Nicholas Caines’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

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 somNicholas Caines, Head Boy 2017 to 2018ething 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

Seaford Go To The NSEA National Eventers’ Challenge National Championships

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.

Team SeafordWe 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.

Sefaord's proud ridersThe 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’ Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Holly Gyles, Head Girl 2017 to 2018

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

Space Challengers

Seaford's Space Challengers 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.

Record breakers

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 wins gold and breaks school recordRupert 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 talks about how it felt to be selected for the England PD Lions and what drives him to succeed

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

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents' DayThe 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

Book your tickets for Beauty & the Beast JR

Social media posterJoin us for our Prep School production of Beauty and the Beast JR.

Email bookings@seaford.org for your FREE tickets.

 

Elliot Brown makes his England debut!

DSCF6878Congratulations 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.”

Follow the link to read more about Elliot’s inspirational story: https://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/steyning-teenager-defies-expectations-to-play-international-cricket-1-8490842

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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.”

Get tickets for Seaford’s first Dance Show in the Johnson Centre

We can’t wait for our first dance show next week at Seaford College. Steppin’ Out is on 22nd May at 7pm in the Johnson Centre at Seaford College.

To book your tickets email Bookings@Seaford.org Tickets are £5 for adults, students are FREE!

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.

 

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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Seaford College triumphed in the Intermediate section of the SUPA National Senior Schools Arena Polo Championships

Photo 2webSeaford 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.Photo 4web

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!

Stunning Seaford College in the Snow – Drone Footage

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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.

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Reading in the Library for World Book Week

Girls 1-webSeaford 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!

Here’s a video of their recommendations:

 

 

 

Hand Delivered Roses in time for Valentine’s Day

Walled Garden Boarders on their Delivery Run 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.

Seaford Qualifies for Elite Show Jumping National Championships

Photo 2webOn 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.Photo 1web
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!”

Taking on the Greek Theatre Tragedy, Antigone

Antigone looks on as King Creon speaksLast 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.

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First Race for Devizes to Westminster hopefuls

Ben, Nell, Cameron, Daniel 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.

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Stand Together Saturday: Seaford and Canford

Spirit of Sport AwardLast month, Seaford College joined forces with Canford School and renamed their usual rugby fixture as Stand Together Saturday, a day designed to prioritise the experience and enjoyment of rugby for our pupils, above winning and losing.

Seaford student playing rugbyBoth Seaford and Canford have similar values, and each school is proud to help their students discover themselves and their passions. The idea behind the day was to focus it on enjoyment, right through the age-groups, and foster good relationships between players, parents, and staff from all sides and all teams. Before the game, Seaford’s rugby coach, Kevin Rich, said: “The idea behind this was to engage parents a little more on match days and attempt to help them to learn about how their touchline behaviour impacts the sporting experiences of pupils.

Canford playing rugby“Both Canford and Seaford are trying to create the best possible environments for young people to thrive in their sporting lives. With regards to rugby, the very physical nature of the game can sometimes draw out the worst in those watching and we feel that certain behaviours such as yelling instructions, jeering and berating the ref should have no place at school matches.

“By promoting an openness and convivial atmosphere in which it is normal for both sets of parents to connect and simply enjoy the game for it’s own sake we feel that this will minimise these negative tendencies. We put together a programme that highlighted some of these thoughts and also emphasized the importance that both schools attach to using sport as a vehicle to develop character and resilience.”

Below are some of the tips that were included in the programme, which you can also download below.

Stand Together Saturday Programme

Seaford playing against Canford

HOW WAS THE GAME ?

The game is so much more than who won and lost. Of course winning feels nice but let’s celebrate the character,
temperament, endeavour, bravery and teamwork. It’s not professional sport. The pupils are learning to get better at
something they love doing. Try using ‘how was the game’ instead of analysing why a team may have won or lost.

SHARE THE SIDELINE

One of the best parts of watching a Premiership match live is to share in the experience with supporters from other
teams. It is a pleasure to connect and watch sport to appreciate skill and strategy from both teams. To simply enjoy
the game without wondering what the score is. School sport should not get caught up in creating divides. Sharing the
sideline puts the game first.

MODELLING BEHAVIOUR

Of course we want the best for our children. But ‘best’ is perhaps not always having to be ‘THE STRONGEST’. We want
pupils to build character and play with spirit in their sporting lives. One of the greatest gifts that we (as adults) can give
them is to model courage, integrity and respect; especially in defeat. How does our touchline behaviour shape character and enhance the enjoyment for the players during the game?

In the matchday programme, both Seaford and Canford students shared what they love about rugby, which you can read below.

What do you love about rugby“Rugby has allowed me to meet so many different people, if I look at my close group of friends I have at the moment I have played rugby with them. The sport is so great because in the game you do everything to win but then when the final whistle goes we have the respect to shake hands and catch up. Some of my closest friends have been people I have played against and got to know after the match. The physical demand of the sport is another reason I love rugby. When playing rugby you put everything on the line and you know you have done this when you feel the aches and pains the next morning. Finally rugby has given me many memories and experiences which will stay with me for a long time.”
James, Canford

“I love playing rugby at Seaford College because not only is it brilliant fun, but also it is so inclusive. Everybody can play for a team no matter what their ability. Personally, what I love mainly about rugby is that there is so much competition for places in the team. So, I must improve myself every week to make sure I stay in the A team. Also, there is no prejudice between teams, the A team and B team are considered equals and nobody is looked down upon.”
Caelan, Seaford

