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Principal's Blog - Friday 24th April

posted 24 Apr 2015, 03:10 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 24 Apr 2015, 04:15 ]

Congratulations to the students who successfully passed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition last weekend in the New Forest. This is a real achievement and requires determination and resilience.

We were very lucky to have ex-student Nicola Brentnall, Director of The Queen’s Trust, visit the academy on Monday to talk to students. She shared her knowledge and expertise in a series of motivational and aspirational talks. She encouraged students to be open to all opportunities in life, aim high and remember ‘it is not where you are from that is important but where you are going that matters.’


I was very pleased to meet many Year 7 parents at the consultation event on Tuesday; it was lovely to hear an overwhelming positive response from parents about how happy their children are at SBA.

Well done to the U15 girls’ cricket team who played in the South West Regional final this week, they narrowly lost their games, but getting to the final is a huge achievement in itself. SBA were the only state school to reach the final.

Year 11 students have been working hard during the Sports and Numeracy camps this week; I am sure that these camps will make a real difference in grasping key concepts. Year 11 students, keep up the motivation over the next few crucial weeks and attend as many after school support sessions as possible(click here to view the schedule).

Two groups of Year 8 and 9 students attended the launch day of the Go4SET competition this week. They met their professional mentors and learnt about what the competition will entail; designing and building ‘My Island School.’ SBA are the only island school taking part, the team were partnered with Red Funnel who will mentor them; they invited the team to join the captain on the bridge on the ferry home. 

I was delighted to see even more students out for Inter House this week playing Year 8 ‘Capture the flag.’ Well done to the winners; Yellow House. I was proud to see so many students being rewarded in House Assemblies this week for their involvement and participation in House activities.

Over 50 students attended Sports Day Athletics Club on Thursday. It is good to see them in training early for Sports Day; the House Leaders must be keen to secure every point available to them to try and knock Yellow House off the top of the points table.

I hope the Year 7 and 8 students have a fantastic week in Trewern, I look forward to seeing lots of photo updates throughout the week.

Eric Jackson