Our eggsellent year 11s

The end of a big term for our eggcellent year 11s

The end of a long term is here for all of our students, and it has been particularly hard for our year 11s. As well as their second set of mocks, it’s been revision, revision, revision and they have risen to the challenge magnificently.

All teachers were given brightly coloured card eggs to give out to students who they feel have gone the ‘extra mile’ in the last week before we break up. Students visited the year office to swap their eggs for some chocolate ones. As you can imagine it has gone down a treat and was a lovely way for the year staff to congratulate students for having done so very well this term.

We know they will be revising hard over Easter, and many will take advantage of the full programme of revision classes laid on by staff over the coming fortnight. Thank-you to everyone for their efforts, and good luck to all!

Year 7 Easter Fair

Year 7 Easter Fair raises over £300 for Friends of Lindi

Year 7s raised almost £300 for our chosen charity Friends of Lindi by holding an Easter Fair on April 2nd.

Each form had their own stall and these ranged from tombolas and raffles to sponge the teacher and hook a duck.

Steve and Sue Scorer, who founded and run the charity, were also on hand to tell students about the charity and to give them a go an pounding rice and carrying buckets of water on their head. Much fun, laughter and enthusiasm all round!

You can read more about Friends of Lindi here.

French Trip 2019

Year 9 and 10 French trip

A group of 35 year 9 and 10 students visited Pas de Calais for a French language trip during the last week of March. Our visits included to an artisan chocolate maker, an old-fashioned sweet maker, a boulangerie (with a terrifying baker!) and a morning in a French school.

All visits and even the instructions at the hotel were conducted in French and we were were delighted by the students’ positive response to this challenge.

A last night disco and the chance to buy Mothers’ day presents at the market on our way home rounded off the trip nicely. Félicitations à tous!

Sports awards

Sackville welcomes Sophie Bray to present our annual sports awards

Wednesday 27 March was a busy day for our PE department. It began with the year 7 interform, finishing three days of internal competition during which the students showed exemplary dedication.

In the evening was our showpiece Sports Presentation Evening where we celebrate the efforts and achievements of our sports and PE students. We were delighted to welcome Olympic gold medallist Sophie Bray MBE to make the presentations. Students were awarded for both efforts in lessons and for performances on the sports fields, with both individual and team achievements recognised.

Tim Cox presented the Matt Cox Memorial Award to Joe Sheridan – a very deserving recipient. Tim talked of how sport allows you to make lifelong friends, and that we should cherish the social side as well as the competitive.

The award for the ‘sports personality of the year’ went to James Young, an equally deserving choice. James has represented the school at pretty much every sport over his five years at Sackville, and would play tiddlywinks for us if we had a team.

In her speech, Sophie Bray talked of her journey to the top, and how important it is to have personal goals. That’s a message our young sportspeople have all taken to heart!

Alex Baranowski visits year 10 musicians

Alex Baranowski visits year 10 musicians

Our year 10 musicians were extremely fortunate to be visited by Alex Baranowski on March 26th. Alex came in to the music BTEC lesson to share his experiences of working as a composer.

The students were enthralled as he discussed the ins and outs of working on Broadway, the West End and the film industry.

He is currently composing the music for the new Christmas Carol film due for release later this year which the students await with great anticipation. He also arranged the theme tune for the BBC’s 2018 World Cup coverage.

Many thanks Alex for coming in to inspire our young musicians.

You can find out more about Alex’s projects here.

Minute’s silence for New Zealand

Sackville honours the victims of the mosque attack in New Zealand

Sackville students held one minute’s silence on Friday 22nd March to honour the victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch. The silence was organised by the school Head Team, who emailed every student with the following message:

At the end of period 2 on Friday (22/03/19), there will be an organised minute of silence to remember those who lost their lives in the recent shootings that took place in New Zealand. This minute of silence has been organised by us, the Head Team, and will fall exactly a week after the horrific attack. If you aren’t already aware of what happened, two mosques were attacked in New Zealand by an armed gunman in what can only be described as an act of terror. 50 Muslim men, women and children were murdered in cold blood within a 17 minute period at their place of worship.

We feel that this tragedy is of equal significance to previous terrorist attacks, for instance the Manchester and Paris attacks, and so would like to set a marker as a school that such senseless killings are NOT justifiable. In such controversial times, we believe it is important to take a minute to reflect and recognise the awful, discriminatory violence that is happening around the world.

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.


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.