Prep School boys raise £250 for Children in Need!

Freddie and Josh with collection bucket A massive congratulations to Freddie Hall and Joshua Rymer, who together raised £250 for BBC Children in Need with a hugely successful spotty cake sale a couple of weeks ago.

Melanie in the Prep School reported back to us on how the cake sale came about!

Spotty Cake Sale

“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.

Headmaster John Green with the fundraisers

Join us at our Prep School Activity Morning

 

Seaford College HP Prep Activity MorningwebSeaford College invites all children looking for entry into Years 2-5 to come along and take part in our activity sessions.

Come along and join our Design & Technology workshop; cook up a treat at Forest School or try out Seaford’s new climbing wall in the Johnson Centre.

To book a place at Seaford Prep School’s Years 2-5 Activity Morning email Jo Hitchcock, Prep School admissions secretary jhitchcock@seaford.org

We look forward to welcoming you on the 18th November for fun & smiles!

Inspired at Comic Con Chichester!

Prep School Pupils at Comic Con ChichesterIt’s all about the comics! A group of prep school children were recently taken to an event in Chichester where they had the opportunity to meet artists, writers and to play games.

Tom Thornton, in Year 8, reports…

“A group of comic club students and teachers, Miss Jones and Mr Doy, went to “Meanwhile… Comic Con in Chichester”. The entry fee was cheap but the things inside were expensive. We met a Stormtrooper and the Mandalorian, Boba Fett, from Star Wars, plus more characters. We also played lots of comic related board games and computer games. There were lots of people dressed up as characters from comics – and we ate some pancakes!”

Prep School Pupils at Comic Con ChichesterPrep School Pupils playing games at Comic Con Chichester

Great start to the year for our Equestrian teams

Beanie Bradley, year 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 12 It’s been a fantastic start to the year for our Equestrian riders, with a Seaford team qualifying for the NSEA Show Jumping Championships for the very first time.

On Sunday 24th September a team of Seaford riders competed at Merrist Wood, Guildford in the NSEA inter-schools show jumping competition run by Cranleigh School. This was one of Seaford’s last opportunities to qualify for the National Schools’ Championships, so the competition was very hot with over sixty riders in each class.

The Seaford team of Beanie Bradley, Jessie Schute and Flora James came a fantastic 2nd to Guildford High in the 90cm team class, qualifying for the very prestigious Championships. Only the top two teams qualified, and Seaford beat both Cranleigh first and second teams, along with Wellington, Winchester, Mayfield, Farlington and Priorsfield.

From left to right: Beanie Bradley, year 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 11

r 8, new year 9 pupil Jessie Schute and Flora James from Year 12

“I’m extremely proud of them,” said Lucy Sanders, Head of Equestrian at Seaford. “It is the first time we have had a Seaford team competing at a National competition, and this is something to celebrate.”

Honey Bea Hogan and Abigail Jupp Our Prep School riders have also had a fine start to the year, competing at a NSEA inter schools Grassroots show jumping competition at Sands Farm near Horsham, at the end of September, and achieved some fantastic results.

Honey-Bea Hogan came individually 4th in the 50cm, Abigail Jupp was 3rd individually in the 70cm with the team of Abigail, Grace Bolton & Honey-Bea coming a fantastic 2nd to Brambletye in the 70cm, qualifying for the Regional Championships in November.

Abigail Jupp Honey Bea Hogan and Grace Bolton

Grace Bolton and Abigail Jupp

Abigail then went on to win the 75cm class with a brilliant speedy clear round against the clock. New year 7 pupil, Grace Bolton, with her enthusiastic pony Ruby came a very commendable 3rd and we enjoyed welcoming her to the Seaford Equestrian team.

Lauren Goldsmith’s pony was sadly kicked the day before the show so she had to stand down this time but Honey-Bea bravely rose to the occasion to fill in the team place jumping 70cm for the first time.

Welcome to a new Academic year: the transition to a new school

Abseiling in WalesA new Academic year is upon us once again, and we’re very pleased to be welcoming our students, both new and returning, to Seaford College, for the start of term. We hope everyone is fully refreshed from the Summer break and ready for whatever challenges the new term brings.

Here at Seaford, we aim to make the transitions from Prep School to Senior School, and Senior School to Sixth Form, as smooth as possible. Today, all of our Year 12 students are heading off to Wales for a few days on a bonding trip, and our Year 9 students will head off on an overnight Camping and Activity trip tomorrow, and we thought that now was a good time to have a chat with James Passam, Deputy Head of the Seaford Senior School, about the transition process, and any advice he has for parents and pupils.

