Seaford College hosts Gifted and Talented Conference

photowebSeaford College hosted a large number of local primary and secondary schools this week at its inaugural Gifted and Talented conference, “Challenging the more able learner”. Sue Mordecai the renowned and inspirational speaker spoke at the conference. Sue covered the current challenges for able learners in our classes from Reception to Year 13. The key messages included ideas to help engage children to read for pleasure in an age where technology is so dominant. Sue said: “After the age of 7 research studies show that we learn new words from what we read, encouraging ‘Screenagers’ to read is a real challenge.” Sue discussed the importance of good teachers and highlighted that a passion for a subject along with good subject knowledge in secondary education is crucial for engaging the more able learner. Sue shared a checklist of characteristics of the more able learners and challenged the audience to make sure teaching allows for these characteristics to flourish:

Highly able learners:
• are curious
• continually ask questions
• have a willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty
• have a recognition of and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of things
• are fascinated by, or passionate about, a particular subject or aspect of the curriculum
• determined and persistent
• can be perfectionists

Her main message was that schools should give children the opportunities to reveal their abilities so that talent can be identified. She then gave practical examples about how this can be achieved saying, “Ask unusual questions to prompt unusual answers and give students the chance to show exceptional qualities”. Examples of questions to ask included: What happens if I drop an ant? Do ideas have to be right to be valuable? Who is more corrupt – the person who gives bribes or takes bribes?

Rebecca Burns from Pennthorpe School said: “It was a superb event with fantastic ideas and real life examples to use in the classroom”. Malcombe Meaby, deputy head from Easebourne CofE Primary added: “The conference was fascinating and informative. I have lots of ideas that I’ll take away and share with my staff”. John Doy, Director of Seaford’s Academic Development said: “Sue is warm and engaging and her presentations always make you think.” Eleanor Jones, Seaford’s Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator added: “Sue is very inspiring and reenergises you. It has been a great conference for networking and sharing ideas between schools.”

John Green, Seaford’s Headmaster said: “Seaford is proud to be an inclusive school giving all pupils the opportunity to achieve their personal bests. Over the past three years our academic strategy has resulted in a very high number of incredibly able students joining the vibrant Seaford community.

The recent conference by Sue was inspirational and identified how to positively stretch our most able students both inside and outside of the classrooms. The strength of the Seaford community is that all our pupils have the self esteem to make the most of the vast opportunities and provision on offer – indeed our pupils succeed because they believe they can.”

Book Recommendation:
Sue made a book recommendation to help schools identify the able learner in the foundation years:
http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Finding_Exploring.pdf

Further information about Sue Mordecai:
Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools. She is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), an independent education consultant and founder of the networking group ‘Associates for School Improvement’. Through NACE, Sue has been involved in the writing and production of materials commissioned by the Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. Until recently Sue was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. She has delivered training nationally and internationally. She is on the board of a multi academy trust and is chair of the Diocese of Rochester School Effectiveness Group. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and is an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Gifted Education International’. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information: http://www.nace.co.uk

Year 13 student, Oliver Shone has an article published in the Guardian

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Year 13 pupil Oliver Shone has had his IGCSE English Language Writing Coursework published in the Guardian.  Pauline White, his English teacher said: “He wrote this piece for me when he was in Year 11.  It’s about his brother, Sebbie, who has Down’s Syndrome.  Ollie stopped me on the Chicken Walk to excitedly tell me the news, what a fantastic achievement.”  John Green, Headmaster added: “Incredible news, we are very proud of Ollie.”

Follow the link to read Oliver’s piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/07/brother-downs-syndrome-eradicate

Seaford’s most successful long distance runner

photowebOlivia McDonald (Yr 10) is Seaford’s most successful long distance runner. Lauren Bryant, Director of Girls’ Sport said: “Olivia competed in the Butser Hill Cross Country Challenge running 3km. Olivia came in 3rd overall and was the 1st female to cross the finish line, with years 8,9, 10 and 11 all running together.  I’m really proud of what she achieved.     Butser Hill at 889’ is the highest point on the South Downs, overlooking the town of Petersfield and is the natural heart of the South Downs National Park.”

Seaford hosts Gifted and Talented Conference

seaford-college-challenge-2Seaford College is hosting a Gifted and Talented conference, “Challenging the more able learner” on Tuesday 8th November.  Sue Mordecai the renowned and inspirational speaker is speaking at the conference.  Sue will cover the current challenges for able learners in our classes from Reception to Year 13.  All local schools are invited to attend the conference.

