ideas and real life examples to use in the classroom”. Malcombe Meaby, deputy head from Easebourne CofE Primary added: “The conference was fascinating and informative. I have lots of ideas that I’ll take away and share with my staff”. John Doy, Director of Seaford’s Academic Development said: “Sue is warm and engaging and her presentations always make you think.” Eleanor Jones, Seaford’s Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator added: “Sue is very inspiring and reenergises you. It has been a great conference for networking and sharing ideas between schools.”

John Green, Seaford’s Headmaster said: “Seaford is proud to be an inclusive school giving all pupils the opportunity to achieve their personal bests. Over the past three years our academic strategy has resulted in a very high number of incredibly able students joining the vibrant Seaford community.

The recent conference by Sue was inspirational and identified how to positively stretch our most able students both inside and outside of the classrooms. The strength of the Seaford community is that all our pupils have the self esteem to make the most of the vast opportunities and provision on offer – indeed our pupils succeed because they believe they can.”

Book Recommendation:
Sue made a book recommendation to help schools identify the able learner in the foundation years:
http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Finding_Exploring.pdf

Further information about Sue Mordecai:
Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools. She is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), an independent education consultant and founder of the networking group ‘Associates for School Improvement’. Through NACE, Sue has been involved in the writing and production of materials commissioned by the Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. Until recently Sue was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. She has delivered training nationally and internationally. She is on the board of a multi academy trust and is chair of the Diocese of Rochester School Effectiveness Group. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and is an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Gifted Education International’. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information: http://www.nace.co.uk

Year 13 student, Oliver Shone has an article published in the Guardian

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Year 13 pupil Oliver Shone has had his IGCSE English Language Writing Coursework published in the Guardian.  Pauline White, his English teacher said: “He wrote this piece for me when he was in Year 11.  It’s about his brother, Sebbie, who has Down’s Syndrome.  Ollie stopped me on the Chicken Walk to excitedly tell me the news, what a fantastic achievement.”  John Green, Headmaster added: “Incredible news, we are very proud of Ollie.”

Follow the link to read Oliver’s piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/07/brother-downs-syndrome-eradicate

Invitation to Alumni for Remembrance Sunday Service

Seaford College - Remembrance Day Rev Michael Barter, Major Andrew Plewes and John Green Headmaster WEBMr John Green, Headmaster, warmly welcomes all Seafordians and Governors to join in the Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday 13th November at Seaford College. It is a very special event in the College calendar, bringing current and former pupils together for an extraordinary service.

Everyone is asked to be in their seats in the Sports Hall for 10.20am.  After the service, a buffet lunch will be provided in Mansion House in the Senior Dining Room for Old Seafordians, governors and staff members. It will be a relaxed atmosphere, allowing a great opportunity to catch up with alumni as well as former and current members of staff.

If you would like to attend, it would be very helpful to receive your RSVP by no later than Monday 7 November. Please contact Miss Nicole Kelleway on 01798 867392 or email nkelleway@seaford.org so we can inform our catering team. We will do our best to accommodate any late responses but we cannot guarantee a place so please let us know as soon as you can.

There are several sporting activities available to take part in or to spectate commencing at 2pm. Please see the list below and make contact with the activity organiser if you are interested in joining in. All the activities below are weather dependant and may be postponed if the weather conditions are unkind.

Clay Pigeon Shooting: Tony Bracci tonybraccishooting@gmail.com
Golf: Jack Halsey jhalsey@seaford.org
Touch Rugby: Ed Bowden ebowden@seaford.org
Tennis: James Bird jbird@seaford.org
Men’s Hockey: Antony Cook acook@seaford.org
Ladies’ Hockey: Claire Greenway cgreenway@seaford.org

Clay Pigeon Shooting: Due to the time restraints and the sheer volume of people who attend, this event is offered to competent shooters and will be a 25 bird sporting shoot.

Kit: White shirts (please provide your own) Shorts & Socks – please bring your own (white and dark of both if possible).

