We have just heard that the ‘Bridging the Ages’ project was successful in obtaining lottery funding to secure its future.
The organisation would like to thank those who voted for it in the community project category. One thing the money will be used for is to produce a manual to assist other organisations in implementing the project in other areas in the country.
Well done too to Sophie Palmer and Sam Ford who star in a promotional film about the project that will soon be online here.
Our year 10 World Challenge group has now returned from Sri Lanka.
After a night on a beach-front hotel, the group moved on to their project near Kandy, where they were based in a local school. There they assisted in some site maintenance, moving several tonnes of stones and bricks, and also worked in the classrooms teaching English to the students. They were given a fantastic send-off when leaving the school, with a show including a fire-eater. They were also presented with an enormous hamper of local produce.
More in the next edition of Sackville News!
There was the usual busy end to the spring term. Throughout the final week Miss Pearson, Mrs Rose and Mrs Wogan led the annual Sackville ‘Stop, Drop and Read‘ festivities. Designed to get students to read more, the bell rings at random times during the day, and everyone, support staff, students and teachers, stops what they are doing and picks up their book to read. There was also a half price book-sale in the LRC all week.
Alongside this, there is a competition for the best photo of participants reading in unusual places. Here’s one entry – those two football experts Messrs Feist and Grant swotting up on the laws of the game, while the ball creeps past them into the net …
Thursday evening saw the annual Sports Awards evening. Students enjoyed a fish and chip supper, followed by recollections of the last year’s sporting highlights. Top performers were presented with medals. Here you can see Aliya Harvey and Daisy Alleway from year 9, receiving their awards from Mr Grant.
Year 12 geographers meanwhile were on a five day field trip to south-west Wales. The centrepiece of the trip was collecting and analysing data on species variation within two sand-dune systems.
Alongside this, students were able to observe some of the stunning cliff scenery in Pembrokeshire during a “mile-long” walk planned by Mr Latus, and observe the economic challenges of periphery communities in post-production countryside.
Evenings were spent analysing and presenting findings, as well as learning new statistical techniques for testing geographical theories.
There was also time to some well-earned R and R, with ultimate Frisbee being a favourite, and perfectly suited to Pembrokeshire’s amazing sandy beaches.
This picture struggles to contain all of our amazing year 10s who averaged A – ‘Outstanding’ – in their last set of monitoring grades. A fantastic achievement rewarded by breakfast with Year Leader Mr Millican, Year Pastoral Manager Mrs Farrant and Headteacher Mr Grant – you can see them amongst this multitude if you look hard enough.
Meanwhile, some of our year 9 students got to enjoy an alternative multi-sport day at Brighton University. The students had a great time trying new activities we cannot always offer at school, such as kinball, street surfing and parkour. The university were highly complimentary of our young people too.
Well done to both of these groups of students!
Finally, we are delighted to be able to share an article in the journal of the Schools, Students and Teachers network, the SSAT, written by Headteacher Julian Grant, about engaging all stakeholders in the life of the school. You can read the article here.