This means our switchboard will be closed for any enquiries. More importantly, it means the school ski trip is out in Vermont. The party has arrived safely, and after going to bed at what felt like 5am in the morning London time, all are up and safely on the slopes, travelling by an archetypal yellow school bus.
So far everything going smoothly and to plan!
Four nights of brilliance ended with Friday’s flawless final performance of Fame. It seems that each year the bar is set ever higher. Well done to our fantastic cast, orchestra, technical crew and backstage team. ‘Together we achieve’ indeed. Bring on 2018!
The show has been reviewed by Theatre South East – please click here!
Some of our year 9 boys were lucky to be able to visit Twickenham and see the England squad in training before half term. As well as picking up some tips for their own games, they felt reassured that the England team were on track to win the Six Nations again. Sorry Mr Roberts!
We were delighted to hear our Crest award winners being discussed on BBC Radio Sussex recently. Please click here to listen to the clip!
Year 12 geographers visited east London for one of their field trips on Tuesday February 7th, studying the impact of urban regeneration on the area around the Olympic Park. As part of their research, students asked people to participate in a survey. No-one was more willing to help out than Tom Daley, who not only filled in a questionnaire, but signed it too. A real gent!
Also on Tuesday February 7th, our year 12 drama and performing arts students were lucky to see former student Charlotte Blackledge perform in Patrick Hamilton’s ‘Gaslight’, currently in Brighton as part of its national tour. The following day, Charlotte visited school for a fascinating Q and A session with the students. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to talk to an actor they had seen only the night before. Anyone who saw Charlotte’s Rizzo in our performance of Grease a few years back would have known she was destined for stardom, and we would like to thank her for giving up her time to come and talk at her old school.
As part of our two INSET days this month, on Thursday 2nd February Sackville teachers had the opportunity to visit another school of their choice to share tips and great ideas. Over 90 staff visited more than 40 schools across the south east. They will feedback their stories and ideas from these trips on the second INSET day (Friday 3rd February).
Many thanks to all our colleagues in these schools and colleges for hosting us: Beacon School, Crowborough, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells, Burgess Hill APC, Chailey School, Chichester High School for Boys, Collyers College, Davison High School, Worthing, Downlands Community College, Hassocks, Estcots Primary School, The Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge, Hazelwick School, Heathfield Community College, Holmbush Primary Academy, Shoreham, Holy Trinity CofE School, Crawley, Hove Park School, Hurstpierpoint College, Ifield Community College, Lingfield Notre Dame, Mayfield School for Girls, Michael Hall, Millais School, Horsham, Newstead Wood Grammar School, North Heath Primary, Horsham, Oakwood School, Horley, Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath, Oxted School, Patcham High School, Peacehaven Community School, Portslade Aldrdge Academy, Priory School, Lewes, Ratton School, Eastbourne, Skinners Kent Academy, St Bede’s, Redhill, St Paul’s Catholic College, St Wilfrid’s, Crawley, Steyning Grammar School, The Weald, Billingshurst, Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar, Uckfield Community College,Warden Park Secondary Academy, Haywards Heath, Warlingham School, Surrey and Worth School.
Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts and Dance students did not disappoint during the annual showcase, which is becoming one of the highlights of the school year. All the students’ own work, sets ranged from musical numbers from ‘Chicago’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Hamilton’ to self choreographed dance pieces. The picture shows the entire cast performing a number from Fame. Many present are involved in the full-scale production of this show in February.
The performances tonight go towards the students’ final assessment in their BTEC awards. There is every reason to expect some very high grades!
The students finished the evening with a heartfelt tribute to Mrs Beasley and Mrs Nibloe, with both rightly being described as ‘inspirational’. Well done everyone – this evening really was Sackville at its best!
Congratulations to three of our year 10 students for the successful completion of their Silver CREST Award in science. Joseph Marrable, Ali Rashid and Daniel Bland developed a project throughout year nine, spending over thirty hours each investigating factors affecting the altitude of a water rocket and investigating meteor crater formation. They participated in the Big Bang Fair Southeast in the summer and have now been assessed on their work by Mike Brookes, a professional engineer who is a STEM Sussex ambassador. His recommendation for the silver award is a reflection of their hard work and commitment. A career in STEM surely awaits these ambitious students – well done!
The morning of Tuesday 21st January was an important one for our year 7s. Students were off timetable exploring what it means to be happy and well. Issues such as body image, self esteem and social media were covered. The latter is a significant challenge for today’s youngsters – something most of their parents will never have had to deal with. Our personal development curriculum changes each year to try to ensure we give our students the support they might need in becoming happy and well-rounded young people in the face of a rapidly changing world.
You may have seen from the press that the final school performance tables were published this week. These confirmed Sackville’s excellent results from last summer. The new ‘Progress 8′ measure of 0.34 was joint 5th in the county, and best in Mid-Sussex, and means that every third result achieved this summer at GCSE was a full grade higher than students would have got at a typical school.
Meanwhile, our sixth form was the joint-top state provider in the county, with a progress score indicating that one in four results at A level last year was a full grade higher than the students’ GCSE scores would have predicted.
All of this is testament to the hard work of the whole school community last year, and we would particularly like to thank the parents of our exam years for their fantastic support.
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!