New record amount raised at Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017 Montage 1 The total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support by the Prep School on Friday 29th September, is a massive £654.18, a new record for the Prep School.

Thank you very much for all your donations and cake eating! Here are a few pictures from the day!

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Year 9 Charity Day raises over £1400 for Teenage Cancer Trust

M+M Chopsticks ChallengeLast week, Year 9 held their Big Charity Day and attempted to break a number of world records to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The event took place inside the sports hall because of the weather, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the pupils, who engaged in the fun and challenging world record attempts. Continue reading

Seaford College’s Big Day Out 2017, lends helping hand in the community.

Seaford College Big Day Out - Two Seaford College pupils construct shelving at Brent Lodge Wildlife HospitalOn Thursday 6th July, an unprecedented number of Seaford College students and staff will surge out into the community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. Over 450 students and staff will take part in Seaford’s fifth annual Community Action Day, known as the Big Day Out, carrying out 38 activities, at over 34 different locations in West Sussex, East Sussex and Hampshire. The work the students will do ranges from helping at St Barnabas Hospice, to taking residents from Shaw Care Homes to lunch, to beach cleaning and conservation work. Continue reading

Year 9 to hold Charity Day for Teenage Cancer Trust

Seaford World RecordsThis year, Year 9 is trying to raise as much money as possible in aid of their chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust, by attempting to break as many world records as possible.

The event is taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday 28th June, from 4-5.30pm down at the Pavilion, and we’d love as many people there on the day supporting our young fundraisers.

Each year, roughly 2,555 teenagers are diagnosed with cancer, and that inspired the ambitious target of raising £2,555. Continue reading

An evening with Mike Teague

PosterBlogOn Friday 26th May, Seaford College is hosting a black tie Sports Dinner in aid of the Australia & New Zealand Netball and Rugby Tour. The College is pleased to be welcoming Mike Teague, widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of Gloucester, England and British Lions rugby, as the guest of honour. As well as a Q&A with Mike Teague, we’ll be holding auctions, raffles and fundraising games during the evening.

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming Mike Teague to Seaford College,” said Antony Cook, Director of Sport at Seaford. “It’s sure to be a fantastic evening, Continue reading

Seaford students sell roses for charity for Valentine’s Day

Seaford students about to head out delivering rosesBecause it’s Valentine’s Day, Seaford College students have sold 250 roses to fellow students and staff, raising over £500 for the Boarding House Walled Garden West’s charity of the term, Children with Cancer UK.

The flowers were hand-cut, wrapped and delivered around the campus by the students throughout the day, who also prepared Continue reading

Seaford College’s Big Day Out Lends Helping Hand in Community

Headmaster John Green tackles the Himalayan Balsam plant alongside Seaford pupilsOn July 2nd an unprecedented number of Seaford College students and staff surged out into the community to help a variety of environmental and social causes. Over 450 students and staff took part in Seaford’s third annual Community Action Day, known as the Big Day Out, over 33 different locations in West Sussex. John Green, Headmaster created the initiative at Seaford College. John said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Due to the success last year, Wednesday afternoons are now blocked out in the timetable for weekly community events. 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”.

Pupils took residents from care homes in Petworth, Pulborough, Steyning and Bognor Regis out for tea and cake, following on from the successful ‘Picnic in the Park’ event, where residents from the Shaw Care Home Group had a picnic in Seaford’s beautiful grounds. Many thanks to Macari’s café in Bognor Regis for providing free drinks.

Students and staff also assisted with a range of social projects, visiting the Aldingbourne Centre, a trust dedicated to Seaford pupils help with the weeding at the Aldingbourne Centrehelping those with learning disabilities to reach their potential and enjoy life, to help with a variety of different projects. Seaford students also visited local schools – Oakwood, Conifers and St Peter’s in Shoreham-by-Sea – to lead activities with pupils. Head of Girls’ Games Emma Teague visited St Peter’s with four students to help with a range of numeracy and literacy activities, and Headmistress of St Peter’s Mrs Crees said: “We are very grateful to Seaford College for including us in their community project. Their support was much appreciated and enjoyed by the children. We hope to be included again next year.”

