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Principal's Blog - Friday 19th December

posted 19 Dec 2014, 02:15 by Karen Bricknell

What a busy week to end a successful term at Sandown Bay Academy. It was delightful seeing sixth form students and ex-students proudly talking to Year 11 students and families about how the Medrox group in the sixth form has supported them when applying for top universities and competitive courses. This unique group is something to be very proud of and is instrumental in our strong record of sending students to top Russell Group Universities.

I met with a group of influential students this week; they are ambassadors of the Lead Learner Programme which has been developed with small groups of students in the Maths and Computing department. The Lead Learners have been working with other students to help them understand the areas in which they may be struggling, in a way that they will find easier to comprehend. So far, the programme has been very successful and has given students increased confidence and ambition.

Sixth form students were at Southampton Solent University competing in a design and engineering project to build a component for aeroplane wings. They had a great time using the 3d modelling software to develop their designs for the winglet; the students benefited from the expertise of Sam, a designer from GKN and had great discussions with each other so they could decide which design they are going to focus on for the main project.

The Year 10 football team were crowned league champions this week for the fourth consecutive season after a 12-1 victory against Cowes to secure the title.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our fantastic students in the production, ‘Bring it on’ this week. The show was full of energy and had a real feel good factor about it, what talented students we have!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a restful time with your families. I look forward to welcoming back students on the 5th January, at 8.30am in impeccable school uniform.

Eric Jackson