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.

What was so impressive was the range of acts that were on offer, and the talent both of the singers and the musicians playing a wide range of instruments, making it Seaford’s most varied Seafordstock yet. It was a triumph, and congratulations have to go to Sara Reynolds for organising the evening, and to the staff who helped her.

The crowd enjoying SeafordstockThe festival was set up a few years ago, and continues to be a wonderful way to cap off a fantastic year at the school, celebrating the many, many talented students here. We will be saying a fond farewell to some students who have graced the stage for a few years, but we also welcomed some up and coming new talent to the stage.

But don’t just take our word for it! You can watch a few videos capturing the evening below! A big thanks to Peter Viccari, who took some of the footage that ended up in these videos.

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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

Seaford Sixth form debate: Has democracy failed us?

Chris Burroughs chairing the debateA couple of weeks ago, the Sixth form held a debate at Assembly, centred around a single question: Has democracy failed us? An apt topic, considering the political upheaval currently embracing the country, and many others, around the world.

The debate was chaired by Chris Burroughs, and two other members of Seaford’s Debating Club, Peter Tutykhin and Tom Hennessy, took on the topic, trading thoughts on both sides of the argument in front of their peers. At the end of the debate the student audience cast their votes, in favour of Peter Tutykhin’s argument that democracy has not failed us. 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

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

Policies, not personalities: Seaford College Mock Election inspires debate

Making a choice in the mock electionAt Seaford College, we have 195 students in Years 12 and 13, and 62 of our Year 13 students will be eligible to vote on the 8th June. So, almost a third of the Sixth Form will be able to have a say in the UK’s next government.

Once the election campaign started to gain pace, several Seaford College Sixth Form students were keen to engage their fellow students in the debate, and held a Mock Election for the Seaford College Sixth Form.

Peter Tutykhin chairs mock electionBut, this was to be a Mock Election with a difference. The students wanted their classmates to engage with the policies, rather than personalities. So, six students were chosen to present the main policies of the three largest parties, focusing on areas that would mean the most to students. 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

Enthusiasm for tennis growing at Seaford

Tennis at Seaford CollegeDuring the summer term at Seaford College, one of the most familiar sights is students playing tennis on the numerous courts around the school grounds. The sport is thriving and students are now playing tennis during their games and PE sessions, and can be on court for up to three hours a week.

James Bird, the Head of Tennis at Seaford College is delighted that so many students are getting access to the sport. Continue reading

Seaford students complete gruelling DW kayaking race (part 2)

At the end of the raceYesterday, we wrote about the Seaford students who’d taken on the epic challenge of kayaking from Devizes to Westminster, a 125 mile race. If you missed it, you can read the first part of their story.

With their training and preparation races completed, five students from Seaford College and one from Heathfield School set off on their epic four-day challenge, kayaking from Devizes to Westminster. Henry and Cally, Ethan and Evie, and Izzy and Franny set off in their boats early on the morning of 14th April. Continue reading

Seaford students complete gruelling DW kayaking race (part 1)

Devizes to Westminster RaceLast October, a group of Seaford Year 12 students decided they wanted to take on a challenge. But not just any challenge, they decided to take on the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race.

The Devizes to Westminster race starts in Devizes Wiltshire, and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge in the centre of London, opposite the Houses of Parliament.  The first 52 miles is along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Reading, the next 55 miles are on the River Thames to Teddington, and the final 17 mile section is in the tidal portion of the Thames. Continue reading

Seaford students put business brains to the test

To Dye For on their Company StandA group of Seaford students enjoyed great success in the annual Young Enterprise challenge, winning best company in Arun and Chichester to progress to the Sussex final, where they narrowly missed out on a place in the Continue reading

Seaford staff and students complete annual ‘Seaford to Seaford’ charity bike ride

Setting off from SeafordOnce 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

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

Old Seafordians Golf day a huge success

Old Seafordian Golf Day picture 1The Old Seafordians Golf Society recently held their annual golf day at North Hants Golf Club. It was a chance for the Old Seafordians to play on one of the top courses in the area and share some memories of their days at Seaford College.

