Treya wins resilience award

Treya wins British Dyslexia Society resilience award

Huge congratulations to year 13 student Treya Lufu (pictured on the left here) who was presented with the Cadogan Award for Resilience from the British Dyslexia Association, at a prestigious awrds dinner at Twickenham rugby stadium. 

Treya shared a table with ex Wales rugby international Lee Byrne who was able to talk about his experiences of being dyslexic. He also mentioned how nervous he was about having to speak in front of the large audience. Hearing such a successful person as Lee saying this gave Treya the courage she needed when it was her turn to address the 170 people present. During her speech Treya confidently talked about her journey through school, and thanked the teachers who helped her.

Finally she says “If you have dyslexia, you are not dumb – it’s a gift! You are smart, just in a different way.”

Well done Treya – if anyone ever deserved this award it is you.

Year 8 Fayre and Celebration

Year 8s host fantastic Christmas fayre

Friday December 13th was a big day for our year 8 students.

Having enjoyed their Christmas dinner the day before, those students with the strongest ‘attitude to learning‘ were treated to a breakfast of pastries and hot chocolate under the new school canopy.

The whole year group were then involved in the Christmas Fayre in the D-Block hall at lunchtime. A wide variety of original fundraising ideas was on display, and the students were able to have a huge amount of fun as well as raise more than £150 for Friends of Lindi, a charity to support a school in Tanzania.

Thanks to all of the year 8 students for entering into the spirit of the day so wholeheartedly, and to Mr Thompson and Mrs Farrant for co-ordinating the event.

Christmas at Sackville

Christmas celebrations at Sackville

The end of term is approaching fast and the first Christmas events are happening. As well as celebratory end of term assemblies, Thursday 12th December saw our first Christmas dinner. The canteen was packed with year 7 and 8s who enjoyed not just a fantastic spread of food, but also great entertainment from some of our super-talented musicians. 

It’s the turn of our year 9s, 10s and 11s on Friday 13th and our sixth formers next week.

Next week also of course sees our school carol service on Wednesday and our celebration assemblies on the Friday. 

Sackville mock election

Sackville’s election results in hung parliament

Sackville students took part in their mock election on Wednesday 11th December, to avoid clashing with the first installment of the school Christmas dinner.

The votes were counted on election day by our year 13 politics students – and the results were very close. The Conservatives won three year groups (9, 10 and 11), the Greens won two (7 and the sixth form), and the Liberal Democrats won in year 8.

Overall the Conservatives won the largest share of the votes, 26.6%, followed by the Liberal Democrats on 25.5% and the Greens and Labour tied on 23.9%.

Thank-you to all of the students who voted, and to Mr Morris and Ms Vance for organising the ballot.

Year 7s celebrate their first term at Sackville

Year 7s celebrate their first term at Sackville

We were delighted to welcome a large number of parents and carers to our two year 7 end of term celebration assemblies on Monday and Tuesday 10th and 11th December.

Students were rewarded for their efforts in their first term at Sackville. Each tutor group also took it in turn to present their own view of how the first term had gone.

We think this year 7 has made an outstanding start to their life at secondary school, and are looking forward to working with them over the next few years.

Sackville hosts first ever student leadership conference

Sackville hosts first ever student leadership conference

On Tuesday December 10th, Sackville hosted the inauguaral student leadership conference for the ‘soft federation’ of schools. We were delighted to invite delegates from Downlands and Imberhorne schools.

The delegates took time discussing what makes a good leader, and who in today’s world they view as exceptional leaders. Each school then went on to present the work of their student council, junior leadership team and focus groups.

There was then time for discussion and the sharing ideas about student leadership could be improved in each school. The group agreed to meet again next year to see how their ideas are progressing. Mr Endersby who organised the event said ‘It was a real pleasure to work with such inspirational and confident young people who really are the future leaders of our communities.’

Thank you to Mrs Pritchard (Imberhorne) and Mrs Cutress (Downlands) for bringing their students over.

Success for 7MTE in Sports Hall Athletics

Success for 7MTE in Sports Hall Athletics

Thank-you to our year 7s for competing so well in the sports hall athletics interform over Monday and Tuesday 10th and 11th December.

Each half of the year competed whilst the other half was in the end of term celebration assembly.

After two days of competition, the winners were 7MTE with 7SKN as runners up. 

Well done to all of the competitors, and a special thanks to our great year 10 sports leaders (pictured) who made the competition happen.

Year 8 Assembly Winners

8LST and 8JSN lead the way in year 8

The end of term is always a time of celebration at Sackville. As well as year 7 celebration assemblies this week, the year 8 students have been awaiting eagerly to find out who has won this term’s prize for attendance and for achievement points.

Mr Thompson was able to put an end to the suspense announcing in the year 8 assembly that the winners for best attendance are 8LST. The most achievement points meanwhile belong to 8JSN.

Pictured here are Noemi Molnar and Shaye Harvey (8JSN) Logan Foster and Louise Harrington (8LST).

Both winners with MFL-teaching tutors? MFL teaching head of year? Co-incidence we are sure!

Sixth form Young Enterprise

20 things to do before you’re 20

It was a very early start for our Y12 Young Enterprise students, Sackville1, who were taking part in the small business fair at Horsham on Saturday December 7th. The students have created a book called ’20 things to do before you’re 20designed to help young people get away from their devices, try new experiences and meet new people.

The stall was manned by Giresh Babajee, Dan Bowdery, Dan Carney, Sadie Pakhomoff-Roberts and Ronnie Parr who all wrapped up warm to keep out the cold as they sold copies to the Christmas shoppers. The day was a success and the students got a first look at their competitors’ products too as another six school companies were in attendance.

We still have copies of the book available and they can be ordered online on the school finance website. It is an excellent read, a perfect gift for a teenager and our Y12 students would really appreciate your support.

Student mental health first-aiders

Congratulations to Sackville’s first mental health first aiders!

Headteacher Julian Grant was delighted to award our first cohort of student mental health first aiders with their certificates over a celebratory breakfast on Monday December 9th.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. Our qualified trainer, Mrs Nibloe has taught the students the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, they will be able to speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.

Head of Sixth Form Mrs Valentine is keen to get our newly trained first aiders to support others within the school as soon as possible.

Pictured here are Mrs Nibloe, Mrs Barden, Emily Ford, Treya Lufu, Neeve Theobald-Smith, Kiera Ellis, Katie Cooper, Megan Straford, Mrs Valentine and Mr Grant.

Thank-you very much to Mrs Nibloe for providing this excellent opportunity.