Tea and cakes will be served in the Hollington Centre once the afternoon of activities has finished, at approximately 3.30pm. We look forward to meeting you all and hope you will be able to join us for this very special day in the Seaford College calendar.

Seaford’s most successful long distance runner

photowebOlivia McDonald (Yr 10) is Seaford’s most successful long distance runner. Lauren Bryant, Director of Girls’ Sport said: “Olivia competed in the Butser Hill Cross Country Challenge running 3km. Olivia came in 3rd overall and was the 1st female to cross the finish line, with years 8,9, 10 and 11 all running together.  I’m really proud of what she achieved.     Butser Hill at 889’ is the highest point on the South Downs, overlooking the town of Petersfield and is the natural heart of the South Downs National Park.”

Seaford hosts Gifted and Talented Conference

seaford-college-challenge-2Seaford College is hosting a Gifted and Talented conference, “Challenging the more able learner” on Tuesday 8th November.  Sue Mordecai the renowned and inspirational speaker is speaking at the conference.  Sue will cover the current challenges for able learners in our classes from Reception to Year 13.  All local schools are invited to attend the conference.

Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools. She is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), an independent education consultant and founder of the networking group ‘Associates for School Improvement’. Through NACE, Sue has been involved in the writing and production of materials commissioned by the Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. Until recently Sue was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. She has delivered training nationally and internationally. She is on the board of a multi academy trust and is chair of the Diocese of Rochester School Effectiveness Group. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and is an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Gifted Education International’. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information, please email: ejones@seaford.org

Seaford welcomes Sir Gareth Edwards CBE to Annual Sports Dinner

annual-sport-dinner-2016Seaford College is looking forward to welcoming Sir Gareth Edwards to Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner on Friday 30th September.

As long as rugby is played, the argument will never be settled over which was the superior of the two classic Lions vintages of 1971 and 1974.
But whether the ’71 side had the better backs and the heroes of ’74 the finer forwards, one thing is certain – both teams had the best scrum-half of their age in Gareth Edwards, of Cardiff and Wales.
Capped at 19 and his country’s youngest captain at 20 years, seven months, Edwards turned 21 on his first Lions tour, to South Africa in 1968. There, he showed the potential of his partnership with Barry John that would burst into full bloom in New Zealand three years later.
In South Africa, though, potential it remained.  John was injured in the first Test and Edwards tore a hamstring before the third vital third international.
By 1971, Edwards was well into his record run of 53 Wales caps in a row and played a pivotal role in the Lions’ first series victory in New Zealand.

Seaford College celebrates a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing

front-coverwebSeaford College is celebrating a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing.  John Doy, Seaford’s Director of Academic Performance said: “Before taking on my new role this academic year I was the Head of the English Department and we decided to compile this book to celebrate and share the fantastic work our students produce. There are lots of great things about being an English Teacher, but there is nothing quite like reading the work of a student that completely stops you in your tracks. We hope the writing we have included here gives you a little taste of how wonderful, surprising and sometimes terrifying that moment can be – when the power of “a word after a word after a word” becomes real.
There are pieces here from some of our A Level Creative Writing students and also from pupils further down the school.
We would like to thank the Art Department for helping us to provide the images we have selected to accompany the writing. The names of the students who created the images you see can be found on the page opposite.
Enjoy!”

“A word after a word
after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood

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Seaford College’s Careers Evening – Media & PR

photo2webMartin Spurrier gave an enthusiastic presentation to students and parents at Seaford’s Careers Evening last night.  Martin’s story is fascinating and inspirational, and it provided a valuable insight into the world of PR and Marketing.

Martin had a fascinating career and travelled from England to Hong Kong in 1972 after an earlier career in the Army, became a founder member of Burson-Marsteller in Asia, owned a PR company and chaired the Hong Kong arms of Weber Shandwick and Edelman, two of the world’s leading PR firms.

Martin engaged with the audience and explained the difference between PR and Marketing, he covered the sectors that pupils could go into and he demonstrated that there is a future in PR by showing the growth of the top PR companies in the world.  He discussed the changing world of PR with new technologies and covered the skills and attributes that you need to be successful in this field.

As part of the student and parent Q&A he advised that English is a good subject to study and it is essential to have a love of writing.  He also discussed the benefits of working in a small PR consultancy and a large PR consultancy as part of your career.

Heather Russell, Seaford College’s new Head of Careers said: “This is the first of many exciting talks planned for the year to help students make plans for their future careers.   I’d like to thank Martin for his time as it has given our students a great insight into the world of PR and Marketing.”

Josef Amin celebrates 11A*s at GCSE

Joseph  Amin at Meon Springs Fly Fishery IMG_1529Josef Amin (from Graffham) is celebrating gaining 11A*s at GCSE.  Joe is also celebrating completing his Silver DofE today.  Joe said: ”It’s been quite a day”.   He has celebrated with a fish and chip supper tonight with the Seaford students on the DofE trip.   He is looking forward to celebrating with his parents tomorrow and has asked his mum to make him sausage pasta to celebrate because he has been walking for 3 days!

We caught up with Joe and his mum about his fantastic results and life at Seaford:

Joe: “I’m in complete shock, I thought I’d done well but not this well. Seaford really helped me succeed by helping me manage and structure my time which meant I started my revision months before the exams.  I was shown how to devise a revision timetable that included having breaks which I really needed to help me focus.  The teachers were great and were very thorough.  We practised past papers and they really helped me with exam technique and timings.  I learnt how to efficiently use my time in exams.”

Mrs Amin said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. It’s all very overwhelming.  Joe worked so hard and his results have completely blown us away.  He has taken it upon himself to work hard, we are very proud of what he has achieved.  My husband and I are looking forward to celebrating with Joe when he gets back tomorrow.

“At Seaford he has thrived with the extra-curricular activities and it has been good to see him have a balanced life where he can pursue his passions for the environment and his creative side in DT.  There is such a lot of pressure these day from society to get good results and I’m pleased Joe was able to manage his time and find a balance in life.

“He is a star! Joe has thrived on the diversity of what Seaford has to offer in terms of the sport and the other extra-curricular opportunities the school provides.“

Joe: “I play in the 1st XV and I like the competitive side of rugby, I enjoy the physicality of it.  You really bond with your team mates and I like rugby because it is challenging and requires skill.  I looked forward to my rugby sessions, it provided a break from studying.

“I have played tennis at Seaford on a Saturday and I also played a lot of tennis over the summer both at Graffham Tennis Club and at Seaford.  I played when I was revising to give me a break.

“I also enjoyed CCF at Seaford because it was physical and challenging and this led to do my DofE.  I want to do my Gold award next.  I have been volunteering at Botany Bay at Seaford for my DofE.  I have enjoyed it because I like the environment.  I also love fishing at Botany Bay and I have taken two training courses which means I can monitor the water quality and the invertebrates.  If there is a problem or signs of pollution I have the responsibility to let the Environment Agency know.

“I love angling and I’m on the talent pathway with the Angling Trust.    I’m really design orientated and I designed a stylish wading and landing net for my DT GCSE.  I loved designing it.

“In the sixth form at Seaford I’m going to study Physics, Maths, Biology and DT and I’d like to go on to do Maths and Science at University.  I’d like to go into science research, design, architecture and engineering”.

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

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Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Due to the success of our annual action day, 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.”

Students and staff assisted with a range of social projects, including visiting the Aldingbourne Country Centre, a trust dedicated to helping those with learning disabilities reach their potential and enjoy life, to assist with a variety of different tasks. Pupils and Headmaster John Green helped to clean out a storeroom at the Chichester-based homeless charity Stonepillow.

