Stand Together Saturday: Seaford and Canford

Spirit of Sport AwardLast month, Seaford College joined forces with Canford School and renamed their usual rugby fixture as Stand Together Saturday, a day designed to prioritise the experience and enjoyment of rugby for our pupils, above winning and losing.

Seaford student playing rugbyBoth Seaford and Canford have similar values, and each school is proud to help their students discover themselves and their passions. The idea behind the day was to focus it on enjoyment, right through the age-groups, and foster good relationships between players, parents, and staff from all sides and all teams. Before the game, Seaford’s rugby coach, Kevin Rich, said: “The idea behind this was to engage parents a little more on match days and attempt to help them to learn about how their touchline behaviour impacts the sporting experiences of pupils.

Canford playing rugby“Both Canford and Seaford are trying to create the best possible environments for young people to thrive in their sporting lives. With regards to rugby, the very physical nature of the game can sometimes draw out the worst in those watching and we feel that certain behaviours such as yelling instructions, jeering and berating the ref should have no place at school matches.

“By promoting an openness and convivial atmosphere in which it is normal for both sets of parents to connect and simply enjoy the game for it’s own sake we feel that this will minimise these negative tendencies. We put together a programme that highlighted some of these thoughts and also emphasized the importance that both schools attach to using sport as a vehicle to develop character and resilience.”

Below are some of the tips that were included in the programme, which you can also download below.

Stand Together Saturday Programme

Seaford playing against Canford

HOW WAS THE GAME ?

The game is so much more than who won and lost. Of course winning feels nice but let’s celebrate the character,
temperament, endeavour, bravery and teamwork. It’s not professional sport. The pupils are learning to get better at
something they love doing. Try using ‘how was the game’ instead of analysing why a team may have won or lost.

SHARE THE SIDELINE

One of the best parts of watching a Premiership match live is to share in the experience with supporters from other
teams. It is a pleasure to connect and watch sport to appreciate skill and strategy from both teams. To simply enjoy
the game without wondering what the score is. School sport should not get caught up in creating divides. Sharing the
sideline puts the game first.

MODELLING BEHAVIOUR

Of course we want the best for our children. But ‘best’ is perhaps not always having to be ‘THE STRONGEST’. We want
pupils to build character and play with spirit in their sporting lives. One of the greatest gifts that we (as adults) can give
them is to model courage, integrity and respect; especially in defeat. How does our touchline behaviour shape character and enhance the enjoyment for the players during the game?

In the matchday programme, both Seaford and Canford students shared what they love about rugby, which you can read below.

What do you love about rugby“Rugby has allowed me to meet so many different people, if I look at my close group of friends I have at the moment I have played rugby with them. The sport is so great because in the game you do everything to win but then when the final whistle goes we have the respect to shake hands and catch up. Some of my closest friends have been people I have played against and got to know after the match. The physical demand of the sport is another reason I love rugby. When playing rugby you put everything on the line and you know you have done this when you feel the aches and pains the next morning. Finally rugby has given me many memories and experiences which will stay with me for a long time.”
James, Canford

“I love playing rugby at Seaford College because not only is it brilliant fun, but also it is so inclusive. Everybody can play for a team no matter what their ability. Personally, what I love mainly about rugby is that there is so much competition for places in the team. So, I must improve myself every week to make sure I stay in the A team. Also, there is no prejudice between teams, the A team and B team are considered equals and nobody is looked down upon.”
Caelan, Seaford

“The reason I like rugby so much and why I have carried it on for so many years is because in no other sport do I get the sense of a brotherhood as strongly as I do in our current team in rugby, and a desire to put our bodies on the line for each other for that win. In no other sport do I think you will get a group of players so passionately playing for each other and that is why I love rugby, and this year especially.”
Cosmo, Canford

“I love rugby because it gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a way through hard work and skills, whilst it also helps me to stay fit and look at the nutrition side of sport which I can take into everyday life. But the main thing is
it helps to block out everything else that is happening in my life meaning I don’t have to worry about anything whilst I’m playing rugby and knowing I am enjoying myself.”
Jack, Seaford

Character Web“At the end of the home games played at Seaford, visiting Canford parents awarded a ‘Spirit of Rugby’ plaque to a Seaford player that best reflected the values of each school,” added Kevin Rich. “The Seaford parents selected a Canford player too. This was a gesture to remind parents that both teams are fighting for the same cause and to try and enjoy the game a little more neutrally – not an easy task when parents are watching their own children but something we think is worth is working towards.”