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More Equestrian success for Seaford Prep School

Equestrian Team at FelbridgeThe Seaford Prep Equestrian Team had a fantastic day a week ago at Felbridge Showground, East Grinstead, winning both the 50cm and 60cm show jumping classes, and coming 3rd in the 70cm, qualifying for the National Regional finals at all three levels. Continue reading

Pony Pals visit Seaford Prep

Reading to Mr KiplingWe had a very special visitor to the Prep School earlier this term. A miniature donkey called Mr Kipling from Pony Pals Therapy Ponies came to see the children from years 2-5 for a reading hour. He also bought his friend Morris the guinea pig with him. Continue reading

Seaford Prep School take on their first swimming galas

The Seaford Prep School Swimming SquadThe Summer term has sprung a new sport into the calendar, with Seaford Prep School taking on their first two swimming galas, and here Seaford PE teacher Patrick Disley-May reports on the events.

Originally starting as a few pupils interested in an enjoyable swimming activity, it was not long until competition was rife, and we soon noticed some natural talent parading up and down the pool. There was an air of enthusiasm amidst the Prep School when we confirmed our very first galas, and this made the training suddenly become slightly more serious. Continue reading

Meet the Head of Prep at Seaford College

Alastair Brown - Head of PrepAlastair Brown is Head of Prep here at Seaford College.  He brings a wealth of experience, innovation and energy to our thriving Prep School. We spoke to him recently about life in the Prep School, and why he thinks it’s proving to be so popular.

Tell us about the Prep School?

The Prep School is part of Seaford College, and we benefit from the fantastic location and world class facilities.  Prep School pupils are taught by specialist teachers from the Senior School in a range of subjects including music, DT, sport, science and languages, and benefit from the specialist classroom facilities.  They take part in an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities which includes weekly swimming lessons. Continue reading

Year 7 pupil races at Ascot

Rufus riding Top ButtonsDuring the Easter break, Rufus Uloth from Year 7 took part in the Lord Leconfield pony racing day at Ascot Racecourse and competed in two races on his ponies.

The day started with a tour around the racecourse for riders and their families who were shown all the facilities including the Stewards’ Room,  jockeys’ changing rooms with steam room and sauna. They then had a safety talk prior to racing, and Rufus was weighed out and in carrying his saddle on the same scales as the champion jockeys Continue reading

Children’s Author Ali Sparkes inspires Prep School pupils

Ali Sparkes reading to the Prep SchoolChildren’s author Ali Sparkes spent a whole day at the Prep School during the Spring term, inspiring the pupils to write stories of their own.

Ali’s first stand-alone novel, Frozen In Time, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2010 and her books, including the SWITCH series, have been translated into many languages from French to Japanese, Polish to Korean. Her books are pacy, funny reads, and this came across in two engaging presentations, one to Years 3, 4 and 5, and another to years 6, 7 and 8.

Ali really involved the pupils in the presentations. In her first talk she went into depth about how she became a writer, in a very interactive way, and in the second presentation she ran a Genius Quiz, to find out the potential child geniuses in the room, as the main character of her book, Carjacked was a child genius. To the horror of the teachers, she then repeated the exercise with them.

Ali Sparkes talking to the Prep School

 

After singing books for the pupils, Ali then ran a workshop with some of Seaford Prep School’s keenest young writers. She spoke about the importance of the cover, blurb and first line to get readers hooked. After asking the pupils to vote on the cover, blurb and first line of four of her books, she split them into teams. She challenged them to come up with their own story idea, and come up with a title, blurb and first line. She encouraged them to focus on gripping the reader from the start. They then voted on each others ideas, and the winner was Human Robot. But all teams came up with interesting concepts, especially given the amount of time to work on them.

Ali Sparkes takes a workshop with keen young Seaford writers

Ali was very impressed with the pupils, but had special praise for the winning idea. “The first line was very gripping, it really pulled you in, that’s why I voted for that one.”

Eleanor Jones, Seaford’s Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator, thought that Ali was fantastic at inspiring the pupils. “I had read a couple of books of Ali’s and so was delighted to have her come and talk to all the pupils today, she was wonderful, as full of fun, suspense and excitement as her books, we laughed, we held our breath, we ‘ahhh’d ‘all the way through her readings…fantastic!”

