SEAFORD College is celebrating another hugely-successful term, particularly in its music department.
Singing superstar tenor Jonathan Antoine joined students for their end-of-term carol concerts.
Jonathan who, together with his singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli, was runner-up in the 2012 series of Britain’s Got Talent, is a pupil of college singing teacher Sara Reynolds.
He sang with the chapel choir and the senior choir.
Sara said: “As you can imagine, the students were incredibly excited, as many followed his progress on the TV show with enormous enthusiasm once they knew he had been my pupil for the past three years.
“Jonathan is still only 18 and will be an inspiration to our students, as proof of just what can be achieved if you work hard and chase your dreams.”
Students and staff have also found a new way to shake off that ‘Monday morning’ feeling.
Headmaster John Green has introduced a new weekly all-school hymn practice which has set the school buzzing with the sound of music.
Mr Green, who took over as head in September, said: “It is well known that singing is good for the soul and lifts your spirits.
“Changing the structure of the school week to incorporate the weekly hymn practice has seen everyone start the week humming new hymns with enthusiasm and a smile on their faces.”
Seaford has an excellent reputation for its music school, which has produced singers such as top international baritone Matthew Rose and, more recently, the Brit Awards Best Newcomer for 2013, Tom Odell.
Meanwhile, sixth-form student Ruby Partridge has been awarded the prestigious Elton John bursary to assist with her studies at the Junior Royal Academy of Music (Jram) in London.
Ruby, who also plays violin, is a member of the college chapel choir, chamber choir, senior choir, orchestra and string group and takes a leading role in next term’s senior musical production, Oh! what a lovely war.
The bursary is highly sought-after and awarded to the most worthy of students.