Houseparent Matthew Pitteway was also part of the visit to Stonepillow and he now plans to take a group of boarders each week to support the charity on an ongoing basis. He said: “There is so much we can do to help them and we all got a great sense of achievement out of the day. You really feel you are making a difference. It is a big task keeping on top of the storeroom. We unpacked donations, checked the food was in date and then we put a clear best-before label on them before putting them away. We also sorted through the existing donations in the stockroom to check dates and organise the tins and packets. The students are keen to go back and help. The group worked really hard and achieved a lot in the day.”

Volunteers from Seaford College and the Hyde Group also lent a helping hand to residents at the Whyke Estate in Chichester. They tackled jobs including cleaning windows, washing cars, clearing gardens and picking up litter. One resident said: “There are lots of people in need on the estate and projects like this can help them get on top of things. I just want to say thank you to Hyde and Seaford College for their help.”

Seaford pupils also visited local schools – Oakwood in Chichester, Conifers in Easebourne, and St Peter’s in Shoreham – to lead activities with pupils. Seaford sports teacher Lauren Bryant visited St Peter’s with four students to help with a range of numeracy and literacy activities, and St Peter’s Headmistress Kate Crees said: “This is the second year St Peter’s has taken part in the day and once again the pupils here really enjoyed interacting with the Seaford students. I’d like to thank Lauren and the girls from Seaford, and we very much hope to be included again next year.” Lauren added: “The girls were really excited to be helping out at a school.”

Elsewhere, students undertook the very important task of beach clearing and at the end of the day Georgie Sims, Seaford’s Head of Netball, said: “The beaches are officially clean at East Wittering, Bracklesham Bay and Selsey!” Two separate groups of Seaford pupils spent the day in Graffham. One cleaned the war memorial and park benches, while another cleared a blocked ditch, drain and culvert, with assistance from parish councillor Sarah Lydiard-Wilson, who was very happy with the standard of work. At the Treasure Box Nursery in Bognor Regis Seaford students helped out with a number of tasks, including staining a fence. The head of Treasure Box Nursery, Kim Doherty, said: “The pupils from Seaford College have been an invaluable help over the past few years.”

Diana Strange, Seaford’s Director of Care and Welfare took students to Duncton and said: “The students were fantastic”. “They cleared, cleaned and painted Duncton’s recreation ground and bus shelters. Two pupils also cleared and removed brambles and molehills.”

Other new projects for 2016 included ground clearance at Coultershaw Beam Pump, planting at Tuppenny Barn, and cleaning the former kitchens at Stansted House. Amelia Allen, Anya Ormrod Davis and Lennie Cooper had a fantastic day giving the dogs a lot of exercise and love at the Clym-ping Animal Sanctuary.

Community Coordinator Clive Thorpe, who organised the day, said: “It’s really important that our students realise just how lucky they are. It’s great for them to get out and see that people are not as fortunate as themselves and it is good for them to discover skills they didn’t know they had.

“Looking forward, Seaford College is always open to new partnerships. If anybody would like to be considered for next year’s event, please contact me at cthorpe@seaford.org.”

This is how we rock at Seafordstock!

Seaford College Seafordstock 2016 5 webSeafordstock, which took place on Wednesday night is Seaford’s annual Rock & Pop concert where students get to showcase their talents.  Similar to Glastonbury 2016 the concert suffered from terrential rain and high winds, so for the first time in Seafordstock history the concert moved from the terraces behind Mansion to the Assembly Hall.  The new location proved to be an excellent venue for a ‘eurphoric’ evening of rock and pop music.

The audience was treated to a range of different songs and styles, featuring everything from The White Stripe’s Seven Nation Army, expertly sung by Year 9 band v8s, to the moving tribute to Prince sung by Issy Johnstone who appropriately sang Purple Rain.     Seaford College Seafordstock 2016 3 web

 

 

 

 

Seaford’s Headmaster John Green led by example with his rendition of John Denver’s Take me Home Country Roads.  John is inspiring students to do their personal bests.

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.”

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A big thank you to Peter Viccari (from Viccari Wheel Ltd http://www.viccariwheele.co.uk) for the professional videos.

