Seaford’s Biomedical Society

Beccy Weir This year we have started up a new Biomedical Society for our Sixth Form students who are interested in medicine, veterinary, biology, pharmaceuticals, nursing and the wider research among these areas. We meet every other week for 2 hours with a range of activities for the students to explore and expand their knowledge and interests.

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Be a Seaford Scientist (BASS)

Be a Seaford ScientistFollowing the introduction of the required practicals into the new Science GCSE specification, we have introduced ‘Becoming a Seaford Scientist’ (BASS) at KS3. These are a set of lessons that occur once a fortnight throughout the year. Our Year 7 and 8 students are currently taking part in these lessons.

The focus is to improve the students’ ability to work together and problem solve practical tasks by working as a part of a group with as little teacher input as possible. The skills focus on the ‘How Science Works’ understanding, which now has an increased focus in the new GCSE.

BASS also fits in with the whole school strategy of fostering independent learning, as it allows pupils to work together to overcome different scientific problems with as little help from the teacher as possible. BASS enables students to develop communication and group skills work.

Phillip Whelpton (Assistant Head of Year 11 and Head of KS3 Science) tells us: “The required practical makes up 15% of the new GCSE. By introducing BASS into our KS3 curriculum it will enable the students to have the key scientific skills and knowledge going into their GCSE years”.

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Meet our Head of Science

seb d'agarOur Director of Studies and Head of Science, Seb d’Agar, is also a Houseparent to our Prep School students.

Seb is now in his 7th year at Seaford and plays an important role in our academic strategy. A fine compere, he is also a member of the Seaford Chapel Choir.

What is your favourite science field to teach and why?
As a Biologist it has to be evolution. Exploring the diversity of life on Earth over the past 3 billion years is always eye opening to students at any age. They love treading in Darwin’s footsteps, learning about adaptations and natural selection. Continue reading

Seaford at the ESU’s Mace Competition

Seaford's Year 10  team Our Debaters and Public Speakers have been busy this term.

Anna Pantazopoulou and Tor Pothecary reached the second round of the ESU Schools’ Mace competition last week and were involved in a passionate debate against Lancing College on the subject of corporations adopting a public stance on social issues. The team argued well but on this occasion did not progress to the next round. Continue reading

Training is underway for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon

Training for the Devizes to WestminsterLast Sunday the Year 12 Devizes to Westminster Kayak team had their first race – a 6-mile Hare & Hound race. With blustery winds and choppy waters, paddle control proved difficult.

The Seaford College students have decided to take on this huge and extreme challenge (125 miles from Devizes to Westminster over the 4-day Easter weekend) to raise £75K for their friend, Ellie Holt (year 13) to have life changing treatment.

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Seaford Sevens

Seaford 7sWe hosted our annual Rugby 7s festival at the weekend and the event was a huge success, with sixteen teams from schools across the country coming to play.

Ahead of the event, Head of Rugby at Seaford College, Dan Falvey, spoke about the really high quality of teams that were coming. A number were returning teams, including Hurst who were coming to defend their title, but there were also some teams who were attending for the first time. Continue reading

Seaford’s Netball Coach selected to play for England

Natalie Miller, photographed at our Annual Sports Dinner with Pam Cookey and fellow Seaford netball coaches, Blaire Farrant and Bronwen JamesNatalie Miller, Seaford’s Netball Coach, has been selected for the England Indoor Nets Ladies squad for the Indoor World Championships in South Africa later this year.

Natalie, who was also part of the squad in 2016 when they won Gold in the World Championships in New Zealand, told us that she’s: “Over the moon! The secret is finally out. I can’t wait to represent my country again and go to South Africa to retain our title in August”.

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The Prep School Put On An Outstanding Performance of ‘Baboushka’

Congratulations to all of our Prep School Years 2-5 students for a magnificent Christmas performance of ‘Baboushka’. It was simply amazing and all the children performed brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening so special and for the wonderful costumes.

You can see an extract of the performance here:

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Flight Week

The children check in for their flightAs part of our Creative Curriculum, the Prep School embarked upon Flight Week. With a range of educational and creative activities, the aim was to lay down conceptual understanding of essential themes required for the curriculum in future education.

Country fact sheetsThe children were divided up into six groups, made up of mixed ages, representing six countries – South Africa, Mexico, Italy, India, Canada and New Zealand. This enabled our younger and older children to work together in teams – collaboration is an essential skill for our children’s lives in the future. Continue reading

Ad Alta in action

Bonita Norris amazes our students with her adventure storiesDuring Personal Development time yesterday, our students learnt the true meaning of Ad Alta! They were in awe of Bonita Norris, who came to talk to them about her adventures. Bonita climbed Mount Everest aged only 22 (the youngest British woman at the time) having only discovered a passion for climbing a couple of years before.

