During 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.
Seaford 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.
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 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.
Seaford 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 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.
As 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 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.
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.”
At 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”.
Year 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.”
Young 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 →
The 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.
In art, the children were asked to paint and decorate stones in the theme of Harry Potter. Their artistic talents were showcased as they painted Harrys, Hedwigs and snitches! Continue reading →
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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