Seaford Rugby and Netball tour Race Night this Saturday

Race Night LandscapeThis Saturday evening (4th March), as part of some fundraising for this summer’s New Zealand and Australia rugby and netball tour, Seaford College are holding Continue reading

Seaford’s scientists broaden knowledge before half term

Sixth Form Students at Physics LectureJust before half term, there was a flurry of activity in Seaford’s Science Department.

On Thursday evening a group of Sixth Form Physics students enjoyed a stimulating talk on black holes and galaxy formation at Sussex University delivered by Professor Peter Thomas. The students learned how the study of quasars and their associated radio jets provide strong evidence for the existence of supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies.

Friday saw a group of our most able Year 10 scientists attend Continue reading

Students take on the bike trails of Surrey Hills

Seaford pupils on Surrey Hills mountain biking tripOn Saturday the 11th of February, pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 took part in one of the regular Outdoor Education Department Mountain Bike trips to the Surrey Hills.

The riders braved the freezing cold and snow to tackle descents of “Supernova”, “Rad Lane”, “Curly Wurly” and “Barry Knows Best” trails as well as the punishing climbs in between.

This was a difficult days riding in poor conditions with deep puddles and thick mud that tested all the riders skills as well as motivation. Needless to say, no one was deterred and all those that took part tackled the trails with great enthusiasm despite wet feet and numb fingers with all agreeing that despite the driving snow and low temperature, all had come away better riders.

Even the Surrey Hills regulars commented on how the thick mud on familiar trails helped to focus technique.

The Outdoor Education department runs Mountain Biking sessions for all abilities on the Schools own purpose built skills trails on Tuesday afternoons for years 11/12 and Thursday afternoons for years 9/10 as well as regular weekend trips to local mountain Biking hotspots such as the Surrey Hills and Swinley Forest.

All students regularly taking part in Mountain Biking are required to bring their own bikes however the Outdoor Education department owns 2 “Fat” Mountain Bikes available for activity taster sessions.

Seaford pupil Will Greaves, in year 9, has been filming clips at Seaford’s Mountain Biking club, on the schools very own mountain bike trails, built by Seaford students. He put together a nice little montage of what they’ve been up to lately.

 

Prep School pupils visit Tim Peake exhibition

Seaford pupil with Tim Peake poster_840x560Children 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

Seaford College pupils and staff enjoy productive trip to Naples

Seaford College Naples trip 3Seaford College Naples trip 4Seaford College Naples trip 1Seaford College Naples trip 2Earlier in the summer, Seaford College took 43 Year 9 pupils, ten geography students and five members of staff to Naples for three nights. The trip began with a very early start, when the group met up in Gatwick’s North Terminal at 4am. They then flew to Naples and stayed in the beautiful clifftop village of Piano di Sorrento, with a lovely volcanic black sand beach below.

The group visited Mount Vesuvius to study the famous AD79 catastrophe as well as more recent eruptions. They discussed the threat the volcano poses to the surrounding region, reasons why people remain in hazardous areas, and the evacuation and monitoring procedures in place to keep people safe. Later they visited the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum to witness the impact of the AD79 eruption and took a ferry to Capri to study the island’s coastal scenery.

“It really helped students with their case studies and fieldwork skills for their IGCSE course,” said Julian Hart, Seaford Prep School’s new Deputy Head, who organised the tour. “It was an excellent trip.”

Seaford College’s Big Day Out Lends Helping Hand in Community

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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 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 tasks. Pupils and Headmaster John Green helped to clean out a storeroom at the Chichester-based homeless charity Stonepillow.

Houseparent Matthew Pitteway was also part of the visit to Stonepillow and he now plans to take a group of boarders each week to support the charity on an ongoing basis. He said: “There is so much we can do to help them and we all got a great sense of achievement out of the day. You really feel you are making a difference. It is a big task keeping on top of the storeroom. We unpacked donations, checked the food was in date and then we put a clear best-before label on them before putting them away. We also sorted through the existing donations in the stockroom to check dates and organise the tins and packets. The students are keen to go back and help. The group worked really hard and achieved a lot in the day.”

