Playing up a division, Seaford’s team of Isabel Anderson, Andrea Aranda and Martha Crosdil won their section of the Senior School Ladies Tournament at Continue reading
Ahead of the start of the Rosslyn Park 7s rugby tournament this week, the Seaford College Under 18s squad were joined for a training session by an
expert in the art of 7s rugby. Dai Rees is the Head of High Performance for the Hong Kong Rugby Union side, but he has also coached the Welsh 7s national squad. Dai was at Seaford College last week Continue reading
Seaford College performed exceptionally well at the SUPA (Schools and Universities Polo Association) Senior Schools Arena Nationals polo tournament, held at the Rugby Polo Club on Sunday 5th March. This is the biggest tournament for schools in the UK during winter, with over 50 schools taking part, including some of the biggest schools in the polo world.
This was the first ever polo tournament that Seaford College has taken part in, and both teams rose to the challenge, Continue reading
On 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.
Last Thursday, Seaford College’s Rugby XV hosted Wirral Grammar School in the Quarter Finals of the Natwest Schools Cup Under 15s Plate competition. It was a very close, thrilling game of Rugby, ending 18-15 for the hosts. Seaford College will now play Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School in the Semi Finals, week commencing 13th March.
Olivia McDonald, a Year 10 student, is Seaford’s most successful long distance runner. Last year, in her first year at Seaford College, she won the Sussex Schools Junior Cross Country title and also competed in the Butser Hill Cross Country Challenge, running 3km, and came third overall, the first female to cross the finish line. The first few weeks this year have been busy for Olivia. Continue reading
Sixteen Schools entered the Rugby 7s Continue reading
The Under 18’s Rugby Sevens Festival is the first 7’s Tournament that Seaford has hosted and sixteen schools are taking part.
The teams are split into four groups, with Seaford drawn in Group B alongside Continue reading
Olivia McDonald (Yr 10) is Seaford’s most successful long distance runner. Lauren Bryant, Director of Girls’ Sport said: “Olivia competed in the Butser Hill Cross Country Challenge running 3km. Olivia came in 3rd overall and was the 1st female to cross the finish line, with years 8,9, 10 and 11 all running together. I’m really proud of what she achieved. Butser Hill at 889’ is the highest point on the South Downs, overlooking the town of Petersfield and is the natural heart of the South Downs National Park.”
As long as rugby is played, the argument will never be settled over which was the superior of the two classic Lions vintages of 1971 and 1974.
But whether the ’71 side had the better backs and the heroes of ’74 the finer forwards, one thing is certain – both teams had the best scrum-half of their age in Gareth Edwards, of Cardiff and Wales.
Capped at 19 and his country’s youngest captain at 20 years, seven months, Edwards turned 21 on his first Lions tour, to South Africa in 1968. There, he showed the potential of his partnership with Barry John that would burst into full bloom in New Zealand three years later.
In South Africa, though, potential it remained. John was injured in the first Test and Edwards tore a hamstring before the third vital third international.
By 1971, Edwards was well into his record run of 53 Wales caps in a row and played a pivotal role in the Lions’ first series victory in New Zealand.
Josef Amin (from Graffham) is celebrating gaining 11A*s at GCSE. Joe is also celebrating completing his Silver DofE today. Joe said: ”It’s been quite a day”. He has celebrated with a fish and chip supper tonight with the Seaford students on the DofE trip. He is looking forward to celebrating with his parents tomorrow and has asked his mum to make him sausage pasta to celebrate because he has been walking for 3 days!
We caught up with Joe and his mum about his fantastic results and life at Seaford:
Joe: “I’m in complete shock, I thought I’d done well but not this well. Seaford really helped me succeed by helping me manage and structure my time which meant I started my revision months before the exams. I was shown how to devise a revision timetable that included having breaks which I really needed to help me focus. The teachers were great and were very thorough. We practised past papers and they really helped me with exam technique and timings. I learnt how to efficiently use my time in exams.”
Mrs Amin said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. It’s all very overwhelming. Joe worked so hard and his results have completely blown us away. He has taken it upon himself to work hard, we are very proud of what he has achieved. My husband and I are looking forward to celebrating with Joe when he gets back tomorrow.
“At Seaford he has thrived with the extra-curricular activities and it has been good to see him have a balanced life where he can pursue his passions for the environment and his creative side in DT. There is such a lot of pressure these day from society to get good results and I’m pleased Joe was able to manage his time and find a balance in life.
