Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

Climbing at SeafordWe’re excited to announce that Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS). Congratulations to Peter Bolton and his team for their commitment and hard work to support the scheme.

NICAS provides the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their climbing skills in order that they may gain the most out of their sport; as well as having their achievements recognised.

Peter said: “By delivering NICAS at Seaford, we aim to promote good practice, deeper knowledge of the sport and provide a structure for climbing development. Running the Scheme builds on the successes Seaford has had and will continue to inspire people to achieve their best”.

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All Seaford’s paddlers qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend!

DW picWaterside D, the final gruelling and demanding preparatory race was held last week over 34 miles and 35 portages – day 1 of DW (Devizes to Westminster). This race held particular significance as to guarantee a place on the DW start line, this race needed to be both completed and also in under 9 hours.

After a successful 12-mile training session last weekend and a swap around of Will & Barney, the now familiar and strong partnerships departed Devizes in 2 groups around 20 minutes apart at just after 7am. In front of them lay 16 tough miles upstream without any portages, the dark Bruce Tunnel under the Savernake Forest, a grumpy swan just before Pewsey and 35 portages – 5 of which fall within the same mile – and the inevitable increase in ‘amateur’ narrowboat traffic, not to mention the energy sapping remaining 18 miles.

All boats set a demanding pace in the early stages with little to separate them time-wise for the initial 10 miles; the brutality & severity of portages after Pewsey around Wootton Rivers and Crofton Pumping Station, where the Kennet & Avon changes to flow with the race started to take its toll and the boats started to move apart. The race between the 3 boats in the latter group kept on at a ferocious pace until just before Hungerford, Beth & Coni suffered a rudder failure being that they had to stop for repairs but, once back on the water, they continued their pace. Shortly after Hungerford, having caught Zoë & Fliss & trying to stay with them, Ben pulled a muscle in his back forcing him to retire, meaning that after a long stop, Barney had to carry on in a K1 until eventually retiring just before Kintbury.

Ahead of them, Henry & Archie continued pounding away at the mileage, opening up a gap on the other 2 boats leaving Will & Ollie and Mark & Kaj to battle it out between them with Mark & Kaj eventually pushing ahead of Will & Ollie, for whom this was a huge step up from their previous maximum of 18 miles, having both been ill previously.

An astonishing race by all paddlers who all qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend. Particular mention must go to both the Junior Ladies K2 pairings who came in 5th & 7th in around 7 hours but honours must go to Zoë & Fliss who came an astonishing 2nd in the Waterside Series against opposition that has been together for considerably longer and beating the third place opponents by over 1.5 hours!! A huge congratulations!

As previously stated, this is an incredible squad that is able to combine competitiveness seamlessly with team spirit and all in aid of raising funds to help their extraordinarily brave & positive friend, Ellie Holt who is still incarnated in RSCH, waiting for a spare in the Intestinal Failure Unit in Southampton prior to going to the US for life changing treatment https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/get-ellie-eating

As always, a huge thank you to all the parents & support teams and to Charlie Lunt and the coaching team.

 

Waterside C

Waterside C As the Seaford Team continue their training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon, they took on their biggest challenge yet, Waterside C, at the weekend. This race is 23 miles long with 35 portages and the infamous 1/3 mile tunnel from Pewsey to Newbury.

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The Seaford Team are paddling in aid of Ellie Holt’s £75,000 fundraising target for life-changing medical intervention in the USA. Ellie has recently spent a number of weeks in hospital and is about to be transferred to Southampton Hospital Intestinal Failure Unit where she is likely to be for some-time. Read Ellie’s full story here and to sponsor the paddlers and help Ellie raise the funds she desperately needs please visit their fundraising page here.  Continue reading

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Training Weekend

Training weekendOver the weekend, Year 9 students found themselves without phones and with no access to social media. To many this would have been torture. Not to these students however. They were doing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and so had a bigger task at hand – ensuring their tents were not going to blow away!

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s website highlights how the scheme helps young people push personal boundaries, learn new skills and go the extra mile. Our Year 9 certainly did that, either if it was by learning how to cook for the first time or by walking with a heavy rucksack in poor weather conditions. They all kept up high morale and certainly persevered to ensure they achieved both personal objectives and the aims and ethos of the Bronze practice weekend.

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Phenomenal Performances at the Waterside B

Waterside BThe Waterside B is a 17.5 mile race from Newbury to Aldermaston with 19 portages. Seaford College students took part as part of their epic journey training to compete in the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. The coaching team reports on the race:

In what were truly testing conditions, the amazing kayaking team set out for the Waterside B. Seaford’s paddlers are supporting Ellie Holt’s crowd funding in order to help her raise £75,000 for life changing treatment – more information can be found here and donations can be made on their fundraising page. Continue reading

Thameside 1 Kayak Race

Thameside 1The Thameside 1 is the kayak race held each year between Aldermaston and Reading. Seaford College students took part as part of their epic journey training to complete in the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. Coach Charles Lunt reports on Sunday’s race.

