All Seaford’s paddlers qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend!

DW picWaterside D, the final gruelling and demanding preparatory race was held last week over 34 miles and 35 portages – day 1 of DW (Devizes to Westminster). This race held particular significance as to guarantee a place on the DW start line, this race needed to be both completed and also in under 9 hours.

After a successful 12-mile training session last weekend and a swap around of Will & Barney, the now familiar and strong partnerships departed Devizes in 2 groups around 20 minutes apart at just after 7am. In front of them lay 16 tough miles upstream without any portages, the dark Bruce Tunnel under the Savernake Forest, a grumpy swan just before Pewsey and 35 portages – 5 of which fall within the same mile – and the inevitable increase in ‘amateur’ narrowboat traffic, not to mention the energy sapping remaining 18 miles.

All boats set a demanding pace in the early stages with little to separate them time-wise for the initial 10 miles; the brutality & severity of portages after Pewsey around Wootton Rivers and Crofton Pumping Station, where the Kennet & Avon changes to flow with the race started to take its toll and the boats started to move apart. The race between the 3 boats in the latter group kept on at a ferocious pace until just before Hungerford, Beth & Coni suffered a rudder failure being that they had to stop for repairs but, once back on the water, they continued their pace. Shortly after Hungerford, having caught Zoë & Fliss & trying to stay with them, Ben pulled a muscle in his back forcing him to retire, meaning that after a long stop, Barney had to carry on in a K1 until eventually retiring just before Kintbury.

Ahead of them, Henry & Archie continued pounding away at the mileage, opening up a gap on the other 2 boats leaving Will & Ollie and Mark & Kaj to battle it out between them with Mark & Kaj eventually pushing ahead of Will & Ollie, for whom this was a huge step up from their previous maximum of 18 miles, having both been ill previously.

An astonishing race by all paddlers who all qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend. Particular mention must go to both the Junior Ladies K2 pairings who came in 5th & 7th in around 7 hours but honours must go to Zoë & Fliss who came an astonishing 2nd in the Waterside Series against opposition that has been together for considerably longer and beating the third place opponents by over 1.5 hours!! A huge congratulations!

As previously stated, this is an incredible squad that is able to combine competitiveness seamlessly with team spirit and all in aid of raising funds to help their extraordinarily brave & positive friend, Ellie Holt who is still incarnated in RSCH, waiting for a spare in the Intestinal Failure Unit in Southampton prior to going to the US for life changing treatment https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/get-ellie-eating

As always, a huge thank you to all the parents & support teams and to Charlie Lunt and the coaching team.

 

Phenomenal Performances at the Waterside B

Waterside BThe Waterside B is a 17.5 mile race from Newbury to Aldermaston with 19 portages. Seaford College students took part as part of their epic journey training to compete in the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. The coaching team reports on the race:

In what were truly testing conditions, the amazing kayaking team set out for the Waterside B. Seaford’s paddlers are supporting Ellie Holt’s crowd funding in order to help her raise £75,000 for life changing treatment – more information can be found here and donations can be made on their fundraising page. Continue reading

Thameside 1 Kayak Race

Thameside 1The Thameside 1 is the kayak race held each year between Aldermaston and Reading. Seaford College students took part as part of their epic journey training to complete in the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. Coach Charles Lunt reports on Sunday’s race.

A most energetic weekend!

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Outstanding Effort at the Waterside A

Waterside AThe intense training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon is well underway for the Seaford Team. We hear from Charles Lunt on how they are getting on.

After an excellent training session which we used for some distance training, the DW kayaking squad headed for their first race over part of the DW course. Waterside A starts in Great Bedwyn and finishes 13.5 miles and 21 portages later in Newbury; it is a tough race due to the number of energy sapping portages in quick succession. Continue reading

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.

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Times for Church Services – an update from Seaford’s new Chaplain, Fr Colin

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Father Colin would like to share times for Church Services at St Peter’s Chapel, Seaford College:

Chapel Service

Prep School – weekly Wednesday 9am

Senior School – bi-weekly Monday 9am

 

Communion Service

Every Tuesday 4.15pm in St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

for all students, staff & parents

 

Morning Prayer

St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

Mon-Fri 8am for all students, staff & parents

 

Evening Prayer

St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

Mon-Fri 5pm for all students, staff & parents

 

Choral Evensong

Tuesday 9th October

6.30-7pm

St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)

For all students, staff  & parents & open to the wider community. All welcome.

Choral Evensong will take place on one evening, every half-term.

 

Information about Christmas Services to follow.

Big Day Out

572 students, 34 activities, 32 venues across 3 counties. One Big Day Out.

