Year 7 celebration

Celebrating our great year 7s

On Monday November 26th, Mrs Farrant (Year 7 Pastoral Assistant), Mr Thompson (Year 7 Leader) and Mr Grant were delighted  to invite to afternoon tea over fifty year 7 students whose overall attitude to learning was ‘outstanding’ at the last set of monitoring grades.

To achieve this high standard, students have to show exemplary participation in every lesson and complete both classwork and homework to a standard above their ‘minimum expected grade’.

A fantastic start to your time at Sackville – congratulations!

East Grinstead Christmas Lights

Sackville singers light up East Grinstead

It is now a regular fixture of the calendar: our Sackville Singers entertain as the Christmas Lights are switched on. A selection of carols was sung to an appreciative audience before the ceremonial first lighting of the town illuminations.

Thanks to Mrs Nixon and Tia Bartlett for organising the singers, and to all of those who turned out in the cold to properly kick off the festive season.

Winter Concert

A smorgasboard of talent at our Winter Concert

Our musical evenings never disappoint, and Winter Concert 2018 was no different. With performances from soloists, small groups and entire ensemble casts, the audience was transfixed for two hours. An eclectic range of music was on offer, with pieces by Greig and Tchaikovsky followed by The Kinks, Depeche Mode and the Samba Band.

The final songs were a teaser for our school show next spring, ‘Back to the Eighties’. Everyone present will be looking forward to that!

Debating Burgess Hill School

Sackville Success at the English Speaking Union Debating Competition

On Tuesday evening, Imogen Gaines and Aminah Rahman were successful at the English Speaking Union Debating Competition, hosted at Burgess Hill School for Girls.

The judges commended them on their ‘poise, delivery style and humour’ as they opposed the motion from Brighton College that ‘This house would weight votes such that the younger the voter, the more powerful their vote.’ Congratulations and thanks also to some of the team that helped them prepare and who came along to support them: Kezia Augustine, Ceri Harman, Ellie Smith and Isabelle Goddard. A true example of ‘Together we Achieve!

Rotary Masterchef

Year 10s sweep the board at Meridian Rotary Young Chef heat

Well done to our year 10 chefs who took part in the Rotary Young Chef heat at Imberhorne School on November 20th. They secured the top three places as well as runner up.

Isabella Collins was the overall winner, and you can see her sumptious creation in this picture. Hannah Plumb was second, Ciara Humphrey third, with Scott Humphrey runner up. The judges were extremely complimentary of the work of the students, with Alberto, founding chef of the ‘Clink’ restaurant, particularly taken with Scott’s Sticky Toffee Parsnip Pudding. Makes me hungry just writing this post!

Swimming nationals

Swimmers excel at the National Team Swimming Relay Championships

Our junior and intermediate boys’ teams travelled to the London Aquatics Centre on Saturday November 17th to compete in the national finals of the Secondary Schools Team Swimming Relay Championships, having progressed from the qualifying gala at Horsham Pavillions. 

It was an excellent day for both teams. The highlight of the day for Sackville was the junior team coming sixth overall (in the country!) in the freestyle relay.

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 and their parents for transporting and supporting them.

Junior boys: Cameron Wrapson, Theo Stenning, Freddie Mabey, Robert Taylor.

Intermediate boys: Sam Wiles, Danielius Tuma, Jamie Young, Adam Lawrence.

Children in Need

A very special non-uniform day at Sackville

Non-uniform days at Sackville are always amazing, but Friday 16 November was very special. We welcomed back to the school year 8 student Andrew Smith, currently receiving treatment at the University College Hospital in London. Andrew’s passion is basketball; in year 7 he was the main man in our successful team. To mark his visit, and to raise money for the hospital, year 8s staged a basketball match for Andrew. Before the game, there were some shooting competitions and Andrew showed us just how capable he is, scoring two baskets in two shots. 

After school Endersby’s All-Star Year 8 Tutor Team took on Street’s All-Comers. Andrew’s year team did him proud, winning the game 23-8.

Earlier in the day it was a case of ‘get in the queue early’ for our usual Children in Need cake sales. This year, alongside the usual amazing array of comestibles in the The Link, some of our year 7 students had spent Thursday evening baking, and sold their wares in the canteen. 

Check next week’s Sackville News for an update on how much has been raised!

Charity quiz

Students best the teachers in record breaking charity quiz

On Tuesday November 13th, our 2018 sixth form charity quiz broke records for the number of participants, the money raised, and the amount of fish and chips consumed. Something else was unprecedented too: a student team won. Many congratulations to Nick Barham, Elliott Young, Tristan Boland, Thomas Longley, Sam Bourdessoule, Cameron Rex and Jamie Baker, our first ever winning student team. 

This is the 12th year we have run the quiz; most are won by the maths department. There were many dark looks in M block on Wednesday, especially since several of the winning team had maths lessons that day … 

Thank-you to the head team for organising the event, and to Mrs Rooke and Mrs Plumb for their tireless efforts and peerless organisation skills. An update on the amount raised will follow.

East Grinstead Remembrance

Sackville plays its part in the town Remembrance ceremony

Headteacher Julian Grant was joined by senior students Will Roberts-Percy and Grace de Souza to lay a wreath at the town war memorial on Sunday November 11th.

This ceremony was particularly poignant, taking place exactly one hundred years after the signing of the Armistice in a railway carriage north of Paris. The wreath bore a message of thanks to those who sacrificed their lives in the Great War and conflicts since.

Many Sackville students were present at the ceremony, as individuals and members of participating organisations.

The ceremony comes at the end of a week in which the school held its own two minutes’ silence, and also created the human poppy on the playground. This was pictured on the big screen before the wreath-laying began.

Poppy 2018

Sackville remembers

The Sackville Community marked the centenary of the Armistice this week by creating an enormous ‘human poppy‘ on the school playground. For this important anniversary, every student and member of staff held up a coloured sheet to be part of the commemoration. The aerial photo shows how effective the event was.

This is one aspect of the way we have been remembering those affected by conflict this week. Every year group has listened to Mr Grant’s assembly on why this commemoration is so important. Students have also been invited to think about the fragility of the peace after the Great War, especially relevant in the week of the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht. 

We have also been considering those who are caught in conflict zones today.