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Principal's Blog - Friday 13th March

posted 13 Mar 2015, 03:22 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 13 Mar 2015, 03:38 ]

Thank you to the parents of students in Years 12 and 13 who came in for parent consultations yesterday. Year 8 parent consultations are taking place on Tuesday 17th March; students in Years 7-10 will finish school at 1.30pm. Thank you to parents who have fed back to me about the new arrangements for parent consultations. In response to feedback we have brought the date of the Year 10 event forward to Wednesday 20th May.  This will then help parents to encourage really strong preparations for the Year 10 exams during the final half-term.

16 students spent this week in Caen, Normandy as part of the school’s first French Exchange Programme. They have been staying with French host families and have had a week packed full of fun and educational activities. They visited the historic sites in Bayeux, had a thought provoking day at Arromanches, the D-Day museum and the WW2 Cemeteries. They have also had guided tours of the Caen region with all its history from the time of William the Conqueror and at the end of the week spent the day at the iconic Mont St Michel. The positive impact of these exchange projects for students is immeasurable; it broadens their horizons and boosts their language ability. The French students will get a taste of island life when they come here in 2 weeks’ time.


The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club have been working hard to design and create a working hovercraft which can be taken around an assault course at the end of the summer term. They have been working with engineering contacts from Red Funnel and are in competition with all other island secondary schools. The group have been working fantastically, the video below shows them testing out one of the development prototypes.

Google Docs Video


Once again the student council and the house teams have done a great job organising the Comic Relief fundraising day. Hundreds of students in the academy support the event buying red noses and cheering at the staff v staff dodge ball competition.  


Year 11 students have been sitting pre-public exams this week. They have embraced the opportunity to build on the successes of the mock exams in December to prepare for the main exam season which starts in 8 weeks.  I have been very impressed with their attitudes and behaviour, keep it up.


All students in Year 12 had a lecture from UCAS this week to get them ready for their visit to the Higher Education Fair in Portsmouth later this month. The informative lecture helped them think about and prepare questions to ask Higher Education providers so they can get the best out of the fair and start to think about which universities to apply for.


Students in the High Performance Academy spent the day at Southampton Diving Centre on Thursday being taught how to dive by Olympic silver medallist Pete Waterfield.


The U12 rugby team got through to the final round in the Hampshire School’s Rugby Festival on Monday. In the group matches they won all three games, scoring 60 points and conceding 0. In the ‘winners pool’ they played other winners from their groups and won 1 game and lost 2. In total they scored 85 points and conceded 40 points and put in a fantastic team effort.


Injury set back the U19 girls’ football team on Tuesday, after dominating the tournament they reached the final. Unfortunately the influential Rowan Treagus severely injured her knee leaving SBA a player down, the final game ended 2-0 to Medina College. We wish Rowan a speedy recovery as she has been selected for the ladies island games football quad this summer.


Good luck to the Duke of Edinburgh students completing their Bronze and Silver practice expeditions this weekend. I hope the weather is kind to you!

The first ski trip departs today, I hope everyone has an amazing time and makes the most of this life changing opportunity.

Enjoy your weekend

Eric Jackson 

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