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Principal's Blog - Friday 8th July

posted 8 Jul 2016, 02:19 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 8 Jul 2016, 02:29 ]

Year 11 students have attended our Sixth Form Induction this week and enjoyed a wide range of subjects on offer at Sandown Bay Academy and Ryde Academy. Our current Year 12 students were superb roles models in showing the new students around the Academy and making them feel welcome. Year 11's experienced new subjects such as Philosophy, Psychology, Law, Sociology, Geology, Product Design, Citizenship and EPQ. Students also attended sessions including;  'Destination Driven; where they discovered websites to help with career options such as, learning about changes in the job market, skills sought by employers, UCAS and employment applications. I look forward to welcoming them back in September.


It was lovely to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our Year 9 students this week at their presentation evening. Thank you to Martyn Heather who is Head of Education and Welfare for Premier League, he was an inspirational guest speaker at the event.


A group of students have spent this week on the Isle of Arran taking part in a huge range of adventure activities including plunge pooling, mountain climbing and abseiling. The week has been a life shaping experience for all of the students; they have embraced the challenge of living and working together in close quarter for 9 days, each dependent on the other for safety, well-being and achievements. They have displayed great resilience, tolerance and energy.  

The U15 cricket team narrowly missed out on a place in the Hampshire Cup final this week after losing the semi-final. Congratulations to the team, making it to the semi-final is a great achievement.  

Thank you to everyone who came along to support Blue House Quiz last night and to the many local businesses who donated prizes. All proceeds will go to the Isle of Wight Independent Lifeboats.


A reminder that students finish at 1pm on the last day of term, Friday 15th July. They can use their bus passes on normal Southern Vectis Service buses.

Enjoy your weekend.

Claire Charlemagne 

MONDAY 11th July  

EVENT: Breast Cancer awareness assembly for Yr 12 girls, 10-11am, Lecture theatre

EVENT: Year 10 Travel and Tourism trip to Robin Hill

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am


TUESDAY 12th July – Curriculum Focus Day

EVENT: Sims Learning Gateway Drop in session for parents, 5.00-6.00pm, lecture theatre

EVENT: Year 7 Celebration Evening, 6.00-7.30pm, South Hall 



EVENT: 100% attendance assembly, lecture theatre, 10.50-11.00am

EVENT: Debate Club, 12.20-1pm, MR1

EVENT: High Performance Academy Summer workshops

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am

EVENT: Parent Surgery, 2.45-4.00pm, reception

EVENT: Year 10 Celebration Evening, 6.30-8.00pm, South Hall 


THURSDAY 14th July – Celebration Day

Celebration assemblies in South Hall:

Red House – 8.40-9.40am

Yellow House – 9.40-10.40am

Green House – 11.20-12.20pm

Blue House – 1.00-2.00pm

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 10.20-10.40am


FRIDAY 15th July – last day of term, students finish at 1pm

Students can use their bus passes on normal Southern Vectis buses

Sports Day events that were not completed last week will take place from 11.30am