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

Seaford College CCF Regimental Dinner 2016 - The new CCF command, Contingent Commander Major A Plewes RM, and School Staff Instructor Sgt M Gough R SigsSeaford College CCF Regimental Dinner 2016 - Cadet PO Charlie Ghinn reading an account of the naval bombardment of Algiers in 1816Seaford College CCF Regimental Dinner 2016 - Event organiser and Cadet force volunteer Mr W Baxter, school governor Colonel J Crosland CBE, MC, and his former Para colleague WO2 Stevie GerrardSeaford College CCF Regimental Dinner 2016 - The dinner laid out in traditional arrangement

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

Seaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction Rugby World Cup FinalSeaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction Muhammad AliSeaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction PeleSeaford College Sports Dinner Silent Auction Lewis HamiltonDear Parents & Friends of the College,

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
Harlequins Squad Signed Shirt
Football Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
Diego Maradona Signed Argentina Shirt
Cristiano Ronaldo Signed Football Boot £325
Signed Pele Brazil Shirt  £350
Lionel Messi Signed Barcelona Photo  £175
Alternative Sporting Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
Lewis Hamilton Signed Photo Display
Jordan Spieth Signed Golf Ball Display
Sebastian Coe Signed Autobiography  £61
Jessica Ennis Signed Photo £151
Ian Botham Signed Photo
Usain Bolt Signed Photo Display
Andy Murray Signed Photo Display  £175
Rory McIlroy Signed Ryder Cup Flag
Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest’ Signed Boxing Glove Display
Entertainment Memorabilia
Item Current highest bid
Tom Odell Signed Album Cover
Only Fools and Horses Signed Display £600
Ed Sheeran Signed Display

 

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 !

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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

Seaford Hosts Two Successful Burns Nights

John Green, Steve Gerrard and Bill CuthbertsonDue to popular demand, Seaford for the first time hosted not one but two resoundingly successful Burns Nights. Held on consecutive evenings, the event was organised by Bill and Alana Cuthbertson, who first started organising Burns Night over sixteen years ago.

The traditional evening of haggis and merriment was held in Seaford’s beautiful Mansion House, where guests enjoyed a drinks reception in front of a roaring fire in the Garden Room, and were entertained by The Piper, Callum Armstrong. Callum Armstrong, who has been piping at Seaford’s Burns Night since he was barely a teenager, also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed film War Horse as a piper in the opening scene. Seaford's Choir Sing at Burns Night

In impressive style, The Piper piped in the guests for supper. The Haggis was then piped in and paraded around Seaford’s magnificent dining room. Paul Bain addressed the Haggis with the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ by Robert Burns: ‘His knife see rustic Labour dight/An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight/Trenching your gushing entrails bright/Like ony ditch/And then, O what a glorious sight/Warm-reekin’, rich!’

Guests were also entertained by an impressive performance from Seaford’s choir, led by Sara Reynolds, and by Jeanine Thorpe, the award-winning and internationally acclaimed violinist.

The night was finished off in style by Headmaster John Green and rugby coach and former Scottish Rugby International Bill Cuthbertson, who joined together to sing Flower of Scotland, whilst wearing kilts and ginger wigs. John Green said: ‘Thank you to all the parents who attended and made both evenings so special and memorable. I would also like to thank Bill and Alana Cuthbertson who continue to organise the event so incredibly well.’

Seaford's Choir at Burns NightBurns Nights have been a part of the Seaford calendar for over 16 years. Bill and Alana Cuthbertson first started the tradition by arranging Burns Nights for Sixth Formers, when they were Sixth Form houseparents back in 1998. Bill said: ‘it’s a fantastic tradition that is growing in popularity each year and it was an absolute pleasure to have John Green accompany me in the unofficial Scottish Anthem.’

Seafordstock

seafordstock panorama resizewebSeafordstock 2014 was the biggest event in the festivals history.  Expertly compered by Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice & Choirs at Seaford College.  Songs ranged from Adele, Make you feel my love to Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus.  Holly Graham and the Seaford College Choir treated the audience to Sing, by Gary Barlow following on from their performance at his concert earlier in the year.  Videos of the performances can be viewed on Seaford College Facebook page.    

Folk Night Success

20140624_192634_Pano (2)webSeaford’s Folk Night was a huge success with standing room only by 7pm.  It was a beautiful summers evening with performances in the marquee outside Mansion Terrace.  The night was full of songs ranging from Bob Dylan to traditional spirituals.  There were spectacular performances from the Seaford College Orchestra, Year 5&6 Strings, the Chamber, Chapel and Prep School Choirs and solo singers and musicians.  The night featured songs from Mumford and Sons, Bob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan, The Proclaimers as well as traditional spirituals and Scottish traditionals.  Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice & Choirs, said: “it was a great success and fun!  Thank you to everyone who supported us in the audience”.  John Green, Headmaster, said: “a fantastic and fun evening showing the immense depth of talent across the entire college.  It was lovely to see our sixth form pupils performing with our younger members of the Prep school which resulted in a standing ovation at the end of the evening by a bumper crowd which we were unable to fit into our large marquee.  Creative Seaford goes from strength to strength.”

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse Piper, Callum Armstrong, Pipes in The Haggis at Seaford’s Burns Night

Burns Night was celebrated in style at Seaford College with parents and staff enjoying a traditional evening in Seaford’s beautiful Mansion House.  John Green, the recently appointed Headmaster and Bill Cuthbertson, a rugby coach at the school and a former Scottish Rugby International, finished the night off with a rendition of the Flower of Scotland.  Bill recently discovered that John is passionate about singing Elvis Presley songs and decided to ask him for support in the final song of the evening.

The evening started off with a drinks reception in front of a roaring fire in the Garden Room of Mansion House.  Entertainment was provided by The Piper, Callum Armstrong, who has been piping at Seaford’s Burns Night since he was barely a teenager and who was recently acclaimed for his role as The Piper in the opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s award winning film, War Horse.

In impressive style, The Piper piped in the guests for supper.  The Haggis was then piped in and paraded around Seaford’s magnificent dining room.   Paul Bain addressed the Haggis with the traditional ‘Address to the Haggis’ by Robert Burns.  “His knife see rustic Labour dight, An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like ony ditch; And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reekin’, rich!”  A re-enactment of the cutting wi ready sleight took place where ‘Gushing’ haggis made its way over some of the guests in the vicinity – including this year The Piper.

Guests enjoyed the Haggis with neeps ‘n’ tatties and poured over whiskey as a sauce.  This was followed by a delicious main course of Lamb Shank, dessert and cheese.  Supper was followed with wonderful speeches.   Bill Cuthbertson (Selkirk Grace); Mathew Pitteway (Immortal Memory); Joe Follows (Toast to the Lassies) and Mrs Eden (Reply to the Toast to the Lassies).  A number of sixth form students helped to serve supper on the night.

Burns nights have been part of the Seaford Calendar for over 15 years.  They first started when Bill Cuthbertson and his wife started off the tradition for the sixth formers when they were the sixth form house parents back in 1998.  Bill said: “it’s a fantastic tradition that is growing in popularity each year and it was an absolute pleasure to have John Green accompany me in the unofficial Scottish Anthem.”