Thank you again for bearing with us as we prepared the school ready for opening on Tuesday – the virtual learning system seems to have worked well and provided a good continuity of learning whilst we were at home on Monday.
The kitchen staff were in on Monday, preparing for the Christmas dinners. Over 1300 dinners were served on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week, and I would like to thank the canteen staff for not only delivering these special dinners, but for also serving hot food in the new canteen at the same time. An amazing effort and, with the cold weather, very much appreciated.
On Tuesday evening, we held our final Governing Body meeting of 2022. One of the governors had spotted the Times Newspaper annual Best Secondary School listings for 2022. It appears that Sandringham is ranked 9th best comprehensive school in the UK which is nice to know. Our performance was better than many selective and independent schools and demonstrates that the state education system can provide an outstanding quality of education for young people. Well done everyone – something to be really proud of.
On the same evening, we also had our first live staff bake off. More of this under House News, but there were some fantastic creations. Thanks to Mr Keenleyside for arranging.
We had to re-arrange the Carol Service from Monday evening to Thursday in the SandPit. Thank you to Mrs. Beaton for overseeing this at such short notice. Despite not being in a church, and performing with the Christmas Pantomime staging behind them (oh no it isn’t!) our students put on a wonderful concert to get us even more in the mood for Christmas. Well done and I hope you enjoyed it as much as the audience. Thank you also to the theatre staff for rearranging their schedule of rehearsing. Talking about the pantomime, if you would like to see Hansel and Gretel, tickets can be obtained from the SandPit Box Office here.
I would also like to highlight this week the amazing work that our Year 12 students are doing at the moment. As part of Sandringham School’s community programme, more than 40 Year 12 students have volunteered at Skyswood, Wheatfields Infants’ and Nursery School and Wheatfields Junior School this year. Collectively, the students will give over 1200 hours by each spending just one hour per school week as a helper. Tasks range from supporting children prepare for their first nativity performance to regularly hearing readers. Sandringham actively encourages students to volunteer. Alongside being a rewarding experience, it helps them gain more confidence and learn new skills. You can read more about the breadth and variety of our Sixth Form Enrichment on the website here.
Next Monday evening we welcome back our lovely ex-Year 13 students for the Year 14 Celebration Evening. Most of them have been away at university so it will be great to hear their stories of life beyond Sandringham. We will report on this in the new year.
We finish term next Wednesday with the annual Charity Day activities and students leaving the site at 12.10pm. Students are encouraged to come in fancy dress or non-uniform (with donations to our chosen charities, Herts for Heroes and Unicef, via Parentpay) .Students are encouraged bring in some change for the sweets and activities organised by the Year 12 students. More on this under Charity Day News. It is a great way of finishing the calendar year, so thank you to them in advance for preparing for this.
This is the last newsletter of 2022. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Friday 6th January 2023 (8.20am on site). I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year with your family and friends. Stay safe and enjoy.
Mr A Gray