Santa Dash for YoungMinds charity

Before setting off for the Santa DashEvery 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!

Happy Santa runners!“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!

Taking a photo break!

Stand Together Saturday: Seaford and Canford

Spirit of Sport AwardLast month, Seaford College joined forces with Canford School and renamed their usual rugby fixture as Stand Together Saturday, a day designed to prioritise the experience and enjoyment of rugby for our pupils, above winning and losing.

Seaford student playing rugbyBoth Seaford and Canford have similar values, and each school is proud to help their students discover themselves and their passions. The idea behind the day was to focus it on enjoyment, right through the age-groups, and foster good relationships between players, parents, and staff from all sides and all teams. Before the game, Seaford’s rugby coach, Kevin Rich, said: “The idea behind this was to engage parents a little more on match days and attempt to help them to learn about how their touchline behaviour impacts the sporting experiences of pupils.

Canford playing rugby“Both Canford and Seaford are trying to create the best possible environments for young people to thrive in their sporting lives. With regards to rugby, the very physical nature of the game can sometimes draw out the worst in those watching and we feel that certain behaviours such as yelling instructions, jeering and berating the ref should have no place at school matches.

“By promoting an openness and convivial atmosphere in which it is normal for both sets of parents to connect and simply enjoy the game for it’s own sake we feel that this will minimise these negative tendencies. We put together a programme that highlighted some of these thoughts and also emphasized the importance that both schools attach to using sport as a vehicle to develop character and resilience.”

Below are some of the tips that were included in the programme, which you can also download below.

Stand Together Saturday Programme

Seaford playing against Canford

HOW WAS THE GAME ?

The game is so much more than who won and lost. Of course winning feels nice but let’s celebrate the character,
temperament, endeavour, bravery and teamwork. It’s not professional sport. The pupils are learning to get better at
something they love doing. Try using ‘how was the game’ instead of analysing why a team may have won or lost.

SHARE THE SIDELINE

One of the best parts of watching a Premiership match live is to share in the experience with supporters from other
teams. It is a pleasure to connect and watch sport to appreciate skill and strategy from both teams. To simply enjoy
the game without wondering what the score is. School sport should not get caught up in creating divides. Sharing the
sideline puts the game first.

MODELLING BEHAVIOUR

Of course we want the best for our children. But ‘best’ is perhaps not always having to be ‘THE STRONGEST’. We want
pupils to build character and play with spirit in their sporting lives. One of the greatest gifts that we (as adults) can give
them is to model courage, integrity and respect; especially in defeat. How does our touchline behaviour shape character and enhance the enjoyment for the players during the game?

In the matchday programme, both Seaford and Canford students shared what they love about rugby, which you can read below.

What do you love about rugby“Rugby has allowed me to meet so many different people, if I look at my close group of friends I have at the moment I have played rugby with them. The sport is so great because in the game you do everything to win but then when the final whistle goes we have the respect to shake hands and catch up. Some of my closest friends have been people I have played against and got to know after the match. The physical demand of the sport is another reason I love rugby. When playing rugby you put everything on the line and you know you have done this when you feel the aches and pains the next morning. Finally rugby has given me many memories and experiences which will stay with me for a long time.”
James, Canford

“I love playing rugby at Seaford College because not only is it brilliant fun, but also it is so inclusive. Everybody can play for a team no matter what their ability. Personally, what I love mainly about rugby is that there is so much competition for places in the team. So, I must improve myself every week to make sure I stay in the A team. Also, there is no prejudice between teams, the A team and B team are considered equals and nobody is looked down upon.”
Caelan, Seaford

“The reason I like rugby so much and why I have carried it on for so many years is because in no other sport do I get the sense of a brotherhood as strongly as I do in our current team in rugby, and a desire to put our bodies on the line for each other for that win. In no other sport do I think you will get a group of players so passionately playing for each other and that is why I love rugby, and this year especially.”
Cosmo, Canford

“I love rugby because it gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a way through hard work and skills, whilst it also helps me to stay fit and look at the nutrition side of sport which I can take into everyday life. But the main thing is
it helps to block out everything else that is happening in my life meaning I don’t have to worry about anything whilst I’m playing rugby and knowing I am enjoying myself.”
Jack, Seaford

Character Web“At the end of the home games played at Seaford, visiting Canford parents awarded a ‘Spirit of Rugby’ plaque to a Seaford player that best reflected the values of each school,” added Kevin Rich. “The Seaford parents selected a Canford player too. This was a gesture to remind parents that both teams are fighting for the same cause and to try and enjoy the game a little more neutrally – not an easy task when parents are watching their own children but something we think is worth is working towards.”

 

Old Seafordians return for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day WreathSeaford 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

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

New Zealand School visit Seaford College on their rugby tour

Palmerston North Boys perform the HakaOn Wednesday 11th October, Seaford College hosted Palmerston North Boys’ High School from New Zealand, here in the UK for a rugby tour.

Along with our netball teams, our rugby teams had been in New Zealand on tour themselves only a few months previously, and it was fantastic to welcome a school from New Zealand to the beautiful grounds here at Seaford College.

The experience of hosting a New Zealand side, and in particular, to watch them perform the Haka, was hugely exciting, not only for the players, but for the many people who came along to watch the game.

“What a fantastic experience for our students at the College,” admitted Liam Doubler, Director of Sport. “For the community to come down and witness that… it’s what touring, it’s what sport’s all about.”

Palmerston North are one of the strongest school rugby sides in New Zealand, and this was the final stop on their tour, so it was always going to be a tough ask to get a victory, and so this proved.

“The level, and the intensity that Palmerston played with, was outstanding,” said Liam Doubler.Palmerston and Seaford 1st XVs

In the 1st XV game, Palmerston took a very strong lead in the first half, and whilst Seaford improved dramatically after the break, the damage had been done and they ended up losing 0-30. Despite the scoreline, the Palmerston tour administrator, Lindsay Calton, felt that “even though the score might have blown out a little bit, it was still a physical game, a tough game, and the boys are really tired.”

The 2nd XV also struggled to cope against the strength and power of the Palmerston boys, losing 5-42.

A defeat is always hard to take, but it’s important to take the positives from them, and to focus on what can be learnt for the future. “They’ll definitely take something from the game,” said Kevin Rich. “And I think it’s a great experience for them to be able to push on after half term. They’ll reflect on this game, review it, and they’ll build on it.”

The Palmerston coach also felt that Seaford rugby was going in the right direction, and predicted that “In three years’ time it’ll be a different game.”

We certainly enjoyed hosting Palmerston North, and if they go on any tours in the future we would gladly host them again!

Decoding Bletchley Park Visit

A real Enigma MachineOn Thursday 2nd November Seaford College students, parents, and members of the public, enjoyed a real treat. We welcomed Tom Briggs, the Education Officer at Bletchley Park, for a talk in the Assembly Hall, Decoding Bletchley Park.

Tom brought a real enigma machine with him to Seaford College (in fact, the exact machine that had been used in The Imitation Game movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch) and he spoke to the audience about how the enigma machine worked, and the true nature of the task that faced the real codebreakers of Bletchley Park in World War II.

Students trying to break codes at Bletchley Park talkIt was a fantastic talk, and when Tom invited a volunteer to try encoding a message using the Enigma machine, Kitty Cooper gave it a go, with the help of her exceptionally eager assistant, Seaford’s Head of History, Mr Gisby (who practically ran down the stairs at the chance to be involved).

 

Kitty Cooper uses Enigma Machine Kitty, in Year 8, told us her thoughts on the evening.

“When we arrived there was a coded sheet we needed to break. It was quite hard! The talk was all about the code breaking work carried out at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. Mr Briggs gave us a brief history of the house before telling us about the enigma coding machine. I was allowed to send a hello message using the same machine which was really cool. The whole evening was fascinating.”

Tom Briggs taking class at SeafordSeaford College was also honoured on the evening to have been graced with the presence of Commander Le Pass, who was on the HMS Petard when it sank the U-559 submarine and recovered a new style of Enigma cypher machine at the time, which had four wheels, which was a highly dangerous mission and provided the Allies with invaluable information.

What was particularly fantastic about the evening was the real mix of the audience, from the younger students at Seaford College, through to members of the public. The fascination with codebreaking, and what this meant for the war effort, was clear throughout.

Students in Tom Briggs Bletchley Park WorkshopTom returned to Seaford the following day for a couple of workshops with Seaford College students, looking at how maths can be used to help with codebreaking, and all the students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, particularly the chance to use the enigma machine at the end of the sessions, which you can see in our short video below!

 

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.

U14 Netball team progress to regionals in National Schools Competition

The Netball U14 team celebrates qualifying for the regional round of the National Schools CompetitionBreaking news! Seaford’s U14 Girls Netball team came 2nd in the County on Saturday, in the first round of the National Schools Competition. This is the biggest school’s competition in the netball calendar, and Georgie Hegarty, Head of Netball at Seaford, is very proud of their achievement.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been getting closer and closer to progressing, but this is the first time that a Seaford team has managed to make it through to the regional round. We really look forward to representing the top Sussex schools in January.”

Congratulations to the team for making it through, we can’t wait to cheer you on in the next round!

Seaford students take on Butser Hill

Seaford College Cross Country team At 889 feet, Butser Hill is the highest point on the South Downs, overlooking Petersfield. And, since 1978, it has also been the site of a fantastic cross country mass run, raising over £200,000 for different charities over the years. Seaford College took a team along to this year’s race, and it was a great day. Continue reading

Seaford takes to the waves in the Schools Week Sailing Championships

The Seaford Sailers with teacher Paul HarkerDuring the second to last week of the summer term, six students from Seaford College competed in the Schools Week Sailing Championships, which has been held annually at Itchenor Sailing Club since 1953.  It is one of the biggest school sailing events in the UK, and attracts teams from across the country, and this year attracted entries of over 150 racing dinghies. Paul Harker, who took the students to the competition, told us about the event.

