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Principal's Blog - Friday 18th December

posted 18 Dec 2015, 01:00 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 18 Dec 2015, 01:02 ]

This final week of term has been incredibly busy. There have been several trips to Portsmouth University this week where students have been taking part in lectures and interactive workshops, these have included: Humanities and Sociology, Business Studies, Sports Science, Geology and Creative Challenge. These trips included students from a range of age groups across the Academy; I am very keen to further develop links with universities so that our students are inspired to be the next generation of university students.  


Sixth Form Art students visited the Quay Arts in Newport to view a collection of art that was donated by the late Philip Schlee. They were also lucky enough to have a workshop with one of the Island artists exhibiting - Ian Whitmore. Throughout the session they were challenged with different ideas and techniques of the drawing process and came away with some independent and collaborative work.


It has been a pleasure to attend Rewards Assemblies this week and to see so many students rewarded not only for their academic efforts but also for their commitment to the House System.

Thank you to the parents who came along to view the spectacular Christmas decorations that were made by Year 7 students with recycled materials. It was a lovely evening and a chance to celebrate a successful transition to Sandown Bay Academy.


The Year 11 football team made it a clean sweep last night winning the Isle of Wight Schools Football League for the 5th consecutive year. This is an amazing achievement and represents many years of commitment and dedication from the team. Well done.

The Academy Council came up with a great idea to have a fundraising Christmas Jumper Day today to support 4 great causes. One of them is the hardship fund for Sandown Bay Academy students. You will hear more in the New Year about how you can apply for money from the hardship fund to support with school activities.

I have outlined some changes that will commence in January in a letter to parents (click here). I hope you will support us with these changes as we drive to make our Academy even better.

Wishing you all a peaceful and enjoyable festive period and a New Year of health and happiness.


Claire Charlemagne