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On Monday, the Prime Minister outlined the next stage in the roadmap for recovery. For secondary schools, the main change is to remove the requirement for wearing face masks in the classroom. Having considered the documentation sent out by the DfE following this announcement, we will adjust our working practice from next Monday and remove the wearing of face masks in lessons. Face masks must still be worn in corridors when moving between lessons and in any communal areas where it is extremely congested. This will be explained to students again on Monday morning.

I would like to thank all of our students for being so responsible since the return in March. I have been in to many lessons as have other senior staff, and wherever we have been students have been exemplary in their personal hygiene and following Covid restrictions, including wearing masks. We hope to be able to relax further restrictions in June but for now, the rule of six remains during lunchtimes to ensure we are able to accurately trace who they have been socialising with if we do have to respond to a positive case in school. Finally, can I remind everyone the importance of twice-weekly testing and reporting of results. Doing this myself, I do understand that it is a little inconvenient however it is a small price to pay for helping ensure we track and trace the disease and provide the safest environment possible for young people at school.

This week we started the second round of tree planting with Year 8 students digging up various parts of the field to plant their saplings. They really enjoyed making their contribution to our sustainable environment and I am sure they will look back with pride in future years, as they see the trees mature. A big thank you to Mrs Mouncey for co-ordinating this. Our visiting expert, Tim, also checked on the saplings planted last December, and said that out of the 420 planted then, only 9 had not survived. Apparently, this is a very high success rate so well done to Year 7 for expert planting! I am sure Year 8 will be equally expert.

To finish, I would like to congratulate the Year 12 students who were interviewed yesterday for senior leadership positions at the school. We were incredibly impressed with all of them, and our job of deciding who to appoint was made extremely challenging as a result. However, I am delighted to announce the following appointments and I look forward to working with the senior student team next year. They are photographed here, just after hearing the news, in their casual clothes for non-uniform day today. Congratulations!

Head Girl:                    Nabrissa Badu                         Head Boy:                    Henry Nurse

Deputy Head Girl:       Jessica McElroy                       Deputy Head Boy:       George Booth

Deputy Head Girl:       Anna McKee                            Deputy Head Boy:       Isaac Clark

Deputy Head Girl:       Daisy Barrow                           Deputy Head Boy:       Justus Badu

Well done to the above, and all of the other students, many of whom will take on other senior leadership positions within the school.

With best wishes,

Mr A Gray
Headteacher

Upcoming Dates

17th May - Theme Week: Mental Health Awareness Week
17th May - Year 11 Internal Assessments 2
17th May - Year 13 Internal Assessments 2
18th May - Year 8 HPV Vaccinations
19th May - Year 12 Gold DofE Practice Expedition
19th May - Year 8 Tree Planting / ELD
24th May - Year 13 Internal Assessments 2
24th May - Year 11 Internal Assessments 2
27th May - 9:00 AM Year 13 Last Day

Absence Line

Phone: 01727 799564

Absence Email: (Available 24 hours) absence@sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Please report ALL absences before 9:15am on the first day of absence and every morning thereafter.

Mr S Kemp
Assistant Headteacher

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School News

MUSIC NEWS

Year 7 Music

This week, Year 7s have been privileged to be the first students back in the theatre performing live music! They have had great fun exploring Indonesian Gamelan music and creating shadow puppet plays to accompany their music. A huge thanks to the theatre team for creating a shadow puppetry screen and lighting for us to use.

Vocal Workshop

All students who signed up for our free vocal workshop have been given a place. This will take place next Tuesday (18th May) from 11.45am-12.30pm. Details have been sent to parents/carers and students so please do check emails for this.

Hertfordshire Festival of Music

Please click here to find out more information about the annual Summer Festival of Classical Music which takes place in Hertford. Live music is returning with a fabulous programme of events.

