Curriculum Enhancement Week 2019
Our ‘activities week’ began on Monday July 16th – and there is almost too much going on to write about. Every year group has their sports day this week. On top of this, year 7s have a day at Blackland Farm or Ardingly Watersports, a STEM day on rockets, and an SMSC day on fair trade.
Year 8s also have one day at Ardingly or Blackland, a STEM day on disaster survival, and an SMSC day on diversity. Year 9s have an SMSC day on health, a STEM day on the science of sport and a visit to Team Dynamics in Frant. A good number of year 9s are also in Cantabria in Spain on their MFL trip.
Year 10s’ SMSC day focuses on futures and careers, they have a visit to either Plumpton College or Sussex University, and they finish the week and indeed their last school activities days with a visit to Thorpe Park.
It’s a busy week and we’d like to thank all of the students for giving everything a go, and all of the staff who work particularly hard to make the week tick.
Year 8s graduate from key stage 3
We were delighted to host two celebration assemblies on Monday and Tuesday 8th and 9th July to mark the graduation of year 8s from key stage 3.
Every student received a scroll from Mr Grant. On the scroll was the number of reward points each student obtained in years 7 and 8, their photo, the subjects they will study in years 9-11, and best of all three adjectives that best describe them chosen by their form tutors.
There were also awards for individual excellence in different subject areas.
One parent commented: A joy to be at the year 8 assembly this morning! Thank you for the wonderful opportunities you are giving our son and the care for him.
We would like to thank all of the parents who were able to attend, and of course also the wonderful year 8 students.
Want to help make cycling and walking round town easier?
East Grinstead Town Council are conducting a survey ascertain the appetite of local residents to cycle and walk more. The council would like as many of the community as possible to complete the survey. You can complete the survey here.
As a school we are of course keen on having car-free, sustainable and safe routes to school for our students as much as possible.
Benjy and Rebekah star at the English Schools’ Athletics Championships
Congratulations to Benjy Okeiyi in year 12 and Rebekah Tyler in year 11 for two outstanding performances in the English Schools’ Athletics Championships. Benjy came third in the in the 400 metre hurdles with an incredibly fast time of 55.56 seconds. Most of us could not cycle round a track in less than a minute – without hurdles!
Rebekah came seventh in the shot with a throw in excess of 12 metres – another astonishing result.
Well done to both competitors – we are truly proud of you.
Year 10 geographers at work in Wales
Our year 10 geographers spent the weekend of 12/14 July in the field in Wales, cementing what has been learned in their GCSE course over the last two years.
A visit to Ystradfellte waterfalls on Friday showed the students up close the way rivers develop in limestone landscapes.
This was followed by a study of the River Taff on Saturday. Low water levels did not stop an attempt at testing Bradshaw’s model of river flow.
Students stayed in the halls of residence at Swansea University, where there were facilities to discuss their findings in the evenings.
The journey home was punctuated by a visit to Pwll Mawr Museum to look at the history of mining the coal seams in the area.
Thank-you to the staff who have given up a weekend to make this happen.
Mrs Smith’s year 9s get round to some kinaesthetic learning
Remember those circle theorems from GCSE maths? No, nor do we. Perhaps if we had benefitted from Mrs Smith’s use of hula-hoops and string in maths lessons we would.
Circle theorems always form part of the questions at the top end of the GCSE and an understanding benefits everyone. At least we know her year 9s will be well-placed in two years’ time!
Year 12 biologists medal at the Olympiad
Congratulations to our year 12 biologists who have all been commended for their efforts at the Intermediate Biology Olympiad.
Ayo Odeyinde, Jorgie Nunes, Matt Tomkinson and Abi Bramwell were all commended or highly commended, and Joe Marrable gained a bronze award.
This is a great achievement for all five students in a competition entered by well over 8000 students from 460 schools. Well done!
EGGSFest ‘the best ever’
Beautiful weather, great company and astonishing performances – the Sackville playing fields were the place to be during the evening of July 11th for our annual EGGSFest concert.
Performers from Sackville and all of the local primary schools made it an evening to remember. The massed choir of over 500 primary children came from Felbridge, Baldwins Hill, Estcots, St Mary’s, Ashurst Wood, Fairway, Copthorne, The Meads, Halsford Park, St Peter’s and Crawley Down, and their performances of songs including Something Like This by Coldplay were a fitting finale to the evening.
Earlier performances by Sackville students also had the audience tapping their feet and demanding more.
Putting EGGSFest on is a huge undertaking and could not take place without the support of all the EGGS primary schools and the technical support crew at Sackville. Well done and thanks to everyone involved!
Thank-you to Tom Trounson and Roger Beeney for these lovely photos.
Year 8s solve the maths and science murder mystery
Year 8 students were confronted with a crime scene as they came into assembly on Wednesday July 10th. This was the culmination of a series of maths and science lessons in which they were charged with solving a murder.
The students had spent the previous two weeks learning about codes and code breaking in maths, and forensics in their science lessons. The had to put their skills to the test to find out who was responsible for the crime scene. Mr Roberts gave a fine performance as a forensic scientist, complete with gruesome props, but it was not enough to throw the students off the scent – for Mr Roberts was the murderer!
If he is not in lessons for a while, you know why …
Thank-you to the maths and science teachers for making this happen, and to Ms Jeffcoat in particular for organising the fun.