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Principal's Blog - Thursday 24th March

posted 24 Mar 2016, 02:14 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 24 Mar 2016, 06:50 ]

Sandown Bay Academy’s Literary Festival this week was a great success. Hundreds of students were lucky enough to meet visiting authors Nick Cook and Marcus Alexander who delivered engaging sessions and we also had a visit from poet Neil Zetter.  The focus of the Literary Festival is to develop students’ interest in literature, writing and speaking. On Wednesday students in Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in a speaking competition; each tutor group chose one student to represent them in the competition. They were asked to present a speech on any chosen topic. The quality of the speeches was very impressive, it can be daunting for students to get up and speak in front of their peers and adults but it is an important skill that we wish to foster. I was delighted to award the prizes to the very talented students:

First prize – Sadie Wetherick (Year 7)
Joint second prize: Daisy Gullen (Year 7), Alfie Pettifer (Year 7)
Joint third prize: Sam Evans-Murray (Year), Neave O’Neill (Year 7), Katie Craven (Year 8)

Year 10 Creative Digital Media students had an exciting day this week working with Blue Sky Island Media who hosted a workshop on how to work with Digital Audio equipment.

It was lovely to have two of our ex-Sixth Form students back in to visit this week. Charlotte Andrew is studying History at St Andrews University and Charlee May Williams is studying Medicine at Exeter University. They spoke to students in Year 11 and in Sixth Form, answering questions and talking to them about university life.

Both the U13 and U15 girls competed in the Isle of Wight Indoor Cricket Finals on Wednesday. The U13s faced tough opposition against The Free School. Despite a good performance they became runners-up this year - a great achievement for the newly formed team.


The U15 team took on Christ the King in the final; they won and became island champions for the fourth year in a row. They will go on to compete in Bristol and the South West of England finals next month.


Students in Years 11, 12 and 13 please come along to the revision sessions running during the first week of the Easter holidays. Exams are fast approaching and every study session you attend will help (click here to view the programme).

A reminder to please take 10 minutes to complete our parent survey (click here).

I hope you all have a lovely Easter break.

Claire Charlemagne