Anna Pantazopoulou and Tor Pothecary reached the second round of the ESU Schools’ Mace competition last week and were involved in a passionate debate against Lancing College on the subject of corporations adopting a public stance on social issues. The team argued well but on this occasion did not progress to the next round. Continue reading
Congratulations to all of our Prep School Years 2-5 students for a magnificent Christmas performance of ‘Baboushka’. It was simply amazing and all the children performed brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening so special and for the wonderful costumes.
You can see an extract of the performance here:
As part of our Creative Curriculum, the Prep School embarked upon Flight Week. With a range of educational and creative activities, the aim was to lay down conceptual understanding of essential themes required for the curriculum in future education.
The children were divided up into six groups, made up of mixed ages, representing six countries – South Africa, Mexico, Italy, India, Canada and New Zealand. This enabled our younger and older children to work together in teams – collaboration is an essential skill for our children’s lives in the future. Continue reading
During Personal Development time yesterday, our students learnt the true meaning of Ad Alta! They were in awe of Bonita Norris, who came to talk to them about her adventures. Bonita climbed Mount Everest aged only 22 (the youngest British woman at the time) having only discovered a passion for climbing a couple of years before.
She touched upon many powerful messages – taking the first step, the power of the mind to overcome fear, defeating negative spirals of thinking and the joy of sharing tough challenges with other people.
It was a hugely inspirational talk from a fantastic female role model. Thank you Bonita.
Alfie has been playing in competitive tournaments for the last five years. He describes polo as a demanding sport. “I like the intensity” he says.
Seaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. Quizmaster Wayne Mills compiles all the questions himself and travels the country and the globe quizzing children about books.
Seaford College teams from Years 7 and 8 competed against 9 other schools from the surrounding area. There were 17 teams in total and competition was fierce. Our Year 7s missed out on 3rd place by only 2 points! Still, both Seaford teams won a set of books and had great fun participating. Well done to all the students who took part, and great thanks to our Year 12 Literature students who helped out on the day. Continue reading
Dr Underwood came to Seaford to talk to the students about what being a Psychiatrist involves, some of the studies he is involved in as a research fellow and to give them advice and guidance on applying for medicine or other similar fields at University.
In talking about his work as a Psychiatrist, Dr Underwood described some of the gruelling but rewarding shifts it involves. Working on call for 24 hours straight, he sees anyone in a mental health crisis, be that in A&E, on a ward or even in a police station or prison. The work is varied and interesting and, when asked by one of the students if it can be scary at times, he answered “Not at all. It’s interesting – you get to see people that you’d never meet otherwise”. Continue reading
Two teams from Seaford College took part in this year’s youth Speaks competition, hosted by Chichester Rotary Club. Judges heard presentations on a wide range of topics in the local heat of the national contest for students to hone their public speaking skills. This year, Seaford College entered two senior level teams speaking on what makes a good parent and the issues with ‘data overload’ in modern life. First place was awarded to the St Philip Howard team.
Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp, Emily Cook and Bella Crowley had qualified for the 75cm competition last summer and were very excited as it was their first Championships and first time staying away with their ponies.
Competition was fierce with qualified school teams coming from all over the UK with a very competitive but sportsmanlike atmosphere. All our four riders jumped in the warm up Scurry class with Emily riding a fantastic speedy clear round to come 4th individually. Then the ponies were settled for the night in the onsite stables and the parents and children had supper in the Cafe. Continue reading
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.
Seaford Equestrian had a fantastic day at the West Sussex County qualifier at Coombelands, Pulborough at the weekend. They were the Champions at 80cm & 90cm levels and will represent West Sussex at the National County Championships.
Our 70cm team of Emily Cook, Bella Crowley, Lara Drysdale and Deya Thomson came 2nd, just being pipped on time in the jump off by Farlington. Bella came 4th individually riding a very speedy round on her pony Silver.
In the 80cm class our team of Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley, Sophie Gosling and Emily Cook WON, beating Hurst A & B teams, Farlington, Millais, Windlesham and Dorset House, and were crowned West Sussex County Champions!! Our second team of Emmy Burkinshaw, Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith and Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards also did well to come 7th.
Seaford College Sailing Club have travelled to Weymouth, the home of British Sailing, to take part in the RYA British Youth Regional Championships (BYRC), an event held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.
This is a revered location, being not just the training waters for the British Sailing Team, but also the venue of the 2012 London Olympic Games where Sir Ben Ainsley became the most decorated Olympic sailor, claiming five medals across five Olympic Games. Great Britain is the top Olympic sailing nation, with the most medals and has already qualified for the 2020 games in all classes. Currently the only nation to do so.
We caught up with Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College, to find out a little more.
Lille-Beau joined Seaford this year and is enjoying having a golf course at the school. Continue reading
Jim Evans is a former Harlequins Rugby Union Player and Harlequins Academy Head Coach. Gary Street is a former England Women’s Rugby Union Coach and Academy Coach Development Officer for Harlequins.
They were with us to work with our U12 & U13 players. It was a fantastic training session and our Prep School students really enjoyed the training.
The boys got a lot out of the training. “I thought it was really good. Different coaches so a different point of view on the game” said Hamish Williams from Year 8.