A most energetic weekend!

To start with, a huge thank you to my fellow coaches – Bill, Dominic & Henry – for running today’s race programme due to the necessity for me to be 60 miles to the east! Continue reading

Outstanding Effort at the Waterside A

Waterside AThe intense training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon is well underway for the Seaford Team. We hear from Charles Lunt on how they are getting on.

After an excellent training session which we used for some distance training, the DW kayaking squad headed for their first race over part of the DW course. Waterside A starts in Great Bedwyn and finishes 13.5 miles and 21 portages later in Newbury; it is a tough race due to the number of energy sapping portages in quick succession. Continue reading

Training is underway for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon

Training for the Devizes to WestminsterLast Sunday the Year 12 Devizes to Westminster Kayak team had their first race – a 6-mile Hare & Hound race. With blustery winds and choppy waters, paddle control proved difficult.

The Seaford College students have decided to take on this huge and extreme challenge (125 miles from Devizes to Westminster over the 4-day Easter weekend) to raise £75K for their friend, Ellie Holt (year 13) to have life changing treatment.

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Seaford Sevens

Seaford 7sWe hosted our annual Rugby 7s festival at the weekend and the event was a huge success, with sixteen teams from schools across the country coming to play.

Ahead of the event, Head of Rugby at Seaford College, Dan Falvey, spoke about the really high quality of teams that were coming. A number were returning teams, including Hurst who were coming to defend their title, but there were also some teams who were attending for the first time. Continue reading

Seaford’s Netball Coach selected to play for England

Natalie Miller, photographed at our Annual Sports Dinner with Pam Cookey and fellow Seaford netball coaches, Blaire Farrant and Bronwen JamesNatalie Miller, Seaford’s Netball Coach, has been selected for the England Indoor Nets Ladies squad for the Indoor World Championships in South Africa later this year.

Natalie, who was also part of the squad in 2016 when they won Gold in the World Championships in New Zealand, told us that she’s: “Over the moon! The secret is finally out. I can’t wait to represent my country again and go to South Africa to retain our title in August”.

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Ad Alta in action

Bonita Norris amazes our students with her adventure storiesDuring Personal Development time yesterday, our students learnt the true meaning of Ad Alta! They were in awe of Bonita Norris, who came to talk to them about her adventures. Bonita climbed Mount Everest aged only 22 (the youngest British woman at the time) having only discovered a passion for climbing a couple of years before.

She touched upon many powerful messages – taking the first step, the power of the mind to overcome fear, defeating negative spirals of thinking and the joy of sharing tough challenges with other people.

It was a hugely inspirational talk from a fantastic female role model. Thank you Bonita.

Alfie Hyde named Most Improved Young Player

Alfie Hyde names Most Improved Young PlayerEarlier this year we were proud to announce that Alfie Hyde won the Farewell Cup at Cowdray. He was also awarded the Trophy for Most Improved Young Player by the chairman. A fantastic achievement.

Alfie has been playing in competitive tournaments for the last five years. He describes polo as a demanding sport. “I like the intensity” he says.

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Seaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz

One of Seaford's teams at the Literary QuizSeaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. Quizmaster Wayne Mills compiles all the questions himself and travels the country and the globe quizzing children about books.

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Seaford College teams from Years 7 and 8 competed against 9 other schools from the surrounding area. There were 17 teams in total and competition was fierce. Our Year 7s missed out on 3rd place by only 2 points! Still, both Seaford teams won a set of books and had great fun participating. Well done to all the students who took part, and great thanks to our Year 12 Literature students who helped out on the day. Continue reading

Seaford triumph at the West Sussex County qualifiers

Seaford's team celebrate at the West Sussex County qualifiersSeaford Equestrian had a fantastic day at the West Sussex County qualifier at Coombelands, Pulborough at the weekend. They were the Champions at 80cm & 90cm levels and will represent West Sussex at the National County Championships.

Our 70cm team of Emily Cook, Bella Crowley, Lara Drysdale and Deya Thomson came 2nd, just being pipped on time in the jump off by Farlington. Bella came 4th individually riding a very speedy round on her pony Silver.

In the 80cm class our team of Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley, Sophie Gosling and Emily Cook WON, beating Hurst A & B teams, Farlington, Millais, Windlesham and Dorset House, and were crowned West Sussex County Champions!! Our second team of Emmy Burkinshaw, Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith and Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards also did well to come 7th.

