He spoke about exams and understanding how students who are currently taking exams may feel. He added: “it’s our responsibility to encourage them and to give them space if they need it. A community is about inspiring each other and sharing values.” Continue reading
A special mention to Carolyn Burchell for all her effort, energy and enthusiasm organising the event. Thank you also to all of our parent volunteers for your support. Continue reading
Last 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
Over the Easter holidays, a group of 27 students and 3 staff travelled to Salzburg, Austria for Seaford Prep’s Ski Trip. With students from across the years, their skiing ability ranged from first timers to advanced.
The group was split into three different ability groups. These changed throughout the week and saw some first timers move up to intermediate level and some of our advanced group trying out the pro line jumps at the ski park. Continue reading
Tony Bracci, Seaford Shooting Instructor, reports on the competition:
We got there in good time so the boys could shoot the pool shoot to warm up before the main 50 bird sporting shoot. Continue reading
Seaford 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
The week started with a book swap which provided a great opportunity for students to find a new book to read and give someone else the opportunity to read their favourite. They brought in books that they no longer needed, and swapped them for a small donation. All funds raised went to the RSPCA. Continue reading
Our team was made up of Louisa Young, (pictured), Imogen Guimaraens and Zoe Lunt. We had to arrange special early times for Zoe who, with her family, made huge efforts to compete and make up the team before rushing off to race in her boat as part of her Devizes to Westminster training.
Due to busy schedules and horrendous weather the girls left before prize giving but we were delighted to find out that the team won the West Sussex qualifier!!
Sashes and rosettes are on their way.
Congratulations to Louisa and Zoe for also qualifying as individuals and becoming West Sussex Preliminary Champions and West Sussex Novice Champions respectively.
Seaford reached the final of the public schools arena polo championships at Rugby Polo Club in Warwickshire. With teams representing most of the big schools such as Eton, Harrow, Wellington and Stowe, Seaford knew they were going to have their work cut out. They were in the top class, the Open, for players of any handicap. They were able to use some superb ponies from Grant Collett of Offchurch Bury Polo club but they did not have long to get used to their unfamiliar mounts.
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.
You can see an extract of the performance here:
As 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.
The 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
Seaford 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.
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
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.
Competition 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
Seaford’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.
Seaford 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.
Jim Evans is a former Harlequins Rugby Union Player and Harlequins Academy Head Coach. Gary Street is a former England Women’s Rugby Union Coach and Academy Coach Development Officer for Harlequins.
They were with us to work with our U12 & U13 players. It was a fantastic training session and our Prep School students really enjoyed the training.
The boys got a lot out of the training. “I thought it was really good. Different coaches so a different point of view on the game” said Hamish Williams from Year 8.
As we welcomed all students back to Seaford Prep at the start of the year they had a fun filled activity week. The exciting induction activities and trips encouraged new friendships and supported the transition to a new school or year group. The activities were designed to help the children get to know one another and to help them adjust to their new classrooms and teachers.
The week started with a Woodland Walk complete with a teddy bears’ picnic. The children brought in their favourite teddy or cuddly toy and explored the woods.
The next day those from Years 2 – 5 took part in a circus workshop. They loved every minute and learnt all sorts of new skills. It was fabulous seeing the children working together as they mastered plate spinning, juggling, hula hooping and even stilt walking.
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.”
At 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”.
Year 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.”
The 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.
In art, the children were asked to paint and decorate stones in the theme of Harry Potter. Their artistic talents were showcased as they painted Harrys, Hedwigs and snitches! Continue reading
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.
We 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.
The 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.
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
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Iris Randall (from 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. She 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.”
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 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: