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‘Seaford in Union’ our teams at Seaford come together to celebrate our ethos and the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Seaford has once again brought many teams together to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2019 with this video.  When we looked at the lyrics of the World Cup anthem, the ‘World in Union’ we saw many significant lines that reflect the Seaford ethos.

Notably:

‘Just to be the best I can
That’s the goal for every man
If I win, lose or draw
It’s a victory for all’

As an academically non-selective school we believe in our students achieving their personal bests both inside and outside the classroom. Our sporting ethos promotes sportsmanship, respect, enjoyment, effort, energy and enthusiasm.  Winning is important but our sporting culture is about so much more.

At Seaford our Headmaster John Green believes everyone should be part of a team and this doesn’t have to be a sports team.  We see our Choirs as a teams as well as the various sports teams around the school. This video features our Prep School Sunshine Singers Choir and our Senior School Chapel Choir.

We’re really proud that many of our rugby players featured in this video are also in the Chapel Choir and perform in our musicals. The most recent example is Les Misérables which is all about unity, a theme of the Rugby World Cup anthem. 

On this video, Hannah Wardrop sings the ‘World in Union’ in Seaford’s Music Quad.  Hannah has aspirations to join the Royal College of Music, and plans to be an opera singer for the English National Opera. 

Another significant line in the lyrics is:

‘Once joined, never apart’ 

Once you’ve been touched by how special Seaford College is, it stays with you forever.  This video features many Seaford alumni. 

Fergus Guiry is being congratulated by our Director of Sport, Liam Doubler with his England shirt.  Fergus gained a contract with England Rugby 7s in his final year at Seaford.  Will Norton is featured in an England top singing with our Chapel Choir.  Will was Head Chorister and in our 1st XV Rugby team during his time at Seaford and has returned to do his teacher training this September.  He can’t keep away!

Other alumni featured are Piers Plowman, Matt Kouris and Lewis Morton. Piers is a sports coach and has been the Paralympic Assistant Coach for the British Triathlon Federation. 

When we were filming one student said: “There’s a bit of rugby in all of us!”

We agree especially as Rugby World Cup fever builds.  We feature our Chaplain Fr Colin in the video as a keen rugby fan. We wanted to bring our community together to celebrate our ethos and the Rugby World Cup.

We celebrate our singing and rugby talent and our coaches in this Seaford in Union video, as well as special guest that we’ve had at Seaford.

The video features

Current Seaford Staff:

1. Tom Cobb - PE teacher and Rugby Coach, formerly played for Canada U19s & U21s.

2. Jenny Lyne - Year 4 Prep School teacher & former England rugby union player who played Blindside, Flanker and Lock for England as well as Saracens' first teams. Jenny remains the only woman to have started two consecutive World Cup Finals, in two different positions having had two children in between. Jenny coaches & supports matches at Seaford and runs a popular Prep School Rugby Skills club.

3. Seaford's Headmaster John Green - played rugby for England U16s, U19s and U23s and captained England students for three years. He played professionally for the Saracens from 1992 – 1997 in the back row alongside the likes of England’s Richard Hill, arguably one of the finest back row players for England of all time. John played with Michael Lynagh at Saracens when the game went professional in 1996. John Green coaches and supports the rugby teams at Seaford College and is often seen in his suit and wellies being tackled by one of the players!

 

4. Dan Falvey - Seaford's Head of Rugby and a History & Politics Teacher. Dan is a former Hong Kong Rugby Union player (No.8) and has ambitious plans in his role at Seaford.

5. Tony Ashton is a Boarding Houseparent at Seaford College and was formerly the Performance Analyst for the England Rugby team between 2008-2010, having also worked with England U16, U18, U19, U20, 7s and the National Academy. He is featured in this video, watching the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony with his boarders.

 

Visiting School: Palmerston North Boys’ High School from New Zealand are featured performing the haka before their match against Seaford on their tour in 2017.

 

Guests to Seaford:

1. Our Sports Dinner Guest Speaker in 2019 Michael Lynagh - represented Australia from 1984 to 1995, captaining his country for 3 years and in total won 72 caps. He was the world points scoring record holder when he retired, with 911 points. A member of the 1984 Grand Slam winning team and vice-captain when Australia won the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Michael finished his career at Saracens where he lined up alongside our very own Headmaster, John Green. He is now one of the most respected worldwide media voices in rugby union … a true legend of the game! He featured on ITV at the weekend, in the post-match discussion for Wales 29 vs 25 Australia game.

2. Zinzan Brooke - Guests of honour at our 2016 Sports Dinner. Zinzan is a former New Zealand captain and is widely seen as one of the finest number 8s ever to have worn an All Blacks jersey. He is most famous for the extraordinary 48.5-metre drop goal he scored against England in Cape Town during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

3.Shaun Edwards OBE – Our Sports Dinner Guest Speaker in 2018.  Shaun Edwards, is currently the assistant coach of The Welsh Rugby Union squad. Shaun has been defence and backs coach, and head coach, of London Wasps, leading them to winning both the English Premiership and European Heineken Cup. Whilst with Wales, he has helped to lead them to two Grand Slams, three Sixth Nation titles and the World Cup semi-final. Described as the ‘best coach in the world’ he was Rugby World International Coach of the Year in 2008 and was defence coach for the British and Irish Lions on their 2009 tour of South Africa.

This is all on top of a playing career where he captained the most successful rugby league club team in history, playing for Great Britain 36 times. As a schoolboy he is the only schoolboy to have captained England at both Rugby Union and Rugby League.

4. Jim Evans from Harlequins Rugby Union is doing a training session with our Yr 7&8 Prep School students in the video.  Jim Evans is a former Harlequins Rugby Union Player and a Harlequins Academy Head Coach.

5. Dai Rees is Chief Rugby Operations Officer for Hong Kong Rugby Union and he features in the video training our rugby teams at Seaford College.

Enjoy the beautiful voice of Hannah Wardrop and thank you to Sara Reynolds, our Director of Performing Arts, for everything you have done to make the audio on the video sound so good!

 

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