Seaford College Win the Annual West Sussex West Netball Tournament!

Press Release 20th March 2014

Seaford College’s 1st Prep Netball team beat off competition from 16 other teams to win the annual West Sussex West Netball Tournament. Seaford were undefeated in each of their 7 pool matches with highlights of 10-1 vs Felpham and 11-0 vs Westergate before winning 3-1 vs Midhurst Rother in the final.

Lauren Bryant, Seaford’s netball coach said: “The Prep School netball is finally coming together due to the hard work of the girls and coaches alike. The 1st team have had a fantastic season only losing one game and winning this tournament topped off the season. The girls have worked extremely hard in training and are now playing some advanced netball. Ellie Holt (captain) scored multiple goals during the tournament and was consistent throughout. Some lovely defensive work from the likes of Loulou Robson, Frankie Richardson and Zoe Lunt meant the girls achieved numerous turnovers against the opposing team. A great achievement for the girls to compete with much larger schools than ourselves, we are very proud of what they have achieved.”

Megan Bennett (C) and Sophie Wall (WA) said: “We worked as a team and stayed strong through-out and improved in all of our matches. It was a great achievement for us to be undefeated and win the tournament.” Ellie Holt (GS-Captain) said: “It was great to captain the winning team of the tournament, everybody played very well.”

Below are all of the results:

Seaford vs Chichester High School for Girls- WON 5-0

Seaford vs Westergate- WON 11-0

Seaford vs Bishop Luffa A- WON 7-0

Seaford vs St Phillip Howard- DREW 2-2

Seaford vs Bourne- WON 6-4

Seaford vs Midhurst Rother B- WON 2-0

Seaford vs Felpham – WON 10-1

Final Seaford vs Midhurst Rother A -WON 3-1

For further information please contact
Sarah Twigger
Marketing & Communications Manager
01798 867865
stwigger@seaford.org

 

Community Action Progress

Our new venture, the Community Action programme at Seaford College, has been very successful. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons groups of students have helped out at Mount Noddy or Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospitals, the Lavington Stud, Petworth House, or at our own prep school. In all venues students have learnt to work productively with one another.

At Petworth House our students have been given an overgrown garden to restore. They are returning it to its former glory as a kitchen and cottage garden. The first three weeks were spent clearing away the weeds and brambles. Week five saw the students cutting the wood for the raised beds and in subsequent weeks they cut and staked out the membranes. One set of fruit bushes has been planted. The garden borders have been cut back and trees lopped. In January an apple tree will be planted against the back wall of the garden as an espalier.

This garden is in the grounds of the House and is not yet open to the public. Once the garden has been restored the next stage is to put in a picnic area, convert an old toilet into a potting-shed and turn an old wooden shed into a museum for gardening implements. Different cohorts of Seaford students will be contributing to this project.

Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital at Sidlesham accommodates any animal that has been abandoned, apart from cats or dogs. Students have learnt to care for hedgehogs, pigeons, seagulls, badgers and even a bat. At Mount Noddy dog and cat sanctuary they have cleaned cages, cut back undergrowth, walked dogs and played with them. These needy cases have to learn to trust and interact with humans again. The jobs the students have engaged in have often been unpleasant and they have come to understand that dog-cuddling is only the tip of a very large iceberg in terms of sanctuary management.

Apart from their regular commitments, one Friday in October Seaford students were invited to take part in the Environment Day held at Oakwood Prep School at Lavant. Here skills learnt at Petworth House were transferred as part of another kitchen garden was restored and an outdoor story-telling area was created in woodland.

Our next project is forming a working partnership with Shaw Care Homes. We hope to send students to the home on midweek afternoons. Any student volunteering for this activity will be given a course in basic care and then could be working with residents on exciting IT projects such as helping residents with dementia recall and record virtual biographies.

I would like to thank all students and staff who have contributed to Community Action last term. If any parent would like to help then please get in contact with me at the College – cthorpe@seaford.org.