Sue has taught in primary and secondary schools. She is currently a trustee and former chair of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE), an independent education consultant and founder of the networking group ‘Associates for School Improvement’. Through NACE, Sue has been involved in the writing and production of materials commissioned by the Welsh and English governments and has represented NACE on a number of government advisory bodies. Until recently Sue was the Head of School Improvement with a Local Authority and worked with primary, special and secondary schools. She has delivered training nationally and internationally. She is on the board of a multi academy trust and is chair of the Diocese of Rochester School Effectiveness Group. Sue is the author of a number of articles and resources related to highly able students and is an educational adviser to the publishers ‘Rising Stars’ and is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Gifted Education International’. Sue is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information, please email: ejones@seaford.org

Seaford welcomes Sir Gareth Edwards CBE to Annual Sports Dinner

annual-sport-dinner-2016Seaford College is looking forward to welcoming Sir Gareth Edwards to Seaford’s Annual Sports Dinner on Friday 30th September.

As long as rugby is played, the argument will never be settled over which was the superior of the two classic Lions vintages of 1971 and 1974.
But whether the ’71 side had the better backs and the heroes of ’74 the finer forwards, one thing is certain – both teams had the best scrum-half of their age in Gareth Edwards, of Cardiff and Wales.
Capped at 19 and his country’s youngest captain at 20 years, seven months, Edwards turned 21 on his first Lions tour, to South Africa in 1968. There, he showed the potential of his partnership with Barry John that would burst into full bloom in New Zealand three years later.
In South Africa, though, potential it remained.  John was injured in the first Test and Edwards tore a hamstring before the third vital third international.
By 1971, Edwards was well into his record run of 53 Wales caps in a row and played a pivotal role in the Lions’ first series victory in New Zealand.

Seaford College celebrates a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing

front-coverwebSeaford College is celebrating a phenomenal 60% A* A Level pass rate for Creative Writing.  John Doy, Seaford’s Director of Academic Performance said: “Before taking on my new role this academic year I was the Head of the English Department and we decided to compile this book to celebrate and share the fantastic work our students produce. There are lots of great things about being an English Teacher, but there is nothing quite like reading the work of a student that completely stops you in your tracks. We hope the writing we have included here gives you a little taste of how wonderful, surprising and sometimes terrifying that moment can be – when the power of “a word after a word after a word” becomes real.
There are pieces here from some of our A Level Creative Writing students and also from pupils further down the school.
We would like to thank the Art Department for helping us to provide the images we have selected to accompany the writing. The names of the students who created the images you see can be found on the page opposite.
Enjoy!”

“A word after a word
after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood

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Seaford College’s Careers Evening – Media & PR

photo2webMartin Spurrier gave an enthusiastic presentation to students and parents at Seaford’s Careers Evening last night.  Martin’s story is fascinating and inspirational, and it provided a valuable insight into the world of PR and Marketing.

Martin had a fascinating career and travelled from England to Hong Kong in 1972 after an earlier career in the Army, became a founder member of Burson-Marsteller in Asia, owned a PR company and chaired the Hong Kong arms of Weber Shandwick and Edelman, two of the world’s leading PR firms.

Martin engaged with the audience and explained the difference between PR and Marketing, he covered the sectors that pupils could go into and he demonstrated that there is a future in PR by showing the growth of the top PR companies in the world.  He discussed the changing world of PR with new technologies and covered the skills and attributes that you need to be successful in this field.

As part of the student and parent Q&A he advised that English is a good subject to study and it is essential to have a love of writing.  He also discussed the benefits of working in a small PR consultancy and a large PR consultancy as part of your career.

Heather Russell, Seaford College’s new Head of Careers said: “This is the first of many exciting talks planned for the year to help students make plans for their future careers.   I’d like to thank Martin for his time as it has given our students a great insight into the world of PR and Marketing.”

Seaford College alumnus profile: Felicity Lloyd-Coombes

Felicity Lloyd Coombes workshop June 2016 - 03 3A3A8445 webseaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-2seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-4seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-6seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-1seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-5seaford-college-felicity-lloyd-coombes-alumnus-3Name: Felicity Lloyd-Coombes.

Years you attended Seaford: 1997-2004.

House: Mansion.

