Day 7 & 8 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

Tour Blog Day 7 & 8

Rugby Pitch at Kings School

Today was a good day… all the usual waking up for breakfast went on before we headed to the Signal Hill, right at the top of Dunedin. The sights were incredible, right across the whole city. We went straight from here and onto the Cadbury World factory tour, which lived up to expectations. We think that most enjoyed the part where they could pour their own liquid chocolate into little pots with all the toppings. Most were feeling quite full of chocolate by the end.

There was a little time to shop and buy lunch in Dunedin again before transferring to Kings’ and Queens’ High Schools for our matches. Continue reading

Seaford College set for cricket season

Seaford College during cricket seasonThe sun is shining, the smell of freshly cut grass is in the air and the County Championship cricket season has started today, which means the Seaford cricket season is just around the corner.

Chris Adams, the Head of Cricket at Seaford College, is already planning for the start of the season Continue reading

Seaford College’s Big Day Out Lends Helping Hand in Community

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Headmaster John Green, who created the initiative, said: “The main idea is to make a positive difference to the surrounding community. Due to the success of our annual action day, Wednesday afternoons are now blocked out in the timetable for weekly community events. Our students are extremely fortunate to study and live in such a beautiful part of the country – it is only right that they put something back.”

Students and staff assisted with a range of social projects, including visiting the Aldingbourne Country Centre, a trust dedicated to helping those with learning disabilities reach their potential and enjoy life, to assist with a variety of different tasks. Pupils and Headmaster John Green helped to clean out a storeroom at the Chichester-based homeless charity Stonepillow.

Houseparent Matthew Pitteway was also part of the visit to Stonepillow and he now plans to take a group of boarders each week to support the charity on an ongoing basis. He said: “There is so much we can do to help them and we all got a great sense of achievement out of the day. You really feel you are making a difference. It is a big task keeping on top of the storeroom. We unpacked donations, checked the food was in date and then we put a clear best-before label on them before putting them away. We also sorted through the existing donations in the stockroom to check dates and organise the tins and packets. The students are keen to go back and help. The group worked really hard and achieved a lot in the day.”

Volunteers from Seaford College and the Hyde Group also lent a helping hand to residents at the Whyke Estate in Chichester. They tackled jobs including cleaning windows, washing cars, clearing gardens and picking up litter. One resident said: “There are lots of people in need on the estate and projects like this can help them get on top of things. I just want to say thank you to Hyde and Seaford College for their help.”

Seaford pupils also visited local schools – Oakwood in Chichester, Conifers in Easebourne, and St Peter’s in Shoreham – to lead activities with pupils. Seaford sports teacher Lauren Bryant visited St Peter’s with four students to help with a range of numeracy and literacy activities, and St Peter’s Headmistress Kate Crees said: “This is the second year St Peter’s has taken part in the day and once again the pupils here really enjoyed interacting with the Seaford students. I’d like to thank Lauren and the girls from Seaford, and we very much hope to be included again next year.” Lauren added: “The girls were really excited to be helping out at a school.”

Elsewhere, students undertook the very important task of beach clearing and at the end of the day Georgie Sims, Seaford’s Head of Netball, said: “The beaches are officially clean at East Wittering, Bracklesham Bay and Selsey!” Two separate groups of Seaford pupils spent the day in Graffham. One cleaned the war memorial and park benches, while another cleared a blocked ditch, drain and culvert, with assistance from parish councillor Sarah Lydiard-Wilson, who was very happy with the standard of work. At the Treasure Box Nursery in Bognor Regis Seaford students helped out with a number of tasks, including staining a fence. The head of Treasure Box Nursery, Kim Doherty, said: “The pupils from Seaford College have been an invaluable help over the past few years.”

Diana Strange, Seaford’s Director of Care and Welfare took students to Duncton and said: “The students were fantastic”. “They cleared, cleaned and painted Duncton’s recreation ground and bus shelters. Two pupils also cleared and removed brambles and molehills.”

Other new projects for 2016 included ground clearance at Coultershaw Beam Pump, planting at Tuppenny Barn, and cleaning the former kitchens at Stansted House. Amelia Allen, Anya Ormrod Davis and Lennie Cooper had a fantastic day giving the dogs a lot of exercise and love at the Clym-ping Animal Sanctuary.