 

 

Seaford Cricket Update

This term has seen the start of our annual pre-season cricket sessions. For the past 3 years these have been run by Mr Joseph throughout the winter and spring terms to give our young cricketers the best chance to improve during the off-season.  This year however we are excited to announce the addition of Min Patel (former England, Middlesex and Kent player) to our coaching team.

Min has years of experience playing and coaching at the highest level and he has been getting to grips with the teams from the Prep School to the 1st XI.

During 2014 we are looking to build on success from previous years, hitting the ground running come April!

Mr Joseph
MIC Cricket

Outstanding Indoor Hockey Performance

The Seaford first team boys indoor hockey team travelled to Trinity school in Croydon to play in the Southern Regional Indoor Championships on Sunday 8th December.

In the pool games Seaford beat Kingston Grammar 2-1 and then went on to beat Ardingly 8-2. The “Big” game against Sir William Borlase resulted in a 1-2 defeat even after Seaford had a stroke, on the final whistle, saved. However, this was followed by a 2-1 win over Trinity in a very tense match.

There was all to play for in the final pool game between Seaford and Eltham College. Seaford went 0-1 down only to quickly equalise 1-1, then went 2-1 up. Eltham threw everything at Seaford and pulled the scores level with 45 seconds to go. Player of the tournament Laurie Bowden surged down the right and drew some ferocious tackles. He was eventually fouled to the floor resulting in a short corner for Seaford. Up stepped Johann Von Stechow and he scored a brilliant short corner to win the match for Seaford!

Goal Keeper Dan Jones suffered a painful injury but, after a time out, played on and must be congratulated on his huge effort for the team!

The team then had to travel to Whitgift to play the semi-final against Simon Langton. With very tired legs Seaford drew the match 4-4 and again Laurie Bowden won the match with his final penalty stroke in the ‘shoot out’. With an exhausted team and players falling down on the pitch with cramp, Seaford lost the final 1-4 to Whitgift.

Seaford has made history! It now qualifies for the National Championship which puts the top 10 teams in the country against each other.

This is an amazing effort by the Seaford team and to be ranked in the top 10 in the country is brilliant! Johann Von Stechow commented “Proudest moment of my school career”.

 

 

 

Seaford Extends Sporting Opportunities

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SEAFORD College, Petworth, has extended its sporting opportunities with the introduction of a new Tennis Academy.

Although many schools, both independent and state, offer tennis as part of their PE curriculum, very few offer it as a major sport.

The College has recruited the services of experienced and successful tennis coach James Bird, who comes to the College from Colchester, to tutor students at the Saturday morning academy.

The college is also increasing opportunities for up and coming cricketers with the appointment of former Kent and England cricketer Min Patel, who will be providing coaching for both boys and girls.

Seaford College headmaster John Green said: “Tennis is a sport that can be played and enjoyed by all. The aim of the academy is to provide top coaching for all abilities but also to put Seaford firmly on the map as a successful coeducational tennis school.

“With regard to cricket, Min Patel will provide both excellent winter and summer cricket coaching, which will greatly raise the profile of cricket at the College. I am also keen for girls’ cricket to run as a major sport at Seaford.”

The school’s hockey coach Steve Paxton is assisting Min Patel with this exciting new venture. Continue reading

Debating Success!

On November 27th, the Seaford College Debating Team took part in the first round of the English Speaking Union’s Mace Debating Competition. From a field of 4 teams, Seaford was selected in the top 2 to progress to the next round.

The Team consisted of Year 13 pupils, Alex and James Watts, who debated against a team from The Royal School. Alex and James admirably proposed the motion that developing countries should prioritise economic development over environmental concerns. The other schools in the competition were Churcher’s and Bedales.

Congratulations to Alex and James who are now hoping to repeat their success in the next round.

 

Boarders to the Tower!

Seaford College boarders had a great day out this weekend at the Tower of London, a fantastic attraction to visit. Fortunately the drive to London was pretty reasonable and the weather was dry (for the most part at least). The pupils managed to get round to virtually all of the exhibitions and saw all of the sights. The Crown Jewels were obviously awe inspiring and the torture chambers proved very popular as well!