Position of responsibility held, if any? Prefect.

What do you do for a living now? I run my own business, Lloyd-Coombes Ceramics – Animal Sculpture. The main part of my business is selling my sculptures but I also teach short courses, hold demo days and talks, provide work to galleries and take on personalised commissions.

Have you always done this? Yes. I went to Loughborough University to study ceramics and set up my business full-time straight after graduating.

What are your happiest memories from your time at Seaford? Being a boarder and the family atmosphere that is formed within the boarding house between friends and staff. When you leave you make many friends, at university and work, but they never know you as well as those you have lived with and grown up with.

What do you feel were the greatest benefits of attending Seaford? The opportunity to board. You are treated as an individual and encouraged to be an individual; taught to follow the expectations you set for yourself, not ones that are put upon you by others.

Are you still in touch with many other alumni? Yes.

When was the last time you were back at the school? In June to teach a workshop. Prior to that, I’d been back a few years earlier to show my husband where I grew up.

How did you come to be involved in your line of work? Through Seaford teaching ceramics as a GCSE.

What are your plans for the future? To relocate the business to the Brecon Beacons, where it will have space to grow. We will be building accommodation for my courses and developing a hands-on area with the animals to teach and inspire the students.

What advice do you have for current Seaford pupils? To the girls: enjoy! You will probably only live in a mansion once in your life.

 

For more information about Felicity’s work, please visit http://www.lloydcoombesceramics.co.uk

PR expert Martin Spurrier to speak at Seaford College careers evening

Seaford College Careers EveningCome and hear how one man went from England to Hong Kong in 1972 after an earlier career in the Army, became a founder member of Burson-Marsteller in Asia, owned a PR company and chaired the Hong Kong arms of Weber Shandwick and Edelman, two of the world’s leading PR firms.

Martin Spurrier’s story is fascinating and inspirational, and will give you a valuable insight into the world of PR and marketing.

The event has been organised by Heather Russell, Seaford College’s new Head of Careers, the first of many exciting talks planned for the year to help students make plans for their future careers.

Watch Seaford College 1stXV rugby highlights from the 2015-16 season

The Seaford College 1stXV enjoyed an exceptional season and you can watch highlights from the 2015-16 campaign in this excellent video, which was put together by Seaford’s Head of Rugby, Ed Bowden.

For news, results and information about rugby at Seaford College, follow @Seaford_Rugby on Twitter.

Seaford College pupil William Morris raises money for cancer charities

Seaford College William Morris charity walkThe mother of Year 11 pupil William Morris would like to thank his fellow students and the teaching staff at Seaford for their generosity in supporting his fundraising efforts last year. William undertook a sponsored 7km walk from Graffham to Cocking in memory of his father and raised £200 for the Macmillan Cancer Support palliative care unit in Midhurst and £200 for Cancer Research UK. All of the money was donated by the College’s staff and students.

Seaford College pupil wins national robot-building contest

Theo Burley robot competition Seaford CollegeCongratulations to Theo Burley – the Seaford College Year 10 student has won a national robot-building competition contested by pupils from more than 500 UK schools. He entered the competition via the College during the autumn term and was informed about his victory by the organisers during the Christmas holidays.

”We are very proud of him. It was a great end to the year,” said his mother, Esther. “It has also inspired more creativity and lots of positivity for everyone in the New Year!”

The competition was organised by GlueGunsDirect.com and judged by professional artist Mark Haig from Gizmobots, who particularly liked Theo’s use of recycled materials, which he collected from West Wittering beach and then stuck together using a glue gun. The first prize was £300, £50 of which Theo has donated to a cancer charity.

“It is fantastic news that Theo recently won first place in a national art competition,” said Hazel Wiggin, Theo’s 3D Design teacher. “He was set the robot-building task as GCSE half-term homework. He was very resourceful and went beach combing to collect his materials.

“His design is inventive and skilfully constructed. He also thought about the environmental implications of his robot by recycling old plastic and should be congratulated for this superb achievement.”

Seaford pupils hear address by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy Seaford CollegeOn Monday 30 November, Seaford’s A Level English Literature students attended a day of lectures at the Institute of Education just off London’s Russell Square.

Speakers included the academics Dr Simon Avery, Reader in Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Westminster, and Nick Hutchison, the renowned Shakespearean director. The undoubted highlight of the day though was an address by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (pictured), who read from her famous collection The World’s Wife and answered questions on the theme of the day, ‘Love Through the Ages’, from the assembled students.

Lydia Ellwand, Year 13, said: “It was truly inspiring to hear poems we had studied read aloud by the person who wrote them,” while Hudson Greig especially enjoyed the talk on Shakespeare, saying that “Nick Hutchison’s enthusiasm for Shakespeare was infectious.”

Other events the English Department has organised this term include a trip to see a filmed version of the Broadway hit Of Mice and Men, a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace, and a creative writing masterclass with local writer Margaret Coles.

Pic credit: Michael J Woods

Seaford College secure rugby victory over Reigate Grammar School

Seaford College rugby lewis trainingSeaford College’s 1st XV enjoyed another victory last night, romping to a 31-0 lead by half time against Reigate Grammar School and then seeing the game out to secure a 36-7 win.

“From minute one the boys’ intensity and accuracy were far better than the opposition’s,” said Edward Bowden, Head of Rugby. “With the wind in the first half, we created and finished four excellent tries and didn’t allow Reigate into the game. Second half, it was a great defensive effort to withhold the Reigate comeback and secure a thoroughly deserved victory.

“It was a fantastic way to finish for the squad, in particular the Upper Sixth, whose last game that was for the College. It’s been great to work with all the boys this term and they’re a credit to the school.”

Hayter calls the shots at Seaford clay pigeon contest

Seaford College clay pigeon shooting HayterOn Saturday, Seaford College staged a shooting contest at the school’s clay pigeon range. The competition took the form of Compak Sporting, a round of 25 targets from five traps from five different stands.

After three rounds, there was a dead heat between Douglas Hayter (pictured) and James Hannington, so a shoot-off was held to decide the winner. Two traps were picked randomly by the two finalists, who then shot as simultaneous pairs from the five stands. In a tense finale James scored 8/10 but Douglas shot an even better 10/10 to take the trophy – over the course of 85 targets there were only two clays between them. Nick Easton achieved the highest prep score and Erin Harte scored the highest ladies’ score.

“Doug’s accomplishments are very much down to the excellent tuition he has received at Seaford from Tony Bracci and his fellow instructors,” said Douglas’s mother, Gillian. “Until two years ago Doug had never shot a clay and with their expertise he has come on leaps and bounds, so we cannot thank them enough.”

Anyone who would like to try clay shooting for the first time or who wants to improve their technique is welcome to come along to the school’s Saturday morning open practice sessions, which are held from 10am-12pm during term time. Each term the College focuses on a different clay shooting discipline: trap, Skeet and Sporting.

For more details please contact Tony Bracci at tonybraccishooting@gmail.com

Seaford College drama students enjoy acting masterclass with Niamh Cusack

Niamh Cusack and Seaford College drama studentsThe school’s A Level Theatre Studies and GCSE Drama students were given a rare opportunity last Friday when Niamh Cusack visited the school to deliver an acting masterclass.

Niamh, whose acting career includes film, television and theatre work with the RSC and the National Theatre, and who will shortly be appearing in The Winter’s Tale at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre in London, worked with the students on developing their vocal delivery of Shakespeare text.

Niamh Cusack acting masterclass with Seaford College drama students

The workshop was quite intense, with the students exploring a variety of physical techniques designed to help them feel and understand the way Shakespeare uses iambic pentameter to evoke meaning and character relationships.

Niamh said she felt the pupils were all very brave and had made discernible progress throughout the two-hour session. Dr Jane Askew, Head of Drama, added: “I was really proud of the students involved. They were all focused and committed throughout the masterclass, and will certainly have benefited from the whole experience.”

Arturo Ui – the gangster show to end all gangster shows

Seaford College drama Arturo Ui FergusLast week, students of Seaford College presented a powerful and challenging production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. The cast made up of students between the ages of 14 and 18 gave a confident and witty presentation of the play, with standout performances from Fergus Segrove Seaford College drama Arturo Ui group shot(Year 10) in the title role, Beci Eden (Year 13) as presenter of the ‘gangster show to end all gangster shows’, and Eva Ruseva (Year 13) as Betty Dullfoot.

The play is a clever parody of Hitler’s rise to power set in 1930s Chicago gangland. The production design by Jamie Klückers evoked the dark atmosphere of the era, from speakeasy to backstreet garage massacre to courtroom drama. The final scene created a chilling image reminiscent of the Nazi rallies familiar to us from newsreel Seaford College drama Arturo Ui Evafootage.