Ms M Holian

FEED UPDATE

A huge thank you to everyone who brought in items for the FEED collection over the past few weeks. Below are the final totals. Each item has been gratefully received by Geoff Sutton who led the initiative and they will go to those in need in the St Albans area.

Johnson 324, Fawcett 259, Shakespeare 200, Austen 136, Newton 134, Hepworth 123, Turing 116, Elgar 84

SCHOOL TOTAL 1376

Ms M Holian

MATHEMATICS NEWS

The Mathematics Faculty received the fantastic cake above from Year 13 student Zach this week. Mrs Goldingay said "it took him two days and a lot of icing - all of it is edible including the pencils and calculator! And the maths is of course 100% correct! A massive good luck to all our lovely Year 13 mathematicians. You have been an absolute pleasure to teach over the past 2 years. Your futures are bright and we will miss you!"

The Year 13s have all been working hard and shown such resilience in a turbulent year. We wish them well in their second set of internal assessments next week and also look forward to celebrating their final day with them on the 27th May. 

Ms M Holian

THEME WEEK: EID AL FITR

For this week’s whole school theme we celebrate Eid Al Fitr. Muslims around the world, and within our school community, are currently fasting as they observe the holy month of Ramadan – however, Eid al-Fitr will shortly bring the period of abstinence to an end. The first of the two Eid festivals marks one of the highlights of the Islamic calendar for the 1.6 billion people across the world who observe it. Like the start of Ramadan, the date of Eid is traditionally dependent on the sighting of the moon, meaning it cannot be predicted precisely – here’s how it all works. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal, which follows Ramadan as the 10th month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar. Its name comes from an Arabic term which translates as the “feast of breaking the fast” and, although not a public holiday in the UK, it is for many Muslim countries. In normal years, it is traditional for Muslims to gather together in a park to celebrate breaking their fast, with large-scale events and festival food (particularly sweet treats), prayer and stalls. Eid shoma mubarak!

Miss K Wills

WORD OF THE WEEK TRANSLATED

FRENCH: Le mot de la semaine : monter brusquement

GERMAN: Die Wort der Woche : steil ansteigen

SPANISH: La palabra de la semana : aumentar repentinamente

Thinking questions :

  • This week all three languages do not have a direct translation for the verb ‘to surge’, instead we have another verb with an adjective. Why might this be? What impact does this have on our understanding of the word(s) when used in context?
  • Some languages have a much wider vocabulary than others. Why is this? What impact does that have on the knowledge that is developed and shared in that languages?
Miss F Baikie

LRC NEWS

This week there has been a focus on mental health, so we would like to remind you that we have many books on mental health and various issues such as anxiety, mindfulness, depression, etc. that are always available to be reserved from the LRC. To access go on www.mysandstorm.org > Accessit Learning Resource Centre, then under “Quick Lists” choose “Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness” to view a selection of suitable titles (fiction and non-fiction). 

Ms J Kirby

SEN NEWS

Family Lives are delivering 3 online parenting groups, funded by Herts County Council, in the summer term for targeted parents/carers.

Bringing Up Confident Children for Parents of Children with SEN (8 weeks)

  • Mondays, 12.45-2.45, from 17 May to 12 July (excl. half term)

Bringing Up Confident Children for Parents of Children with ADHD/ASD (6 weeks)

  • Thursdays, 9.30-11.30, from 10 June to 15 July

Getting on with your Pre Teen/Teenager (6 weeks)

  • Wednesdays, 7-9pm, from 9 June to 14 July. For parents and or carers of pre-teen/teenagers who may have a FFA, CIN, CP or Youth Justice Plan and are showing signs of risky behaviour online 

You can find out more information here or call 0204 522 8700 or 8701 for more information.

