Seaford’s Prep School students and parents took time over the half term holiday to create beautiful poppies for the Remembrance Day Service. The poppies are displayed in the grounds at Lavington Park and look absolutely stunning.
An amazing and poignant story from one of our Old Seafordians, Piers Plowman.
“On September 24th 1944, Captain Tony A Plowman (Second in Command of the Glider Squadrom, F Company) was killed in action, aged 24, during Operation Market Garden trying to support the Allied Forces that were attempting to seize and defend Arnhem Bridge. Continue reading
Residents at a group of care homes in West Sussex were invited to a “Love Lunch” afternoon, organised by our students as part of their community programme.
Residents from Elizabeth House, Croft Meadow, Forest View, Rotherlea and Elmcroft care homes were greeted by our smiling students, who helped them to their seats to enjoy a two-course lunch, which also included plenty of chatter and laughter.
Those attending the lunch were very complimentary about the beautiful surroundings in which our college is set and the magnificent architecture at Mansion House, where the lunch was hosted.
Seaford Students are regular visitors to Shaw healthcare homes in West Sussex and participate in various activities with the residents.
Every year, Head of Boarding Matthew Pitteway organises a Santa Dash towards the end of the Winter Term, to raise money for Walled Garden West’s charity of the term. This term, it is YoungMinds, and they’ve currently raised £500.
Matthew reports on today’s festive run!
“Nineteen of us set off today on Seaford’s annual Santa Dash from Seaford to East Dean. Although the forecast was for ‘heavy rain’ it was actually dry the whole way round. The ground was very wet though and that was the big challenge this year – dealing with slipping over the whole time.
Spirits were really high all the way round and we had regular breaks for photos which gave some of the slower members of the group a chance to catch up. We eventually made it to the Star & Garter just after 3pm and all enjoyed some refreshment before heading back to Seaford.”
Great work everyone!
Seaford College welcomed Old Seafordians back to the College for it’s annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 12th November. This is always a very special event in the Seaford College calendar, with over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members attending a lovely service, which this year was led by The Reverend Canon David Nason. It’s always an important day in the calendar where we not only honor the fallen, but also provide opportunities for Old Seafordians to return to the College and catch-up with each other. Continue reading
Melanie in the Prep School reported back to us on how the cake sale came about!
“Freddie saw the Children in Need fundraising pack on my desk, and asked if we were doing anything. He first came up with the idea of Mr Brown dressing up as Pudsy and hiding in the woods for the children to chase. He asked if I would ask Mr Brown. I did and, funnily enough, Mr Brown said no!
So, after talking again with Freddie, he came up with the idea of holding a spotty cake sale. He and Joshua approached Mr Brown together, and suggested either he dress up as Pudsy, or we do a spotty cake sale – and that’s how the cake sale came about!
Freddie and Joshua organised posters to be made in their Thursday lunch time Social Club, gathered together a team of helpers for the sale, asked me to promote it in the newsletter, held a quiz before the cake sale to raise extra money… and made an impressive £250.”
Headmaster John Green presented the two boys with a certificate for their fundraising efforts this week.
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
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
Once a year, a group of Seaford staff and students undertake the ride from Seaford College, Petworth, to the site of the original school – Corsica Hall in Seaford. Continue reading
As part of the school’s Community Programme, Seaford College hosted their second annual ‘Love Lunch’ for residents of local care homes on Sunday 12th February. Minibuses brought 53 residents, carers and drivers from 6 local Shaw care homes from Gosport to Crawley to Bognor.
In the warmth of the dining room they were welcomed by the girls from Mansion and Heden Court houses, offering them a ‘nice cup of tea’ (or coffee) to revive the spirits. Once all the residents had arrived, they tucked into a traditional roast gammon dinner followed by syrup sponge and custard.
Betsy Vernon, from Seaford, was “so impressed with how caring and attentive the girls were, seeing them to their places, settling them in, talking to them throughout, taking them to the cloakroom and serving their welcomed Gammon Roast Sunday lunch, with scrumptious dessert. A number of residents had seconds!”
“Seaford student Yolanda Gumpo played the keyboard beautifully and sang a number of songs, and even encouraged one of the residents to get up and sing a song he had composed himself. Another student, Lee Li, was our fantastic photographer for the day. He went round, introduced himself to the residents, and he took a number of shots to capture the atmosphere and sense of the afternoon.”
The ‘Love Lunch’ replaced the Christmas Dinner that Seaford College used to organise for the Shaw care homes, because it was felt that so much is happening at Christmas yet there is nothing during the long, dark days of January and February. The event is seen to be a bit of light in the wintry gloom – so much so that residents had been looking forward to it all month.
Shaw care homes and Seaford College have now been working on inter-generational projects for four years. Every week several students go to visit residents in their Petworth and Pulborough homes and during Seaford’s annual community ‘Big Day Out’ students take out groups of residents to restaurants in the area for a spot of lunch … or cake …or both!