“He is a star! Joe has thrived on the diversity of what Seaford has to offer in terms of the sport and the other extra-curricular opportunities the school provides.“
Joe: “I play in the 1st XV and I like the competitive side of rugby, I enjoy the physicality of it. You really bond with your team mates and I like rugby because it is challenging and requires skill. I looked forward to my rugby sessions, it provided a break from studying.
“I have played tennis at Seaford on a Saturday and I also played a lot of tennis over the summer both at Graffham Tennis Club and at Seaford. I played when I was revising to give me a break.
“I also enjoyed CCF at Seaford because it was physical and challenging and this led to do my DofE. I want to do my Gold award next. I have been volunteering at Botany Bay at Seaford for my DofE. I have enjoyed it because I like the environment. I also love fishing at Botany Bay and I have taken two training courses which means I can monitor the water quality and the invertebrates. If there is a problem or signs of pollution I have the responsibility to let the Environment Agency know.
“I love angling and I’m on the talent pathway with the Angling Trust. I’m really design orientated and I designed a stylish wading and landing net for my DT GCSE. I loved designing it.
“In the sixth form at Seaford I’m going to study Physics, Maths, Biology and DT and I’d like to go on to do Maths and Science at University. I’d like to go into science research, design, architecture and engineering”.
Seaford College’s athletes performed fantastically this summer, often beating far bigger schools than ourselves. Our Junior boys’ (JB) team was certainly the team of the term, remaining undefeated throughout, and the Junior boys’ relay team was also unbeaten all term.
The season started with a six-school meeting at Charterhouse. Both our Inter boys’ (IB) and Junior boys’ teams were victorious, and the Seniors came a respectable fourth. We recorded some fine individual wins, including Hugo Squires in the SB 200m and Dom Easton the IB 400m, and also came first in the relay. In the Juniors, our winners were: Ash Goodwin in the 100m and 200m, George Newton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin, and Max Harding in the discus, with the relay team again victorious.
Next came the West Sussex West championship at Portsmouth, where a record number of Seaford pupils – 32 –qualified for the Sussex championships in June. Our strong Junior boys and girls teams won overall and there were some fantastic individual performances: in the Seniors, Hugo Squires won the 100m, Tom Cowan the 800m, Max Newton the shot, Elliott Quinton the discus, and Callum Loeffen-Ames the javelin.
There were also victories for the Inter boys’ – Otis Jackson (200m) and Simon Ward (javelin) – and Junior boys’ teams: Tom Page (800m), George Newton (shot), Rupert Blackwell (javelin), Archie Rees (hurdles) and Charlie Newman (triple jump), and a team of Newman, Kilroy, Blackwell and Goodwin won the relay, breaking the school record in the process. In the girls’ team, Martha Crosdil won the 100m, Xenia Truman the 800m, and Olivia McDonald the 1500m – the latter breaking the school record as well.
Next was a boys’ and girls’ meet at Eastbourne against Eastbourne, Hurst, Ardingly and Worth. Again we performed strongly, winning all three boys’ age groups and coming second in two of the girls’ age groups. “For us to dominate such good opposition across all ages was inspiring,” said Jon Thompson, Head of Boys’ Athletics.
The boys next took on Hurst, Worth and Eastbourne at Hurst. Our Senior and Junior teams were victorious and we came second in the Inter age group. There were some notable performances: in the Senior section Tom Cowan won the 800m and remained unbeaten for the term.
Later in the term, the Inters and Juniors combined as a team and took on Charterhouse and Cranleigh. We dominated the match, winning all but two events.
Next came the Sussex Championships at Crawley, in which we won more medals than ever before, including three golds and Sussex county champions: Caelan Stanton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin (maintaining his unbeaten record for the season, and Ashley Goodwin 200m.
Our silver medallists that day were: Charlotte Reading (800m), Olivia McDonald (1500m, breaking her own school record), Will Newman (high jump), Joe Spiby (discus), George Newton (shot), and Dom Easton, Mike Logan and Otis Jackson (all in the relay). Bronze-medal winners: Tom Page (800m, setting a new school record, his target all term), Max Newton (shot), Archie Rees (hurdles), Xenia Truman (800m), Alosie Nkwocha (triple jump) and Araminta Reed (relay).
End of season awards:
Senior athlete of year – Tom Cowan
Most improved Senior athlete – Hugo Squires
Year 11/U16 athlete of the year – Michael Logan
Most improved Year 11/U16 athlete – Otis Jackson-Marijnissen
Year 10/U15 athlete of year – Dom Easton
Most improved Year 10/U15 athlete – Josh Harry
Year 9/U14 athletes of year – Tom Page and Ashley Goodwin
Most improved Year 9/U14 athletes – Rupert Blackwell and Caelan Stanton
Seaford 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.”
