NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships

Jessie Schute at the NSEA Eventers' Challenge ChampionshipsThe Seaford Equestrian team had a busy and successful two days at Hickstead at the NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships. Several of our riders placed in the top ten in huge classes with over one hundred riders entered in each class. An amazing achievement.

Things don’t always go to plan when preparing for these big occasions and we lost a couple of strong team combinations due to pony illness and the sudden sale of one outgrown pony. However, Sophie Gosling stepped in at the final hour with great effort, energy and enthusiasm and rode brilliantly in all four classes over the weekend to ensure we had full team representation. She also came 4th individually in the National Novice Challenge class. Continue reading

Save the Date – Seafordstock 2019 music festival on 3 July

Seafordstock 2019Save the date! The Seafordstock 2019 music festival will be held on Wednesday 3 July from 7pm-10pm on the terraces behind Mansion.

Admission is free and attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic and refreshments. Gates will open at 6.30pm.

Seaford’s Step It Up Dance Shows

Seaford's Dance ShowWe’re excited to announce our dates for our Dance Shows. The shows will feature a variety of pieces in a wide range of styles including jazz, contemporary and ballet.

Tuesday 25 June and Wednesday 26 June

To book your tickets email Bookings@Seaford.org

Friends of Seaford Prep Summer Fair

Prep School Summer FairA huge thank you to everyone who supported our Prep School Summer Fair last week. Everyone had a lot of fun and made full use of the wonderful inflatables on offer, and the ice cream of course!

Prep School Summer FairA special mention to Carolyn Burchell for all her effort, energy and enthusiasm organising the event. Thank you also to all of our parent volunteers for your support. Continue reading

Malta Netball Tour

Malta netball tour Over Easter, 19 Seaford College girls met at Gatwick airport at 4:30am to fly to Malta. With two teams, six matches, five wins and lots of laughs, they had a great time building cohesion and playing netball on this fantastic tour.

The girls spent lots of time being able to travel and explore Malta whilst also improving their netball.

Malta netball tourWe are excited to be announcing that Seaford netball tours will be continuing and the sports department have plans for many more.

Devizes to Westminster: The Race

The Seaford DW team completed the race

Just over 5 months ago, a group of children sat in a classroom to hear about an extreme challenge called DW: a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The children, and those parents who attended, were cautioned about the rigorousness of the challenge but were also told of the pride they would feel if they completed the race, reaching the steps on the River Thames opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the early hours of Easter Monday. Continue reading

Prefect Training

Prefect Training - landminesPrefects are an integral part of life at Seaford. With the new Prefects for next year having been announced, they were straight into training and team building exercises last week.

Exploring together what makes a good Prefect and the different styles of leadership, they then put the theory into practice. In teams, they were tasked with guiding each other blindfolded across a ‘minefield’ before erecting a nuclear shelter on the other side. The teams were also asked to build a raft, from selected materials, that was capable of transporting one of them across the swimming pool. Continue reading

NSEA National County Championships

Seaford at the NSEAPupils from the Seaford Equestrian Team spent a couple of days at the NSEA County Show Jumping Championships representing West Sussex as the top team in our County.  Lucy Sanders, Seaford Equestrian Team Manager, reports:

There were thirty Counties in total from all over the UK being represented by each County Champion school so the competition was very tough. Continue reading

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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CCF Easter Camp

CCF Easter CampSeaford’s cadets had a fabulous week over Easter at the CCF Camp in Cornwall.

The weather was warm and sunny to begin with but turned a little chilly in time for the kayaking expedition. It didn’t stop them from ‘christening’ the Seaford sea kayaks though. Continue reading

Seaford’s Phenomenal Production of Les Misérables, School Edition

Les Misérables, School EditionSeaford College presented its biggest production ever last week with four spectacular performances of Les Misérables, School Edition. It was a gargantuan production that has been more than a year in the planning with many, many hours of incredibly hard work from all those involved.

Auditions started last September, with students from across the school keen to be a part of this triumphant musical. With cast and crew selected, the music rehearsals began in earnest last October, followed by the full rehearsals soon after. Continue reading

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.

The coaching team reports for us:

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

The Schools Challenge

The Schools ChallengeLast week, Seaford College entered a senior and an U15 clay shooting team into ‘The Schools Challenge’ which is run in association with The Oxford Gun Company.

Tony Bracci, Seaford Shooting Instructor, reports on the competition:

We got there in good time so the boys could shoot the pool shoot to warm up before the main 50 bird sporting shoot. Continue reading

SUPA National Ladies Arena Polo Tournament

SUPA Ladies Arena Polo tournamentAt the weekend, Year 9 student Beanie Bradley went to the SUPA National Ladies Arena Polo Tournament. Joining up with girls from Cheltenham and Stowe to make up a mixed team, they won the highest level under 18 class.

Beanie reports for us here: Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe. Our camaraderie was epic!

It was great to be asked to play in the SUPA Ladies Open National Championships at Black Bears Polo Club with two of my polo girlfriends, and to have the opportunity to represent Seaford again at this U18 level.

SUPA Ladies Arena Polo tournamentWe were strong from the start with good ponies loaned to us from Oxford Polo. We worked well together despite the weather, which was extremely windy with severe gusts causing the ball to fly everywhere. The arena ball is like a small football not like the plastic hard ball in field polo.

The girls played defensively. It was rough and a tough, ending with me taking a mallet to my chin in the last minute of the Finals! We gave it our all. I couldn’t have asked more from them. I am so proud that we held on to three straight wins. Victorious!

Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 0 Hurst
Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 0 Tudor Hall
Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 2 Heathfield

Thameside 2

Thameside 2Seaford College students took part in the Thameside 2 at the weekend as part of their training to compete in the demanding Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. This particular race is 19.5 miles from Reading to Marlow with 8 portages. The coaching team reports for us:

Another fantastic day of racing from the incredible Seaford kayaking squad.

After a week of rain, the team started what was their first mass-start race on a fast flowing river on a cold morning with a low sun in their eyes and wind at their backs. Despite a couple of boats having close shaves at the start, only one boat took an early swim. The six pairings paddled for the first time on the River Thames, where the weirs are bigger and the portages more tricky. They made a strong start and, by halfway, were posting some competitive times. Continue reading

Seaford Head to the Quarter Finals of the ISHC Cup

Seaford's Hockey 1st XICongratulations to our Hockey 1st XI for their performance in the quarter final of the ISHC cup against Repton.

Ahead of their match, the team had a team talk with our Headmaster John Green, Director of Sport Liam Doubler and Coach Chris Adams. They were heading to Chris Adams’ old school, Repton for the match. Continue reading

World Book Week

Swapping booksSeaford College embraced World Book Week with a range of activities to help nurture and celebrate our love of reading.

The week started with a book swap which provided a great opportunity for students to find a new book to read and give someone else the opportunity to read their favourite. They brought in books that they no longer needed, and swapped them for a small donation. All funds raised went to the RSPCA. Continue reading

A Winning Performance at the Inter-Schools Show Jumping Competition

Gordon's School Show Jumping CompetitionLast Sunday the Seaford Equestrian team of Olivia McDonald, Emma Perrett, Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards and Kristian Fairston attended the Gordon’s School Inter-Schools show jumping competition. Despite the high winds and horrible weather we had a fantastic day winning both the 80cm and 90cm classes with many compliments on our riders’ style and performance. 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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Sussex Hockey County Champions

Seaford U13s Sussex Hockey County ChampionsCongratulations to Seaford’s U13s who are the Sussex Hockey County Champions.

Seaford’s Hockey Coach, Jon Williams proudly reports: “The boys played some excellent hockey throughout the day, topping their group and winning the tournament without conceding a goal. This was the first time the boys had played 11-a-side full pitch matches!

