Rugby Reunion Team of ’74′

The gang from top left: Lionel Weston, John Green (headmaster), Keith Woodcock, John Nelson, Craig Reynolds, Adam Courlander, Mike Madeiros, John Dudeny, Andy Nightingale, Maurice Hudson, Rob Norton, Graham White.The gang from top left:

Lionel Weston, John Green (headmaster), Keith Woodcock, John Nelson, Craig Reynolds, Adam Courlander, Mike Madeiros, John Dudeny, Andy Nightingale, Maurice Hudson, Rob Norton, Graham White.

John Green recently welcomed the victorious Seaford Rugby team of 1974 back to the college to watch the current Seaford 1st XV, who are also in fine form, for a celebration lunch.

Rob Norton Old Seafordian started his quest to find the team after almost 40 years of leaving Seaford and the turn out considering the time gap was fantastic. Here is a snippet of what Rob had to say when we asked him if the players took the same places for their picture last week as they did for the team photo back in 1974! (see photo at foot of this post)

‘Yes, we had a great day, I don’t think we did sit in the same place, it was talked about and if everyone had been there, I think we would have!’

The lunch in the Headmaster’s study was very good. He was very generous, we were very privileged! There were some references to the fact that the last time Graham White was in there was for a beating from the Head! (This was at a time when corrective punishment was deemed lawful we should add !)

Maurice made a lovely speech and I think his words made us really appreciate what we had achieved and how much it had meant to him and all of us. It was quite an achievement, they were not easy teams to beat. It’s just a shame we hadn’t arranged the reunion before. Some of us hadn’t seen each other since leaving school but we all had very fond memories of our time at Seaford. It seems we have never forgotten our unbeaten season.

Meet Seaford College’s New Headmaster John Green

 

John Green headmaster Seaford CollegeName of school:  SEAFORD COLLEGE

Address: LAVINGTON PARK, PETWORH

Tel no: 01798 867392

Website: http://www.seaford.org

Number of pupils: 620

  Age group: 7 – 18

                                                                        Gender: Male & Female

                                                                        Day/boarding: Both + flexi

                                                                        Name of head: John Green

In your eyes, what makes a great headmaster?

Someone who is a good communicator and listener, who is ambitious for every pupil and maintains a high visibility throughout the school.

What do you most enjoy about being a headmaster?

Being able to make a positive, ambitious difference to all pupils.

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Seaford College appoints a New Head

Seaford College appoints new Head 

Seaford College, Petworth, is entering an exciting new phase, having appointed a new headmaster.

John Green (45), the school’s current deputy, has been appointed headmaster with effect from September 2013, taking over from Toby Mullins who is to take on new challenges in the state sector.

For Romford-born Mr Green, it is his second spell at Seaford – he was their Director of Sport from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr Green was educated at the all-boys Campion School in Hornchurch, Essex, and then studied Sports Science at Cardiff University, where he went on to do a Master’s degree in Business and Sports Science, before taking an advanced diploma in Economics from the Open University.

He is perhaps best known nationally for his sporting prowess: he played rugby for England U16s, U19s and U23s and captained England students for three years. He played professionally for the Saracens from 1992 – 1997.

He combined his rugby with teaching in the state sector at Barry Boys’ School where he was Director of Sport and, later, taught at Ardingly College, Sussex, where he was deputy head of the Prep School and Director of Sport and PE.

Following two years at Seaford College, he was appointed Head of the Upper Sixth and a Boarding Housemaster at Hurstpierpoint. For the last four years at Hurst, he was Deputy Head and also taught Economics.

Married to Sian, whom he met in Cardiff, the couple have three children – Megan (17), Ailsa (14) and Johnny (8).

Mr Green said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been appointed headmaster of Seaford College. I will be taking on a school in great health, thriving on all fronts, both in and out of the classroom.

“Sian and I are looking forward to leading Seaford through the next stage of its exciting development and being part of such a strong, friendly and vibrant community.”

Mr Green believes his understanding of the Seaford ethos will stand him in good stead, as will his comprehension of the holistic nature of education, founded on a strong academic core.

Toby Mullins, who has been headmaster for the past 16 years, is leaving the independent sector to take on the challenges of running Lodge Park Technology College in Corby, Northants, an academy in the Midlands which was recently placed in special measures.

Mr Mullins said: “I have had a wonderful 16 years at Seaford College, during which time we have improved the academic results beyond recognition, increased pupil numbers and engaged in several major building projects which have brought the College bang up to date in the 21st century.

“I am happy to be leaving the school in the capable hands of John Green and am confident he will continue to grow the school in line with its ethos and principles, building even further on the foundations which have now been laid.”

“My new role will certainly be very different – but provide me with a range of challenges which I shall relish.”

Chairman of governors Graeme Sinclair said: “The interview process was not an easy one and involved over 100 applicants, with the short list going through three days of interviews and a wide variety of tests. In the end I am pleased to say Mr Green came out as the unanimous choice of the Board and we are thrilled that he will be leading the College from 1st September 2013.”

A level Results excellent once again

Academic grades at Seaford College continue to show an upward trend in the A-level results, announced last Thursday.

Almost 30% of entrants gained AAB or above, with the A*-B  percentage rising from 53% to 56% and the A*-C to 82%.

A-A* remained at just over 30%, as last year, but, for the fourth year in succession, the grades averaged better than 3Bs per student.

Top performers were Jamie Simms and Ella Luo with 2A*s and 2As, Charlotte Rottier with 3A*s, Wayne Su, with 2A*s, 1A and 1B, Sam Suchal with 1A* and 3As , and  William Whitwell with 1A* and 2As.

Last year, Seaford College was identified as one of the top 25 most improved schools in the UK for its A-level results.