Volunteers from Seaford College and the Hyde Group also lent a helping hand to residents at the Whyke Estate in Chichester. They tackled jobs including cleaning windows, washing cars, clearing gardens and picking up litter. One resident said: “There are lots of people in need on the estate and projects like this can help them get on top of things. I just want to say thank you to Hyde and Seaford College for their help.”

Seaford pupils also visited local schools – Oakwood in Chichester, Conifers in Easebourne, and St Peter’s in Shoreham – to lead activities with pupils. Seaford sports teacher Lauren Bryant visited St Peter’s with four students to help with a range of numeracy and literacy activities, and St Peter’s Headmistress Kate Crees said: “This is the second year St Peter’s has taken part in the day and once again the pupils here really enjoyed interacting with the Seaford students. I’d like to thank Lauren and the girls from Seaford, and we very much hope to be included again next year.” Lauren added: “The girls were really excited to be helping out at a school.”

Elsewhere, students undertook the very important task of beach clearing and at the end of the day Georgie Sims, Seaford’s Head of Netball, said: “The beaches are officially clean at East Wittering, Bracklesham Bay and Selsey!” Two separate groups of Seaford pupils spent the day in Graffham. One cleaned the war memorial and park benches, while another cleared a blocked ditch, drain and culvert, with assistance from parish councillor Sarah Lydiard-Wilson, who was very happy with the standard of work. At the Treasure Box Nursery in Bognor Regis Seaford students helped out with a number of tasks, including staining a fence. The head of Treasure Box Nursery, Kim Doherty, said: “The pupils from Seaford College have been an invaluable help over the past few years.”

Diana Strange, Seaford’s Director of Care and Welfare took students to Duncton and said: “The students were fantastic”. “They cleared, cleaned and painted Duncton’s recreation ground and bus shelters. Two pupils also cleared and removed brambles and molehills.”

Other new projects for 2016 included ground clearance at Coultershaw Beam Pump, planting at Tuppenny Barn, and cleaning the former kitchens at Stansted House. Amelia Allen, Anya Ormrod Davis and Lennie Cooper had a fantastic day giving the dogs a lot of exercise and love at the Clym-ping Animal Sanctuary.

Community Coordinator Clive Thorpe, who organised the day, said: “It’s really important that our students realise just how lucky they are. It’s great for them to get out and see that people are not as fortunate as themselves and it is good for them to discover skills they didn’t know they had.

“Looking forward, Seaford College is always open to new partnerships. If anybody would like to be considered for next year’s event, please contact me at cthorpe@seaford.org.”

Seaford College Year 10 pupils take part in CCF field day at RAF Odiham

Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 5Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 3Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 4Seaford College Year 10 CCF RAF Odiham Field Day 121 Year 10 pupils from the RAF section of Seaford College’s CCF recently spent an enjoyable day at RAF Odiham, home to the most distinctive of helicopters – the Chinook. The cadets had a guided tour around a Chinook, learning about the aircraft’s history and how it operates, each taking a turn to sit in the pilot’s seat.

The students then listened to an informative talk in the armoury about the vast array of weapons used by the RAF. They learnt entertaining facts, such as the need for a new shorter rifle becoming apparent when soldiers kept falling over as they collided with door frames while attempting house clearances.

“Lastly came the highlight of the day: a flight in a Chinook,” said Augusta Pitteway, CCF Pilot Officer. “We were all kitted out with helmets and climbed on board for a half-hour flight. The cadets all had a fantastic time and we look forward to making this an annual visit.”

Seaford College cadets go on Easter camp in Snowdonia

Seaford College CCF Snowdonia Snowdon 1Seaford College CCF Snowdonia outdoor mountain climbingSeaford College CCF Snowdonia camp canoeingSeaford College CCF Snowdonia camp group shotSeaford College CCF Snowdonia Snowdon 2Seaford College CCF Snowdonia indoor mountain climbingDuring the Easter break, Seaford College cadets went on an Easter expedition to Snowdonia, staying at Capel Curig camp not far from Mount Snowdon itself, where they were joined by many other CCF Sections from schools across the country for a varied week of outdoor pursuits.

