KS3 Drama Club Matilda

Our KS3 Drama Club performs a moving interpretation of Matilda

One of the highlights of the end of the school year is the annual performance by our KS3 Drama Club

This year they chose to perform Roald Dahl’s Matilda. These students only meet for an hour on Tuesday evenings, yet produced a polished version of the play. The performances and narration quickly drew the audience in, and our sympathies were with Miss Honey and Matilda, and we enjoyed the Wormwood family’s comeuppance.

We look forward to seeing these students progress as they move up through the school. If they can fulfil the promise of this piece, we are in for some treats! Well done to Julia BottenMary DayElizabeth SisleyJess WalkerAmy Nolan, Georgina Kane, Amie Botha, Jessica Doggett, Lauren Vermeer, Amy Hewer, Kieran Colvill and Charlotte MacKenzie.

Thanks to Ms Collins and Mr Hoelters for the technical support, and of course to Mrs Carrick for her endless enthusiasm in running the after school club.

Suzie conquers the South Coast Mighty Hike

Suzie conquers the South Coast Mighty Hike

Suzie McMillan in year 9 has completed the MacMillan Cancer Support South Coast Mighty Hike to raise over £350 for this excellent charity. This involved walking 26 miles in a day (yes you read that right) from Brighton Racecourse to Eastbourne, taking in spectacular views of the finest unspoilt coastline from the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters Country Park..

This is a very long distance to walk in a day – more like a day’s bike ride.

A fantastic achievement Suzie – well done!

Year 9 county maths competition

Students do Sackville proud at West Sussex Year 9 Maths County Competition

Well done to our intrepid year 9 maths students who accompanied Mrs Smith and Ms Jeffcoat to the County Mathematics Competition at St Andrew’s School in Worthing on Tuesday July 2nd. This competition was open to all secondary schools in the county (there are over thirty of them) and the challenges required some very deep thinking, allied to perseverance and teamwork. 

Sackville entered two teams, and both did extremely well, finishing 4th and 12th. Well done to Ellie MurrayCallum HarrisonEmie EdwardsSam Baker, Noah Englishby-Allen, Emma Stefanescu, Charlie Snashfold and Saskia Crumpton (all of whom had also done their beliefs and values mock the day before).

D of E Qualifier 2019

Neither the heat nor the rain can stop them … 

After a rain-soaked practice expedition, our year 10 Duke of Edinburgh cohort might have through they were owed some kinder weather. Certainly the sun appeared on Saturday – almost too much with students struggling to take on sufficient fluids for the day’s exertions. 

The rain returned on Saturday night and the following days walk saw the unwelcome return of wet feet, as students contended with a sequence of wet and grassy footpaths. Many paths were overgrown and difficult to find as well.

Nonetheless, the groups showed determination and courage and were rewarded by an appreciative audience of parents as they arrived at the finish. A significant achievement by all, but especially so for three who were particularly tested. One student’s blood blister from Saturday meant a wince at every step, yet he persevered to the end. Another student in acute pain from a medical condition made it to the end due to her own stoicism and the support of her group. One student succumbed to heat exhaustion on Saturday, and made it to the finish on Sunday having had no real food for 24 hours, thanks to a determination which the teachers did not expect to see.

And so a template is set and a lesson learned for life: success will come to those with resolve. Well done to everyone who completed the expedition. Thank-you to Mr Langford for making it all possible, to Mrs Doran and Mr Latus for assessing the groups, and to Mrs Tingley and Mr Morris for supporting the weekend.

Au revoir year 6

Au revoir year 6 … see you again in September

Our year 6 students left on Friday July 5th after three action-packed days through a guard of honour formed by our year 8 buddies.

It’s hard to see who has been more impressive these last three days, the year 6s or our fantastic year 8 student helpers.

Both have impressed all round, with the new students being commended around the school for their politeness.

We look forward to these young people renewing their co-operative working arrangements in September. A bientot!

Year 9 Performing Arts

Year 9 performing arts students show real promise

Congratulations to our year 9 performing arts students for their different interpretations of Mark Haddon’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime on Thursday July 4th. The put on the play both for an assessment in the evening and earlier in the day for our new year 6 students.

Teacher Ms Warran rightly described each performance as fantastic, and added how interesting it was to see different interpretations of the central role of Christopher. Well done everyone! We say this a lot, but the performing arts are safe and thriving at Sackville.

Sixth formers at Cambridge

Sixth formers taken behind-the-scenes at Cambridge

Eleven of our year 12 students were treated to a master class on applying for  top universities at Cambridge on Thursday July 4th. Our Oxbridge adviser, Joshi Herrmann, set up special sessions with Dr William O’Reilly a history lecturer and admissions tutor. Dr O’Reilly took students into the library at Trinity Hall, where they were shown not only one of the oldest collections of books in the kingdoms, but original letters to the college from Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens.

Most useful was the abundant advice from Dr O’Reilly on how to secure the best chance of a place at Oxbridge. This included a dummy interview with Joshi Herrmann himself, where quickfire demanding questions opened our students’ eyes to what was required.

This was an inspiring and informative day and we would like to thank Joshi Herrmann and Dr O’Reilly for putting together the programme, and Mrs Plumb for driving our students all the way there and back.

New year 6s

Welcome to our new year 6 students!

Welcome to our new year 6 students as they arrive for their journey with us. We are looking forward to working with you over the next seven years.

Mrs Stromfield is Sussex Science Teacher of the Year

Mrs Stromfield is Sussex Science Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs Stromfield, our Head of Science, who has been named Science Teacher of the Year for Sussex

A delighted Mrs Stromfield heard the news at a ceremony at the Jurys Inn Hotel in Brighton on Thursday 27th June. She was also awarded the title of Science Teacher of the Year for Brighton, Hove and Mid-Sussex.

This is not a surprise to anyone at Sackville who is lucky enough to have been taught by Mrs Stromfield. Enormous congratulations on this significant award.