Ms M Holian

CAREER NEWS

In the build-up to the World Class Symposium on Thursday 1st July, WCSQM have partnered with LinkedIn and some of the largest companies that recruit new employees through this online platform. They are offering students in Years 11-13 sessions to support them in building a successful online profile that would appeal to companies and support students to craft their journey in becoming more employable. The sessions are Year 11 – 16th June 4pm-5pm, Years 12 and 13 – 17th June 4pm – 5pm

The link to all information, including registration etc is here 

Mrs D Finlay

MFL NEWS

Year 11 French Revision Club has been in full swing the past fortnight. Last week all Year 11 French students took part in a vocabulary revision challenge, revising a range of topics ahead of internal assessment 2. They competed against each other in a variety of games and activities to see who were the ultimate vocabulary champions! Well done to the following students for coming in the top 3 for one (or more!) of our activities. Angus H, James B, Cristina E, Eliza T, Billie E, Andrew H, George H, Jasmine R, Christy S, Ralph W, Katie L, Haydn P, and Madeleine W.

 

Miss F Baikie

LATERAL FLOW TESTING

Students should continue to use a lateral flow test twice a week (Sundays & Wednesdays.) These tests are to be used for people who aren’t displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. Students should complete the two stages of result confirmation as outlined below:

–         Report results to the NHS via this website HERE

–         Let the school know via this google form: HERE

A reminder that if your child does receive a positive result they, and anyone who lives with them, should self-isolate immediately and they should get a PCR test to confirm the result. They should continue to self-isolate until they get the result of the PCR test and then follow the advice given when they get the result.  Full guidance can be found here.

If a student is unwell and showing COVID symptoms listed HERE  Fever (37.8 or higher), Fatigue, Cough or Loss of Smell then they must have a PCR test booked via the NHS, HERE .

Mrs K Dudley

VACANCIES

We have the above four vacancies at Sandringham. For more details please go to https://sandringham.herts.sch.uk/vacancies/

Mrs K Ward

SANDRINGHAM READS: :LITTLE WOMEN

‘Little Women’ is a coming of age story written by American author Louisa May Alcott in the mid 19th Century. The story follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. Although they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble. Read more here: https://www.thriftbooks.com/blog/11-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-little-women/

Ms K Bulbeck

YEAR 10 NEWS

We have recruited the new Year 10 Prefects this week and their names are included in the article below. All of the students really impressed us with their outstanding letters of application and then in the group interviews, where they were very happy to provide their views and ideas about a range of subjects. The Prefects will take up their role now as Year 11 students start study leave next week. This is the first senior post of leadership that they will hold, with a view of progressing through other roles in the future, such as House Captains and Head Boy and Girl. The Prefects have their first role starting this week in supporting the tree planting on site, watering key areas to ensure that the trees can thrive. They are also being encouraged to take part in the World Class essay competition which is open to all students in Year 9 and 10 (see separate article). We look forward to working with them all from this point in their new role.
 

Mrs K Mouncey

DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE & SILVER NEWS

Tomorrow and Sunday 130 Year 10 Bronze students will be completing their Bronze Practice expedition over the course of 2 days, with a session on campcraft including tent pitching and cooking on camping stoves. Let’s hope that the weather improves slightly!

The Year 11 students who want to move onto Silver have had their initial meeting this week and a letter has been sent home today with details of enrolment and the expeditions dates. With the lifting of restrictions for residential trips coming into effect from Monday 17th May, we are looking forward to taking the Silvers to the South Downs for their Practice expedition from Friday 18th-Sunday 20th June and to the Peak District for their Qualifying expedition from Friday 9th-Sunday 11th July. Further details of the trips will be sent home in the next couple of weeks.

The Golds will be heading for the Lakes in July to complete their expedition section and we will be able to run the Bronze Qualifying as a full expedition including an overnight camp on Sunday 18th-Monday 19th July.

We are holding a virtual launch presentation for the Bronze Award on Wednesday 19th May at 6.30pm for Year 9 students and their parents/carers . A letter has been sent out today and the link to the presentation will be emailed next Wednesday. The students will also hear a virtual presentation from me during the course of the week in morning registration.

Finally for those who have completed their Awards this year, we do hope to celebrate your achievements. Certificates and badges will be distributed in the coming weeks- students will be emailed with information about when and where to collect their Awards.

As always, any questions about the Award, please email dofe@sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Mrs A Cuneen

YEAR 10 NEWS CONT:

Here is the full list of new Prefects. Congraulations to everyone.

10A: Dillon Boucher, Keira Bushell, Raffey Danan, Hughie Gilshan, Cian Jelly, Heidi Lowe, CaitlinRamsay, Megha Sahu, Oliver Smith,

10E: Jean-Pierre Bonnebaigt, Alfie Greenwood, Harry Jones, Emma Laney, Fleur Lilwall, Katherine Mansfield, Sibongi Mlalazi, James Morris, Oscar Paul, Jaylin Solanki, Jay Stagg, Tallulah-Honey Taylor, Zainab Umar, Daniel Wang,

10F Ed Arkell, Jamie Bartlett, Madeleine Brown, Elliot Cheshire, Bryony Cooper, Ysabelle Cooper, Will Duncan, Margot Köppe, Sam Pritchard, Ben Walker,

10H: Keerthana Appandairaj, Azzy Choudhury, Olivia Clarke, Seb Dazeley, Max Fearey, Lauren Hopkins, Kyle Mistry, Grace Pyne, Lara Rafot, Kunaasha Ranjan, Liberty Twigg,

10J: Harry Cooke, Jessie Dannan, Henry Duffy, Finn Elsmark, Charlie Gunthardt, Olivia Leigh, Grace MacMurray, Rhea Marwah, Samuel Morris, James Parker, Avina Pattar, Molly Pedley, Salam Rajab, Samantha Skerry, Angus Twidell, Sophie  Unitt, Joe Warren, Alex Wyatt,

10N: Kenan Alrahabi, Daniel Biddulph, Verity Bowrey, Ben Carlin, Amber Dalziel, Lily Everitt, Maggie Hatch, Sophie Lord, Nathanial Mapley, Sara Mazilu, Jack McKinstry, Antonio Penetra, Emily Reed, Jamie Simmons, Fin Stephenson, Jacob Taylor, Zoe Webb, Cameron Wilson, Hollie Wynn,

10S: Tisha Choudhury, Emily Darlington, Teddy Hardie, Lily Hill, Thomas Hook, Lydia Illingworth, Lucy Kinghorn, Ellen Park, Aarav Shah, Zita Sikora, Bianka Szwajkowska, Sophie Vaile,

10T: Anabel Bushell, Grace Cullen, Cami Hawes, Morgan Hop, Alex La Placa, Jamie Langford, Alice Paul, Jack Pentland, Luke Smith, Katy Stacey

Mrs K Mouncey

ALUMNI NEWS

Ex Sandringham student and author/illustrator Harry Woodgate has recently had a  first book, "Grandad's Camper" published.  Described as capturing 'the essence of loss and sadness but also the pleasures of a life well-lived,' it is a poignant tale of love, intergenerational friendship and the importance of story telling. Filled with beautiful illustrations and compared to the film Up,  it is available to buy here and you can read more about the other books Harry  has illustrated (Lonesome Bog and Little Dog and How to Build a City) here. We are always happy to hear about the success of our alumni and wish Harry every success with this new publication.

Ms L Kelly

MATHEMATICS NEWS: PUZZLE OF THE WEEK

Every week the Mathematics Faculty publish a puzzle for you to try.  For every entry you will receive 1 housepoint, if you answer correctly you will win 2 housepoints and if you are the fastest person to answer the puzzle correctly then you will win 5 housepoints!  To enter, simply scan the QR code and fill out the google form.  Good luck!

