Year 7 geography students have been busy studying the weather this half term – and there has been plenty of it! Mrs Tingley has encouraged them to understand the three different types of rainfall by modelling them with Play-Doh. Those rainfall types are relief, convection and frontal. Well done year 7s!
Last week thankfully saw the school return to normality after the excitement and disruption of the snow week. On Tuesday the year 12 geography field trip returned after three hectic days in Wales.
On Wednesday, our photography students were out and about in London, as Mrs Buckley writes.
‘Despite a rainy start, the annual sixth form Photography trip to London provided much material for the upcoming exams. After shooting around the Shard, Borough Market and the Thames, the group made an in depth study of work by internationally renowned photographer Andreas Gursky. Students maintained their energy levels well into the afternoon and completed the Sackville Photographers’ Quiz around Tate Modern. If you saw a masked young man standing in the skater park under the Southbank centre on a Wednesday, that was Elliott Beatty modelling for a shoot!’
Thursday saw our excellent year 10 sports leaders spent the day leading County finals sports hall athletics finals. They worked really hard in both the primary event in the morning and the secondary event in the afternoon. They showed real maturity and professionalism, gaining special mention from the county organiser. Well done!
She can erode sand dunes, but Emma can’t stop our geographers
Testing the depth of the snow ...
Around the headland at Tenby
The north beach, Tenby
Train in snowdrifts
Gabion coastal defences
A Mr Latus masterclass
Well, she can hold them back perhaps: after a delay of 24 hours, our intrepid year 12 geographers headed out on an eerily quiet motorway system to Pembrokeshire for their A level field trip.
The impact of Storm Emma became clear as soon as the Severn was crossed. Around Cardiff the snowdrifts were pristine ocean liners at anchor on the hard shoulder.
An extra driver went with the team to Port Talbot, and headed back to London on a train which had to stop frequenly to wait for the track to be dug out of the snow in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Students undertook some human geography fieldwork in Port Talbot, looking at the impact of globalisation on what is essentially a single-industry town. The following morning the team headed off to the beaches around Tenby to find fresh erosion that had resulted from the recent storm surges and spring tides. Here they undertake a decision making exercise about coastal defences.
An action packed time ahead, as students try to make up for the day lost on Friday. Thanks to Mr Gerretsen, Ms McCaffrey, Mr Latus and Mr Johnson for braving the cold with our students!
Huge thanks to everyone for all your support and understanding during this challenging weather. The response of the whole school community has been absolutely brilliant and I am so proud of the year 11s for their resilient approach to the mock exams.
Together We Achieve – and actually share some real enjoyment along the way!
Year 10s may have escaped the British weather, but though there is no snow in Berlin it is 12 degrees below freezing.
This has not dampened students’ interest in this fascinating city. They have visited the Brandenburg Gate, a key crossing between the east and west of the city during the cold war, as well as the 1936 Olympic Stadium. Both of these are pictured here.
The visit also takes in other iconic Berlin landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie and the Bundestag. Students will also visit the Holocaust Memorial and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial.
All in all this is a trip that brings history vividly to life and the students will return with fresh perspectives on the story of the twentieth century.
We would like to welcome to our community all of those students who have been offered a place at Sackville for September 2018. We are greatly looking forward to working with you and your families over the next seven years. We are heavily oversubscribed this year which is a marvellous vote of confidence in the school. Of course alongside this we are aware that there may be some disappointed families, but there is often some movement between now and September.
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You might have thought that we were suffering from an excess of challenge in snowy conditions. But spare a thought for year 12 student Ollie Roberts, who you may remember was aiming to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust by trekking to Everest Base Camp. We are delighted to announce that Ollie has arrived; he is second from left at the front in this picture. Just looking at how everyone is dressed makes you feel cold.
The biggest obstacle however has been the lack of oxygen as the party have climbed above 5000 metres. At such heights there is less than half the oxygen than at sea level, and together with the strenuous demands of ascending to such altitudes this makes a gruelling expedition.
Ollie has completed the trek to commemorate former student Matt Rieley. It is indeed the kind of thing Matt himself would have loved to do; a fantastic way for one remarkable young man to pay his respects to another.
Well done Ollie. It’s not too late to donate to the appeal – please click here. He’s a few pounds shy of £2000 – it would be lovely to get to that target!
Girls raise over £100 for Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School in Horsham
Well done to Beth, Emily and Annie for raising over £100 for the Pine class at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School in Horsham, where Beth’s brother is a student.
The girls worked tirelessly over the last weekend of half-term to ensure they had enough rocky road, flapjack and Easter nests for the appetites of the returning students. Students (and staff) bought the cakes at break and lunch.
The girls will also have been able to tick off one of the challenges on their PiXL Edge apprenticeprogramme. This scheme encourages all of our students to develop and show skills of leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication, which are so in demand when young people enter the world of work. The school can look forward to a few more bake sales!
Sackville students see the worst and the best of humanity on tour of Krakow
Our year 10 students spent the first days of half term in southern Poland visiting sights that show the best and worst of humanity.
Nothing can adequately prepare the visitor for the concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz. Our youngsters were shocked by the nature of the exhibits and the true awfulness of the final solution. The memorial is a fitting commemoration of the vile depths humankind can reach.
Students also visited the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine, an enormous underground complex where once Jews were coralled to work in an subterranean armaments factory.
The mine is internationally famous for what has become known as the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland, built by the miners in medieval times as a place to worship before going about their dangerous work. The cathedral is carved out of the salt, and everything within it is made from the mined material. Even the chandeliers are made of specially treated salt.
The cathedral is a place of awe-inspiring wonder. Like all visitors, our students were moved to silence as they lifted their eyes to take in the full wonder of the St Kinga’s Chapel, marvelling at what beauty can be created by members of the same species responsible for the atrocities of the holocaust.
Other highlights included a tour of the old town, the Jewish quarter and the ghetto and Schindler’s factory museum. Throughout our students were a real credit to the school.
All agreed it was a trip every student should take, and our year 10s came back with new perspectives on the human condition. We would like to thank Mr Morris, Ms Vance and Mrs Edwards for accompanying the trip, and Ella Douch for the haunting photo of the entrance to Auschwitz, and the picture of the salt chandelier.