The Prep School Put On An Outstanding Performance of ‘Baboushka’

Congratulations to all of our Prep School Years 2-5 students for a magnificent Christmas performance of ‘Baboushka’. It was simply amazing and all the children performed brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening so special and for the wonderful costumes.

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Flight Week

The children check in for their flightAs part of our Creative Curriculum, the Prep School embarked upon Flight Week. With a range of educational and creative activities, the aim was to lay down conceptual understanding of essential themes required for the curriculum in future education.

Country fact sheetsThe children were divided up into six groups, made up of mixed ages, representing six countries – South Africa, Mexico, Italy, India, Canada and New Zealand. This enabled our younger and older children to work together in teams – collaboration is an essential skill for our children’s lives in the future. Continue reading

Ad Alta in action

Bonita Norris amazes our students with her adventure storiesDuring Personal Development time yesterday, our students learnt the true meaning of Ad Alta! They were in awe of Bonita Norris, who came to talk to them about her adventures. Bonita climbed Mount Everest aged only 22 (the youngest British woman at the time) having only discovered a passion for climbing a couple of years before.

She touched upon many powerful messages – taking the first step, the power of the mind to overcome fear, defeating negative spirals of thinking and the joy of sharing tough challenges with other people.

It was a hugely inspirational talk from a fantastic female role model. Thank you Bonita.

Alfie Hyde named Most Improved Young Player

Alfie Hyde names Most Improved Young PlayerEarlier this year we were proud to announce that Alfie Hyde won the Farewell Cup at Cowdray. He was also awarded the Trophy for Most Improved Young Player by the chairman. A fantastic achievement.

Alfie has been playing in competitive tournaments for the last five years. He describes polo as a demanding sport. “I like the intensity” he says.

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Seaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz

One of Seaford's teams at the Literary QuizSeaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. Quizmaster Wayne Mills compiles all the questions himself and travels the country and the globe quizzing children about books.

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Seaford College teams from Years 7 and 8 competed against 9 other schools from the surrounding area. There were 17 teams in total and competition was fierce. Our Year 7s missed out on 3rd place by only 2 points! Still, both Seaford teams won a set of books and had great fun participating. Well done to all the students who took part, and great thanks to our Year 12 Literature students who helped out on the day. Continue reading

Year 12 A Level Biology students attended a talk from Dr Underwood

Dr Underwood talks to our Biology A Level studentsYear 12 A Level Biology students had a talk from Dr Underwood, a Psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University.

Dr Underwood came to Seaford to talk to the students about what being a Psychiatrist involves, some of the studies he is involved in as a research fellow and to give them advice and guidance on applying for medicine or other similar fields at University.

In talking about his work as a Psychiatrist, Dr Underwood described some of the gruelling but rewarding shifts it involves. Working on call for 24 hours straight, he sees anyone in a mental health crisis, be that in A&E, on a ward or even in a police station or prison. The work is varied and interesting and, when asked by one of the students if it can be scary at times, he answered “Not at all. It’s interesting – you get to see people that you’d never meet otherwise”. Continue reading

Seaford in the Press

Seaford College Youth SpeaksSeaford features in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer this week about their participation in this year’s Youth Speaks competition.

Two teams from Seaford College took part in this year’s youth Speaks competition, hosted by Chichester Rotary Club. Judges heard presentations on a wide range of topics in the local heat of the national contest for students to hone their public speaking skills. This year, Seaford College entered two senior level teams speaking on what makes a good parent and the issues with ‘data overload’ in modern life. First place was awarded to the St Philip Howard team.

NSEA National Plate Championships

NSEA National Plate ChampionshipsA team of riders from Seaford travelled up to the NSEA National Plate Championships which was held at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe near Bedford.

Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp, Emily Cook and Bella Crowley had qualified for the 75cm competition last summer and were very excited as it was their first Championships and first time staying away with their ponies.

NSEA National Plate ChampionshipsCompetition was fierce with qualified school teams coming from all over the UK with a very competitive but sportsmanlike atmosphere. All our four riders jumped in the warm up Scurry class with Emily riding a fantastic speedy clear round to come 4th individually. Then the ponies were settled for the night in the onsite stables and the parents and children had supper in the Cafe. Continue reading

Prep School Poppies

Prep School PoppiesSeaford’s Prep School students and parents took time over the half term holiday to create beautiful poppies for the Remembrance Day Service. The poppies are displayed in the grounds at Lavington Park and look absolutely stunning.

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Seaford triumph at the West Sussex County qualifiers

Seaford's team celebrate at the West Sussex County qualifiersSeaford Equestrian had a fantastic day at the West Sussex County qualifier at Coombelands, Pulborough at the weekend. They were the Champions at 80cm & 90cm levels and will represent West Sussex at the National County Championships.