Seaford’s CCF group were accommodated in tents for the first two nights but the weather was so wet and windy that they were forced to move to a nearby outward-bound centre, Plas y Brenin, for the next two nights. This allowed the whole contingent to enjoy every activity, including mountain biking, rock climbing (both outdoor and on an indoor wall in Caernarfon), canoeing and an ascent of Snowdon along the Watkin Path in harsh conditions.

Seaford College CCF Army Section take on high ropes challenge

Seaford College CCF Wildwood 4Seaford College CCF Wildwood 2Seaford College CCF Wildwood 1Seaford College CCF Wildwood 5Seaford College CCF Wildwood 3Seaford College CCF had a day out at the beginning of the month, when the Navy Section went to the Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth and the RAF Section went to the Air Force museum at Tangmere. The Army Section, meanwhile, took on the high ropes course at ‘Wildwood’ in Guildford and a great time was had by all. Those rising to the challenge included Claude Komen, Dylan Kerler, Charlie Christie, Joe Alexander, Max Falkner, Ben Twyford, Jack Glascott, Harry Disley-May, Harry Bacon and Charlie Palmer.

They started out on the low-level treetops ropes course, which is 5-7m high and includes rope bridges, wobbly crossings and zip wires. Later they moved on to the higher level course, negotiating similar obstacles at a height of 10m. There were also other team challenges such as climbing the giant Jacob’s ladder and trying to get four people to the top of a 10m pole without any of them falling off. Although it was an extremely cold day, with sunshine but also snow, sleet and hail, the weather didn’t deter the boys from having a fantastic day out.

 

Seaford College students see National Theatre production of War Horse

Seaford College Warhorse 4 WEBJust before half-term, Seaford College GCSE Drama and A Level Theatre Studies students visited the award-winning National Theatre production of War Horse at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane, London. Sadly the show closes at the end of the month, so this was a great opportunity to see what has become an iconic piece of British theatre during its run over the past nine years.

At the heart of the show are the fabulous horses created by Handspring Puppet Company and brought to life so magically by their puppeteers. The show is a theatrical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel about a boy and his horse, who become separated due to the First World War. In following the horse’s story we see the horrors of war for both British and German soldiers and the civilian characters caught up in its relentless path.

Seaford College War Horse theatre visit 1“The students were particularly struck by the great attention to detail in all aspects of the production,” said Dr Jane Askew, Head of Drama. “The puppeteers are incredibly skilful and meticulous in the way they bring the horses to life and the open stage is reconfigured into a whole variety of settings including a Devonshire farm, a troop ship undertaking an ocean crossing, and a Somme battlefield, with the aid of atmospheric lighting, sound, projections and simple but hugely effective staging techniques.

“AS and GCSE students will have a lot to write about this production in their forthcoming examinations, so all in all it was a highly successful and productive theatre visit.”

Seaford College history students moved by Holocaust survivor talk

Seaford College group at Chichester Cathedral Holocaust Survivor eventSeaford College Anna Kleinova pupil speaking to survivor Steven Frank at Chichester Cathedral Holocaust Survivor eventSeaford College Year 13 history students last week attended a Holocaust Survivor and Human Rights Event at Chichester Cathedral. History teacher James Gisby’s A Level class have been studying the Holocaust as part of their coursework. The day included a human rights workshop and a talk by Steven Frank, a child survivor of the Holocaust, who shared his extraordinarily moving and fascinating story to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The preceding workshop, presented in collaboration with Amnesty International, explored the story of how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) came into being following the traumatic events of the Second World War and looked at the significance of the UDHR today. The event later concluded at the cathedral’s Amnesty Candle, which was installed to mark the 60th anniversary of the UDHR in 2008.

“The danger when studying the Holocaust is that the human impact can be lost, which is why the opportunity to see a survivor is so essential,” said Mr Gisby. “The day was an opportunity to deepen the pupils’ understanding and re-humanise their study of this mass genocide. It was a very moving event that brought a clearer picture of the individual horrors and their impact.”

Seaford pupils hear address by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy Seaford CollegeOn Monday 30 November, Seaford’s A Level English Literature students attended a day of lectures at the Institute of Education just off London’s Russell Square.