She touched upon many powerful messages – taking the first step, the power of the mind to overcome fear, defeating negative spirals of thinking and the joy of sharing tough challenges with other people.

It was a hugely inspirational talk from a fantastic female role model. Thank you Bonita.

Alfie Hyde named Most Improved Young Player

Alfie Hyde names Most Improved Young PlayerEarlier this year we were proud to announce that Alfie Hyde won the Farewell Cup at Cowdray. He was also awarded the Trophy for Most Improved Young Player by the chairman. A fantastic achievement.

Alfie has been playing in competitive tournaments for the last five years. He describes polo as a demanding sport. “I like the intensity” he says.

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Seaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz

One of Seaford's teams at the Literary QuizSeaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. Quizmaster Wayne Mills compiles all the questions himself and travels the country and the globe quizzing children about books.

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Seaford College teams from Years 7 and 8 competed against 9 other schools from the surrounding area. There were 17 teams in total and competition was fierce. Our Year 7s missed out on 3rd place by only 2 points! Still, both Seaford teams won a set of books and had great fun participating. Well done to all the students who took part, and great thanks to our Year 12 Literature students who helped out on the day. Continue reading

Year 12 A Level Biology students attended a talk from Dr Underwood

Dr Underwood talks to our Biology A Level studentsYear 12 A Level Biology students had a talk from Dr Underwood, a Psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University.

Dr Underwood came to Seaford to talk to the students about what being a Psychiatrist involves, some of the studies he is involved in as a research fellow and to give them advice and guidance on applying for medicine or other similar fields at University.

In talking about his work as a Psychiatrist, Dr Underwood described some of the gruelling but rewarding shifts it involves. Working on call for 24 hours straight, he sees anyone in a mental health crisis, be that in A&E, on a ward or even in a police station or prison. The work is varied and interesting and, when asked by one of the students if it can be scary at times, he answered “Not at all. It’s interesting – you get to see people that you’d never meet otherwise”. Continue reading

Seaford in the Press

Seaford College Youth SpeaksSeaford features in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer this week about their participation in this year’s Youth Speaks competition.

Two teams from Seaford College took part in this year’s youth Speaks competition, hosted by Chichester Rotary Club. Judges heard presentations on a wide range of topics in the local heat of the national contest for students to hone their public speaking skills. This year, Seaford College entered two senior level teams speaking on what makes a good parent and the issues with ‘data overload’ in modern life. First place was awarded to the St Philip Howard team.

NSEA National Plate Championships

NSEA National Plate ChampionshipsA team of riders from Seaford travelled up to the NSEA National Plate Championships which was held at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe near Bedford.

Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp, Emily Cook and Bella Crowley had qualified for the 75cm competition last summer and were very excited as it was their first Championships and first time staying away with their ponies.

NSEA National Plate ChampionshipsCompetition was fierce with qualified school teams coming from all over the UK with a very competitive but sportsmanlike atmosphere. All our four riders jumped in the warm up Scurry class with Emily riding a fantastic speedy clear round to come 4th individually. Then the ponies were settled for the night in the onsite stables and the parents and children had supper in the Cafe. Continue reading

Prep School Poppies

Prep School PoppiesSeaford’s Prep School students and parents took time over the half term holiday to create beautiful poppies for the Remembrance Day Service. The poppies are displayed in the grounds at Lavington Park and look absolutely stunning.

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Seaford triumph at the West Sussex County qualifiers

Seaford's team celebrate at the West Sussex County qualifiersSeaford Equestrian had a fantastic day at the West Sussex County qualifier at Coombelands, Pulborough at the weekend. They were the Champions at 80cm & 90cm levels and will represent West Sussex at the National County Championships.

Our 70cm team of Emily Cook, Bella Crowley, Lara Drysdale and Deya Thomson came 2nd, just being pipped on time in the jump off by Farlington. Bella came 4th individually riding a very speedy round on her pony Silver.

In the 80cm class our team of Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley, Sophie Gosling and Emily Cook WON, beating Hurst A & B teams, Farlington, Millais, Windlesham and Dorset House, and were crowned West Sussex County Champions!! Our second team of Emmy Burkinshaw, Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith and Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards also did well to come 7th.

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A Journey To Remember

Old Seafordian, Piers Plowman makes a journey to rememberAt the age of 24, Old Seafordian Piers Plowman made a poignant journey to visit the grave of his uncle, Captain Tony A Plowman, also an Old Seafordian, who died aged 24 during World War II.

An amazing and poignant story from one of our Old Seafordians, Piers Plowman.