Mr and Mrs Thorpe did an excellent job of organising the trip and the logistics ran like clockwork with all students having a pack to read and a map to guide them round.

The boarders hope to visit London once more this term, on the final weekend, to see the lights on Oxford Street and to do some Christmas shopping. A visit to Kensington Palace is planned for the New Year.

 

16 Plus Scholarships

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NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSSEX HIGH ACHIEVERS

A new scholarship scheme being introduced by Seaford College, near Petworth, could open the door to a bright new future for teenagers in Sussex who are academically gifted.

The independent day and boarding school – founded more than 150 years ago with the ethos of offering quality education for all – is offering a number of new sixth form scholarships for students expected to get straight As and A* grades in their upcoming GCSEs.

The scholarships, worth up to £500, mean successful students would gain the opportunity of tailored sixth-form tuition in small tutor groups, gearing them up for that all-important university place, as well as all the other advantages an independent education has to offer.

The College hopes to give support to scholars in specialist areas, particularly in Sport, Art, Music and Drama.

Seaford College’s academic standing has risen dramatically in recent years and it is no longer a rarity for students to gain Oxbridge places. In recent times, local students Will Avery and Oliver Hancock were both offered places at Oxford and went on to graduate in Management & Economics and Music. Oliver is now an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and has worked with the Jesus College Chapel Choir and Ely Cathedral Girls Choir. Christina Gladkova, from the Czech Republic, went from Seaford to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge while scholarship student Profir-Petru Partachi last year attained a four-year scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, to read a master’s degree in Computing and Mathematics.

Most sixth form students at Seaford College succeed in obtaining a place at their first choice university – quite an achievement for a school with a non-selective intake and where a large percentage of students have learning support!

Seaford College has operated a highly successful Eastern European scholarship in conjunction with the HMC (Headmasters Conference) for five years and Headmaster John Green said: “We see the new 6th form scholarships as an opportunity to further extend our reach into the wider community, offering opportunities to those talented young people whose parents might otherwise not be able to afford the school fees.

“Seaford’s strength is not only in offering a first class academic education, but also nurturing students’ strengths so that they leave school as confident and capable members of society.”

Applications are now being invited from Year 11 students predicted to get top grades in next summer’s GCSE examinations. Admission tests will be conducted on 28th November.

For further information, please contact Admissions Secretary Julie Mackay:
jmackay@seaford.org or telephone: 01798 867456.

 

 

Rugby Star Visits Seaford

Wednesday 29th October saw the Harlequins and England rugby star, Rob Buchanan, visit Seaford College and undertake a training session with the 1st XV rugby team.

The session focused on forward play, close contact work, protecting the ball, presentation of the ball and some scrummaging. Each pupil gained individual feedback to assist in all areas of their play and at the end of the session the pupils came away having learnt some tricks of the trade. They will be looking to put these key pointers into use in future matches.

Rob made his senior starting debut for Harlequins during the Aviva Premiership clash with Saracens at Wembley Stadium in 2012. The hooker has represented England at U16, U18 and U20 level and was among the stand out players in the 2011 Junior World Cup final against the Junior All-Blacks. Rob also toured with England’s senior team to Argentina in the summer of 2013.

Our Performance Development Group (PDG) members were able to question Rob and gain an insight into what it takes to become a professional sportsman. He talked about fitness, skills, diet, training, role-models and the mentality of sports persons. With the PDG developing our top athletes, this was the first of many sporting personalities who will be visiting the College.

 

 

 

More Hockey Success!

Seaford College, for the first time, was invited to the Haileybury Sixes Hockey Tournament on the 6th October. Nerves were high as there were some very big schools in attendance. The Seaford team was led by a recent old boy, Jamie Whitehouse, and had some full-time boarders making up the 8 team members travelling early on the Sunday morning.

The tournament was structured with games of 15 minutes one way, including the finals. Seaford was drawn in the same pool as Aldenham, Haileybury, Canford and St Edwards. The other pool was made up of Framlingham, Tonbridge, Charterhouse, Felsted and St Albans.

