Christmas Trees are up!

The Christmas season begins at Sackville

As the long autumn term draws to its end, signs of Christmas are beginning to appear at Sackville. Many are looking forward to the school Christmas lunch on Friday 15th, and the Carol Service at St Swithun’s at 6.30pm on Tuesday 19th. And year 11s are of course anticipating their mock results ceremony on the same day.

Christmas trees have been up since the start of December. Each year Graham Keenor generously gives a number of trees for the school. One is up in Reception, one in the canteen and one in front of the school. The trees help us remember Graham’s late son Paul who tragically died in a road accident in 2015.

The tree in Reception in the photo was surrounded with gifts from the school for the East Grinstead Food Bank this Christmas, which have been donated by students.

On Friday 8th these gifts were taken to the East Grinstead Foodbank by Mr Elsdon with students Aaron Hodson and Reuben Reynolds.

 

Public Speaking November 2017

Sackville Success at English Speaking Union Debate

On Wednesday 29th November, Mrs Stuart was very proud to escort our debate team to the English Speaking Union debate SE competition at Ardingly College. Since September, the ‘Sackville Speak Out’ debate and public speaking team has been preparing for both the Rotary public speaking competition and the ESU South East debate competition.

We had to oppose the motion This house believes that all elected politicians should be paid the median wage.

Aminah Rahman and Isabelle Goddard (pictured) were selected as our speakers for the evening debate. Lily Kendrick, Imogen Gaines and Alex Cumpatescu all came along to support, having made great contributions to the research and arguments.

I am delighted to say that on the night, Aminah and Isabelle were astoundingly good and we won our debate and are through to the next round of the prestigious competition. The level of debate and argument was very high and Sackville should be very proud being only state school to have progressed from the local area.

W/b Nov 27 2017

The term draws on but there is no let up in the pace at Sackville!

Another typically busy week for Sackville students, which for our trampolinists began on Sunday. Heidi and Jordi Crowther, Sofia Davis and Oscar Morgan put in some formidable performances at the South East Schools’ Competition. Oscar won the U14 Intermediate category, whilst in the U19 Intermediate Jordi placed 2nd and Sofia 4th. In the Elite U19 Heidi was first overall, with the top score of all 215 performers on the day (including the male Elite competitors).

Followers of Sackville on Twitter will have noticed the Queen Victoria Hospital in town mentioning our health and social care students in a tweet about careers in the health service. Lovely to see ex-student Rebecca Low as one of the presenters too!

Meanwhile, our PiXL Edge programme develops apace. PiXL Edge is an award which allows students to demonstrate their leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and character, characteristics in much demand in the workplace. There are seven levels that students can work through during their school career, and we are delighted to announce that Kit O’Callaghan has achieved the second highest, ‘graduate status. The photo shows Kit with his tutor Mrs Grace and Headteacher Mr Grant. 

Finally, Wednesday 29th November saw the first round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition, with four competitors from Sackville (Harriet Allison, Megan Stratford, Maisie Barnes and Kieran Du Feu) joined by two from Imberhorne. After exhaustive tasting, Maisie was judged the winner and Megan runner-up. Both girls progress to the next round.

Well done to all of these amazing students!

Christmas lights

Christmas really begins when the lights go on … 

Thank you to our junior choir for their help in the annual Christmas light ceremony in town on Saturday November 25th. The event would not be complete without the contribution of our young singers, this year so skillfully led by year 13 student Tia Bartlett.

Forget Black Friday or Cyber Monday – the real start of Christmas is when the lights go on in East Grinstead!

It’s been a busy week for our musicians after the spectacular Winter Concert on Wednesday (see below), which we now know raised over £300 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

Travel and Tourism Bowling Nov 2017

These teachers, it turns out, can still teach the youngsters a thing or two …

On Friday 24th November our year 13 travel students organised a Mexican themed bowling evening in Crawley. The evening began with a students vs staff fixture in the Hollywood Bowl. We hope for the students’ sake that the losers did not have to pay for the meal that followed! These are non-alcoholic ‘mocktails’ by the way.

Take on the geography teachers at your peril …

Stars in our schools

Thank you to our fantastic support staff

Where would we be without this amazing group of people? Sackville school is built upon your efforts. Thank-you. 

Winter Concert

A fantastic range of musical talent at the Winter Concert


Our Winter Concert is always a tonic for the seasonal blues, and this year’s was no exception. So much talent was on display, and it was particularly nice to see our new year 7s involved, as well as so many ‘old friends’.

One of our parents, Ian Titchener tweeted

A veritable cornucopia of musical delights 2017 this evening. It’s so nice to see so many smiling faces performing on stage and fantastic for a school to give priority to music rather than an afterthought. Special mention to Mr Heatley.”

We’d certainly agree with every sentiment expressed there. Some tired students tonight for sure – and a special thanks to Mr Heatley, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Hall and Mrs Thompson for preparing the musicians, and to Mr Taylor, Mr Forsyth and Mr Lewis for their limitless technical support.

Duke of Edinburgh

Year 11s amuse and entertain with their Duke of Edinburgh presentations


Congratulations to our year 11 Duke of Edinburgh students for their witty and entertaining presentations on last summer’s expeditions. A variety of presentation and videos were shown which showed how much each of the students gained from the experience. 

A special thanks to Mrs Rawsthorne and Mr Langford for the tireless organisation!

National Swimming Finals

An incredible performance from Sackville swimmers

Our swimming team competed in the National Finals this weekend at the London Aquatic Centre, after their awesome qualifying performance last month.

Having originally qualified in 24th position, the girls’ team improved to come 18th.

Meanwhile the boys improved from their qualifying position of 17th to finish 12th.

Both teams were competing against the very best school teams in the country, and so these results represent a truly fantastic achievement.

We would like to thank the students for their impressive efforts, their parents for transporting and supporting them, and Mrs Rigg and Miss Offler for giving up their Saturday to accompany the squad.

Pictured here alongside Mrs Rigg and Miss Offler are Joe Lancaster, Sam Wiles, Ed de Barra, Nathan Randall, Rachel Davies, Emily Graziano, Abigail Hall and Ella Kessell

Well done again – a real highlight in the crowded Sackville sporting calendar!

Children in Need Quiz

Sackville Children in Need Quiz a fantastic success

Thank you to all of the students, governors, friends and staff who attended the 2017 Sackville Children in Need Quiz. This was the tenth anniversary of the first of these quizzes and may well have been the best yet. It was certainly the best attended, and looks to have raised well north of £600.

Impeccably organised by this year’s outstanding senior students, the quiz was once again won by a team built around the Maths Department – proving it’s not just sums they can do (unless they sabotaged the spreadsheet calculations of course).

There were some tremendous performances from the student teams, many of whose wallets were not thick enough to buy a joker for every round, but finished high up the score sheet nonetheless.

Looking forward to next year already!