As a group all players worked extremely hard. Ben Blair and Charlie White controlled the midfield, with Hamish Williams creating many goal scoring opportunities down the right hand side. The defence of Rory Nugent, Zach Chausac, Finlay Jackson and Peter Baynes made good tackles and distributed the ball well. A real team effort and deserved winners of the Sussex U13 Hockey Cup.” Continue reading

An Interview with Alfie Whitchurch

Alfie Whitchurch stars as EnjolrasWhy did you come to Seaford?
I came from Great Ballard. The facilities at Seaford are fantastic. And when you drive up that drive, wow! Seeing the sports fields and all the different blocks, it’s in a league of its own. You can see the drive and enthusiasm that everyone has to keep moving forwards. I admire the way the school always looks to the future and doesn’t look backwards. 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

An Incredible Performance from Young Seaford Team At The Arena Polo Finals

SUPA Seaford reached the final of the public schools arena polo championships at Rugby Polo Club in Warwickshire. With teams representing most of the big schools such as Eton, Harrow, Wellington and Stowe, Seaford knew they were going to have their work cut out. They were in the top class, the Open, for players of any handicap. They were able to use some superb ponies from Grant Collett of Offchurch Bury Polo club but they did not have long to get used to their unfamiliar mounts.

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Inspirational speaker James Shone gives impactful presentation at Seaford College

3A3A6208webWe were fortunate to welcome James Shone, an inspirational speaker, yesterday to give a talk to the Middle School (Years 9-11) during their personal development time. The talk formed part of Seaford’s Personal Development Programme which focusses on building self-awareness, personal responsibility and independence in our pupils. Kevin Rich, Head of Year 9 organised the talk and introduced James by saying: “I worked with James 20 years ago out in Kenya and he was always an inspirational teacher in the classroom. After a life changing experience he is now an inspirational speaker and I’m sure you’ll all get a lot out of the talk today.”

James (who has the charity icanandiam) was a wonderful communicator and shared his remarkable personal journey. Having discovered he had a brain tumour aged 39, it completely changed the course of his life. He spoke about looking up when life derails you, always looking forwards as there are always endless possibilities in life. He said: “The past is a teacher but not a great master, don’t hold onto the past, move on.” He then quoted Sir Winston Churchill; “In adversity you can choose to give up or get up and go and do something and not bow down to self-pity”. James summarised: “Look up forward and out and not down, back and in.”3A3A6156web

James then discussed teenage mental health and the negative impact that social media can have. He then used the ‘icanandiam balloon’ to discuss the idea of inflating balloons of self-belief. He spoke about how our students can inflate their balloon through; feeling they belong, feeling valued, feeling good about something and feeling secure about their future. If you have an inflated balloon, it helps you navigate the ups and downs of life and ultimately builds resilience. He said that more than A* grades or First Class degrees, resilience is what employers are looking for in candidates.

He added that setbacks in life are a springboard to refine and reflect and to build resilience. His parting message was to have the right attitude, dream big, and make your goals realistic. Remember how many good things you have in life and look at what you’re good at, do what life made you to do and that th3A3A6279webe future isn’t just about making money. “The journey of life is our choice, choose to believe you can and that you are of value.”

At the end of the talk whilst thanking James, Kevin Rich added: “There are two stand out messages from today that I’d like you all to think about. Firstly, find your passion and act upon it. Secondly, work together to be part of a school that supports mutual encouragement, be supportive and collaborative with each other.” He later thanked James on Twitter, “for an incredibly impactful and authentic presentation, our students loved it.”

George Vernon, Director of Middle School reflected on the talk and said: “I have the greatest respect for James Shone and I found his talk utterly life affirming. He reassured us about some cherished morals3A3A6272web, instinctive values and the importance of mental resilience, which are so easy to forget in this fast-paced modern world. The impact and influence that James had on both pupils and staff was literally mesmerising; the whole of the middle school sat totally transfixed by James’ story, one that taught them how to face the daunting prospects of some of life’s most brutal challenges. His speech was both heart breaking and harrowing, but ultimately James’ audience left the auditorium enraptured with a strange sense of elation. No matter what life throws at you, there is nothing that you cannot overcome. I can and I am! These lessons will no doubt become more and more clear to our pupils in the future, whichever route they have to take.”

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You can learn more about James from his website http://www.icanandiam.com or find him on Twitter @JukesShone