Seaford College’s Head of Girls’ Games, Emma Teague, has just returned from representing England at the Hockey Masters Over-40s tournament in Edinburgh. She scored two goals in the opening game to help her side to a 3-0 over Wales. The England team went on to lose 1-0 to Ireland, before defeating Scotland 2-0 to secure the runners-up spot in the tournament.
“I have now returned to work for a rest!” said Miss Teague.
Bede’s won the toss and put Seaford into bat in the T20 contest. After a delayed start, the sun came out to create beautiful batting conditions and we reached 82 off our 20 overs.
Seaford’s bowlers started very well, with Ben Gregory and George Lock taking an early wicket apiece to put Bede’s on 8-2 in the second over. As the rain began to fall, sadly the Bede’s wickets didn’t follow suit as they moved to 28-2 off the first five overs. Seaford’s Thorneley and Gillespie were charged with the task of turning things around, but Bede’s eventually ran out winners by seven wickets.
“Seaford battled hard but sadly we couldn’t defend the modest total of 82 runs,” said Dan Joseph, Head of Cricket.
The Seaford College Prep School Equestrian Grassroots team had a great day at the Felbridge Show Ground near East Grinstead last Sunday. Consisting of Emily Cook, Abigail Jupp and Lauren Goldsmith (pictured, all standing), the team came second in the 50cm class, qualifying for the Regionals for the second time this year. Emily came second individually after a very speedy jump off round.
The team then rode brilliantly to come second again in the higher 60cm class, also qualifying at this height for the Regional Championships in November. Cheam came first, with Hurst, Farlington and Dorset House taking the lower placings.
“It was a pleasing result!” said Lucy Sanders, Seaford College Equestrian Team Manager.
A group of seven participants from Seaford College set off early on Sunday morning to complete the annual Round The Island bike event on the Isle of Wight. Starting from Ryde, the route is a 100km anti-clockwise lap of the island, sticking as much as possible to back roads.
“In the morning we were blessed with good weather and although we took a couple of wrong turns leaving Ryde, there was little to hold us up as we made our way through Cowes and on towards Yarmouth,” said houseparent Matthew Pitteway, who organised the day. “Although undulating, the north of the Isle of Wight is not too hilly and with little wind we made good time, arriving at our lunch destination in Freshwater Bay just before 1pm.
“From Freshwater Bay, the first of the day’s climbs began. Taking on a decent amount of fuel helped us as we powered our way up the old military road heading east towards Ventnor. Another climb at Blackgang Chine, just outside Ventnor, proved the most demanding of the day, especially as by this stage the weather had changed and the rain was coming down. We still had more than 30km of cycling left and the mist was down, the rain was persistent and lunch seemed a long time ago.
“From the top of Blackgang Chine we were rewarded with a long steady decent. A quick pitstop at a shop in Ventnor allowed us the opportunity to take on more fuel and this gave us the motivation to power on through to the finish.
“Arriving back in Ryde in time for the 4.45pm ferry, although tired, we were all incredibly proud of our achievement. We look forward to the next event – the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in July!”
“There were some really excellent performances,” said Jon Thompson, Head of Boys’ Athletics. “Rupert Blackwell missed the school javelin record by just 1cm! The relay team of Rupert Blackwell, Ash Goodwin, Charlie Newman and Isaac Kilroy then went on to beat the College record by two-tenths of a second.”
The school’s Junior Boys’ athletics team had already beaten Hurst (twice), Eastbourne (twice), Worth, Ardingly, Cranleigh, Wellington, Brighton and RGS Guildford this term, and Rupert Blackwell has won every javelin event of the season.
Last weekend, Seaford College athletes enjoyed their most successful day at the Sussex Schools Track & Field Championship in more than a decade. The school took 32 athletes to the event, held at the K2 Leisure Centre at Crawley, and won 17 medals, more than ever before. Two school records were also broken.
“Sussex is a big county and we are a relatively small school, so to win this amount of medals – better than Eastbourne’s, Brighton’s and Hurst’s hauls – is a remarkable accomplishment,” said Jon Thompson, Head of Boys’ Athletics at Seaford. “I was incredibly proud and it’s a privilege to be involved with such talented youngsters, especially our Year 9s. Emma Teague, Head of Girls’ Athletics, and I were so pleased for them. It was a very happy day.”
Seaford picked up three gold medals in total – our Sussex county champions are: Caelan Stanton in the shot, Rupert Blackwell in the javelin, and Ashley Goodwin in the 200m (all pictured above). Rupert remains unbeaten this season.
