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Principal's blog - Friday 18th July

posted 18 Jul 2014, 08:06 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 21 Jul 2014, 09:15 ]

It was a privilege to attend the House rewards assemblies as part of Celebration Day earlier this week. Students were recognised for their academic achievement but also for their involvement in every aspect of school life. There was a real sense of community and belonging in each of the assemblies, the house system is a key part of life at Sandown Bay Academy and there has been a real buzz this year created by the friendly competition amongst the houses.  

I got to experience this buzz while playing in the Senior Leadership dodge ball competition today. There was a great atmosphere amongst staff and students and our team won! Today has been another highly successful fundraising day organised by The School Council in aid of Air Ambulance, Cardiac Risk in the Young and Isle of Wight Food Bank. I have been really impressed with their motivation to support local and National charities.

Congratulations to the Year 8 students who took part in the GO4SET competition last Friday. Following 10 weeks of hard work and preparation inside and outside of school, two teams travelled to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards to present their project to top representatives from the marine industry. SBA was the only island school to go forward to the final presentations and was competing against several leading public schools from across Hampshire. Our teams were not fazed even after presenting to and being interviewed by a panel of experts and VIPs. In the end our team of: Miles Grist, Angel Sard, Ryan O'Neil, Hayden Holley and Daniel Rogers won the prize for most innovative project. Mr Teague has told me that both teams were an absolute credit to Sandown Bay Academy on the day and showed real commitment in the run up to the competition.

This week the U15 cricket team became Hampshire Champions, topping off an incredible year of sport at Sandown Bay Academy. The U13 cricket team also won the final of the island league meaning that this year our cricket teams have won:

U15 league, U14 Cup, U13 League, U15 Girls league & U13 Girls League as well as Hampshire Cup U15 winners and U13 Hampshire Cup semi Finalists!

Students in the High Performance Academy spent two days this week further enhancing their sporting skills. We were lucky to have South African ex Rugby union player Thinus Delport and Great Britain handball player Mark Hawkins in to talk to the students and run practical sessions with them. The students also got to spend some time practicing their sport specialism, refining their talents with expert coaches.  

This week’s performances of ‘Adult Child, Dead Child’ by Year 10 BTEC Performing Arts student were slick and professional and showed how much hard work had gone in to every aspect by the students.

On my final blog of this academic year, I must say, I have never worked in a school where there are more activities, trips, victories, achievements and triumphs that take place week in week out. There is always so much to celebrate; our outstanding students are embracing the wealth of opportunities on offer to them. Sandown Bay Academy is on the road to success. Thank you to students, to parents and to staff who have supported us this year, and thank you to those who have shared our positive stories throughout the year so everyone in the local community gets to hear about what a great school SBA is.

Have a great weekend in the sunshine; I hope it is not too hot for the students completing their gruelling Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition in the Lake District. 

Eric Jackson