Welcome back to everyone and I hope you all enjoyed the half-term break.
Between now and Christmas, there are many things planned in our calendar. We are having to make adjustments to some of these due to Covid-19, but we hope that you still enjoy what is on offer.
This week the Music Faculty staged their Autumn Concert and it was lovely to have students from different year groups performing together once again in front of a packed audience in the SandPit Theatre. Students from all year groups participated and it was particularly nice to see so many of our new Year 7 students enjoying their first music concert. The music ranged from the sinfonia performing two pieces from the Sound of Music, to a percussion ensemble delivering music from Brazil to Egypt, the concert band covering Autumn and Winter music to a mass item playing John Williams’ theme from Star Wars. The evening concluded with our amazing Jazz Band performing Moondance and Buckjump. Thank you to Ms Stothard, Mrs Beaton, Mr Turton, Mrs White and Mr Peck for all of their hard work preparing students for the concert and a massive congratulations to all of the performers who were wonderful. Well done everyone!
On Thursday evening, we launched the BSV information evening which is the first event leading up to entrance to the Sixth Form for September 2022. This is normally held in person however we decided to revert to a virtual delivery this year in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the area. A large number of Year 11 students, both from Sandringham and other schools watched the virtual presentation. The next main event will be the Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 11th January 2022. We look forward to seeing you there!
Extended Learning Day 2 takes place on Tuesday, with each year group involved in a different activity. We will report on these in the Sandprint next week. A big thank you to all of the staff who have been organising the various events – a tremendous amount of work goes into this preparation but the outcome is always extremely positive with everyone feeling this time is a very valuable part of our curriculum.
Next Thursday, we will be holding our annual Remembrance survey at 11am. This will be a collective activity with the entire school taking part. Students have been encouraged to wear their uniforms from Guides, Scouting, Cadet, St. John Ambulance or other similar group on the day. This is a growing trend and it is wonderful to see how many of your students participate in these additional groups outside school.
Finally, I would like to thank families for taking part in the curriculum survey organised by Dr Creaby. The responses are really valuable and will be used to inform our planning for next year. This process will take a few months but we will be in a position to update you on any changes to the curriculum for September 2022 in the spring term.
Mr A Gray