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Principal's Blog - Friday 11th March

posted 11 Mar 2016, 04:12 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 11 Mar 2016, 04:18 ]

Year 12 students had a great day at the Higher Education Fair on Wednesday, finding out about lots of different universities and courses. The majority of Year 13 students have received offers from universities, including a large number of students who have received unconditional offers because universities are so impressed with their applications.  Josh Perfect recently received 2 good offers to study dentistry; one at Queen Mary University London and the other at Newcastle University. Other offers include: Biomedical Science at Lincoln University, Law at Brunel University, Anthropology at Durham University, Aerospace Engineering at Sheffield University, Radiography at Portsmouth University, Automotive Engineering at Sussex University, Modern Languages at Nottingham University, Dance at University of East London, Physics at Birmingham University and many many more. Year 13 students will complete their finance applications next week with help from university welfare staff. A reminder that the closing date for applications to join Sixth Form in September is Friday 18thMarch.


Congratulations to the students who completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh training last weekend. The Duke of Edinburgh Award requires hard work, commitment and determination. It is a fantastic Award which builds valuable skills for work and life and helps to opens doors in the future.


On Thursday, Year 13 Performing Arts students completed their musical theatre performances for the Performing Arts Gifted and Talented students in lower school. The students really enjoyed the performances and were inspired.


We have had another successful sporting week at Sandown. The U13 girls’ football team won all of their matches in the seven-a-side tournament at Cowes Enterprise College and were crowned Isle of Wight champions. They also travelled to Southampton for the Premier League six-a-side tournament where they narrowly missed out on getting through to the final at Goodison Park. This has been an extremely successful season for our girls’ football teams; all age groups have won their respective Isle of Wight leagues as well as the 6-a-side tournaments.


Miss Walker was incredibly impressed with the Year 7 and 8 students she took to compete in the Hampshire Schools Cross Country Championships earlier this week. She said that all of the students showed great determination and were a real delight to spend the day with.


Good luck to the Indoor Rowing team who are competing at the National Indoor Rowing Championships today.

On Friday 18th March Sandown Bay Academy is fundraising for Sport Relief. Red House Council have been working hard to organise this day. Students can wear mufti if they bring in £1 and/or an item for the Isle of Wight Food Bank. The mufti should be of a sports theme or include an item of red clothing. Students can also choose to be sponsored to help raise even more funds for this good cause. This does not need to be a huge amount - every little helps. All students will either run or walk a mile throughout the day. This is an ambitious task, but I am sure we can do it.

I am looking forward to welcoming 225 new students to our Academy community on Wednesday 16th March at our Year 6 into 7 Welcome Evening.  I know our students will show true Sandown Bay spirit and give them a warm welcome as they engage with the Transition activities planned for the summer term.

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne 


 The week ahead 

 MONDAY 14th March – Curriculum Focus Day for Years 11, 12 and 13  
EVENT: Year 8 Hampshire Rugby Festival, departing SBA at 6.50am  
EVENT: G & T Workshops, p1 and 2,
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am
ASSEMBLY: Year 7, Lecture Theatre, 11-11.20am  

 TUESDAY 15th March   

EVENT: Yr 11 GCSE Drama Showday, South Hall,
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 11.00-11.20am
FIXTURE: U15 girls’ cricket, students out from 2pm
FIXTURE: U19 girls’ football, home, kick off 3.15pm
EVENT: Isle of Wight Speech and Drama Festival, 7pm 

WEDNESDAY 16th March

EVENT: High Performance Academy trip to Southampton Diving Centre
EVENT: Yr 9 Science Technology trip at Portsmouth University
EVENT: Sixth Form Physics visit to Portsmouth University
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am
ASSEMBLY: Year 11, South Hall, 11-11.20am
EVENT: Debate Club, 12.20-1pm, MR1
EVENT: Hovercraft Challenge, 3-5pm, Sports Hall
INTERHOUSE: Year 10 Basketball, 3.00-4.30pm
EVENT: Year 6 Welcome Evening, South Hall, 5-6.45pm (there will be 2 presentations, one at 5pm and one at 5.45pm)  

THURSDAY 17th March

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am
EVENT: CHIPS St Mary’s Hospital Visit for Sixth Form students
ASSEMBLY: Year 9, South Hall, 11-11.20am
ASSEMBLY: Year 8, Lecture Theatre, 11-11.20am  
INTERHOUSE: Bake off, 3.15-4.30pm, W2
EVENT: Rock Challenge at Portsmouth Guild Hall
FIXTURE: Year 7 Rugby at Wootton, 3.15-6pm

FRIDAY– 18th March – Red House Mufti Day & Sport Relief Mile
Students can wear mufti if they bring in £1 and/or an item of food for the Isle of Wight Food Bank.  
All students will run or walk a mile.
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am
ASSEMBLY: Year 10, South Hall, 11-11.20am

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