“The reason I like rugby so much and why I have carried it on for so many years is because in no other sport do I get the sense of a brotherhood as strongly as I do in our current team in rugby, and a desire to put our bodies on the line for each other for that win. In no other sport do I think you will get a group of players so passionately playing for each other and that is why I love rugby, and this year especially.”
Cosmo, Canford

“I love rugby because it gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a way through hard work and skills, whilst it also helps me to stay fit and look at the nutrition side of sport which I can take into everyday life. But the main thing is
it helps to block out everything else that is happening in my life meaning I don’t have to worry about anything whilst I’m playing rugby and knowing I am enjoying myself.”
Jack, Seaford

Character Web“At the end of the home games played at Seaford, visiting Canford parents awarded a ‘Spirit of Rugby’ plaque to a Seaford player that best reflected the values of each school,” added Kevin Rich. “The Seaford parents selected a Canford player too. This was a gesture to remind parents that both teams are fighting for the same cause and to try and enjoy the game a little more neutrally – not an easy task when parents are watching their own children but something we think is worth is working towards.”

 

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

Decoding Bletchley Park Visit

A real Enigma MachineOn Thursday 2nd November Seaford College students, parents, and members of the public, enjoyed a real treat. We welcomed Tom Briggs, the Education Officer at Bletchley Park, for a talk in the Assembly Hall, Decoding Bletchley Park.

Tom brought a real enigma machine with him to Seaford College (in fact, the exact machine that had been used in The Imitation Game movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and he spoke to the audience about how the enigma machine worked, and the true nature of the task that faced the real codebreakers of Bletchley Park in World War II.

Students trying to break codes at Bletchley Park talkIt was a fantastic talk, and when Tom invited a volunteer to try encoding a message using the Enigma machine, Kitty Cooper gave it a go, with the help of her exceptionally eager assistant, Seaford’s Head of History, Mr Gisby (who practically ran down the stairs at the chance to be involved).

 

Kitty Cooper uses Enigma Machine Kitty, in Year 8, told us her thoughts on the evening.

“When we arrived there was a coded sheet we needed to break. It was quite hard! The talk was all about the code breaking work carried out at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. Mr Briggs gave us a brief history of the house before telling us about the enigma coding machine. I was allowed to send a hello message using the same machine which was really cool. The whole evening was fascinating.”

Tom Briggs taking class at SeafordSeaford College was also honoured on the evening to have been graced with the presence of Commander Le Pass, who was on the HMS Petard when it sank the U-559 submarine and recovered a new style of Enigma cypher machine at the time, which had four wheels, which was a highly dangerous mission and provided the Allies with invaluable information.

What was particularly fantastic about the evening was the real mix of the audience, from the younger students at Seaford College, through to members of the public. The fascination with codebreaking, and what this meant for the war effort, was clear throughout.

Students in Tom Briggs Bletchley Park WorkshopTom returned to Seaford the following day for a couple of workshops with Seaford College students, looking at how maths can be used to help with codebreaking, and all the students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, particularly the chance to use the enigma machine at the end of the sessions, which you can see in our short video below!

 

Old Seafordian Gareth Neame opens The Johnson Centre

Vickie Cameron, Gareth Neame OBE, Headmaster John Green and Sian Green Old Seafordian Gareth Neame, OBE returned to Seaford College on Friday 3rd November to open the Johnson Centre, Seaford’s new Performing Arts & Sports Centre.

It has been named in honour of Reverend Canon Charles Johnson, who was Headmaster at Seaford for 44 years, and his wife Joscelyn. Gareth is an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning producer and is the Executive Producer for Downton Abbey.

Headmaster John Green thanking Martin Tidby, Director at Amiri Construction, for their work on the Johnson Centre projectGareth praised Seaford saying: “I was honoured to be asked to open the Johnson Centre, firstly because Seaford College was the making of me.  Above everything else it taught me self-confidence and independence which are tremendously important in the business I went into, so I have a lot to be grateful for.  I visited the College in the summer and I was incredibly impressed by the range of facilities available to pupils today.  Seaford has always had excellent sport but now it was the calibre of the Music and the Art & Design departments that really struck me.”

The official opening and blessing was followed by an impressive variety of performances including the College’s chapel choir, funk band, soul band and wind quartet, alongside a lyrical contemporary dance and a short scene from a play which was commissioned for the event.  The vibrant evening ended with an impressive firework display illuminating Seaford’s 450 acres of listed parkland.

Tori Fitzpatrick performing a lyrical contemporary dance Seaford's Soul Band
Seaford Prep School students performing in the play Seaford's Director of Performing Arts, Sara Reynolds & the Chapel Choir

The vibrant evening ended with an impressive firework display illuminating Seaford's 450 acres of listed parklandJohn Green, Headmaster added: “The Johnson Centre is a £3.5m investment in the facilities at Seaford.  It’s all about an all-round education and every pupil aged 7-18 will benefit from the facilities here.”  Su Sayer, CBE, and the daughter of Charles & Joscelyn Johnson (who is also Seaford’s Vice Chair of Governors) spoke warmly of her parents saying: “Today they would be thrilled to see this wonderful Performing Arts and Sports Centre together with the integrated sports facilities and climbing wall, they would be thrilled.  This building will enable every pupil to learn new skills and develop his/her talents.”

Seaford's Head of Rugby Ed Bowden & Andrew Guiry Seaford's Director of Sport Liam Doubler & Dr Jane Askew with Old Seafordians Piers Plowman, Mel Sutherland, Tristan Evans, Dougie Howson, Patrick Disley-May

You can see our highlights video of the event below. An extra special thanks goes to Peter Viccari, who helped with the creation of this video!