Game 1 against Aldenham, Seaford won easily and scored 5 goals with no reply. In game 2 against St Edwards, it was a different story and Seaford drew with St Edwards 2-2 before getting back on winning ways with a close 4-3 win over the hosts Haileybury. The last pool game was to decide who would be 1st or 2nd in the pool and so Seaford piled on the pressure and won 5-0 against Canford to win pool A and play their semi-final against 2nd in pool B – Felsted.

The semi-final was a close game and Seaford finally won 2-0 thanks to goals from Geyer and Whitehouse. The other semi was won by our fellow pool competitor, St Edwards.

In the final, the team just ran out of legs and lost 1-4 to a very good St Edwards team which was a worthy winner of this prestigious tournament.

The top goal scorer accolade was shared between Geyer and Whitehouse. The school can be proud that at their first attempt at this tournament the Seaford team reached the final and was placed second out of the 10 independant schools taking part.

 

 

Excellent Start for Prep School Hockey Team

The Seaford College Prep School Girls 1st Hockey Team has got off to a very strong start this season, the best in many years.

The determination and team work of the enthusiastic and skilful Year 7 and 8 girls led to a 10-0 defeat over Duke of Kent School and a 6-2 win over Cranleigh Prep’s C team. Cranleigh is a much bigger school with an excellent sporting reputation. Further notable performances were a 4-4 draw against Westbourne House and a 3-2 away win against Great Ballard on a grass pitch, which always proves to be challenging.

So far, then, an excellent start. We hope to build on this in the second half of the winter season. Congratulations to all the girls in the Prep School Team for your commitment and motivation!

 

 

British Champion at Seaford!

Holly Bassett, a Year 11 pupil at Seaford College, has won the Ladies division in the British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) National Championships at Watergate Bay in Cornwall. Stand up paddle boarding is the oldest form of surfing. Riders stand up on a large style of surfboard and use a single-bladed paddle to propel themselves through the water. The National Championships draws competitors from all over the UK and they are judged by a panel of trained ISA judges for wave riding style, wave selection and radical moves.

Holly has been well placed in previous competitions in the junior section but this year Holly won the U16 Youth Girls and the Open Women’s category. She was awarded ‘The Watergate Bay Water Women’ award for 2013.

Stand Up Paddlesurfing (SUP) is now regarded as one of the UK’S fastest growing water sports. There is a strong SUP scene in West Wittering where Holly trains with her father Simon Bassett (Head Trainer for BSUPA). Mr Bassett comments “At the prize-giving we were surprised when the names were read out to hear that Holly was in first place and that we now had a British Champion in the family – it was emotional!”

During her interview with Spirit FM Holly said that she was surprised to beat her more experienced competitors.

She now has a place at the International Surfing Association World Championships in Nicaragua in February 2014. Ask if she was looking forward to taking on the rest of the world, the new British Champion replied “I haven’t given it too much thought. I think I’ll be really nervous but I think it’ll be a really good experience to go.”

Hockey Masterclass Success

Seaford Hockey Masterclasses kicked off on Friday September 27th with 40 girls (age U11-U13) attending from Highfield, Windlesham, Conifers and Seaford prep schools. These gifted and talented hockey players undertook 2 hours of intensive hockey drills and games training from our outstanding range of hockey coaches at the College.

The pupils really enjoyed the afternoon and gained experience and advanced skills that they would not usually attain in the U11-U13 age range.

For a number of years Seaford College have produced a number of international hockey players and will continue to do so in the years to come. We hope that these masterclasses will produce a platform for these young girls to fulfil their full potential and reach county, regional or national standards.

 

 

After a very successful first session we look forward to the next one on Friday 8th November.

 

Community Service Expanding!

Carrying on from the very successful community action day organised at the end of last term, students from Seaford College are now being given the opportunity to go out and work in the community during the week as an alternative to games or CCF.

