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Principal's Blog - Friday 18th March

posted 18 Mar 2016, 04:57 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 18 Mar 2016, 05:04 ]

A word to sum up my week is proud. I am proud to be the Principal at a school where students are embracing the many opportunities available to them.

I am incredibly proud of our students today and way that everyone pulled together to raise money for Sport Relief. The idea for all students to run or walk a mile today was ambitious, but they rose to the challenge and did it in style. Well done to Red House council for organising such a worthwhile event that embodied the community spirit of our house system.

I am proud of the way that students in Years 11, 12 and 13 made the most of the targeted support and study sessions on Monday as part of Curriculum Focus Day.

Well done to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club who 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 are in competition with all other island secondary schools. The group have been working really hard and on Wednesday they shared their development prototypes with the other schools competing.

Congratulations to our talented students who competed in the Dance and Drama Festival this week. In the freestyle category the Year 13 Performing Arts students came first with a score of 87. In the song and dance category the Sixth form enrichment groups came first with their performance of 'What is this feeling' from Wicked scoring 86. The musical theatre club came second with their rendition of 'Revolting Children' scoring 85. I am very proud of them all; they did an absolutely outstanding job and faced stiff competition.

I watched the Global Rock showcase performance in awe last night. Their performance was sensational. They opened the show with a performance that was captivating from start to finish; from the set to the costumes and make up, the choreography, the passion and energy of the dancers, and the strong narrative that set their piece apart in a league of its own.

Students in the High Performance Academy impressed GB Olympic diver Peter Waterfield with their determination, bravery and sheer tenacity during their day at the Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton this week. After learning diving techniques on trampolines, the students transferred their skills to the diving pool and the 10 meter platform! I am sure that this experience has inspired them to achieve even more in their own sports specialism.

It was lovely to meet Year 6 students at the welcome evening on Wednesday and to see the confidence of parents in our school and the excitement of students. Our student helpers were brilliant ambassadors for Sandown Bay Academy.

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Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne 

The week ahead:

MONDAY 21st March – Literary Festival all week

EVENT: Yr 7 & 8 Sports Hall Athletics, all day in Gosport,
EVENT: Yr 11 GCSE Drama Exam, South Hall,
EVENT: Literary Festival: Period 1 all of Year 9 to the lecture theatre – visiting author Nick Cook,
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 12-12.20pm
ASSEMBLY: Blue House, South Hall, 11.00-11.20am  - CANCELLED 

TUESDAY  22nd March

EVENT: GCSE Art exam,
EVENT: Literary Festival: Period 2 all of Year 8 to the lecture theatre – visiting poet Neil Zetter,
EVENT: Tutor 20 final in S51, 11.00-11.20am
EVENT: School Council Meeting, 11-11.20am, LA Suite
ASSEMBLY: Sixth Form, South Hall, 11.00-11.20am
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 11-11.20am
EVENT: Primary School dodgeball tournament, Sports Hall, 1-3pm
FIXTURE: U12 Indoor cricket final, 2.45-4.30pm
FIXTURE: U16 Rugby v Christ the King, home
EVENT: Sixth Form Quiz, 6-8.30pm, Lecture Theatre

WEDNESDAY 23rd March

EVENT: Yr9 Gold trip to London
EVENT: GCSE Art exam
EVENT: Sixth Form Access to Law trip to Portsmouth University
ASSEMBLY: Red House, South Hall, 11.00-11.20am
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 12-12.20pm
EVENT: Debate Club, 12.30-12.55pm, mr 1 & 2
EVENT: Literary Festival: ‘Have your say’ competition, 1.00-3.00pm, lecture theatre
EVENT: Wellbeing trip to Bay Primary, 2-3pm
FIXTURE: U13 and U15 girls indoor cricket finals, Rew Valley, students out from 2pm
INTERHOUSE: Basketball, Year 11 boys and girls, 3.15-4.30pm 

THURSDAY 24th March 

EVENT: Literary Festival: Period 1 all of Year 7 to the lecture theatre – visiting author Marcus Alexander,
EVENT: Yr10 Gold trip to London
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am 
ASSEMBLY: Yellow House, South Hall, 11.00-11.20am
READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 12-12.20pm
EVENT: Wellbeing trip to Sandown seafront, 1.30-3pm
FIXTURE: Year 8 Rugby at Wootton Rugby Club, depart at 3pm 

FRIDAY 25th March – Easter Holiday 

Easter Revision Programme
Tuesday 29th March – Friday 1st April