The weather was warm and sunny to begin with but turned a little chilly in time for the kayaking expedition. It didn’t stop them from ‘christening’ the Seaford sea kayaks though. Continue reading
Waterside D, the final gruelling and demanding preparatory race was held last week over 34 miles and 35 portages – day 1 of DW (Devizes to Westminster). This race held particular significance as to guarantee a place on the DW start line, this race needed to be both completed and also in under 9 hours.
After a successful 12-mile training session last weekend and a swap around of Will & Barney, the now familiar and strong partnerships departed Devizes in 2 groups around 20 minutes apart at just after 7am. In front of them lay 16 tough miles upstream without any portages, the dark Bruce Tunnel under the Savernake Forest, a grumpy swan just before Pewsey and 35 portages – 5 of which fall within the same mile – and the inevitable increase in ‘amateur’ narrowboat traffic, not to mention the energy sapping remaining 18 miles.
All boats set a demanding pace in the early stages with little to separate them time-wise for the initial 10 miles; the brutality & severity of portages after Pewsey around Wootton Rivers and Crofton Pumping Station, where the Kennet & Avon changes to flow with the race started to take its toll and the boats started to move apart. The race between the 3 boats in the latter group kept on at a ferocious pace until just before Hungerford, Beth & Coni suffered a rudder failure being that they had to stop for repairs but, once back on the water, they continued their pace. Shortly after Hungerford, having caught Zoë & Fliss & trying to stay with them, Ben pulled a muscle in his back forcing him to retire, meaning that after a long stop, Barney had to carry on in a K1 until eventually retiring just before Kintbury.
Ahead of them, Henry & Archie continued pounding away at the mileage, opening up a gap on the other 2 boats leaving Will & Ollie and Mark & Kaj to battle it out between them with Mark & Kaj eventually pushing ahead of Will & Ollie, for whom this was a huge step up from their previous maximum of 18 miles, having both been ill previously.
An astonishing race by all paddlers who all qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend. Particular mention must go to both the Junior Ladies K2 pairings who came in 5th & 7th in around 7 hours but honours must go to Zoë & Fliss who came an astonishing 2nd in the Waterside Series against opposition that has been together for considerably longer and beating the third place opponents by over 1.5 hours!! A huge congratulations!
As previously stated, this is an incredible squad that is able to combine competitiveness seamlessly with team spirit and all in aid of raising funds to help their extraordinarily brave & positive friend, Ellie Holt who is still incarnated in RSCH, waiting for a spare in the Intestinal Failure Unit in Southampton prior to going to the US for life changing treatment https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/get-ellie-eating
As always, a huge thank you to all the parents & support teams and to Charlie Lunt and the coaching team.
Seaford College presented its biggest production ever last week with four spectacular performances of Les Misérables, School Edition. It was a gargantuan production that has been more than a year in the planning with many, many hours of incredibly hard work from all those involved.
Auditions started last September, with students from across the school keen to be a part of this triumphant musical. With cast and crew selected, the music rehearsals began in earnest last October, followed by the full rehearsals soon after. Continue reading
As the Seaford Team continue their training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon, they took on their biggest challenge yet, Waterside C, at the weekend. This race is 23 miles long with 35 portages and the infamous 1/3 mile tunnel from Pewsey to Newbury.
The coaching team reports for us:
The Seaford Team are paddling in aid of Ellie Holt’s £75,000 fundraising target for life-changing medical intervention in the USA. Ellie has recently spent a number of weeks in hospital and is about to be transferred to Southampton Hospital Intestinal Failure Unit where she is likely to be for some-time. Read Ellie’s full story here and to sponsor the paddlers and help Ellie raise the funds she desperately needs please visit their fundraising page here. Continue reading
Tony Bracci, Seaford Shooting Instructor, reports on the competition:
We got there in good time so the boys could shoot the pool shoot to warm up before the main 50 bird sporting shoot. Continue reading
Seaford College had a great day at the NSEA National Qualifiers with our Prep School team coming 2nd to Farlington in the 12 years and under 70cm class, and beating Cranleigh, St Catherine’s, Dorset House, Alton School and Brambletye.