Meanwhile, Year 10 students provided a free carwash in Continue reading

Seaford Completes Round the Island Challenge

The group who conquered the Round the Island ChallengeNot satisfied with running two marathons and several half-marathons, Seaford College teacher Matthew Pitteway, accompanied by thirteen others, set off on the 20th June to complete the 100km circuit of the Isle of Wight by bike.

The circuit of the Isle of Wight is part of the ongoing fundraising efforts for Whizz-Kidz, a charity that provides support to improve the lives of children both at home and at school. Matthew’s marathons were in aid of Whizz-Kidz, and his fundraising efforts have been supported by his boarding house, Walled Garden West, who sold roses on Valentine’s Day in aid of the charity.

Matthew Pitteway and fellow teacher Edward Bowden cycled to Portsmouth, leaving at 6am and arriving at 8.30am. They had Continue reading

Seaford in Directors’ Commando Challenge

Seaford representatives take part in the Directors' Commando ChallengeFour students and two teachers from Seaford College went to Lympstone, the training facility of the Royal Marines, on Friday to take part in one of the hardest endurance events there is. Students Henry Lunt, Harry Smith, Charlie Anderson and Hugo Wilson and teachers Matthew Pitteway and Dan Joseph took part in a 9 mile run, a lap of the endurance circuit, complete with lots of mud, tunnels, streams and very steep gradients, before finally finishing on the assault course.

The event was organised by The C Group, a charity that supports marines injured in action, who invited Seaford to take part in the challenge. Houseparent Matthew Pitteway and his boarding house Walled Garden West raised an impressive £160The Commando Challenge0 for the charity by organising a variety of fundraising events: from film nights to fancy dress walks, from fun runs to cycle rides. One event involved a cycle ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the original site of the school at Corsica Hall, Seaford. Staff, students and parents cycled the 50 miles, setting off at 8am and arriving at 6pm.

The C Group invited representatives from other companies that had donated money to the charity over the course of the
year as well.

The successful Seaford teamMatthew Pitteway, who came an amazing second place, said: “We received a thorough debrief when we arrived and were talked through the whole circuit by Royal Marines PTIs. The race was extremely tough, which was not helped by the fact that we missed a turn and ended up running an extra 2 miles! In the end we did really well, and the experience and sense of achievement made it all worthwhile.”

Support Seaford Whilst Shopping Online

Easy Fundraising for Seaford CollegeDid you know you could be donating to Seaford College when you’re doing your online shopping?

By signing up to easyfundraising, every time you shop online, you earn a donation for Seaford College completely free of charge.

There are over 2,700 retailers to choose from including John Lewis, Amazon, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer and Ebay. Simply sign up, shop away and help raise money for Seaford without spending anything extra. The retailers will donate a small percentage of the money spent as a thank you for shopping with them.

The money raised by easyfundraising will go to a variety of good causes including the chapel fund, the new sports Easy Fundraising at Seaford Collegepavilion, commemorative benches, sports and choir tours, as well as to the various charities Seaford College supports.

Easyfunding was launched ten years ago by Ian Woodroffe, a former telecoms account manager, who whilst recovering from cancer, wanted to use the boom in internet shopping to help charities. Since then, nearly ten million pounds have been raised for good causes across the country.

To sign up, CLICK HERE and follow the easy steps to get started.

Friends of Seaford College Prep School Summer Fair

Prep School Summer FairThe Friends of Seaford College Prep School warmly invite you to their Summer Fair on Saturday 16th May from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

It will be held at Springfield, next to the Prep School, and will feature a range of different and exciting competitions and stalls. There will be a fantastic raffle with amazing prizes, a dog show, a tug of war, and an inflatable assault course. There will be stalls featuring local food producers and craftsman, apple bobbing, an ice cream van, a plant stall, a cake stall and a Pimms and beer tent.