 

The community service programme is really starting to expand and students have been working at the following venues:

• Petworth Park. The first project here is to restore a cottage garden that has gone to ruin. The students are helping to clear and prepare the land and then, in consultation with the head gardener, they will order and plant traditional cottage garden flowers as well as soft fruit, herbs and vegetables. They will also lay a path, restore a wall and convert an outside toilet into a potting shed. The skills that they will learn during this project will be extensive and their legacy to the estate long-lasting.

 

 

 

 

• Brent Lodge at Sidlesham. The Seaford group helping at this wildlife hospital have been taught how to clean out hedgehog pens and how to mix the feed for them. A number of pigeons and a swan have also been given some TLC by the students.

Mount Noddy Animal Centre at Eartham. Here, the students cleaned out pens, walked dogs and played with dogs that had been victims of abuse and were being taught to re-integrate into playing with people.

 

Year 12 in Wales – the team played well!

Wet-dry-wet-dry – not the weather forecast, although it was a topic of conversation, but a four-word summary of the crazy activities the new Year Twelve students participated in when we bussed them to the oldest inhabited part of Wales – Denbighshire.

They dived, thrived, lived and survived their abseiling, climbing, gorge walking, high ropes manoeuvring, team puzzling and white water rafting in the River Dee.

On terra firma we had the most amazing participants in Limbo – Poppy Frazer (g)lowingly triumphing. Later, in ‘Seaford’s Got the Talent Factor’, we saw the dazzling George ‘When will I be Famous’ Lawson take the stand-up prize.

A lovely group with excellent potential and an exciting trip. A team was built.

Thanks to Mr Sayell for organising activities and the hotel (Mongolian Yurts!) and Mr Crook, Mr Bain, Mr Gregory, Mr Yates and Mrs Strange for their joyful company.

 

Year 9 – Getting to Know You!

At the beginning of term, 92 students from Year 9 visited Fairthorne Manor YMCA centre near Southampton. The aim was to allow tutor groups to get to know their tutors and for the 40 new students to get to know others in the year group. Accompanying the trip were tutors Miss Sims, Miss Prince-Iles, Miss Teague, Mr Cook, Mr Griffin , Mr D’Agar, Miss Stroudley, Mrs Weekes, as well as Mr Hart (Head of Year 9) and Gap student Caleb.

The weather was warm although those trying kayaking and raft building soon cooled down! The low-ropes course was another great opportunity to work as a team and the ‘leap of faith’ was the highlight for many on the trip.

 

 

This year students tried their hand at archery for the first time as well as some camp fire cooking! All students were encouraged to ‘push themselves’ with some students conquering the climbing tower roped together and also blindfolded!”

 

 

Seaford College Community Action Day – A Great Success!

On July 4th Seaford College ran its first Community Action Day. Headmaster John Green came up with the idea because as he said ‘Our students live and study in a very beautiful part of the country. They are very lucky and it is only right that they put something back into the local community’. On the day over 200 students plus members of staff went out to twenty different venues doing good deeds whilst 30 remained on the college campus and hosted children from local infant and primary schools who took part in a round-robin of activities organised by members of staff and supported by college students.

The venues covered both East and West Sussex running from Hove in the East to Bracklesham in the west. Seaford students were involved in beach cleaning (30 plus bags of waste collected plus sharps containers from both beaches), animal welfare (in one case learning how to supervise the delivery of two pigs at the ABC sanctuary at West Chiltington), dog walking, helping with an on-going project on a housing estate in Chichester and conservation work.

Other activities included restoring a war memorial, fence painting, ripping down and erecting new fencing, cleaning cars for free, helping the disabled, running activities at nurseries, bag packing, cleaning a church and learning how to use breathing apparatus and climb a ladder wearing full kit at Hove Fire Station.

The day brought the whole Seaford College community together and next year’s event is already being planned. John goes on to say ‘We don’t see this day as being a one off – we want our students to be going out to the community on a regular basis and for the local community to come to us. Well done to all those involved.’

And to sum up the day, a comment from a feedback form from one of the centres: ‘The Seaford students were stars’.

