Seaford College’s Big Day Out 2017 lends helping hand in the community.

Seaford students making room for a new hut in Oak Grove College's Sensory GardenAt the end of the summer term, an unprecedented number of students and staff from Seaford College in Petworth surged out into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. More than 450 students and staff took part in Seaford’s fifth annual community action day, known as the Big Day Out, carrying out 38 activities, at over 34 different locations in West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire. 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 and environmental 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 site maintenance tasks.

Seaford students making room for a new hut in Oak Grove College's Sensory GardenYear 12 pupils visited Oak Grove College in Worthing to help work in their Sensory Garden. Oak Grove is a community generic special college, providing special education for students with learning difficulties from Year 7 to Year 14.

After learning more about the school, and how the students there use the garden, the Year 12’s got stuck in with some garden projects. They started off clearing an area where a new hut was going to be built, which involved digging up the roots of some bushes, and removing foliage, and they moved on to working on other projects around the garden.

Year 12 student Alex Herghelegiu, said, “It’s amazing that you can give something back to the community, and to do something for these special children is really great, it gives you a rewarding feeling.” Fellow Year 12 student, Will Shirley, added that “it’s a nice day, and we’ve been given some really interesting tasks to do. We just want to help make the place look more appealing for staff and students; it’s so good that Seaford has sent us all here to do this.”

Cleaning up around the Whyke EstateVolunteers 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, removing rubbish, and clearing gardens. Aquilla Matafwali, Year 10, said “It’s always good to have a day out, helping other people. We’ve been helping people clear out their gardens, pulling out weeds, getting things ready for the skips to come and collect.” One resident said: “I just wanted to say a big thank you to your

kids, helpful so happy. I have physical and mental problem but they all so friendly. You should be so proud of your students.”

Seaford students helping Fittleworth pupils make clay modelsNell Jones, Seaford’s Gifted & Talented coordinator and Seaford students ran an activity for the whole school at Fittleworth C of E School. They created an Antony Gormley Fields installation at the school using clay figures. John Green visited and created his own figure for the installation. It was very special for the Seaford students that visited because it was their primary school that they returned to. They were all really pleased to help and give something back to their old school.Headmaster John Green with Seaford pupils and Fittleworth School pupils

A team of Seaford students did a fantastic job at renovating the play park at Hampers Green in Petworth. Nick Pothecary, a houseparent at Seaford said: “You can really see the hard work they have put in with the before and after shots! The team has worked so hard today in over 30 degree heat. I’m proud of the effort they have put in.”

Painting a playground on Hampner GreenTwo separate groups of Seaford pupils spent the day in Graffham. One cleaned the war memorial and park benches, while another cleaned the churchyard at St Giles Church, Graffham.

Students took residents from Shaw care for lunch at Petworth House and at Shaw Care in Bognor students had fun painting nails and doing an art session with residents. The Seaford team at St Barnabas House cleaned the most expensive pavement in West Sussex. Their project for the day was cleaning a memorial path.

Students and staff carried out important conservation work at Pulborough Brooks clearing Canadian Balsam. Elsewhere, students undertook the very important task of beach clearing and at the end of the day Will Yates, Seaford’s Deputy Head of Sixth Form, said: “The beaches are officially clean at Bracklesham Bay!” 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.

Other projects included ground clearance at Coultershaw Beam Pump, animal care at RSPCA Mounty Noddy. Seaford students at Mount Noddy Animal Centre

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.”

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We made a little interview capturing the spirit of theday, which you can watch below!

Day 7 & 8 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Today was a good day… all the usual waking up for breakfast went on before we headed to the Signal Hill, right at the top of Dunedin. The sights were incredible, right across the whole city. We went straight from here and onto the Cadbury World factory tour, which lived up to expectations. We think that most enjoyed the part where they could pour their own liquid chocolate into little pots with all the toppings. Most were feeling quite full of chocolate by the end.

There was a little time to shop and buy lunch in Dunedin again before transferring to Kings’ and Queens’ High Schools for our matches. Continue reading

Day 5 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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We had an early start this morning, meeting with our bags packed at 7:00am and headed for an all you can eat breakfast to prepare for the first set of matches. We hit the road at around 9:00am towards Timaru. The girls and the senior rugby boys in one bus, as their matches were being played at Roncalli school, with the the year 10 and 11 boys’ match being played at Temuka Rugby Club. The journey took a couple of hours and we were grateful of the warm welcome that we received by the Roncalli staff and students.

