Nicholas Caines was Head Boy at Seaford this year. He spoke to us about his plans for the future and what he is passionate about.
What is your dream job? Doing something outside, I live on a farm. I would like to diversify the family farm and put in a high ropes course in the forest.
What are you doing this autumn? I’m having a year out travelling in South East Asia, Inter-railing in Europe and then I’d like to earn some money and get some farming experience in New Zealand. I plan to do a degree in Agriculture at University after my gap year.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing your generation? Social media and the way people react on line and the way people are addicted to their phones. I use social media but I think you should use it at the right time and not be anti-social with it. I think we’re really good here at Seaford but you often see people out with friends with everyone on their phone. Continue reading →
Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, Seaford had qualified three teams at three different levels as well as a team competing in the Elite Show Jumping class.
We began the weekend with the Mini Derby National Championships at 70cm for children aged under 14. Our team was made up of Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith & Lorna Leatherdale – Edwards from the Prep School.
In the Warm Up class our riders went for steady clear rounds and were placed 15th, 16th & 19th out of 75 riders and in the team class Lorna & Emily had fantastic clear rounds with Lauren just having a slight navigation issue over a long twisty course for a very creditable 8th team place.
The following day was a long hot day indeed. We met for course walks at 9.30am, jumped the warm up class at 10.30am and then the 85cm National class at 7.45pm due to several delays. This time our team was made up of a mixture of riders from the Prep & Senior School: Olivia Macdonald, Lorna Leatherdale – Edwards, Rufus Uloth and Jessie Shute riding her sister’s pony and standing in for Grace Bolton. Lorna’s pony took a dislike to the notorious water jump refusing to get his feet wet but the other riders jumped fast accomplished rounds and were really unlucky to roll a couple of poles to finish with a team score of 8 faults. Although unplaced this time it was a great experience and one we can definitely improve on.
On the final day, it was our Senior School riders turn for the National 95cm Eventers’ Challenge class. The team was made up of Flora James, Jessie Schute, Evie Marchant and Olivia Macdonald who jumped the Hickstead Elite 1.00m class as a warm-up coming 5th. They then went on to come a fantastic 4th in the National Championships which was an amazing achievement.
The parents on all three days were very supportive and the riders a pleasure to work with. We have many comments from other schools’ parents on our team camaraderie, cheerfulness and rider encouragement. In fact one mother, whose daughter goes to another school, told us that she wished she had sent her daughter to Seaford because of our riding teams.
Holly Gyles was Head Girls at Seaford this year. We had a chat with her about her aspirations for the future as her time at Seaford comes to an end.
What is your dream job? I’d like to work as a physiotherapist with an elite sports team and travel the world. A team like England Rugby. I’m also interested in the psychology of sports performance so I’d like to use this in my career.
What are you doing this autumn? I went to the Women of The Future Conference last year with Seaford College and I had the opportunity to network as part of the event. It inspired me to take a gap year. I’m going to volunteer at a school in Fiji, it will involve building homes and coaching children. I then plan to travel back to the UK via New Zealand, Australia and Asia before starting a degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University. Continue reading →
Six of our Year 10 pupils took part in a Languages and Science Day at King Edward’s school in Witley. The team of three girls and three boys had to use their science, design and language skills to come up with an idea for a space hotel under the watchful eye of members of the RAF and leaders from international businesses.
Once they had budgeted and designed their idea, they then had to market and present it in their target language of Spanish. The students also enjoyed a taster course in Russian before the winners were announced. We’re delighted that, despite stiff opposition from ten other local schools, Seaford came away with the first prize overall, winning a tour of the RAF’s satellite control base in Guildford to see first-hand how cutting edge technology is making a difference in the world.
Seaford has had a phenomenal season of athletics this year with long-standing school records being broken.
We have demonstrated our strength as an athletic school, particularly in the inter-boys Year 10 and 11, where we have won all inter-boys age group matches. Our girls too are showing their strength, in particular Year 9 where we have some really good athletes.
This was demonstrated at the Sussex Schools County Finals at the start of June where Seaford did very well as a school, overall winning 10 medals. Jon Thompson, Head of Seaford Athletics summarises the event “It’s a tough competition and we had a good day with some really good performances”.
Rupert Blackwell won gold in the inter-boys javelin and broke the school record in doing so. He says he was “especially happy as the record was set over 50 years ago”. Rupert threw 50m 30, with the previous record being about 48m 50. He praised his sports coaches at Seaford for the training and support they give him.
