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Principal's Blog - Friday 13th February

posted 13 Feb 2015, 07:39 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 13 Feb 2015, 07:54 ]

As we approached the end of another busy and successful half term at Sandown Bay Academy the momentum certainly did not stop. 

As I arrived this morning I was nearly crushed by the hundreds of red roses arriving ready to be delivered to students and staff. Well done to the Sixth Form Business Studies students who have done a sterling job selling them as part of their enterprise project, the profits will be split between CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Breast Cancer Care and Research.

The third Curriculum Focus Day this week was a great success; all students were off timetable taking part in a huge range of activities to support their curriculum. These included team building, survival cookery, 'Head On' road safety presentations, university talks, Options Roadshow and taster sessions, politics day, targeted intervention and support plus lots lots more. 

Year 7 students received certificates on Monday morning in assembly for their fantastic reading. Halfway through the school year they have read almost 50,000,000 words in Accelerated Reader quizzed books. 

It was great that some of our Year 7 students got to take part in Jazz workshops earlier this week with Jazz singer Tina May, they really enjoyed the workshops and showcased their new skills during a concert on Tuesday night. 

I was delighted to see that over 300 students took part in Inter House Cross Country on Wednesday, 40 student ambassadors helped to run the event where the atmosphere was fantastic and a total of 885km were run.

Once again the student council did a great job arranging mufti-day today for ‘The Little Princess Trust,’ the tireless work they do to represent all students in the academy is exceptional. 

Year 11 students, I hope you attend lots of revision and support sessions that are being put on over half term, make the most of the extra support and guidance that will help you in the run up to the final crucial months of Year 11 (click here to view the schedule). 

Enjoy your half term.

Eric Jackson