Miss H Fryer

DUKE OF EDINBURGH GOLD NEWS

Last Thursday to Saturday, forty two Year 12 students undertook their Gold Practice Expedition in the local area. Due to Covid-19, their expedition was run as 3 day hikes, rather than the usual 4 days / nights in Brecon. This also counted towards their Silver expedition for those who still needed to complete this so well done to those students who have now gained their Silver Award.

Their first day saw them starting in Bedfordshire, hiking over 22km with a large pack over the Barton hills to finish in Great Offley. Whilst not exactly the dizzy, gruelling heights of the Brecon Beacons, the students still ended up tired after a day spent practising their navigation, learning about contours, considering their pacing and practising their bearings. Day 2 was equally long and on their return to school, the students were busy putting up their tents and cooking their evening meal on their trangias. Their final day began in North Hertfordshire in the pouring rain – excellent preparation for the weather they might encounter in the Lake District!

Overall, the students did very well and although they found it tough (and there was a distinct lack of hills compared to what they will face) it has given them a taste of what to expect in the Lake District for their Gold assessed expedition.

Miss V Borman

DRAMA NEWS

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Scarlett L and Cameron E have been successful in gaining a place in the National Youth Theatre. This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of them both. We also had a number of students audition this year, and whilst we love sharing amazing news, it’s important to say a big well done to everyone who applied. We think you’re all superstars.

On Wednesday 19th May, Year 12 Drama and Theatre students take to The Sandpit stage to perform their devised pieces. Students are given free reign on their stimuli and are tasked to create an original piece of theatre, inspired by influential practitioners and theatre companies. In the lead up to their examination, they will be taking over the Sandringham Arts Team Instagram, providing us with sneak peeks and rehearsal diaries to prepare for the big day. We wish them the very best of luck for next week! You can check out our Instagram page by following us at sand_artsteam. 

Watch this space for more exciting news about our Year 10 performances which will be taking place on Wednesday 26th May. It’s a couple of very busy weeks in Drama and we can’t wait!

Mrs C Hardacre

BRILLIANT CLUB NEWS

A huge congratulations to the twelve Year 8 students who recently graduated from the Brilliant Club Scholars Programme. Designed to give students  an experience of university-style learning through tutorials, the Programme is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to gain places at top universities in the future. Students were required to attend six seminars during lockdown, complete weekly homework and finally submit an assignment which was marked and moderated using university grades. Kelly Hately who runs the course commented that our cohort were "an absolute credit to Sandringham" and two of the essays (which will be published shortly) gained Firsts. We are so proud of the aspirational qualities these students showed during difficult times and would like to thank Mrs Turner and Mr Allday for all their support in helping them complete this worthwhile programme.

Ms M Holian

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

A huge congratulations to brothers Zac, Finn and Josh Pile who this week received their physical Mayor's Pride 2020 Awards. The award is given by Janet Smith, Mayor of St Albans, "in recognition of an exceptional child or young person. It may be their energy, positivity, talent or strength of character that is a true example to their peers."  We are incredibly proud of the boys who work so hard in their fantastic band, Princes to Kings, and also help to raise money through their charity work. You can watch some of their videos here or follow them on Instagram @princes_to_kings

If you would like your son/daughter to be featured in the Student Spotlight, please email Melissa.holian@sandringham.herts.sch.uk

Ms M Holian

CHARACTER OF THE WEEK: PYTHAGORAS

I9 in the Maths Block is named after Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who is famous for inventing the geometric theorem that in a right-angled triangle, the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.

Born on the Greek island of Samos in 570 BC, Pythagoras soon became disgruntled with the schooling and government rules of the time, so in 530 BC he moved to Italy and established his own religious group known as the Pythagoreans. This group of people lived a sparse vegetarian life and believed that science and religion were connected. Followers were obliged to complete five years of silence before officially becoming members and they believed that the world was controlled by numbers which were sacred: almost god-like. His group devised the doctrine of musica universalis which stated that the planets move according to mathematical equations and thus resonate to produce an inaudible symphony of music.

