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Principal's Blog - Friday 2nd May

posted 2 May 2014, 04:01 by Karen Bricknell

Four ex-SBA students received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at St James Palace on Tuesday. Their proud parents and very proud teacher Mr Apsey watched as they were presented with their awards. This was a special day for the students as this award represents true determination, endeavour and resilience in the face of adversity. It is a day that they will remember forever and will open doors for them in the future.

Sandown Bay Academy is the only state school on the Isle of Wight where students can complete their Gold Award. I hope to hear that many of the 100 students who are currently taking part in Duke of Edinburgh reach the Gold Award in the future.

We were lucky the rain held off for most of the week when 1000 students enjoyed a golf lesson from local golf professional Peter Hammond. He must know SBA is full of golfing potential as three of our year 11 students play at national standard. 

I was impressed with how intently the Year 10 students listened during the ‘Head on’ road safety presentation yesterday. It has been a difficult year for them following the death of one of their peers in a road traffic accident, but they were brave when participating in the hard hitting but very important presentations.

GCSE exams begin next week, starting with the English IGCSE exam on Thursday. I encourage students to make the most of after school support and revision sessions on offer by subjects. This is the last chance to ‘make your best better’ and to know you did your absolute best when you open exam results in the summer.