International Rescue Drone Competition

Sackville success in International Rescue Drone Competition

Or Shay, Arthur Bridgland and Oliver Roberts have come second in the International Rescue Drone Competition, just missing out on the chance to compete in the international final against the winning school from China.

Students were set a challenges based on the work of an international rescue organisation, which goes to places that have suffered a natural disaster and provides support for the emergency services.

Participants had to demonstrate how a drone could help in a disaster situation by travelling to areas beyond the reach of helicopters.

The students won a drone for their hard work. Well done!

Art Exhibition 2018

Sackville visual arts reach new heights

Some days writing for this website can seem like the most privileged job in the world. June 27th 2018 might just have been one of those days. First, the fantastic creative writing produced by our year 8s, then news of our scientists’ success in the Big Bang Fair. Finally, the private viewing of our 2018 Art Exhibition.

The slideshow cannot really do justice to the range of talent that was on show in the D block hall. The creativity shown by the students this year is quite breathtaking, and is testament not just to the gifts of the young people, but also to their hours of hard work. And of course the dedication of the art teaching team. Well done and thank-you to everyone involved.

A selection of the work is to be displayed in the St Swithun’s Festival of Arts, from 30th June to 3rd July. See it whilst you can!

Big Bang Fair South East

Sackville science success at South of England Showground

On the 27th June nine year 9 students, Mrs Stromfield and Mrs Morris went to The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers’ Competition at the South of England Showground. We fielded four strong teams. Tom Herron, Jamie Bland and Jamie Stoner had investigated the effect of fear on heart rate, Eve Lewis, Amalie Foster McPhedran and Lauren Whitwick had investigated if people see colour in a different way, Sam Parsons had investigated the effectiveness of suncream against UV rays, and Leah Bush and Freya Eastcott had investigated the effectiveness of different hand sanitisers. Both teachers were very impressed with all of the groups who confidently told the judges about their projects. All of the judges work in the engineering industry.

We were all delighted that Leah and Freya’s project won both the CGG prize for maths and the senior science category for the South East – this means they will be going to the National finals at Birmingham NEC, a fantastic achievement! We are very proud of all of our groups and a great day was had by all.

National Writing Day

National Writing Day at Sackville

On June 27th we celebrated National Writing Day by taking part in the international EMC writing event ‘Let Them Loose!‘ with year 8 H band classes.

Instead of their usual English lessons, students were given some surprise stimulus materials and two hours of computer access to create their masterpieces.

They were encouraged to create anything they liked, subsequently producing a wide range of funny, imaginative and exciting non-fiction texts, articles, poems, plays and fictional creative writing pieces. 114 students (and even some teachers) were involved in creating pieces, and you can see some of their amazing work here.

Widening Participation

Year 9 students enjoy a taste of university life at Sussex

Our year 9 first generation scholars enjoyed their visit to Sussex University as part of the programme the institution put on to introduce students to life at university. The programme is open to all students whose parents have not experienced higher education.

Students get to meet existing undergraduates, have a tour of the campus, view accommodation, lecture theatres and sports facilities, and  get to eat a meal in one of the campus cafes.

The afternoon is spent getting advice on how to make a good university application.

Students are pictured here in one of the study pods in the library.

Thank-you to Sussex for hosting us!

Curious Incident and Dance

Sixth form students shine in final performances of the year

Our year 12 and 13 BTEC Performing Arts students have not just had exams to prepare for over the last few weeks, but also their final performances for the level 3 BTEC course.

Isobel Booker and Sophia Ody were first up, showcasing their self-choreographed dance routines for their final assessed unit. They were ably supported by some of our year 9 dance students to ensure they signed off with a high-energy and technical performance. Well done both!

Then our students following the acting strand of the same course put on a captivating interpretation of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. The audience were increasingly drawn into this powerful piece and fully felt part of Christopher’s world by the end. Teacher Ms Warran said “The performance was fantastic, I was so impressed with their portrayal of Christopher”.

Well done to Melissa Turner, Nuha Diaz, Tom Whitwick, Ethan Chapman and Juno Phitidis.

Year 9 Geography

Year 9 geographers look at urban redevelopment in London

Our year 9 geographers chose a perfect midsummer’s day to travel to east London to look at urban regeneration.

This trip supports the part of the curriculum they are now studying. Students looked at the impact of the Olympic developments on the area, considering the pros and cons of the major building work that has occurred.

They also looked a flagship urban redevelopment scheme of a generation ago in the docklands, which involved travelling on the Docklands Light Railway.

Students completed field sketches and looked at environmental quality indices in coming to an overall judgment about the impact of the different schemes.

Thank-you to the geography teachers for making the subject even more alive than usual!

Farewell to year 11

Year 11s sit their final exams; the school rolls on!

Year 11 students receiving their mock results in December

21st June saw the last exam for our year 11s – a GCSE paper in further maths. The year group have been amazing over this stressful exam period and they fully deserve the excellent exam results we anticipate them receiving in the summer.

Schools never stand still though. It’s now the turn of year 10 for their end-of-year exams. We wish then luck!

The summer term is always a good time to review how we are doing as well as planning ahead. We changed our policy on uniform and mobile phones this year, after a group of teachers and support staff considered how we could improve in this area. Phones are now only allowed at break and lunch, and have to be placed silent inside bags during lessons. It’s timely to be reviewing this now as the issue of mobile technology in schools seems to have hit the national headlines once again. Our approach has recently been reviewed by the same group of staff who introduced the policy, and a few tweaks have been made to support staff in ensuring there are no disturbances from phones in lessons.

This, alongside every aspect of school life, is kept under review to ensure we have the best chance possible of all our students ‘achieving together’.

Artist Helen Brown

Artist Helen Brown inspires art students to excel

Artist Helen Brown gives a masterclass

On Thursday 7th June, Sackville School Art Department received a visit from a professional artist and printmaker. Based in a printmaking studio in Brighton, Helen Brown came up for a whole day workshop involving fifty Year 9 GCSE art students. It was a highly productive day, with all students producing a portfolio of dry-point etchings using both black and white and colour.

The art teachers were also trained by Helen in the use and maintenance of a specialist etching press. This was bought for the school last year using a grant from TASEG (The Art Society East Grinstead). They also funded Helen’s visit.

Sackville School would like to thank TASEG for their continued generosity in funding the creative curriculum at the school.


Sackville welcomes year 5 students

Sackville was alive with the colour of the uniforms of many of our feeder schools from Monday to Wednesday 11-13 June. Alive too with the sounds of nine and ten year olds reacting enthusiastically to the taster lessons put on by our staff. The visiting students made keyrings, learned about Buddhism, created animations, created monsters in English, enjoyed PE on the field, had hair-raising experiences in science, cooked up a storm in food technology and sampled the challenges of secondary maths.

The visiting students were a pleasure to work with and a credit to their schools. We look forward to seeing them at our Open Evening, on Thursday September 20th 2018.