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Dream England Rugby 7s Contract for Seaford College’s Fergus Guiry

Fergus Guiry at Seaford College WEBSeaford College student Fergus Guiry will never forget the phone call he received earlier this year. It was from Simon Amor, the England Rugby 7s Head Coach, offering Fergus a one-year professional contract with the England 7s squad.
Fergus, who completed his A levels in the summer, was spotted by the England coaching team playing for Seaford College at the Rosslyn Park 7s tournament and they invited him to an England trial. After impressing at the trial, Fergus received the dream phone call offering him a contract, and he has now joined up with the full England squad and played in several tournaments. Continue reading

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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Seaford girls share inspiring messages from Women of the Future Conference

Holly Gyles & Isobel Porter at the Women of the Future conference2017 marks the 20th year of girls at the school, and Seaford College is proud that over 30% of the students are now girls, and this number is constantly growing.

Earlier this year, some of Seaford’s Year 12 and Year 13 girls went to the Women of the Future Conference at Bloomberg, in London. The aim of the conference was to provide students with mentors and role models, strengthening the pipeline of talent among Britain’s younger women. Continue reading

A night to remember at Seafordstock

Seafordstock at nightSeafordstock 2017 was certainly a night to remember. We were blessed with an absolutely stunning evening for the occasion, the marquee outside Mansion House had been converted into a fantastic stage, and the hill outside Mansion House became packed with students, teachers and parents, keen to watch Seaford’s musical talent perform their very best.

Seafordstock rocking to Sweet Child of MineThere were performers from right across Seaford College, from the Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form, and it was an absolutely glorious celebration of music. Several Seaford students had written and performed their own pieces, the Junior Choristers sang their heart out, and as the night unrolled some of Seaford’s more regular performers took to the stage.

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Seaford celebrates personal bests at Prize Giving Day

Speech Day Prize winnersSeaford College celebrated the end of the school year with the annual Speech and Prize Giving Day. 1,500 parents, students and staff Continue reading

Day 7 & 8 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

Tour Blog Day 7 & 8

Rugby Pitch at Kings School

Today was a good day… all the usual waking up for breakfast went on before we headed to the Signal Hill, right at the top of Dunedin. The sights were incredible, right across the whole city. We went straight from here and onto the Cadbury World factory tour, which lived up to expectations. We think that most enjoyed the part where they could pour their own liquid chocolate into little pots with all the toppings. Most were feeling quite full of chocolate by the end.

There was a little time to shop and buy lunch in Dunedin again before transferring to Kings’ and Queens’ High Schools for our matches. Continue reading

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

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

Getting to know Seaford’s resident golf professional, Jack Halsey

Jack Halsey on Seaford's golf courseWhen you first drive through the gates of Seaford College you are greeted with the unique sight of the golf range and the first tee of our magnificent nine-hole course.

Golf at Seaford is thriving, with more and more students taking up the sport, and using the wonderful facilities we have at the school. And, as we’ve had such fantastic weather recently, we took the opportunity to join Jack Halsey, Seaford’s resident golf professional, on the course, to watch him in action and discuss his career so far, and philosophy on teaching golf. Continue reading

Another victory for Seaford’s polo team!

The winning Seaford Polo TeamThe Seaford College polo success continues! We are delighted that on Saturday, Seaford College won their division at the Senior Schools National Summer Tournament at Kirtlington Park Polo Club, beating Felsted, Marlborough College and Stowe. Continue reading

Fantastic Medal Haul at County Athletics Finals

Inters Relay Gold winning team of Max Bracewell Rupert Blackwell Dom Easton Josh HarrySeaford College is a relatively small school, but always manages to punch well above its weight in athletics, and this year we managed to match last year’s record haul at the County Athletics Finals, with 3 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes, with some fine performances. Continue reading

Celebrating Seaford’s Sporting Success

Sports Awards Dinner Group PhotoBefore half term, the Annual Sports Awards Dinner took place to celebrate the achievements of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just shy of 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening, which began with welcome drinks in the garden room followed by a group photo on the terraces outside mansion.

After being welcomed by the Headmaster, the guests played “Guess the staff member.” This included 10 questions Continue reading

Fantastic debut for Prep School pupil at Show Jumping competition

Honey Bea JumpingSeaford College is proud to have a very strong equestrian programme, and our pupils have achieved some fantastic successes recently at a number of competitions, and it seems that the Prep School has another budding star in our midst.

Honey-Bea Hogan joined Seaford’s Equestrian regulars at the Alton Convent Inter Schools Team Show Jumping competition at Coombelands, Pulborough. It was her first ever show on her pony Charlie Brown, and in the 30cm and 40cm classes she came a superb 2nd and 6th, judged on a mixture of faults, style and an optimum time. Continue reading