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Friday 20th December

posted 20 Dec 2013, 04:53 by   [ updated 20 Dec 2013, 04:56 ]

We have finished on a real high and I don’t know which event, this week, has left me most excited!

The Sixth Form Presentation held yesterday evening showed us exactly what Sandown Bay students can achieve after five years in a secondary school. The hall was packed with current and former Year 13 students and parents. Some were home from University and it is perhaps time to remind the community that in 2013 Sandown Bay Academy A level results were the best of any non fee paying school on the island (and also in the top 25 nationally for value added).  These results meant that our students were accepted into some of the top universities in the country, including Oxford. We also have students in our current Y13 on interview for Oxford. I have no doubt that yesterday evening we congratulated young people who will go on to become the best medics, outstanding lawyers and future wealth producers for this country. Well done to all.

Earlier in the week we had our Medrox evening. This is a programme, devised by our own staff member Mary Bradshaw, which motivates and inspires our students to compete for top university places. It is part of the plan to show that our young people are among the best anywhere. Over a period of two years they are able to visit a number of universities and take part in activities in the pursuit of excellence in their intended field.

Thursday saw the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award presentations. These were showcases produced by Y13 students highlighting their expedition and findings (ask Steve Aspey for a succinct explanation). I have seen D of E in a number of schools but have never previously seen students complete at Gold standard. This will be presented at St James’s Palace in April and success at this level will open many doors in the future for these young people because it demonstrates great tenacity, initiative and resilience.

We have also had our Rewards Assemblies, organised by House staff in order to celebrate the successes of many of our young people. It was great to see the rolls of honour recognising hard work and achievement across a whole range of academy activities and subjects. These youngsters will be able to go on and emulate the successes of our oldest students, as seen on Thursday.

The biggest event of the week, and probably the greatest success, was the fund raiser on Thursday. This was organised entirely by the School Council and led so well by Ed, Reuben, Robyn and Jade. They raised a massive amount of money and collected hundreds of items for the local food bank. This really was student leadership at its best. Many thanks to all students, parents and staff who got behind them. Special praise must go to Mr Lyon who had his head shaved in Yellow House assembly in order to raise cash.

So we have it, an excellent end to a long and eventful term. A week that showed Sandown Bay academy at its very best. We start again at 8.30 on 6 January and the beginning of a new term means another drive to improve standards. Please support me in improving attendance, punctuality, uniform and getting everyone to work hard all of the time. We are making rapid progress but everyone needs to give a bit more and for some, an awful lot more.

Have a really good Christmas.

Eric Jackson