“On September 24th 1944, Captain Tony A Plowman (Second in Command of the Glider Squadrom, F Company) was killed in action, aged 24, during Operation Market Garden trying to support the Allied Forces that were attempting to seize and defend Arnhem Bridge. Continue reading

Round the Island Race

The Needles on the Round the Island RaceSeaford College were very privileged to have a yacht donated by the Royal Navy CCF, in order to enter in the 2018 Round the Island Race. This race is a lap around the Isle of Wight – approximately 60 nautical miles against a staggering 1,400 competitors.

Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College tells us about the event.

We had been given a Sigma 38 called Amaryllis. We took the opportunity to train in it before the event over four sessions. The pupils all had to complete their competent crew course with the Navy. This is a five-day course, where they learn the ropes of yacht sailing and they completed this successfully during the Easter and May half-term holidays.

Due to such outstanding training by the Navy, our Seaford training sessions were able to focus purely on how to race. This is an incredible feat as two pupils, Dylan Kirkpatrick and Alfie Dudley Warde had previously not sailed before. It was a steep learning-curve that they both embraced with vigour and energy! Continue reading

Seaford head to the home of British Sailing

In front of 2012 Olympic Rings webSeaford College Sailing Club have travelled to Weymouth, the home of British Sailing, to take part in the RYA British Youth Regional Championships (BYRC), an event held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

This is a revered location, being not just the training waters for the British Sailing Team, but also the venue of the 2012 London Olympic Games where Sir Ben Ainsley became the most decorated Olympic sailor, claiming five medals across five Olympic Games. Great Britain is the top Olympic sailing nation, with the most medals and has already qualified for the 2020 games in all classes. Currently the only nation to do so.

We caught up with Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College, to find out a little more.

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Lille-Beau’s golfing achievement

Lille-Beau Thorpe Congratulations Lille-Beau Thorpe on your selection for the England Regional Under 18s squad. What a fantastic achievement aged 13!

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Harlequins come to Seaford

Seaford welcomes Harlequins Rugby CoachesWe were fortunate to welcome Jim Evans and Gary Street from Harlequins Rugby Union.

Jim Evans is a former Harlequins Rugby Union Player and Harlequins Academy Head Coach. Gary Street is a former England Women’s Rugby Union Coach and Academy Coach Development Officer for Harlequins.

They were with us to work with our U12 & U13 players. It was a fantastic training session and our Prep School students really enjoyed the training.

Jim Evans puts our boys through their pacesLiam Doubler, Director of Sport, said of the session “It’s just fantastic for our boys to experience coaching at that level. Lots of learning took place.”

The boys got a lot out of the training. “I thought it was really good. Different coaches so a different point of view on the game” said Hamish Williams from Year 8.

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Seaford’s Sports Dinner 2019

Seaford Sports Dinner 2019Seaford is excited to announce Michael Lynagh as our guest speaker at our Sports Dinner on 11th January. Reserve tickets at bookings@seaford.org

Michael Lynagh represented Australia from 1984 to 1995, captaining his country for 3 years and in total won 72 caps. He was the world points scoring record holder when he retired, with 911 points.

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Copthorne School NSEA SJ at Felbridge

Emily, Lorna, Abigail and BellaWe had a good day  at Felbridge for the first NSEA show jumping of the new season. We had two strong teams in the 70/75cm National qualifier class with several riders on new ponies and we welcomed Deya Thomson and her pony Socks tip the team.

Congratulations to the Seaford Red team of Emily Cook, Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp and Bella Crowley who were placed 6th and qualified for the National Plate Championships in November. Our Seaford Blue team of Lauren Goldsmith, Deya Thomson and Grace Bolton also rode well but were unlucky to tip a couple of poles.

Zoe, Flora, Grace, Nia, Emmy, Lorna, Emily and Lauren The next class was the 80/85cm in the main arena and again we had two teams many of whom were stepping up to this level for the first time. Competition was very hot as it was a National Qualifier with thirty two teams entered. All our riders performed extremely well to end up with both teams on double clear rounds but we were not quite fast enough in the jump off to be placed in the first six this time.

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Welcoming new and old students to the Prep School

Teddy bear's picnicAs we welcomed all students back to Seaford Prep at the start of the year they had a fun filled activity week. The exciting induction activities and trips encouraged new friendships and supported the transition to a new school or year group. The activities were designed to help the children get to know one another and to help them adjust to their new classrooms and teachers. The Prep School had a Teddy bears' picnic as part of their induction programme

The week started with a Woodland Walk complete with a teddy bears’ picnic. The children brought in their favourite teddy or cuddly toy and explored the woods.

The next day those from Years 2 – 5 took part in a circus workshop. They loved every minute and learnt all sorts of new skills. It was fabulous seeing the children working together as they mastered plate spinning, juggling, hula hooping and even stilt walking.

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