Speakers included the academics Dr Simon Avery, Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster, and Nick Hutchison, the renowned Shakespearean director. The undoubted highlight of the day though was an address by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (pictured), who read from her famous collection The World’s Wife and answered questions on the theme of the day, ‘Love Through the Ages’, from the assembled students.

Lydia Ellwand, Year 13, said: “It was truly inspiring to hear poems we had studied read aloud by the person who wrote them,” while Hudson Greig especially enjoyed the talk on Shakespeare, saying that “Nick Hutchison’s enthusiasm for Shakespeare was infectious.”

Other events the English Department has organised this term include a trip to see a filmed version of the Broadway hit Of Mice and Men, a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace, and a creative writing masterclass with local writer Margaret Coles.

Pic credit: Michael J Woods

Seaford CCF Compete in the Divisional Skills Competition

Seaford CCF's team at the Divisional Skills Competition, Longmoor CampFor the first time in several years, Seaford CCF entered a team for the Divisional Skills Competition held at Longmoor Camp on the 25th and 26th April.

The team had tea at Seaford College prior to departing on Friday to settle in the accommodation ready for the activities on Saturday. The team Captain, Cadet SSgt Harry Marchant, attended the evening briefing, and relayed the details to the team members.

The Competition activities were full-on once they started: Command Tasks to test team work, Shooting to test personal skills, Military and Map Reading Knowledge to test basic knowledge. The First Aid Stand was a tribute to the professional organisation of the Cadet Training Team, and the Seaford team rose to the occasion: Continue reading

Seaford College Choir presents a Special French Themed Concert

JSeaford College Choir proudly presents a special French-themed concertoin the Seaford College Choir for a very special French themed concert at 7.30pm on Friday 8th May and help raise money for the choir tour to Paris.The concert will showcase a variety of French songs and will take place at Mansion. Tickets cost £10 and include a cheese and wine supper to be served throughout the performance. All proceeds will go towards the upcoming choir tour to Paris in July.

To book your tickets please email musicenquiries@seaford.org.

Barbados Tour Diary

The Seaford Criket Tour in BarbadosSeaford’s cricket team went on tour to sunny Barbados over February half term. The cricket tour stayed at the Butterfly Beach Hotel, and played several matches against local teams. Tony Phillips, who accompanied the tour, sent us the following tour diary with all the highlights from the team’s visit.


Day 3

We bring you news of a tremendous victory in our first match. Batting first on a difficult wicket, Seaford posted a respectable 141 against Lester Vaughan School. The innings was held together by significant contributions from James White and Alex Hodgson. In reply our opposition struggled against some impressive Seaford bowling. Captain Ronny Harrison destroyed the upper order by taking 3 wickets in his second over. They never really recovered from the Harrison spell and were eventually dismissed for 100 giving The Seaford team at the airportSeaford a victory by 41 runs. In the evening the team went to Oistens to help Mr Nick Harrison (Ronn’ys father) celebrate his 50th birthday.

Day 4
Our second match of the tour provided us with a much sterner test. Batting first, the Barbados Select XI were well on the way to posting an imposing score at 95-0 after 15 overs. However, despite the intense heat of the Barbados sun Seaford fought back to restrict the opposition to 212 all out. In reply Continue reading

Seaford CCF Attends The Commandant’s Parade

Seaford CCF at SandhurstFor the first time in known history, Seaford College Combined Cadet Force attended the Commandant’s Parade on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This was an awesome opportunity for the 12 cadets selected to attend this highly motivating and inspiring parade. The parade gave them and the staff the incredible privilege and insight into how the best military establishment in the world operates, and turns out highly-polished young officers. The weather was bright but cold and seating was arranged under cover at the Old College Parade Ground.

The Reviewing Officer was Major General S R Skeates CBE who addressed the young officers wishing them all good luck with their future careers with these words of wisdom: “I ask only 3 things of you – run hard, shoot straight and Serve to Lead”

This sums up the essence of the training in military skills, man-management and self discipline that all officer cadets undergo. Our CCF cadets watched spellbound by the precision drill of the Sandhurst cadets preparing to pass out of the prestigious Academy two days later, to start their active military careers.Seaford CCF at Sandhurst

We then moved on to the Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut, where the manager Mark Tindle gave us an escorted tour around the exhibits, explaining the historical background to the artefacts, and the importance of the Logistic Corps to ensure that troops had rations, accommodation and ammunition. His assistant curator then demonstrated firearms from across the centuries, an opportunity for the Cadets to handle the decommissioned arms.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff and cadets alike.

