NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships

Jessie Schute at the NSEA Eventers' Challenge ChampionshipsThe Seaford Equestrian team had a busy and successful two days at Hickstead at the NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships. Several of our riders placed in the top ten in huge classes with over one hundred riders entered in each class. An amazing achievement.

Things don’t always go to plan when preparing for these big occasions and we lost a couple of strong team combinations due to pony illness and the sudden sale of one outgrown pony. However, Sophie Gosling stepped in at the final hour with great effort, energy and enthusiasm and rode brilliantly in all four classes over the weekend to ensure we had full team representation. She also came 4th individually in the National Novice Challenge class. Continue reading

West Sussex Youth Parliament

Daisy Watson-RumboldDaisy Watson-Rumbold in Year 11 recently attended a meeting with West Sussex MPs. Representing West Sussex Youth Parliament, Daisy had the opportunity to discuss with them the ongoing Youth Cabinet 2019 Campaigns. Some of the topics covered were knife crime and drug usage within today’s youth as well as what can be done to fight climate change.

Daisy said: “It was really beneficial to meet all the ministers and talk to them about what we think needs to happen. As the youth representatives, it’s our job to be heard. The meeting allowed us to speak about the topics we care about”.

Daisy has been chosen to be one of the environmental spokespeople for the cabinet which will be a great new experience for her. Well done Daisy!

Seaford’s Step It Up Dance Shows

Seaford's Dance ShowWe’re excited to announce our dates for our Dance Shows. The shows will feature a variety of pieces in a wide range of styles including jazz, contemporary and ballet.

Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June

To book your tickets email Bookings@Seaford.org

A Marathon Effort

Seaford Staff complete the original marathonOver half term a group of 12 staff from Seaford College travelled to Athens to complete the original marathon from Marathon, in the North East of the City, to the Centre where they finished at the Panathenaic Stadium. This marathon effort was all part of their ongoing drive to raise money for Combat Stress. Continue reading

Seaford College Golf Day

Our inaugural Seaford College Golf Day, held at the fabulous Cowdray Park Golf Club, did not fail in its promise to deliver a splendid occasion for everyone involved.

Seaford College's Staff TeamWith near perfect weather and the course in spectacular condition, scoring proved seasonably high with several teams well into the 90’s. Individual prizes were awarded for nearest the pin, longest drive and highest individual stableford score. Ultimately just three points separated 1st from 3rd. Our very own staff team of Will Yates, Greg Burt, James Bird and Headmaster John Green, proved worthy victors with an impressive 98 points. Continue reading

Cybersecurity and Robotics Day

Cybersecurity and Robotics Day Year 10 GCSE Computer Science pupils spent the day at Southampton University learning about cybersecurity and robotics.

The day started with a talk from a member of the cybersecurity team at the University which covered topics such as ethical hacking, security threats and how to prevent them. Following this was a talk from a member of the Electronics Department giving an insight into the hardware and processes involved in the development of wearable technology. Finally, pupils had the opportunity to get hands on with a robotics challenge. Continue reading

A Celebratory Tea

A celebratory teaPart of the Seaford ethos is about celebrating success and personal bests and that is exactly what we did last week.

Following a momentous day at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where our Equestrian Team competed against other top schools in the UK and came 2nd, our Headmaster John Green invited them and Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager, Lucy Sanders for a celebratory tea. Continue reading

Hosting the MCC

Seaford 1st XI take on the MCCIt is always a special day in the summer term calendar when we play host to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). MCC is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws of the game.

Ross Donaldson, Seaford’s Cricket 1st XI Captain told us: “It’s a great privilege  having MCC here today. It’s a great honour for a lot of the young students.” Continue reading

Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Seaford Team at the Royal Windsor Horse ShowLast weekend a team of three riders represented Seaford College in the Land Rover Inter Schools Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. This is one of the most prestigious equestrian event in the world with a five star international rating and with world class riders competing. HM the Queen was in attendance and alongside the top class jumping events were displays from The Household Cavalry, carriage driving, dressage and showing.

The Seaford Equestrian team of Flora James, Beanie Bradley, Jessie Schute and Lauren Goldsmith qualified for the Inter Schools class at the end of last year by winning our Area competition. We were thrilled to qualify as it was a long standing ambition for the team but sad to lose Lauren as the final specified three riders instead of four with all scores to count. Continue reading

Malta Netball Tour

Malta netball tour Over Easter, 19 Seaford College girls met at Gatwick airport at 4:30am to fly to Malta. With two teams, six matches, five wins and lots of laughs, they had a great time building cohesion and playing netball on this fantastic tour.

The girls spent lots of time being able to travel and explore Malta whilst also improving their netball.

Malta netball tourWe are excited to be announcing that Seaford netball tours will be continuing and the sports department have plans for many more.

What An Achievement

Waterside CLast month, a group of twelve Seaford College students completed an extreme challenge called DW – a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London. It’s for a reason that the race is known as the canoeists’ Everest.

The team had gone through a demanding training regime that involved eight gruelling races in all weathers and varying river conditions; over 1/4 million paddle strokes and running over half a marathon carrying a kayak.

Devizes to Westminster: The Race

The Seaford DW team completed the race

Just over 5 months ago, a group of children sat in a classroom to hear about an extreme challenge called DW: a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The children, and those parents who attended, were cautioned about the rigorousness of the challenge but were also told of the pride they would feel if they completed the race, reaching the steps on the River Thames opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the early hours of Easter Monday. Continue reading

Prefect Training

Prefect Training - landminesPrefects are an integral part of life at Seaford. With the new Prefects for next year having been announced, they were straight into training and team building exercises last week.