Ollie Beach won gold in the Junior Boys Discus, Johnny Murray-Jones (Year 9) took silver in the junior boys triple jump and Joseph Spiby (Year 11) won silver in the discus. Congratulations!
Congratulations too to Olivia McDonald won silver in the 3000m. Jon praises Olivia’s performance “It was great run for her. She’s a tremendous athlete”. Continue reading →
Elliot Brown, from Year 12, has made his debut for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. His is a story of following your dreams and, as we say at Seaford ‘reaching for the heights’.
Elliott, who has cerebral palsy, started playing cricket at Seaford in Year 4. He is now the Seaford 2nd team captain and describes the past year as “really good, we only lost one game!”. Alongside playing at Seaford, Elliot also plays for Steyning Cricket Club and has done for a number of years. He credits them for their support and the fact that they have always been good with him and his disability. In 2015 Elliot was picked to play for Sussex Cricket Club’s disability team, and after three years he joined Middlesex’s disability team before he was selected to play for the England PD Lions.
Chris Adams, Head of Seaford Cricket, says he was “Absolutely delighted for Elliott. I know how much it means to him and will mean to him over the coming years to be part of that squad”. It was Chris who made Elliott the second team captain. “It’s a meaty role” he says “He has taken it, grabbed it with both hands and sprinted off into the distance with it”. Continue reading →
The Prep School recently held their annual Grandparents’ Day, with this year’s having the biggest attendance ever.
Many thanks to Mrs McCullough who organised the event so marvellously. It was a fabulous afternoon full of smiles and proud grandparents. Grandparents were given the opportunity to see the school in action and had a guided tour by their grandchildren, taking in their work which they always show so proudly. Continue reading →
Congratulations to Elliot Brown who made his England debut on Sunday for the England PD Lions squad. His mum Miranda said: “It was a very proud day!”.
Seaford’s Head of Cricket, Chris Adams added: “I was very proud when I heard that he’d been selected for the England Physical Disability (PD) Lions cricket team. Elliot is a joy to coach and a real talent. He’s the type of student that works hard at everything he does and I’m sure he’ll put everything into following his dream to make the England Lions squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.”
Residents at a group of care homes in West Sussex were invited to a “Love Lunch” afternoon, organised by our students as part of their community programme.
Residents from Elizabeth House, Croft Meadow, Forest View, Rotherlea and Elmcroft care homes were greeted by our smiling students, who helped them to their seats to enjoy a two-course lunch, which also included plenty of chatter and laughter.
Those attending the lunch were very complimentary about the beautiful surroundings in which our college is set and the magnificent architecture at Mansion House, where the lunch was hosted.
Seaford Students are regular visitors to Shaw healthcare homes in West Sussex and participate in various activities with the residents.
Iris Randall (from Year 7) had the exciting opportunity to attend the launch of Dementia Support in Chichester. Iris was invited to attend the royal opening with Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex because of her volunteering work.
Her mum, Becca proudly said: “she is a volunteer and also successfully named part of the hub (“Forget Me Not Lane”) and as a result was asked to attend the royal opening of Sage House, and give the HRH Countess of Wessex a present. She did a wonderful job and also made endless cups of tea for people with dementia and ran tours of the Dementia Hub to people including county councilors, nurses, High Sheriff etc. She even received a hug from her Royal Highness!”
John Green added: “It was a very proud and most deserving experience for Iris. Community work is very much part of the ethos at Seaford and it’s good to see students giving time to important causes”.
Lesley-Anne Lloyd from Sage House said: “Iris Randall is a very special young lady with a very mature understanding of dementia and a real interest in supporting those living with the disease & their families. We are very proud of how Iris is already involved with our very special House. Having Iris as a youth ambassador is invaluable to us.”
The show will feature a variety of pieces in a wide range of styles including, jazz, contemporary and ballet. It will be a showcase of all of Seaford’s extra-curricular clubs and some GCSE classwork with students from years 4-11 performing.
Here’s a video showing an advanced contemporary dance workshop held recently in Johnson Centre with ella&co. Ella Fleetwood inspired our Year 10 GCSE dance students to broaden the scope of their dance education. The workshop allowed them to explore a different style of contemporary dance.
In support of Help for Heroes, and in order to commemorate the Great War centenary, a group of ten Seaford College staff, parents and former pupils made the journey to Old Seafordian grave sites. A total of 270 kilometres were covered by bike and minibus over the weekend, spread across Nothern France and Belgium.