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Round the Island Race

The Needles on the Round the Island RaceSeaford College were very privileged to have a yacht donated by the Royal Navy CCF, in order to enter in the 2018 Round the Island Race. This race is a lap around the Isle of Wight – approximately 60 nautical miles against a staggering 1,400 competitors.

Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College tells us about the event.

We had been given a Sigma 38 called Amaryllis. We took the opportunity to train in it before the event over four sessions. The pupils all had to complete their competent crew course with the Navy. This is a five-day course, where they learn the ropes of yacht sailing and they completed this successfully during the Easter and May half-term holidays.

Due to such outstanding training by the Navy, our Seaford training sessions were able to focus purely on how to race. This is an incredible feat as two pupils, Dylan Kirkpatrick and Alfie Dudley Warde had previously not sailed before. It was a steep learning-curve that they both embraced with vigour and energy! Continue reading

Seaford head to the home of British Sailing

In front of 2012 Olympic Rings webSeaford College Sailing Club have travelled to Weymouth, the home of British Sailing, to take part in the RYA British Youth Regional Championships (BYRC), an event held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

This is a revered location, being not just the training waters for the British Sailing Team, but also the venue of the 2012 London Olympic Games where Sir Ben Ainsley became the most decorated Olympic sailor, claiming five medals across five Olympic Games. Great Britain is the top Olympic sailing nation, with the most medals and has already qualified for the 2020 games in all classes. Currently the only nation to do so.

We caught up with Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College, to find out a little more.

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Harlequins come to Seaford

Seaford welcomes Harlequins Rugby CoachesWe were fortunate to welcome Jim Evans and Gary Street from Harlequins Rugby Union.

Jim Evans is a former Harlequins Rugby Union Player and Harlequins Academy Head Coach. Gary Street is a former England Women’s Rugby Union Coach and Academy Coach Development Officer for Harlequins.

They were with us to work with our U12 & U13 players. It was a fantastic training session and our Prep School students really enjoyed the training.

Jim Evans puts our boys through their pacesLiam Doubler, Director of Sport, said of the session “It’s just fantastic for our boys to experience coaching at that level. Lots of learning took place.”

The boys got a lot out of the training. “I thought it was really good. Different coaches so a different point of view on the game” said Hamish Williams from Year 8.

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Welcoming new and old students to the Prep School

Teddy bear's picnicAs we welcomed all students back to Seaford Prep at the start of the year they had a fun filled activity week. The exciting induction activities and trips encouraged new friendships and supported the transition to a new school or year group. The activities were designed to help the children get to know one another and to help them adjust to their new classrooms and teachers. The Prep School had a Teddy bears' picnic as part of their induction programme

The week started with a Woodland Walk complete with a teddy bears’ picnic. The children brought in their favourite teddy or cuddly toy and explored the woods.

The next day those from Years 2 – 5 took part in a circus workshop. They loved every minute and learnt all sorts of new skills. It was fabulous seeing the children working together as they mastered plate spinning, juggling, hula hooping and even stilt walking.

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Big Day Out

572 students, 34 activities, 32 venues across 3 counties. One Big Day Out.

This year saw Seaford’s fifth annual community action day and it was the biggest ever with unparalleled numbers of our students and staff going into the local community to help a variety of environmental and social causes.

Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Our students are extremely fortunate to study and live in such a beautiful part of the country – it is only right that they put something back.”

Big Day Out - Hayling IslandAt Hayling Island Donkey Sanctuary Seaford students and staff were raking and smoothing out a path especially for winter to make it easier to walk down the farm, it’ll also enable visitors to walk further into the farm. Seaford students used re-used concrete from old building works. A proud student said “I love helping animals and it’s great to help out the community”.

Big Day Out - Staunton Country ParkYear 9 did a fabulous job at Staunton Country Park. They worked hard all day and really made a huge difference to the landscape. Betsy Vernon said: “The day was so productive with all the pupils clearing, cutting down and picking up unwanted brambles that encroach on the woodland floor. The afternoon was spent picking up litter. I am so proud of what you did and thank you to the conservation rangers at Staunton Park. The Big Day Out made a big difference for the community.”

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Young Enterprise Goes Vinyl

Team RetrospectYoung Enterprise is a National Schools Competition that is open to students from Year 10 and up through sixth form. Running from the start of the Autumn term through to the end of the Spring term, a group of students come together to set up and run their own business. They make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs and other events.

All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are provided to help manage the company. Teams track their progress using self-assessment tools and even compete against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.