Seaford College Chapel Choir singing with Jonathan Antoine in London encore

web3bSeaford College Chapel Choir has been invited back for an encore with Jonathan Antoine at his London concert on 19 January. Labelled the ‘Teenage Pavarotti’ by the press, Jonathan rose to fame when he and former singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli came second in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. They went on to sign a record deal with Simon Cowell and release two hugely successful Top 5 albums.

The Chapel Choir sang to great acclaim with Jonathan at his Eastbourne concert in November, at which they also gave solo performances before joining Jonathan again for the encore, which was met with a standing ovation. Jonathan was so impressed with the standard of their singing that he congratulated the Choir while on stage, before adding that he hoped “to sing with Seaford again in the future”.web2b
Tracy Antoine, Jonathan’s manager, said: “The choir performed beautifully, as we knew they would, but it was very special for Jonathan to have them there on a personal level – feeling secure in the knowledge they would be excellent but lovely too! I think Sara did a pretty good job teaching him, as I’m sure you’d agree!”

When Jonathan heard he would be singing with the Chapel Choir again he took to social media, saying: “Thank you for agreeing to sing with me again in January.”
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Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice & Choirs at Seaford College, taught Jonathan at the Junior Royal Academy from the age of 15. Jonathan clearly enjoyed learning with Sara and praised her on stage at the concert, proudly saying: “Sara was my vocal teacher at the Junior Royal Academy in the primary stages of building my voice to what it is now so if anyone here is to blame, it’s Sara!”

 

Links to videos from the performance at Eastbourne





An exciting first term as Seaford College launches a new Equestrian Programme

Horse jumpingwebSince Lucy Sanders, Seaford’s new Equestrian Team Manager, joined at the beginning of the term there have been many notable success stories. Lucy is also District Commissioner of Cowdray Pony Club and brings a wealth of experience to her role at Seaford having owned horses all her life.

Seaford’s first equestrian competition was the Inter-Schools Arena Eventing in October at the Berkshire College of Agriculture. The team had a great day in the sunshine with both the pupils and ponies looking very smart in their new Seaford College uniforms. More than 30 schools attended and the competition was fierce as this was the last opportunity in 2015 to qualify for the National Schools Finals.

Lucy reported: “After a warm up in the first class in the outdoor arena, the girls rose to the challenge riding a very technical, long and twisty course at 85cm in the indoor arena. Arena Eventing consists of a short course of show jumps followed immediately by a timed round of cross country-style fences with each combination of horse and rider also being judged on style.

“Zoe Lunt riding Ghostie, Olivia Macdonald riding Dusty, Felicity Hitchcock riding Mohill Moon and Flora James riding Harley all rode beautifully to finish on only a few faults between them. Although not placed in the top six schools this time, the girls showed talent, excellent sportsmanship and team spirit. Sabrina (Beanie) Bradley, who is 11 years old and in Year 6, came fourth in the 85cm/19 years & under class, and although she didn’t qualify for this final it was a very good effort.”

Horse and riderwebAt Bryanston later in October, Beanie Bradley rode some tremendously fast rounds against the clock to qualify for the National Inter Schools Show Jumping Championships. Lucy proudly said: “There were approximately 80 riders in the 13 years and under class and only the top two qualified so Beanie did very well indeed. She is a talented rider and has a lovely pony. It was a good day for Seaford who will now be represented at National level.”

Video of Beanie Bradley qualifying for the National Inter Schools Show Jumping competition.

Beanie Bradley then went on to fly the flag for Seaford College at the National Inter Schools Show Jumping Championships at Addington Manor, Bucks where she was placed a fantastic sixth place in a very hotly contested competition at the Nationals.
Lucy added: “It was very exciting as Beanie for Seaford College was lying in first place after the first half but ended up being pipped at the post by older riders in this 75cm, 13 years and under class.
The NSEA have commented on their website that the judges were impressed by the very high standard of riding at this event.”

