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Principal's Blog 13th December 2013

posted 13 Dec 2013, 06:13 by   [ updated 13 Dec 2013, 06:30 by Karen Bricknell ]

Christmas is coming and we will celebrate the end of a long term with a series of assemblies and a massive charity fundraising event. This idea has come from the students themselves.

In the final days of term I will be congratulating many students on their successes. We have some amazing students who always give their best and who are a pleasure to be with. One of the aspects that I am particularly pleased with is the increase in attendance, this is now very close to national standards.  Year 8 attendance was 97.7% on Tuesday and attendance for whole school was 95%.

Christmas is a time for fun but alongside learning, right to the end of term.  This year I am supporting the major fundraiser event run by our reinvigorated student council. You may have heard their interview on Isle of Wight Radio.  It will take place on Thursday 19 December and this is how it will work – and all of this has been planned by the students themselves:

Students are permitted to come in their own clothes; they call it a “Mufti day” in return for a donation of £1.

In addition, we are asking as many as possible to bring an item or items in order to support the local food bank.

Food bank shopping list:
Milk (UHT or powdered), sugar (500g), fruit juice (carton), soup, pasta sauces, sponge pudding (tinned), tea bags/instant coffee, instant mash potato, rice/pasta, tinned meat/fish , tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, jam, biscuits or snack bars 

There will be some families in the academy who are not able to donate, and hopefully will be beneficiaries and so I hope those who can will be as generous as possible.

There will also be a number of fundraising activities alongside the day and the money raised will be split between two charities “Dream flights” and “Children with Cancer UK.”

Please encourage any of our students to support and if you know local firms, who will also sponsor our own efforts, please get in touch.

Ed Cooper, Reuben Lovell and Jade Thomas; members of the school council who have been working hard to organise the fundraising day.

I really hope that our efforts in supporting others will be recognised by the media because positive stories are often lost. We have much to celebrate at Sandown Bay and this week I have had the privilege of attending:

Red House Christmas concert at Bembridge Methodist Church, it was a wonderful experience to be received and welcomed by some of our 6th form students and then witness and participate in some marvelous musical activities. Thank you to the staff and students and also parents and members of the community who attended.

Red House Christmas Concert 
Mrs Jones, Head of Red House with Mr Oldridge and the Red House Captains

On Wednesday I observed some of the activities in our Sports High Performance Academy that was run by Mr Johnson. Southampton Solent University came in to run workshops along with yoga instructor Carol Macartney. The emphasis there was excellence and fitness.

A yoga workshop, part of the High Performance Academy 

Thursday saw another high powered, energetic and creative activity involving another group of academy students at the Dance show. It was out of this world and I estimate that the total amount of time put in by all of the students to be more than 2000 hours and that is an awful lot. That commitment resulted in an outstanding show and I am sure that parents who attended were really proud to see such a professional event. This should soon be posted on the academy Facebook page, let’s aim for more than 1000 views.

Dance Show 

Now to the final  week of term,  we will be hard at work until the academy closes to students at 1.00pm, it is vital that every student attends every session right up to the end and then bounces back, full of energy and ready to go by 8.30am on 6 January.

Best wishes

Eric Jackson - Principal