The annual sixth form business and German trip to Hamburg and Berlin started on Saturday 14th January. Students visit the sights in Berlin and various businesses in Hamburg. Several sixth formers stay in Germany for the whole week in order to complete international work experience. Despite the evident cold, it’s a fantastic trip which often goes on to feature prominently in university and apprenticeship applications. Here you can see the group visiting the Reichstag (parliament) in Berlin, the waterfront in Hamburg, the Airbus factory, and visiting a migrant class in Hamburg. And of course eating food!
It’s that time of year when all young people scan the weather forecast and the skies for the prospect of snow, hoping of course for the chance of a cheeky ‘snow day’ off school. Some of our students though can be sure of snow in a few weeks time, as they head off to Vermont for the Sackville ski trip at half term. Training for those who have not skied before is progressing apace, with weekly sessions at Bowles Outdoor Centre.
Meanwhile, not everyone at Sackville scanning the sky is looking for snow; for others the absence of cloud is the thing. Our first observatory open evening of 2017 saw beautifully clear skies and a full moon, and the usual gathering of stargazers ably led by Steve Bush.
Thanks to Darren Roberts for this picture – tweeted live on the evening!
Congratulations to our year 7 sports hall athletics team, who became Mid Sussex champions this week. The girls were first overall and the boys third. The team now progress to the county finals later this month. We look forward to hearing more good news!
Sixth-formers Jodi McLaren and Georgia Boylan presented staff from Chailey Heritage School with a cheque for over £1000 on January 10th. This money was raised from the annual sixth form and staff quiz last autumn.
The presentation was in front of the year 9 assembly, and was followed by a fascinating talk from Martin Langner about the work done at the school to support students with severe and specific learning difficulties. This is the latest in a series of assemblies delivered by staff from the school, and we hope to continue to raise money for the amazing work they do for many years to come.
Please click on the links for the latest letter to parents, and West Sussex Schools’ response to the consultation on the national funding formula.
Former Sackville student Matt Jones has returned to East Grinstead more than three years after suffering life-threatening injuries in a car accident which left him requiring highly specialised rehabilitative support not available close to home.
A surprise party was held for him in the Meridian Hall on December 18th, where all of his family and friends were able to share in a belated celebration for his 21st birthday as well as his homecoming.
Pictured here Matt is with our Leader of English, Mrs Stuart.
His mother says “Matt has been doing really well. His tenacity, motivation and sheer determination has been a massive factor in his progress and he never gives up. His motto ‘I can and I will, watch me’ epitomises his mind set and I am constantly humbled by his relentless persistence and efforts to regain his skills and to improve.”
Welcome back home Matt.
We are proud to publish the first issue of “Le Bulletin Tricolore”. Our lunch-time club students have been working very hard to produce this, and we are sure it will be the first of many! Please click here to read it!