Jamie’s ballooning talent

Jamie’s ballooning talent

Anyone who has been to one of our school concerts will have heard year 12 student Jamie Bland perform. His vocals and musicianship are impressive enough, but he also writes his writes his own material.

Here is his latest single ‘Balloon’. Take a look and prepare to be impressed!

All quiet in lockdown

All quiet during lockdown …

It’s a quiet period for news when the school is closed … so if anyone has any pictures of interesting ways students are learning whilst at home, please send them in!

In the meantime, you can always catch up with the latest Sackville news in Sackville News.

Christmas Break 2020

Reporting a positive case of Covid 19 during the school closure

If your child has tested positive for Covid-19 please inform the school of the test date by emailing covidabsence@sackvilleschool.org.uk, even if your child has not attended whilst infectious. This is important when planning lateral flow testing as students return.

Thank-you for your support and co-operation.

Hello … no wonder this lot are popular

Hello … no wonder this bunch are popular …

We just love our performing arts students at Sackville. Nothing, not even this awful year, can stop them. On Monday 14 December, our year 13s served up a wonderful musical theatre showcase with beautifully performed numbers from shows including The Book of MormonMatildaA Chorus LineHamilton, Wicked, and Mamma Mia.

It was so refreshing to see some live theatre, albeit in front a masked audience reduced in size because of social distancing. As we went home to play those numbers again on Spotify (other players are available) one certainty was some fantastic grades in the summer.

Well done to Amber DaviesAlex FludeSophie CharmanMaddie WrigleyAmy HawtinAnika Rahman and Rebecca Hollins. Thanks to the great team of Mrs Hodgkiss, Ms Warran, Ms Bartlett and Mr Hoelters for making it all happen.

Mims Davies virtual visit

Sixth form grill local MP Mims Davies in the Bistro

Y12 and 13 students had an amazing opportunity on Friday 11th December to interview Mims Davies, MP for Mid Sussex. Mims was exceedingly generous with her time and explained to the students her path into politics and her current projects and role.

Our students devised some exceptional questions about the environment, gender issues and the role of the House of Lords. The detail and the depth of her responses impressed the students greatly. Of particular interest was how the increased number of female MPs had led to a range of different topics being dicussed in the house. 

Mims also said she would be happy to visit the school again when it was safe to do so.

Ollie Roberts

Ollie Roberts – ‘Top Shot’ at army passout parade

Some more great news about a former student. Ollie Roberts, class of 2017/2019, has worked steadily since leaving school, even with the additional challenges of 2020, to complete his initial army training

Ollie is remembered at school not just for his diligence and perseverance, but also for his extensive repertoire of magic tricks. It is no surprise to us that for him completion itself would not be enough: in the process he also gained the ‘Top Shot‘ trophy and his Marksmanship Badge.

Ollie has now graduated to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and proceeds to Lyneham to complete his training. Well done Ollie and good luck for the next phase of your career. We hope you still have time to keep all those conjuring tricks up to scratch.

Wednesday concerts – a Sackville institution already

Wednesday concerts – a Sackville institution already

Our Wednesday concerts might only have been going for a few weeks, but they already have the feeling of being something of a school institution.

The happy inspiration of Mr Heatley and his music team, every Wednesday lunchtime live music springs up somewhere round the school. On Wednesday 9th December it was the turn of year 7 to be entertained. Many had brought in their special Christmas hats for the occasion. 

They were not to be disappointed, as a sprinkling of seasonal numbers were included in the usual excellent set.

We would like to thank our fantastic musicians once again, but also Ms Bartlett and Mr Hoelters who are our super-efficient roadies each Wednesday.

Year 11 mock result assembly

Year 11s receive mock results in virtual assembly

Well done to our year 11 students for their hard work and industrious approach to the recent set of mock exams. The results are very strong and promise great things for the summer.

Students received their grades during a mock results afternoon. Mrs Sands delivered a virtual assembly into each tutor room, and the students then received their grade sheets along with a congratulatory pen from Mr Grant.

Thank-you too to all of the staff for their tireless efforts in administering, setting and marking the mock papers.

Le francais en direct!

Le francais en direct!

On Friday 4th December  our Year 12 French class attended a live event hosted by the British Film Institute, about the cult film La Haine.  This hard-hitting work is the film we study for A level, and as we are unable to visit the Institute this year they came to Sackville instead. 
The presentation was a great introduction to the film covering the film’s themes and  techniques and analysing two key scenes.  Tout en français, bien sûr!