Children from Years 2 to 5 were propelled into an excellent learning opportunity at the Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey exhibition in Chichester. This small but brilliant interactive exhibition is currently on display at The Novium Museum. The children were guided around Continue reading
The Seaford College Prep School Equestrian Grassroots team had a great day at the Felbridge Show Ground near East Grinstead last Sunday. Consisting of Emily Cook, Abigail Jupp and Lauren Goldsmith (pictured, all standing), the team came second in the 50cm class, qualifying for the Regionals for the second time this year. Emily came second individually after a very speedy jump off round.
The team then rode brilliantly to come second again in the higher 60cm class, also qualifying at this height for the Regional Championships in November. Cheam came first, with Hurst, Farlington and Dorset House taking the lower placings.
“It was a pleasing result!” said Lucy Sanders, Seaford College Equestrian Team Manager.
In May, Seaford College Prep School gave a rousing performance of Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. For two nights the College assembly hall resounded with the show’s hit songs, such as Tomorrow, It’s the Hard Knock Life and You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile. The young cast did a great job of bringing to life this heartwarming story of orphan Annie and her eventual adoption by ‘Daddy’ Warbucks, based on the 1930s American cartoon strip by Harold Gray.
Charlotte Cragg was outstanding in the title role, finding just the right balance of pathos and humour as well as beautifully performing some of the show’s most famous songs. The other orphans were played by Lauren Goldsmith, Ellie Clarke, Nia Burkinshaw, Amy Styles, Saskia Hodder and Erin Harte, all of whom really brought the stage to life with their song and dance numbers.
Sam Brown made his debut Seaford performance as Oliver Warbucks, the busy industrialist who opens his home and heart to little orphan Annie. For such a young performer he captured the role with great sensitivity, creating some lovely poignant moments in his duets with Charlotte.
The dastardly Rooster Hannigan and Lily St Regis were played to great effect by Nick Easton and Tilly Woodford, with Lottie Hubbard excelling as the more saintly Grace Farrell. The gloriously wicked Miss Hannigan was given a most accomplished performance by Cameron Cragg, who fully exploited the comedic potential of the role throughout the show.
These were all supported by an excellent ensemble cast including Henry Grantham-Smith, Lee Soar, Adam Horstman, Archie Fletcher, Jonny Green, Lewis Reeks, Charlotte Cassar, Helena Mitchinson, Maddie Chandler, Imi Guimaraens, Ned Price, Joe Harrison, Patch Joynson, Rafe Nisbet, Elliot Emslie, Lucy Jackson and Rubee Bracewell; and stage-hands Harry McMorran, Archie Sleeman, Christian Gillingham, Harry Thompson and Eddie Cooper.
Director Dr Jane Askew said: “The show was a lot of fun to work on. The children were very committed to learning their songs and their lines, and seemed to really enjoy learning the dance routines with me as well. We had lots of warm and congratulatory feedback from the audiences, so the cast can be very proud of their achievements.”
Seaford College Headmaster John Green was delighted to receive letters recently from Year 7 science classes taught by Mr Barnham. The letters related to how we could be far more eco-friendly at Seaford. Mr Green was incredibly impressed by the children’s initiative and invited the entire group in for a special lesson with him in his study – including croissants and hot chocolate.
“During the lesson we had some very engaging and informative discussions, including introducing electric vehicles for our support staff, sensor lights that turn off automatically throughout the campus, solar panels on roofs and even Seaford having its own windmill to generate power!” said Mr Green. “To me this is what an all-round education is truly about – giving children the self-esteem to promote their own views and opinions in a most well researched and interesting manner.”
This year Seaford College Prep School is proud to present as its annual production the musical Annie. This will take place in the College’s main Assembly Hall on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May at 7pm. Pre-show refreshments will be available in the Hollington Centre from 6.30pm.
Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre. It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The songs Tomorrow, It’s the Hard Knock Life and You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile are among its most popular musical numbers.
We always have a fantastic audience for the Prep School shows, and again look forward to welcoming parents, grandparents, friends and teachers for what will be a great evening of entertainment.
This year’s Seaford College science essay competition involved pupils writing a newspaper-style article on the uses of micro-organisms, the title of which was provided by the Society for Applied Microbiology. There were entries from pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9. The winners were Fliss Hitchcock in the Middle School category and Lottie Hubbard in the Prep School category.
“They both managed to find the best balance of scientific content, which was well researched, and a pleasing aesthetic look to their A3 posters,” said biology teacher Seb d’Agar, who organised the contest.
Seaford College Year 7, 8 and 9 students were treated to a falconry display at the end of the Spring Term. The pupils were taught about the science of adaptations and flight using a range of birds of prey, including a peregrine falcon and a barn owl.
The display was conducted by experienced professional falconer Martin Ballam and covered topics within the National Curriculum such as food chains and conservation. “All the pupils had a great time and asked and answered a huge number of questions,” said biology teacher Seb d’Agar, who organised the event.