In November, Beanie Bradley won the Inter Schools 70cm Show Jumping County Qualifier. Competitors from counties across the South of England took part, with Seaford College for West Sussex coming first. Beanie has qualified to compete at the 70cm height in the National Championships in April 2016. She also took part in 80cm class with an unlucky four faults but was four seconds faster than the others.

County Qualifier 1mwebThe Seaford College 90cm Show Jumping Team was then out competing at the beginning of December at the Felbridge Show Ground, East Grinstead. This was a qualifier for the County Championships for schools from West Sussex, Surrey, Greater London, Kent and East Sussex with 28 teams competing.
Lucy commented: “Braving the cold and windy weather as well as the early start – some families had got up at 4.15am in order to prepare the horses and arrive in time – Seaford finished on only four faults after our four riders had jumped.
“There were super clear rounds from Olivia MacDonald and Flora James on her new horse, with all members of the team riding well and supporting each other. Xenia Truman competed as an individual and also rode a good clear round and was unlucky not to be placed this time. Sadly, in the team competition we were beaten in to second place in West Sussex by Hurst but are determined to improve on this result next time!”
Seaford also fielded a team in the 1.00m class with a super result of sixth place out of all schools in West Sussex, Kent, Greater London, Surrey and East Sussex. In West Sussex we were placed second behind Hurst.
Lucy reported: “There were excellent rounds from Lucinda Humphrey (Year 12), Piers Fairston (Year 11) and Xenia Truman (Year 9) and it was good to see this mix of ages supporting each other.
This is the first time that we have been out competing at the higher level and we have much talent to build on. Beanie returned the following day to compete, coming in a very good fifth in the 70cm and sixth in the 80cm.”

 

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Piers Fairston, Zoe Lunt, Olivia Macdonald, Sabrina Bradley, Xenia Truman and Flora James.

 

There is more to come in December with two more Seaford pupils taking part in events.
On Thursday 17 December, Oliver Shone in Year 12 will be at the London International Horse Show in Kensington to be presented with the Young Equestrian Leadership Award gold level. Lucy said: “We are not sure yet who is presenting the awards but an Olympic gold medal show jumper has been mentioned. This is a very prestigious occasion and we are very proud of Ollie for completing 100 hours of voluntary service in the Equestrian industry.”

Lucy added: “Also at The London International Horse Show, Olympia on Sunday 20th December Sabrina Bradley will be competing in the Mini Major class which is a relay class against the clock between well-known International show jumpers and young riders on small ponies. We wish her good luck.”

Reflecting on her first term as Seaford’s new Equestrian Team Manager, Lucy said: “It has been a very exciting start to Seaford’s equestrian pursuits. I have really enjoyed working with all of the riders who have all shown talent, determination, excellent sportsmanship and team spirit. I am looking forward to next term and our aim is to qualify Seaford teams in Dressage, Show Jumping and Arena Eventing for the 2016 Inter Schools National Championships.”

Christmas celebrations begin at Seaford College

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Mansion House at Seaford College is already overflowing with Christmas spirit. The log fire is roaring, the Christmas tree is sparkling and a replica of Mansion House made of gingerbread is being admired by passers-by. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to make,” said head chef Cavill Perrin, who spent 18 hours creating the gingerbread mansion to celebrate the beginning of the festive period.

To produce his masterpiece, Cavill used 12lb (5.5kg) of gingerbread dough and 10lb (4.5kg) of royal icing. David Shaw, head of DT, helped out by building an acrylic framework to support the gingerbread. The College plans to keep the gingerbread Mansion House on display until the end of term – when the pupils will be allowed to eat it!

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Seaford Prep School teams take part in the Kid’s Lit. Quiz

Kid’s Lit. Quiz Seaford College teamOn Tuesday, two teams of students from Seaford Prep School took part in the Kid’s Lit. Quiz, the world’s only global literature competition, which this year was held at Duke of Kent School in Surrey. More than 20 schools took part from all over the South East. Our Year 7 team came ninth overall so didn’t qualify for the national final but did come away with some new books, which they won in a special bonus round. All the students had a great afternoon and came away even more enthused by “the sport of reading”.