Angie Douglass, Hillside Lodge Manager commented: “Everyone’s had a great day and once again Seaford College have done us proud.”
Because 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.
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On 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 helping 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
Not 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
Last week, Seaford College Prep School welcomed about 90 of our children’s grandparents to Grandparents’ Day and an afternoon tour of the College followed by tea, scones and cakes. This has become a real highlight in our calendar and is an event greatly enjoyed by grandparents, pupils and staff alike. Families and extended families play a big part in College life and this is our chance to invite them to see what we do, the facilities we offer and the sort of events and activities that we put on. Many grandparents saw their grandchildren’s classrooms and met their class teachers as well walking around the wider school.
They were particularly impressed by the wonderful work on display in our Art and Design and Technology building. They also had the opportunity to see other aspects of what we do, including music, as well as just enjoying our fabulous outside space – and all bathed in the summer sunshine.
The afternoon was beautifully rounded off by our catering staff, who provided drinks, homemade chocolate éclairs, lemon drizzle cake and scones with cream and jam.
Sebastian Rees, Head of Seaford College Prep School, said: “Our children were very proud to show grandparents their school, and our grandparents were equally proud of what the children have achieved here. We look forward to welcoming them to future events.”
Four 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 £1600 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.
Matthew 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.”
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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.
The Friends of Seaford College Prep School look forward to welcoming you on the 16th May.
The Choir Tour to Paris will depart on the 5th July for four days, and Seaford’s choristers have been busy fundraising by performing a variety of spellbinding concerts.
Headmaster John Green has stepped in to offer his assistance for the Choir’s fundraising efforts. He has pledged to sing live at Seafordstock on the 1st July if the target of £500 can be raised by the 18th June.
Last year’s Seafordstock, expertly composed by Head of Voice and Choirs Sara Reynolds, was the biggest event in the festival’s history. Held outdoors on the beautiful lawns behind Mansion; songs ranged from Adele’s Make You Feel My Love to Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag. This year’s event promises to be even better than ever, especially if enough money can be raised to get Mr Green to sing live.
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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
Join the Seaford College Choir for a very special French themed concert at 7.30pm on Friday 8th May and help raise money for the choir tour to Paris.The concert will showcase a variety of French songs and will take place at Mansion. Tickets cost £10 and include a cheese and wine supper to be served throughout the performance. All proceeds will go towards the upcoming choir tour to Paris in July.
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Many 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 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.
Harriet often accompanies the Rev Barter on his community visits, and last week they were on a pastoral visit when they unexpectedly met Mark Owen. Mark Owen, one third of band Take That and a successful solo artist, now lives locally and chatted to Harriet. Harriet was hugely excited to meet him, and he was extremely kind towards her.
Harriet, as the daughter of a parish priest, is used to accompanying her father on visits within the community. She often visits the elderly on a Sunday afternoon, and she has spent time in homeless shelters, as well as going on many hospital visits. When the Barter family was based in Brighton, Harriet often used to sit next to a homeless member of the community at the tea table. The Rev Barter said: ‘One thing Harriet enjoys about these experiences is the different narratives individuals hold. She listens to their stories and learns a lot about the people in which as a priest I serve.’
‘As a parish Anglican priest as well as the chaplain at Seaford, a major part of my role is being a Christian presence within the community. Pastorally this is important and sometimes individuals approach you for guidance and support, even if they are of a differing faith or none. You have the privilege of meeting some very interesting people.’
The Rev Barter and his daughter met another interesting person in the shape of Mark Owen, who posed for a photo with Harriet, and certainly made her day.
Seaford 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.’
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Diana Strange, Director of Care and Welfare and Poppy’s owner, said: ‘Pupils find Poppy very soothing. She’s very therapeutic, pupils will often come and find her when they’re stressed, and she really helps to calm them down, as one pupil said, ‘you don’t have to answer to a dog.’
Year 9 student Hugo, who suffers from homesickness, goes on a weekly walk with Poppy. Hugo said: ‘At home, we have a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Elsa, who we walk every day. She always cheers me up. After my first two weeks boarding, I became homesick. I missed my family. I missed Elsa. Then I met Mrs Strange, who introduced me to Poppy.’
Hugo continued: ‘I am always very excited to walk with Poppy and Mrs Strange. Poppy really helps me to relax, and Mrs Strange and I can talk about anything. Poppy helped me bridge the gap between home and school. I really enjoy boarding now, after one and a half terms the other boarders are like my brothers.’
James Passam, Deputy Head, said: ‘The Pastoral Team offer something truly unique at Seaford. I believe that every houseparent should have a dog.’
The CCF also has its own dog, Hastings, a black Labrador. CCF members visit Hastings during exams, and stroke him to help them calm their nerves. Jackie Kyte, Hastings’ owner, said: ‘It’s just kids and dogs; it’s really good for them.’