Classics students showing their enthusiasm

Students and teacher Tim Farmer after their classics lectureThe 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.

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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

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!

 

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!

Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner with Guest Speaker Shaun Edwards

Gareth with cup web

Seaford is excited to announce Shaun Edwards as our guest speaker at our Sports Dinner on 12th January. Reserve tickets at bookings@seaford.org

Shaun Edwards OBE, made his name in Rugby League playing for Wigan, England and Great Britain. He won 8 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Championships and was voted Man of Steel in 1990, before switching codes for a hugely successful coaching career in Rugby Union. 10 successful years as Head Coach at Wasps led to his current role as Assistant Coach for Wales and the Defence Coach on the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa. Shaun is truly a legend of Rugby.

Anya Shrubsole and the Cricket World Cup in 2017We’re also extremely excited that England cricketer Anya Shrubsole will be joining us for the evening. Anya was an integral member of the winning women’s team at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup,  and was voted player of the game in the final at Lord’s with a match winning 6 wickets off 46 runs. This is the best ever return recorded in a World Cup final, and led to her nomination for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

The night starts with a Drinks Reception supported by Old Seafordian Stephen Cronk from Mirabeau en Provence Wine. This will be followed by a three course dinner.

Dress: Black Tie

Sports Dinner Invite

 

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.

Decoding Bletchley Park Talk at Seaford College

Join us for a fascinating evening about Bletchley Park on Thursday 2nd November! Thomas Briggs will be taking us through a timeline of Bletchley Park’s development as a code breaking facility, and an original enigma machine will be present during the talk, which will be held in Seaford College’s Assembly Hall. Tickets will be £5 on the door, you can show up on the night, or email bookings@seaford.org to reserve your spot. Continue reading

Demystifying the Oxbridge process

John Doy - Director of Academic Performance and Enrichment

Our aim at Seaford is for every pupil to achieve their personal best. We welcome the academically gifted, as well as those who find the examination culture a challenge, and we’re very proud of the learning support we provide to all our pupils. On top of identifying and helping students with learning difficulties, we also believe it’s important to identify students with exceptional academic potential, and provide them with the support they need to fully stretch themselves.

This Sunday is the deadline for any Medicine, Dentistry and Oxbridge applications, and this year a number of Seaford College students are putting themselves forward.

John Doy is Seaford’s Head of Academic Performance and Enrichment, and has put in place a number of strategies to help stretch and motivate the academically gifted students here. One of those things is helping students with Oxbridge aspirations to learn more about the whole process, help them with applications, and prepare themselves for potential interviews.
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New record amount raised at Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017 Montage 1 The total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support by the Prep School on Friday 29th September, is a massive £654.18, a new record for the Prep School.

Thank you very much for all your donations and cake eating! Here are a few pictures from the day!

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017 Montage 2 Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017 Montage 3

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

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, about the transition process, and any advice he has for parents and pupils.

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The Sixth Form Boarding Experience

A couple of our Year 13 students, Fergus Guiry and Yolanda Gumpo, shared their thoughts with us on boarding at Heden Hall and Heden Court, here at Seaford College.

Why did you choose Seaford?

Fergus: The sport is really good, and Seaford’s academic focus and individual attention is second to none.
Yolanda: I love the music department and I’m a music scholar. Seaford is known to be excellent at academic and extra-curricular pursuits as well as pastoral care.

What do you like about Seaford both from an academic and an extra-curricular perspective?

Fergus & Yolanda: There is a massive range of extra-curricular activities, from sport to CCF, music, art, drama and all the
adventure stuff, it’s such a bonus. From an academic perspective, the teachers at Seaford actually care about your learning. In the Sixth Form there are smaller classes and everything is a lot more concentrated. The teachers know you very well, they know how you learn and they care a lot, which really helps us to do well. You really feel like you have the freedom to be who you want to be.

How have you found the transition from GCSE to A Level?

Fergus & Yolanda: We’ve really liked it: at A Level there are fewer subjects, whereas at GCSE you study eleven or twelve. It’s a lot more concentrated, and although it does get harder, we’ve really enjoyed it because we love the subjects we study, and you get to go into them in a lot more depth.

Fergus Guiry at Seaford College Fergus, how do you balance you studies with your rugby? Do you train every day?

During the season I will train every day either at Seaford or with London Irish, and I get a lot of support with my timetable from my teachers. I make sure that I get work done in my free periods. I also have prep for 2 hours in Heden every evening, so I will get my work done. I have been able to balance my workload and my rugby. I really enjoy being Vice Captain, I’ve enjoyed seeing how all the boys have progressed from Year 7 and Year 8, and how different players progress
and take on different attributes. My leadership skills have improved as well; I feel really confident in front of a big group, which will help me in the future.

Yolanda Gumpo performing at SeafordstockYolanda, how do you balance you studies with your music? Do you practice every day?

I agree with Fergus, we get a lot of support from our teachers with our studies and this gives me time to focus on my music. I’m in the school choirs and in the Jazz Band. I do my academic work in my free periods and after the 2 hours of prep in the evening I go to the Music Department and do 2 hours of practice every day. It doesn’t feel like work though because I love it. I’m also on the School Council and like making a difference to the community. It’s fun and I like being in charge.

What are your plans for the future?

Fergus: I’d like to get a professional contract with London Irish, my back up plan is to study International Business at University.
Yolanda: I’d like to follow in the footsteps of Tom Odell (who studied at Seaford) and I’m going to the same university. I’m going to the BIMM in Brighton to do a song writing course and I want to be a professional singer and song writer.
How does boarding at Heden Hall compare to your experience of boarding at the other houses?

Fergus & Yolanda: Heden is a lot more grown-up. Everyone in Heden is deciding what they want to do in the future: whether they’re going to university, having a gap year, or getting an army scholarship. If you want to go to university, then you have to put the work in. Dr Pothecary & Mrs Reynolds make that really clear, and they really motivate us. We feel grown up and self-motivated. We’ve also introduced a bowling league which is great fun.

Do you think Heden is good preparation for university halls?

Fergus & Yolanda: Heden definitely prepares you for university life; it’s really up to you to do the work. We’re not spoon fed, we have independence and we are learning about organisation and preparation, so we are really young adults now. There is a lot of responsibility and trust and we have both really matured.

Do you think you will be lifelong friends with the other boarders?

Yolanda: You learn to get along with people from all walks of life and that is great life experience for the future. I like the time when the boys and girls socialise together, I like having a mixed group of friends.
Fergus: They’re really good mates, and I would definitely see most of them as lifelong friends. I enjoy the social time in the common room where the boys and girls socialise together. I like the balance this gives.

What are the main benefits of boarding at Seaford?

Fergus & Yolanda: It’s very good from a work perspective. You get the work done, if you’re a day pupil it’s harder, you go home and eat and lounge about. Also, there are all the activities, you’re never bored. It’s like a sleepover with all of your
mates, and there’s never a dull moment.

What do you like about Dr Pothercarys’ and Mrs Reynolds’ style as a Houseparent?

Fergus: Dr Pothercary is laid back, disciplined, reasonable and treats you like an adult. He listens and will make improvements from our suggestions. He is keen that we enjoy ourselves and work hard. It’s a good ethic.
Yolanda: Mrs Reynolds is firm but fair. She gives us the space we need and it’s good preparation for university. She helps us see the consequences of our decisions. She is friendly, a lot of fun and has a great sense of humour. They also both have experience with their own teenagers and work well as a team to unite the two Heden houses.