He spoke about exams and understanding how students who are currently taking exams may feel. He added: “it’s our responsibility to encourage them and to give them space if they need it. A community is about inspiring each other and sharing values.” Continue reading
Our inaugural Seaford College Golf Day, held at the fabulous Cowdray Park Golf Club, did not fail in its promise to deliver a splendid occasion for everyone involved.
With near perfect weather and the course in spectacular condition, scoring proved seasonably high with several teams well into the 90’s. Individual prizes were awarded for nearest the pin, longest drive and highest individual stableford score. Ultimately just three points separated 1st from 3rd. Our very own staff team of Will Yates, Greg Burt, James Bird and Headmaster John Green, proved worthy victors with an impressive 98 points. Continue reading
A special mention to Carolyn Burchell for all her effort, energy and enthusiasm organising the event. Thank you also to all of our parent volunteers for your support. Continue reading
Following a momentous day at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where our Equestrian Team competed against other top schools in the UK and came 2nd, our Headmaster John Green invited them and Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager, Lucy Sanders for a celebratory tea. Continue reading
Over Easter, 19 Seaford College girls met at Gatwick airport at 4:30am to fly to Malta. With two teams, six matches, five wins and lots of laughs, they had a great time building cohesion and playing netball on this fantastic tour.
The girls spent lots of time being able to travel and explore Malta whilst also improving their netball.
Last month, a group of twelve Seaford College students completed an extreme challenge called DW – a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London. It’s for a reason that the race is known as the canoeists’ Everest.
The team had gone through a demanding training regime that involved eight gruelling races in all weathers and varying river conditions; over 1/4 million paddle strokes and running over half a marathon carrying a kayak.
Just over 5 months ago, a group of children sat in a classroom to hear about an extreme challenge called DW: a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
The children, and those parents who attended, were cautioned about the rigorousness of the challenge but were also told of the pride they would feel if they completed the race, reaching the steps on the River Thames opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the early hours of Easter Monday. Continue reading
Exploring together what makes a good Prefect and the different styles of leadership, they then put the theory into practice. In teams, they were tasked with guiding each other blindfolded across a ‘minefield’ before erecting a nuclear shelter on the other side. The teams were also asked to build a raft, from selected materials, that was capable of transporting one of them across the swimming pool. Continue reading
Over the Bank Holiday weekend a total of 10 cyclists set off from Seaford College to cycle a combined 1944 kilometers across the Normandy coastline in order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The cyclists comprised staff, pupils, Old Seafordians and parents, who visited all of the D—Day landing beaches as well as several other hugely important buildings and sites that played their part in the events 75 years ago. Continue reading
Pupils from the Seaford Equestrian Team spent a couple of days at the NSEA County Show Jumping Championships representing West Sussex as the top team in our County. Lucy Sanders, Seaford Equestrian Team Manager, reports:
There were thirty Counties in total from all over the UK being represented by each County Champion school so the competition was very tough. Continue reading
We’re excited to announce that Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS). Congratulations to Peter Bolton and his team for their commitment and hard work to support the scheme.
NICAS provides the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their climbing skills in order that they may gain the most out of their sport; as well as having their achievements recognised.
Peter said: “By delivering NICAS at Seaford, we aim to promote good practice, deeper knowledge of the sport and provide a structure for climbing development. Running the Scheme builds on the successes Seaford has had and will continue to inspire people to achieve their best”.
The weather was warm and sunny to begin with but turned a little chilly in time for the kayaking expedition. It didn’t stop them from ‘christening’ the Seaford sea kayaks though. Continue reading
Seaford College presented its biggest production ever last week with four spectacular performances of Les Misérables, School Edition. It was a gargantuan production that has been more than a year in the planning with many, many hours of incredibly hard work from all those involved.
Auditions started last September, with students from across the school keen to be a part of this triumphant musical. With cast and crew selected, the music rehearsals began in earnest last October, followed by the full rehearsals soon after. Continue reading
As the Seaford Team continue their training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon, they took on their biggest challenge yet, Waterside C, at the weekend. This race is 23 miles long with 35 portages and the infamous 1/3 mile tunnel from Pewsey to Newbury.
The coaching team reports for us:
The Seaford Team are paddling in aid of Ellie Holt’s £75,000 fundraising target for life-changing medical intervention in the USA. Ellie has recently spent a number of weeks in hospital and is about to be transferred to Southampton Hospital Intestinal Failure Unit where she is likely to be for some-time. Read Ellie’s full story here and to sponsor the paddlers and help Ellie raise the funds she desperately needs please visit their fundraising page here. Continue reading
Tony Bracci, Seaford Shooting Instructor, reports on the competition:
We got there in good time so the boys could shoot the pool shoot to warm up before the main 50 bird sporting shoot. Continue reading
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
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.
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
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”.
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