 

New Zealand School visit Seaford College on their rugby tour

Palmerston North Boys perform the HakaOn Wednesday 11th October, Seaford College hosted Palmerston North Boys’ High School from New Zealand, here in the UK for a rugby tour.

Along with our netball teams, our rugby teams had been in New Zealand on tour themselves only a few months previously, and it was fantastic to welcome a school from New Zealand to the beautiful grounds here at Seaford College.

The experience of hosting a New Zealand side, and in particular, to watch them perform the Haka, was hugely exciting, not only for the players, but for the many people who came along to watch the game.

“What a fantastic experience for our students at the College,” admitted Liam Doubler, Director of Sport. “For the community to come down and witness that… it’s what touring, it’s what sport’s all about.”

Palmerston North are one of the strongest school rugby sides in New Zealand, and this was the final stop on their tour, so it was always going to be a tough ask to get a victory, and so this proved.

“The level, and the intensity that Palmerston played with, was outstanding,” said Liam Doubler.Palmerston and Seaford 1st XVs

In the 1st XV game, Palmerston took a very strong lead in the first half, and whilst Seaford improved dramatically after the break, the damage had been done and they ended up losing 0-30. Despite the scoreline, the Palmerston tour administrator, Lindsay Calton, felt that “even though the score might have blown out a little bit, it was still a physical game, a tough game, and the boys are really tired.”

The 2nd XV also struggled to cope against the strength and power of the Palmerston boys, losing 5-42.

A defeat is always hard to take, but it’s important to take the positives from them, and to focus on what can be learnt for the future. “They’ll definitely take something from the game,” said Kevin Rich. “And I think it’s a great experience for them to be able to push on after half term. They’ll reflect on this game, review it, and they’ll build on it.”

The Palmerston coach also felt that Seaford rugby was going in the right direction, and predicted that “In three years’ time it’ll be a different game.”

We certainly enjoyed hosting Palmerston North, and if they go on any tours in the future we would gladly host them again!

Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner with Guest Speaker Shaun Edwards

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Seaford is excited to announce Shaun Edwards as our guest speaker at our Sports Dinner on 12th January. Reserve tickets at bookings@seaford.org

Shaun Edwards OBE, made his name in Rugby League playing for Wigan, England and Great Britain. He won 8 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Championships and was voted Man of Steel in 1990, before switching codes for a hugely successful coaching career in Rugby Union. 10 successful years as Head Coach at Wasps led to his current role as Assistant Coach for Wales and the Defence Coach on the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa. Shaun is truly a legend of Rugby.

Anya Shrubsole and the Cricket World Cup in 2017We’re also extremely excited that England cricketer Anya Shrubsole will be joining us for the evening. Anya was an integral member of the winning women’s team at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup,  and was voted player of the game in the final at Lord’s with a match winning 6 wickets off 46 runs. This is the best ever return recorded in a World Cup final, and led to her nomination for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

The night starts with a Drinks Reception supported by Old Seafordian Stephen Cronk from Mirabeau en Provence Wine. This will be followed by a three course dinner.

Dress: Black Tie

Sports Dinner Invite

 

Great start to the year for our Equestrian teams

Beanie Bradley, year 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 12 It’s been a fantastic start to the year for our Equestrian riders, with a Seaford team qualifying for the NSEA Show Jumping Championships for the very first time.

On Sunday 24th September a team of Seaford riders competed at Merrist Wood, Guildford in the NSEA inter-schools show jumping competition run by Cranleigh School. This was one of Seaford’s last opportunities to qualify for the National Schools’ Championships, so the competition was very hot with over sixty riders in each class.

The Seaford team of Beanie Bradley, Jessie Schute and Flora James came a fantastic 2nd to Guildford High in the 90cm team class, qualifying for the very prestigious Championships. Only the top two teams qualified, and Seaford beat both Cranleigh first and second teams, along with Wellington, Winchester, Mayfield, Farlington and Priorsfield.