Seaford College is hosting the Petworth Festival Literary Week for the Max Hastings Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 event, on Sunday 4th November 3.00pm – 4.00pm in the Johnson Centre, Seaford College.
Follow the link for full information and online booking: https://www.petworthfestival.org.uk/max-hastings-vietnam.html
The Festival organisers are very kindly offering a discount to Seaford families for the Max Hastings event: they can book online or by telephone (01798 344576) and the code is MHVSC. It entitles parents/guardians to a 20% discount and accompanying Seaford pupils/siblings are free.
Father Colin would like to share times for Church Services at St Peter’s Chapel, Seaford College:
Prep School – weekly Wednesday 9am
Senior School – bi-weekly Monday 9am
Every Tuesday 4.15pm in St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)
for all students, staff & parents
St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)
Mon-Fri 8am for all students, staff & parents
St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)
Mon-Fri 5pm for all students, staff & parents
Tuesday 9th October
St Peter’s Chapel (Seaford College)
For all students, staff & parents & open to the wider community. All welcome.
Choral Evensong will take place on one evening, every half-term.
Information about Christmas Services to follow.
Old Seafordian, Harry Leleu, features in a BBC article looking at athletes achieving success in sport and classroom.
He tells them “Meeting the demands of studying for a degree in physics is taxing. Marrying that with a grueling training schedule necessary to compete at the top level is therefore only possible with a great deal of focus, organisation and self-discipline, alongside a strong support network.
“With a sport such as triathlon with three disciplines, you can be doing up to 30 hours of training per week, which means time-management is paramount.
“Surrounding myself with like-minded people has a positive impact. Sharing a house with other performance sport athletes means we all study, train, eat and sleep around the clock. We all have a clear understanding of what the other is trying to achieve and we help each other achieve that.
As we welcomed all students back to Seaford Prep at the start of the year they had a fun filled activity week. The exciting induction activities and trips encouraged new friendships and supported the transition to a new school or year group. The activities were designed to help the children get to know one another and to help them adjust to their new classrooms and teachers.
The week started with a Woodland Walk complete with a teddy bears’ picnic. The children brought in their favourite teddy or cuddly toy and explored the woods.
The next day those from Years 2 – 5 took part in a circus workshop. They loved every minute and learnt all sorts of new skills. It was fabulous seeing the children working together as they mastered plate spinning, juggling, hula hooping and even stilt walking.
We 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.”
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 the 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 morals, 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.”
You can learn more about James from his website http://www.icanandiam.com or find him on Twitter @JukesShone
Six Year 11 Seaford students visited Surrey Space Centre as a reward for winning last year’s International Space Challenge at King Edward’s School. The students were treated to a guided tour of the control centre where the much heralded ‘Remove Debris Project’ was overseen and monitored. Students were then given a look at the facility where Surrey Satellite Technologies design and build their cutting edge satellites.
Sam French from Year 11 reflects on the day:
Various shots of arrival of guests, including Princess Margaret and Lord and Lady Cowdray, to Billy Wallace’s wedding at Lavington, Sussex. Arrival of attendants James Hoyer Millar, Rosanna Pearson and Charlotte Brand. The groom Mr Billy Wallace arrives and then the bride Elizabeth Hoyer Millar with her father Lord Inchyra. Various shots of the bride and groom leaving the Church of St. Peter’s Lavington and pushing their way through small crowd and some pressmen. They get into car and drive off. More shots of the guests outside the church, choir boys, Princess Margaret, bride and groom arriving, leaving the church, etc.
Date found in the old record – 22/10/1965.
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Seaford College had the pleasure of welcoming Father Colin Datchler as Chaplin at Seaford at the beginning of term. During his first week, Father Colin was licensed to be Chaplain at Seaford College by The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester in Seaford’s Chapel. The service was described by Angela Thornley (Headmaster’s PA) as: “Magical, you could really feel the love in the Chapel. There was a cross section from the community from his former parish and his new community at Seaford College. He also had strong support from his family and Bishop Martin was very engaging.”
Jo Browne (Seaford’s Secretary) added: “It left me with a warm fuzzy feeling, it left you glowing. It was such warm atmosphere and very uplifting.”
Father Colin’s character and personality came across on the first day of term when he was caught practising the art of photobombing as parents were taking first day photos outside the Johnson Centre!
Father Colin has a keen interest in rugby and is planning to do some coaching at Seaford in the future. He met the 1st XV as part of his induction to Seaford.
A recent Prep School Chapel Service had a very interesting theme. Father Colin explained;”It was about standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us here at Seaford. It’s easy to look at the people at the top who are in the seemingly glamorous positions, but each person in that pyramid had a vital and important role. Knowing we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us means we 1) benefit from their experience, 2) inherit their traditions, and 3) means we are connected to them in some way.”
Headmaster, John Green welcomed Father Colin and added: “We are very fortunate to have Father Colin join us, he has a wealth of experience working with young people and he has ambitious plans to be part of the Seaford community in his role as Chaplain.”
The Classics department at Seaford attended a number of interesting Seminars and Lectures last term, and our Classics teacher Tim Farmer is pleased with the enthusiasm of his students. Year 12 student, Eddie MacKenzie, penned his thoughts for us on some of the recent trips.
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!
Last 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.
Both 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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”