The Seaford pupils who competed were Sam French, Marcus Fairweather and Henry Thompson (all Year 8), and Max Rogerson, Henry Grantham-Smith and Eliott Emslie from Year 7. This is the fourth year the College has entered the not-for-profit competition, which also stages events in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. It was launched in 1991 with the aim of acknowledging, motivating and rewarding young students for their reading.

Seaford College’s rugby teams enjoyed a triumphant weekend against local rivals Brighton College

Seaford College v Brighton College 14-11-15 Jake McQuade (left) celebrates a hard-fought victory WEB Rugby - Seaford College v Brighton College Seaford College’s rugby teams enjoyed a triumphant weekend against local rivals Brighton College. The 1st XV, which hasn’t lost since the opening weekend of the season, continued its good form with a hard-fought 22-13 home victory, while the U14A side fared even better with a 27-0 win.

The Brighton College 1st XV had also been riding high going into the game after beating Champions Trophy finalists Epsom College earlier in the week, but they were unable to match Seaford’s spirited and savvy display.

Seaford 1st XV number 8 Jake McQuade, who scored a try in the first half, said: “It was a really spectacular win. The match was fairly even and I think the win came down to the team at Seaford wanting it more on the day. We were fired up!”

The College’s Head of Rugby, Edward Bowden, added: “In horrendous conditions we did what we needed to do, played the right game that suited the conditions to come away with the win. The boys’ passion was evident throughout with a really good team effort. It’s the two biggest teams in Sussex coming up against each other, so it was a really good day.”

Headmaster John Green, who was part of a sizeable crowd that braved the weather to cheer Seaford on, said: “It was a superb game from the first to the last whistle. There was an amazing team spirit in evidence.” The headmaster’s wife, Sian Green, who is an avid follower of Seaford’s rugby teams, added: “It was a really exciting match to watch and I felt emotionally drained by the end.”

Photos courtesy of Richard Dixon

Seaford College pupils win prizes at public speaking contest

Seaford College pupils at Rotary Club public speaking contestOn Monday, Seaford College entered two teams for the Rotary Club’s public speaking competition. Seaford’s sixth form team were placed second in a field of six other teams, winning themselves £20 worth of book vouchers each.

The Year 11 team also performed admirably on what was a great night of entertaining and thought-provoking oratory. Lucie Navratova spoke passionately about her belief in the importance of learning languages, while James Thompson explored the issues surrounding our assessment of risk. Other team members acted as Chair and Vote of Thanks.

The pupils in the Seaford teams were: Lucie Navratova, Peter Tutykhin, Anna Kleinova, James Thompson, Tom Hennessey, Jude Mayes.

Seaford College presents Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

Seaford College The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiChicago in the 1930s: the Great Depression. A time of unemployment, fear and corruption – and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power: an absolute power. Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large, from the markets to the docks and across the city itself. You might be with him, you might be against him – it certainly seems that no one’s prepared to stop him.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is Brecht’s funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler in Germany in the early 1930s, but cleverly transposed into the world of Chicago’s gangland during the same period. Using a translation by George Tabori, Seaford College is presenting this challenging and thought provoking play on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November in the Assembly Hall. A pre-theatre dinner will be available on Friday 27th, enabling audience members to enjoy a relaxed two-course meal with wine in the College’s beautiful surroundings before the show commences. Tickets for the show will cost £5, or £10 including dinner. Enquiries and bookings can be made via: bookings@seaford.org

The play’s director, Dr Jane Askew, said: “After three Renaissance plays we decided to tackle something more modern, but equally challenging in style and artistic potential. There is quite a broad range of experience within the cast and many have not come across Brecht’s work before. I am particularly impressed with Fergus Segrove who, despite being one of the youngest members of the cast, is playing the leading role with great energy and insight.”