Ali Sparkes signing books for Prep School pupils

 

Pirates of Penzance a huge success

Pirates of Penzance

Seaford held four performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, kicking off with an open dress rehearsal and then 3 nights of performances.

The show was fun and energetic throughout, with fantastic turns from the principals and the supporting cast. Sara Reynolds, Director of Performing Arts at Seaford, was thrilled with how the show went.

Pirates of Penzance Policeman“I couldn’t be more proud. The work ethic was incredible from the students and the staff that were involved and the outcome was more than I could have hoped for. It is an enormous task taking on a show like the Pirates of Penzance, with a cast of over sixty students and a back stage team and everybody put in a huge amount of work. It was a great learning curve for everyone involved and I think we entertained our audiences which is what we set out to do.”

Zachary McArthur as the Major General in Pirates of Penzance

Two of Seaford’s Senior students, Zachary McArthur and Yolanda Gumpo, spoke to us about taking part in the show. “I was so proud to be part of the production,” said Zachary. “I was delighted to get the role of Major General Stanley because it was a fun part to play and enabled me to expand my acting skills in front of an audience. We got an amazing reaction from the audiences and that was wonderful after all the hard work that had gone into the production.”

Yolanda Gumpo in Pirates of PenzanceYolanda found it a great experience. “The cast ranged from Year 7’s to Year 13’s and it was great to work with students from across the school. As one of the senior cast members I enjoyed working with the younger students and helping them backstage and it was a real team effort.”

“It was an amazing performance last night – so energetic and funny. Well done. We also loved the seaside nibbles in the candy stripe bags” was one comment on Seaford’s Facebook page.

Young Seaford student in Pirates of PenzanceWe can’t wait for the next big Seaford production!

 

Seaford celebrates World Book Day 2017

Seaford College enjoyed a whole week of activities to celebrate World Book Day, capped off with the new Prep School Head, Alastair Brown, joining in with the costume efforts by dressing up as the famous red and white-striped explorer on World Book Day.

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Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day from everyone at Seaford College! Come back tomorrow to find out more about the amazing things we’ve been up to over the whole week!

 

Prep School pupils visit Tim Peake exhibition

Seaford pupil with Tim Peake poster_840x560Children from Years 2 to 5 were propelled into an excellent learning opportunity at the Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey exhibition in Chichester. This small but brilliant interactive exhibition is currently on display at The Novium Museum. The children were guided around Continue reading

An Interview with Seaford’s Sailing Duo

Oliver Randall-May and Thomas Lawson in actionSeaford College Prep School pupils Oliver Randall-May and Thomas Lawson are keen and talented sailors. After bumping into each other at Chichester Sailing Club, having never realised that each other sailed, they now sail their RS Feva XL, a double handing sailing dinghy, together with great success, and have high hopes for the future. They have just done extremely well in the Schools Week competition at Itchenor Sailing Club, representing Seaford. They were racing alongside much older competitors, many of whom were four years older than them, and did fantastically well. They participated in eight races over two days, their best position was 8th and they overall ranked 26th out of 40.

When did you start sailing?

Thomas
: I’ve grown up by the water, my dad grew up by the water. In the holidays we’d go sailing all week. I started in a Topper about five to six years ago, and I sailed in Toppers until I started to sail the Feva.
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Freya Jenkins Seaford’s Rising Fencing Star

Seaford's Freya Jenkins in her fencing kitYear 8 pupil Freya Jenkins is not only the Head Girl of Seaford College Prep School, she is a rising star of the fencing world.

She took up fencing at Seaford College, a year after starting the school, because she needed new ideas for after school activities. Since then, she hasn’t looked back: “I stuck to it, and I found out that I could do it quite well.”

Freya was spotted by Seaford’s fencing coach, Sharon Blackman, who runs the Chichester Fencing Club. She suggested that Freya start training at the Chichester Fencing Club, and since then she has been achieving great things.

She came third in the qualifiers for the British Youth Championships, and in the actual competition she was knocked out in the second round by an incredibly narrow margin, losing by only a point. In the Independent Association of Prep Schools Competition (IAPS), another national tournament held at Millfield School, she came an impressive third place Continue reading

Prep School Gives Dazzling Performance of ‘Joseph’

The Prep School performs 'Joseph'Seaford College Prep School gave a dazzling performance of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat last week. Eighty students from Years 2 to 8 took part in the production, with Nick Easton taking the title role and Ben Clark as the Pharaoh.

