The Silent Deep, Seaford’s annual History Society talk & dinner

silent-deep-1Seaford College hosted its annual History Society talk and dinner, with guest speakers Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks authors of a much lauded history of the Royal Submarine Service: “The Silent Deep”.

The evening was introduced by Seaford’s Head of History, James Gisby, who began by saying that history was about much more than just “the past” and that the evening promised to demonstrate to the assembled crowd of students, parents and interested local people that history is still occurring before our eyes.

Lord Hennessy began the presentation with a brief sketch outlining the genesis of the project, explaining that due to the sensitive nature of the submarine service’s operations, there was, before their book, a sizeable “gap” in British naval history where submarines were. This perhaps explains the “special fascination” that these craft and their operations have, not just for historians like himself but also many curious laymen, as evidenced by the attentive and appreciative faces before him.

He explained the “remarkable access” that he and Dr Jinks had enjoyed to previously forbidden territory, remarking however that the clear enjoyment he took from the research led his wife to suspect the whole thing was some kind of “extended jolly”. And this was perhaps the overriding message of the night, especially for the students: despite the fact that the speakers were discussing such terrifying concepts as the “letters of last resort”, they had an infectious enthusiasm for history and the stories they had to tell, which transcended the serious subject matter to make for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Dr Jinks then followed, giving a brief history of the submarine service from its beginnings on the “piratical fringe” to its current modern incarnation. Much of its modern history was of course concerned with Cold War intelligence gathering, and Dr Jinks’ talk was accompanied by some fascinating photographs of Russian military hardware taken by submarines in the 70s. He spoke also of the service’s involvement in the Falklands war, as well as offering some fascinating insights into the under ice warfare that characterised the 1980s as the Russian fleet retreated to the Arctic Circle.

seafords-gifted-talent-student-william-morris-asking-questionsThe question and answer session that followed raised some fascinating points with two very searching questions from Seaford students, Tom Hennessy (no relation) and William Morris. Tom had clearly done his homework, having read one of Lord Hennessy’s other books, questioning him on his personal views on nuclear retaliation while William asked about the safety measures aboard nuclear vessels. Both questions provoked well-considered and detailed responses from the panel.

The event was followed by a book-signing and dinner with many guests and students stocking up on some high-brow stocking fillers for the Christmas period.

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john-doy-james-jinks-breege-jinks-john-green-headmaster-peter-hennessy-james-gisbyJohn Doy, Seaford’s Director of Academic Performance said: “The evening was a fascinating, if sometimes alarming, insight into what has gone on, and continues to go on, beneath the surface of the world’s oceans; we were all left feeling privileged to have glimpsed for a moment the secretive and compelling world of “The Silent Deep”. Many of Seaford’s Gifted and Talented students and the students on the Academic Enrichment Programme attended the talk and dinner and they enjoyed hearing Lord Peter Hennessy and Dr James Jinks share their experience and expertise.”

 

James Gisby, Head of History added: “My vision for the evening was to inspire future historians with influential speakers who are experts in their fields.  This talk follows closely on the heels of Seaford’s Gifted and Talented conference for local schools and Seaford staff, making a link between the skills we teach and foster at Seaford, manifested in an authoritative work.  This is a key feature of providing extension of provision for the Gifted and Talented pupils.”

neil-franks-angela-azis-jonathan-claudia-golden-kate-lavender-tim-kate-wardle-andy-annette-henderson-from-petworth-festivalThe talk and dinner was supported by the Petworth Festival Literary Weekend. Festival Manager, Kate Wardle, and her colleagues attended the event and added: “Thank you very much indeed for a superb evening on Friday. We all enjoyed the talk and presentation enormously. Lord Hennessy and James were very knowledgeable people who could both speak eloquently and expertly on the subject, but from different points of view and with different emphasis. This made for an extremely interesting and informative evening. I don’t think many of us can imagine quite what it’s like to spend weeks on end under the sea without any daylight or realised quite how important the sub-mariners work is to our national security. Dinner was wonderful with a great atmosphere too. All the Festival team so enjoyed being guests at Seaford.”mr-mrs-venables-kyrke-major-laurence-bedford-sara-bedford-henry-bedford

Seaford hosts Gifted and Talented Conference

seaford-college-challenge-2Seaford College is hosting a Gifted and Talented conference, “Challenging the more able learner” on Tuesday 8th November.  Sue Mordecai the renowned and inspirational speaker is speaking at the conference.  Sue will cover the current challenges for able learners in our classes from Reception to Year 13.  All local schools are invited to attend the conference.

Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools. She is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), an independent education consultant and founder of the networking group ‘Associates for School Improvement’. Through NACE, Sue has been involved in the writing and production of materials commissioned by the Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. Until recently Sue was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. She has delivered training nationally and internationally. She is on the board of a multi academy trust and is chair of the Diocese of Rochester School Effectiveness Group. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and is an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Gifted Education International’. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information, please email: ejones@seaford.org

This is how we rock at Seafordstock!

Seaford College Seafordstock 2016 5 webSeafordstock, which took place on Wednesday night is Seaford’s annual Rock & Pop concert where students get to showcase their talents.  Similar to Glastonbury 2016 the concert suffered from terrential rain and high winds, so for the first time in Seafordstock history the concert moved from the terraces behind Mansion to the Assembly Hall.  The new location proved to be an excellent venue for a ‘eurphoric’ evening of rock and pop music.

The audience was treated to a range of different songs and styles, featuring everything from The White Stripe’s Seven Nation Army, expertly sung by Year 9 band v8s, to the moving tribute to Prince sung by Issy Johnstone who appropriately sang Purple Rain.     Seaford College Seafordstock 2016 3 web

 

 

 

 

Seaford’s Headmaster John Green led by example with his rendition of John Denver’s Take me Home Country Roads.  John is inspiring students to do their personal bests.

Sara Reynolds, who organised the event, said: “Seafordstock is getting better and better each year, it’s growing and growing. All the students performed so well, they are my rock stars, and I am looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

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A big thank you to Peter Viccari (from Viccari Wheel Ltd http://www.viccariwheele.co.uk) for the professional videos.

Seaford College stages entertaining sports day

Seaford College 2016 Sports Day 1Seaford College 2016 Sports Day 2Seaford College 2016 Sports Day 3Seaford College enjoyed a very successful sports day that featured some fantastic performances and extremely close contests. The points were tallied throughout the afternoon and Charmandean house came out on top above last year’s winners, Adair.

We have some very strong and promising young athletes coming through the school, with the junior Victorludorum and Charmandean captain, Ash Goodwin, winning several events. The junior Victrixludorum was Martha Crosdil, also from Charmandean. These are the two junior athletes who scored the most points for their house.

Year 9 pupil Tom Page broke the school 1500m record and Xenia Truman, also in Year 9, set a new Seaford triple jump record.

“It was lovely to see so many seniors in attendance, many of whom had already finished their studies and exams,” said Georgie Sims, Head of Charmandean house. “Reuben Truman was the senior Victorludorum and Rosey Grant was the senior Victrixludorum, both of whom won several events.”

2016 Seaford College Speech and Prize Giving event is a great success

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In his introductory speech, Headmaster John Green looked back with pride on his first three years in the post, as well as looking ahead with excitement to Seaford’s future. He began his address – which included quotes from Benjamin Franklin, David Brent, Muhammad Ali, Yeats and Yoda – by noting that the school recently achieved the best A*-B GCSE results and the highest percentage of leavers attending the top Russell Group universities in its history.

Mr Green went on to stress that rather than being a “conveyor belt hot house”, Seaford is somewhere that focuses on pupils instead of statistics, in order to produce students who are dynamic, ambitious, well-rounded and determined. The results of this ethos are record pupil numbers and waiting lists in most year groups. Mr Green then proceeded to say a fond farewell to departing pupils and staff members, and a heartfelt thank you to Seaford’s support staff, before outlining exciting future developments, such as the new sports hall/creative arts centre extension.

Head Girl Emma Brown and Head Boy Jack Jamieson each talked eloquently and movingly about what Seaford meant to them, with both commenting on the importance of overcoming self-doubt, and expressing gratitude for the many ways in which the school had helped them.

Emma talked of her pride in being part of a school that gives pupils the opportunity to discover what they’re capable of in all aspects of life, giving special mention to Seaford’s incredible sporting achievements for a school of its size. She spoke with real feeling about how Seaford provides a nurturing environment that produces pupils “who are ready to tackle the real world”.