Our 70cm team of Emily Cook, Bella Crowley, Lara Drysdale and Deya Thomson came 2nd, just being pipped on time in the jump off by Farlington. Bella came 4th individually riding a very speedy round on her pony Silver.

In the 80cm class our team of Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley, Sophie Gosling and Emily Cook WON, beating Hurst A & B teams, Farlington, Millais, Windlesham and Dorset House, and were crowned West Sussex County Champions!! Our second team of Emmy Burkinshaw, Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith and Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards also did well to come 7th.

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Round the Island Race

The Needles on the Round the Island RaceSeaford College were very privileged to have a yacht donated by the Royal Navy CCF, in order to enter in the 2018 Round the Island Race. This race is a lap around the Isle of Wight – approximately 60 nautical miles against a staggering 1,400 competitors.

Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College tells us about the event.

We had been given a Sigma 38 called Amaryllis. We took the opportunity to train in it before the event over four sessions. The pupils all had to complete their competent crew course with the Navy. This is a five-day course, where they learn the ropes of yacht sailing and they completed this successfully during the Easter and May half-term holidays.

Due to such outstanding training by the Navy, our Seaford training sessions were able to focus purely on how to race. This is an incredible feat as two pupils, Dylan Kirkpatrick and Alfie Dudley Warde had previously not sailed before. It was a steep learning-curve that they both embraced with vigour and energy! Continue reading

Seaford head to the home of British Sailing

In front of 2012 Olympic Rings webSeaford College Sailing Club have travelled to Weymouth, the home of British Sailing, to take part in the RYA British Youth Regional Championships (BYRC), an event held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

This is a revered location, being not just the training waters for the British Sailing Team, but also the venue of the 2012 London Olympic Games where Sir Ben Ainsley became the most decorated Olympic sailor, claiming five medals across five Olympic Games. Great Britain is the top Olympic sailing nation, with the most medals and has already qualified for the 2020 games in all classes. Currently the only nation to do so.

We caught up with Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College, to find out a little more.

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Lille-Beau’s golfing achievement

Lille-Beau Thorpe Congratulations Lille-Beau Thorpe on your selection for the England Regional Under 18s squad. What a fantastic achievement aged 13!

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Seaford is hosting Petworth Literary Week with Max Hastings Vietnam event

SeaforImaged College is hosting the Petworth Festival Literary Week for the Max Hastings Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 event, on Sunday 4th November 3.00pm – 4.00pm in the Johnson Centre, Seaford College.

 

Follow the link for full information and online booking:  https://www.petworthfestival.org.uk/max-hastings-vietnam.html

The Festival organisers are very kindly offering a discount to Seaford families for the Max Hastings event: they can book online or by telephone (01798 344576) and the code is MHVSC.  It entitles parents/guardians to a 20% discount and accompanying Seaford pupils/siblings are free.

 

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Seaford’s Sports Dinner 2019

Seaford Sports Dinner 2019Seaford is excited to announce Michael Lynagh as our guest speaker at our Sports Dinner on 11th January. Reserve tickets at bookings@seaford.org

Michael Lynagh represented Australia from 1984 to 1995, captaining his country for 3 years and in total won 72 caps. He was the world points scoring record holder when he retired, with 911 points.

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Copthorne School NSEA SJ at Felbridge

Emily, Lorna, Abigail and BellaWe had a good day  at Felbridge for the first NSEA show jumping of the new season. We had two strong teams in the 70/75cm National qualifier class with several riders on new ponies and we welcomed Deya Thomson and her pony Socks tip the team.

Congratulations to the Seaford Red team of Emily Cook, Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp and Bella Crowley who were placed 6th and qualified for the National Plate Championships in November. Our Seaford Blue team of Lauren Goldsmith, Deya Thomson and Grace Bolton also rode well but were unlucky to tip a couple of poles.

Zoe, Flora, Grace, Nia, Emmy, Lorna, Emily and Lauren The next class was the 80/85cm in the main arena and again we had two teams many of whom were stepping up to this level for the first time. Competition was very hot as it was a National Qualifier with thirty two teams entered. All our riders performed extremely well to end up with both teams on double clear rounds but we were not quite fast enough in the jump off to be placed in the first six this time.

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A balancing act for Seaford alumnus Harry Leleu

HarryLeleuwebHe tells them “Meeting the demands of studying for a degree in physics is taxing. Marrying that with a grueling training schedule necessary to compete at the top level is therefore only possible with a great deal of focus, organisation and self-discipline, alongside a strong support network.