This year saw Seaford’s fifth annual community action day and it was the biggest ever with unparalleled numbers of our students and staff going into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes.

Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. 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.”

Big Day Out - Hayling IslandAt Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary Seaford students and staff were raking and smoothing out a path especially for winter to make it easier to walk down the farm, it’ll also enable visitors to walk further into the farm. Seaford students used re-used concrete from old building works. A proud student said “I love helping animals and it’s great to help out the community”.

Big Day Out - Staunton Country ParkYear 9 did a fabulous job at Staunton Country Park. They worked hard all day and really made a huge difference to the landscape. Betsy Vernon said: “The day was so productive with all the pupils clearing, cutting down and picking up unwanted brambles that encroach on the woodland floor. The afternoon was spent picking up litter. I am so proud of what you did and thank you to the conservation rangers at Staunton Park. The Big Day Out made a big difference for the community.”

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Seaford Welcomes New Chaplain

Licensing with Bishop of ChichesterwebSeaford College had the pleasure of welcoming Father Colin Datchler as Chaplin at Seaford at the beginning of term.  During his first week, Father Colin was licensed to be Chaplain at Seaford College by The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester in Seaford’s Chapel.  The service was described by Angela Thornley (Headmaster’s PA) as: “Magical, you could really feel the love in the Chapel.  There was a cross section from the community from his former parish and his new community at Seaford College. He also had strong support from his family and Bishop Martin was very engaging.”

Jo Browne (Seaford’s Secretary) added: “It left me with a warm fuzzy feeling, it left you glowing.  It was such warm atmosphere and very uplifting.”

 

Father Colin’s character and personality came across on the first day of term when he was caught practising the art of photobombing as parents were taking first day photos outside the Johnson Centre!

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Father Colin has a keen interest in rugby and is planning to do some coaching at Seaford in the future.  He met the 1st XV as part of his induction to Seaford.

 

 

 

A recent Prep School Chapel Service had a very interesting theme.  Father Colin explained;”It was about standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us here at Seaford.  It’s easy to look at the people at the top who are in the seemingly glamorous positions, but each person in that pyramid had a vital and important role.  Knowing we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us means we 1) benefit from their experience, 2) inherit their traditions, and 3) means we are connected to them in some way.”

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Headmaster, John Green welcomed Father Colin and added: “We are very fortunate to have Father Colin join us, he has a wealth of experience working with young people and he has ambitious plans to be part of the Seaford community in his role as Chaplain.”

Seaford College Love Lunch 2018

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.

Mansion House Borders Serve Lunch

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.

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Iris meets HRH The Countess of Wessex with her voluntary work with Dementia Support

Iris Randall (SageHouse HRH-212webfrom 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.   Dimentia charitywebShe 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.”

Seaford College’s Charity Bike Ride to Commemorate the Great War Centenary

file-3 webIn 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.file3 web

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.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-pitteway6

 

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Santa Dash for YoungMinds charity

Before setting off for the Santa DashEvery year, Head of Boarding Matthew Pitteway organises a Santa Dash towards the end of the Winter Term, to raise money for Walled Garden West’s charity of the term. This term, it is YoungMinds, and they’ve currently raised £500.

Matthew reports on today’s festive run!

Happy Santa runners!“Nineteen of us set off today on Seaford’s annual Santa Dash from Seaford to East Dean. Although the forecast was for ‘heavy rain’ it was actually dry the whole way round. The ground was very wet though and that was the big challenge this year – dealing with slipping over the whole time.

Spirits were really high all the way round and we had regular breaks for photos which gave some of the slower members of the group a chance to catch up. We eventually made it to the Star & Garter just after 3pm and all enjoyed some refreshment before heading back to Seaford.”

Great work everyone!

Taking a photo break!

Old Seafordians return for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day WreathSeaford College welcomed Old Seafordians back to the College for it’s annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 12th November. This is always a very special event in the Seaford College calendar, with over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members attending a lovely service, which this year was led by The Reverend Canon David Nason. It’s always an important day in the calendar where we not only honor the fallen, but also provide opportunities for Old Seafordians to return to the College and catch-up with each other. Continue reading

Prep School boys raise £250 for Children in Need!

Freddie and Josh with collection bucket A massive congratulations to Freddie Hall and Joshua Rymer, who together raised £250 for BBC Children in Need with a hugely successful spotty cake sale a couple of weeks ago.

Melanie in the Prep School reported back to us on how the cake sale came about!

Spotty Cake Sale

“Freddie saw the Children in Need fundraising pack on my desk, and asked if we were doing anything. He first came up with the idea of Mr Brown dressing up as Pudsy and hiding in the woods for the children to chase. He asked if I would ask Mr Brown. I did and, funnily enough, Mr Brown said no!