Silvers medals were won by: Charlotte Reading in the 800m, Olivia McDonald in the 1,500m (beating her own school record in the process), Will Newman in the high jump, Joe Spiby in the discus, George Newton in the shot, and Dom Easton, Mike Logan and Otis Jackson in the relay.
Tom Page broke his own 800m school record on his way to winning a bronze medal. The other Seaford pupils to win bronze were: Max Newton (shot), Archie Rees (hurdles), Xenia Truman (800m), Alosie Nkwocha (triple jump) and Araminta Reed (relay).
In March, Daniel Williams from the Angling Trust came to Seaford College to meet the school’s fly-fishing coach, Steve Batten, and discuss the talent pathway process, which aims to get young people into fly fishing and progressing to being selected for the England Loch-Style Fishing team.
Pupils were introduced to Daniel, who spoke to them about their fishing knowledge and watched them fish at the lake in Botany Bay. He invited our students to attend an assessment day at Meon Springs and was very complimentary about the skills and understanding displayed by the students. Year 11 pupil Josef Amin went on to attend the assessment day, fishing very well and enjoying the experience.
The next angling trip was a day at Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire. This was a pairs competition, which offered a different fishing experience for both Josef and Steve Batten, who found the conditions difficult, especially fishing from a concrete bank instead of the grassy lake and river banks they are used to.
The next date in the talent pathway calendar is the boot camp at Farmoor on the evenings of June 3, 4 and 5. Daniel and Steve also plan to stage a ‘get people back to fishing’ event at the College in the near future.
On 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
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.
Three Seaford College students were part of the Worthing RFU team that became national U17 Cup winners at the weekend, when their side defeated York RFU at the 12,000-capacity AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester. Year 12 pupil Fergus Guiry scored the winning try in the last minute after receiving a pass from fellow sixth former Max Newton, and James Porteous also played a vital role in securing the victory.
Worthing fought back from 10-0 down to seal a dramatic 20-13 win with the final play of the match. “We always had confidence in ourselves that, if we could keep the ball, we would be able to put enough tempo on it to win it,” said Worthing head coach Jack Roberts. “It was something we talked about at half-time and said if we didn’t learn lessons in the second half then this game would have got away from us, but the boys resolved it and it was a great moment at the end.”
See here for a full match report.
Due to popular demand, Seaford College has begun offering polo taster sessions this term, ahead of polo potentially becoming a regular weekend activity at the school. Three afternoon lessons have taken place at Cowdray Park Polo Academy over the past few weeks. These introductory classes are only open to competent riders, although that may change in the future.
“The sessions have been excellent and very well supported,” said house parent Matthew Pitteway, who has overseen the sessions in conjunction with Lucy Sanders, Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager. “Some Year 9 and Year 10 pupils went up to Cowdray Park last Thursday and had a really good time learning the art of riding with just one hand and then going through the rules and how to execute basic shots. Seven senior pupils came this week and did the same.
“This looks like being something we’ll be able to keep running. I have had parental permission for five juniors and four seniors to keep going with the lessons, so we just need to sort out days and times that suit everyone.”
It was a very busy weekend for the dedicated Seaford College clay shooters. On Saturday we took a team of six senior pupils and a team of three Prep School pupils to the British Schools & Young Shots Championships, which this year was held at the Sporting Targets complex in Bedfordshire. The course for the seniors consisted of 50 targets and was set to a hard standard. The highest individual score was 42/50 and the winning team total was 225/300.
The senior Seaford team (pictured) scored 168/300 and consisted of James Hannington, Douglas Hayter, Monty Dix, Ollie Somers, Sam Keywood and Cameron Emslie. The Prep School team’s shoot took place over a different course of 32 targets. The highest individual score was 30/32 and the best team total was 80/96. Seaford’s Prep School team was made up of Nick Easton, Elliott Emslie and Sam Brown, and scored a total of 54/96. Although we didn’t come away with any silverware, the pupils had a great day out.
On Sunday, we took a team to shoot a friendly match against the adults of Goodwood shooting club. It was a 50-bird sporting layout over five stands. The Seaford pupils shot well, but their total of 175/300 fell short of the Goodwood team’s 199/300. We would like to thank Goodwood for hosting this match and look forward to the return match at Seaford later on in the year.
“We’re always happy to hold matches against other schools or gun clubs,” said Seaford shooting instructor Tony Bracci. “Anyone else at Seaford who wants to try out for the team is always welcome to come up and see us at the College’s range on a Saturday morning.”
Any inquiries should be directed to Tony Bracci (07802 email@example.com).
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’.