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Principal's Blog - Friday 4th December

posted 4 Dec 2015, 06:04 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 4 Dec 2015, 10:28 ]
77 gifted and talented sports students took part in a High Performance Academy day today. The High Performance Academy programme plays an instrumental role in recognising, guiding, supporting and inspiring talent. Students received expert guidance from Tom Colwill, strength and conditioning coach, a massage session from Tanzie Page and they also completed a practical activity, learning about nutrition and making energy bars.


Congratulations to our Year 11 students for completing their mock examinations this week. The experience has been very helpful in giving them a realistic idea of the breadth of content they will need to be prepared for in just a few short months. They have reflected on their strengths and areas for development and we strongly encourage them to continue their revision from now until the exams, as well as taking advantage of the many opportunities for additional support offered to them.

I have visited some fantastic lessons this week, particularly in Food Technology. Year 9 students were working incredibly hard cooking pizzas; I also had the pleasure of tasting a delicious Chelsea bun baked by Max Workman in Year 10. The catering class were learning how to enrich bread dough to make bun dough and give it an attractive finish. 


The Year 7 boys’ football team celebrated becoming Isle of Wight league champions this week after beating Carisbrooke College 11-1. Congratulations boys, this is a terrific start to your sporting careers at Sandown Bay Academy. The Year 7 and 8 girls’ football team also had a successful week; they continued their unbeaten run by winning 9-3 against Christ the King on Thursday evening.


As we approach the end of a busy and rewarding term, I'd like to ask for your support in encouraging excellent attendance for the last two weeks of term. We will be working hard across the curriculum right up until the very last day of term. Encouraging students to maintain the highest possible attendance record is one of the best ways we can work together to ensure they achieve as well as possible.

Please come along and support our very talented students next week in their production of ‘The Sound of Music.’ They have been working extremely hard over the last few months and I am sure it will be a brilliant production. I will look forward to seeing you there!


Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne