Thank-you and have a great summer

Thank-you and have a great summer

At the end of the strangest term ever, it’s time to say a huge thank-you to our studentsparentscarers and staff for their magnificent attitude and efforts over the closure period.

We’ve loved having our year 7-9s in for their well-being sessions, and our year 10 and 12s for their face-to-face lessons. We are eagerly anticipating the return of all students at the start of next term. Our plans for a COVID-safe return are in place, and can be read in full on our latest edition of Sackville News.

Exam results and sixth form enrolment

Our year 13 students will get their results by email on August 13th, and our year 11s on August 20th. Year 11s will be able to enrol virtually for the sixth form from August 21st. Any non-Sackville students who wish to enrol and have not yet applied should contact Mrs Plumb, our sixth-form administrator.

Start of term

Term begins for year 7s and 12s on Thursday September 3rd, and for other years on Friday September 4th.

Open day

Open Day will be on Friday September 18th. Details on booking into our open day will be published here at the start of term.

Have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone in September!

Performing in a lockdown

Performing in a lockdown

Some subjects are more difficult to manage in a ‘remote learning’ environment than others. How do you do a group rehearsal for example? That’s one reason why our in-school sessions have been so important over the last five weeks. During the last week of term our year 12s have been in, but it’s hard to practise musical theatre when there is a class quietly getting exam feedback next door! So Miss Warran took her performing artists outside in the sun to sing and act their hearts out.

Meanwhile, some of our younger musicians have been showcasing outside school …

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 receiving 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.