Principal’s Blog Friday 24th March
Sandown Bay Academy students were a force to be reckoned with at the 2017 National Junior Rowing Championships last Friday at Lee Valley Park. We came away from the event with all rowers having finished inside the top half of their events and yet another national champion! Daisy Faithfull in Year 12 was presented with her gold medal by members of the Oxford Boat race crew, she won a bronze medal last year and was thrilled to become National champion this year. Congratulations to all of the students who took part: Daisy Faithfull, Jamie Gamble, Kirren Shaw, Sophie Atkin, Emily Faithfull, Ethan Walters, Sam Evans Murray, Rachael Debenham and Owen Denness. You can read the full report from the event on our website (click here).
Congratulations to the Year 10 students from secondary schools across the island who took part in the Maths Feast on Monday, hosted here at Sandown Bay Academy. It was a fun afternoon with friendly competition and some excellent Maths.
1st place - Cowes Enterprise College
2nd place - Ryde School
3rd place - Sandown Bay Academy Team 1 and Ryde Academy
Award for best teamwork - Sandown Bay Academy Team 2
Year 11 students had a motivational workshop this week with Jim Roberson; a American pro footballer and now Motivational Coach. He based the workshop on personal experiences along with rapid-fire interactive activities with the purpose of helping students get the best out of themselves for a successful future.
Thank you to students and staff who joined in with Red House Mufti day today to raise money for Comic Relief. There was some fantastic baking in Interhouse Bake off on Thursday and I am sure lots of money will be raised through the cake sales, mufti money and Year 7 disco.
Enjoy your weekend
Principal’s Blog Friday 17th March
It was lovely to welcome our new students and parents at the Year 6 Welcome Evening on Wednesday. The hall full of students excited about joining the Academy in September. We look forward to them visiting the Academy on their transition days soon and finding out more about the opportunities on offer for them.
Students had a fabulous time at Year 7 Interhouse Basketball this week. Green House won the boys competition whilst Blue House won the girls competition. Next Wednesday is Year 8 Interhouse basketball.
We had more girls football success this week with the U19 team convincingly securing the Isle of Wight league and 5-a side-double championships. Well done to all the girls, especially to the Year 11's and 13's who played their last ever game for the school.
Musical Theatre Club starts on Thursday 23rd March, I would encourage as many of you as possible to go along and give it a try.
Friday 24th March is Red House Mufti Day to raise money for Comic Relief. Students are asked to wear something red and bring in £1.00. There will be cake sales at lunch and break times and live music. There is also a Year 7 Disco taking place from 3.30-5.30pm, tickets are available from reception for £2.00.
This week we said goodbye to Mr Eastick and Mr Wilkhu. We are thankful for their service and wish them good luck in their new ventures. We welcome new teacher Maureen Sullivan who will be starting in the Maths department on Monday.
Enjoy your weekend
We were delighted to receive a telephone call from a member of the public to report that four of our Year 10 students were excellent citizens this week. On the way home from school they saw an elderly man on the floor and ran to help him. They called an ambulance and stayed with him until help arrived. The man’s family are very grateful for everything they did and are pleased to say that he is on the mend and hopes to be out of hospital soon. Well done to Alfie Kennett, Charlie Fuller, Tom Webster and Ollie Francis. We are very proud of you
I have been into assemblies this week to share with students some of our most recent successes, including Global Rock, winning sports events, recent trips, rewards for attendance to name just a few. I asked for student volunteers to get involved with two projects we will be running shortly. The first is a review of the Academy’s code of conduct and the second is to help design our green space at the centre of the campus.
Congratulations to the U15 girls’ football team who won the double this week - they were crowned Isle of Wight league and Isle of Wight 6-a-side champions.
The U13 girls cricket team made their debut performance this week in their first league match as a newly formed team. They scored 101 runs but sadly were caught by Medina who scored 103. Our experienced U15 girls team however maintained their strength and managed to beat Medina.
Since they started in November as ‘Wightbright’ our Young Enterprise team have designed and manufactured products to sell at events and are now moving into events management. They are organising ‘Battle of the Bands’ to showcase young Island musical talent. The event is taking place in South Hall on Thursday 23rd March, tickets are available from reception.
Enjoy your weekend
Year 11 students have been very focussed and worked hard in their PPE exams this week. Please encourage your children to study as much as possible at home and make the most of resources such as GCSE Pod.