The role of the Narrator was divided between five students including two of the cast’s youngest members, Charlotte Cragg and Lauren Goldsmith.

Head of the Prep School Sebastian Rees said that the show was “an example of what the Prep School does best, making education fun.”

Some of the cast members will also be performing at ‘Seafordstock,’ an outdoor rock concert taking place in the College grounds this evening, Wednesday 1st July at 6.30pm.Over 80 pupils from Seaford College Prep School performed

Head of Drama Dr Jane Askew said, “The performing arts are thriving at Seaford College, with events happening throughout the year. It is very exciting to see the younger students emerging with such talent.”

Seaford College Prep School Presents ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’

Seaford College Prep School proudly presents 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'Seaford College Prep School are delighted to invite you their performance of the musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June. Performances start at 7.00pm and will take place in the Assembly Hall. Admission is free, but you are invited to make a donation to the forthcoming Prep School Choir Tour.

Refreshments are available in the Hollington Centre before the show, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Prep School Hosts Successful Grandparents’ Day

Seaford pupils showed their grandparents their classroomsLast 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. The guests and pupils enjoy their delicious tea

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.

A view of the daySebastian 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.”

Girls’ and Boys’ Cricket Teams Having an Impressive Season

The U13s Seaford Girls' TeamSeaford College Prep School cricket continues to go from strength to strength. The U13 girls who previously got to the Regional Semi-Finals for the Indoor Softball Cup in the Spring Term were in action on Friday 12th June in the U13 County Outdoor Finals day at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker. Convincing wins against Claremont and Lancing College set up a mouth-watering final against Bede’s Prep School. With rain in the air and a storm brewing over the downs, it was Bede’s to bat first. Amassing a sizeable total of 261, it was down to our girls to chase it down and win the Cup. Some superb bowling from the Bede’s girls kept things tight and it all came down to the last pair of Constance Stockman and Megan Bennett to get us over the line. With 30 needed off their last three overs, they came ever so close to a famous victory against the tournament favourites, only losing out by 11 runs.

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Seaford College Prep School Pupil Meets Buzz Aldrin

Seaford's Harry French meeting the legendary Buzz AldrinSeaford College Prep School pupil Harry French had the great privilege of meeting the legendary Buzz Aldrin last week.

Harry, 7, went with his father Ed French, to meet Buzz Aldrin at Gatwick Airport. He presented the former astronaut and second person to walk on the Moon with a drawing of a man and a rocket getting to Mars. Buzz, who rarely gives autographs, signed one of Harry’s drawings and also added his logo, which describes his idea to launch for the Moon and then springboard to Mars.

Harry said: “I talked to him and he said he was interested in getting a man to Mars. I gave him my drawing and he said he would see if NASA could make my rocket. I’d like to put his autograph and the rocket in a glass cabinet and display it in my bedroom.”

Harry and Buzz talked for about ten minutes about Mars, rockets and Harry’s drawings, in an encounter that Harry’s father described as ‘truly magical.’ Harry's drawing signed by Buzz Aldrin

Buzz’s PA took a number of photos of Harry and Buzz that might be used for Buzz’s next book project, which studies children with space.

Ed French commented: “Harry is very lucky, but Buzz leaves our country armed with a drawing of a rocket that would get man to Mars.”

Seaford U13s Cricket Team in Impressive Victory

Seaford College Prep School's Victorious U13 TeamMany congratulations to Seaford College Prep School’s U13 Cricket team who beat Prebendal away yesterday.

A superb bowling and fielding display left a bewildered Prebendal team all out for 46. Xavier Deacon, Ed Hardy and Hugo Gillespie were the pick of the bowlers, putting the opposition batsmen to the sword. Supporting the fine bowling was some excellent fielding and catching from both Charlie Gyles and Henry Lewis. Charlie took two catches, one of which was a stunning full-stretch diving effort.

Prebendal’s low total was never going to cause the U13s much trouble, as they chased it down within eight overs for the loss of only two wickets.

 

Seaford’s Athletic Success at West Sussex West

Harry Leleu winning the 3000m at West Sussex West Seaford College’s Athletics Team has performed exceptionally well at the West Sussex West Athletics Competition held on Friday at the Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth.

Seaford sent a large team of athletes to the competition and there were many notable successes. In the Senior category, County and Regional athlete and talented triathlete Harry Leleu successfully defended his 3,000m title, whilst Jake McQuade Continue reading

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.