Jack Jamieson then spoke charmingly about the ways in which the school had moulded him since he joined in Year 7. He focused on the importance of enthusiasm, aspirations and determination, and described how the opportunities Seaford had presented him with had given him self-confidence and allowed him to reach his potential.

Guest speaker Shola Kaye was also very well received. Shola is a foster child who went on to study at Cambridge University and then embark on a successful career as a research scientist, before returning to her first love and becoming a professional singer.

Her delivery was engaging and her speech was relevant to the Seaford community, containing simple and sound advice spoken from the heart. Her stage presence was tremendous and she came across as sincere and confident, with a gentle and engaging approach.

The 1,200-strong crowd of pupils, parents, staff and governors had already sat through a number of speeches, but Shola managed to win the audience over beautifully. She stayed on for the picnic lunch and happily socialised with governors, parents and pupils.

As one year comes to a close, the Seaford community is already looking forward to the next academic year and what it brings for Speech Day 2017. Ad alta!

Seaford College Prep School stages rousing performance of musical Annie

Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 5Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 1Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 7Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 9Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 10Seaford College Prep School musical Annie 11In 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.”

Save the date – Seafordstock 2016 music festival on 29 June

Seaford College Seafordstock 2016 music festival posterSave the date! The Seafordstock 2016 music festival will be held on Wednesday 29 June from 6.30pm-10pm on the terraces behind Mansion. Admission is free and attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic and refreshments. Gates will open at 6pm.

Tickets on sale for Seaford College Jazz Night

Seaford College Jazz Night 2016 posterOne of the most exciting musical events in the Seaford College calendar will be staged at the end of June.

The Jazz Night will take place on Friday 24 June at 7.30pm in the school’s dining room and will feature performances from the Seaford Jazz Band and other artists. The evening will also include a welcome cocktail (‘The Dizzy Gillespie’) and a dinner featuring a course of cheese and port. Tickets are £25/£20 and are available from bookings@seaford.org

Seaford College Prep School presents a production of the musical Annie

Seaford College Prep School performance of Annie poster (2016)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.

Seaford College Jazz Night + Seafordstock 2016 dates announced

Seaford College combined Jazz Night + Seafordstock 2016 posterSave the dates! Two of the most exciting musical events in the Seaford College calendar will take place at the end of June.

The Jazz Night will take place on Friday 24 June at 7.30pm in the school’s dining room and will feature performances from the Seaford Jazz Band and other artists. The evening will also include a welcome cocktail (‘The Dizzy Gillespie’) and a dinner featuring a course of cheese and port. Tickets are £25/£20 and are available from bookings@seaford.org

The following week, the Seafordstock 2016 music festival will be staged on Wednesday 29 June from 6.30pm-10pm on the terraces behind Mansion. Admission is free and attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic and refreshments. Gates will open at 6pm.

Seaford College stages Goblin racing contest

Seaford College Goblin racing event (April 2016) 3Seaford College Goblin racing event (April 2016) 4Seaford College Goblin racing event (April 2016) 2Seaford College Goblin racing event (April 2016) 1On Saturday, Greenpower Education Trust held the fourth Goblin racing event of 2016 at Seaford College. The Goblin initiative allows children aged 9-11 to build and race their own all-electric cars. Last weekend’s event attracted 24 entries from primary schools across Sussex and Hampshire and was staged on Seaford’s tennis courts.

In the morning, the cars had to navigate a slalom track and then compete in a drag race. After lunch, there were a series of head-to-head contests. Prizes were awarded to the three fastest cars in each event and there were additional awards that focused on the work the teams had put in to building their Goblin cars prior to the races.

The Seaford team consisted of Edward Gordon-Thomson and Samuel Brown (both Year 6); Joshua Rymer, Dylan Sharpe and James Shaw (all Year 5); and Toby Price from Year 4. The pupils all worked very well together and enjoyed the day. Each of them took turns to drive in the slalom and drag racing events, and then lots were drawn to see who would be our two drivers for the sprint.

Joshua Rymer said: “I really enjoyed it, especially getting through to the semi-finals.” Dylan Sharpe added: “I liked how everyone, parents and children, were so supportive. It didn’t matter if you lost or won, but just about how much team work you put into it.”

