Sports results since last Sackville News … Netball U12A 19-7 U12B 13-0 vs Imberhorne. Soccer U12 through to semi final of county shield, U15 0-3 vs The Welad. Rugby U13 10-15 vs Heathfield, semi-final of Area Cup 5-55 vs Warden Park, U12A 2nd in Area Rugby Tournament, U12B 7th in same tournament (playing with A teams), U14 won the 7s Vase at the County Finals at Worth, beating Steyning 12-7 in the final. Cricket, U15 won the Area 6-a-side indoor tournament beating Imberhorne in the final – the County Final awaits … Girls’ hockey U12A and B first and third in Mid Sussex tournament. Basketball, U12/13 won 5-3 overall at Weald Tournament

Bridging The Ages Biography Project up for lottery funding

The Bridging The Ages Project brings together people from different generations to combat loneliness and discrimination. Students interview older people and write a book which is presented to them, providing older people with more social contact and younger people with rewarding volunteering experience.

Sam Ford and Sophie Palmer, two amazing Sackville year 11 students, took part in this project last year, writing biographies of two pensioners from the Sussex area. Both students found this a very rewarding experience and recommend it to others. For both generations to benefit from this in the future, additional funding is needed, and a bid is currently being made to the National Lottery People’s Projects. They need votes from members of the public if they are to be successful; you can vote for this project by clicking here.

Is that Valentino Rossi? No, it’s Jamie Davis from year 7 …

Jamie Davis is a young man with a great future. He has been selected a year early to compete in the Moto GP European Talent Cup. He is also racing in the Pre Moto 3 Championship in Spain.

All this alongside his year 7 studies and the usual distractions of life as a 12-year-old. Well on the way to competing in the full Moto GP, it’s not surprising he moves so fast to fit all of this in! We look forward to following his career over the coming years.

A dab of success for our year 8 hockey teams

Our year U13 A and B hockey teams celebrated their end of season in style with a first and third place in the final tournament of the year.

The A team did not concede a single goal in winning, and the B team managed to beat one other A team on their way to coming third.

Mrs Richards endured a noisy minibus on the way home, but was happy to share in the celebrations of this talented group of players.

Brilliant Crowthers medal at National Championships

Both Jordi and Heidi Crowther achieved podium finishes in the National Trampolining Championships over the weekend of 18/19 March.

Competing in their age groups, Heidi medaled first with a bronze. Elder sibling Jordi (pictured) then followed by going one better, achieving a silver at her first ever national finals.

You can be sure the girls will bounce into school on Monday.

Well done to them both – reward for many hundreds of hours of training and practice.

International work experience in Madrid – see videos here

The last week in February saw Sackville’s second international work experience week of the year.

Students worked in primary schools. The Spanish pupils do 2/3 of their lessons in English, affording our students the opportunity to help out in all sorts of ways. Spanish lessons, often focusing on grammar, gave our students a challenging workout, too.

Afternoons and evenings were spent sightseeing, making videos in Spanish about their experiences, writing articles for the first ever Sackville News in Spanish, (publication next week), going to the cinema, ambitiously sampling Spanish food, (well, some of us), visiting art galleries to view works by Picasso, Dali and Henry Moore and visiting the Bernabeu to experience an enthralling 3-3 against Las Palmas. And all of this in warm winter sunshine. Wish you were there?

The clouds part for the last Observatory Open Evening of the winter

More than forty people attended the last Observatory Open Evening before the clocks go forward, and despite the misty forecast, the clouds parted in time to enable some beautifully clear photos to be taken. 

Thank-you to Adam Lindsey for this lovely image of the moon. Roll on next open evening!

Welcome to our September 2017 intake

We would like to welcome to the school community those who have been successful in securing a place at Sackville for September. We are delighted that so many parents have chosen Sackville as first choice for their children; for the new intake we are heavily oversubscribed
Choosing a school is always a big decision and we will repay your faith in us by working our hardest for five or seven years to make sure every student achieves everything they can.
We still have spaces in the upper school (years 9 to 11) and always welcome applications to join our successful and thriving community.

Roboteers stand by …

‘Robot Wars’ may be returning to our screens, but the real action was to be had at Sussex Downs College, where a team of Sackville students took part in the Lego Mindstorms competition. There the team had to complete several challenges. These included a timed course doing various tasks, a discussion, and a presentation about how they designed their robots. Sadly they did not progress to the next round, but did win the award for the best presentation on the design of the robot.

Watch out for them in the next series of ‘Robot Wars’!

World Book Day at Sackville

We all know that reading regularly makes a huge difference to students’ school lives, and our fantastic English teachers go more than the extra mile to encourage it. For World Book Day they have all dressed up as characters from 19th century fiction. How many can you spot?

It’s March and these girls are still undefeated

Huge congratulations to our year 7 Netball team, now joint winners of the West Sussex Netball Tournament. They beat Christ’s Hospital, Downlands, Millais, Warden Park and St Paul’s, and drew with Burgess Hill, scoring 55 and conceding just 25. The quality of play and more importantly the teamwork shown belied the youth of the players.

It’s a long time since one of our teams went a season undefeated so this is really something special. You’ll be able to look forward to a celebration breakfast with Mr Grant!

Well done girls – we look forward to seeing you grow as a team in year 8. It already looks like you have been playing together for years, not months.

Year 10 geographers shine at Brighton quiz

Congratulations to Joseph Marrable, Ali Rashid and Nathan Holbrook who put in a great performance to come well into the top half of the field in the Brighton Geographical Association Wise World Quiz at Dorothy Stringer School. 

Questions tested their skills in geography, but also their general knowledge about the world.

No need for a satnav or Wikipedia for these young men!

Sackville’s ‘cool’ 2017 Ski Trip …

Our ski trip to Vermont has been a resounding success. Organised for the same price as many school trips to the Alps, students have enjoyed impeccable snow conditions, great weather and American portion sizes (needed to power the long days on the slopes).

Evening activities have included Pool, skating, and a quiz night. Students have also found time for revision.

On Friday the party decamped to Boston to rest those burning quads with a walk around the city’s Freedom Trail, before the night flight home.

‘Hard Work’ pays off – Fame is a complete triumph

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!





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