Community Coordinator Clive Thorpe, who organised the day, said: “It’s really important that our students realise just how lucky they are. It’s great for them to get out and see that people are not as fortunate as themselves and it is good for them to discover skills they didn’t know they had.

“Looking forward, Seaford College is always open to new partnerships. If anybody would like to be considered for next year’s event, please contact me at cthorpe@seaford.org.”

This is how we rock at Seafordstock!

Seaford College Seafordstock 2016 5 webSeafordstock, which took place on Wednesday night is Seaford’s annual Rock & Pop concert where students get to showcase their talents.  Similar to Glastonbury 2016 the concert suffered from terrential rain and high winds, so for the first time in Seafordstock history the concert moved from the terraces behind Mansion to the Assembly Hall.  The new location proved to be an excellent venue for a ‘eurphoric’ evening of rock and pop music.

The audience was treated to a range of different songs and styles, featuring everything from The White Stripe’s Seven Nation Army, expertly sung by Year 9 band v8s, to the moving tribute to Prince sung by Issy Johnstone who appropriately sang Purple Rain.     Seaford College Seafordstock 2016 3 web

 

 

 

 

Seaford’s Headmaster John Green led by example with his rendition of John Denver’s Take me Home Country Roads.  John is inspiring students to do their personal bests.

Sara Reynolds, who organised the event, said: “Seafordstock is getting better and better each year, it’s growing and growing. All the students performed so well, they are my rock stars, and I am looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

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A big thank you to Peter Viccari (from Viccari Wheel Ltd http://www.viccariwheele.co.uk) for the professional videos.

Sun Shines on Stars of Seafordstock

Seafordstock 2015The evening could not have been more perfect for the highlight of Seaford’s musical calendar, Seafordstock, which took place on Wednesday night.

On the warmest day of the year, crowds gathered on the terraces behind Mansion for a joyful, and as one audience member termed it, ‘europhic’ evening of rock and pop music.

The audience was treated to a range of different songs and styles, featuring everything from Jonny Cash’s Fulsome Prison Blues, expertly sung by Sixth Former Keaton Smout, to the soaring David Guetta club anthem Titanium, sung by Isa Johnstone, which set spines tingling.

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights included the Prep School Choir’s rendition of S Club 7’s hit Reach. There was great audience participation throughout the performance of The Lumineers’ Hey Ho, and Yolanda Gumpo impressed with her version of Beyonce’s Love on Top, this year’s winning House Music song. As Head of Voice and Choirs Sara Reynolds commented, Yolanda’s singing was even better than Beyonce’s herself.

 

 

 

A new venture for Seaford this year has been the Jazz Band, which has proved to be hugely successful. Fresh from their impressive performance at Langham Brewery, where owner Lesley Foulkes praised them for being ‘exceptional,’ they kicked off the evening in style with classics Feeling Good and Fever. Abbey Caveney was another of the evening star performers; singing George Ezra’s Budapest with haunting and soulful grace.

 

 

The evening contained a couple of surprises too. Several members of the teaching staff took to the stage in coordinating beige chinos, white shirts and sunglasses to form boyband ‘Take This.’ Their rendition of the Backstreet Boys classic I Want it That Way was performed with an abundance of flair and was an audience favourite.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was the performance by Headmaster John Green, who had pledged to sing if £500 was raised for the forthcoming choir tour to Paris. In the end, enough funds were raised, so Mr Green was good to his word and sang Tom Jones’ Green Green Grass of Home. He proved to be a natural performer, and had the entire audience swaying together.

 

The finale of the evening was a dazzling rendition of Mark Ronson’s hit Uptown Funk. All the performers joined together, and had audience members dancing in front of the stage. It is was a fitting end to an amazing evening that truly showcased the enormous and varied talents of Seaford College’s Music Department.

 

Sara Reynolds, who organised the event, said: “Seafordstock is getting better and better each year, it’s growing and growing. All the students performed so well, they are my rock stars, and I am looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

Join Us for Seafordstock on Wednesday 1st July

Seafordstock will be taking place on Wednesday 1st JulyWe are delighted to invite you to ‘Seafordstock,’ one of the highlights of our musical calendar, on Wednesday 1st July. Seafordstock is a fantastic evening featuring many of our students performing rock and pop classics, with student bands and solo performances.