Exploring together what makes a good Prefect and the different styles of leadership, they then put the theory into practice. In teams, they were tasked with guiding each other blindfolded across a ‘minefield’ before erecting a nuclear shelter on the other side. The teams were also asked to build a raft, from selected materials, that was capable of transporting one of them across the swimming pool. Continue reading

1944 kilometers to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day

WGW Charity Bike rideOver the Bank Holiday weekend a total of 10 cyclists set off from Seaford College to cycle a combined 1944 kilometers across the Normandy coastline in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The cyclists comprised staff, pupils, Old Seafordians and parents, who visited all of the D—Day landing beaches as well as several other hugely important buildings and sites that played their part in the events 75 years ago. Continue reading

NSEA National County Championships

Seaford at the NSEAPupils from the Seaford Equestrian Team spent a couple of days at the NSEA County Show Jumping Championships representing West Sussex as the top team in our County.  Lucy Sanders, Seaford Equestrian Team Manager, reports:

There were thirty Counties in total from all over the UK being represented by each County Champion school so the competition was very tough. Continue reading

Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

Climbing at SeafordWe’re excited to announce that Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS). Congratulations to Peter Bolton and his team for their commitment and hard work to support the scheme.

NICAS provides the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their climbing skills in order that they may gain the most out of their sport; as well as having their achievements recognised.

Peter said: “By delivering NICAS at Seaford, we aim to promote good practice, deeper knowledge of the sport and provide a structure for climbing development. Running the Scheme builds on the successes Seaford has had and will continue to inspire people to achieve their best”.

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CCF Easter Camp

CCF Easter CampSeaford’s cadets had a fabulous week over Easter at the CCF Camp in Cornwall.

The weather was warm and sunny to begin with but turned a little chilly in time for the kayaking expedition. It didn’t stop them from ‘christening’ the Seaford sea kayaks though. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Seaford’s Phenomenal Production of Les Misérables, School Edition

Les Misérables, School EditionSeaford College presented its biggest production ever last week with four spectacular performances of Les Misérables, School Edition. It was a gargantuan production that has been more than a year in the planning with many, many hours of incredibly hard work from all those involved.

Auditions started last September, with students from across the school keen to be a part of this triumphant musical. With cast and crew selected, the music rehearsals began in earnest last October, followed by the full rehearsals soon after. Continue reading

Waterside C

Waterside C As the Seaford Team continue their training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon, they took on their biggest challenge yet, Waterside C, at the weekend. This race is 23 miles long with 35 portages and the infamous 1/3 mile tunnel from Pewsey to Newbury.

The coaching team reports for us:

The Seaford Team are paddling in aid of Ellie Holt’s £75,000 fundraising target for life-changing medical intervention in the USA. Ellie has recently spent a number of weeks in hospital and is about to be transferred to Southampton Hospital Intestinal Failure Unit where she is likely to be for some-time. Read Ellie’s full story here and to sponsor the paddlers and help Ellie raise the funds she desperately needs please visit their fundraising page here.  Continue reading

NSEA National Qualifiers

Sophie Gosling riding Blackberry Boo in the 95cm classSeaford College had a great day at the NSEA National Qualifiers with our Prep School team coming 2nd to Farlington in the 12 years and under 70cm class, and beating Cranleigh, St Catherine’s, Dorset House, Alton School and Brambletye.

The top two teams qualify for the National Championships at Addington in October so the girls were delighted. It will be the first time that a team from the Prep School goes to the NSEA National Show Jumping Championships! Continue reading

SUPA National Ladies Arena Polo Tournament

SUPA Ladies Arena Polo tournamentAt the weekend, Year 9 student Beanie Bradley went to the SUPA National Ladies Arena Polo Tournament. Joining up with girls from Cheltenham and Stowe to make up a mixed team, they won the highest level under 18 class.

Beanie reports for us here: Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe. Our camaraderie was epic!

It was great to be asked to play in the SUPA Ladies Open National Championships at Black Bears Polo Club with two of my polo girlfriends, and to have the opportunity to represent Seaford again at this U18 level.

SUPA Ladies Arena Polo tournamentWe were strong from the start with good ponies loaned to us from Oxford Polo. We worked well together despite the weather, which was extremely windy with severe gusts causing the ball to fly everywhere. The arena ball is like a small football not like the plastic hard ball in field polo.

The girls played defensively. It was rough and a tough, ending with me taking a mallet to my chin in the last minute of the Finals! We gave it our all. I couldn’t have asked more from them. I am so proud that we held on to three straight wins. Victorious!

Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 0 Hurst
Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 0 Tudor Hall
Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 2 Heathfield

Thameside 2

Thameside 2Seaford College students took part in the Thameside 2 at the weekend as part of their training to compete in the demanding Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. This particular race is 19.5 miles from Reading to Marlow with 8 portages. The coaching team reports for us:

Another fantastic day of racing from the incredible Seaford kayaking squad.

After a week of rain, the team started what was their first mass-start race on a fast flowing river on a cold morning with a low sun in their eyes and wind at their backs. Despite a couple of boats having close shaves at the start, only one boat took an early swim. The six pairings paddled for the first time on the River Thames, where the weirs are bigger and the portages more tricky. They made a strong start and, by halfway, were posting some competitive times. Continue reading

Seaford Head to the Quarter Finals of the ISHC Cup

Seaford's Hockey 1st XICongratulations to our Hockey 1st XI for their performance in the quarter final of the ISHC cup against Repton.

Ahead of their match, the team had a team talk with our Headmaster John Green, Director of Sport Liam Doubler and Coach Chris Adams. They were heading to Chris Adams’ old school, Repton for the match. Continue reading