Congratulations to all of the students who took part in the Global Rock Showcase this week, you were incredible! We won six awards of excellence in the following areas:
Stage Crew, Entertainment, Choreography, Video Performance, Soundtrack and Drama.
We also won the Spirit of Rock Challenge Award, this is voted by the other schools on the day for the school who has been most supportive.
High Performance Academy students from Years 7 and 8 visited the Ben Ainslie Racing Americas Cup base in Portsmouth this week. Students were given a tour of the base and worked within their specially adapted 'tech deck'. Students learnt about the history of the Americas Cup and about Ben Ainslie’s campaign to win the cup in Bermuda this year. They had the opportunity to design sails and test their creations in the wind tunnels. They also raced against Ben Ainslie in a sailing simulator. Year 9 & 10 students visit the base on 21st March 2017.
Sixth Form students had a fantastic time in Tenerife last week on a Geology Trip. They had an action packed week which included climbing to the top of Mount Teide at sunrise.
Student participation - two opportunities to demonstrate leadership.
We are looking for students to participate in a review of the Academy's code of conduct. Details will be shared in assembly next week. This is a great opportunity for interested students to develop leadership and team working skills.
We are also looking for a group of students to help design our green space at the centre of the campus. Further details will be available next week. Please encourage your children to sign up!
Enjoy your weekend
We were delighted to welcome UKSA into the Academy yesterday, they attended Year 11 assembly to present us with the 'NCS School Champions Award.' National Citizen Service is 2-4 week programme which takes place outside of term time in the spring, summer and autumn holidays. It involves adventure, discovery, social action and finally a graduation ceremony.
Sandown Bay Academy received the award because we were the highest achieving school for NCS on the Island in Summer 2016, both in terms of signing up to and completing the programme. The award is the first and only School Champion award that has been given on the Isle of Wight and one of only three across the Hampshire region. Year 11 students were given forms to sign up for this summer’s NCS Programme. It is a fantastic, life changing programme and costs just £35.00 for 4 weeks. The Academy can support you with this fee if you are experiencing financial hardship.
There are a number of revision and study support sessions taking place on Monday and Tuesday during half term. Please encourage your children to come along (click here to view the schedule). The Year 11 PPE exams start the w/c 27th February so lots of hard work and study is required over half term.
Have a restful and enjoyable half term
Congratulations to the following tutor groups for having the best attendance up until the end of January.
Year 7 - 7GNWA
Year 8 - 8BJMP
Year 9 - 9GTWG
Year 10 - 10BIMM
Year 11 - 11YJHP
They were rewarded with a pizza lunch this week with their tutor and tutor group to say well done. There will be a pizza lunch on offer next term too as an incentive to improve attendance.
Each week students are nominated by their teachers to come and have a hot chocolate with me on a Friday break time. Today I was delighted that we had over 60 nominations for a wide range of reasons including, excellent homework, great improvements in subjects, for participation in house activities and for producing fantastic work. It is lovely for these students to receive recognition and praise.
Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 students who represented the Academy in the Isle of Wight Schools Cross Country Championships this week. The students ran their hearts out and there were some great team results. In the individual results 3 of our Year 7 students qualified to represent the Isle of Wight in the Hampshire Schools Championships next month, well done to Dan Drudge, Charlie Lord and Lauren Clark.
Congratulations to the girls’ football teams who both beat Cowes Enterprise College this week. The U13’s won 10-0 and the U15’s won 3-1.
Year 11 PPE exams take place the week after half term. Please encourage your children to do as much revision as possible during the next two weeks, GCSE Pod is an excellent online resource I would recommend. You can view the timetable for the PPE exams and the half term revision sessions on our website (click here).
Friday 17th February is Yellow House Mufti Day.
Enjoy your weekend
It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and students at Year 10 Parents’ Evening last night. We encourage students in Year 10 to get a head start on their preparation for GCSEs by making good use of the GCSE Pod (click here).
Students in Year 11 have been proactive in taking advantage of the many revision opportunities available to them and we have been pleased to see their efforts. Their next set of mocks, the PPE exams, take place the week of 27th February. Keep up the good work Year 11, it will all be worth it when you get your exam results!
Congratulations to the 40 students who took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge this week. I am sure we will have some great results as we did in the Senior Maths Challenge last term.