Pythagoras also believed that the human soul returned over and over again into people/animals and that he himself had already lived four lives, all of which he could remember. He has also been credited with helping with other mathematical and scientific discoveries, including the Theory of Proportions and the sphericity of the Earth and the five time zones although there are very few surviving remains of his writing so almost nothing is known for certain about his life. 

Around 495BC, Pythagoras's followers came into conflict with supporters of democracy and Pythagorean meeting houses were burnt. Source vary as to whether Pythagoras was killed during this persecution, or if he escaped to Metpontum, where he eventually died of starvation. Either way he was one of the first "philosophers" known and his work went on to influence Western Philosophy and other greats such as Plato and Aristotle. 

"The art of living happily is to live in the present." 

Ms M Holian

CHARITY NEWS

Given the unprecedented nature of the experiences the world has faced over the last eighteen months, we have felt compelled to come together as a community to raise money for global Covid-19 appeals. Whilst the United Kingdom may be facing the easing of restrictions and the return to some forms of normality, this is not the case for other parts of the world. As such, today's non-uniform day was held to raise money for Covid-19 funds required for urgent equipment in India.  All proceeds will go to supporting the disaster in the Indian continent and we are grateful to all those who have already contributed. If you have not paid yet, you can do so via ParentPay and you can also read more about the cause here. We will let you know the total raised next week and in the coming weeks, will provide more information about our fundraising efforts for COVID-19 equipment the Gambia in conjunction with our links to with Farafenni High School. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Ms M Holian

Literacy News

Word of the Week

S is for… surge [verb]

Definition: To move very quickly and suddenly in a particular direction.

To suddenly increase to an unusually high level.

Example: She surged past the other runners.

Synonyms: Growth, Swell, Rise

Antonyms: Decline, Decrease

Etymology: From the Latin word ‘surgere’ meaning to rise.

World Class Schools

UNLOCKING SOCIAL MEDIA

In her article titled "Unlocking Social Media" Nabrissa Badu talks about living in an age where we should enjoy the platforms avaiable- but exercise some caution. She writes about how each app offers us an opportunity to connect with people, things and causes we care about and to have our voices amplified when it is sometimes difficult to be heard. With this however, we need to be wary of the pitfalls that come with it. "Although social media can unite us and display a common societal understanding in ways we have not seen before," she writes" there appears also to be a darker undertone as to how this is achieved and how it so forcibly shapes society. To unlock this potential, being careful is of utmost importance." You can read Nabrissa's article here Unlocking Social Media and check out the rest of the fantastic work of the World Class Schools Team elsewhere on their website.

Ms M Holian

ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION

Students in Year 9 and above have been invited to write a short essay (no more than 500 words) expressing how they are a World Class person,  how they would make themselves and Sandringham more 'World Class' and how they feel the wider community could change to have a 'World Class impact'. 

The competition closes on Monday 28th June at 3pm and entries should be sent to worldclass@mysandstorm.org or to Mrs Finlay/ Ms Baikie. They will be offering some optional drop-in clinics where you can have some help on what you might like to write about or how to write your essay (more details to follow)

Entries will be reviewed and sent off to the World Class Schools Quality Mark for prize draw . Good luck! 

Mrs D Finlay

PE News

TENNIS

Well done to the Senior Boys Tennis B team. On Tuesday they played Felsted school from Essex in the National Cup. It was the  regional quarter final to put us through to a home tie versus Brentwood school. The team; Ivan R, Matthew M, Angus H and James C were excellent. Ivan, Matthew and Angus all won their singles, with Matthew and Ivan also taking their doubles match. Well done boys and good luck in the semi-final.

Well done to the Senior Girls Tennis team of Marelie R, Kaela L, Emily P and Yasmin H. They took on St. Albans High School for Girls on Wednesday in the National Cup and after a a strong display from Marelie winning both her singles 6-0, 6-0 and doubles with Kaela we were in a good position. We weren’t able to capitalise on this, however and lost the tie 8-4.

