Chris Adams to captain Duke of Norfolk XI against Bangladesh on Monday

Chris AdamsChris Adams, the Head of Cricket at Seaford College, will captain the Duke of Norfolk XI against Bangladesh this Monday at Arundel Castle Cricket Club.

The match is part of Bangladesh’s warm up programme for their Tri Nations Series against Ireland and New Zealand and the ICC Champions Trophy which starts in June.

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1st XI start cricket season with victory against the Old Seafordians

Cricket XI v Old Seafordians FinalSeaford College 1st XI started the cricket season with a five wicket victory against the Old Seafordians on Saturday.

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Chris Adams awarded special England cap

Chris Adams England capChris Adams, the Head of Cricket at Seaford College, attended a very special dinner at Lord’s during the Spring term. Having played for England in five Test matches and five One Day Internationals, he was invited to the home of cricket for a unique assembly of all past and present England players.

The guest list spanned many generations of men and women’s players, from those representing England in the 1950s, to those playing for England today. More than 30 current and former captains were at the dinner and it was an evening for sharing memories, swapping stories and taking pride in wearing the Three Lions.

“It was an incredible night and I was amazed by how many legends of the game were at the dinner”, said Mr Adams. “It was lovely to catch up with so many people I had got to know when I was playing professionally but hadn’t seen for a number of years.”

The evening gave all the players a chance to discuss and share stories about their experiences of playing for England. “My table was very special with Nasser Hussain on it who gave me my Test debut,” said Mr Adams. “Jason Roy was also on my table and I had the privilege of giving Jason his first professional contract at Surrey. And it was Jason’s job, as the current England player on our table to present us with the caps we were given to celebrate the evening. It was an incredibly special occasion and I will remember it for ever”.

 

Seaford College set for cricket season

Seaford College during cricket seasonThe sun is shining, the smell of freshly cut grass is in the air and the County Championship cricket season has started today, which means the Seaford cricket season is just around the corner.

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Seaford’s paddler’s making waves

Over the spring term, Seaford’s young kayaker’s have taken part in a number of races as they look to improve their skills.

Kayaking Spring Term

Starting in March, Seaford entered two K2’s in a 17.5 mile race from Newbury to Aldmarston Wharf, with a return leg. Ethan and Evie finished in 3 hours and 21 minutes, followed by Izzy and Henry 27 minutes later. It was a tough course, trying to avoid oncoming, faster boats on the return leg, and strong, blustery head winds really hampered progress.

Charles Lunt, kayaking trainer, was very pleased with the paddler’s. “It is great to see the progress that everyone has made and the determination of every paddler. It is also interesting to see Seaford College’s name alongside some of the DW ‘old boys’ such as Churchers, Cranleigh, LWC and Marlborough but also interesting to see Seaford featured in the same breath as the likes of Eton, Radley, Tonbridge and Heathfield, and beating some of them!”

Kayaking Spring Term

The following week, the teams raced 19 miles from Reading to Marlow, their first race on the Thames. This one was a mass start, with 50 boats starting together, and over 200 boats competing in total. Seaford entered 3 boats, although for the third boat, Seaford joined forces with Heathfield School because each team had lost a member due to injury.  All 3 boats finished within 12 minutes of each other – Ethan and Evie completed the course in 3 hours 11 minutes, followed by Henry and Cally in 3 hours 13 minutes and Izzy and Franny (Heathfield) in 3 hours 23 minutes.

Kayaking on the River Thames

“All of this was achieved despite dropping a paddle into a weir, a first outing with a new team mate, split starts, heavy rain at the beginning and paddling past weir flows for the first time so a fantastic achievement by all the paddlers,” said Charles.

Last weekend, they then had a gruelling 23 mile, 35 portages paddle from Pewsey to Newbury. On this paddle they took in, for the first time, the infamous Bruce Tunnel – a 5m wide, 1/2km long unlit tunnel under the Savernake Forest – and the energy sapping 10 locks to be portaged over 5 miles between Wootton Rivers and Crofton.

Kayaking Spring Term

 

“All the boats did really well finishing in very respectable times and towards the mid-table in their classes with both mixed K2s finishing just over a minute apart despite Cally having to paddle with a broken paddle for 2 miles before it could be changed!” said Charles. “The very new partnership (only their second outing) paddled well together, managing to beat the other Heathfield crews who have been together since September! All paddlers finished very tired but in excellent spirits,” said Charles Lunt. “They are certainly embracing the school motto, Ad Alta!”

The teams are going to be entered as the inaugural Seaford College crews for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster canoe race over the Easter weekend, and we’ll have more kayaking updates over the coming weeks.

 

 

FastNet tournament a huge success

Fast net Blog 3Seaford College played host to their annual end-of-season FastNet netball tournament last week and once again the competition was a huge success.

FastNet is a faster-paced form of the sport that was launched in 2008 and features music, shorter games, rolling substitutions and powerplays where double points can be scored.