 

Sponsored Walk for Challengers Charity

On July 1st Seaford College Year 9 pupils walked 4K around the perimeter of Lavington Park to raise money for the Challengers charity.

Challengers is a registered children’s charity, established in 1979, dedicated to providing exciting and challenging play and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people.

During the walk pupils completed challenges such as being tied together for a stretch and having to hula hoop for a minute by one of the large trees! Fun was had by all and over £400 was raised for the charity.

Year 9 visit the Battlefields

In support of their Year 9 studies at Seaford College and to prepare them for studies at GCSE, 38 Year 9 students have completed a thrilling trip to the battlefields of Ypres and the Somme. Students were able to appreciate first hand the nature of trench warfare and the extraordinarily limited gains of many of the famous battles which they have studied. At one site, pupils were shown the gains by the Newfoundland regiments on the first day of the battle of the Somme. A small tree about 150 meters marked their progress from the front line trenches.

Pupils were also struck with the number of casualties as they visited graveyards such as Tyne Cot with seemingly unlimited lists of names. In order to gain some connection with those who had lost their lives, pupils were encouraged to look for names that were the same or similar to theirs. One student who had come prepared even found a direct relative in the British cemetery of Thiepval. The contrast in the way that events are remembered was also stark as pupils looked at a German cemetery and the somber mood of defeat. Similarities and differences were examined in the way in which we should remember war and pupils gained an understanding, which was otherwise unavailable in the classroom. The feeling of the tunnels under Vimy Ridge used to dig mines in place for an attack in 1917 were also an experience which will be well remembered and brought home the experience of young men who fought almost 100 years ago.

A visit to the V2 rocket site from the Second World War helped the group to make connections with this latest conflict and also the Holocaust since many Jews and Prisoners of War were used to construct the site. Many of these pupils will have a great insight into their studies in Year 10 by understanding the experience of 1914-18 as well as other aspects of their course.

The teachers were very impressed with the maturity and behavior of those who came and very much look forward to teaching them in Year 10. It is also hoped that many will choose to come on the proposed Year 10 trip to Berlin next summer!

 

On his way to Cambridge…

Profir Partachi, who left Seaford College’s Sixth Form last year with 5 A Levels plus Pre-U Global Perspectives, all of which he took within one year, has just this summer completed his Cambridge entry STEP papers. Profir’s A-level grades were already impressive; A and A* grades in Maths and Further Mathematics respectively, plus A or B grades in Physics, Chemistry and Computer Programming.

Head of Maths, Steve Kettlewell reports that if Profir passes the STEP papers sufficiently well, and he expects that he has, having discussed some of his tactics in the papers, he will have secured his place at Kings College, Cambridge, on a full 4 year-scholarship to read Computing and Mathematics at Master’s level.

This is a fantastic achievement. Indeed, Profir did see some indication on his interview day that the Cambridge lecturers were very impressed by his academic achievements; he was asked at least twice “did you actually achieve all these A levels in just one year of study at Seaford College?!”

Mr Kettlewell, along with his academic colleagues and all of the Senior Management at Seaford, would like to offer their good wishes to Profir for his future at Cambridge. We hope to hear, in the very near future, how Profir’s academic studies are progressing.

 

Community Action Day

For the first time Seaford College is planning a Community Action Day. This will take place on July 4th and all our Year 9, 10 and 11 students will be involved in activities either off or on campus. The idea is for the College to put back something into the community and hopefully this will become an annual event. We hope that some of the contacts that we make will allow us to send students to them on a regular basis during the year so that we develop a network of community projects.

The activities that are taking place off campus include beach cleaning, bag packing, car washing, working with the disabled, working at animal sanctuaries etc. Children from the local primary and nursery schools are coming onto the College site and will be taking part in activities such as team building, poetry, music and sport.

We hope that both the local community and the College students will benefit from this special day.

 

Seaford Hosts United Response Family Day

National disability charity United Response will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a fantastic free family fun day from 2-6pm on Saturday 6 July at Seaford College, Lavington Park, Petworth. The charity is inviting everyone from around the local area to join them at the college for a whole host of games, activities and delicious food and drink.