“The teams had a fantastic day and there were a good mix of winners at the prize-giving,” said Greenpower event manager Becci Diffey. “The event was also well supported by local volunteers, who included parents from participating teams, previous participants of the Goblin project, and those who regularly attend Greenpower events.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to Seaford College for providing such wonderful facilities free of charge for the second year running and we look forward to returning to Seaford again in 2017.”

The IET Formula Goblin project aims to inspire children to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way. The kits for the cars come flat-packed with step-by-step instructions to guide the teams through construction in an easily understandable manner. The building process introduces pupils to basic mechanics and on completion they can use the vehicles at any of Greenpower’s events around the UK.

Local primary schools who participated included Northchapel, Walberton & Binsted, Pennthorpe, Conifers, Fishbourne CE, Great Ballard, Harting C of E, Chichester Free School, St Mary’s CofE Clymping, and Boxgrove. The overall winners were Funtington Primary School.

 

The full awards for the day were as follows:

1st Sprint: Funtington Primary School – XLR8

2nd Sprint: St Mary’s CofE Primary School Clymping – Team Voltzwagon

3rd Sprint: Pennthorpe School – Speed Eagle

 

1st Drag: Funtington Primary School – XLR8

2nd Drag: St Mary’s CofE Primary School Clymping – Team Clymping Roycecharger

3rd Drag: Pennthorpe School – Pennthorpe Colour Strike

 

1st Slalom: Pennthorpe School – Pennthorpe Colour Strike

2nd Slalom: Thomas A Becket Junior School – The TABinator

3rd Slalom: Pennthorpe School – Speed Eagle

 

Additional awards:

Best Present Team: Boxgrove Primary School – Boxgrove Barracuda Bullet

Best Bodywork: Harting Primary School – The Harting Hot Rod

Greenest Bodywork: Four Marks Primary School – Sugar Rush

Spirit of Greenpower: Harlands Primary School

Portfolio Award: Four Marks Primary School – Pandamania, The Creeper, The Sports Car & Sugar Rush

 

Overall Winners: Funtington Primary School – XLR8

 

For more details about Goblin racing, please click here.

Old Seafordian Golfers open raises £255 for ‘Help for Heroes’

Tull, Mummery, Farrant with Fox, Stevenson & Ballard waiting22 Old Seafordian golfers rolled up for the third OSGS annual golf day at Leatherhead Golf Club on the northern slopes of the North Downs last Friday.

The undulating topography was deceptive and the layout of the course posed a serious test for all players. There were several tough approaches and dog-legs made even tougher by the 10-15mph northerly wind that punished even slightly errant drives, particularly on the first nine holes. The greens were fast for the time of year, which tested many a putt!

After an enjoyable day’s play, all players welcomed the warmth of the clubhouse (a nippy day it was!), some drinks in the 19th and a hearty meal accompanied by prize-giving and short speeches. The players also raised £255 for ‘Help for Heroes’.

Our full report is found here

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Seaford College stages triumphant Broadway extravaganza

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Following a string of highly successful musical productions over the past few years, this evening was intended as an opportunity for students to showcase their talents across a range of musical genres. The singing ensemble, largely comprised of members of the Chapel Choir, was led by Director of Voice Sara Reynolds, and the accompanying band by Head of Music Jeremy Weaver. A supper was served by our excellent catering department, with courses corresponding to each musical section.

First on the menu were three songs from the hit Broadway show Cabaret. Adam Newman set the tone for an evening of fun and entertainment with his flamboyant performance as the MC, backed by the all-singing, all-dancing cabaret girls Alexandria White, Araminta Johannes, Andrea Aranda, Abbey Caveney and Anastasia Emile. Alexandria gave a powerful and compelling rendition of Maybe This Time, which was followed by the show’s iconic song Cabaret, with an upbeat and sassy performance by the girls. Next came songs from Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, with ensemble performances of Food Glorious Food and Who Will Buy? and Alfie Whitchurch’s lovely solo rendition of Where is Love?.

After this we were transported to the Paris Opéra Populaire of 1905 for five songs from The Phantom of the Opera. Beci Eden as Christine Daaé stunned the audience with her accomplished soprano voice, singing Think of Me and The Phantom of the Opera, with Robbie Steward as the Phantom. Next there was a change of cast, with Zach McArthur playing the Phantom for The Music of the Night, and Robbie returning as Raoul accompanied by Ellie Baker as Christine for the wonderfully romantic All I Ask of You and hauntingly beautiful Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.

A feast of Gilbert & Sullivan came next, as girls from the Chapel Choir performed highlights from The Mikado, with beautifully evocative solos from Jaime Pardey, Nell Chadwick, Daisy Hanbury and Eva Glynne-Jones. Then suddenly the Assembly Hall doors burst open and we were beset by cutlass-wielding pirates led by Tom Holder as the Pirate King, and treated to a spirited presentation of highlights from The Pirates of Penzance. In a complete change of style and location, the evening then moved to Illinois for Seaford’s version of The Blues Brothers Band. Led by Mark Reynolds, the student band (Munroe Graham, Annabel Jeffries, George Limpus, Sebastian Limpus, Jonathan North, Danny Westcott) supported great solo vocal performances from Yolanda Gumpo, Robbie Steward, Tom Holder and Ross Donaldson.

The climax of the show brought us an energetic medley of Rodgers & Hammerstein hits, with Hannah Wardrop leading the ensemble onto the stage in a pastiche of the famous opening sequence from The Sound of Music and Yolanda Gumpo singing the closing number, a soulful version of You’ll Never Walk Alone. By popular demand, the ensemble provided us with a magnificent encore, Do You Hear the People Sing? from Schönberg & Boublil’s Les Miserables, which was met by a standing ovation from the audience on both evenings.

Dr Jane Askew, co-director of the show, said: “We are incredibly proud of all the students involved in the show. There were some very accomplished performances and the audience received a taste of the tremendous talent we have at Seaford College, as well as enjoying a great night out!”

Seaford College Chapel Choir to perform at St Giles Graffham on Sunday

Seaford College St Giles Graffham Passion Sunday PosterSeaford College Chapel Choir 2015Seaford College - Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Mark SowerbyPassion Sunday on 13 March will see the Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby (pictured below), visiting St Giles Graffham for the 10.30am service, where he will be preaching and officiating. The Seaford College Chapel Choir and Head of Music Jeremy Weaver will be providing the music for this special service.

Afterwards there will be a charity ‘bring and share’ lunch in Graffham school hall. Donations will be split between the homeless charity Stonepillow and Graffham nursery.

Seaford College hosts Love Lunch for local care home residents

Seaford College Love LunchAs part of the school’s Community Programme, Seaford College recently held a Love Lunch for residents of local care homes. Seaford students and staff regularly visit the care homes as part of their weekly community activities.

Year 12 pupil Shannon Greenwood said: “Staff from the care homes and Seaford College acted as chauffeurs for the afternoon, bringing our guests to the school. Upon arrival, each minibus was greeted by smiling students who helped each resident to be seated at their table.Seaford College Love Lunch Danny Westcott plays guitar

“All the residents were very chatty and were complimentary about the wonderful architecture of our Mansion House. One gentleman in particular was amazed at the detail within the beams and on the balcony in the dining room. Seb Azimi and Danny Westcott charmed the ladies from Rotherlea Care Home, who they visit them once a week for a chat.

“The lunch was a great success. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed their food. The ladies were concerned about not being able to eat it all as they didn’t want to waste anything, something I think my generation needs to pick up on! We had a couple of birthdays and even a wedding anniversary among the guests.

Seaford College Love Lunch food“Then Danny performed on his guitar and Yolanda sang Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley. It was a beautiful rendition that had the whole room singing along, as well as shedding a few tears, and was a lovely way to end the afternoon!”

Seaford College CCF stages Regimental Dinner

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Seaford College CCF held its annual Regimental Dinner at the beginning of the month. Organised as an enjoyable evening for both staff and senior Cadets, it was also a cultural enrichment opportunity. Many of the cadets had speaking parts, including the reading of VC citations and the recounting of regimental and service honours, as well as the grace and toasts, all rounded off by the senior cadet, Staff Sergeant Alex Reese, addressing the guests, staff and Cadets.

Contingent Commander Major Andrew Plewes RM said: “The evening was a great success and definitely fulfilled the purpose of thanking our guests for their support, as well as strengthening the camaraderie and esprit de corps within the CCF.

“The event also provided the opportunity to ‘dine out’ the departing School Staff Instructor WO2 Stevie Gerrard after an illustrious career in the Parachute Regiment followed by an equally gruelling 24 years at Seaford College. He will be remembered very fondly by a generation of Seafordians and CCF staff for his inimitable style and hugely significant input to the school CCF.”

Seaford College hosts its first ever Cabaret Night

Seaford College Cabaret Night - Jaime Pardey in The MikadoSeaford College Cabaret Night PosterSeaford College is hosting a new cabaret night next week, featuring songs from the musicals, including Jaime Pardey performing numbers from The Mikado. Upper sixth pupil Jaime, pictured, dedicates her time to each of our shows and seems to have a magical ability to transform herself into any role we throw at her.

Sara Reynolds, Seaford’s head of voice and choirs, said: “The cabaret nights will be fast paced and highly entertaining. This is a new style for Seaford students to tackle and they are rising to the occasion with their usual flair and enthusiasm.”

The cabaret night is open to the general public – for bookings please email bookings@seaford.org

Seaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction bids

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As many of you are aware, we are taking 70 senior pupils to New Zealand and Australia on a Netball and Rugby Tour in July 2017. While in Australia, we are planning to undertake a community project in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. To help raise funds for the trip and the project we are auctioning off items of memorabilia, experiences and dining opportunities. We are using a silent auction format, which means other bidders are unable to view who has made the current highest bid.

To view the items available, please click on this link and for more details about any of the items listed, please feel free to email acook@seaford.org.

The auction will close at midnight on Monday 29 February and all bids are final. To place a bid, please ensure you email acook@seaford.org with your full name, contact details, the item you are bidding on and the maximum bid you wish to place.

The current winning bids can be seen in the tables below and will be updated regularly.

All winning bidders will be contacted on Wednesday 2 March and payment will be required by Sunday 13 March via cheque, cash or bank transfer.

On behalf of the touring party, thank you in advance for your support.

Antony Cook, Director of Sport

Experiences
Item Current highest bid
A View from The Shard & Michelin Dining for Two £201
Wimbledon Tour & Lunch for Two
Private Tours of the Sky News studio & House of Commons  £250
Helicopter Flight over London for Two  £300
Tea with the Tigers for Two  £105
4×4 Off-Road Driving Experience
Personal Chef Home Visit
Unique Sporting Opportunities
Item Current highest bid
John Terry Personalised Item
Chris Adams 1-2-1 Cricket Session £350
Sir Ian McGeechan Personalised Book
Rugby Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
2015 Rugby World Cup Final Ultimate Memorabilia
Triple Legends Signed Wales Shirt  £315
2011 RWC Winners Signed Photo Display
Martin Johnson Signed England Shirt
Jonny Wilkinson Signed 2003 RWC Photo
Anthony Watson Player Issue Shirt
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Invitation to halow Christmas Gala Concert

Concert Poster A4 (2) FOR WEBLocal charity the halow project present

The Seaford College Choir

Join us for what promises to be another spectacular concert, the renowned Seaford College Choir will perform a range of classical and contemporary pieces with a special performance from halow’s music group.

 

A Christmas Gala Concert details:

Friday 4th December 2015
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street

Reception from 6.30pm choir to start at 7.15pm
Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5
Price includes mulled wine and a mince pie

Tickets available from halow
Phone: 01483 447960 or hannah.a@halowproject.org.uk

Or Guildford Tourist Centre:
Phone: 01483 444334

Address: 155 High Street,
Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3AJ Registered charity number: 1116773
All proceeds to the halow project supporting young people with a learning disability in Surrey.

Our Chapel Choir sing with Jonathan Antoine – Win a pair of tickets !

jonantoine-eastbourne

We are giving away a pair of free tickets to Jonathan’s concert at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne on Friday 6th November 2015 and you will see from the poster above that jon’ has invited our chapel choir to sing with him on stage! The competition closes at 1pm on Wednesday 28th October 2015.

Jon’ sang with Seaford College choir at our Christmas carol concert at Chichester Cathedral in December 2013 and he became known before that as the TV tenor singing on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2012. After this appearance Simon Cowell the producer is rumoured to have offered Jon’ and his singing partner Charlotte a one million pound recording contract.

For details of entry to prize draw see http://www.seaford.org/?p=8084

A Conversation with the Cuthbertsons

Alana and Bill Cuthbertson with pupils from Heden CourtBill and Alana Cuthbertson have devoted the last sixteen years to Seaford College, taking on a variety of different roles at the school. Well-loved Heden Court Houseparent Alana retired at the end of the Summer Term and before she left we spoke to her and Bill about the sixteen years they have dedicated to the school.

 

How did you become houseparents at Seaford College?

Bill
: I hadn’t even thought about being a houseparent. I came here doing rugby coaching, doing three to four different jobs, but I wanted to settle down. I was asked if I wanted the houseparent role and I said ‘houseparent, you must be joking!’ I’d been a parent before, but never a houseparent. But I took the job, and I’ve never looked back. Alana was my assistant, and then Continue reading

Join Us for Seafordstock on Wednesday 1st July

Seafordstock will be taking place on Wednesday 1st JulyWe are delighted to invite you to ‘Seafordstock,’ one of the highlights of our musical calendar, on Wednesday 1st July. Seafordstock is a fantastic evening featuring many of our students performing rock and pop classics, with student bands and solo performances.

The event will take place on the terraces behind Mansion. Gates open at 6.00pm with performances starting at 6.30pm. Please bring your own picnics, refreshments and picnic blankets, and join us for this glorious evening of rock, pop and dancing. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

We look forward to seeing you there.Seafordstock 2014

Prep School Hosts Successful Grandparents’ Day

Seaford pupils showed their grandparents their classroomsLast week, Seaford College Prep School welcomed about 90 of our children’s grandparents to Grandparents’ Day and an afternoon tour of the College followed by tea, scones and cakes. This has become a real highlight in our calendar and is an event greatly enjoyed by grandparents, pupils and staff alike. Families and extended families play a big part in College life and this is our chance to invite them to see what we do, the facilities we offer and the sort of events and activities that we put on. Many grandparents saw their grandchildren’s classrooms and met their class teachers as well walking around the wider school. The guests and pupils enjoy their delicious tea

They were particularly impressed by the wonderful work on display in our Art and Design and Technology building. They also had the opportunity to see other aspects of what we do, including music, as well as just enjoying our fabulous outside space – and all bathed in the summer sunshine.

The afternoon was beautifully rounded off by our catering staff, who provided drinks, homemade chocolate éclairs, lemon drizzle cake and scones with cream and jam.

A view of the daySebastian Rees, Head of Seaford College Prep School, said: “Our children were very proud to show grandparents their school, and our grandparents were equally proud of what the children have achieved here. We look forward to welcoming them to future events.”

Friends of Seaford College Prep School Summer Fair

Prep School Summer FairThe Friends of Seaford College Prep School warmly invite you to their Summer Fair on Saturday 16th May from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

It will be held at Springfield, next to the Prep School, and will feature a range of different and exciting competitions and stalls. There will be a fantastic raffle with amazing prizes, a dog show, a tug of war, and an inflatable assault course. There will be stalls featuring local food producers and craftsman, apple bobbing, an ice cream van, a plant stall, a cake stall and a Pimms and beer tent.

A percentage of the profits from the Summer Fair will be donated to the halow Prep School Summer Fairproject, a charity that supports young adults with a learning disability and enables them to live fulfilled lives.

The Friends of Seaford College Prep School look forward to welcoming you on the 16th May.

Seaford Raises £1800 for Petworth Cottage Hospital

John Green and Bill Cuthbertson Present Chris Hubbard with a cheque for Petworth Cottage HospitalOn Friday, Seaford College Headmaster John Green and Seaford teacher Bill Cuthbertson handed Chris Hubbard, Chairman of Trustees at Petworth Cottage Hospital, a cheque for £1800.

The money was raised at the two hugely successful Burns Nights in January, which were organised by Bill and Alana Cuthbertson. Former Scottish Rugby International and Seaford Rugby Coach Bill said: “We are very fortunate at Seaford to be able to support local charities. When I suggested to the staff that we should support Petworth Cottage Hospital, they were delighted. The Hospital does outstanding work and we are delighted to help them.”

Chris Hubbard, Chairman of Trustees at Petworth Cottage Hospital, expressed his gratitude to staff, pupils and parents at Seaford College: “Thank you immensely, this is wonderful. It really puts the cream on the cake for residents at the Petworth Cottage Hospital.”

Bill and Alana Cuthbertson have organised sixteen Burns Nights over fourteen years at Seaford College. This year’s event featured Callum Armstrong, a piper who appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Continue reading