The director, Dr Jane Askew, said: “All of the cast are to be commended for their engaging and strong performances, but Fergus in the role of Arturo Ui was outstanding. He created a synthesis between the character of a 1930s Seaford College drama Arturo Ui BeciAmerican mobster and a carefully studied observation of Hitler that was remarkable for a boy of his age.

“There have been several messages from audience members praising the cast for their handling of such a thought-provoking play.”

 

 

Christmas celebrations begin at Seaford College

Seaford College gingerbread Christmas mansion

Mansion House at Seaford College is already overflowing with Christmas spirit. The log fire is roaring, the Christmas tree is sparkling and a replica of Mansion House made of gingerbread is being admired by passers-by. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to make,” said head chef Cavill Perrin, who spent 18 hours creating the gingerbread mansion to celebrate the beginning of the festive period.

To produce his masterpiece, Cavill used 12lb (5.5kg) of gingerbread dough and 10lb (4.5kg) of royal icing. David Shaw, head of DT, helped out by building an acrylic framework to support the gingerbread. The College plans to keep the gingerbread Mansion House on display until the end of term – when the pupils will be allowed to eat it!

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Seaford Prep School teams take part in the Kid’s Lit. Quiz

Kid’s Lit. Quiz Seaford College teamOn Tuesday, two teams of students from Seaford Prep School took part in the Kid’s Lit. Quiz, the world’s only global literature competition, which this year was held at Duke of Kent School in Surrey. More than 20 schools took part from all over the South East. Our Year 7 team came ninth overall so didn’t qualify for the national final but did come away with some new books, which they won in a special bonus round. All the students had a great afternoon and came away even more enthused by “the sport of reading”.

The Seaford pupils who competed were Sam French, Marcus Fairweather and Henry Thompson (all Year 8), and Max Rogerson, Henry Grantham-Smith and Eliott Emslie from Year 7. This is the fourth year the College has entered the not-for-profit competition, which also stages events in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. It was launched in 1991 with the aim of acknowledging, motivating and rewarding young students for their reading.

Seaford College’s rugby teams enjoyed a triumphant weekend against local rivals Brighton College

Seaford College v Brighton College 14-11-15 Jake McQuade (left) celebrates a hard-fought victory WEB Rugby - Seaford College v Brighton College Seaford College’s rugby teams enjoyed a triumphant weekend against local rivals Brighton College. The 1st XV, which hasn’t lost since the opening weekend of the season, continued its good form with a hard-fought 22-13 home victory, while the U14A side fared even better with a 27-0 win.

The Brighton College 1st XV had also been riding high going into the game after beating Champions Trophy finalists Epsom College earlier in the week, but they were unable to match Seaford’s spirited and savvy display.

Seaford 1st XV number 8 Jake McQuade, who scored a try in the first half, said: “It was a really spectacular win. The match was fairly even and I think the win came down to the team at Seaford wanting it more on the day. We were fired up!”

The College’s Head of Rugby, Edward Bowden, added: “In horrendous conditions we did what we needed to do, played the right game that suited the conditions to come away with the win. The boys’ passion was evident throughout with a really good team effort. It’s the two biggest teams in Sussex coming up against each other, so it was a really good day.”

Headmaster John Green, who was part of a sizeable crowd that braved the weather to cheer Seaford on, said: “It was a superb game from the first to the last whistle. There was an amazing team spirit in evidence.” The headmaster’s wife, Sian Green, who is an avid follower of Seaford’s rugby teams, added: “It was a really exciting match to watch and I felt emotionally drained by the end.”

Photos courtesy of Richard Dixon

Seaford College pupils win prizes at public speaking contest

Seaford College pupils at Rotary Club public speaking contestOn Monday, Seaford College entered two teams for the Rotary Club’s public speaking competition. Seaford’s sixth form team were placed second in a field of six other teams, winning themselves £20 worth of book vouchers each.

The Year 11 team also performed admirably on what was a great night of entertaining and thought-provoking oratory. Lucie Navratova spoke passionately about her belief in the importance of learning languages, while James Thompson explored the issues surrounding our assessment of risk. Other team members acted as Chair and Vote of Thanks.

The pupils in the Seaford teams were: Lucie Navratova, Peter Tutykhin, Anna Kleinova, James Thompson, Tom Hennessey, Jude Mayes.

