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Principal's Blog - Friday 17th April

posted 17 Apr 2015, 01:09 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 17 Apr 2015, 01:13 ]

I hope all students enjoyed their Easter holiday in the sunshine. I was delighted that so many Year 11’s attended revision sessions and showed real focus. There were various trips and activities taking place during the Easter break. Students on the second ski trip to Austria had a wonderful time, with excellent skiing conditions and great progress made by all. The staff accompanying the trip were very impressed by the behaviour and attitude shown by all students, this was also commented on by the hotel owners.

Well done to the students who braved the rain and winds in Dartmoor during their practice Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Good luck to the students off to the New Forest today for their Silver practice expedition over the weekend, I hope the weather is kinder to you.

Sixth Form students travelled to Poland and Germany for a History trip. They had a busy few days taking in many sights including Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, Topography of Terror and the Air Ministry Building. In Poland they visited Auschwitz concentration camps and met a Holocaust survivor; the students were superb during this day, the support and empathy they demonstrated to each other made staff very proud and the discussions that followed the visit were incredible and perceptive.

Year 10 Geography students went on a field trip to Sandown Bay this week, they had a successful day in the sunshine and returned with books full of data for their controlled assessment. 

These trips are something we are very proud to offer at Sandown Bay Academy; we want to offer students opportunities to experience the world and develop cultural and language links. 

Congratulations to the under 15 girls’ cricket team who were crowned island champions for the third year in a row this week after beating Christ the King. They will represent the Isle of Wight in the South West Regional finals in Bristol next week, good luck girls.

There was a fantastic atmosphere at Interhouse ‘Capture the flag’ this week. We had a great turn out from Year 7 students who thoroughly enjoyed the competition in the glorious sunshine. Well done to Green House who were victorious.

I look forward to meeting Year 7 parents on Tuesday 21st April at the Consultation event. Students in Years 7-10 will finish school at 1.30pm on this day to accommodate this.

We have enjoyed the glorious weather this week; however there are no changes in the uniform we expect students to wear every day. 

·         Blazers must be brought to school, always on or carried in buildings and removed in the classroom, only with the teacher's permission. A student should always be able to show adults in school their blazer.

·         Black plain jumpers should never replace the blazer. Skirts should be worn just above the knee as always; not shortened by being rolled at the waist. 

·         Ties must be worn. No scarves. 

·         Shoes - not canvas shoes or any other summer footwear. 

If there is a sustained period of hot weather, we will announce any modifications via the usual means. Sun screen/ block must always be a serious consideration for any outdoor activity. 


Enjoy your weekend; I hope the sun stays out.

Eric Jackson