We were delighted to welcome our very special guests for tea and a tour of Seaford College Prep School last week. It was lovely for the children to show the grandparents their wonderful achievements here at Seaford.
Last week, Seaford College Prep School Year 8 pupils had a day out of the classroom to learn about the environment on Worthing beach. The children completed several fieldwork activities, including identifying sea defences and studying features of tourism. The tourism exercise was particularly popular as it involved eating ice creams!
On Friday 27 May, the children undertook a sponsored walk in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity close to the heart of Mrs Reed whose niece, Katie, has the condition. We were thrilled that Katie joined us for this day to cheer on the children. The pupils greatly enjoyed the event and we’re pleased to announce that we raised £325.
Well done everyone and a huge thank-you to all involved!
The Seaford College Prep School Summer Fair was a great success. There were lots of activities for everyone to enjoy including a bouncy assault course, tombola, inflatable slide and a dog show. Seaford Prep Headmaster Mr Brown was kind enough to take a place in the stocks while wet sponges were thrown at him — which was surely above and beyond the call of duty!
Last weekend, Greenpower Education Trust held the fourth Goblin racing event of 2016 at Seaford College. The Goblin initiative allows children aged 9-11 to build and race their own all-electric cars. Last weekend’s event attracted 24 entries from primary schools across Sussex and Hampshire and was staged on Seaford’s tennis courts.
In the morning, the cars had to navigate a slalom track and then compete in a drag race. After lunch, there were a series of head-to-head contests. Prizes were awarded to the three fastest cars in each event and there were additional awards that focused on the work the teams had put in to building their Goblin cars prior to the races.
The Seaford team consisted of Edward Gordon-Thomson and Samuel Brown (both Year 6); Joshua Rymer, Dylan Sharpe and James Shaw (all Year 5); and Toby Price from Year 4. The pupils all worked very well together and enjoyed the day. Each of them took turns to drive in the slalom and drag racing events, and then lots were drawn to see who would be our two drivers for the sprint.
Joshua Rymer said: “I really enjoyed it, especially getting through to the semi-finals.” Dylan Sharpe added: “I liked how everyone, parents and children, were so supportive. It didn’t matter if you lost or won, but just about how much team work you put into it.”
“The teams had a fantastic day and there were a good mix of winners at the prize-giving,” said Greenpower event manager Becci Diffey. “The event was also well supported by local volunteers, who included parents from participating teams, previous participants of the Goblin project, and those who regularly attend Greenpower events.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to Seaford College for providing such wonderful facilities free of charge for the second year running and we look forward to returning to Seaford again in 2017.”
The IET Formula Goblin project aims to inspire children to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way. The kits for the cars come flat-packed with step-by-step instructions to guide the teams through construction in an easily understandable manner. The building process introduces pupils to basic mechanics and on completion they can use the vehicles at any of Greenpower’s events around the UK.
Local primary schools who participated included Northchapel, Walberton & Binsted, Pennthorpe, Conifers, Fishbourne CE, Great Ballard, Harting C of E, Chichester Free School, St Mary’s CofE Clymping, and Boxgrove. The overall winners were Funtington Primary School.
The full awards for the day were as follows:
1st Sprint: Funtington Primary School – XLR8
2nd Sprint: St Mary’s CofE Primary School Clymping – Team Voltzwagon
3rd Sprint: Pennthorpe School – Speed Eagle
1st Drag: Funtington Primary School – XLR8
2nd Drag: St Mary’s CofE Primary School Clymping – Team Clymping Roycecharger
3rd Drag: Pennthorpe School – Pennthorpe Colour Strike
1st Slalom: Pennthorpe School – Pennthorpe Colour Strike
2nd Slalom: Thomas A Becket Junior School – The TABinator
3rd Slalom: Pennthorpe School – Speed Eagle
Best Present Team: Boxgrove Primary School – Boxgrove Barracuda Bullet
Best Bodywork: Harting Primary School – The Harting Hot Rod
Greenest Bodywork: Four Marks Primary School – Sugar Rush
Spirit of Greenpower: Harlands Primary School
Portfolio Award: Four Marks Primary School – Pandamania, The Creeper, The Sports Car & Sugar Rush
Overall Winners: Funtington Primary School – XLR8
Seaford College Prep School music teacher Mrs Page visited Indonesia at the beginning of April to meet the children, carers and teachers in YACAN and YASAH Children’s Homes. She enjoyed playing games with the children, such as ‘sledging’ on large leaves and throwing water bombs!
Mrs Page is pictured above with Ronardo Barus, one of the sport teachers sponsored by Seaford Prep School, with his girlfriend.
Ronardo has sent a letter to the Prep School updating us on their activities, together with some wonderful photographs. These are displayed on the Common Room noticeboard.
Operation Christmas Child is a campaign run annually by the Samaritan’s Purse International charity, which arranges for the transportation and distribution of gifts to impoverished, suffering, homeless and often orphaned children around the world.
Medium-sized shoe boxes were filled with suggested gift items and then wrapped in Christmas paper. In addition, donations were made to cover transportation and distribution costs. By making a donation online, the children could track the destinations of their gift boxes.
We held our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning last Friday and welcomed parents for coffee and cakes in the newly refurbished Sports Hall coffee bar. We also held a phenomenally successful cake sale for the children at break time.
We would also like to thank our Head Boy and Head Girl and their deputies: Tom Jillians, Lottie Hubbard, Sam French, and Olive Amin, plus our prefects for their help on the day. We raised £500.
On Tuesday, Seaford College Prep School welcomed about 90 of our children’s grandparents to Grandparent’s Day and an afternoon tour of the College followed by tea, scones and cakes. This has become a real highlight in our calendar and is an event greatly enjoyed by grandparents, pupils and staff alike. Families and extended families play a big part in College life and this is our chance to invite them to see what we do, the facilities we offer and the sort of events and activities that we put on.
Many grandparents saw their grandchildren’s classrooms and met their class teachers as well walking around the wider school. They were particularly impressed by the wonderful work on display in our Art and Design and Technology building. They also had the opportunity to see other aspects of what we do, including music, as well as just enjoying our fabulous outside space – and all bathed in the summer sunshine.
The afternoon was beautifully rounded off by our catering staff, who provided drinks, homemade chocolate éclairs, lemon drizzle cake and scones with cream and jam.
Sebastian Rees, Head of Seaford College Prep School, said: “Our children were very proud to show grandparents their school, and our grandparents were equally proud of what the children have achieved here. We look forward to welcoming them to future events.”