Georgina Kane – True Grit

Year 7’s Georgina shows true grit in the rain

Year 7 student Georgina Kane completed the True Grit Challenge on Saturday 27 April, a gruelling 25-mile walk in the heart of the Peak District. Georgina undertook this challenge, which involved 700m of ascent, to raise money for A4D (Action4Diabetics), a charity that supports people with diabetes in south-east Asia. She was accompanied by her cousin and a friend who suffers from type 1 diabetes.

Make no mistake – this was a real challenge, supported by none other than Sir Chris Bonington. Many did not finish – 25 miles is a very long way to walk, even without Pennine rain. Well done Georgina. True grit indeed.

Hugo and Erwan

Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux

Many of us will be aware that these two fine ex-Sackville students were taken by the sea at far too young an age in February this year.

These were fantastic young men, with an exciting future ahead of them. Both saw life as a great adventure, and devoured what it had to offer voraciously. Their journey down the coast of Australia was typical of this.

Hugo will be remembered above all as a student who was sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. His mature approach to his studies and the wider school life made him a successful and popular student. Teachers regularly commended him on his strong work ethic, his resilience, and latterly his strong set of employment-friendly skills. They were impressed by his modesty and keenness to seek out and act upon advice.

Erwan showed throughout his school career that he was very much his own man. One of his teachers recalls him ‘working to the beat of a different drum’ and this sums up the young man so fondly remembered by the school. He worked successfully at his academic studies, and was often commended for his industrious attitude. But beyond this he could always be relied upon for an original and interesting interpretation of what he was learning and we often felt we learned as much from him as he did from us.

We are immensely proud of the fine young men these two became, and our thoughts are with their families at this time. They will be long remembered by all of us.

We would now like to share with you the link to a crowdfunding page set up by Hugo’s mother and Aunt. A target of £30,000 has been set to build memorial skate-ramps at the skate park in Forest Row where Hugo spent so much of his time. All donations are of course welcome, and we will update our website with news of the project as it develops.

Knowing that the next generation of boarders were honing their skills on his legacy would have made Hugo extremely proud.

Sackville Singers at Trinity Arts

Sackville Singers support Anna Howie at Trinity Arts

A number of our wonderful singers were on hand on Saturday 27 April to support Anna Howie’s performance at Trinity Arts in Tunbridge Wells. They helped perform four songs, two of which were Anna’s original compositions. 

This was a great opportunity to support a professional artist in a commercial performance.

We would like to thank Simon Forsyth for giving up his Saturday evening to accompany the students.

You can find out more about Anna’s music here.

Rotary honouring Sackville students

Sackville students win Rotary prizes

We were delighted to welcome Mr Chris Smith of Rotary International on Friday 26 April.

Mr Smith was in school to present two of our students with awards for their perfromances in Rotary sponsored competitions.

Readers of Sackville News and indeed of this website will be aware of year 10 student Bella Collins‘ culinary exploits. Mr Smith awarded her with a prize and a certificate for her achievements in the Rotary Young Chef Competition. Bella (left) won two heats, and was only narrowly pipped in the regional final.

Meanwhile Rosie Baird in year 12 achieved third place in the senior section of the Rotary Young Photographer Competition. Rosie’s pieces will soon be on display at our annual exhibition of students’ work, where you will be able to see the high standards achieved not just by Rosie but by all of our other art and photography students.

Y13 Drama devised performance

Year 13 drama students sign off in style

Our year 13 drama students have set very high standards as they have progressed through the school, so their final performances, their devised pieces, were eagerly awaited by the audience on Thursday 25th April.

They did not disappoint. Devised pieces are completely the work of the students. They write, produce, direct and of course act.

Thursday’s pieces explored themes of perspective and identity and were devised in the style of Frantic Assembly.

For many of these students, it was their last ever performance at Sackville. Well done to everyone!

Book Face

Book Face a great success

Mrs Rose in the LRC ran our ‘Book Face‘ competition as part of National Reading Week at the end of last term. As you can see from the slideshow, our students rose to the challenge strongly, with some really imaginative entries.

Winners were Tiffany Batters, Charlie Stripp, Freya Wetherall, Stefan Doggett and Ruby Lee. See if you can spot them here!

Interesting to see the choice of books as well. Can you judge a person by their cover?!

Biology Olympiad

Alice and Marnie excel at Biology Olympiad

Congratulations to Alice Holman and Marnie Trewern who have secured a bronze certificate in the Biology Olympiad, run every year by the Royal Society of Biology.

To achieve this, they had to come in the top 15% of the more than 9000 A level students who participated from over 700 schools. We have never had students achieve such high accolade before – so well done to these two excellent students. 

Just those A levels to nail now!

Friends of Lindi

Year 7 donate a staggering £450 to Friends of Lindi

We were delighted to welcome Steve and Sue Scorer to school on Tuesday April 23rd who readers of Sackville News will know run the charity Friends of Lindi

Year 7 students raised money last term through a ‘secret Valentine’ and later an Easter Fair. Steve and Sue were in to receive a cheque for the £450 raised by the students. In the picture you can see Staten Beynon and Imogen Black presenting the cheque in assembly.

Well done to all the year 7s for their efforts and thanks to Steve and Sue for coming in. You can read more about Friends of Lindi here.

Callum Stone Brighton Mini Mile

Callum wins Brighton Mini-Mile for the fourth time

Congratulations to Callum Stone in year 11 who has won the Brighton Mini-Mile for an amazing fourth time – that’s more than anyone else has achieved, including athletes who have gone on to represent Britain at the Olympics.

Amazingly he still has a chance to make it a fifth title next year.

Well done Callum – keep in that gear for those GCSEs this term!

SSAT award

Sackville School wins national award for performance

Sackville School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018 based on data from the Department for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network). Sackville was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 20% of schools nationally for progress. The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England and the highest performing schools for a range of key measures are awarded SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards. Sackville will be presented with their award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “I am delighted that Sackville School has won an Educational Outcomes Awards. This recognises one important aspect of the school’s work but at SSAT we believe an outstanding school has deep social justice at the heart of its plan; it subjects that plan to constant challenge and innovation; and it liberates teachers to perform brilliantly in the classroom. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to students, parents, staff and governors.