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!

 

Join us at our Prep School Activity Morning

 

Seaford College HP Prep Activity MorningwebSeaford College invites all children looking for entry into Years 2-5 to come along and take part in our activity sessions.

Come along and join our Design & Technology workshop; cook up a treat at Forest School or try out Seaford’s new climbing wall in the Johnson Centre.

To book a place at Seaford Prep School’s Years 2-5 Activity Morning email Jo Hitchcock, Prep School admissions secretary jhitchcock@seaford.org

We look forward to welcoming you on the 18th November for fun & smiles!

Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner with Guest Speaker Shaun Edwards

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Seaford is excited to announce Shaun Edwards as our guest speaker at our Sports Dinner on 12th January. Reserve tickets at bookings@seaford.org

Shaun Edwards OBE, made his name in Rugby League playing for Wigan, England and Great Britain. He won 8 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Championships and was voted Man of Steel in 1990, before switching codes for a hugely successful coaching career in Rugby Union. 10 successful years as Head Coach at Wasps led to his current role as Assistant Coach for Wales and the Defence Coach on the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa. Shaun is truly a legend of Rugby.

Anya Shrubsole and the Cricket World Cup in 2017We’re also extremely excited that England cricketer Anya Shrubsole will be joining us for the evening. Anya was an integral member of the winning women’s team at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup,  and was voted player of the game in the final at Lord’s with a match winning 6 wickets off 46 runs. This is the best ever return recorded in a World Cup final, and led to her nomination for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

The night starts with a Drinks Reception supported by Old Seafordian Stephen Cronk from Mirabeau en Provence Wine. This will be followed by a three course dinner.

Dress: Black Tie

Sports Dinner Invite

 

Great start to the year for our Equestrian teams

Beanie Bradley, year 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 12 It’s been a fantastic start to the year for our Equestrian riders, with a Seaford team qualifying for the NSEA Show Jumping Championships for the very first time.

On Sunday 24th September a team of Seaford riders competed at Merrist Wood, Guildford in the NSEA inter-schools show jumping competition run by Cranleigh School. This was one of Seaford’s last opportunities to qualify for the National Schools’ Championships, so the competition was very hot with over sixty riders in each class.

The Seaford team of Beanie Bradley, Jessie Schute and Flora James came a fantastic 2nd to Guildford High in the 90cm team class, qualifying for the very prestigious Championships. Only the top two teams qualified, and Seaford beat both Cranleigh first and second teams, along with Wellington, Winchester, Mayfield, Farlington and Priorsfield.

From left to right: Beanie Bradley, year 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 11

r 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 12

“I’m extremely proud of them,” said Lucy Sanders, Head of Equestrian at Seaford. “It is the first time we have had a Seaford team competing at a National competition, and this is something to celebrate.”

Honey Bea Hogan and Abigail Jupp Our Prep School riders have also had a fine start to the year, competing at a NSEA inter schools Grassroots show jumping competition at Sands Farm near Horsham, at the end of September, and achieved some fantastic results.

Honey-Bea Hogan came individually 4th in the 50cm, Abigail Jupp was 3rd individually in the 70cm with the team of Abigail, Grace Bolton & Honey-Bea coming a fantastic 2nd to Brambletye in the 70cm, qualifying for the Regional Championships in November.

Abigail Jupp Honey Bea Hogan and Grace Bolton

Grace Bolton and Abigail Jupp

Abigail then went on to win the 75cm class with a brilliant speedy clear round against the clock. New year 7 pupil, Grace Bolton, with her enthusiastic pony Ruby came a very commendable 3rd and we enjoyed welcoming her to the Seaford Equestrian team.

Lauren Goldsmith’s pony was sadly kicked the day before the show so she had to stand down this time but Honey-Bea bravely rose to the occasion to fill in the team place jumping 70cm for the first time.

