The Peak District trip for Year 7 finally took place this week 8 months behind schedule. The students had a wonderful time in the Staffordshire countryside and at Ilam Hall. This is one of our most important school trips and I am delighted that we finally managed to make it happen. The highlight of the trip is the walk on day 2, which covers around 12 miles including a walk up Thorpe Cloud which peaks at 271m asl. Whilst not technically defined as a mountain, (300m asl or higher) it is a good challenge for Year 7 and they felt very proud of themselves sitting at the top, taking in the views. I would like to congratulate them all on their excellent behaviour and attitude on the trip and thank all the staff involved, but particularly Ms Davis and Mr Kemp for their organisation. Well done everyone!
As you will remember, Sandringham is part of the Alban Academies Trust (a multi-academy trust) which includes Wheatfields Infants’ and Nursery School, Wheatfields Junior School, Verulam School, and Ridgeway Academy. Everything is now in place for the next school to join, which will be Garden Fields Primary in St. Albans. Garden Fields will become part of the Trust on 1st September 2021 and we really look forward to working with them next year. Multi-Academy Trusts are groups of schools who work in together to improve the outcomes for all young people by sharing resources and expertise, and collaborating on curriculum developments and staff training. Skyswood Primary are also on track to join the trust later in the year and we look forward to working with them also in the near future.
I would like to thank Mrs Stothard and Mrs Beaton for staging a wonderful outdoor music concert this week, as part of Arts Week activities. I was unable to attend due to being in the Peaks, but hear that it went really well and showcased the musical talent amongst the student body. Well done to the students and thank you to the staff for making this happen.
Next week is equally busy. On Monday and Tuesday we host our new Year 12 students for their induction to the Sixth Form. As usual, there will be a large number of them and we have made arrangements to ensure their safety and well-being whilst also having a great experience of life in the sixth form at Sandringham. More on this next week.
On Wednesday we have two scheduled events. Sports day takes on a very different format, partly due to Covid restrictions but also as part of our own planning. Thank you to the sports faculty for arranging and look out for updates on the day.
Finally, to conclude Fit for Life Week, we finish early on Friday to allow everyone to get home, get changed and complete their own challenge in place of our normal Charity Run. We would have preferred to have run the event as normal, however with the escalation of positive cases, it is sensible to do this event individually again this year. Hopefully we will be back to normal in 2022. The event is to raise money for the charity FareShare, so we look forward to you all participating and enjoying some fitness.
With best wishes,
Mr A Gray