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!

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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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.

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 participates in Erasmus+ languages project

Seaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 3 - inside L'église Sainte-Jeanne-d'ArcSeaford College Erasmus+ Santander 7Seaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 1 - Le Gros HorlogeSeaford College Erasmus+ Santander 6Seaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 4 - Le patisserieSeaford College Erasmus+ Rouen 9 - eating with our host familyErasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Many of the initiatives are based on opportunities for students and recent graduates, but funding is also available to help teachers, lecturers and non-academic staff develop their skills in schools, universities, colleges and adult education environments around Europe – through job shadowing, teaching and training activities.

After two years of trying, Seaford College secured a grant of more than €60,000 from the British Council which, over the next two years, will allow teachers from a variety of departments to spend one or two weeks in Santander in Spain or Rouen in France.

Our project aims, thanks to this funding, are to raise the profile of modern foreign languages (MFL) and attainment within our school, to increase the confidence of teachers from all departments regarding MFL, to increase pupil aspirations, and to create more cross-curricular links through languages.

During Easter and June 2016, the first few Seaford College teachers went to Santander and Rouen. During their time away, these teachers went on language courses tailored to their needs, visited local schools with the aim of forging long-term links with them, went on cultural visits, and had the opportunity to meet with teachers from other British schools to discuss their project and share experiences.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for our school,” said MFL teacher Helene Martin, who is overseeing the project. “Everyone has come back full of enthusiasm and ready to organise projects and activities that will benefit everyone at Seaford College.”

Several activities are planned for the new academic year and others are already taking place. For example, some of our pupils have taken videos of Seaford and have sent these to our partner school in Santander, which will reciprocate. We are hoping that these links will develop into potential exchanges and we are also planning on involving local primary schools in the project over the next academic year. With more teachers going on visits during the next few months, the amount of activities linked to our Erasmus projects will gradually increase.

2016 Seaford College Speech and Prize Giving event is a great success

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In his introductory speech, Headmaster John Green looked back with pride on his first three years in the post, as well as looking ahead with excitement to Seaford’s future. He began his address – which included quotes from Benjamin Franklin, David Brent, Muhammad Ali, Yeats and Yoda – by noting that the school recently achieved the best A*-B GCSE results and the highest percentage of leavers attending the top Russell Group universities in its history.

Mr Green went on to stress that rather than being a “conveyor belt hot house”, Seaford is somewhere that focuses on pupils instead of statistics, in order to produce students who are dynamic, ambitious, well-rounded and determined. The results of this ethos are record pupil numbers and waiting lists in most year groups. Mr Green then proceeded to say a fond farewell to departing pupils and staff members, and a heartfelt thank you to Seaford’s support staff, before outlining exciting future developments, such as the new sports hall/creative arts centre extension.

Head Girl Emma Brown and Head Boy Jack Jamieson each talked eloquently and movingly about what Seaford meant to them, with both commenting on the importance of overcoming self-doubt, and expressing gratitude for the many ways in which the school had helped them.

Emma talked of her pride in being part of a school that gives pupils the opportunity to discover what they’re capable of in all aspects of life, giving special mention to Seaford’s incredible sporting achievements for a school of its size. She spoke with real feeling about how Seaford provides a nurturing environment that produces pupils “who are ready to tackle the real world”.

Jack Jamieson then spoke charmingly about the ways in which the school had moulded him since he joined in Year 7. He focused on the importance of enthusiasm, aspirations and determination, and described how the opportunities Seaford had presented him with had given him self-confidence and allowed him to reach his potential.

Guest speaker Shola Kaye was also very well received. Shola is a foster child who went on to study at Cambridge University and then embark on a successful career as a research scientist, before returning to her first love and becoming a professional singer.

Her delivery was engaging and her speech was relevant to the Seaford community, containing simple and sound advice spoken from the heart. Her stage presence was tremendous and she came across as sincere and confident, with a gentle and engaging approach.

The 1,200-strong crowd of pupils, parents, staff and governors had already sat through a number of speeches, but Shola managed to win the audience over beautifully. She stayed on for the picnic lunch and happily socialised with governors, parents and pupils.

As one year comes to a close, the Seaford community is already looking forward to the next academic year and what it brings for Speech Day 2017. Ad alta!

Seaford College team completes Round The Island cycle route

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - back at the ferry terminalA group of seven participants from Seaford College set off early on Sunday morning to complete the annual Round The Island bike event on the Isle of Wight. Starting from Ryde, the route is a 100km anti-clockwise lap of the island, sticking as much as possible to back roads.

“In the morning we were blessed with good weather and although we took a couple of wrong turns leaving Ryde, there was little to hold us up as we made our way through Cowes and on towards Yarmouth,” said houseparent Matthew Pitteway, who organised the day. “Although undulating, the north of the Isle of Wight is not too hilly and with little wind we made good time, arriving at our lunch destination in Freshwater Bay just before 1pm.