So, after talking again with Freddie, he came up with the idea of holding a spotty cake sale. He and Joshua approached Mr Brown together, and suggested either he dress up as Pudsy, or we do a spotty cake sale – and that’s how the cake sale came about!

Freddie and Joshua organised posters to be made in their Thursday lunch time Social Club, gathered together a team of helpers for the sale, asked me to promote it in the newsletter, held a quiz before the cake sale to raise extra money… and made an impressive £250.”

Headmaster John Green presented the two boys with a certificate for their fundraising efforts this week.

Headmaster John Green with the fundraisers

New record amount raised at Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017 Montage 1 The total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support by the Prep School on Friday 29th September, is a massive £654.18, a new record for the Prep School.

Thank you very much for all your donations and cake eating! Here are a few pictures from the day!

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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.

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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

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

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Day 5

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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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

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

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

An evening with Mike Teague

PosterBlogOn Friday 26th May, Seaford College is hosting a black tie Sports Dinner in aid of the Australia & New Zealand Netball and Rugby Tour. The College is pleased to be welcoming Mike Teague, widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of Gloucester, England and British Lions rugby, as the guest of honour. As well as a Q&A with Mike Teague, we’ll be holding auctions, raffles and fundraising games during the evening.

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming Mike Teague to Seaford College,” said Antony Cook, Director of Sport at Seaford. “It’s sure to be a fantastic evening, Continue reading

Seaford College gives back to the community this Valentine’s Day

Seaford College student chatting with home care residentAs part of the school’s Community Programme, Seaford College hosted their second annual ‘Love Lunch’ for residents of local care homes on Sunday 12th February.  Minibuses brought 53 residents, carers and drivers from 6 local Shaw care homes from Gosport to Crawley to Bognor.

In the warmth of the dining room they were welcomed by the girls from Mansion and Heden Court houses, offering them a ‘nice cup of tea’ (or coffee) to revive the spirits. Once all the residents had arrived, they tucked into a traditional roast gammon dinner followed by syrup sponge and custard.

Betsy Vernon, from Seaford, was “so impressed with how caring and attentive the girls were, seeing them to their places, settling them in, talking to them throughout, taking them to the cloakroom and serving their welcomed Gammon Roast Sunday lunch, with scrumptious dessert. A number of residents had seconds!”

“Seaford student Yolanda Gumpo played the keyboard beautifully and sang a number of songs, and even encouraged one of the residents to get up and sing a song he had composed himself. Another student, Lee Li, was our fantastic photographer for the day. He went round, introduced himself to the residents, and he took a number of shots to capture the atmosphere and sense of the afternoon.”

Seaford student Yolanda Gumpo chats with care home resident after singing and playing the keyboard for Seaford's guests

The ‘Love Lunch’ replaced the Christmas Dinner that Seaford College used to organise for the Shaw care homes, because it was felt that so much is happening at Christmas yet there is nothing during the long, dark days of January and February. The event is seen to be a bit of light in the wintry gloom – so much so that residents had been looking forward to it all month.

Shaw care homes and Seaford College have now been working on inter-generational projects for four years. Every week several students go to visit residents in their Petworth and Pulborough homes and during Seaford’s annual community ‘Big Day Out’ students take out groups of residents to restaurants in the area for a spot of lunch … or cake …or both!

Angie Douglass, Hillside Lodge Manager commented: “Everyone’s had a great day and once again Seaford College have done us proud.”

Seaford students sell roses for charity for Valentine’s Day

Seaford students about to head out delivering rosesBecause it’s Valentine’s Day, Seaford College students have sold 250 roses to fellow students and staff, raising over £500 for the Boarding House Walled Garden West’s charity of the term, Children with Cancer UK.

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Seaford present cheque to St Barnabas Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice Cheque Ceremony with House PrefectsOn Monday, House Prefects from Seaford College presented a cheque for £560 to St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing.

The Prefects were given a tour of the facilities at St Barnabas which can provide hospice care for up to 40 adults at a time in the West Sussex area. It costs over £6 million a year to run the Hospice which has provided palliative care to over 30,000 patients since it opened in 1973.

St Barnabas was Walled Garden West Boarding House’s “Charity of the Term” before Christmas, and the money was raised through a number of fundraising activities including a fancy dress walk and a Reindeer run.

Headmaster John Green commented: “We are delighted to make this contribution to St Barnabas. Our Prefects were honoured to make the presentation and see the invaluable work the Hospice does in the West Sussex area”.

To find out more about the work St Barnabas does in the West Sussex area click here.