Our first full week back has been a busy one – not unusual for Sandringham!
On Monday after school, the Performing Arts team held the first major rehearsal for our new Whole School Show. With hundreds of students involved, it was really good to see smiling faces and enjoyment from rehearsing together. The show will be staged in late November and is the classic ‘Sound of Music’. Watch out for tickets and I look forward to seeing you there.
On Tuesday, we managed to pack in three key activities. In the morning, the entire school took part in our whole-school photograph. This is normally taken every two years, but had to be postponed in 2020 due to Covid restrictions. You may remember it was a very warm day but despite this, we managed to have everyone smiling and Tempest, who take the photograph, were incredibly complimentary again about Sandringham students. With 1670 students and almost 200 staff, this was a large logistical exercise but one that went really smoothly. Well done to everyone and I look forward to seeing the finished photograph in due course.
Sandringham hosted the annual ‘Mob Race’ for year 7 students in schools across our area after school on Tuesday. This had also been postponed last year and it was great to see so many participating schools and students, all being supported by lots of parents. Despite the heat, the young people ran really well around the course and many congratulations to the individual winners of the two races, both from Sandringham. For the girls, Georgia blitzed the opposition almost catching the two older students who were the ‘hares’ for the race. And in the boys, Toby did the same. Overall, the boys won their section- a very good outcome for Sandringham. Well done everyone and a big thank you to Mr Cracknell and the PE faculty for organising the event.
Later in the evening on Tuesday, we held an information evening for Year 12 parents, and it was great to meet people in person once again, to talk about the two-year journey in the Sixth Form and how families can support their sons/daughters whilst at school.
Then on Thursday evening, we met with all our new Year 7 families for the Peaks Information Evening talk. It has been almost two years since we have been able to meet families in person and everyone commented on how good it felt to be back to some form of normality. There really is no substitute for face-to-face meetings. We are now all set for the Year 7 Peak District Trip which takes place in just over a week’s time.
Moving on to next week, the major event is our Open Evening on Monday. Details have already been published and we will be very busy with lots of people keen to look around the school. I am sure it will be very successful and a great way to show-case the work of the students and staff.
With best wishes,
Mr A Gray