Demystifying the Oxbridge process

John Doy - Director of Academic Performance and Enrichment

Our aim at Seaford is for every pupil to achieve their personal best. We welcome the academically gifted, as well as those who find the examination culture a challenge, and we’re very proud of the learning support we provide to all our pupils. On top of identifying and helping students with learning difficulties, we also believe it’s important to identify students with exceptional academic potential, and provide them with the support they need to fully stretch themselves.

This Sunday is the deadline for any Medicine, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications, and this year a number of Seaford College students are putting themselves forward.

John Doy is Seaford’s Head of Academic Performance and Enrichment, and has put in place a number of strategies to help stretch and motivate the academically gifted students here. One of those things is helping students with Oxbridge aspirations to learn more about the whole process, help them with applications, and prepare themselves for potential interviews.
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Invitation to the Opening of Seaford’s New Performing Arts and Sports Centre

Seaford College development masterplan – sports hallMr John Green, Headmaster of Seaford College, warmly welcomes you to join us to celebrate the official opening of Seaford’s new Performing Arts & Sports Centre, The Johnson Centre, on Friday 3rd November. The evening will start with a drinks reception & canapés at 6pm. Our Special Guest speaker is Old Seafordian Gareth Neame OBE, British Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television producer and executive. Gareth is the Executive Producer of Downton Abbey.

This event is an open invitation to all Old Seafordians and followers of Seaford College. Please feel free to forward and share this invitation with your friends.

Please RSVP to bookings@seaford.org

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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 students take on Butser Hill

Seaford College Cross Country team At 889 feet, Butser Hill is the highest point on the South Downs, overlooking Petersfield. And, since 1978, it has also been the site of a fantastic cross country mass run, raising over £200,000 for different charities over the years. Seaford College took a team along to this year’s race, and it was a great day. Continue reading

Introducing our first ever Seaford Sessions music video – starring Yolanda Gumpo

Yolanda singingAt Seaford College we encourage students to discover their passions and aspire to achieve their personal bests in all their pursuits, from academic, to sporting, and right through to music and the arts. And in September, Yolanda Gumpo embarked on a career in the music industry, studying a degree in Songwriting at BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in Brighton. BIMM is well known for giving its graduates a fantastic start into the world of music, and George Ezra, James Bay and The Kooks all started out there, as well as Old Seafordian Tom Odell. Yolanda is really excited about living in Brighton, and what the future may have in store for her. Continue reading

Seaford takes to the waves in the Schools Week Sailing Championships

The Seaford Sailers with teacher Paul HarkerDuring the second to last week of the summer term, six students from Seaford College competed in the Schools Week Sailing Championships, which has been held annually at Itchenor Sailing Club since 1953.  It is one of the biggest school sailing events in the UK, and attracts teams from across the country, and this year attracted entries of over 150 racing dinghies. Paul Harker, who took the students to the competition, told us about the event.

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Dream England Rugby 7s Contract for Seaford College’s Fergus Guiry

Fergus Guiry at Seaford College WEBSeaford College student Fergus Guiry will never forget the phone call he received earlier this year. It was from Simon Amor, the England Rugby 7s Head Coach, offering Fergus a one-year professional contract with the England 7s squad.
Fergus, who completed his A levels in the summer, was spotted by the England coaching team playing for Seaford College at the Rosslyn Park 7s tournament and they invited him to an England trial. After impressing at the trial, Fergus received the dream phone call offering him a contract, and he has now joined up with the full England squad and played in several tournaments. Continue reading

Welcome to a new Academic year: the transition to a new school

Abseiling in WalesA new Academic year is upon us once again, and we’re very pleased to be welcoming our students, both new and returning, to Seaford College, for the start of term. We hope everyone is fully refreshed from the Summer break and ready for whatever challenges the new term brings.

