Congratulations to our U14 girls (a team made up of year 8 and 9 sudents) who have made it through to the quarter finals of the county cup, having beaten Bishop Luffa (Chichester) 3-1, after going a goal down. A great result making the long journey worthwhile. They weren’t as relaxed as this during the game!
Our school choir was part of the ceremony to switch on the town Christmas lights on Saturday. Thanks to all of those who gave up part of their weekend for this!
Some days start for 8NRN with pancakes and bacon … pic.twitter.com/A6CzqrjxRq
— Sackville School, EG (@Sackville_EG) 30 November 2016
In the week we got confirmation of our fantastic student progress scores for 2016, it is great to be able to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our fantastic support staff. Truly you are #StarsInOurSchools.
The audience at the Winter Concert were treated to a spectacular display of the talent of Sackville musicians. Always a major fixture of the school calendar, this year’s offering at least matched the very high standard set last year. Well done to all the performers, and to the music teachers and technical team who made it happen.
Our year 7s have recorded their chromatography experiments on their mobile phones … pic.twitter.com/PzH4BziFpz
— Sackville School, EG (@Sackville_EG) 23 November 2016
Headteacher Julian Grant together with senior students Jessica Argy and Joe Roberts-Percy laid a wreath at the town war memorial on Remembrance Sunday. The Headteacher of Imberhorne and two of his senior students placed a wreath at the same time.
Both schools observed two minutes’ silence on Friday, Armistice Day.
Clear skies welcomed nearly thirty visitors to the Sackville Observatory November open evening. Many of those present stayed the full two-hours, and who can blame them when such amazing photos as these were to be had. The ones here were taken by Ella in year 8 and Faith, year 7. News of the observatory can always be found here.
Congratulations to the Sackville public speaking team – through to the next round of the competition after winning their heat last night against Worth, Notre Dame and Imberhorne. The winning group talked on the subject of migration. Our other team entertained with the topic of ‘meal deals’.
It was great to see so many of our students back for the sixth form open evening. We were also pleased to welcome a number of visitors from other schools. You can see our prospectus and application form here. We would ask for all applications to be returned to us by Friday 9th December. You’ll be joining a sixth form in which academic progress is consistently significantly above average. Students at Sackville choose four courses to study in year 12.
After three weeks of journeys to Burgess Hill to compete in the Mid-Sussex Netball League, our year 10 girls are now league champions. They topped the table of ten teams and were undefeated in all their matches.
This result follows their win at the Versatility Tournament earlier this term (where players play in every position) and marks the end of a year of fantastic improvement for the team. In the the middle of year 8 the team came fifth in a league made up of the same schools, but they have worked extremely hard in training every week. Next up is the knock out cup – watch out!
Year 8 students spent most of the last Friday in September on the beautiful Sussex coast. They learned of the ever changing nature of the littoral however, particularly looking at erosion around Birling Gap. They have studied longshore drift in lessons this year, and saw how man has tried to counter the impact of this on the chalk cliffs.
The students also visited the town of Seaford and were able to see how hard engineering had protected the town. At the same time they were invited to judge the costs as well as the benefits of the defences.
They returned to school keen to apply their new knowledge in the classroom.
You may recall last year that headteachers in West Sussex began a campaign called “Worth Less?” to publicise the low educational funding of the county by central government and the need for a new national funding formula to be introduced as a matter of priority. The government announced last year that there will be a new formula, but with no clear start date and no extra provision for the forthcoming financial year 2017/18. Consequently, the “Worth Less?” campaign has been relaunched across the county.
Sackville has had a long tradition of managing its finances very carefully indeed and will continue to do so, driven by the aim of providing the best possible education for our students. We support this countywide campaign because we do not want our students to lose out unreasonably compared to others in the country.
Please click here for a letter from West Sussex heads explaining this further.