Seaford Netball Update February 2015

Seaford Netball Tour In GibraltarThe netball teams from the Senior School have displayed great improvement so far this term. The U15s A Team and U14s A Team have put on good displays, with wins over St John’s Southsea and The Royal. The 2nd Team have also had a particularly good season so far, winning 3 out of 4 matches, with a strong 29-19 victory against Worth.

Georgie Sims, PE Teacher, Netball Coach and Head of Girls in the Middle School, said: ‘There’s been huge improvement in the time I’ve been here. The 1st Team are getting close to beating teams like Christ’s Hospital, who they have struggled against in the past. The senior teams are showing a lot of growth, and on our tour to Gibraltar the 1st Team won a netball tournament there. Holly Graham was picked out by the Gibraltar Netball Association as Player of the Tournament Continue reading

Year 10 Visit Berlin

IMG_4554web2Year 10 was a credit to the school on the Berlin trip in May this year with 43 students taking the 18 hour coach ride across Europe to the German capital. The city has been central to their studies of the Weimar Republic, the Nazis and the Cold War and visits to famous sites brought classroom studies to the next level.
Having arrived in Berlin at 1pm, pupils dropped their bags at the hostel and immediately went for a tour of the DDR museum which gave fascinating insights into ordinary people’s lives behind the “Iron Curtain”. Trying the Trabi simulator was good fun whilst a mock-up Stasi cell brought home to pupils the repressive nature of the regime. A rare guided tour to one of the few remaining Second World War bunkers also brought out the feelings of ordinary Berliners during British and American air raids.
The Holocaust is always an important feature of teaching Nazi Germany so a visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp is essential for school parties to Berlin. After the visit, James Simmonds reflected that “As soon as you entered…the air turned heavy, and the impact of death and misery hit.” Benj Rutherford similarly noted that “the sheer size of the camp itself hit me the hardest”. The visit certainly had a marked effect on all of the pupils. This was backed up by a visit to the beautiful area of Wannsee where the meeting which agreed the “Final Solution” was convened by Heydrich.
A tour of the Olympic Stadium finished the day’s site-seeing with a behind-the-scenes tour. Evenings were morBerlin 2014web1e relaxed with pupils eating in restaurants around Potsdammerplatz. Many sampled local delicacies like Currywurst.  A meal together on the last evening to the Hard Rock Café was also enjoyed with the concrete guitar made out of the Berlin Wall a particular favourite.
A walking tour of Berlin’s major sites including the Brandenburg Gate, diplomatic area, Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror exhibition kept the site-seeing going at a quick rate. The site of Colonel Stauffenberg’s execution, made famous in the film Valkyrie, was a good opportunity to consider the opposition to the Nazis which had been studied in class by pupils. A preserved section of the Berlin Wall “death strip” was also visited with pupils being challenged to consider the importance of politics on the lives of ordinary people in the divided city.
The last day consisted of a trip up the iconic TV tower, a little shopping time for souvenirs, a visit to the spectacular Berlinerdom and a final visit to Neue Wache; Berlin’s equivalent of the tomb of the unknown soldier. Pupils reflected on the different ways in which Germany considers the past and the tragic sense of loss which many in the country feel in relation to the Nazi regime, the horrors of the world wars and the trauma of division.
Mr Griffin’s favourite trip was a privileged opportunity to go into the Reichstag building. This was a good time to reflect on the way in which Germany is moving forward with a democratic future and the new hope perceivable in the last 20 years. The backdrop of the Berlin skyline at sunset was spectacular and the new glass dome on the top of the building offered outstanding views.
Pupils returned tired but with a far greater depth of understanding. The trip mixed fun with informative and moving experiences which pupils will not forget quickly. The staff and pupils all had a great time and there was an excellent positive feeling in the group throughout the time away. One parent noted that her son had “a great balance of both moving and fun cultural experiences”. A future trip the USA is planned for next summer which aims to continue the excellent range of trips available to pupils at Seaford.