A percentage of the profits from the Summer Fair will be donated to the halow Prep School Summer Fairproject, a charity that supports young adults with a learning disability and enables them to live fulfilled lives.

The Friends of Seaford College Prep School look forward to welcoming you on the 16th May.

Seaford Raises £1800 for Petworth Cottage Hospital

John Green and Bill Cuthbertson Present Chris Hubbard with a cheque for Petworth Cottage HospitalOn Friday, Seaford College Headmaster John Green and Seaford teacher Bill Cuthbertson handed Chris Hubbard, Chairman of Trustees at Petworth Cottage Hospital, a cheque for £1800.

The money was raised at the two hugely successful Burns Nights in January, which were organised by Bill and Alana Cuthbertson. Former Scottish Rugby International and Seaford Rugby Coach Bill said: “We are very fortunate at Seaford to be able to support local charities. When I suggested to the staff that we should support Petworth Cottage Hospital, they were delighted. The Hospital does outstanding work and we are delighted to help them.”

Chris Hubbard, Chairman of Trustees at Petworth Cottage Hospital, expressed his gratitude to staff, pupils and parents at Seaford College: “Thank you immensely, this is wonderful. It really puts the cream on the cake for residents at the Petworth Cottage Hospital.”

Bill and Alana Cuthbertson have organised sixteen Burns Nights over fourteen years at Seaford College. This year’s event featured Callum Armstrong, a piper who appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Continue reading

Matthew Pitteway Completes Marathon Fundraising Efforts

Matthew Pitteway competing in the London MarathonMany congratulations to Seaford College teacher and houseparent Matthew Pitteway, who completed the London Marathon on Sunday, just two weeks after running the Brighton Marathon. This monumental effort was in aid of the charity Whizz-Kidz, which provides support to improve the lives of disabled children both at home and at school.

Dedicated Matthew has also completed two half marathons this year in Wokingham and Richmond, which he ran in just over one and a half hours, as well as competing in the Chichester Corporate Challenge. He said: “Throughout this experience I have been receiving sponsorship from colleagues, students and the parents of the boys in my boarding house, Walled Garden West. I am very close to achieving my target now of £1600 and hope that over the next few days the pledges I received will start coming in to take me over the total.”

“The London Marathon was an incredible experience; the crowds of runners were awe-inspiring. So many people dressed up and were carrying around huge cumbersome costumes in order to raise money for their respective charities. Similarly, the crowds of spectators lining the streets really kept us all going; it is amazing to hear people shouting out your name when you are feeling low and at the point of thinking about stopping running.”Matthew Pitteway with his medal

Matthew completed the London Marathon in an impressive 3 hours and 52 minutes. He is now looking forward to a couple of weeks off before he starts training for his next two challenges: cycling around the coast of the Isle of Wight in June, and the National Three Peaks walking challenge in July.

To sponsor Matthew and support Whizz-Kidz CLICK HERE.

Seaford Sports Kit Makes A Difference in Rwanda

Marc and Helen Haywood at the orphanage in Kigali, RwandaSeaford is helping to make a difference to a Rwandan orphanage via an unusual means: spare sports kit. Hundreds of redundant polo shirts have been flown out to Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, by Marc and Helen Haywood.

Marc and Helen, from Buxton, Derbyshire, found out about the spare kit through the Rwandan Orphanages Project, who put them in contact with Lesley Sparrow, who works in the Finance Department. Lesley said: ‘I’ve been trying to get the sports kit out to Rwanda for about a year now, so it’s fantastic to find someone who is going out there who can take some of the kit with them.’

