World Book Day 2020

World Book Day 2020

How many characters from literature can you recognise here? In fact, how many of our English teachers can you recognise?

World Book Day was celebrated in style down in D block as it is every year.

Thank-you to our fantastic English teachers for doing that bit extra yet again, and as they scale the mountain of year 11 mock marking too. 

Ollie Tomkinson learns from the Stereophonics

Ollie Tomkinson learns from the Stereophonics

A keen drummer now learning the bass guitar, year 10 student Ollie Tomkinson was invited to attend the Stereophonics concert in Brighton this week by bass guitarist Richard Jones. Richard arranged for him to watch the sound check and then join him on stage to meet the band, and in particular Jamie Morrison the drummer.

Richard (pictured here) showed Ollie around the set and talked through how the sound and lighting equipment was arranged and set up before himself testing out Ollie’s bass guitar and signing it for him. Jamie then appeared with a set of sticks and invited Ollie to play his drums on stage.

Ollie then watched the show later that evening before meeting up with Richard again for a tour round the crew area, practice studio and band lounge.

An amazing experience!

Willkommen bei unseren Besuchern aus Mindelheim

Willkommen bei unseren Besuchern aus Mindelheim

Unless schoolboy German has let us down here … this should mean welcome to our visitors from Mindelheim, our twin town in Bavaria.

It was a genuine pleasure to entertain a large party of college students on Friday 28th February as part of their lightning visit to the UK. They were entertained to a traditional ‘full English’ breakfast, superbly prepared and served by Mrs Smeaton and her year 13 hospitality students.

The students talked of their excitement to visit East Grinstead and London over the next couple of days, as well as share information about their home town. There was even time for some gentle ribbing of Chelsea-supporting Mr Watson for his team’s recent performance against Bayern Munich.

The visitors were not afraid and pitch in to help Ms Burton and Grace Holmes with the washing up, as can be seen from the picture.

It’s gold again for Cecee

It’s gold again for Cecee

Our amazing year 10 champion kickboxer Cecee Cashman in year 10 took a weekend away from her studies at the end of February to travel to Dublin and collect yet another gold medal! This was at the WAKO Irish Open, the most prestigious tournament on the annual calendar. A win at this event is something special.

You can see how much this means to both her and her coach from the picture – even though she has so much gold on her trophy shelf already!

Well done once again Cecee.

Tilly narrowly misses the next round

Tilly narrowly misses the next round

Congratulations to Tilly Vickery in year 10, who narrowly missed qualifying for the next round of the Rotary Young Chef competition on Saturday 29th February.

Despite an imaginative oeuvre, which was commended by the judges, for a while at least Tilly will be back cooking in room A21.

Great effort Tilly, and congratulations to the winner, a student from Imberhorne.

Alex Watts shines in ‘Pretty Woman’

Alex Watts shines in ‘Pretty Woman’

Former student Alex Watts has taken his latest step to stardom with a key role in the new musical production of ‘Pretty Woman‘ in the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End.

Alex left Sackville after year 11 in 2013 to study theatre and performance at Central Sussex College. 

One to watch for the future!

Thanks to the Evening Standard for the image. Alex is the bellboy on the left.

Matt makes the England U18 reserve squad

Matt makes the England U18 reserve squad

Congratulations to Matt Tomkinson in year 13, who has been selected for the England U18 reserve squad. This small group of young men support the National England Counties U18 main 23 player squad, for which Matt narrowly failed to be selected. 

Matt has played a season for the Sussex County under 18 team, and his impressive performances with them led to selection for the England Rugby – London & South West Divisional team, and finally to the selection weekend for the national side.

As he prepares for his A levels in the early summer Matt will remain on standby for a call up to the forthcoming matches against Ireland in April.

History comes alive in Berlin

History comes alive in Berlin

The year 10 history visit to Berlin can be a pivotal moment in the GCSE course, as students see first-hand the historical places which play such a large part in the Germany component of the course. Sights visited include the Bundestag, the Holocaust Memorial, the Story of Berlin Museum, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror.

It’s a packed, informative and very moving itinerary, but one which makes the subject come alive.

Thank-you to Ms Vance, Ms Garrison, Ms McLeod, Ms Odell and Mr Feist for organising the visit and accompanying the students.

A busy day for year 8s

A busy day for year 8s

Wednesday 26th February was a busy day for our year 8 students. Their annual winter interform sporting competition took place on one of the colder days of the winter, so it was lucky that 8SBP had organised a sweet sale to give them much-needed energy halfway through the day.

The students were very enthusiastic in their participation. Thank-you to the PE staff for organising, and to 8SBP for their fundraising efforts in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.

Joseph

An amazing Joseph … 

Each year I say it can’t get any better – but then it does‘! These were the words of one audience member after the premiere of this year’s school show, ‘Joseph’. We couldn’t agree more. The first night’s performance was as amazing as the technicolour coat itself. For the finale, the cast of nearly 100 were packed onto the extended stage, and as they performed a reprise of some of the show’s big numbers it was obvious what a success the night had been.

So much work goes into each of these performances and they really are an embodiment of ‘Together We Achieve’. Building upon polished work by the Sackville band, the audience was soon whooping and clapping performance after superb performance. Charlotte Nield is a peerless Joseph, and departing audience members were purring with appreciation at her interpretation of the role.

Hers was one of many amazing voices to be heard. The narrators Maud KendrickPeggy Wheeler, Nicole Noakes, Chloe Harman, Abi Hewitt and Lucy Barber kept the storyline moving. There were very strong male lead performances from Olly Howland as Potiphar, Jack Charlton-Nevitt as the Pharoah-as-Elvis and Eric Parker and Tom Duncan as two of the brothers. Seren Foulds also stood out as another brother, breaking to the news to her father (the excellent James Payne) that Joseph had perished.

There are so many people to thank for a performance like this. An enormous number of staff have given up many hours to make it happen. Special thanks to Ms Warran and Mr Heatley. See this show!