Mr A Cracknell

CRICKET

On Monday, the Year 8 team visited Roundwood for our first Cricket fixture of the year. Having lost the toss and bowling first, the boys started well, keeping runs down and bowling well. A couple of early wickets for Oli N and things were looking good. However, as the 10th over passed the extras started to rack up and some good batting saw Roundwood post a total of 130 to chase. Our batting innings started brightly, Tommy Everitt and Harrison Smith going well, hitting the ball well. A bright start to the run chase, which was hampered by the loss of wickets and a mini collapse. Despite our best efforts, we finished on 114. A bright start for this team, who have great potential. The team must now commit to training to improve and realise this potential.

Mr A Cracknell

FIXTURES NEXT WEEK

Mon 17th May:       Y7 Cricket V Beaumont (A)

                               Y8/10 Girls Tennis V Queenswood (A)

Weds 19th May:    Y7/9 Athletics @ Westminster Lodge 4-6

Thur 20th May:      Y8/10 County League Athletics @ Westminster Lodge 4-6

Mr A Cracknell

Sandpit Theatre

Saturday 29th May – Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – 7pm

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake comes to cinemas with a fresh look for the 21st century and is as bold and beautiful as ever. This thrilling, audacious and witty production is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm. Tickets £13.50/£10

Miss A Carter-Downing

Sunday 25th July – Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show – 7pm

The new 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance. 25 years ago, 7 minutes changed the face of Irish dancing forever. The Eurovision interval act performance gave millions of people a new and exciting glimpse of the future of Irish dance. Now 25 years later, composer Bill Whelan has re-recorded his mesmerising soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. This powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved family favourite is celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy of its Irish and international dance. Filmed live at the 3Arena Dublin, the exact spot where it all began, the 25th Anniversary Gala Performance will bring Riverdance to the big screen for the very first time! Tickets £13.50/£10

Miss A Carter-Downing

Sunday 13th June – Akram Khan’s Giselle – 7pm

Hailed as a masterpiece of 21st century dance, Akram Khan’s Giselle comes to cinemas for the first time, giving ballet fans the opportunity to see this award-winning production on the big screen.  One of the greatest romantic ballets, Giselle has been re-imagined by celebrated choreographer Akram Khan and English National Ballet. Tickets £13.50/£10

Miss A Carter-Downing

Sunday 4th July – Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith – 7pm

Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical Funny Girl comes to a cinema near you, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). Funny Girl is semi-biographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice (a role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation),  and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

Praised by critics as having “irresistible charm, wit and warmth” (Metro), and hailing Sheridan Smith as “the greatest star by far” (The Daily Telegraph), Funny Girl features a host of iconic and timeless musical numbers including “People,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” Tickets £13.50/£10

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We look forward to welcoming you back through our doors very soon and remember we are a socially distant venue so seats will disappear very quickly so don’t miss out and get your tickets now! 

Following Government guidelines, you must wear a face covering while attending The SandPit Theatre unless you are exempt as stated in these guidelines. If you do not wear a mask you will be refused entry and your ticket will be forfeited. Our café will be open during these screenings for drinks and snacks but please note we will only be accepting card payments. Alcohol is available for sale 30 minutes before the shows begin.

The box office is open from 11.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can call us on 01727 799565 or visit www.sandpittheatre.co.uk

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Saturday 24th July – Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – 7pm

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not-too-distant future in the ‘Verona Institute’. Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit. Our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. Tickets £13.50/£10

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Saturday 12th June – Sunflowers – 3pm

Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers are among his most famous works and are some of the most iconic paintings in the world. In an extraordinary exhibition, the Van Gogh Museum took a new revealing look at the five publicly owned versions of sunflowers in a vase. And once again, the Van Gogh Museum opened its doors exclusively to Exhibition on Screen. Tickets £7/5

 

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