United Response was founded in West Sussex and so Seaford College’s beautiful 400 acre grounds provide the perfect location to celebrate the charity’s achievements over the past 40 years.

The day will be packed with activities and games for all ages and interests including a bouncy castle, beat the goalie, face painting, a climbing wall, giant garden games, tractor rides and much more. In addition, there will be a number of competitions for the public to get involved in including best cake and best shot at clay pigeon shooting and archery. For those looking for a bite to eat there will be an array of tasty food and drink available including cream teas, a BBQ stand and of course a birthday cake! The event runs from 2-6pm with prize giving and cake cutting by United Response President and former BBC News presenter, Martyn Lewis CBE, at 5pm.

United Response CEO and co-founder, Su Sayer CBE said: “Although we are celebrating 40 years of United Response all over the country, we wanted to have a special celebration in West Sussex, where it all began. The family fun day is not only a celebration of United Response’s accomplishments but also a way for us to say thank you to our many friends and supporters and hopefully to make some new friends too. We are delighted that Seaford College – a longstanding supporter of United Response – is hosting this day for us”.

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Marathon Success for Macmillan Cancer Support

Two teenage relay teams from Seaford College were among entrants for this year’s Salomon South Downs Marathon, helping to raise more than £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

They were two of the youngest teams to enter the event and did exceptionally well, completing the marathon within two minutes of each other, both around 4 hours 36 minutes.

Many of the participants running alongside the boys commented on how wonderful it was to see them all taking part.

The marathon was part of the boys’ boarding house commitment to choose a charity to support each term and this was the first fund-raiser of the summer term.

Housemaster Matthew Pitteway said: “The boys were described as an ‘inspiration’ on more than one occasion.

Boys from Y10, all aged 15, were: Greg Firth (Hindhead), Matt Yeates (Switzerland) Charlie Costello (Wimbledon) and Declan Thompson (Fulham).

The Y12 boys, all aged 17, were: Ben Haynes (Chichester), Max Stembridge (Hampshire), Will Norton (Chichester) and Ollie Crowe (Streatham).

Acting headmaster John Green said: “Seaford College is renowned for its excellence in sport – although marathon running has never before been a particular forte of ours!

It was a terrific achievement for the boys who took part and great experience for them, as well as encouragement to go on to try even bigger and better things.”

 

 

Let the Bell Ring Out!

The historic bell of St Peter’s, Woolavington, is once more chiming out, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of Seaford College students, parishioners and Old Seafordians.

The bell, which was taken down in the Easter holiday, has been restored to its former glory and was recently re-dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester, Rt. Rev’d Dr Martin Warner, at a special service in the Chapel. For almost 400 years, the bell had hung high above the roof of the tiny chapel where, after many years exposed to the elements, the bell fittings were in urgent need of restoration.

St Peter’s is one of the shepherds’ churches on the Sussex Downs and was built to serve the local farming community. Today, it serves as chapel to the independent day and boarding school which has been based on the estate since 1946. Continue reading

Athletics Success

On May 15th at the regional athletics meeting, West Sussex West, Seaford pupils produced some great performances. It is the first time Seaford boys have won all three age groups. The Senior Girls were 2nd. The many winners and runners up will get opportunity to perform at the County Finals at the K2 in Crawley in June.

Top performers on the day:

 Seniors  Inters  Juniors
 Freddie Ransom
1st 400m
 Jasper Brazier
1st 100m
 Arun Bulman
1st 1500m
 James King
1st LJ & TJ
 Harry Leleu
1st 3,000m
 Jamie Wall
1st TJ
 Henry de Candole
1st Javelin, 100m
 Hugo Dean
1st Discus
 Won relay
 Olly Gatland
1st Shot & Discus
 Benj North
1st LJ
 Laura Thompson
1st LJ & TJ
 Tara Bage
1st 800m
 Alec Haythornthwaite
1st 800m
Reuben Truman
1st 400m
Won relay