Urban City

More success for Ella, Callie and Urban City

There was more success for Ella Brown (year 10) and Callie Devlin (year 8) from the Urban City’s Division dance troupe on Sunday 24 November, as a flawless performance saw them top the Chance to Dance Awards 2019.

Judges from Britiain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing were left in no doubt after their performance, and the troupe walked away with the £2000 top prize.

Well done to both girls – and good luck in the first Religious Studies mock this week Ella!

MFL Poetry Slam

Multilingual poets slam to success

Twelve talented Year 10 Languages students had a trip to the Institut Français in London on Friday November 22nd to take part in a multilingual poetry slam.  Students spent the morning working with pupils from other schools to create poems on the themes of ‘My Favourite Object’ and ‘The Environment’, using the languages they study for GCSE.   
 
At the end of the day each group performed their work to an audience including professional poets and the director of the institute. Zaid Khaier and Miles Brindley received an honourable mention in the ‘humour’ category, but were pipped at the post by winners Jazmine Mustard and Olivia HadfieldFlorence O’Loughlin and Bea Chappell won for ‘best collaboration’.
 
Rachel Davies, Scarlett Green, Maud Kendrick, Andrew Malarkey, Lucy Upton and James Walker also came along and produced excellent work.  Congratulations to them all!
 
Thank-you to Ms Stewart for organising and accompanying the students.

English Speaking Union Mace competition

Sackville the top team at English Speaking Union Mace heat

Congratulations to Ellie Smith, Imogen Gaines and Aminah Rahman in year 13, who were the top team in their first heat in the English Speaking Union Mace competition.

Proposing the timely motion This house would make voting compulsory the trio were praised by the judges for the clarity of their arguments and their highly effective use of practical and philosophical points. 

Well done girls – we are very proud of you, and good luck in the next round!

Winter Concert 2019

Winter Concert 2019 leaves us open mouthed and hungry for more

A true panoply of talent was on display at our annual Winter Concert this November. Everything from classical to rap, solos to ensemble pieces, could be heard. More than 200 students were involved in the whole evening.

So many outstanding performances were there that it is impossible to single any one out. Judging from the comments afterwards, those present were aware they were being treated to something very special.

The final numbers came from the school show scheduled for next February. We are  looking forward to that all the more after this amazing professional taster.

Thanks to all of the parents who attended, students who performed and of course staff who made it all happen. A particular vote of appreciation to Mr Heatley whose happy inspiration this all is.

East Grinstead Swimathon 2019

Sackville swimmers join the East Grinstead Swimathon

On Saturday 16th November, East Grinstead Swimming Club took part in a swimathon. Inspired by celebrities such as Linford Christie and Alex Brooker, from the programme SUTC – Sink or Swim, a group of  swimmers decided to challenge themselves by swimming the equivalent of the 21 miles it takes to cross the English Channel.
 
The swim was to raise funds for Cancer Research. The Kings Centre kindly donated a lane, and 20 swimmers including Sackville students Lilly Hill, Sophia Wigmore, Amy Grantham, Sophie Taylor, Jessica and Chloe Greenwood, gave up their Saturday afternoon to swim the huge distance.
 
And they smashed it, with 45 minutes to spare! So of course they wanted to stretch their challenge and went on to swim 26 miles (the distance of a marathon). They still needed to be bribed out the pool with the promise of some well deserved cake – baked, bought and donated by parents and family.
 
Online fundraising along with donations made from selling cakes have raised over £3200 so far. Donations are still being accepted on our just giving page https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/east-grinstead-swimming-clubs-team

British Airways Engineering visit

Students visit British Airways Engineering

On Tuesday 19th November, 34 of our Y9 Engineering students had the opportunity to visit the engineering department at British Airways at Gatwick Airport. This is the first time the department has hosted a school visit.

Students were taken airside and had a tour around three aeroplanes discussing the engineering and technology of each. They were lucky enough to board a Boeing 777 and examine all areas include the cockpit and crew rest areas. Our students asked many testing questions to understand how planes work and how to become an engineer.

The future of engineering looks bright at Sackville. Thank-you to Mr Treen for organising the visit.

If there are any other engineering companies who could accommodate a visit from Sackville students we would be delighted to hear from them!

Cecee’s end of season report

Cecee’s five-star end-of-season report

Readers of Sackville News will be accustomed to hearing of Cecee Cashman‘s kick-boxing exploits – but this season we are running out of superlatives.

She has won 11 competitions back-to-back this year, both in this country and in Europe. Unbeaten, and weighed down with gold medals, Cecee has a couple of months to recover before the new season starts in January.

Her five-star performance in these competitions comes at no compromise to her school studies, testament to what an extraordinary talent she is. Well done Cecee – good luck with that first religious studies mock exam now!

The POD has landed

Sackville’s new food pod opens

Over half-term a mysterious new building appeared adjacent to the Technology Block, provoking much curiosity from the students. On Monday November 18th it was revealed to be the school’s new food pod serving delicious hot and cold food on what was appropriately the coldest day of the winter so far.

The cheese straws are particularly good by all accounts!

You can see from the picture how popular the pod is proving to be. It should also make the main canteen less congested.

National Swimming Finals

Sackville swimmers give a performance of a lifetime at the National Finals

Sackville’s elite swimmers put in several extremely strong performances at the National Schools’ Swimming Finals on Saturday November 16th. This is the pinnacle of schools’ swimming, and fittingly takes place at the London Aquatics Centre. Representation from state schools was once again very thin, and shows how well our competitors did even to reach the last stage of the competition. 

Each team matched or exceeded its seeding – true mark of how well they performed.

  • Junior boys freestyle – seeded 25th, came 17th – 2.04.77
  • Inter girls medley – seeded 36th, came 26th – 2.15.04
  • Senior boys freestyle – seeded 21st, came 19th – 1.45.26
  • Senior boys medley – seeded 16th, came 16th – 1.56.50

Some of the students also got to meet Tom Daley during the day as well.

Pictured left to right (first photo) are Rachel Davies, Sam Wiles, Chloe Grantham, Nathan Randall, Abigail Hall, Emily Graziano, Freddie Mabey, Robert Taylor, Joe Lancaster, Henry Young and Oliver Tindale.

We would like to thank the students not just for their excellent results, but also for their exemplary behaviour through the day. Thanks too to the parents who made the journey and gave up a Saturday. Finally, none of this would happen without the leadership of Miss Offler – thank you!

Biology Olympiad presentation

Our top biologists receive their certificates

Congratulations to our year 13 biologists who received their certificates on November 14th for their performances in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad.

Ayo Odeyinde, Jorgie Nunes (not pictured), Matt Tomkinson and Abi Bramwell were all commended or highly commended, and Joe Marrable gained a bronze award.

This is a great achievement for all five students in a competition entered by well over 8000 students from 460 schools. Well done!