Seaford Climbers on a High after Three Peaks Challenge

group shot in the snowwebFOUR students and five members of staff from Walled Garden West tackled the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Air Ambulance.
The challenge is to complete the three highest summits in Scotland, England and Wales in less than 24 hours – including driving more than 500 miles.
Ben Nevis was first up and they began climbing at 6am. Despite the wind and rain starting at about 200 metres below the summit, they reached the top just before 9am. By 11am they were back on the bus and headed straight for Scafell Pike in the Lake District. They arrived at Wasdale Head a little after 5pm and reached the summit just before 7pm. The team were fortunate with the weather and, although it clouded over, it was the only peak where they were going to get a good view.
At 8.30pm the team headed to Snowdon in North Wales. They arrived at 2.20am and headed straight up the Pyg Track towards the summit.
After losing the path they descended to the Miners track and took this up to 980 metres (100 metres from the summit). At this point the path became very difficult to find and with cloud rapidly descending they took the view to call this their summit. After a quick picture they headed back down and arrived at the car park at 6.40am – just missing out on the 24 hours by 40 minutes.
Matthew Pitteway said: “The trip was a tremendous success and even though we didn’t actually make the 24 hours or even reach the third summit, we all felt it was a really positive experience and one we hope to repeat next year.
“We really appreciate the generous sponsorship pledges that have been made.”

 

CCF Summer Camp

cadet-camp2014LRThis year Seaford CCF have been back at Crowborough Camp for a fantastic Summer Camp. Twenty six cadets took part and on day 1 this Platoon showed its skills on the Platoon Attack, as the cadets convincingly took on the deployed enemy forces of a bunch of Gurkha soldiers! The weather was hot, and the cadets all worked really hard, physically and tactically, and many lessons were learned. Most importantly, however, Seaford won!
Day 2 saw Seaford in the Military Skills phase, and the group moved through a series of stands that tested their abilities. The First Aid stand was split into two scenarios, a crashed helicopter and a crashed vehicle, each with casualties that needed treatment. It was almost too realistic, with smoke pouring out of the two vehicles, and injured people writhing around on the ground.
The Survival stand showed how to make clean water out of the fetid contents of a ditch, and how to make fire from not a lot in order to create warmth and cooking opportunities. Everyone built their own upside down fire, with the large wood on the bottom and the kindling at the top!
Day 3 was a chance to fire weapons, ranging from No 8 .22 on the indoor range, Cadet version of the SA80 on the full-bore outdoor range, Paint-ball, Airsoft and Laser Quest.  A great time was had firing off rounds of all categories, much appreciated by everyone, including the staff. One cadet, who shall remain anonymous, even managed to fire off a Paintball round and hit the Sgt Major on the hand!
Competition Day was on Day 4, and everybody took part in the many aspects of the morning activities. Seaford managed to come 2nd in the Observation Stand, but that notwithstanding, all competitors worked with much gusto and energy. The same afternoon, Seaford deployed onto the Training Area of Pippingford Park in order to carry out a number of Reconnaissance Patrols to gather intelligence on enemy intentions. Everyone loved sleeping out that night under bashas and eating from the 24-hour ration packs. Seaford are pleased to announce that the next Head Cadet will be Sgt Harry Marchant, and that the Best Cadet of the Camp was LCpl Aaron Bulman – good effort.
Tired and weary the Cadets returned to home base at Seaford, just as the rest of College was standing down for the start of the Summer Holidays. What a great start to the Summer Break. Well done everyone!

Action in Alpe d’Huez

From complete novices through to bansai skiers, Seaford College students and teachers came back buzzing from their trip to Alpe d’Huez .

One of the top skiers, Cameron Mitten, narrowly missed the flight after tripping on steps after the carol service. Cameron Mitten, a ski racer, managed to lead the way with some awesome skiing despite having visited A&E only hours before the flight took off. Dan Joseph, Head of Cricket, said: “Cameron, as ungainly and uncoordinated as he proved to be on the fateful night with his visit to A&E, proved to be a pro on skis.”

