Christmas at Sackville

Christmas celebrations at Sackville

One of the highlights of this time of year is the sheer number of events which take place to celebrate both Christmas, and the achievement of our amazing students.

A Sackville tradition is the celebration assemblies which run in the last week of term. These started on Monday with year 9, and included certificates for effort and achievement as well as entertainment from the students. In the slideshow you can see Amber Titchener, now a school favourite, performing one of her songs. In masks are Ella Devine and Molly Putner, who reprised their routine from the Gym and Dance display earlier this term, this time dressed as elves.

Wednesday saw the turn of year 10, who were invited into the hall for breakfast, and were confronted with a rolling presentation with quotes from all the staff about the brilliant things they have done this year. The only thing better than a complimentary sausage roll is a sausage roll and a compliment.

Thursday and Friday see the inaugural year 7 celebration assemblies to which parents are also invited. Again there is a mixture of performance and the marking of the efforts made by students in their first term at secondary school. The slideshow shows Bella Ellis and Sarah Cotterell singing beautifully, perfectly accompanied by Grace Kolter on the piano.

In lessons, it’s the time of some seasonal themed learning. Year 12 biologists have been studying the structure of DNA and, in order to appreciate its three-dimensional elegance, have made an origami model of the molecule.

Friday also saw the school Christmas lunch which was well up to its usual standard, and enjoyed by many students and staff.

Students get to enjoy many different activities in the final few days of term; in one picture here you can see geography teacher Mr Gerretsen dressed in a Nigerian Agbada from his days working in the country. This is not just because we are teaching the geography of Nigeria to our year 9s, but also because Mr Gerretsen is giving his classes a Christmas quiz on development.