Chailey Heritage Assembly

Sackville presents a cheque for over £1000 to Chailey Heritage

One of the undoubted highlights of our assembly schedule is when Chailey Heritage visit to talk to our students about the amazing work they do with students in their school. Each year we try to raise some funds for Chailey Heritage, and this year we managed to present a cheque for over £1000.

This money will go towards providing for students with very complex special needs, which often involve producing bespoke engineered solutions. Our students listened with amazement as Al Carter from the school talked about the work they do.

The picture shows Louise Greenaway presenting Al with the cheque. Many thanks to Chailey Heritage for giving up time to come and speak to us.

January INSET

INSET days January 25th and 26th

Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th January are our third and fourth INSET days this year. Students in years 7-11 do not have to be in school for these two days. The two days are together to form part of the sixth form mock week, enabling our senior students to take their exams without losing teaching time.

Meanwhile, our teaching staff will be undertaking two days of training. This starts with a meeting of the research groups we have running this year, and is followed on work to enhance the role of the tutor at school, including training on the delivery of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC).

On Friday, we are delighted to host the world-renowned educational expert Shirley Clarke, who will talk about enhancing our learning culture. This is followed by staff working in their departments to create and review ‘personal learning checklists‘ (PLCs) which we have found are a significant help to students as they take control of their own learning and revision. Some staff are also having their first aid qualification re-validated.

So lots will be going on even though (most of) the students will be enjoying a long weekend!

Hamburg 2018

Sixth form international work experience in Germany

Eight of our year 13 students are enjoying international work experience in Germany from Monday January 15th. This is now an annual feature in our school calendar. We would like to thank our partner school in Hamburg for making all the necessary arrangements for our students.

The group flew to Germany on Saturday and enjoyed a day visit to Berlin on the Sunday. Here they are pictured in front of the Brandenburg Gate. If you look closely, you can see Headteacher Mr Grant, and Mr Whitehead and Mrs Valentine of the sixth form team.

Oliver Roberts

Oliver is trekking to Everest Base Camp in memory of Matt Rieley

Year 12 student Oliver Roberts is to make the trek to Everest Base Camp next month, and is raising funds at the same time:

In February 2018,  I will be trekking with a group to the Base Camp of Mount Everest which lays at an altitude of 17,600 ft above sea level. The trip will last just over two weeks from the 17th of February until the 4th of March. Any money I raise in completing the trek will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Matt Rieley, an ex-student of our school, who sadly passed away in May 2016. Matt was such a huge part of many people’s lives in East Grinstead, especially within the Sackville community. Matt fought his illness with courage, determination and never lost his sense of humour – he was an inspiration to many.

Anyone wishing to donate to Oliver’s trek should visit the Just Giving link here. We look forward to an assembly on the trip upon your return!

Rob Cross

Congratulations to Rob Cross, World Darts Champion

Former student Rob Cross, who left Sackville in 2007, stunned the sporting world on Monday to become the PDC World Darts Champion, beating Phil Taylor, 16-times former champion, 7-2 in the final.

Though Rob is fondly remembered by those at Sackville who taught him, without darts as part of our curriculum it’s hard to claim any credit for his extraordinary success.

We’ll be following his career with interest over the coming years nonetheless.

Image: BBC Sport

End of Term Assembly

Sackville ends term in style!

The last day of Christmas term is always a special one. The long tradition of seasonal assemblies continued this year, with Mr Keeble as usual acting as compere.

Mr Roberts read his seasonal message, which you can see here, and which was accompanied this year by photos of his newly arrived grandson. The real highlight was the sixth form band singing a reprise from the Carol Service the night before.

The lowlight of course was the staff dance, which (with a few notable exceptions) plumbed its usual depths, despite the best efforts and endless patience of Melissa Turner, Eliza Roser and Juno Phitidis. Maybe next year it will be better. Thanks to Jamie Davis for the photos of the dance!

Finally in the evening some of our sixth formers joined the annual Rotary charity collection as Santa travels through the town on his sleigh. Money raised goes to local community projects and about four hundred presents are also delivered to elderly people living alone in the area. Well done to Charlie MainJordi CrowtherOli BlackmanAlex MustardAdam Stevens and Tom Taylor for helping out.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all – we’ll be back on January 4th.


Carol Service 2017

Carol service brings the whole community together

Sackville’s 2017 carol service was not just a chance to celebrate Christmas, but an opportunity too to bring seasonal cheer to the whole community. And it was an opportunity that the students present welcomed with alacrity.

This may have been the largest service for a number of years, and it was certainly the happiest. Our choir, more populous than for a long time, performed some wonderful arrangements of popular songs, matched by Amy Collins’ rendition of ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’. The readers were pitch-perfect and the community choir added professional polish to the proceedings.

We were very happy to welcome some very important guests including the Mayor, Mrs Mockford, Mrs Joslin, whose husband was head of Sackville in the ’80s, and a number of members of the Keenor family (who generously provide us with Christmas trees every year). The icing on the Christmas cake is that we raised over £300 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

After the service many of those present were able to share a glass of wine and a mince pie with the school governors.

We are extremely thankful to The Revd Andrew Hawken and his team at St Swithun’s, and to his fantastic organist Mr Goss.

Year 10 Winter Wonderland

A rewarding time for our year 10s

Looks like our hardworking year 10s enjoyed their after school end of term reward trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This trip was for our students with the most reward points and the best attendance.

It just remains to find out which teachers fell over whilst skating!

Performing Arts Showcase

Now that was a showcase!

Congratulations to our year 12 and 13 performing arts students for their showcase spectacular on Monday 18th December. How they have managed to keep their energy levels so high this late in the term is a mystery perhaps only Mrs Newman can answer. 

Year 12s kicked off with extracts from Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical Company which deals with the trials of Bobby, a popular 35-year-old struggling to commit to a relationship, let alone marriage. His espoused friends don’t seem to make it easier for him to commit to matrimony, and despite a number of girlfriends he ends the play a single man. Great performances from the whole cast (Melissa Turner, Nuha Diaz, Eliza Roser, Juno Phitidis, Jordyn Hyre, Ethan Chapman and Thomas Whitwick) meant the first half of the evening rushed past.

This was followed by the final-year students performing selected numbers from two Bob Fosse directed shows, Chicago and Sweet Charity. Again, the energy and enthusiasm of the performers was infectious, and numbers like Cell Block Tango and Reach for the Gun would have graced any stage. Thank you to (pictured) Megan Parsons, Isobel Booker, Sophia Ody, Tia Bartlett, Amy Collins, Imogen Fraser, Catherine Belcher and Alex Walsh.

It makes us anticipate all the more eagerly the next performances these students put on. Apologies to the year 12 cast for the lack of a photo!