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 →
Seaford College embraced World Book Week with a range of activities to help nurture and celebrate our love of 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 →
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.
Congratulations to Seaford’s U13s who are the Sussex Hockey County Champions.
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 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 →
The intense training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon is well underway for the Seaford Team. We hear from Charles Lunt on how they are getting on.
After an excellent training session which we used for some distance training, the DW kayaking squad headed for their first race over part of the DW course. Waterside A starts in Great Bedwyn and finishes 13.5 miles and 21 portages later in Newbury; it is a tough race due to the number of energy sapping portages in quick succession. Continue reading →
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”.
Our Director of Studies and Head of Science, Seb d’Agar, is also a Houseparent to our Prep School students.
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!”
Our Debaters and Public Speakers have been busy this term.
Anna Pantazopoulou and Tor Pothecary reached the second round of the ESU Schools’ Mace competition last week and were involved in a passionate debate against Lancing College on the subject of corporations adopting a public stance on social issues. The team argued well but on this occasion did not progress to the next round. Continue reading →
Last Sunday the Year 12 Devizes to Westminster Kayak team had their first race – a 6-mile Hare & Hound race. With blustery winds and choppy waters, paddle control proved difficult.
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.
We hosted our annual Rugby 7s festival at the weekend and the event was a huge success, with sixteen teams from schools across the country coming to play.
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 Miller, Seaford’s Netball Coach, has been selected for the England Indoor Nets Ladies squad for the Indoor World Championships in South Africa later this year.
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”.
Congratulations to all of our Prep School Years 2-5 students for a magnificent Christmas performance of ‘Baboushka’. It was simply amazing and all the children performed brilliantly. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the evening so special and for the wonderful costumes.
As part of our Creative Curriculum, the Prep School embarked upon Flight Week. With a range of educational and creative activities, the aim was to lay down conceptual understanding of essential themes required for the curriculum in future education.
The children were divided up into six groups, made up of mixed ages, representing six countries – South Africa, Mexico, Italy, India, Canada and New Zealand. This enabled our younger and older children to work together in teams – collaboration is an essential skill for our children’s lives in the future. Continue reading →
During Personal Development time yesterday, our students learnt the true meaning of Ad Alta! They were in awe of Bonita Norris, who came to talk to them about her adventures. Bonita climbed Mount Everest aged only 22 (the youngest British woman at the time) having only discovered a passion for climbing a couple of years before.
She touched upon many powerful messages – taking the first step, the power of the mind to overcome fear, defeating negative spirals of thinking and the joy of sharing tough challenges with other people.
It was a hugely inspirational talk from a fantastic female role model. Thank you Bonita.
Seaford College hosted the South England regional heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. Quizmaster Wayne Mills compiles all the questions himself and travels the country and the globe quizzing children about books.
Seaford College teams from Years 7 and 8 competed against 9 other schools from the surrounding area. There were 17 teams in total and competition was fierce. Our Year 7s missed out on 3rd place by only 2 points! Still, both Seaford teams won a set of books and had great fun participating. Well done to all the students who took part, and great thanks to our Year 12 Literature students who helped out on the day. Continue reading →
Year 12 A Level Biology students had a talk from Dr Underwood, a Psychiatrist and Clinical Research Fellow at Cardiff University.
Dr Underwood came to Seaford to talk to the students about what being a Psychiatrist involves, some of the studies he is involved in as a research fellow and to give them advice and guidance on applying for medicine or other similar fields at University.
In talking about his work as a Psychiatrist, Dr Underwood described some of the gruelling but rewarding shifts it involves. Working on call for 24 hours straight, he sees anyone in a mental health crisis, be that in A&E, on a ward or even in a police station or prison. The work is varied and interesting and, when asked by one of the students if it can be scary at times, he answered “Not at all. It’s interesting – you get to see people that you’d never meet otherwise”. Continue reading →
Seaford features in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer this week about their participation in this year’s Youth Speaks competition.
Two teams from Seaford College took part in this year’s youth Speaks competition, hosted by Chichester Rotary Club. Judges heard presentations on a wide range of topics in the local heat of the national contest for students to hone their public speaking skills. This year, Seaford College entered two senior level teams speaking on what makes a good parent and the issues with ‘data overload’ in modern life. First place was awarded to the St Philip Howard team.
A team of riders from Seaford travelled up to the NSEA National Plate Championships which was held at The College Equestrian Centre, Keysoe near Bedford.
Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards, Abigail Jupp, Emily Cook and Bella Crowley had qualified for the 75cm competition last summer and were very excited as it was their first Championships and first time staying away with their ponies.
Competition was fierce with qualified school teams coming from all over the UK with a very competitive but sportsmanlike atmosphere. All our four riders jumped in the warm up Scurry class with Emily riding a fantastic speedy clear round to come 4th individually. Then the ponies were settled for the night in the onsite stables and the parents and children had supper in the Cafe. Continue reading →
Seaford Equestrian had a fantastic day at the West Sussex County qualifier at Coombelands, Pulborough at the weekend. They were the Champions at 80cm & 90cm levels and will represent West Sussex at the National County Championships.
Our 70cm team of Emily Cook, Bella Crowley, Lara Drysdale and Deya Thomson came 2nd, just being pipped on time in the jump off by Farlington. Bella came 4th individually riding a very speedy round on her pony Silver.
In the 80cm class our team of Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley, Sophie Gosling and Emily Cook WON, beating Hurst A & B teams, Farlington, Millais, Windlesham and Dorset House, and were crowned West Sussex County Champions!! Our second team of Emmy Burkinshaw, Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith and Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards also did well to come 7th.
At the age of 24, Old Seafordian Piers Plowman made a poignant journey to visit the grave of his uncle, Captain Tony A Plowman, also an Old Seafordian, who died aged 24 during World War II.
An amazing and poignant story from one of our Old Seafordians, Piers Plowman.
“On September 24th 1944, Captain Tony A Plowman (Second in Command of the Glider Squadrom, F Company) was killed in action, aged 24, during Operation Market Garden trying to support the Allied Forces that were attempting to seize and defend Arnhem Bridge. Continue reading →
Seaford College were very privileged to have a yacht donated by the Royal Navy CCF, in order to enter in the 2018 Round the Island Race. This race is a lap around the Isle of Wight – approximately 60 nautical miles against a staggering 1,400 competitors.
Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College tells us about the event.
We had been given a Sigma 38 called Amaryllis. We took the opportunity to train in it before the event over four sessions. The pupils all had to complete their competent crew course with the Navy. This is a five-day course, where they learn the ropes of yacht sailing and they completed this successfully during the Easter and May half-term holidays.
Due to such outstanding training by the Navy, our Seaford training sessions were able to focus purely on how to race. This is an incredible feat as two pupils, Dylan Kirkpatrick and Alfie Dudley Warde had previously not sailed before. It was a steep learning-curve that they both embraced with vigour and energy! Continue reading →