Students take on Charlton Chase South Coast night hike!

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Over the weekend some of our students participated in the Charlton Chase South Coast night navigation competition which was held in Shoreham and the surrounding countryside.

In order to test the water of this new location, Seaford, like many other Colleges, opted to enter just two teams this year, with 31 teams in total competing.

As a school we had a mixed success with one of our teams finishing in one of the top ten places and the other team walking a little bit further than they needed to; after becoming somewhat geographically challenged!

However, both teams performed exceptionally well in muddy, wet and slippery conditions; with some team members indicating that they would like to do it all again next year!

 

Old Seafordians return for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day WreathSeaford College welcomed Old Seafordians back to the College for it’s annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 12th November. This is always a very special event in the Seaford College calendar, with over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members attending a lovely service, which this year was led by The Reverend Canon David Nason. It’s always an important day in the calendar where we not only honor the fallen, but also provide opportunities for Old Seafordians to return to the College and catch-up with each other. Continue reading

Seaford CCF Compete in the Divisional Skills Competition

Seaford CCF's team at the Divisional Skills Competition, Longmoor CampFor the first time in several years, Seaford CCF entered a team for the Divisional Skills Competition held at Longmoor Camp on the 25th and 26th April.

The team had tea at Seaford College prior to departing on Friday to settle in the accommodation ready for the activities on Saturday. The team Captain, Cadet SSgt Harry Marchant, attended the evening briefing, and relayed the details to the team members.

The Competition activities were full-on once they started: Command Tasks to test team work, Shooting to test personal skills, Military and Map Reading Knowledge to test basic knowledge. The First Aid Stand was a tribute to the professional organisation of the Cadet Training Team, and the Seaford team rose to the occasion: Continue reading

Seaford College Wins Premier Division of Charlton Chase for 3rd Year in a Row

The victorious Seaford team before they set out

Seaford College’s Premier Team, Seaford Antelopes, snatched first place from Sackville Team A in the Charlton Chase Premier Division on Saturday.

Over 400 young people faced an intrepid challenge in Charlton Forest on a very chilly night. Charlton Chase is a night time navigation event, designed to test mental, physical stamina, with teamwork as a key to success and is hosted each
year by Seaford College.

Victorious again, and masters of this prestigious night-navigation competition, Seaford College once more won the Elite Section. Eight hours of criss-crossing Seaford College resembles Gatwick Airport as the teams prepare for setting off.the competition area up above the College, in the Charlton Forest, finding all the main checkpoints and tracking down all the extras which are so valuable since they contribute extra points, seemed a walk in the woods for Seaford Antelope team (Harry Leleu, Harry Marchant, Toby Hindmarsh and Josh James) who exercised great accuracy in navigation, and superb time-management to carry off First Place.

This is the third successive year that a Seaford team has won the competition and sets a benchmark for the future. The weather was dry, apart from a slight flurry of snow, and the wind was cold, bringing a chill factor that lowered temperatures by some 6 degrees, and the competitors in general found it tough going: out of a total of 86 teams entered, 29 retired. Congratulations must go to all teams for taking part, especially to the members of the 8 teams that Seaford entered.

But the final accolade is The Antelopes, Seaford's victorious team, recieve their award at Edes House in Chichesterreserved for Seaford Antelope team for having triumphed. Head Boy Harry Leleu said: “What a great challenge, what a great achievement. We are delighted, and now pass the challenge on to the next generation for next year!”

Seaford CCF Attends The Commandant’s Parade

Seaford CCF at SandhurstFor the first time in known history, Seaford College Combined Cadet Force attended the Commandant’s Parade on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This was an awesome opportunity for the 12 cadets selected to attend this highly motivating and inspiring parade. The parade gave them and the staff the incredible privilege and insight into how the best military establishment in the world operates, and turns out highly-polished young officers. The weather was bright but cold and seating was arranged under cover at the Old College Parade Ground.

The Reviewing Officer was Major General S R Skeates CBE who addressed the young officers wishing them all good luck with their future careers with these words of wisdom: “I ask only 3 things of you – run hard, shoot straight and Serve to Lead”

This sums up the essence of the training in military skills, man-management and self discipline that all officer cadets undergo. Our CCF cadets watched spellbound by the precision drill of the Sandhurst cadets preparing to pass out of the prestigious Academy two days later, to start their active military careers.Seaford CCF at Sandhurst

We then moved on to the Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut, where the manager Mark Tindle gave us an escorted tour around the exhibits, explaining the historical background to the artefacts, and the importance of the Logistic Corps to ensure that troops had rations, accommodation and ammunition. His assistant curator then demonstrated firearms from across the centuries, an opportunity for the Cadets to handle the decommissioned arms.

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff and cadets alike.