Year 8 students have been considering their module choices for next year. The modules provide an opportunity to experience and enjoy subjects that are not part of a traditional curriculum, such as Mandarin, Forensic Science or Sustainability. They are delivered by a range of staff, both teaching and support, who have an expertise and interest in the topic. These modules are not formally assessed – they are there to promote a love for learning which we feel is so important in the development of students at Sandringham. I would like to thank all the staff involved in planning and delivering these modules and to Dr Creaby who masterminds the programme, as curriculum lead for the school. The deadline to complete the choices is Wednesday 29th June.
This week we also heard that we have achieved the School Games Platinum Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year. More details on this further on in the Sandprint, but this is a fantastic achievement recognising our commitment to keeping young people active and testament to the hard work of Mr Cracknell, the PE Faculty and of course our wonderful students.
A reminder that next week is Arts Week, starting with the Dance Show on Monday evening and the Music and Visual Arts Show on Tuesday evening. It would be lovely to see as many parents as possible joining us for these shows and details of how to buy tickets are mentioned further on in the Sandprint. Students can find out more details of the workshops via their Year Group Google Classrooms. A massive thank you to all of our Arts staff for delivering these activities and helping students gain an even greater appreciation of the power the arts in our society.
Also next week, we welcome a large number of students who have applied to join the Sandringham Sixth Form in September. With over 300 successful applications, this will be our largest cohort and one that we are really looking forward to working with over the next two years. A big thank you to Mrs Mouncey who leads the Sixth Form and the team who work with her for managing the application process.
The GCSE and A-level examinations are almost complete. This is the first time we have run then since the Covid outbreak began, and I would like to congratulate all Year 11 and 13 students for embracing the return to formal exams so well. There have been very few issues and with so many students sitting multiple examinations, this demonstrates how effectively Mrs Headland and the other members of the examination team have delivered the programme of examinations this year. Well done and we look forward to the results in August.
Finally, we have the Year 13 and Year 11 Proms taking place next Thursday and Friday. I am sure these will be wonderful events as usual, and a perfect way for our senior students to celebrate at the end of the examinations. The students have been responsible for organising these events (with a little help from staff) and I would like to thank the student teams in advance for putting so much effort into the events. Watch out for the photos next week.
Mr A Gray