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - bridleway into Freshwater Bay“From Freshwater Bay, the first of the day’s climbs began. Taking on a decent amount of fuel helped us as we powered our way up the old military road heading east towards Ventnor. Another climb at Blackgang Chine, just outside Ventnor, proved the most demanding of the day, especially as by this stage the weather had changed and the rain was coming down. We still had more than 30km of cycling left and the mist was down, the rain was persistent and lunch seemed a long time ago.

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - Ryan Gregory riding up Blackgang Chine“From the top of Blackgang Chine we were rewarded with a long steady decent. A quick pitstop at a shop in Ventnor allowed us the opportunity to take on more fuel and this gave us the motivation to power on through to the finish.

“Arriving back in Ryde in time for the 4.45pm ferry, although tired, we were all incredibly proud of our achievement. We look forward to the next event – the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July!”

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Seaford College staff and pupils stage ‘Seaford to Seaford’ charity bike ride

Seaford College - Seaford to Seaford charity bike ride 2016 1Seaford to Seaford charity bike ride 2016 3Seaford to Seaford charity bike ride 2016 4Seaford College - Seaford to Seaford charity bike ride 2016 2Last weekend, nine Seaford College staff members, students and parents took part in the ‘Seaford to Seaford’ bike ride, setting off at 8am from Mansion and riding over the South Downs to the town of Seaford to raise money for Marie Curie.

“The weather was amazing and we had glorious sunshine and a light wind behind us the whole way,” said houseparent Matthew Pitteway, who organised the event. “Barring a couple of punctures, the day was incident free.

“The route is almost exactly 50 miles and goes through some of the most stunning scenery in the area including Chanctonbury Ring, Devil’s Dyke and Ditchling Beacon. With a lovely stop for lunch and a few scheduled stops along the way to take on water, we eventually reached Corsica Hall in Seaford at 5.45pm.

“It was a great day and we look forward to the next fundraising event, which will be a 100k lap of the Isle of Wight on 19 June.”

Old Seafordian Golfers open raises £255 for ‘Help for Heroes’

Tull, Mummery, Farrant with Fox, Stevenson & Ballard waiting22 Old Seafordian golfers rolled up for the third OSGS annual golf day at Leatherhead Golf Club on the northern slopes of the North Downs last Friday.

The undulating topography was deceptive and the layout of the course posed a serious test for all players. There were several tough approaches and dog-legs made even tougher by the 10-15mph northerly wind that punished even slightly errant drives, particularly on the first nine holes. The greens were fast for the time of year, which tested many a putt!

After an enjoyable day’s play, all players welcomed the warmth of the clubhouse (a nippy day it was!), some drinks in the 19th and a hearty meal accompanied by prize-giving and short speeches. The players also raised £255 for ‘Help for Heroes’.

Our full report is found here

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Seaford College houseparent Matthew Pitteway completes the Rotterdam Marathon

Seaford College houseparent Matthew Pitteway Rotterdam MarathonEarlier in the month, Seaford College houseparent Matthew Pitteway completed the Rotterdam Marathon, which has been ranked among the top 10 marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine. He finished the course in a time of three hours and 40 minutes.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their extremely generous donations and words of encouragement for the run,” said Matthew. “My time wasn’t quite as quick as I was hoping for – my target was three hours 30 minutes – but all things considered, I was very happy.

“It was an excellent day. The weather was stunning and the scenery was beautiful. It’s a really well organised race with a huge amount of support from spectators. The attractive T-shirt and medal [pictured] I received at the finishing line just about made all the pain and suffering worthwhile. And it was just as long as the London course!”

Seaford College pupils, parents and staff take part in Hampshire charity run

Seaford College Queen Elizabeth Country Park runSeaford College Queen Elizabeth Country Park runSeaford College pupils, parents and staff from Walled Garden West took part in a charity run over the weekend at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire. Twelve students, three parents and three members of staff completed the 10k course as part of our continued fundraising efforts on behalf of Marie Curie. Although conditions were far from ideal out on the course, Munroe Graham – who only started running seriously this term – came second overall in the event, which is an exceptional achievement. We have now raised nearly £600 for this great cause.

Seaford College hosts Love Lunch for local care home residents

Seaford College Love LunchAs part of the school’s Community Programme, Seaford College recently held a Love Lunch for residents of local care homes. Seaford students and staff regularly visit the care homes as part of their weekly community activities.

Year 12 pupil Shannon Greenwood said: “Staff from the care homes and Seaford College acted as chauffeurs for the afternoon, bringing our guests to the school. Upon arrival, each minibus was greeted by smiling students who helped each resident to be seated at their table.Seaford College Love Lunch Danny Westcott plays guitar

“All the residents were very chatty and were complimentary about the wonderful architecture of our Mansion House. One gentleman in particular was amazed at the detail within the beams and on the balcony in the dining room. Seb Azimi and Danny Westcott charmed the ladies from Rotherlea Care Home, who they visit them once a week for a chat.

“The lunch was a great success. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their food. The ladies were concerned about not being able to eat it all as they didn’t want to waste anything, something I think my generation needs to pick up on! We had a couple of birthdays and even a wedding anniversary among the guests.

