In 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.
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.
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.
During 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.
Seaford College Choir and the 1st XV singing ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ to support England in the Rugby World Cup 2015. The video was put together with particular focus on England’s match versus Wales this Saturday as the Welsh do like a sing-song and we are all fond of competitive spirits!
The video features Headmaster, John Green who played rugby for England U16s, U19s and U23s and captained England students for three years. He played professionally for the Saracens from 1992 – 1997. John Green coaches the rugby teams at Seaford College and is often seen in his suit and wellies being tackled by one of the players!
Ed Bowden who coaches the 1st XV alongside Antony Cook also features in the recording. Ed played professionally in Italy before joining Seaford in 2012. Ed also coaches for Harlequins academy and currently plays National League Rugby at Chichester RFC.
Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice and Choirs at Seaford and Head of Voice and Choirs at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London conducted both teams.
Just 26 months after nearly missing out on completing the National Three Peaks Challenge, on July 8th at 5.38am a team from Seaford College achieved the incredible feat of climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in under 24 hours (23 hours and 37 minutes to be precise).
The Seaford team comprised of eleven, including one driver and ten walkers. Teacher and houseparent Matthew Pitteway organised the event, and he said: “we all had one thing in mind: not to miss out again. Conditions on the hills were pretty awful with rain and strong winds nearly all the way, which made the going tough. We had no views to speak of at all on any of the summits, but soldiered on nonetheless.”
The Seaford team set off up Ben Nevis (1,344 m) at 6.01am on Tuesday 7th July. Although they started strongly, they found it difficult to get the right balance of kit due to the weather conditions, and so they had to stop several times to readjust and change clothing. The team eventually summited in just over three and a half hours, which was about half an hour longer than they had planned. Pausing for a quick picture, the team then shot straight back down, taking only one and a half hours in the descent.
The Seaford team then had to travel to Wasdale Head, but the driving conditions were excellent and they covered the 270 miles quicker than they anticipated. They started to climb Scafell Pike (978m) at 5.30pm and covered the ascent Continue reading →
Our new venture, the Community Action programme at Seaford College, has been very successful. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons groups of students have helped out at Mount Noddy or Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospitals, the Lavington Stud, Petworth House, or at our own prep school. In all venues students have learnt to work productively with one another.
At Petworth House our students have been given an overgrown garden to restore. They are returning it to its former glory as a kitchen and cottage garden. The first three weeks were spent clearing away the weeds and brambles. Week five saw the students cutting the wood for the raised beds and in subsequent weeks they cut and staked out the membranes. One set of fruit bushes has been planted. The garden borders have been cut back and trees lopped. In January an apple tree will be planted against the back wall of the garden as an espalier.
This garden is in the grounds of the House and is not yet open to the public. Once the garden has been restored the next stage is to put in a picnic area, convert an old toilet into a potting-shed and turn an old wooden shed into a museum for gardening implements. Different cohorts of Seaford students will be contributing to this project.
Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital at Sidlesham accommodates any animal that has been abandoned, apart from cats or dogs. Students have learnt to care for hedgehogs, pigeons, seagulls, badgers and even a bat. At Mount Noddy dog and cat sanctuary they have cleaned cages, cut back undergrowth, walked dogs and played with them. These needy cases have to learn to trust and interact with humans again. The jobs the students have engaged in have often been unpleasant and they have come to understand that dog-cuddling is only the tip of a very large iceberg in terms of sanctuary management.
Apart from their regular commitments, one Friday in October Seaford students were invited to take part in the Environment Day held at Oakwood Prep School at Lavant. Here skills learnt at Petworth House were transferred as part of another kitchen garden was restored and an outdoor story-telling area was created in woodland.
Our next project is forming a working partnership with Shaw Care Homes. We hope to send students to the home on midweek afternoons. Any student volunteering for this activity will be given a course in basic care and then could be working with residents on exciting IT projects such as helping residents with dementia recall and record virtual biographies.
I would like to thank all students and staff who have contributed to Community Action last term. If any parent would like to help then please get in contact with me at the College – email@example.com.
Wet-dry-wet-dry – not the weather forecast, although it was a topic of conversation, but a four-word summary of the crazy activities the new Year Twelve students participated in when we bussed them to the oldest inhabited part of Wales – Denbighshire.
They dived, thrived, lived and survived their abseiling, climbing, gorge walking, high ropes manoeuvring, team puzzling and white water rafting in the River Dee.
On terra firma we had the most amazing participants in Limbo – Poppy Frazer (g)lowingly triumphing. Later, in ‘Seaford’s Got the Talent Factor’, we saw the dazzling George ‘When will I be Famous’ Lawson take the stand-up prize.
A lovely group with excellent potential and an exciting trip. A team was built.
Thanks to Mr Sayell for organising activities and the hotel (Mongolian Yurts!) and Mr Crook, Mr Bain, Mr Gregory, Mr Yates and Mrs Strange for their joyful company.
At the beginning of term, 92 students from Year 9 visited Fairthorne Manor YMCA centre near Southampton. The aim was to allow tutor groups to get to know their tutors and for the 40 new students to get to know others in the year group. Accompanying the trip were tutors Miss Sims, Miss Prince-Iles, Miss Teague, Mr Cook, Mr Griffin , Mr D’Agar, Miss Stroudley, Mrs Weekes, as well as Mr Hart (Head of Year 9) and Gap student Caleb.
The weather was warm although those trying kayaking and raft building soon cooled down! The low-ropes course was another great opportunity to work as a team and the ‘leap of faith’ was the highlight for many on the trip.
This year students tried their hand at archery for the first time as well as some camp fire cooking! All students were encouraged to ‘push themselves’ with some students conquering the climbing tower roped together and also blindfolded!”
A team from Seaford College came first in the standard class of the gruelling Charlton Chase night-navigation competition during the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of February. The private school has played host to the competition for more than a decade and teams from all over West Sussex travelled to the college for the start of the all-night exercise in the South Downs hills and the Charlton Forest. The winning team of Jack Ghinn, Piers Tickner, Ben Evans and Alex MacPherson completed the competition in just under eight hours. They were presented with their trophy at County Hall, Chichester.
In September the whole of year 9 (92 in total) travelled to Fairthorne Manor, a YMCA Activity Centre near Southampton for three days. The aim was to have fun but most importantly to help the 40 new students get to know each other and their form tutors.Activities included kayaking, raft building, climbing, zip wire, low ropes courses and team building games – in the evening we had a camp fire.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and as one student put it “I have never screamed so much before”! The experience that meant everyone started academic lessons on the Monday knowing a handful of people