Amber Titchener Live Nation

Amber goes live before the nation

Year 11 student Amber Titchener has not been wasting time during lockdown. With new single Jigsaw recieving thousands of streams on Spotify, she was asked on Monday 29th June to do a live broadcast for LIVE NATION UK, as part of their #itsfiveoclocksomewhere series.

You can catch some of the broadcast here

Just as well there were no GCSEs – though the truth is we know she would have aced those as well.

Jamie raises of £2500 for Teenage Cancer Trust

Jamie raises of £2500 for Teenage Cancer Trust

So Jamie Young in year 10 has done his ride (see previous post) – and as a result has raised more than £2500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

In the pictures below you can see him returning from a training ride, leaving the Royal Marsden in Sutton, cresting the mighty Ditchling Beacon, and arriving outside the Sussex County Hospital in Brighton – itself at the top of another significant hill.

Jamie’s original target was £150, and he has comprehensively smashed that particular goal with the same quiet dignity and resilience with which he has confronted the challenges he has faced over the last couple of years.

A total distance cycled of 82km (over 50 miles), much of it into a stiff headwind, is a remarkable achievement by this remarkable young man.

It’s not too late to add to his fundraising total. Please click here for his page.

Jamie’s London to Brighton ride is a bit special

Jamie’s London to Brighton ride is a bit special

A year ago, Jamie Young in year 10 was coming to the end of a successful course of treatment for cancer.

To mark this anniversary, Jamie and a small team of friends and family are going to ride between the two hospitals who cared for him so professionally, the Royal Marsden in Surrey, and the Alex Children’s Hospital in Brighton on Saturday June 20th. The route will largely follow the traditional London to Brighton Ride (which would have been on Sunday). The team of course need to stay two metres apart. Social distancing does not make this a sociable distance however, and by Saturday evening Jamie will have pedalled over 70km.

Jamie is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and you can support his ride here. A fantastic effort form a remarkable young man.

Year 8 make weather instruments

Nothing stops the creativity of our year 8 geographers … 

As part of their unit of work on weather and climate, year 8 geographers have been busy making weather instruments – the good old-fashioned analogue kind.

Here’s a selection from Miss Bishop’s students. Students had a choice of which instruments to create. Here you can see a barometer, a temperature station, a rain gauge, a weather vane and a cloud cover measurer

Welcome back students!

Welcome back students!

It’s been a long time …

June 15th saw our first tentative steps back to being a school again as we welcomed one quarter of our year 10s back. Turnout, at nearly 90%, was fantastic.

This week year 10s will each enjoy a lesson each of maths, English, science and history or geography, before leaving at lunchtime. Next week it is the turn of year 12s.

Strict physical distancing is ensured throughout, and hand hygiene is a prerequisite. It may not be what we are all used to, but face-to-face teaching has begun again. 

Coronavirus – advice and information

Coronavirus – plans for the second half of summer term

In addition to the children of key-workers, we are preparing to welcome years 10 and 12 for some carefully managed face-to-face contact from June 15th. Our plans for this are based on the safety of all of our community, and you can read about this in the June 5th edition of Sackville News. We have also made a video which shows what our plans will look like in reality. Please feel free to look at both.

Daisy’s tortilla is mouth-watering

Spanish taught here … 

Now we know where all the eggs are going! Year 8 student Daisy Titchener has been using the lockdown period to practise her Spanish – and her Spanish cuisine (or should we say her cocina?). Take a look at this tortilla … perfection.

One of the upsides of the school closure has been the amount of voluntary food technology learning happening in our students’ kitchens.

Daisy was able to talk to Miss Spearman in a live lesson about how she made this classic Spanish dish – in Spanish.

Well done Daisy. An order for a lunchtime tortilla is on the way.

Mia and Beth are cooking up something …

Mia and Beth are cooking up something …

Congratulations to Beth Currie and Mia Carew from year 9 who are the Sussex winners of the national Create and Cook Competition.

Their mouth-watering dish was chosen because of the use of local ingredients.

Illustrated here you can see Tablehurst Farm lamb kofka with tzatziki dressing, Greek salad with High Weald Feta cheese & homemade flatbreads, Sussex berry pavlova with Sussex cream and raspberry coulis. It’s made me hungry just writing this down!

The girls worked really hard getting everything done as closure and lockdown loomed. Well done to both – there are at least two households who will be eating well at this time!

VE Day

VE celebrations in East Grinstead

No-one envisaged it would be like this when Prime Minister Theresa May announced that May Day Bank Holiday 2020 would switch to Friday May 8th, to allow a proper celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Nevertheless, people managed to pay their respects as best they could. As you can see from the video clip, at 10.59 am Wilfie Fenn-Wood in year 7 joined virtually with his scout and guide band to play the ‘Last Post’ as the country prepared to observe a two-minute silence (see video). Johannes Kool of Imberhorne School, son of our Senior Science Technician, is also pictured here playing the cornet as 11.00 am approached. Johannes was one of six cornet players in Crawley Down who managed to play simultaneously in different parts of the village.

Later to honour the work done during the war at the QVH under the guidance of Sir Archibald McIndoe a lone Spitfire overflew the town and dipped its wings in salute. Our own Miss Offler captured this stunning photo of the Spitfire.

Thank-you too to Mrs Farrant and Mrs Furniss for sharing video footage of the flypast.