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Day 4 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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We are all starting to settle into the tour now, slowly adapting to the time difference. We awoke for an early breakfast, back at the very popular Five Stags restaurant. They have fed us well over the past couple of days while we have stayed in Hanmer Springs. It was really quite damp when we were packing up to leave, but we were pleasantly surprised to be driving away from this and into much sunnier and warmer conditions. Continue reading

Day 3 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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The alarms were set for many this morning to embark upon a morning run. 14 happy faces met Miss Bryant and Mrs Hegarty at 8:30am to start the day with a bang. They did very well indeed and covered four and a bit kilometres all before breakfast.

We returned to the Five Stags, where we visited last night, for an all you can eat breakfast with so much choice. Cooked breakfast, cereal, toast, pastries, fruit yoghurt and the list goes on. They were all set for the day and our first proper training session of the tour. Continue reading

Day 1 & 2 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Well, we made it! It has been a long journey but not a single complaint from the tourists. They have powered on through the long and tedious flights and we’ve only lost two mobile phones so far (both recovered quickly).

We made our way through security after leaving many of you at Heathrow, with a couple of fairly rigorous bag checks taking place for those who cooperatively put their liquids into clear plastic bags and then tucked them away in with the rest of their hand luggage. Before we knew it we were boarding the first of the three flights, on this occasion to Dubai. The majority of the tour party were all near the back of the plane so we were able to switch around and ensure everyone had a seat they would be happy in for the coming day ahead. Mr Bird found himself chatting away and entertaining strangers further up the plane.

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Seaford College’s Big Day Out 2017, lends helping hand in the community.

Seaford College Big Day Out - Two Seaford College pupils construct shelving at Brent Lodge Wildlife HospitalOn Thursday 6th July, an unprecedented number of Seaford College students and staff will surge out into the community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. Over 450 students and staff will take part in Seaford’s fifth annual Community Action Day, known as the Big Day Out, carrying out 38 activities, at over 34 different locations in West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire. The work the students will do ranges from helping at St Barnabas Hospice, to taking residents from Shaw Care Homes to lunch, to beach cleaning and conservation work. Continue reading

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.

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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

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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

Seaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College Headmaster John Green (second right) with pupils and staff at the Chichester-based homeless charity Stone Pillow WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College students stain a fence at the Treasure Box Nursery in Bognor Regis WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College pupils Amelia Allen, Anya Ormrod-Davis and Lennie Cooper enjoy dog walking at Clymping Animal Sanctuary (2) WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College Prep School pupils inspect their findings at Bignor Park WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College students at the ABC Animal Sanctuary in West Chiltington WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College pupils help to clear invasive species of vegetation at Arundel Wetland Centre WEBSeaford College Big Day Out  - Seaford College students lend a helping hand to residents at the Whyke Estate in Chichester WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College Year 9 students Maddison Channel Greer, Zoe Lunt and Olivia McDonald help out at St Peter's Primary School in Shoreham WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - A group of Seaford College pupils clean the beach in East Wittering WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College pupils clean the war memorial and park benches in Graffham WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Three Seaford College students clear a blocked ditch, drain and culvert in Graffham WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - A Seaford College student at the ABC Animal Sanctuary in West Chiltington WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College students take residents from a Shaw Care Home out for lunch at a local garden centre WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College Prep School pupils pulling up rhododendrons at Bignor Park WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Two Seaford College pupils construct shelving at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College students help to build birdboxes at Westbourne House Pre-prep WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College pupils Amelia Allen, Anya Ormrod-Davis and Lennie Cooper enjoy dog walking at Clymping Animal Sanctuary WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - A Seaford College Prep School pupil pond-dipping at Bignor Park WEBSeaford College Big Day Out - Seaford College students help out in the garden of the Treasure Box Nursery, Bognor Regis WEBOn 30 June an unprecedented number of students and staff from Seaford College in Petworth surged out into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. More than 500 students and staff took part in Seaford’s fourth annual community action day, known as the Big Day Out, at over 40 different locations in Sussex and Hampshire.

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.

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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.


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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.

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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.