“With a sport such as triathlon with three disciplines, you can be doing up to 30 hours of training per week, which means time-management is paramount.

“Surrounding myself with like-minded people has a positive impact. Sharing a house with other performance sport athletes means we all study, train, eat and sleep around the clock. We all have a clear understanding of what the other is trying to achieve and we help each other achieve that.

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Big Day Out

572 students, 34 activities, 32 venues across 3 counties. One Big Day Out.

This year saw Seaford’s fifth annual community action day and it was the biggest ever with unparalleled numbers of our students and staff going into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes.

Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. 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.”

Big Day Out - Hayling IslandAt Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary Seaford students and staff were raking and smoothing out a path especially for winter to make it easier to walk down the farm, it’ll also enable visitors to walk further into the farm. Seaford students used re-used concrete from old building works. A proud student said “I love helping animals and it’s great to help out the community”.

Big Day Out - Staunton Country ParkYear 9 did a fabulous job at Staunton Country Park. They worked hard all day and really made a huge difference to the landscape. Betsy Vernon said: “The day was so productive with all the pupils clearing, cutting down and picking up unwanted brambles that encroach on the woodland floor. The afternoon was spent picking up litter. I am so proud of what you did and thank you to the conservation rangers at Staunton Park. The Big Day Out made a big difference for the community.”

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Young Enterprise Goes Vinyl

Team RetrospectYoung Enterprise is a National Schools Competition that is open to students from Year 10 and up through sixth form. Running from the start of the Autumn term through to the end of the Spring term, a group of students come together to set up and run their own business. They make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs and other events.

All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are provided to help manage the company. Teams track their progress using self-assessment tools and even compete against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.

Fiona Askew, Senior Management Secretary at Seaford College explains what it gives the students. “Throughout the process they learn all the different aspects of a business. They have to choose what roles they want and take their product through various stages from manufacturing to selling it, hopefully making a profit”. Continue reading

Inspirational speaker James Shone gives impactful presentation at Seaford College

3A3A6208webWe were fortunate to welcome James Shone, an inspirational speaker, yesterday to give a talk to the Middle School (Years 9-11) during their personal development time. The talk formed part of Seaford’s Personal Development Programme which focusses on building self-awareness, personal responsibility and independence in our pupils. Kevin Rich, Head of Year 9 organised the talk and introduced James by saying: “I worked with James 20 years ago out in Kenya and he was always an inspirational teacher in the classroom. After a life changing experience he is now an inspirational speaker and I’m sure you’ll all get a lot out of the talk today.”

James (who has the charity icanandiam) was a wonderful communicator and shared his remarkable personal journey. Having discovered he had a brain tumour aged 39, it completely changed the course of his life. He spoke about looking up when life derails you, always looking forwards as there are always endless possibilities in life. He said: “The past is a teacher but not a great master, don’t hold onto the past, move on.” He then quoted Sir Winston Churchill; “In adversity you can choose to give up or get up and go and do something and not bow down to self-pity”. James summarised: “Look up forward and out and not down, back and in.”3A3A6156web

James then discussed teenage mental health and the negative impact that social media can have. He then used the ‘icanandiam balloon’ to discuss the idea of inflating balloons of self-belief. He spoke about how our students can inflate their balloon through; feeling they belong, feeling valued, feeling good about something and feeling secure about their future. If you have an inflated balloon, it helps you navigate the ups and downs of life and ultimately builds resilience. He said that more than A* grades or First Class degrees, resilience is what employers are looking for in candidates.

He added that setbacks in life are a springboard to refine and reflect and to build resilience. His parting message was to have the right attitude, dream big, and make your goals realistic. Remember how many good things you have in life and look at what you’re good at, do what life made you to do and that th3A3A6279webe future isn’t just about making money. “The journey of life is our choice, choose to believe you can and that you are of value.”

At the end of the talk whilst thanking James, Kevin Rich added: “There are two stand out messages from today that I’d like you all to think about. Firstly, find your passion and act upon it. Secondly, work together to be part of a school that supports mutual encouragement, be supportive and collaborative with each other.” He later thanked James on Twitter, “for an incredibly impactful and authentic presentation, our students loved it.”

George Vernon, Director of Middle School reflected on the talk and said: “I have the greatest respect for James Shone and I found his talk utterly life affirming. He reassured us about some cherished morals3A3A6272web, instinctive values and the importance of mental resilience, which are so easy to forget in this fast-paced modern world. The impact and influence that James had on both pupils and staff was literally mesmerising; the whole of the middle school sat totally transfixed by James’ story, one that taught them how to face the daunting prospects of some of life’s most brutal challenges. His speech was both heart breaking and harrowing, but ultimately James’ audience left the auditorium enraptured with a strange sense of elation. No matter what life throws at you, there is nothing that you cannot overcome. I can and I am! These lessons will no doubt become more and more clear to our pupils in the future, whichever route they have to take.”