Students will be taking place in activities during tutor time next week to raise their awareness of Internet safety. Safer Internet Day is Tuesday 7th February. As parents and carers you can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with your children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with your children online, and helping them to find and use good quality digital resources. Click here to find additional information and support or parents.
Students have had an excellent and educational time on the ski trip and have been superb representatives of Sandown Bay Academy with their impeccable behaviour. They have all learned a great deal from improving their skiing to linguistic and cultural development. We look forward to welcoming them back to school next week.
Advanced Progresso Implementation
Our new student information database management system, Advanced Progresso, is now in place and once staff training has taken place we will be able to start the process of sending out progress reports for students. We appreciate your patience; the new system is being rolled out across all AET academies and has therefore taken somewhat longer than we would have hoped.
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It was great that so many parents attended the Year 9 Options Evening last night. Students were very engaged and asking the pertinent questions as they decide which courses to take at Key Stage 4. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further support with the options process.
We have been delighted to welcome students and staff from Sant Quirze School, Barcelona to the Academy this week. Their visit is part of the Erasmus project and SBA students will be taking part in visits to our partner schools in several European countries later this year. The Erasmus project is a collaboration with European schools to work on a project on climate change and sustainability. The Spanish students, along with SBA students took part in a wide range of activities including researching the efficiency of transport on the island. Well done to Mrs Adams, Ms Flanagan and Ms Jones for their hard work in organising this fantastic opportunity for our students.
Congratulations to Jade Thomas in Year 13 who has recently completed her induction training with Independent Arts. Jade attended training to gain more experience in how to support people, especially those with dementia. Jade will be meeting clients and working with them in local care homes to encourage memory and creative skills. Many of our students and staff know that Jade is known for 'Jade's Beads' and is a very creative young lady. Jade showed great initiative and created a 'magic key' to memories. Kerry and the team at Independent Arts were delighted to be presented with the magic key last week. It will be used as an aid in many sessions with individuals and groups across the Island as it is a bright, imaginative, sensory object, covered in mini ladybirds, shells, spirals, keys, letters and other attractive shapes; it will provoke many memories and conversations.
Our Y7 boys football team won their match against Medina College 9-0 yesterday and became Isle of Wight Schools League champions. Huge congratulations to them on this fantastic achievement! We are incredibly proud of them and delighted to see their hard work pay off. Well done to Mr Bricknell for his excellent work with the boys.
Enjoy your weekend
I was incredibly impressed with all of the students in the ‘Rocket Man’ production when I watched it this week. The energy, enthusiasm and talent shone through. What was particularly impressive was that the students worked with the Performing Arts department to write the musical. Well done to everyone who took part and if you came to watch it, I am sure you will agree that their commitment and hard work paid off.
Congratulations to our Indoor Rowing team who won the Secondary Schools Indoor Rowing Championships this week beating all other secondary schools.
Well done to Year 7 boys who took part in the Good luck to the Southern Region 5-a-side football finals in Fareham this week, they won their first game but unfortunately did not make the finals.
We look forward to welcoming Spanish students into the Academy next week who will be here as part of the Erasmus project. They will be shadowing students in lessons and taking part in a range of activities.
Have a restful and enjoyable weekend,
Progression interviews have started this week for Year 11 students. All students will have a progression interview over the next couple of weeks to ensure that they have progression plans in place for next year and so that we can identify all of the support necessary during the crucial months ahead to enable them to achieve their potential.
The message to our Year 11 students is to keep revising every day. There a wealth of resources available to them both online and in the form of revision guides and other materials. We have been delighted to see the increase in attendance at revision sessions since Brown Envelope Day and encourage all students to get involved. The next 15 weeks until exams will go very quickly!
If students are unsure of how to organise their time, or would benefit from some study tips, they may request a mentor who will meet with them weekly and support them. If you would like to request a mentor for your child, please contact Ms Hunt, Ms Sladewski or Mrs Charlemagne.
Our sixth form students are also in the final countdown to exams. We hope their mock exams have gone well and that they have provided invaluable guidance in preparation for final exams. Many of our Sixth Form students have received university offers and have been working incredibly hard to secure grades. A huge congratulations to Juliette Wrixon who received an offer this week from Cambridge University to study Engineering. This is an outstanding achievement, well done Juliette!
I am eagerly anticipating our ‘Rocket Man’ production next week. Students and staff have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the show. Please come along and support our amazing students, it will be an excellent production.
Have a restful and enjoyable weekend,