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Principal's Blog - Friday 6th November

posted 6 Nov 2015, 04:31 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 04:39 ]

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome back to what will be another busy half term at Sandown Bay Academy. Next week we have our Sandown’s Got Talent Show, please come along and support the event and see what talented students we have.



We were honoured to be presented with a Royal Air Force Platinum Award earlier this week in recognition of the excellent quality of candidates from the Academy that have entered the Royal Air Force over the past five years. Schools and Colleges are rated by the RAF from Bronze through to Platinum (Platinum being the best).  Sgt Si Feetam and Corporal Stuart Cumber presented us with the Platinum award for providing the RAF with the most outstanding candidates. This is something for us to be very proud of; it is a real achievement to have Platinum status. The RAF will provide us with lots of support and outreach services in recognition of this. If your son or daughter is interested in joining the RAF then they can visit Mrs Adams, our Careers Advisor who has got lots of information and resources and can put students in touch with the RAF.


The languages department are looking for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to get involved in the next French Exchange trip. The exchange would involve your son or daughter spending a week in France with the family of a French student for one week from 27thFebruary to 5th March 2016. You would then host the French student here on the Island for a week later from the 12th to the 19th March 2016. I would encourage as many students as possible to take part in this life-changing opportunity. These exchanges provide unforgettable and invaluable experiences and of course the language development is huge. Students can find out more information from their French teacher.


I have started a series of assemblies for each Year group this week, supported by our local Police Community Support Officers, to make crystal clear our expectations of behaviour at Sandown Bay Academy. The overwhelming majority of Sandown students already exemplify high standards of behaviour; however there is room for improvement for some. I have made it absolutely clear to students that the Academy will not tolerate any behaviour that poses a risk to the safety, happiness or progress of any member of our community. Students are reminded to let us know of any concerns they may have; either through their form tutor, Year Manager or Well-Being officer. Please help us to reinforce this message with your children at home.

Enjoy your weekend

Claire Charlemagne