From left to right: Beanie Bradley, year 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 11

r 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 12

“I’m extremely proud of them,” said Lucy Sanders, Head of Equestrian at Seaford. “It is the first time we have had a Seaford team competing at a National competition, and this is something to celebrate.”

Honey Bea Hogan and Abigail Jupp Our Prep School riders have also had a fine start to the year, competing at a NSEA inter schools Grassroots show jumping competition at Sands Farm near Horsham, at the end of September, and achieved some fantastic results.

Honey-Bea Hogan came individually 4th in the 50cm, Abigail Jupp was 3rd individually in the 70cm with the team of Abigail, Grace Bolton & Honey-Bea coming a fantastic 2nd to Brambletye in the 70cm, qualifying for the Regional Championships in November.

Abigail Jupp Honey Bea Hogan and Grace Bolton

Grace Bolton and Abigail Jupp

Abigail then went on to win the 75cm class with a brilliant speedy clear round against the clock. New year 7 pupil, Grace Bolton, with her enthusiastic pony Ruby came a very commendable 3rd and we enjoyed welcoming her to the Seaford Equestrian team.

Lauren Goldsmith’s pony was sadly kicked the day before the show so she had to stand down this time but Honey-Bea bravely rose to the occasion to fill in the team place jumping 70cm for the first time.

U14 Netball team progress to regionals in National Schools Competition

The Netball U14 team celebrates qualifying for the regional round of the National Schools CompetitionBreaking news! Seaford’s U14 Girls Netball team came 2nd in the County on Saturday, in the first round of the National Schools Competition. This is the biggest school’s competition in the netball calendar, and Georgie Hegarty, Head of Netball at Seaford, is very proud of their achievement.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been getting closer and closer to progressing, but this is the first time that a Seaford team has managed to make it through to the regional round. We really look forward to representing the top Sussex schools in January.”

Congratulations to the team for making it through, we can’t wait to cheer you on in the next round!

Seaford students take on Butser Hill

Seaford College Cross Country team At 889 feet, Butser Hill is the highest point on the South Downs, overlooking Petersfield. And, since 1978, it has also been the site of a fantastic cross country mass run, raising over £200,000 for different charities over the years. Seaford College took a team along to this year’s race, and it was a great day. Continue reading

Seaford takes to the waves in the Schools Week Sailing Championships

The Seaford Sailers with teacher Paul HarkerDuring the second to last week of the summer term, six students from Seaford College competed in the Schools Week Sailing Championships, which has been held annually at Itchenor Sailing Club since 1953.  It is one of the biggest school sailing events in the UK, and attracts teams from across the country, and this year attracted entries of over 150 racing dinghies. Paul Harker, who took the students to the competition, told us about the event.

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Seaford celebrates personal bests at Prize Giving Day

Speech Day Prize winnersSeaford College celebrated the end of the school year with the annual Speech and Prize Giving Day. 1,500 parents, students and staff Continue reading

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

Tour Blog Day 7 & 8

Rugby Pitch at Kings School

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 4 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Day 4

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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More Equestrian success for Seaford Prep School

Equestrian Team at FelbridgeThe Seaford Prep Equestrian Team had a fantastic day a week ago at Felbridge Showground, East Grinstead, winning both the 50cm and 60cm show jumping classes, and coming 3rd in the 70cm, qualifying for the National Regional finals at all three levels. Continue reading

Getting to know Seaford’s resident golf professional, Jack Halsey

Jack Halsey on Seaford's golf courseWhen you first drive through the gates of Seaford College you are greeted with the unique sight of the golf range and the first tee of our magnificent nine-hole course.

Golf at Seaford is thriving, with more and more students taking up the sport, and using the wonderful facilities we have at the school. And, as we’ve had such fantastic weather recently, we took the opportunity to join Jack Halsey, Seaford’s resident golf professional, on the course, to watch him in action and discuss his career so far, and philosophy on teaching golf. Continue reading

Another victory for Seaford’s polo team!

The winning Seaford Polo TeamThe Seaford College polo success continues! We are delighted that on Saturday, Seaford College won their division at the Senior Schools National Summer Tournament at Kirtlington Park Polo Club, beating Felsted, Marlborough College and Stowe. Continue reading

Fantastic Medal Haul at County Athletics Finals

Inters Relay Gold winning team of Max Bracewell Rupert Blackwell Dom Easton Josh HarrySeaford College is a relatively small school, but always manages to punch well above its weight in athletics, and this year we managed to match last year’s record haul at the County Athletics Finals, with 3 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes, with some fine performances. Continue reading

Celebrating Seaford’s Sporting Success

Sports Awards Dinner Group PhotoBefore half term, the Annual Sports Awards Dinner took place to celebrate the achievements of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just shy of 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening, which began with welcome drinks in the garden room followed by a group photo on the terraces outside mansion.

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Fantastic debut for Prep School pupil at Show Jumping competition

Honey Bea JumpingSeaford College is proud to have a very strong equestrian programme, and our pupils have achieved some fantastic successes recently at a number of competitions, and it seems that the Prep School has another budding star in our midst.

Honey-Bea Hogan joined Seaford’s Equestrian regulars at the Alton Convent Inter Schools Team Show Jumping competition at Coombelands, Pulborough. It was her first ever show on her pony Charlie Brown, and in the 30cm and 40cm classes she came a superb 2nd and 6th, judged on a mixture of faults, style and an optimum time. Continue reading

Seaford Prep School take on their first swimming galas

The Seaford Prep School Swimming SquadThe Summer term has sprung a new sport into the calendar, with Seaford Prep School taking on their first two swimming galas, and here Seaford PE teacher Patrick Disley-May reports on the events.

Originally starting as a few pupils interested in an enjoyable swimming activity, it was not long until competition was rife, and we soon noticed some natural talent parading up and down the pool. There was an air of enthusiasm amidst the Prep School when we confirmed our very first galas, and this made the training suddenly become slightly more serious. Continue reading

Enthusiasm for tennis growing at Seaford

Tennis at Seaford CollegeDuring the summer term at Seaford College, one of the most familiar sights is students playing tennis on the numerous courts around the school grounds. The sport is thriving and students are now playing tennis during their games and PE sessions, and can be on court for up to three hours a week.

James Bird, the Head of Tennis at Seaford College is delighted that so many students are getting access to the sport. Continue reading

Seaford off to a fine start in the Athletics season

Charterhouse Running 840bLast year, Seaford College enjoyed its most successful day in more than a decade at the Sussex Schools Track & Field Championship, winning 17 medals and breaking two school records.

This year, Seaford’s athlete’s are picking up where they left off, enjoying some great success in two meetings this term. Continue reading

Seaford students complete gruelling DW kayaking race (part 2)

At the end of the raceYesterday, we wrote about the Seaford students who’d taken on the epic challenge of kayaking from Devizes to Westminster, a 125 mile race. If you missed it, you can read the first part of their story.

With their training and preparation races completed, five students from Seaford College and one from Heathfield School set off on their epic four-day challenge, kayaking from Devizes to Westminster. Henry and Cally, Ethan and Evie, and Izzy and Franny set off in their boats early on the morning of 14th April. Continue reading

Seaford students complete gruelling DW kayaking race (part 1)

Devizes to Westminster RaceLast October, a group of Seaford Year 12 students decided they wanted to take on a challenge. But not just any challenge, they decided to take on the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race.

The Devizes to Westminster race starts in Devizes Wiltshire, and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge in the centre of London, opposite the Houses of Parliament.  The first 52 miles is along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington, and the final 17 mile section is in the tidal portion of the Thames. Continue reading

Old Seafordians Golf day a huge success

Old Seafordian Golf Day picture 1The Old Seafordians Golf Society recently held their annual golf day at North Hants Golf Club. It was a chance for the Old Seafordians to play on one of the top courses in the area and share some memories of their days at Seaford College.

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Athletics season underway at Seaford College

Athletics Training at Seaford CollegeThe Seaford College Athletics season got underway last Friday and started a busy schedule for our athletes this summer term.

Seaford’s athletes have worked hard during pre-season and opened up the summer with a regional fixture against West Sussex West, with the Inter Boys and Senior Boys winning the relay. “We started the season really well on Friday and all our athletes are excited about the summer ahead,” said Jon Thompson, the Head of Athletics at Seaford College.

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