Late Developers – Speech Day Address

Our brains, it seems, take much longer to develop than we have previously thought. In fact they undergo a massive reorganization between the ages of 12 and 25. During this period it seems that the brain undergoes extensive and continuous remodelling that, in some ways, resembles a network and wiring upgrade.

This process was once thought to be largely finished by the end of Primary School but, in fact, continues throughout adolescence. It is becoming clear that some youngsters’ brains do not become fully developed until they are mid-way through their twenties!

These physical changes move in a slow wave from the brain’s rear to its front, from areas governing basic functions to finish at the more complicated thinking areas in the frontal lobe.

The frontal areas are the ones that we need for complex tasks. Once the wiring is upgraded, it’s harder to change. So, earlier brain development comes at the price of flexibility. The later developers gain more connections and, thus, greater flexibility.

So what the implications?

Many parents want their child to be at the front of the queue when it comes to educational developmental milestones. They desire for their child to demonstrate a superior intellectual ability of the kind that would get them onto many gifted & talented programmes.

Limited places are coveted, some parents going to extraordinary lengths to get their kids certain schools and to prepare them for entry examinations.

It has always been assumed that those children who demonstrated a superior intellectual capability early in their lives would be ahead in the race, and stay ahead, forever. Such pupils have an intellectual development that is more precocious than their peers. This new evidence, however, questions whether early developers do indeed stay ahead of the race as compared with late developers?

The answer is basically NO.  In fact, it is the late developers who possess the capability to catch up and edge ahead of the early ones. Those with superior intelligence show a slower developmental curve, but the highest rates of change throughout that journey. A child who is not reading or doing maths like his peers may, in fact, end up doing even better than them years down the road.

So the key fact coming out from this research is: – That late developers could have an edge over the early developers, though the capabilities will show up later in life.

So, knowing this new data my questions to you are;

  • Why do we continue to associate lifelong ability with precocity?
  • Why do we continue to test at ever earlier ages assuming that we will identify the most talented children?
  • Why do we even test children all at a particular age? If they are all developing at different rates, what are we learning?
  • When we find a late developer – and there are many examples – how many others like him or her have been thwarted because their talents were prematurely judged?
  • How wise is it to devote resources to the development of child prodigies whilst relegating the ‘average chaps’ (which includes late developers) to the backseat.

So what about the average students?

Should they resign themselves to being the ones sitting below the elite performers who have proven their abilities at a young age? Or will they, given time, develop late with the capability to edge past these prodigies?

At Seaford we invest in every child including the average ones, in the hope that they will blossom and bloom into the leaders of the future. As Charles Johnson used to say “not too many Seaford pupils go onto to Oxbridge but ours usually end up employing those that go!” ….. and he was right.

Sources:-

Beautiful Brains
National Geographic                          Oct 2011

Late Bloomers aren’t necessarily inferior to young prodigies
New Asia Republic                              Jan 2011

Seaford gets Animated

Seaford College Art Department has a number of young animators amongst its GCSE and A level candidates. Using the same software that Aardman use for ‘Wallace and Gromit’, youngsters can now create their own stop-frame animations.

Last year Millie Elwes finished a piece that she successfully used as part of her AS course and this year a number of GCSE candidates are making short animated films as part of their portfolios. Not only do they have to film the short scene, they also have to go through a lengthy design process to make the characters, and the set, whilst experimenting with the movements to make them convincing.

A couple of the early efforts can be seen at the links below.

Will Strivens piece    ‘DUTCH COURAGE’  -   Link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw1KpUzh_kg

Ben Leonard’s piece    ’MISERABLE LES’  -   Link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enpLV4x4Ryg&feature=channel

 

 

More news from Cambridge

Mr Coulson has had quite a lot of correspondence with Gabriella Bird who went into the ‘Winter Pool’ at Cambridge University for English. She has been offered a place a Lucy Cavendish College (a mature ladies college where you have to be 21yrs old to enter) and hence the offer is to start in October 2013. We all hope that Gabriella will take up this wonderful opportunity but, in any case, she has done fantastically well to win the place. Well done Gaby!

News from Oxford University

Recently, we have had some good news from Oxford University.

Cornelia Roibu, who is now in her second year at Somerville College Oxford (pictured) reading Biochemistry, has been awarded a  Scopes Exhibition from Somerville in recognition of her outstanding examination results at the end of the first year. In addition to receiving a bursary, she is entitled to wear a Scholar’s gown to future exams and other events at the University. Cornelia should be very proud of this achievement.

On a more disappointing note, both Willam Whitwell and Jamie Sims have been unsuccessful in gaining offers from Oxford to read Politics Philosophy and Economics. This is one of the most difficult courses on which to gain a place and, having both performed well in the interviews, they were unlucky to miss out.

End of Term

The term came to an end with the two College Carol services at Chichester cathedral.

The Prep School service was held in the afternoon and an appreciative audience of parents, pupils and staff joined in lustily with the congregational carols and were treated to some wonderful performances from the Prep School Choir under the Direction of Jeremy Weaver. The readers and soloists should all be very proud of their efforts in what was a superb service.

The Cathedral was absolutely packed out for the Senior School Service in the evening. Ten minutes into the service, parents were still being ushered into seats and spaces wherever they could be found! The music was outstanding with Eleanor Pearce’s solo in ‘O Holy Night’ one of many highlights. Sara Reynolds had the Choir performing at their absolute best at the end of what has been a long week with concerts at school, Eaton Square and Shoreham. The standard of reading this year was excellent and thanks must go to Mrs White for her efforts in preparing the readers for what is a very daunting task.

The congregation heard about the Chaplain’s night out clubbing in Kigali with Bishop Dennis in Rwanda and after a couple of excellent funny stories from the Rev left, happily, for the Christmas holidays. A wonderful, uplifting, end to a long successful term!