Fiona Askew, Senior Management Secretary at Seaford College explains what it gives the students. “Throughout the process they learn all the different aspects of a business. They have to choose what roles they want and take their product through various stages from manufacturing to selling it, hopefully making a profit”. Continue reading

Harry Potter Week

children from the Prep School learn to fly on their broomsticks for Harry Potter WeekThe Prep School was a little less Seaford and a little more Hogwarts for a week as the students took part in a wide variety of Harry Potter themed activities. The children (and the teachers!) had a fabulous time.

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Space Challengers

Seaford's Space Challengers Six of our Year 10 pupils took part in a Languages and Science Day at King Edward’s school in Witley. The team of three girls and three boys had to use their science, design and language skills to come up with an idea for a space hotel under the watchful eye of members of the RAF and leaders from international businesses.

Once they had budgeted and designed their idea, they then had to market and present it in their target language of Spanish. The students also enjoyed a taster course in Russian before the winners were announced. We’re delighted that, despite stiff opposition from ten other local schools, Seaford came away with the first prize overall, winning a tour of the RAF’s satellite control base in Guildford to see first-hand how cutting edge technology is making a difference in the world.

Seaford College’s Charity Bike Ride to Commemorate the Great War Centenary

file-3 webIn support of Help for Heroes, and in order to commemorate the Great War centenary, a group of ten Seaford College staff, parents and former pupils made the journey to Old Seafordian grave sites. A total of 270 kilometres were covered by bike and minibus over the weekend, spread across Nothern France and Belgium.

A total of 11 cemeteries were visited over the Saturday and Sunday, and a small cross bearing the school crest left behind at each in a small ceremony, with a reading of the school prayer.file3 web

From the 35,000 soldiers commemorated at Tyne Cot to the few hundred at Tranchett de Mecknes, the graveyards and memorials were beautifully maintained and deeply moving. The visit to the Menin Gate coincided with the Belgian ‘European Day’ and the special ‘Last Post’ service reflected the depth of feeling of those involved.

The cycle ride replaced the annual ‘Seaford to Seaford’ bike ride as a way of marking the lives and sacrifices made, with the visit to J G Savage – the founder of Seaford College’s son – perhaps being the most memorable. Although this was the biggest event of the term planned in support of Help for Heroes, a series of other fundraising events is planned for the summer term at the College.

Seaford’s Headmaster John Green, thanked Matthew Pitteway for organising the event saying: “well done to everyone involved and thank you for your tremendous efforts on what was undoubtedly and very special experience.”
Those wishing to support Seaford College’s efforts for Help for Heroes can donate at Matthew Pitteway’s JustGiving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-pitteway6

 

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BBC Radio Sussex interview Seaford master about his grandfather at The Somme

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Seaford College Head of Humanities, Nick Angier, appeared on Radio BBC Sussex Breakfast show on 1st July 2016.   Nick talked with the host presenter Neil Pringle about his grandfather who was a budding football player (interest from Arsenal football club amongst others) before WW1 and who joined The East Surrey Regiment who were posted to The Somme area.

They went over the top on the morning of 1st July 1916 at 07.30 am encouraged by their Captain Billy Neville who used football as a means of encouragement to go over the top and a way to deter his soldiers’ from considering their certain fate. Nick’s grandfather raised signal flags in full display of The German positions to warn the British artillery to stop bombing their own soldiers in ‘no mans land’, but he was hit with shrapnel which ironically saved his life.  As he laid injured, his entire platoon was killed. Nick also mentions his daughter who has her own big fight against Leukemia, we wish her well.

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We have made a recording of the coverage here https://youtu.be/5g0HKdwJFd4

 

 

Seaford College cadets go on Easter camp in Snowdonia

Seaford College CCF Snowdonia Snowdon 1Seaford College CCF Snowdonia outdoor mountain climbingSeaford College CCF Snowdonia camp canoeingSeaford College CCF Snowdonia camp group shotSeaford College CCF Snowdonia Snowdon 2Seaford College CCF Snowdonia indoor mountain climbingDuring the Easter break, Seaford College cadets went on an Easter expedition to Snowdonia, staying at Capel Curig camp not far from Mount Snowdon itself, where they were joined by many other CCF Sections from schools across the country for a varied week of outdoor pursuits.

Seaford’s CCF group were accommodated in tents for the first two nights but the weather was so wet and windy that they were forced to move to a nearby outward-bound centre, Plas y Brenin, for the next two nights. This allowed the whole contingent to enjoy every activity, including mountain biking, rock climbing (both outdoor and on an indoor wall in Caernarfon), canoeing and an ascent of Snowdon along the Watkin Path in harsh conditions.