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Principal's Blog - Friday 26th June

posted 26 Jun 2015, 01:40 by Karen Bricknell

What a week…..a week that has highlighted how SBA students embrace extra-curricular opportunities; over 120 students took part in Yellow House Walk last Friday, over 70 students competed in Global Rock on Saturday and over 350 students excelled themselves in running The Baylink Olympics. I am incredibly proud of all of you, each of these events are special and involve an exceptional amount of hard work and determination.

Well done to every single student who helped to run this year’s Baylink Olympics, one of the largest student-led events in the Country. Over 350 of our students took charge of overseeing almost every aspect of the Olympics, including refereeing, coaching, timing, escorting and compering; they did a magnificent job and should be very proud of themselves.  Over 1200 primary school children left the two day event feeling happy and inspired, they spent a day competing in sports competitions and a day taking part in cross-curricular learning. This event is a fantastic way to promote the outstanding features of Sandown Bay Academy and to showcase our fabulous students. It was also a great way to bring our community together, thank you to the many local sports clubs who gave up their time. Nathan Doran (Year 11 student) hit the nail on the head when he spoke to Isle of Wight Radio:

“It’s a massive event. It’s good for the future. When the students come up in future years, if they make friendships now it makes it a lot easier and it’s also good for the school as it publicises us as awesome. Which we are!”

Congratulations to all of the students who took part in Global Rock on Saturday. Their performance was powerful and emotional and was voted as the best by the other schools taking part.  Although students were disappointed not to be placed, they were given 8 Excellence Awards for:

Entertainment, Visual Enhancement, Drama, Performance Skills, Choreography, Costuming Character, Video Performance, Performers Choice Award.   


Photo courtesy of Nick Scott Photography 

Photo courtesy of Nick Scott Photography 

I hope that students and staff taking part in Yellow House Walk have recovered by now, especially those who walked 50 and 30 miles. This was a very successful event and once all the sponsorship money is in I am sure we will raise lots of money for Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

I am really pleased that our new Principal, Claire Charlemagne was able to see first hand these exciting activities and the contributions of students and staff. She was with us on Monday and Tuesday in order to ensure that everything is in place for her to lead the academy in September.

Sixth Form students, I hope you enjoy your end of year event tonight.

Eric Jackson