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You can learn more about James from his website http://www.icanandiam.com or find him on Twitter @JukesShone

Surrey Space Centre

Year 11 visit the Surrey Space CentreSix Year 11 Seaford students visited Surrey Space Centre as a reward for winning last year’s International Space Challenge at King Edward’s School. The students were treated to a guided tour of the control centre where the much heralded ‘Remove Debris Project’ was overseen and monitored. Students were then given a look at the facility where Surrey Satellite Technologies design and build their cutting edge satellites.

Sam French from Year 11 reflects on the day:

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Video of Princess Margaret’s attendance at Billy Wallace’s Wedding at Seaford College

Chapel3webSeaford College featured in the BBC programme, Princess Margaret – The Rebel Royal.  We’ve found video footage from the wedding she attended courtesy of Pathe News.

 

 

 

 

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Various shots of arrival of guests, including Princess Margaret and Lord and Lady Cowdray, to Billy Wallace’s wedding at Lavington, Sussex. Arrival of attendants James Hoyer Millar, Rosanna Pearson and Charlotte Brand. The groom Mr Billy Wallace arrives and then the bride Elizabeth Hoyer Millar with her father Lord Inchyra. Various shots of the bride and groom leaving the Church of St. Peter’s Lavington and pushing their way through small crowd and some pressmen. They get into car and drive off. More shots of the guests outside the church, choir boys, Princess Margaret, bride and groom arriving, leaving the church, etc.

Date found in the old record – 22/10/1965.

There is no sound on this video.

Seaford Welcomes New Chaplain

Licensing with Bishop of ChichesterwebSeaford College had the pleasure of welcoming Father Colin Datchler as Chaplin at Seaford at the beginning of term.  During his first week, Father Colin was licensed to be Chaplain at Seaford College by The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester in Seaford’s Chapel.  The service was described by Angela Thornley (Headmaster’s PA) as: “Magical, you could really feel the love in the Chapel.  There was a cross section from the community from his former parish and his new community at Seaford College. He also had strong support from his family and Bishop Martin was very engaging.”

Jo Browne (Seaford’s Secretary) added: “It left me with a warm fuzzy feeling, it left you glowing.  It was such warm atmosphere and very uplifting.”

 

Father Colin’s character and personality came across on the first day of term when he was caught practising the art of photobombing as parents were taking first day photos outside the Johnson Centre!

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Father Colin has a keen interest in rugby and is planning to do some coaching at Seaford in the future.  He met the 1st XV as part of his induction to Seaford.

 

 

 

A recent Prep School Chapel Service had a very interesting theme.  Father Colin explained;”It was about standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us here at Seaford.  It’s easy to look at the people at the top who are in the seemingly glamorous positions, but each person in that pyramid had a vital and important role.  Knowing we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us means we 1) benefit from their experience, 2) inherit their traditions, and 3) means we are connected to them in some way.”

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Headmaster, John Green welcomed Father Colin and added: “We are very fortunate to have Father Colin join us, he has a wealth of experience working with young people and he has ambitious plans to be part of the Seaford community in his role as Chaplain.”

Harry Potter Week

children from the Prep School learn to fly on their broomsticks for Harry Potter WeekThe Prep School was a little less Seaford and a little more Hogwarts for a week as the students took part in a wide variety of Harry Potter themed activities. The children (and the teachers!) had a fabulous time.

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Our students tell us what their A Level results mean to them

Headmaster John Green celebrating Seaford's best ever A Level results!Best Ever A Level Results for Seaford College! John Green’s Academic Strategy for Seaford pays dividends as record numbers of students head for Russell Group and 1st Choice Universities.

John Green said, “I’m immensely proud of what all of our students have achieved, we’ve consistently seen improvements each year and it’s great to see our best ever results this year, enabling our students to go onto to their chosen route on leaving the School. Seaford is a proud academically non-selective School and no matter what pathway our students have taken, they’ve met our academic expectations at all levels and achieved their best ever A Level & BTEC results.

We caught up with some of our 2018 A Level students when they came in to open their results and heard what they meant to them. To read their stories, click on the links below:

Nico Caines CLICK HERE
Alexander Cassar CLICK HERE
Tom Hennessy CLICK HERE
Joe Hill CLICK HERE
Zac Hodson CLICK HERE
Ylvali Koch CLICK HERE
Will Morris CLICK HERE
Winston Murrin CLICK HERE
Ruby Pritchard CLICK HERE
James Thompson CLICK HERE