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Principal's Blog - Friday 10th June

posted 10 Jun 2016, 03:01 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 10 Jun 2016, 03:03 ]

I was really impressed to see so many students in over half term attending revision and support sessions. Please continue to make the most of the support sessions put on by teachers during the busy exam period.

A group of Year 8 students took part in the ‘Able Linguist’ event at Southampton University this week. In the morning they worked in groups with the other 140 students from across the South Coast. Their group task was to design an innovative piece of clothing and present it in a foreign language. Congratulations to Amber Jupe who was in the winning group. In the afternoon they took part in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and German lessons. The students were a credit to the Academy.


Year 6 students visited the Academy for a Transition day this week; they took part in lots of exciting activities to prepare them for starting at SBA in September.  Well done to the Year 7 students who buddied up with the Year 6’s to give them tours and answer their questions and queries. It was lovely to see so many parents here for the Torch Transition evening as well. We look forward to welcoming our new families to the Academy in September.


Congratulations to our tennis ambassadors who did an excellent job helping to run and officiate the Isle of Wight Primary schools tennis tournament. 

It was lovely to attend the Year 11 Prom before half term to share the special evening with students who were impeccably behaved. 

I hope any students who are attending the Festival have an enjoyable weekend. Please remember that full attendance at school is required on Monday and medical evidence will be needed to authorise any absence.

Enjoy your weekend.  

Claire Charlemagne 

MONDAY 13th June

EVENT: Yr 10 Geography field trip to Sandown, 9.00-2.45pm

ASSEMBLY: Year 7, lecture theatre, 11.-11.20am   

ASSEMBLY: Year 10 select, canteen, 11-11.20am

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 2.40-3.00pm  


TUESDAY 14th June

EVENT: Year 6 Languages Workshop, 9.00-2.45pm

EVENT: Year 5 & 6 High Performance Academy Talent Development Day, 9.00-2.45pm

EVENT: Yr 10 Geography field trip to Sandown, 9.00-2.45pm

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 11.00-11.20am

MEETING: Parent Forum, 5.30-7.00pm, MR1 &2

The week ahead


EVENT: Yr 10 Geography field trip to Sandown, 9.00-2.45pm

ASSEMBLY: Year 12, Lecture Theatre, 11-11.20am

EVENT: Debate Club, 12.20-1pm, MR1

EVENT: Year 8 & 9 Art Ecology Trip, 12.30-3.00pm  

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 2.40-3.00pm 

EVENT: Parent Surgery, 2.45-4.00pm, reception

INTERHOUSE: Year 8 Rounders, Year 9 Tennis, 3-4.30pm

FIXTURE: U15 Boys cricket v Medina (home)

FIXTURE: U15 IW School rounders tournament (home), 3.15pm


THURSDAY 16th June  

ASSEMBLY: Year 8, lecture theatre, 11.00-11.20am

EVENT: Year 6 Art Workshop, 9.00-2.45pm

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 2.40-3.00pm 

FIXTURE: U14 boys cricket v Ryde Academy (home)

FIXTURE: U13 IW School rounders tournament (home), 3.15pm

EVENT: Sims Learning Gateway drop-in session for parents, 5-6pm, Sixth Form Study


FRIDAY 17th June  

EVENT: Year 5 Art workshop, 9.00-2.45pm

EVENT: Year 8 Southampton University trip

FIXTURE: U15 boys’ cricket v Oaklands at Newclose cricket club, 1pm onwards

EVENT: Movie-a-thon to raise money for Global Rock and Cardiac Risk in the Young, 3-9pm, lecture theatre


SATURDAY 18th June  

Yr 11 Applied Science workshop, 9-12pm in W33

Yr 11 Biology workshop, 9-12pm in the lecture theatre