Crawley Sings Live

Sackville musicians rock the Hawth

Crawley was alive to the sound of Sackville musicians and singers on Monday 18th March, as our performers lit up the stage at the Hawth as part of the second annual Crawley Sings Live. Songs such as Something Just like This and Happy Endings had the whole audience foot-tapping.

Thank-you to all of the performers, and to Mr Heatley for organising and rehearsing the performers.

Crest Awards 2019

Freya and Leah among the country’s elite young scientists

Congratulations to Freya Eastcott and Leah Bush who have just come second in the 2019 Big Bang competition for young scientists and engineers. The girls’ project looked at the cost-effectiveness of hand-sanitisers, using advanced scientific and mathematical procedures to reach their conclusions.

At the NEC on Thursday 13th March, the girls’ immaculate poster presentation impressed the judges so much that they were awarded second place in the junior science category. This is a truly splendid achievement that places them amongst the country’s elite young scientists.

More details of the work undertaken by the girls is in the March edition of Sackville News – well worth the read!

Meet the professionals

Meet the Professionals an astounding success

Thank you to all of the visitors, students, parents and staff who made the Meet the Professionals evening such a success. We were delighted to welcome such a diverse range of local employers, who could showcase the different pathways available to students once they leave school. Especially pleasing was the fact that several of the exhibitors were previous Sackville students, including members of last year’s leadership team Chris Oglethorpe and Chloe Maraner, who are now nearly a year into their apprenticeships. 

Having Year 8 Options Evening on the same day also meant parents and students could think about the choices made for GCSE alongside longer-term considerations. A special thank-you to Emma Rooke, our careers leader, upon whose tireless efforts the success of the evening was built.

Dungeness

Physicists visit Dungeness B Power Station

Physics teachers are fond of saying ‘physics is everywhere‘. Whilst this of course is true, it is fair to say there is more than an average amount of physics at Dungeness B Power Station, which is why our A level students took a day trip there on March 6th.

The students were able to see how nuclear fission and electromagnetism combine to generate power in this corner of Kent. The staff at the station were also keen to impress upon the students safety measures in place after the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, which have involved building a large sea wall around the reactor to protect against tidal surges.

Students were also introduced to the gridwatch website, where you can see live information on the proportions of electricity coming from each power source, as we try to wean ourselves off coal and gas. A final treat was a practical engineering activity during which the students had to build model pylons capable of holding a given weight.

Thank you to Mr Keeble, Mr Bush and Mrs Plumb for accompanying the students.

World Book Day 2019

Sackville English staff celebrate World Book Day in style

Getting our students reading is always one of our key aims – which is why crazy things happen on World Book Day. This year our English teachers once again dressed up as characters from literature. How many can you spot in this photo?

Meanwhile, in the LRC Mrs Rose offered students a ‘blind date with a book‘ on a first come, first served basis. Students chose a book wrapped up to disguise its identity, and will be entered into a prize draw once they answer a few questions on it. Mrs Rose was cleared out of books by the end of registration!

Thank you to Mrs Rose and our English staff for making sure books and reading stay front and centre of our minds. Reading is not just a key foundation of academic success, but also the secret to a lifetime of happiness. 

The Journal

Sackville Launches ‘The Journal

We are delighted to announce the inaugural issue of our teaching and learning research magazine The Journal

Compiled by Steve Bush, our leader of professional learning, the publication exists to showcase the research that has been carried out by our teaching and learning groups over the last year. As you can see from the contents of this edition, there is some diverse and interesting work going on in the school, all of which is designed to ensure the learning at the school is as strong as it can be.

Click here to read this edition in full.

Heidi Crowther and Matt Tomkinson

More sporting success for Sackville students

Our students’ sporting exploits continue to surprise and enthuse us. First up in this picture is Matt Tomkinson from year 12. Matt has been simultaneously selected for the Sussex County rugby U17 squad, and for the East Grinstead RFC first fifteen.

Meanwhile Heidi Crowther returned to defend her national under-19 trampolining title in the midst of her year 11 GCSE mock exams. Depsite this added pressure she still managed a podium finish, coming a creditable third.

Well done to both students; neither of these achievements would have been possible without tremendous dedication – the same dedication both students show to their studies. Last year Matt was our first student to achieve a double grade 9 in the combined science trilogy, and he also achieved a grade 9 in GCSE PE. Meanwhile Heidi achieved her podium finish having scaled back her training from 12 to six hours per week to allow her to concentrate on her academic studies. We are seriously impressed!

Year 10s in Berlin

No rest for our year 10s in Berlin …

50 of our year 10 historians (and five history teachers) got up before dawn on the last day of February to catch an early flight for their trip to Berlin.

GCSE history really does come alive in this amazing city, where the very best and worst of humanity are only ever a short walk apart.

The trip is action packed, with visits to the Bundestag, the Brandenburg Gate, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Checkpoint Charlie, the SS headquarters, the Olympiastadion and the Holocaust Museum. Tired students on Monday morning! Many thanks to the history staff for organising the trip and accompanying the students.

Cameron Wrapson

It’s all going swimmingly for Cameron

Huge congratulations to Cameron Wrapson  in year 8 for his swimming exploits over the weekend of February 23/24. 

Cameron won 8 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals at the Sussex County Swimming Championships whilst swimming for Crawley Swimming Club.

One to watch in the future!

Cecee Cashman British Champion

Cecee kicks her way to the top

Well done to Cecee Cashman in year 9, who is now British Kickboxing Champion in her weight category.

Cecee was returning to competition after a year away, winning her three fights in Nottingham last weekend. She is off to Cannock over the first weekend in March to compete in the Great British Grand Slam – her competitors need to watch out!