This year’s ski trip proved to be a huge success with 30 children spending an amazing week skiing in the beautiful Alpe d’Huez. Years 9-13 took part in a week full of fun and adventure both on the slopes and après ski. Abilities ranged from beginners through to expert skiers that weren’t shy of a few black runs.

Oscar Strasman, a beginner at the start of the week, proved to be a danger to all fence panels, parked objects and houses. By midway through the week’s holiday he was enjoying the challenges that Alpe d’Huez has to offer. Onesie Wednesday was a big hit with Declan Thompson wearing his squirrel onesie described as “a flying squirrel, very true to his nature.” Continue reading

Boarders to the Tower!

Seaford College boarders had a great day out this weekend at the Tower of London, a fantastic attraction to visit. Fortunately the drive to London was pretty reasonable and the weather was dry (for the most part at least). The pupils managed to get round to virtually all of the exhibitions and saw all of the sights. The Crown Jewels were obviously awe inspiring and the torture chambers proved very popular as well!

Mr and Mrs Thorpe did an excellent job of organising the trip and the logistics ran like clockwork with all students having a pack to read and a map to guide them round.

The boarders hope to visit London once more this term, on the final weekend, to see the lights on Oxford Street and to do some Christmas shopping. A visit to Kensington Palace is planned for the New Year.

 

Year 12 in Wales – the team played well!

Wet-dry-wet-dry – not the weather forecast, although it was a topic of conversation, but a four-word summary of the crazy activities the new Year Twelve students participated in when we bussed them to the oldest inhabited part of Wales – Denbighshire.

They dived, thrived, lived and survived their abseiling, climbing, gorge walking, high ropes manoeuvring, team puzzling and white water rafting in the River Dee.

On terra firma we had the most amazing participants in Limbo – Poppy Frazer (g)lowingly triumphing. Later, in ‘Seaford’s Got the Talent Factor’, we saw the dazzling George ‘When will I be Famous’ Lawson take the stand-up prize.

A lovely group with excellent potential and an exciting trip. A team was built.

Thanks to Mr Sayell for organising activities and the hotel (Mongolian Yurts!) and Mr Crook, Mr Bain, Mr Gregory, Mr Yates and Mrs Strange for their joyful company.

 

Year 9 visit the Battlefields

In support of their Year 9 studies at Seaford College and to prepare them for studies at GCSE, 38 Year 9 students have completed a thrilling trip to the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme. Students were able to appreciate first hand the nature of trench warfare and the extraordinarily limited gains of many of the famous battles which they have studied. At one site, pupils were shown the gains by the Newfoundland regiments on the first day of the battle of the Somme. A small tree about 150 meters marked their progress from the front line trenches.

Pupils were also struck with the number of casualties as they visited graveyards such as Tyne Cot with seemingly unlimited lists of names. In order to gain some connection with those who had lost their lives, pupils were encouraged to look for names that were the same or similar to theirs. One student who had come prepared even found a direct relative in the British cemetery of Thiepval. The contrast in the way that events are remembered was also stark as pupils looked at a German cemetery and the somber mood of defeat. Similarities and differences were examined in the way in which we should remember war and pupils gained an understanding, which was otherwise unavailable in the classroom. The feeling of the tunnels under Vimy Ridge used to dig mines in place for an attack in 1917 were also an experience which will be well remembered and brought home the experience of young men who fought almost 100 years ago.

A visit to the V2 rocket site from the Second World War helped the group to make connections with this latest conflict and also the Holocaust since many Jews and Prisoners of War were used to construct the site. Many of these pupils will have a great insight into their studies in Year 10 by understanding the experience of 1914-18 as well as other aspects of their course.

The teachers were very impressed with the maturity and behavior of those who came and very much look forward to teaching them in Year 10. It is also hoped that many will choose to come on the proposed Year 10 trip to Berlin next summer!

 

Sicilian Adventure

At the start of the Easter Holiday, Seaford Geography Department took GCSE and AS students to Sicily. They were able to experience first-hand how this group of islands’ volcanoes impact on the lives of people living there. Exploring the craters in the north was one of the many highlights of this very successful field trip.