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Memorable Ski Trip to the French Alps

Ski Trip Blog 1With Easter on the horizon many people will be packing their salopettes, ski’s and goggles and heading to the slopes.

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Seaford Polo team triumphant again

The winning Seaford Polo teamThe Seaford Polo team have claimed their second win in two weeks.

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

Rugby 7s expert Dai Rees trains Seaford Under 18s

Dai Rees watching Seaford rugby 7s trainingAhead 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 celebrate victory in first ever polo tournament

Seaford players during one of their matchesSeaford 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.

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Students take on the bike trails of Surrey Hills

Seaford pupils on Surrey Hills mountain biking tripOn Saturday the 11th of February, pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 took part in one of the regular Outdoor Education Department Mountain Bike trips to the Surrey Hills.

The riders braved the freezing cold and snow to tackle descents of “Supernova”, “Rad Lane”, “Curly Wurly” and “Barry Knows Best” trails as well as the punishing climbs in between.

This was a difficult days riding in poor conditions with deep puddles and thick mud that tested all the riders skills as well as motivation. Needless to say, no one was deterred and all those that took part tackled the trails with great enthusiasm despite wet feet and numb fingers with all agreeing that despite the driving snow and low temperature, all had come away better riders.

Even the Surrey Hills regulars commented on how the thick mud on familiar trails helped to focus technique.

The Outdoor Education department runs Mountain Biking sessions for all abilities on the Schools own purpose built skills trails on Tuesday afternoons for years 11/12 and Thursday afternoons for years 9/10 as well as regular weekend trips to local mountain Biking hotspots such as the Surrey Hills and Swinley Forest.

All students regularly taking part in Mountain Biking are required to bring their own bikes however the Outdoor Education department owns 2 “Fat” Mountain Bikes available for activity taster sessions.

Seaford pupil Will Greaves, in year 9, has been filming clips at Seaford’s Mountain Biking club, on the schools very own mountain bike trails, built by Seaford students. He put together a nice little montage of what they’ve been up to lately.

 

Under 15s Rugby XV into Plate Semi Final of the Natwest Schools Cup

Try for Seaford U15 Rugby XV in Quarter FinalLast 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.

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Getting to know Seaford’s most successful long distance runner

Olivia McDonald, Seaford's most successful long distance runnerOlivia 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

Seaford 7s and Netball Tournament are huge success

Web Photo 3Seaford College hosted their inaugural Rugby 7s festival alongside their first ever Sunday netball competition at the weekend and both tournaments were a huge success.

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Seaford host first Rugby 7’s and Netball Tournament

Rugby for Article 2 SmallSeaford College host a Rugby and Netball Tournament this Sunday (29th January) and both competitions are generating a large amount of interest across the country.

The Under 18’s Rugby Sevens Festival is the first 7’s Tournament that Seaford has hosted and sixteen schools are taking part.

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Seaford’s most successful long distance runner

photowebOlivia 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.”

Seaford welcomes Sir Gareth Edwards CBE to Annual Sports Dinner

annual-sport-dinner-2016Seaford College is looking forward to welcoming Sir Gareth Edwards to Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner on Friday 30th September.

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 celebrates 11A*s at GCSE

Joseph  Amin at Meon Springs Fly Fishery IMG_1529Josef 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 athletes perform magnificently during the summer term

Seaford College at Sussex Schools and Field Championship 2016 K2 Crawley - (l-r) Caelan Stanton, Tom Page, Ashley Goodwin Seaford College athletics relay team record 2016 (l-r) Rupert Blackwell, Ash Goodwin, Charlie Newman, Isaac KilroySeaford 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 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.”

Seaford College Head of Girls’ Games Emma Teague represents England at Hockey Masters tournament

Seaford College Head of Girls’ Games Emma Teague - England Hockey MastersSeaford 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.

Seaford College U14s cricket team lose Sussex County Cup Final to Bede’s

Lord's Taverners U14s cricket - Seaford College v Bede's 7Lord's Taverners U14s cricket - Seaford College v Bede's 2Lord's Taverners U14s cricket - Seaford College v Bede's 4Seaford College U14s cricket team took on Bede’s last Thursday in the Sussex County Cup Final at St James’s Montefiore Cricket Club in Ditchling, East Sussex.

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.

 

Seaford College Prep School Equestrian Grassroots team enjoys great day in Felbridge

Seaford College Prep School Equestrian Grassroots team in FelbridgeThe 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.

Seaford College team completes Round The Island cycle route

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - back at the ferry terminalA 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.

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - bridleway into Freshwater Bay“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.

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - Ryan Gregory riding up Blackgang Chine“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!”

Seaford College Round the Island bike ride (June 2016) - views on road from Freshwater Bay

Seaford College Year 9 athletics team wins at Charterhouse to remain unbeaten for the season

Seaford College athletics relay team record 2016 (l-r) Rupert Blackwell, Ash Goodwin, Charlie Newman, Isaac KilroySeaford College’s Year 9 athletics team won its meeting at Charterhouse last week and so remains unbeaten for the season.

“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.