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Principal's Blog - Friday 28th March

posted 28 Mar 2014, 04:18 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 28 Mar 2014, 04:19 ]

We were delighted to welcome 15 Spanish exchange students into the Academy this week. The exchange has been a great opportunity for the Spanish students and our students to develop their language skills. Their presence has impacted positively not only on those involved in the exchange but also in all the other classes they have visited or students they have met around the Academy. Along with the host students from SBA, they have been to watch ice hockey, had a tour of the Island on an open top bus and visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyards.

Our students will get to experience life in a Spanish school when they go out there in September. We hope this is the start of a strong and long lasting link between Sandown Bay Academy and their school ‘IES Ocho de Marzo.’

I had the pleasure of attending a special event yesterday that was also attended by the Earl of Wessex. It was an afternoon for me to be proud of our students past and present who are committed to making their best better. Four ex-SBA students were commended for completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards; this is a fantastic achievement and requires real dedication. They will be presented with their awards at St James’ Palace later this year.  

Year 11 Art students were also at the event showcasing their fabulous art work that was produced as part of a community project with TJ’s youth club in Shanklin to revamp the décor. Half of the students met the Earl of Wessex and the other half met the Countess of Wessex at Gatten and Lake Primary School. She was very impressed with the standard of art work and was interested in what inspired them. The students had a fantastic time and said that it was really lovely to have their talents recognised by royalty.

Eric Jackson