Night at the Musicals

Magical ‘Night at the Musicals’

Our year 11, 12 and 13 performing arts students rounded off a very busy week at Sackville on Friday January 11th with a special evening performing extracts from musicals such as Les Miserables, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Ghost and Memphis. These performances were interleaved with scenes from Blood Brothers. A performance to gladden the heart of all of the friends, parents and staff present – and to once again show that the performing arts are alive and well at Sackville.

Pictured here are (back) Ethan Allen, Finn Crawford, Bailey Johnson, Georgia Cotterell, Maisie Barnes, Tom Whitwick, Melissa Turner, Nuha Diaz, Oliver Howland, Beth Peadon, Alex Flude, Louis Maxwell, Joe Lancaster, (front) Rebecca Hollins, Anika Rahman, Amy Hawtin, Ethan Chapman, Juno Phitidis and Maddie Wrigley. Well done everyone!

Sussex Engineers Taster Day

Undergraduates of the future shine at Sussex University

Congratulations to our year 7 and 8 students who were excellent ambassadors for the school during their visit to Sussex University on January 9th 2019. 

Students were lucky to enjoy a taste of media studies, philosophy, engineering, history of art and physics. Only a few short years and they will be completing their UCAS applications!

Revision Evening

Revision evening a complete success

Thank-you to the students, parents and carers who attended our year 11 information evening on January 8th. They were treated to talks from Mr Millican and Mr Hayden on how to survive the next five months. These were followed by workshops from Mrs Stromfield, Mrs Stuart and Mr Rahim on how best to succeed in the crucial core subjects, which amount to at least five GCSEs for each student. 

It’s never too early to wish our year 11s ‘good luck’, as they move towards there second set of mocks. We know that with the support of home and school anything is possible!

Xmas 2018

Christmas at Sackville in full swing

Christmas is always a special time of year at Sackville, and with the holiday starting on a Wednesday, our celebrations began in the last full week of term.

Thursday and Friday saw the school Christmas dinners served in the Rose Restaurant. A record number of meals were ordered this year: our canteen and support staff cooking and serving more than 400 full roast dinners over two days. A very special thanks has to go to Jayne Palmer and her staff for managing this Herculean feat.

Also on Thursday and Friday we had our celebration assemblies for our new year 7s, where many edible prizes were dispensed by Mr Thompson and his team.

Over the last weekend of term, our year 9 German students have been visiting the Christmas markets in Aachen – and have even seen some snow!

Our carol service has become a firm favourite on the school calendar and has become increasingly well known in the town. We were delighted to welcome Mr Brooks, a former Headteacher of Sackville in the 1980s and, of course, Mrs Joslin, widow of his predecessor. The mayor and rotary members joined us as well as you, the parents, who are of course the most important people of all! The students performed superbly throughout and the school governors were kind enough to lay on refreshments at the end. All in all, it was a wonderful community event.

In the midst of all the fun we managed to fit in a celebration photo with all of our year 10 sports leaders, in recognition of the work they have done since half term at lunchtimes with students from Estcots. We also took the opportunity to have a special celebration with our year 7 transition plus students.

Our students have worked very hard over this long term and marking the end of it with festivities is fitting!

Observatory open evening

Perfect stargazing conditions for the last observatory open evening of the year

The weather for once smiled on the Sackville observatory open evening on Wednesday 12 December. Clear skies allowed over thirty guests views of the Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula, Pleiades and even Comet Wirtanen

The waxing crescent moon however provided the best photo opportunities, as you can see here.

We had some lovely feedback from those present, with one guest saying

Wow, what a fantastic evening stargazing on a clear but cold night. Thanks so much to Mr Bush, your knowledge is incredible and I am inspired to learn more. Especially loved the Pleiades star cluster. Can’t wait for the next evening. 

More open evenings follow in the new year. You can find more information on the Sackville Observatory Facebook page.

Year 13 drama Midsummer’s Night Dream

Midsummer comes in midwinter …

Our year 13 drama students treated a highly appreciative audience to two different interpretations of scenes from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘. We were transported from a dismal December evening to the enchanted setting of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece by the sheer exuberance of the performers.

Both groups performed in the style of the Kneehigh Theatre Company, which always demands deep reserves of energy. The performances this time were especially high-octane, and had the audience in frequent fits of hysterical laughter.

All this makes us anticipate all-the-more their devised pieces, the performing arts showcase and the school show next term. Congratulations on two fantastic performances!

Sports leaders with Estcots year 4 students

Year 10 sports leaders excel with Estcots year 4s

Thank-you to our year 10 sports leaders who have spent two lunchtimes each week since half-term leading activities for our year 4 visitors from Estcots School. They have fully developed and refined their skills and worked hard to improve and develop all elements of their leadership. You have been amazing Rejwana Ahmed, Oliver Ally, Caspar Arthur, Joe Astley, Holly Aston, Ben Aubrey, Dan Beard, Niamh Brind, Millie Brown, Rachel Canepa-Anson, Dan Chambers, Erwin Clinciu, Tom Costain, Georgia Coughlan, Charlie Dance, Abbey David, Ella Dean, Ella Devine, Harvey Dyson, Lewis Gardner, Oliver Grange, James Grimwood, Louvain Harrison-Gray, Jude Hayman, Freya Healiss, Jacob Knock, Dan LeRoy, Ben Leslie, Eve Lewis, Oliver Love, Alex Lucas, Archie Mabey, Luke Maker, Cameron McInnes, Jack Morrison, Charlotte Nield, Lucy Oxley, Eric Parker, Sophie Payton, Annie Pinder, Lucy Plumb, Sasha Prior, Katherine Radley, Alex Roberts-Percy, Lucy Rogers, Georgia Rooke, Kaitlin Sargent, Joe Sheridan, Drew Steptoe, Ella Straszynski, Sophie Taylor, Summer Thompson, Amber Titchener, Summer Warburton, Jamie Webb, Dan Wheeler and Sam Wiles!

Sackville entertain Estcots year 6 students

Sackville musicians entertain Estcots year 6 students

Everyone school student needs cheering up in the dark days of the winter term. What better way than to come to Sackville and listen to our sixth form musicians? That was certainly the view of a group of year 6 Estcots students when they came to hear Ollie Howland, Chloe Harman, Tia Bartlett, Lewin Parker, Fraser Hounslow, Michael Hoelters, Craig Thorne and Tom Trounson show off their considerable talent during the last week of November. 

The students went back to Estcots and wrote about their experiences, showing a mature and well-developed sense of audience. Our English and music departments will be looking forward to working with these students next September!


Thank you for all the donations for East Grinstead Foodbank

On Friday December 7th, we gathered together all of the donations we have received over the last fortnight and took them to the East Grinstead Foodbank.

In the picture on the left alongside Mrs Farrant, year assistant for year 7, are JJ Sarmiento, Millie MastersonDylan Gates and Ellie Davis.

Zelal Aytekin and Hannah Bellini-Tagg later helped Mr Elsdon pack up all of the food and deliver it to the foodbank.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who made a donation.

Support staff tea

Tea for support staff ‘stars in our school’

To mark ‘Stars in our Schools’ day, members of the school leadership team served afternoon tea to all of our support staff on Tuesday 4 December. This was a small but thoroughly deserved token of appreciation to a team of people without whom the school would cease to function.

Thanks to all of these fantastic people – it really is a pleasure working together as a team. A particular thanks to Mrs Rowlingson who as usual was instrumental in organising the event.