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Principal's Blog - Friday 25th September

posted 25 Sep 2015, 07:09 by Karen Bricknell

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our updated list of extra-curricular opportunities has been published this week (click here to view the programme), following feedback from students, some additional clubs and activities will be added to this. Please encourage your children to get involved and make the most of the enriching opportunities available to them. I was pleased with the turn out for the second session of debate club this week. Debate is is something I really want to develop within the Academy because it will add valuable skills to CV’s as well as increasing students’ confidence and self-esteem.

Debate Club 

A group of Year 8 and 9 students had a fantastic day at CEMAST at Fareham College on Thursday. The day, was part of The Solent Summit; bringing together business, training and education communities, and inspiring future generations to aim high by developing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills.

The Bloodhound Project team, currently attempting to beat the world land speed record, were on site with a life size model of the Bloodhound Supersonic Car and a host of interactive STEM activities for students. Pilot, Andy Green will travel to the deserts of South Africa to try and set a new world land speed record of over 1000 mph! I am keen to further develop links with businesses and employers so that our students are inspired and see the range of careers and opportunities open to them.


Once again it was nice to meet more parents at the Year 7 and 12 ‘Meet the Tutor’ events this week. I hope that you found these events useful. I hope to meet many more parents on Tuesday 29th September at the Year 11 Parent Partnership meeting. It is vital that we work in partnership with Year 11 parents this year to ensure that your children come out with the very best results.  

The School Council have been working hard to organise a fundraising day for Friday 2nd October. Sandown students have been touched by the humanitarian crisis in Syria and want to do something to help. The School Council have arranged a fundraising day on Friday to raise money for Unique Seaflex, an island company who have developed a 100+ person reusable buoyancy aid that is helping to save lives in the Mediterranean sea. The company are coming in to talk to students during assemblies next week. We are also asking for donations of clothes to support Samaras Aid Isle of Wight. Samaras Aid will ship out any donations to displaced people throughout the Middle East. They are particularly asking for donations of warm jumpers, baby clothes, nappies and hats and gloves. If you have something you could donate then please bring it in to reception. Thank you for your support.

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne