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

Seaford students making room for a new hut in Oak Grove College's Sensory GardenAt the end of the summer term, an unprecedented number of students and staff from Seaford College in Petworth surged out into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. More than 450 students and staff took 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. 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 and environmental 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 site maintenance tasks.

Seaford students making room for a new hut in Oak Grove College's Sensory GardenYear 12 pupils visited Oak Grove College in Worthing to help work in their Sensory Garden. Oak Grove is a community generic special college, providing special education for students with learning difficulties from Year 7 to Year 14.

After learning more about the school, and how the students there use the garden, the Year 12’s got stuck in with some garden projects. They started off clearing an area where a new hut was going to be built, which involved digging up the roots of some bushes, and removing foliage, and they moved on to working on other projects around the garden.

Year 12 student Alex Herghelegiu, said, “It’s amazing that you can give something back to the community, and to do something for these special children is really great, it gives you a rewarding feeling.” Fellow Year 12 student, Will Shirley, added that “it’s a nice day, and we’ve been given some really interesting tasks to do. We just want to help make the place look more appealing for staff and students; it’s so good that Seaford has sent us all here to do this.”

Cleaning up around the Whyke EstateVolunteers 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, removing rubbish, and clearing gardens. Aquilla Matafwali, Year 10, said “It’s always good to have a day out, helping other people. We’ve been helping people clear out their gardens, pulling out weeds, getting things ready for the skips to come and collect.” One resident said: “I just wanted to say a big thank you to your

kids, helpful so happy. I have physical and mental problem but they all so friendly. You should be so proud of your students.”

Seaford students helping Fittleworth pupils make clay modelsNell Jones, Seaford’s Gifted & Talented coordinator and Seaford students ran an activity for the whole school at Fittleworth C of E School. They created an Antony Gormley Fields installation at the school using clay figures. John Green visited and created his own figure for the installation. It was very special for the Seaford students that visited because it was their primary school that they returned to. They were all really pleased to help and give something back to their old school.Headmaster John Green with Seaford pupils and Fittleworth School pupils

A team of Seaford students did a fantastic job at renovating the play park at Hampers Green in Petworth. Nick Pothecary, a houseparent at Seaford said: “You can really see the hard work they have put in with the before and after shots! The team has worked so hard today in over 30 degree heat. I’m proud of the effort they have put in.”

Painting a playground on Hampner GreenTwo separate groups of Seaford pupils spent the day in Graffham. One cleaned the war memorial and park benches, while another cleaned the churchyard at St Giles Church, Graffham.

Students took residents from Shaw care for lunch at Petworth House and at Shaw Care in Bognor students had fun painting nails and doing an art session with residents. The Seaford team at St Barnabas House cleaned the most expensive pavement in West Sussex. Their project for the day was cleaning a memorial path.

Students and staff carried out important conservation work at Pulborough Brooks clearing Canadian Balsam. Elsewhere, students undertook the very important task of beach clearing and at the end of the day Will Yates, Seaford’s Deputy Head of Sixth Form, said: “The beaches are officially clean at Bracklesham Bay!” 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.

Other projects included ground clearance at Coultershaw Beam Pump, animal care at RSPCA Mounty Noddy. Seaford students at Mount Noddy Animal Centre

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.”

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We made a little interview capturing the spirit of theday, which you can watch below!

Seaford girls share inspiring messages from Women of the Future Conference

Holly Gyles & Isobel Porter at the Women of the Future conference2017 marks the 20th year of girls at the school, and Seaford College is proud that over 30% of the students are now girls, and this number is constantly growing.

Earlier this year, some of Seaford’s Year 12 and Year 13 girls went to the Women of the Future Conference at Bloomberg, in London. The aim of the conference was to provide students with mentors and role models, strengthening the pipeline of talent among Britain’s younger women. Continue reading

A night to remember at Seafordstock

Seafordstock at nightSeafordstock 2017 was certainly a night to remember. We were blessed with an absolutely stunning evening for the occasion, the marquee outside Mansion House had been converted into a fantastic stage, and the hill outside Mansion House became packed with students, teachers and parents, keen to watch Seaford’s musical talent perform their very best.

Seafordstock rocking to Sweet Child of MineThere were performers from right across Seaford College, from the Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form, and it was an absolutely glorious celebration of music. Several Seaford students had written and performed their own pieces, the Junior Choristers sang their heart out, and as the night unrolled some of Seaford’s more regular performers took to the stage.

What was so impressive was the range of acts that were on offer, and the talent both of the singers and the musicians playing a wide range of instruments, making it Seaford’s most varied Seafordstock yet. It was a triumph, and congratulations have to go to Sara Reynolds for organising the evening, and to the staff who helped her.

The crowd enjoying SeafordstockThe festival was set up a few years ago, and continues to be a wonderful way to cap off a fantastic year at the school, celebrating the many, many talented students here. We will be saying a fond farewell to some students who have graced the stage for a few years, but we also welcomed some up and coming new talent to the stage.

But don’t just take our word for it! You can watch a few videos capturing the evening below! A big thanks to Peter Viccari, who took some of the footage that ended up in these videos.

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Day 7 & 8 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

Tour Blog Day 7 & 8

Rugby Pitch at Kings School

Today was a good day… all the usual waking up for breakfast went on before we headed to the Signal Hill, right at the top of Dunedin. The sights were incredible, right across the whole city. We went straight from here and onto the Cadbury World factory tour, which lived up to expectations. We think that most enjoyed the part where they could pour their own liquid chocolate into little pots with all the toppings. Most were feeling quite full of chocolate by the end.

There was a little time to shop and buy lunch in Dunedin again before transferring to Kings’ and Queens’ High Schools for our matches. Continue reading

Year 9 Charity Day raises over £1400 for Teenage Cancer Trust

M+M Chopsticks ChallengeLast week, Year 9 held their Big Charity Day and attempted to break a number of world records to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The event took place inside the sports hall because of the weather, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the pupils, who engaged in the fun and challenging world record attempts. Continue reading

More Equestrian success for Seaford Prep School

Equestrian Team at FelbridgeThe Seaford Prep Equestrian Team had a fantastic day a week ago at Felbridge Showground, East Grinstead, winning both the 50cm and 60cm show jumping classes, and coming 3rd in the 70cm, qualifying for the National Regional finals at all three levels. Continue reading

Seaford Sixth form debate: Has democracy failed us?

Chris Burroughs chairing the debateA couple of weeks ago, the Sixth form held a debate at Assembly, centred around a single question: Has democracy failed us? An apt topic, considering the political upheaval currently embracing the country, and many others, around the world.

The debate was chaired by Chris Burroughs, and two other members of Seaford’s Debating Club, Peter Tutykhin and Tom Hennessy, took on the topic, trading thoughts on both sides of the argument in front of their peers. At the end of the debate the student audience cast their votes, in favour of Peter Tutykhin’s argument that democracy has not failed us. Continue reading

Pony Pals visit Seaford Prep

Reading to Mr KiplingWe had a very special visitor to the Prep School earlier this term. A miniature donkey called Mr Kipling from Pony Pals Therapy Ponies came to see the children from years 2-5 for a reading hour. He also bought his friend Morris the guinea pig with him. Continue reading

Year 9 to hold Charity Day for Teenage Cancer Trust

Seaford World RecordsThis year, Year 9 is trying to raise as much money as possible in aid of their chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust, by attempting to break as many world records as possible.

The event is taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday 28th June, from 4-5.30pm down at the Pavilion, and we’d love as many people there on the day supporting our young fundraisers.

Each year, roughly 2,555 teenagers are diagnosed with cancer, and that inspired the ambitious target of raising £2,555. Continue reading

Getting to know Seaford’s resident golf professional, Jack Halsey

Jack Halsey on Seaford's golf courseWhen you first drive through the gates of Seaford College you are greeted with the unique sight of the golf range and the first tee of our magnificent nine-hole course.

Golf at Seaford is thriving, with more and more students taking up the sport, and using the wonderful facilities we have at the school. And, as we’ve had such fantastic weather recently, we took the opportunity to join Jack Halsey, Seaford’s resident golf professional, on the course, to watch him in action and discuss his career so far, and philosophy on teaching golf. Continue reading

Another victory for Seaford’s polo team!

The winning Seaford Polo TeamThe Seaford College polo success continues! We are delighted that on Saturday, Seaford College won their division at the Senior Schools National Summer Tournament at Kirtlington Park Polo Club, beating Felsted, Marlborough College and Stowe. Continue reading

Seaford College hosts a fantastic day of Goblin Racing

Seaford races SeafordJust over a week ago, the Greenpower Education Trust held their annual Goblin racing event of 2016 at Seaford College. The Goblin initiative allows children aged 9-11 to build and race their own all-electric cars.

The event attracted 23 entries from primary schools across Sussex and Hampshire and was staged on Seaford’s tennis courts. Several Seaford pupils have been involved in the making of the cars, but on the day the Seaford racing team consisted of Louis Benstead and Jago Lomas in Year 4, Joshua Rhymer, James Shaw, Joshua Taylor and Sebastian Viccari, in Year 6. Continue reading

Fantastic Medal Haul at County Athletics Finals

Inters Relay Gold winning team of Max Bracewell Rupert Blackwell Dom Easton Josh HarrySeaford College is a relatively small school, but always manages to punch well above its weight in athletics, and this year we managed to match last year’s record haul at the County Athletics Finals, with 3 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes, with some fine performances. Continue reading

Celebrating Seaford’s Sporting Success

Sports Awards Dinner Group PhotoBefore half term, the Annual Sports Awards Dinner took place to celebrate the achievements of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just shy of 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening, which began with welcome drinks in the garden room followed by a group photo on the terraces outside mansion.

After being welcomed by the Headmaster, the guests played “Guess the staff member.” This included 10 questions Continue reading

Fantastic debut for Prep School pupil at Show Jumping competition

Honey Bea JumpingSeaford College is proud to have a very strong equestrian programme, and our pupils have achieved some fantastic successes recently at a number of competitions, and it seems that the Prep School has another budding star in our midst.

Honey-Bea Hogan joined Seaford’s Equestrian regulars at the Alton Convent Inter Schools Team Show Jumping competition at Coombelands, Pulborough. It was her first ever show on her pony Charlie Brown, and in the 30cm and 40cm classes she came a superb 2nd and 6th, judged on a mixture of faults, style and an optimum time. Continue reading

Seaford Prep School take on their first swimming galas

The Seaford Prep School Swimming SquadThe Summer term has sprung a new sport into the calendar, with Seaford Prep School taking on their first two swimming galas, and here Seaford PE teacher Patrick Disley-May reports on the events.

Originally starting as a few pupils interested in an enjoyable swimming activity, it was not long until competition was rife, and we soon noticed some natural talent parading up and down the pool. There was an air of enthusiasm amidst the Prep School when we confirmed our very first galas, and this made the training suddenly become slightly more serious. Continue reading

Policies, not personalities: Seaford College Mock Election inspires debate

Making a choice in the mock electionAt Seaford College, we have 195 students in Years 12 and 13, and 62 of our Year 13 students will be eligible to vote on the 8th June. So, almost a third of the Sixth Form will be able to have a say in the UK’s next government.

Once the election campaign started to gain pace, several Seaford College Sixth Form students were keen to engage their fellow students in the debate, and held a Mock Election for the Seaford College Sixth Form.

Peter Tutykhin chairs mock electionBut, this was to be a Mock Election with a difference. The students wanted their classmates to engage with the policies, rather than personalities. So, six students were chosen to present the main policies of the three largest parties, focusing on areas that would mean the most to students. Continue reading

Meet the Head of Prep at Seaford College

Alastair Brown - Head of PrepAlastair Brown is Head of Prep here at Seaford College.  He brings a wealth of experience, innovation and energy to our thriving Prep School. We spoke to him recently about life in the Prep School, and why he thinks it’s proving to be so popular.

Tell us about the Prep School?

The Prep School is part of Seaford College, and we benefit from the fantastic location and world class facilities.  Prep School pupils are taught by specialist teachers from the Senior School in a range of subjects including music, DT, sport, science and languages, and benefit from the specialist classroom facilities.  They take part in an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities which includes weekly swimming lessons. Continue reading

Enthusiasm for tennis growing at Seaford

Tennis at Seaford CollegeDuring the summer term at Seaford College, one of the most familiar sights is students playing tennis on the numerous courts around the school grounds. The sport is thriving and students are now playing tennis during their games and PE sessions, and can be on court for up to three hours a week.

James Bird, the Head of Tennis at Seaford College is delighted that so many students are getting access to the sport. Continue reading

Seaford off to a fine start in the Athletics season

Charterhouse Running 840bLast year, Seaford College enjoyed its most successful day in more than a decade at the Sussex Schools Track & Field Championship, winning 17 medals and breaking two school records.

This year, Seaford’s athlete’s are picking up where they left off, enjoying some great success in two meetings this term. Continue reading

Seaford students complete gruelling DW kayaking race (part 2)

At the end of the raceYesterday, we wrote about the Seaford students who’d taken on the epic challenge of kayaking from Devizes to Westminster, a 125 mile race. If you missed it, you can read the first part of their story.

With their training and preparation races completed, five students from Seaford College and one from Heathfield School set off on their epic four-day challenge, kayaking from Devizes to Westminster. Henry and Cally, Ethan and Evie, and Izzy and Franny set off in their boats early on the morning of 14th April. Continue reading

Seaford students complete gruelling DW kayaking race (part 1)

Devizes to Westminster RaceLast October, a group of Seaford Year 12 students decided they wanted to take on a challenge. But not just any challenge, they decided to take on the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race.

The Devizes to Westminster race starts in Devizes Wiltshire, and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge in the centre of London, opposite the Houses of Parliament.  The first 52 miles is along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington, and the final 17 mile section is in the tidal portion of the Thames. Continue reading

Seaford students put business brains to the test

To Dye For on their Company StandA group of Seaford students enjoyed great success in the annual Young Enterprise challenge, winning best company in Arun and Chichester to progress to the Sussex final, where they narrowly missed out on a place in the Continue reading

Seaford students perform at Lindfield concert

Seaford students at All Saints Church

On Wednesday 10th May, four Seaford students made the trip to All Saints Church in Lindfield for a concert run by Tiger Arts, and performed a fantastic recital for the audience.

Sara Reynolds, Director of Performing Arts at Seaford, was very proud of their efforts. “This was a new venture for Seaford College. The four students gave a varied programme of solo and ensemble performances, ranging from operatic arias, Continue reading

Seaford staff and students complete annual ‘Seaford to Seaford’ charity bike ride

Setting off from SeafordOnce a year, a group of Seaford staff and students undertake the ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the site of the original school – Corsica Hall in Seaford. Continue reading