Seaford College presents Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’

Seaford College The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiChicago in the 1930s: the Great Depression. A time of unemployment, fear and corruption – and the perfect time for a small-fry crime boss and his henchmen to make it big, to seize a greater power: an absolute power. Arturo Ui and his mob of gangsters run protection rackets for both workers and businesses. Soon Ui’s menacing shadow looms large, from the markets to the docks and across the city itself. You might be with him, you might be against him – it certainly seems that no one’s prepared to stop him.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is Brecht’s funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler in Germany in the early 1930s, but cleverly transposed into the world of Chicago’s gangland during the same period. Using a translation by George Tabori, Seaford College is presenting this challenging and thought provoking play on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November in the Assembly Hall. A pre-theatre dinner will be available on Friday 27th, enabling audience members to enjoy a relaxed two-course meal with wine in the College’s beautiful surroundings before the show commences. Tickets for the show will cost £5, or £10 including dinner. Enquiries and bookings can be made via: bookings@seaford.org

The play’s director, Dr Jane Askew, said: “After three Renaissance plays we decided to tackle something more modern, but equally challenging in style and artistic potential. There is quite a broad range of experience within the cast and many have not come across Brecht’s work before. I am particularly impressed with Fergus Segrove who, despite being one of the youngest members of the cast, is playing the leading role with great energy and insight.”

Fancy dress walk raises money for homeless charity

_RF_0746 - credit Graham Franks WEBSeaford College staged another charity fancy dress walk last weekend. More than 40 participants, all in some sort of fancy dress, set out from the boarding house straight after the Remembrance Day Service for lunch at Graffham. Despite the poor weather, following lunch 16 of them continued on over the South Downs towards the Woodstock Suites hotel complex in Charlton for teas and coffees. The event has so far raised £650 for the College’s charity of the term, Stonepillow, which supports local homeless people.

This was the latest in a series of fundraising endeavours organised this year by housemaster Matthew Pitteway. Earlier in 2015, he completed both the London Marathon and Brighton Marathon in the space of just two weeks. In June he undertook the Round the Island Challenge, completing the 100km circuit of the Isle of Wight by bike.

Later in the summer, along with pupils from his boarding house he finished the gruelling endurance event The Commando Challenge at Lympstone, the training facility of the Royal Marines, raising £1,600 for The C Group, a charity that supports Marines injured in action. He was also part of the Seaford College team that completed the National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in less than 24 hours.

“It was a tough walk, a bit more of a challenge than in previous years,” said Matthew. “It was a real community event, bringing together the Church, pupils, parents, sisters, brothers, parents, an alumnus, and a West Sussex charity.”

In January, Matthew will oversee a sponsored sleep out, with pupils sleeping rough in the school’s Walled Garden to raise money and understanding of the implications of homelessness.

Seaford College’s Remembrance Day Service and Parade

Seaford College - Remembrance Day Rev Michael Barter, Major Andrew Plewes and John Green Headmaster WEBSeaford College’s Remembrance Day Service and Parade took place on Sunday 8 November. It’s a very special event in the College calendar bringing over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members together for a touching service led by the Reverend Michael Barter.

“The service was particularly poignant this year because although I’ve attended many in the past – including services in Basra in Iraq, and Lashkar Gar and Camp Bastion in Afghanistan – this is the first I’ve given an address at,” said Major Andrew Plewes, the College’s new CCF Contingent Commander. “It had a special impact because it displayed the wider care of a nation united in support and understanding.”

Major Plewes, who joined the school in September and also teaches science, added that he hopes to elevate the CCF in the school and to increase the awareness and understanding of what the Armed Forces do for our society. He is about to finish a 21-year career as an officer in the Royal Marines.

At the beginning of the service the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) presented the Standards and all three services (Royal Navy, Army, and RAF) were integrally involved in the act of remembrance and the laying of two wreaths. Following the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille, the end of the service was marked by the CCF’s parade. 57 former pupils who died in the two world wars were remembered in the service. Year 9 trumpet scholar Seb Limpus, who has only recently joined Seaford, delivered an impressive performance of the last post.Seaford College - Seb Limpus last post WEB

After the service a Remembrance Day Lunch was served in Seaford’s elegant Senior Dining Room. The lunch had a relaxed atmosphere, allowing a great opportunity for current students, alumni, and former and current members of staff to catch up. “It was a most memorable day,” said former pupil Michael Carr. “This is always an emotional event for me and to say that I was impressed would be a dramatic understatement.”

