It has been another busy week at Sandringham.
On Thursday we said a very fond farewell to our wonderful Year 13 students. They really were lovely in every respect and despite a very disrupted Sixth Form experience, kept their spirits high and always rose to the challenges given them. Their leavers’ celebration was one of the nicest we have ever had and it was a pleasure and a privilege to spend time with them. We made the most of the new outdoor area and the weather yesterday was perfect too. I would like to thank Ms. Potter who has led the year group for the past two years, all of the Sixth Form team and teachers who have worked so hard with the Sixth Form, and both Mrs Cavanagh and Mrs Mouncey for leading the Sixth Form. We look forward to celebrating results with them in August and then seeing them off on the next stage of their learning – to University, apprenticeships or employment. Well done everyone!
And today, our equally lovely Year 11 students had their leavers’ celebration assembly. The format included speeches from tutors, lots of pictures, and ending with the traditional ‘shirt signing’. I would like to thank Mr Davis for leading the year group and all of the staff who have been involved with Year 11 throughout their time at the school. We look forward to seeing most of them back in September, as they start the next phase of their journeys in the sixth form.
After half term, we will be moving back to a SINGLE LUNCHTIME as part of our roadmap to recovery. There is no change for Year 10 and 12 students, however Year 7, 8 and 9 will need to become accustomed to a later lunch (1.15 pm) from now on. Year 8 and 9 know this from the past, but for year 7 this will be a new experience at Sandringham. It may mean having a snack at break to see them through to the later lunch each day. Face Masks will still be worn in corridors and large communal areas but outdoor coats will not be worn in classrooms, with the warmer weather now here. A reminder as well to keep registering your lateral flow tests over half term and to report any positive cases to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second half of the Summer Term is always a busy one, with many of our special activities taking place in this time. We need to be mindful of the Covid restrictions but if all goes to plan, there will be many things to look forward to including the annual charity run, music and dance shows, sports day and the school picnic. Please keep an eye of the calendar so that you know what is happening.
Finally, I need to mention our Parent Teacher Association, called Fo$s (Friends of Sandringham School). Fo$s relies on a small group of parents who form the committee and organise various events throughout the year. These events provide social opportunities for families to enjoy as well as raising funds for the school. The current chair of Fo$s, Alison Williams has done an amazing job for leading Fo$s for the past 4 years. She is stepping down now and we need more volunteers to join the committee to fill spaces and bolster the team. Some of the current committee are happy to stay on, but are not in a position to be chair. So, THIS IS AN URGENT APPEAL TO ALL PARENTS requesting volunteers to join the Fo$s committee. If we don’t have some volunteers coming forward, then we will need to close Fo$s which will be a massive loss to the school in many ways. So, can I ask you all to consider volunteering to join the committee and add something back to your school. If you would like to talk to me about this, please e-mail to school admin and I will get in touch as soon as possible. As a reminder, being of Fo$s committee is a ‘light-touch’ way of being involved in the running of Sandringham, with regular contact with senior staff including myself, and potentially a stepping stone for working on the Governing Body for those who want even more involvement in the running of the school. So, please consider this and I look forward to hearing from you.
Enjoy the half term holiday when it arrives. Best wishes,
Mr A Gray