The event will take place on the terraces behind Mansion. Gates open at 6.00pm with performances starting at 6.30pm. Please bring your own picnics, refreshments and picnic blankets, and join us for this glorious evening of rock, pop and dancing. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

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Seaford’s Holly Bassett Ranks 16th in SUP World Championships

Holly Bassett Competing in SayulitaSeaford College Sixth Former Holly Bassett, 17, has just returned from the ISA World Stand Up Paddlesurf and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita, Mexico, with a ISA World Ranking of 16th place for 2015.

The International Surfing Association hosted over 30 international teams in sunny Sayulita, who competed in surf, distance, technical and prone paddleboard disciplines. The event attracts some of best riders in the world; and the ISA are pushing hard for Stand Up Paddlesurfing (SUP) to be included in the Olympic Games.

Holly’s skill is riding waves; she competes against 4 other riders in 20 minute heats in surf conditions.

During the SUP World Championships, Holly faced both challenging conditions Continue reading

Friends of Seaford College Prep School Summer Fair

Prep School Summer FairThe Friends of Seaford College Prep School warmly invite you to their Summer Fair on Saturday 16th May from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

It will be held at Springfield, next to the Prep School, and will feature a range of different and exciting competitions and stalls. There will be a fantastic raffle with amazing prizes, a dog show, a tug of war, and an inflatable assault course. There will be stalls featuring local food producers and craftsman, apple bobbing, an ice cream van, a plant stall, a cake stall and a Pimms and beer tent.

A percentage of the profits from the Summer Fair will be donated to the halow Prep School Summer Fairproject, a charity that supports young adults with a learning disability and enables them to live fulfilled lives.

The Friends of Seaford College Prep School look forward to welcoming you on the 16th May.

Policies Not Parties: Seaford College Hosts its Own Innovative Mock Election

election debate square formatweb1On the 7th May many pupils at Seaford College will be voting for the very first time. In preparation for the General Election, the Sixth Form held a mock election with an interesting twist: they would be voting on the basis of policies, not parties.
The voters did not know what parties they would be voting for, and the candidates, Hugo Dean, Christian Disley-May, Lucas Streeter and Michael Laird, also did not know what parties they were representing. All four candidates volunteered because they are keenly interested in politics, Lucas Streeter commenting: ‘Politics is so important because it affects everything.’

Mr Phillips, who teaches History, Law and Politics and organised the Mock Election, urged the Sixth Form to vote on the basis on which set of policies they preferred. He introduced the election with a rousing celebration of democracy, explaining: ‘The election matters to anyone who believes in freedom and who believes in democracy. May 8th 1945 was when World War 2 ended, but on May 7th 1945 the guns fell silent. Seventy years on, this General Election is a celebration of democracy and freedom. 50 million people gave their lives so that we could vote. It is important, it is relevant; the result of the election decides how much tax we pay, the quality of education for a generation, it decides everything.’

Inspired by Mr Phillips’ words, the four candidates presented policies from four political parties on the key issues of Education, Economy, Law and Order and the NHS. The Sixth Form were then invited to vote on the policies they preferred, the votes were counted using the first past the post system and Mr Phillips, acting as Chief Returning Officer, read out the results and revealed which candidate had won the ‘Assembly Hall Constituency.’

Overall winner was Hugo Dean with 30% of the vote. Mr Phillips then revealed that Hugo was representing the Liberal Democrats. Christian Disley-May (Conservative) and Michael Laird (UKIP) were tied on 24%, and Lucas Streeter (Labour) gained 22% of the vote.

After the results were announced, Sixth Former Ben North said: ‘I was surprised that the Liberal Democrats won, but I think it shows how you can be swayed by a party name. It’s made me want to look more closely at the parties’ policies. I think that the Coalition have been doing a good job and five years isn’t long enough, parties should be in power for ten years.’

Headmaster John Green said: ‘The Mock Election shows that Seaford College Sixth Form students are challenging the notion that today’s youth are uninterested in politics. They really understand the importance of exercising their right to vote, when in some countries it is much more difficult.’

To watch the Mock Elections and decide which policies you would vote for CLICK HERE.