The top two teams qualify for the National Championships at Addington in October so the girls were delighted. It will be the first time that a team from the Prep School goes to the NSEA National Show Jumping Championships! Continue reading
Seaford College students took part in the Thameside 2 at the weekend as part of their training to compete in the demanding Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. This particular race is 19.5 miles from Reading to Marlow with 8 portages. The coaching team reports for us:
Another fantastic day of racing from the incredible Seaford kayaking squad.
After a week of rain, the team started what was their first mass-start race on a fast flowing river on a cold morning with a low sun in their eyes and wind at their backs. Despite a couple of boats having close shaves at the start, only one boat took an early swim. The six pairings paddled for the first time on the River Thames, where the weirs are bigger and the portages more tricky. They made a strong start and, by halfway, were posting some competitive times. Continue reading
Ahead of their match, the team had a team talk with our Headmaster John Green, Director of Sport Liam Doubler and Coach Chris Adams. They were heading to Chris Adams’ old school, Repton for the match. Continue reading
The week started with a book swap which provided a great opportunity for students to find a new book to read and give someone else the opportunity to read their favourite. They brought in books that they no longer needed, and swapped them for a small donation. All funds raised went to the RSPCA. Continue reading
Last Sunday the Seaford Equestrian team of Olivia McDonald, Emma Perrett, Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards and Kristian Fairston attended the Gordon’s School Inter-Schools show jumping competition. Despite the high winds and horrible weather we had a fantastic day winning both the 80cm and 90cm classes with many compliments on our riders’ style and performance. Continue reading
Over the weekend, Year 9 students found themselves without phones and with no access to social media. To many this would have been torture. Not to these students however. They were doing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and so had a bigger task at hand – ensuring their tents were not going to blow away!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s website highlights how the scheme helps young people push personal boundaries, learn new skills and go the extra mile. Our Year 9 certainly did that, either if it was by learning how to cook for the first time or by walking with a heavy rucksack in poor weather conditions. They all kept up high morale and certainly persevered to ensure they achieved both personal objectives and the aims and ethos of the Bronze practice weekend.
Year 7 pupils had a BASS (Becoming a Seaford Scientist) lesson which saw them exploring relationships and patterns. With Seb d’Agar, Seaford’s Head of Science, at the helm, they were asked to look at the relationship between the number of joints on a tree and the width of the branch. With BASS lessons designed to give pupils the thinking skills required to apply their learned content to novel and investigative situations, this was no ordinary lesson.
Despite the rather soggy weather, the class ventured outside. Making use of the stunning nature on our doorstep, in small groups they huddled under the bushes to measure the branches and record their results in a table. Amongst the comical comments of: “I can’t even stand up” and “why is this bush so small?” came the realisation of the pattern that they were seeing: “Oh, the higher up you go, the thinner the branch becomes”. Continue reading
Seaford’s Hockey Coach, Jon Williams proudly reports: “The boys played some excellent hockey throughout the day, topping their group and winning the tournament without conceding a goal. This was the first time the boys had played 11-a-side full pitch matches!
As a group all players worked extremely hard. Ben Blair and Charlie White controlled the midfield, with Hamish Williams creating many goal scoring opportunities down the right hand side. The defence of Rory Nugent, Zach Chausac, Finlay Jackson and Peter Baynes made good tackles and distributed the ball well. A real team effort and deserved winners of the Sussex U13 Hockey Cup.” Continue reading
Why did you come to Seaford?
I came from Great Ballard. The facilities at Seaford are fantastic. And when you drive up that drive, wow! Seeing the sports fields and all the different blocks, it’s in a league of its own. You can see the drive and enthusiasm that everyone has to keep moving forwards. I admire the way the school always looks to the future and doesn’t look backwards. Continue reading
The Waterside B is a 17.5 mile race from Newbury to Aldermaston with 19 portages. Seaford College students took part as part of their epic journey training to compete in the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. The coaching team reports on the race:
In what were truly testing conditions, the amazing kayaking team set out for the Waterside B. Seaford’s paddlers are supporting Ellie Holt’s crowd funding in order to help her raise £75,000 for life changing treatment – more information can be found here and donations can be made on their fundraising page. Continue reading
The Thameside 1 is the kayak race held each year between Aldermaston and Reading. Seaford College students took part as part of their epic journey training to complete in the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. Coach Charles Lunt reports on Sunday’s race.
A most energetic weekend!
