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Principal's Blog - Friday 11th December

posted 11 Dec 2015, 05:03 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 11 Dec 2015, 06:15 ]

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are very proud that many of our sixth form students have already received offers to study a wide range of courses at prestigious universities all over the country. I am delighted that Sandown Bay Academy students are getting snapped up so quickly by universities. The strong tradition of Sandown Bay Academy graduates progressing onto top universities is set to continue. You can read about the exciting offers on our website (click here).


I met a group of Year 11 mathematicians this week who have been developing their coaching abilities in lessons throughout their GCSE and have now begun to teach difficult concepts to other students in lower years. The younger students benefit from the additional tuition and the tutors also become more confident in their own subject knowledge: a real win-win. The group of ‘Lead Learners’ started working with Year 9 students and have now also started helping Year 7 students. They are enjoying their work and reported that it is having a very positive impact on the younger students in all sorts of ways; boosting their confidence and fostering a sense of independence as well as the obvious impact on the Maths! I was delighted to see how selflessly they have been giving up their time for this very worthwhile initiative.

There was a hive of activity in every corner of the Academy yesterday for Curriculum Focus Day. Activities included Master classes, first aid courses, a careers fair, coursework completion, inter house competitions, sports leaders qualification, UCAS workshops, well-being workshops and lots more. You can read more about the fantastic progress made by students on just one day in this week’s newsletter.



Our students were phenomenal in ‘The Sound of Music’ production this week. I was thoroughly impressed with the whole performance. Cast and crew had clearly worked incredibly hard to perform to such a professional standard. Fantastic music, brilliant acting and vibrant stage presence made for a fabulous evening's entertainment. I can't wait to see the show again tonight.


Our Academy Council have arranged a fundraising ‘Wear a Christmas Jumper’ Day on Friday 18th December. Students can pay £1 to wear a Christmas jumper or something festive. The money raised will be split between the hardship fund for SBA students and also the Text Santa charity. Students will finish at 12.20pm on the last day of term.


Enjoy your weekend.

Claire Charlemagne 

The week ahead 

MONDAY 14th December

EVENT: Sixth Form trip to Portsmouth University, all day

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 9.40-10.00am

ASSEMBLY: Blue House Rewards Assembly, South Hall, 11.00-11.45am

FIXTURE: Yr 10 Football V CTK (home), kick off at 3.45pm


TUESDAY 15th December  

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 9.40-10.00am

EVENT: Year 12 & 13 trip to Portsmouth University

ASSEMBLY: Green House Rewards Assembly, South Hall, 11.00-11.45am

FIXTURE: U13 Girls football match at Gosport (students leave at 10.40am)

EVENT: Technical rehearsal for Dance Show, 3-4pm

EVENT: Year 7 Christmas Event, 5.00-6.00pm, Atrium


WEDNESDAY 16th December  

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 9.40-10.00am

FIXTURE: U15 Rugby (away), students leaving school at 10.00am.

EVENT: Year 7 & 8 Sports Science trip to Portsmouth University 

EVENT: Year 10-12 Geology trip to Portsmouth University 

ASSEMBLY: Yellow House Rewards Assembly, South Hall, 11.00-11.45am

EVENT: Christmas lunch in the canteen (£2.05 for main and pudding)

EVENT: Debate Club 12.20-1pm, MR1 (Motion: This House believes Father Christmas is true)

INTERHOUSE: Sixth Form Badminton, Year 10 Archery, 3.00-4.30pm

EVENT: Dance Show, 7pm-9pm, South Hall


THURSDAY 17th December

READING TIME: For Year 7 & 8, 9.40-10.00am

EVENT: Year 7 trip to Portsmouth University (see list below of students out all day)

ASSEMBLY: Red House Rewards Assembly, South Hall, 11.00-11.45am

FIXTURE: U16 Boys’ football v Cowes (away)

EVENT: Sixth Form Quiz, Lecture Theatre, 6-8pm



FRIDAY– 18th December  - last day of term

Mufti –day to raise money for Macmillan, Make a Wish, Save the Children and the SBA Hardship Fund. Students are to bring in £1.00 to wear mufti (Christmas jumper or something festive)

8.35-8.40- Tutor check

8.40-9.25am – period 1

9.25-10.10am – period 2

10.10-10.55am – period 3

10.55-11.15am – break

11.15-12.00pm – period 4

12.00-12.20pm – tutor

12.20pm – students depart