A total of 11 cemeteries were visited over the Saturday and Sunday, and a small cross bearing the school crest left behind at each in a small ceremony, with a reading of the school prayer.
From the 35,000 soldiers commemorated at Tyne Cot to the few hundred at Tranchett de Mecknes, the graveyards and memorials were beautifully maintained and deeply moving. The visit to the Menin Gate coincided with the Belgian ‘European Day’ and the special ‘Last Post’ service reflected the depth of feeling of those involved.
The cycle ride replaced the annual ‘Seaford to Seaford’ bike ride as a way of marking the lives and sacrifices made, with the visit to J G Savage – the founder of Seaford College’s son – perhaps being the most memorable. Although this was the biggest event of the term planned in support of Help for Heroes, a series of other fundraising events is planned for the summer term at the College.
Seaford’s Headmaster John Green, thanked Matthew Pitteway for organising the event saying: “well done to everyone involved and thank you for your tremendous efforts on what was undoubtedly and very special experience.”
Those wishing to support Seaford College’s efforts for Help for Heroes can donate at Matthew Pitteway’s JustGiving page.
Seaford College triumphed in the Intermediate section of the SUPA National Senior Schools Arena Polo Championships held at Longdole Polo Club in Gloucestershire last Sunday 22nd April. The team of Bart Baker riding Pukka, Alfie Hyde on TT and Nonie Uloth on Sombre took on teams from Stowe, St George’s Ascot and Heathfield.
They caught Stowe napping early on in the first chukka and Alfie Hyde used great skill to control the ball and drive it up the pitch whilst the other two did excellent man marking, producing a score of 5 – 0! The second chukka was much closer against a well organised and determined St George’s team but it was Alfie Hyde’s early goal that made the difference. The third chukka against Heathfield was altogether more dramatic. Nonie Uloth took the ball from the throw in down the arena and scored straight away. Another two goals saw the team 3 – 1 up before Alfie Hyde had a nasty fall when his pony, TT, came down. He was attended by paramedics and taken to Gloucester Hospital. After superb attention from the ambulance staff and a series of X-rays he was pronounced fit and well, although he will be bruised for a couple of days. The team continued with a substitute and managed to hold Heathfield to a draw to ensure victory in the Championships.
Thank you to Mr Rupert Uloth for the great match report and photos and we’re glad to report that Alfie is doing fine.
Congratulations Seaford Polo!
Lavington Park, Petworth, is the home of Seaford College. The grounds looked stunning yesterday in the snow. Thank you to Lewis Morton for this spectacular drone video.
Seaford’s situated in over 450 acres of listed parkland at the foot of the South Downs. This video shows our world class sporting facilities (under the snow!) include a golf course, rugby pitches, all weather astro, tennis courts, netball courts, a swimming pool, football pitches, clay pigeon range & the Johnson Centre, Seaford’s new Performing Arts & Sports centre. The Johnson Centre has a fitness suite, indoor climbing wall, dance studio, spin studio & a performance training gym as well as a performing arts centre.
Seaford is celebrating World Book Week with a full week of activities to encourage a love of books and reading. Students from our Prep School wanted to share their favourite book and make recommendations to other students. We hope this video gives you some ideas for your next book to read. Happy World Book Week!
We are delighted to announce the details of Seaford College’s forthcoming production The Sound of Music.
The pupils are well into rehearsals of what is bound to be another spectacular Seaford show. The cast involves students from years 3-13, and the show will be the first of its kind in our new Performing Arts space in the Johnson Centre. Continue reading →
It’s becoming something of a tradition for the Walled Garden boarding students to prepare red roses and sell them ahead of Valentine’s Day, raising money for charity in the process. This term, their chosen charity is Help for Heroes.
The students cut and trimmed the roses down to size, wrapped them up nicely and hand-wrote out any cards, complete with any particular messages.
This year, as Valentine’s Day falls during half term, the students had an epic task of hand delivering all of their roses on the final day of the first half of term.
As with last year, we followed some of the students around as they gave out roses around the Seaford College campus! It was a perfect day for it, and they did an excellent job delivering them around campus, which you can see in our video below.
Walled Garden has an exciting summer coming up, with some fantastic fundraising activities including a cycle from Seaford to Ypres in Belgium, over the May Bank Holiday weekend, ending at Menin Gate where Seaford’s founders son is commemorated.
Students will also be undertaking a walking challenge in the first week of the summer holidays, 10 summits in 10 hours in the Lake District, again raising money for Help for Heroes.