To start with, a huge thank you to my fellow coaches – Bill, Dominic & Henry – for running today’s race programme due to the necessity for me to be 60 miles to the east! Continue reading
Our team was made up of Louisa Young, (pictured), Imogen Guimaraens and Zoe Lunt. We had to arrange special early times for Zoe who, with her family, made huge efforts to compete and make up the team before rushing off to race in her boat as part of her Devizes to Westminster training.
Due to busy schedules and horrendous weather the girls left before prize giving but we were delighted to find out that the team won the West Sussex qualifier!!
Sashes and rosettes are on their way.
Congratulations to Louisa and Zoe for also qualifying as individuals and becoming West Sussex Preliminary Champions and West Sussex Novice Champions respectively.
Seaford reached the final of the public schools arena polo championships at Rugby Polo Club in Warwickshire. With teams representing most of the big schools such as Eton, Harrow, Wellington and Stowe, Seaford knew they were going to have their work cut out. They were in the top class, the Open, for players of any handicap. They were able to use some superb ponies from Grant Collett of Offchurch Bury Polo club but they did not have long to get used to their unfamiliar mounts.
This year we have started up a new Biomedical Society for our Sixth Form students who are interested in medicine, veterinary, biology, pharmaceuticals, nursing and the wider research among these areas. We meet every other week for 2 hours with a range of activities for the students to explore and expand their knowledge and interests.
Following the introduction of the required practicals into the new Science GCSE specification, we have introduced ‘Becoming a Seaford Scientist’ (BASS) at KS3. These are a set of lessons that occur once a fortnight throughout the year. Our Year 7 and 8 students are currently taking part in these lessons.
The focus is to improve the students’ ability to work together and problem solve practical tasks by working as a part of a group with as little teacher input as possible. The skills focus on the ‘How Science Works’ understanding, which now has an increased focus in the new GCSE.
BASS also fits in with the whole school strategy of fostering independent learning, as it allows pupils to work together to overcome different scientific problems with as little help from the teacher as possible. BASS enables students to develop communication and group skills work.
Phillip Whelpton (Assistant Head of Year 11 and Head of KS3 Science) tells us: “The required practical makes up 15% of the new GCSE. By introducing BASS into our KS3 curriculum it will enable the students to have the key scientific skills and knowledge going into their GCSE years”.
Seb is now in his 7th year at Seaford and plays an important role in our academic strategy. A fine compere, he is also a member of the Seaford Chapel Choir.
What is your favourite science field to teach and why?
As a Biologist it has to be evolution. Exploring the diversity of life on Earth over the past 3 billion years is always eye opening to students at any age. They love treading in Darwin’s footsteps, learning about adaptations and natural selection. Continue reading
Returning to defend his title, Gus James narrowly missed out on claiming the National Schools Real Tennis Award today as he partnered Henry Sunderland at the Queen’s Club, London yesterday. Matthew Pitteway reported: “Gus won the event last year when he partnered Monty (leaver 2018) and looked in good form in the first match – a fairly comfortable win over the Oratory School. The second game against Wellington was another fairly comfortable win and we seemed on course to win our division with some ease.
Our last league match against a youthful St Paul’s team started promisingly as we won the first game. However, some excellent play by their pair and some poor shot selections and executions by Gus and Henry saw us lose pretty quickly 6-1 (although four of the games went to deuce).
We qualified as runner up in our division and played Canford in the semi-final. We played superbly and won that game comfortably 6-4 setting up a final against ………. St Paul’s (again).
We had high hopes that the final would bring out the best in our pair and the nerves in our opponents but that was not the case and (like the earlier game) St Paul’s won the final 6-1.
Well done to both Gus and Henry for playing so well and getting so close today. We were one of the youngest pairs at the tournament and this bodes well for the future!”
The Seaford College students have decided to take on this huge and extreme challenge (125 miles from Devizes to Westminster over the 4-day Easter weekend) to raise £75K for their friend, Ellie Holt (year 13) to have life changing treatment.
Ahead of the event, Head of Rugby at Seaford College, Dan Falvey, spoke about the really high quality of teams that were coming. A number were returning teams, including Hurst who were coming to defend their title, but there were also some teams who were attending for the first time. Continue reading
Natalie, who was also part of the squad in 2016 when they won Gold in the World Championships in New Zealand, told us that she’s: “Over the moon! The secret is finally out. I can’t wait to represent my country again and go to South Africa to retain our title in August”.