Seaford College Love Lunch food“Then Danny performed on his guitar and Yolanda sang Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley. It was a beautiful rendition that had the whole room singing along, as well as shedding a few tears, and was a lovely way to end the afternoon!”

Seaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction bids

Seaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction Rugby World Cup FinalSeaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction Muhammad AliSeaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction PeleSeaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction Lewis HamiltonDear Parents & Friends of the College,

As many of you are aware, we are taking 70 senior pupils to New Zealand and Australia on a Netball and Rugby Tour in July 2017. While in Australia, we are planning to undertake a community project in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. To help raise funds for the trip and the project we are auctioning off items of memorabilia, experiences and dining opportunities. We are using a silent auction format, which means other bidders are unable to view who has made the current highest bid.

To view the items available, please click on this link and for more details about any of the items listed, please feel free to email acook@seaford.org.

The auction will close at midnight on Monday 29 February and all bids are final. To place a bid, please ensure you email acook@seaford.org with your full name, contact details, the item you are bidding on and the maximum bid you wish to place.

The current winning bids can be seen in the tables below and will be updated regularly.

All winning bidders will be contacted on Wednesday 2 March and payment will be required by Sunday 13 March via cheque, cash or bank transfer.

On behalf of the touring party, thank you in advance for your support.

Antony Cook, Director of Sport

Experiences
Item Current highest bid
A View from The Shard & Michelin Dining for Two £201
Wimbledon Tour & Lunch for Two
Private Tours of the Sky News studio & House of Commons  £250
Helicopter Flight over London for Two  £300
Tea with the Tigers for Two  £105
4×4 Off-Road Driving Experience
Personal Chef Home Visit
Unique Sporting Opportunities
Item Current highest bid
John Terry Personalised Item
Chris Adams 1-2-1 Cricket Session £350
Sir Ian McGeechan Personalised Book
Rugby Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
2015 Rugby World Cup Final Ultimate Memorabilia
Triple Legends Signed Wales Shirt  £315
2011 RWC Winners Signed Photo Display
Martin Johnson Signed England Shirt
Jonny Wilkinson Signed 2003 RWC Photo
Anthony Watson Player Issue Shirt
Harlequins Squad Signed Shirt
Football Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
Diego Maradona Signed Argentina Shirt
Cristiano Ronaldo Signed Football Boot £325
Signed Pele Brazil Shirt  £350
Lionel Messi Signed Barcelona Photo  £175
Alternative Sporting Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
Lewis Hamilton Signed Photo Display
Jordan Spieth Signed Golf Ball Display
Sebastian Coe Signed Autobiography  £61
Jessica Ennis Signed Photo £151
Ian Botham Signed Photo
Usain Bolt Signed Photo Display
Andy Murray Signed Photo Display  £175
Rory McIlroy Signed Ryder Cup Flag
Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest’ Signed Boxing Glove Display
Entertainment Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
Tom Odell Signed Album Cover
Only Fools and Horses Signed Display £600
Ed Sheeran Signed Display

 

Seaford-Graffham fun run raises money for Cumbria flood victims

Seaford College to Graffham onesie fun run January 2016 - pic by Graham Franks PhotographyResidents of Graffham turned out despite the rain on Sunday to take part in a ‘onesie fun run’ to raise money for the residents of Cumbria affected by the recent flooding. The event was the brainchild of Ginny Barrett and Hannah Barter, who were keen to bring the community together to raise money for this worthy cause.

More than 50 people took part in the run, which started at Seaford College and finished at the church in Graffham, where refreshments were laid on for the participants. So far the event has raised over £600 for the charity and anyone who wants to make a donation can visit the run’s Just Giving site at: http://www.justgiving.com/GraffhamOnesieFunsieRunsie

Photo by Graham Franks Photography

Seaford College pupil William Morris raises money for cancer charities

Seaford College William Morris charity walkThe mother of Year 11 pupil William Morris would like to thank his fellow students and the teaching staff at Seaford for their generosity in supporting his fundraising efforts last year. William undertook a sponsored 7km walk from Graffham to Cocking in memory of his father and raised £200 for the Macmillan Cancer Support palliative care unit in Midhurst and £200 for Cancer Research UK. All of the money was donated by the College’s staff and students.

Invitation to halow Christmas Gala Concert

Concert Poster A4 (2) FOR WEBLocal charity the halow project present

The Seaford College Choir

Join us for what promises to be another spectacular concert, the renowned Seaford College Choir will perform a range of classical and contemporary pieces with a special performance from halow’s music group.

 

A Christmas Gala Concert details:

Friday 4th December 2015
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street

Reception from 6.30pm choir to start at 7.15pm
Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5
Price includes mulled wine and a mince pie

Tickets available from halow
Phone: 01483 447960 or hannah.a@halowproject.org.uk

Or Guildford Tourist Centre:
Phone: 01483 444334

Address: 155 High Street,
Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3AJ Registered charity number: 1116773
All proceeds to the halow project supporting young people with a learning disability in Surrey.