Sackville entertain Estcots year 6 students

Sackville musicians entertain Estcots year 6 students

Everyone school student needs cheering up in the dark days of the winter term. What better way than to come to Sackville and listen to our sixth form musicians? That was certainly the view of a group of year 6 Estcots students when they came to hear Ollie Howland, Chloe Harman, Tia Bartlett, Lewin Parker, Fraser Hounslow, Michael Hoelters, Craig Thorne and Tom Trounson show off their considerable talent during the last week of November. 

The students went back to Estcots and wrote about their experiences, showing a mature and well-developed sense of audience. Our English and music departments will be looking forward to working with these students next September!

Foodbank

Thank you for all the donations for East Grinstead Foodbank

On Friday December 7th, we gathered together all of the donations we have received over the last fortnight and took them to the East Grinstead Foodbank.

In the picture on the left alongside Mrs Farrant, year assistant for year 7, are JJ Sarmiento, Millie MastersonDylan Gates and Ellie Davis.

Zelal Aytekin and Hannah Bellini-Tagg later helped Mr Elsdon pack up all of the food and deliver it to the foodbank.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who made a donation.

Support staff tea

Tea for support staff ‘stars in our school’

To mark ‘Stars in our Schools’ day, members of the school leadership team served afternoon tea to all of our support staff on Tuesday 4 December. This was a small but thoroughly deserved token of appreciation to a team of people without whom the school would cease to function.

Thanks to all of these fantastic people – it really is a pleasure working together as a team. A particular thanks to Mrs Rowlingson who as usual was instrumental in organising the event.

Mock Trial

Sixth formers sent for (mock) trial

Congratulations to our sixth form law students for their excellent performances at the student Mock Trial at Maidstone Crown Court on Saturday December 1st.

It was a busy and worthwhile day.  Excellent advocacy from our barristers Danica Douglas, Melissa Turner and Morgan Hake meant that Tatyana Koleva was found not guilty three times. Clerk and usher John Hollins and Aimee Lane had also clearly fully prepared for their roles. Ben Thomas and Alistair Knox played the roles of witnesses with gusto.

Thank-you to Mrs Fleming and Mr Roberts for giving up a day at the weekend to accompany the students.

Sackville Big Reveal

Sackville gets festive with the ‘Big Reveal’!

There was a definite hint of December in the air at Sackville as Mr Feist and Mr Grant visited all of the classrooms and offices decorated for the ‘Big Reveal‘. Though it was the last Friday in November, lots of classrooms and offices had been decorated. The idea, the brainchild of our General Office, was fully embraced by many to leave the judging a challenge. As you can see from the slideshow, choosing between these spectacular efforts was not going to be easy.

After a full inspection however, the awards were:-

  • Overall Winner: Student Support Unit
  • Best Office: Finance
  • Best Tutor Room: 7SBP C05
  • Honorary Mentions for Creativity: LRC alpine village, Y9 Office wallpaper, Physics Prep Room Blue Peter crown, Drama Office script tree.

Many thanks to all the staff and students for making the school look so fantastically festive – even the year 11s in the middle of their mocks have been cheered up!

Year 7 celebration

Celebrating our great year 7s

On Monday November 26th, Mrs Farrant (Year 7 Pastoral Assistant), Mr Thompson (Year 7 Leader) and Mr Grant were delighted  to invite to afternoon tea over fifty year 7 students whose overall attitude to learning was ‘outstanding’ at the last set of monitoring grades.

To achieve this high standard, students have to show exemplary participation in every lesson and complete both classwork and homework to a standard above their ‘minimum expected grade’.

A fantastic start to your time at Sackville – congratulations!

East Grinstead Christmas Lights

Sackville singers light up East Grinstead

It is now a regular fixture of the calendar: our Sackville Singers entertain as the Christmas Lights are switched on. A selection of carols was sung to an appreciative audience before the ceremonial first lighting of the town illuminations.

Thanks to Mrs Nixon and Tia Bartlett for organising the singers, and to all of those who turned out in the cold to properly kick off the festive season.

Winter Concert

A smorgasboard of talent at our Winter Concert

Our musical evenings never disappoint, and Winter Concert 2018 was no different. With performances from soloists, small groups and entire ensemble casts, the audience was transfixed for two hours. An eclectic range of music was on offer, with pieces by Greig and Tchaikovsky followed by The Kinks, Depeche Mode and the Samba Band.

The final songs were a teaser for our school show next spring, ‘Back to the Eighties’. Everyone present will be looking forward to that!

Debating Burgess Hill School

Sackville Success at the English Speaking Union Debating Competition

On Tuesday evening, Imogen Gaines and Aminah Rahman were successful at the English Speaking Union Debating Competition, hosted at Burgess Hill School for Girls.

The judges commended them on their ‘poise, delivery style and humour’ as they opposed the motion from Brighton College that ‘This house would weight votes such that the younger the voter, the more powerful their vote.’ Congratulations and thanks also to some of the team that helped them prepare and who came along to support them: Kezia Augustine, Ceri Harman, Ellie Smith and Isabelle Goddard. A true example of ‘Together we Achieve!

Rotary Masterchef

Year 10s sweep the board at Meridian Rotary Young Chef heat

Well done to our year 10 chefs who took part in the Rotary Young Chef heat at Imberhorne School on November 20th. They secured the top three places as well as runner up.

Isabella Collins was the overall winner, and you can see her sumptious creation in this picture. Hannah Plumb was second, Ciara Humphrey third, with Scott Humphrey runner up. The judges were extremely complimentary of the work of the students, with Alberto, founding chef of the ‘Clink’ restaurant, particularly taken with Scott’s Sticky Toffee Parsnip Pudding. Makes me hungry just writing this post!