Here at Seaford, we aim to make the transitions from Prep School to Senior School, and Senior School to Sixth Form, as smooth as possible. Today, all of our Year 12 students are heading off to Wales for a few days on a bonding trip, and our Year 9 students will head off on an overnight Camping and Activity trip tomorrow, and we thought that now was a good time to have a chat with James Passam, Deputy Head of the Seaford Senior School, about the transition process, and any advice he has for parents and pupils.

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Seaford College students buck the national trend with very strong GCSE results

Ellie Holt, Mrs White English Teacher, Jewel Konieczny, Dom Easton, Head of English Hayley Johnson & Nell Chadwick celebrating phenomenal English ResultsDespite pass rates falling by 0.6% nationally amid the biggest exam shake-up in a generation, Seaford College students have maintained the impressive A*-C pass rate. Headmaster John Green said: “In spite of the volatility of GCSE results that have been described as the ‘hardest since the 1980s O Levels’, we achieved an outstanding 56% A*-A in English Literature and 50% A*-A result in English Language with 99% A*-C in English Literature and a 95% A*-C result in English Language, which is simply phenomenal. An unprecedented forty-four pupils achieved an A*A in English Language and Literature with thirteen achieving 2 A*s.”

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Headmaster John Green congratulates our A Level students on their results

Seaford Students Ross Millen and Chris Colegate celebrate with Headmaster John Green and Computer Science teacher Dave CrooksSeaford College Headmaster John Green would like to congratulate all of the students at Seaford for their superb A Level results.

Mr Green said: “The number of our students gaining entry into their first choice university is at record levels. All of our students are hard-working and committed, which has led to their success. I believe in our students achieving their personal bests, both inside and outside of the classroom – that is where Seaford is unique. Many thanks to all our staff for their unfailing energy, enthusiasm and expertise.

“We have a reputation as a successful school in Sussex which is down to the hard work and dedication of students, staff and supportive parents. I wish all of our Year 13 pupils every success in their future endeavours.”

You can read some of the student stories from this year on our Facebook page. Follow the links below, and discover more about life at Seaford from the students’ perspective.

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Record numbers of Seaford College Students are heading to Russell Group and 1st Choice Universities

The wonderful look of surprise when you've achieved A starsSeaford College is celebrating as its trend of increasing the number of students securing places at top Russell Group Universities continues.  This is a record breaking year for Russell Group and 1st choice universities.  Headmaster John Green, who took up the post four years ago and has implemented various successful strategies to improve the school’s academic core, said: “Seaford College has seen an impressive increase in our A*-B and A*-C A Level results from last year.  Considering this is the first year of reverting back to the more traditional linear vs. modular testing, in most subjects, the results are even more impressive.”

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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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Seaford girls share inspiring messages from Women of the Future Conference

Holly Gyles & Isobel Porter at the Women of the Future conference2017 marks the 20th year of girls at the school, and Seaford College is proud that over 30% of the students are now girls, and this number is constantly growing.

Earlier this year, some of Seaford’s Year 12 and Year 13 girls went to the Women of the Future Conference at Bloomberg, in London. The aim of the conference was to provide students with mentors and role models, strengthening the pipeline of talent among Britain’s younger women. Continue reading

A night to remember at Seafordstock

Seafordstock at nightSeafordstock 2017 was certainly a night to remember. We were blessed with an absolutely stunning evening for the occasion, the marquee outside Mansion House had been converted into a fantastic stage, and the hill outside Mansion House became packed with students, teachers and parents, keen to watch Seaford’s musical talent perform their very best.

Seafordstock rocking to Sweet Child of MineThere were performers from right across Seaford College, from the Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form, and it was an absolutely glorious celebration of music. Several Seaford students had written and performed their own pieces, the Junior Choristers sang their heart out, and as the night unrolled some of Seaford’s more regular performers took to the stage.

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Seaford celebrates personal bests at Prize Giving Day

Speech Day Prize winnersSeaford College celebrated the end of the school year with the annual Speech and Prize Giving Day. 1,500 parents, students and staff Continue reading

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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