Welcome back and I hope you all enjoyed the Easter holiday.
Two school trips took place during this period – the Sports Tour to Spain and the Geography trip to Iceland. You will see more details of these trips on Twitter and in the Sandprint, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the staff involved for organising and taking time away from their families to accompany students. It is great to be able to get back to international trips such as these.
As you will be aware, at the start of this academic year we launched a revamped rewards system and platform. We now use a digital platform called ePraise to reward students and track their achievements. Since September over 100,000 house points have been awarded to students from Year 7 to 13 – this is an incredible achievement! As ever, we value the engagement of our parents and carers and so later today you will receive a communication from Mr Allday, Assistant Headteacher, with information about how to access and login to the ePraise platform. I would like to thank Mr. Allday for spearheading this new development for the school and I hope you find it useful.
This week, Year 10 students have started their internal examinations and they are doing really well. We wish them good luck as they move into their second week.
On Wednesday evening we held our last Parent Teacher Consultation (PTC) of the year – this time for Year 7 and, for the first time since Covid began, in person. It was lovely to meet all of our new Year 7 families and the feedback from people at the event was very positive. The school will be reviewing systems for PTCs later this term as we plan how we will go about activities moving forward for next year. If you do have any views on this, please e-mail the school so they can be considered.
You will also have noticed that we are moving to the end of the sporting season for winter sports. Sandringham students have worked really hard and a number of the teams have reached various local and National finals. The next major event is the Under 18 Boys' football team who have reached the National Final to be held at Stoke City FC on Monday 9th May 2022. A letter has gone out to families to see how many are interested in travelling to watch the game so that we can plan transport. This is a magnificent achievement for the team and we hope as many of you as possible are able to support our team. I would like to thank all of our PE Faculty who have gone above and beyond as always, to provide so many opportunities in sport for our students.
Mr A Gray