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.

Charity fundraisers

Charlotte is ‘racing for life’ in memory of best friend Megan; Ollie is riding the London-Brighton for the British Heart Foundation

Sackville students are known for their fundraising, and it’s a pleasure to be able to share the efforts of two of our senior students this month.

Year 11 student Charlotte Nolan is fundraising for Cancer Research UK on June 24th, doing the Crawley Pretty MuddyCharlotte writes:-

I am doing the Race for Life in memory of Megan Radley. When Megan was three years old she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma which she fought for two years. She had the biggest and brightest smile everyday. I am honoured to be able to call her my best friend and now I am honoured to be able to do this race in memory of such an amazing little girl.

Please help me raise £100 if not even more for Megan who was taken to soon.

Charlotte (right) is seen here pictured with Megan. If you wish to donate, you can do so via the Cancer Research Website. Well done Charlotte – a great effort for a wonderful cause.

Meanwhile year 10 student Ollie Connaughton is taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride this weekend in aid of the British Heart Foundation. This is the second time he has taken part in the challenge. Ollie writes:-

I’m raising money for the British Heart Foundation’s research and I’d be so grateful for your support. The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target. Thanks!

Another great cause, and you can find Ollie’s page on the Just Giving Website if you wish to support his ride.

Mid Sussex Volunteer of the Year

Melissa wins Mid-Sussex Young Leader of the Year Award

We are delighted to share that our own Melissa Turner has been named the Mid-Sussex Young Leader of the Year at a ceremony at Borde Hill this month. 

This award is recognition of her tireless work volunteering at school, which includes co-leading the Invisibiliteam with Hollie Barden, highlighting the needs of people with unseen disabilities. She also supports younger students in the school as part of the mentoring programme, and runs the KS3 Drama Club.

At the ceremony, musical accompaniment was also provided by Sackville students. Pictured here are Sophie Taylor, Ella Dean, Seren Foulds, Tia Bartlett, Michael Hoelters, Craig Thorne and Matthew Botten. Thank you to all of these students who once again show how our students make such excellent ambassadors. Well done especially to Melissa!

British Cycling

Tim Sales from British Cycling puts our year 7s and 8s through their paces

Thanks you to Tim Sales of British Cycling for running an inspiring series of workshops for our junior cyclists. Watch out for the next Laura and Jason Kenny coming from Sackville (yes two of them could be brilliant cyclists and get married!).

Amber East Court Live

Amber lights up ‘East Court Live’

Our own Amber Titchener was a star turn at Bank Holiday Monday’s ‘Party in the Park‘ at East Court on June 3rd. Described as ‘truly amazing‘ by one audience member, Amber played a set that included Up (Demi Lovato, Olly Murs), Dead (Madison Beer) and Stand by Me (Ben E King).

The highlight however was her self-penned number, Jigsaw, which is available on YouTube (see post below). 

Definitely one to watch, in every sense!


Invisibiliteam raise £150 through talent show

On Wednesday 18th April 2018, Melissa Turner and Hollie Barden put on a talent show open to all years. This was part of their ongoing project “Invisibiliteam” which promotes positive action for those who suffer with “invisible” disabilities and/or mental health issues. They had a mix of group acts and soloists. There was an excellent turn-out on the night and the audience members enjoyed the show as well as the available refreshments. This was organised in aid of raising money to support work done in the School Base.

The girls said “We felt this was an important part of the school to focus our efforts as the Base promotes students’ wellbeing and helps those who may be struggling or who need extra support. We raised a grand total of £152.73 and would like to thank the Sackville community who attended or donated in any way. We hope to further our project in West Sussex in the future”.

Talented year 9s

Is there no end to the talent of our year 9s?

A big weekend for two of our year 9 students!

Friday night saw the Sussex County Girls U14 football team win the South-East Region County Cup. Sackville Student Lucy Plumb played a key part in the team, which won on penalties after a draw in normal time. 

Lucy played a key part in the success. Man Utd could have used her services the following day …

Meanwhile fellow year 9 student Amber Titchener  has performed her self-penned track entitled Jigsaw for the prestigious Wurd Sessions channel. We believe she’s the youngest performer to undertake such a recording for their “One Song, One Take” series; the channel contacted Amber’s father after seeing her play live.

Two names to watch for the future!

Y12 Drama – Road

‘An incredible performance’

These were the words of one of the audience after an hour in the company of our year 12 drama students. The group had put on a powerful version of Jim Cartwright‘s ‘Road‘ which took us back to the industrial north in the 1980s. All the characters live on the same road, and the piece portrays their sense of desperation in the face of the insurmountable economic challenges of the period.

It was not all northern grit however: liberal sprinkings of humour made the punches harder when they came. And as the ensemble converged on the chorus-like ending, chanting in unison somehow, somehow, somehow I might escape, the audience were left in no doubt about the power of the piece. Nor was there any room for argument about the talent of the cast. An amazing performance which makes us look forward all-the-more to their work in year 13. Well done indeed!

Pictured here are (back) Ethan Chapman, Melissa Turner, Imogen Hannam, Nuha Diaz, Gabriel Rathbone, Iuri Bennett, Amanda Heather, Juno Phitidis and (front) Laura Sizer, Wade Marais.


Junior Maths Challenge

Sackville students excel in Junior Maths Challenge

Two Sackville students have qualified for the Junior Maths Olympiad after their exceptional performances in the Junior Maths Challenge last month.

Thomas Salter (year 7, left in picture) and Matthew Botten (year 8) both scored so highly as to both secure a gold certificate and proceed to the next round of the challenge, the Olympiad. Matthew even managed to score full marks.

Well done to these two young men – we look forward to finding out how you have got on!