24 Old Seafordians, 3 current students and 4 masters, Continue reading

Chris Adams awarded special England cap

Chris Adams England capChris Adams, the Head of Cricket at Seaford College, attended a very special dinner at Lord’s during the Spring term. Having played for England in five Test matches and five One Day Internationals, he was invited to the home of cricket for a unique assembly of all past and present England players.

The guest list spanned many generations of men and women’s players, from those representing England in the 1950s, to those playing for England today. More than 30 current and former captains were at the dinner and it was an evening for sharing memories, swapping stories and taking pride in wearing the Three Lions.

“It was an incredible night and I was amazed by how many legends of the game were at the dinner”, said Mr Adams. “It was lovely to catch up with so many people I had got to know when I was playing professionally but hadn’t seen for a number of years.”

The evening gave all the players a chance to discuss and share stories about their experiences of playing for England. “My table was very special with Nasser Hussain on it who gave me my Test debut,” said Mr Adams. “Jason Roy was also on my table and I had the privilege of giving Jason his first professional contract at Surrey. And it was Jason’s job, as the current England player on our table to present us with the caps we were given to celebrate the evening. It was an incredibly special occasion and I will remember it for ever”.

 

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

 

Seaford College set for cricket season

Seaford College during cricket seasonThe sun is shining, the smell of freshly cut grass is in the air and the County Championship cricket season has started today, which means the Seaford cricket season is just around the corner.

Chris Adams, the Head of Cricket at Seaford College, is already planning for the start of the season Continue reading

Seaford’s paddler’s making waves

Over the spring term, Seaford’s young kayaker’s have taken part in a number of races as they look to improve their skills.

Kayaking Spring Term

Starting in March, Seaford entered two K2’s in a 17.5 mile race from Newbury to Aldmarston Wharf, with a return leg. Ethan and Evie finished in 3 hours and 21 minutes, followed by Izzy and Henry 27 minutes later. It was a tough course, trying to avoid oncoming, faster boats on the return leg, and strong, blustery head winds really hampered progress.

Charles Lunt, kayaking trainer, was very pleased with the paddler’s. “It is great to see the progress that everyone has made and the determination of every paddler. It is also interesting to see Seaford College’s name alongside some of the DW ‘old boys’ such as Churchers, Cranleigh, LWC and Marlborough but also interesting to see Seaford featured in the same breath as the likes of Eton, Radley, Tonbridge and Heathfield, and beating some of them!”

Kayaking Spring Term

The following week, the teams raced 19 miles from Reading to Marlow, their first race on the Thames. This one was a mass start, with 50 boats starting together, and over 200 boats competing in total. Seaford entered 3 boats, although for the third boat, Seaford joined forces with Heathfield School because each team had lost a member due to injury.  All 3 boats finished within 12 minutes of each other – Ethan and Evie completed the course in 3 hours 11 minutes, followed by Henry and Cally in 3 hours 13 minutes and Izzy and Franny (Heathfield) in 3 hours 23 minutes.

Kayaking on the River Thames

“All of this was achieved despite dropping a paddle into a weir, a first outing with a new team mate, split starts, heavy rain at the beginning and paddling past weir flows for the first time so a fantastic achievement by all the paddlers,” said Charles.

Last weekend, they then had a gruelling 23 mile, 35 portages paddle from Pewsey to Newbury. On this paddle they took in, for the first time, the infamous Bruce Tunnel – a 5m wide, 1/2km long unlit tunnel under the Savernake Forest – and the energy sapping 10 locks to be portaged over 5 miles between Wootton Rivers and Crofton.

Kayaking Spring Term

 

“All the boats did really well finishing in very respectable times and towards the mid-table in their classes with both mixed K2s finishing just over a minute apart despite Cally having to paddle with a broken paddle for 2 miles before it could be changed!” said Charles. “The very new partnership (only their second outing) paddled well together, managing to beat the other Heathfield crews who have been together since September! All paddlers finished very tired but in excellent spirits,” said Charles Lunt. “They are certainly embracing the school motto, Ad Alta!”

The teams are going to be entered as the inaugural Seaford College crews for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster canoe race over the Easter weekend, and we’ll have more kayaking updates over the coming weeks.