Geography Y12 Fieldtrip 2018

She can erode sand dunes, but Emma can’t stop our geographers

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!


February Snow

What a week!

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!

You are all ‘the best’.

Julian Grant

Berlin 2018

Year 10s in Berlin

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.


Welcome to our new year 6 intake

Welcome to our new year 6 intake

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.

Don’t forget if you want to keep abreast of what is going on at the school you can find our regular newsletters here.

Ollie Roberts – Everest Base Camp

Ollie Roberts has made it to Everest Base Camp

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!


Snow Message Tuesday 27 February 2018

Thank you for getting students to school today!

Thank you to all of our community for the efforts in making sure students were in school today. Thanks too to all of the staff who made it in to allow education to continue.

We plan to be open as normal tomorrow (Wednesday). Any changes to this plan will be communicated via the website and email.

It’s not all been work – at lunch and break students enjoyed throwing snowballs at the teachers!


PiXL Cake Sale

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 apprentice programme. 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!

Krakow 2018

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. 

Image: Wikipedia
Image: Wikipedia

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.

Y12 Geography in east London

Year 12 geographers study regeneration in the East End

Our year 12 geographers are braving the chill winter winds looking at economic and social change in London’s East End. Students are looking at the impact of the 2012 Olympics on the area around Stratford, as well as the changes in the Docklands area over the last half century.

The day finishes with a curry in Brick Lane, now a hub of the London Bangladeshi community and long a place of arrival for new Britons.

Amongst all the change this area has seen the one constant is that ‘geography is everywhere’!

Nicholas Soames

From the constitution to cloudy apple juicean extremely informative audience with Sir Nicholas Soames

Our sixth form were in turn educated and entertained by Mid-Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames on a visit to the school on Friday February 2nd. 

Sir Nicholas began by giving tips on public speaking and debating, before opening up the floor to questions. These ranged from our unwritten constitution to commons debates about cloudy apple juice, and covered Donald Trump, the Irish border and defence expenditure in between.

At the end Sir Nicholas was thanked with a very warm round of applause. At the start our local MP had declared himself not to be a good public speaker. However, no-one after an hour in his presence would agree.

We would like to thank Sir Nicholas for giving up his time, and our debating team of John Hollins, Melissa Turner (who jointly compered the afternoon), Lucy Phipps, Aminah Rahman, Lily Kendrick, Isabelle Goddard and Imogen Gaines.