Marc and Helen took the polo shirts to Kigali, to an orphanage that looks after 165 children and young people. Helen said: ‘People don’t realise how cold it is in Africa in the winter and so children need clothes desperately. All the houses have concrete floors and it’s freezing. We will personally deliver these clothes to the orphanage. It’s great doing it this way; you know that the aid is getting to where it is most needed, and it won’t get lost going from A to B.’

‘Marc and I got married seven years ago and we didn’t have wedding presents, we asked for donations instead. We donated to The Nest Orphanage in Nairobi, and now we’d like to help the orphanage in Kigali. You just have to get involved, and every little helps.’

Jenny Clover, who works at the orphanage in Kigali, said: ‘Marc and Helen did an Continue reading

Valentine’s Roses Raise Money for Whizz-Kidz

Ashen hard at work preparing the roses.Seaford College houseparent Matthew Pitteway is running the London Marathon this April, and as part of his fundraising efforts, he and his boarding house Walled Garden West sold Valentines roses across the College.

All proceeds from the sale of the flowers will go to Whizz-kidz, a disabled children’s charity that Matthew is raising money for by running the London Marathon. Whizz-kidz helps improve the lives of disabled children by providing customised mobility equipment and advice to children and families.

Taking advance orders from students, parents, and teachers, Walled Garden West took delivery of 160 roses. The flowers arrived uncut and a team of about 10 helped with the preparation of the flowers: cutting, trimming and arranging them. Hugo collecting the finished flowers.

On the day itself, the boys worked tirelessly delivering the flowers to their recipients all across Seaford, and they also sold all the remaining stock at break and lunchtime.

Overall, the event raised well in excess of £150 for Whizz-kidz. Matthew will be continuing his fundraising efforts not only by running in the London Marathon, but by participating in the Wokingham Half Marathon, the Richmond Half Marathon, and the Brighton Marathon. All money he raises will go to Whizz-kidz, and to sponsor Matthew please CLICK HERE.

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Seaford Raises £1600 for Injured Marines

Seaford Presents The C Group with a cheque for £1600Staff, students and parents from Seaford College raised an impressive £1600 for The C Group, a charity that supports Royal Marines injured in action.

Walled Garden West organised a variety of fundraising events: from film nights to fancy dress walks, from runs to cycle rides. One event involved a cycle ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the original site of the school at Corsica Hall, Seaford. Staff, students and parents cycled the 50 miles, setting off at 8am and arriving at 6pm.

Sharky White, Director of Operations for The C Group, and Tom Wilson, Chairman of The C Group, came to Seaford to receive the cheque from Headmaster John Green, and pupils from Walled Garden West. Tom Wilson said: ‘we were overjoyed and humbled by the kind generosity and efforts displayed by all those involved.’

‘To raise £1600 for Royal Marines in Need was a fantastic effort by all involved. The monies raised will contribute to our continuing support of Royal Marines and their families, who have served on behalf of all of us in the past, and no doubt will continue to do so in the future.’

As a mark of their gratitude, Sharky White and Tom Wilson presented Walled Garden West with a limited edition print of Royal Marines in action, which will be framed and hung up in the boarding house.

Matthew Pitteway, houseparent at Walled Garden West, is running the London Marathon in April for Whizzkidz, a disabled children’s charity. To sponsor him, CLICK HERE.

For Sale – Valentine’s Roses in aid of Whizzkidz

red-rose-picture-in-high-qualityweb1Matthew Pitteway is running the London Marathon this year for Whizzkidz (a disabled children’s charity). Matthew’s boarding house (Walled Garden West) is helping him with the fundraising and will sell roses on Friday 13th for Valentine ’s Day.

We are taking advanced bookings. If you would like to order one then please email Matthew – Pitteway@seaford.org

Roses are £3 each (or 2 for £5) and all come wrapped in heart printed cellophane.

Matthew is a keen fundraiser and recently cycled with students from Seaford College in Petworth over the South Downs to the old Seaford College site in Seaford, East Sussex, CLICK HERE to read more.