On Sunday 4th February the Seaford Equestrian show jumping team were out competing at Felbridge near East Grinstead in the NSEA 1.00m Elite Show Jumping inter schools qualifier for the South East. Over twenty schools in the area were competing for this prestigious qualification. Lucy Sanders, Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager said: “The Seaford team was made up of Olivia Macdonald, Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley and Flora James and having achieved good steady clear rounds in the previous class, but remaining unplaced, we realised that only the fastest clears would secure a prize. After much planning and studying the course trying to find the tightest lines to the fences we were ready to jump.
All four girls rode brilliantly with clear and fast times which were thrilling to watch and and I was delighted with their high standard of riding. Despite trying hard no other school was able to match us meaning that not only were we the top school in West Sussex but we won the class over all and qualified for the Elite Show Jumping National Championships at the Hickstead All England Show Ground in August. Thank you to the parents for their support and to the riders for such a fantastic result for Seaford!”
Towards the end of last term, some Year 12 and 13 students studying A Level English Literature attended Lecture Days on “Frankenstein” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” organised by Sovereign Education in Central London.
English Teacher Susan Roberts reported on the trip for us.
Not only were these informative and a great way to revise the two texts, but the days gave a taste of what academic university life would be like. The venue was large and packed. The 4 lectures on each day were 45 minutes long, with students expected to make their own notes. However, perhaps the most important part of the learning process was about the lecturers themselves.
All were academics, many from Russell Group universities including Warwick and Nottingham. However, what was fascinating was the diversity of presentations. One on “The Handmaid’s Tale” was engaging, interesting, informative and perfectly pitched. The most entertaining of the presentations came from a lecture on Exploration and Discovery in Frankenstein, where after a somewhat awkward beginning the lecturer managed to transform his presentation into a totally compelling lecture, worthy of the rapturous round of applause he received at the end. He even apologised for the beginning of the lecture.
What did we learn from the experience? Probably not a great deal than we didn’t already know about the texts, which in itself, was reassuring. However, lessons were learned about the importance of presentation, planning and delivery, and that Mrs Doy is an amazing driver!
And finally, that passion and love for your subject should never be condemned but should be valued and cherished.
Over the weekend some of our students participated in the Charlton Chase South Coast night navigation competition which was held in Shoreham and the surrounding countryside.
In order to test the water of this new location, Seaford, like many other Colleges, opted to enter just two teams this year, with 31 teams in total competing.
As a school we had a mixed success with one of our teams finishing in one of the top ten places and the other team walking a little bit further than they needed to; after becoming somewhat geographically challenged!
However, both teams performed exceptionally well in muddy, wet and slippery conditions; with some team members indicating that they would like to do it all again next year!
We were incredibly honoured that Shaun Edwards OBE was one of our guest speakers at our Annual Sports Dinner almost two weeks ago, and grateful when he also agreed to take a training session with a group of our rugby players.
Shaun made his name in Rugby League playing for Wigan, England and Great Britain. He won 8 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Championships and was voted Man of Steel in 1990, before switching codes for a hugely successful coaching career in Rugby Union. 10 successful years as Head Coach at Wasps led to his current role as Assistant Coach for Wales and the Defence Coach on the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa.
Shaun visited us on 12th January, and along with Anya Shrubsole MBE, was one of our two guest speakers at our Annual Sports Dinner. This is an annual fundraising event to raise money for Seaford Sport which involved auctions, raffles, games, and Q&A’s with our guests. It was a fantastic evening, enjoyed by all, but before the evening began, Shaun took a two hour training session with a group of our senior rugby players.
The Classics department at Seaford attended a number of interesting Seminars and Lectures last term, and our Classics teacher Tim Farmer is pleased with the enthusiasm of his students. Year 12 student, Eddie MacKenzie, penned his thoughts for us on some of the recent trips.
Last term the Senior Drama performers took to the stage with a wonderful production of Greek Theatre Tragedy, Antigone, and once again, Seaford College students demonstrated that they are capable of performing very challenging plays from a range of genres and historical periods.
Last year was the first year that a number of Seaford students took on the gruelling Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, an intense 125 mile paddle over 4 days, ending at Westminster Bridge in London. It’s a huge challenge that requires months of endurance training, and huge mental focus.
Inspired by last year’s paddlers, this year Seaford has a larger number of pupils who are looking to take on the challenge. Once again, Charles Lunt and Bill Marks, who trained last year’s pupils, have kindly offered to take on their training.