Other attendeesz old seafordians declan fulford and alice jeffries with steve 2 WEB included Steve Gerrard, who joined the College in 1991 and is in the last year of his role as School Staff Instructor; Ken Crosdil, 82, who used to run the farm at Seaford and still lives on the estate today; and former housemaster Maurice Hudson.

A number of sporting activities including clay pigeon shooting, golf, football, tennis and men’s hockey were enjoyed by Old Seafordians in the afternoon, followed by tea and cakes to end the day. An alms dish collection of more than £2,000 at the end of the service will provide vital funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

 

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Anja Blackwell from Midhurst Rother College is Singing with Seaford College Chapel Choir at Jonathan Antoine’s Concert in Eastbourne

web1Anja Blackwell (Year 12) from Midhurst Rother College is singing with Seaford College Chapel Choir at Jonathan Antoine’s concert on Friday 6th November at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne. Sara Reynolds, Head of Voice & Choirs at Seaford College invited Anja to join the Chapel Choir after hearing her sing. Anja said: “When my head teacher, Dr Vitagliano said that Sara had invited me to perform with the Seaford Chapel Choir and Jonathan Antoine I thought it was such an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. I have seen the choir perform and really admired the standard. When I was at Graffham and Dunction schools I came to Seaford for sports day and music workshops and have always loved it. When I heard Sara had invited me it was a real honour and a big surprise it is amazing to be asked”

Anja added: “This is my fourth rehearsal at Seaford and I have learnt so much. I was web4nervous at the first rehearsal but I have always thought that once you sing with a choir your nerves settle down. There is a nice friendly atmosphere here at Seaford and at my first rehearsal Beci Eden, the Head Chorister, made me feel really welcome. I’m really looking forward to performing Ave Maria and I Vow to Thee my Country.”

Sara Reynolds said: “I first heard Anja sing many years ago and most recently at her school concert in the Summer and was very impressed. I have always wanted to invite Anja to perform with us and when this opportunity came up with Jonathan I thought it would be a great concert for her to perform at. We have really enjoyed having Anja here at rehearsals and she is a wonderful addition to our Chapel Choir. The evening will be so exciting and web2we are all looking forward to performing with Jonathan.”

Dr Vitagliano said: “We at MRC are delighted that Anja is involved with the work of the Seaford College Chapel Choir. Anja is thrilled about the prospect and her parents are fully supportive of the proposal (as is Midhurst Rother College). We are deeply proud of Anja – she is one of our best students and we want her to access every opportunity she might have. It would be exciting to increase the collaboration between Midhurst and Seaford so this seems an ideal first step.”

Holly Graham, Seaford’s soloist at the Gary Barlow concert in 2014, has also been invited back to Seaford to join the Chapel Choir for the night with Jonathan having graduated from Seaford in the summer. Holly is currently preparing for her auditions for the Senior Conservatoires. Holly is at the Junior Royal Academy in London where Sara Reynolds is also Head of Voice.web3

Sara also taught Jonathan at the Junior Royal Academy from him being 15 years old. Jonathan enjoyed learning with Sara and when commenting on his forthcoming tour said he was: “very much looking forward to working with the choir and of course seeing the lovely Sara again.”

 

Follow the links to watch videos of Seaford College Chapel Choir rehearsing
Ave Maria

I Vow to Thee my Country

Panis Angelicus

jonantoine-eastbourneAdditional Information

Jonathan rose to fame when he and former singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli came second in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, and signed a record deal with Simon Cowell followed by two hugely successful Top 5 albums.

Last October Jonathan released his debut solo album Tenore which took the top spot on the classical charts for three weeks.

Labelled the “Teenage Pavarotti” by the press Jonathan’s rise in popularity has included performances at the Apple ITunes festival with Placido Domingo & Vittorio Grigolo, sharing the stage with Joss Stone at London Poppy Day and taking part in the Autumn Proms and Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall for all six dates.

Jonathan said: “I am thrilled to be announcing my first solo tour. The venues I am playing are all quite intimate so it’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to really get close with my audience and hopefully entertain them.

“The last three years have been an absolute whirlwind since Britain’s Got Talent and I am continually grateful for all the fantastic support I have received and continue to do so from my wonderful fans.”

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