Non-Uniform Day: Friday 14th May 2021
Given the unprecedented nature of the experiences the world has faced over the last eighteen months, we feel compelled to come together as a community to raise money for global COVID appeals. Whilst the United Kingdom may be facing the easing of restrictions and the return to some forms of normality, this is not the case for other parts of the world.
We write to you to ask for your support in two appeals:
- Urgent Appeal: India COVID emergency
Friday 14th May, 2021
We will be asking students to wear Non-School Uniform and ask that you support the cause by donating money using the ParentPay system. This money will contribute to the urgent care needed in India at present, in order to slow the spread of the virus and support those countries being affected as a result of the outbreak in India at present.
Should you wish to understand the nature of the appeal more or donate further, please access the link: https://londonmandir.baps.org/support-us/
- Student Fundraising: Supporting the Gambia
Before July. Date TBC.
A group of our Year 12 students, have put together a proposal to raise money for COVID equipment to support The Gambia in their fight against the pandemic. They have currently raised nearly £1000 and wish to have a Non-School Uniform Day to increase funding, to enable them to better support the cause. They have chosen The Gambia due to the link our school community has with Farafenni Senior Secondary High School. As with the India appeal, we will ask our students to wear Non-School Uniform and for donations to be made through the ParentPay system.
We hope that you can support us in our continuous support of global citizenship and responsibility; we recognise the last minute nature of the first appeal, but we feel bound to act to offer our support to a country in such dire need.
Please note that as previously, we ask that students who have PE or sporting activities on the days nominated for Non-School Uniform to bring their PE kit; we have made provisions for changing facilities to be cleaned during the day in line with COVID protocol, to enable students to change and therefore access their curriculum to the best of their ability.
We thank you in advance for any support you might be able to give. We are proud to be a community that acts and leads with integrity, doing the right thing in supporting countries all over the world in unprecedented and challenging times: together, we are strong.
On the 18th of March, education charity World Class Schools Quality Mark (WCSQM) will be holding a virtual awards ceremony to acknowledge and recognise the achievements and World Class characteristics of students throughout the UK during a year of lockdown. As a World Class School, here at Sandringham we aim to promote some of their core values: community, learning, responsibility, commitment to sustainability and dedication to challenging the status quo. Over the coming weeks we will be featuring more articles on what we think it means to be a World Class Citizen and students whom we feel are a shining example of this.
The annual World Class Schools ceremony this year will be held virtually on Friday March 18th and will celebrate school and student achievements across a range of different categories, including the announcement of the winners of the annual WCSQM essay writing competition,the winners of the WCSQM Lockdown Competition, and a celebration of the first ‘Students of the Month’, as part of WCSQM’s Student Character Campaign launched in January 2021.
Several of our students will be featured at the presentation: Alumni Sophie Angel, Reuben Mahendra, Nabrissa Badu and Lily Hurp (Y12) and Keerthana Appandairaj (Y10) who was an honourable mention in the essay writing competition. Please keep an eye out for them in the Awards Ceremony which we will share the link to in the Sandprint next Friday 18th March. Further details on Keerthana’s essay are featured under English News.
Sandringham Students thank the NHS
Sandringham Students across all year groups have joined together to create an incredible artwork honouring and thanking our heroes in the NHS.
Organised in a collaboration by both the Design Technology and the Visual Art Faculties, The project was organised as a starter activity in lessons. Students were asked to make a heart to thank the NHS. The only rule was that it was to be blue, but they were encouraged to use a wide range of materials and tools, which included traditional fine art techniques, photography, CAD, lego, textiles, digital methods and even snow.
Project Leader Trudi Barrow said “We were very impressed with the variety of designs submitted, and the passion from the students when it came to thanking our NHS and frontline heroes”
Drawing Week ‘A Climate of Change’ Prize Winners Announced!
This week we were absolutely delighted to receive a letter from Sir David Attenborough commending our students on their remarkable work for this year’s drawing week ‘A Climate of Change’. We selected ten student pieces to send to Sir David Attenborough which we felt were wonderful examples from the many submitted. We also sent him a copy of our exhibition film created by Mrs Leto. I am delighted to announce the ten submissions to Sir David Attenborough as our prize winners. Each will receive a folder containing a copy of the original letter and a copy of the letter from Sir David Attenborough which they can keep for their portfolios in the future. They will also receive some items for their art kit and a gold Visual Arts Young Leader badge as further recognition of their outstanding achievements from this important week. Well done to Yukta C in Year 12, Sophie T in Year 12, Emma T Year 12, Laila in Year 12, Hywel J in Year 7, Freya B Year 9, Vivian Year 8, Jessica B Year 8, Nico Year 9 and Lauren D in Year 9. You should feel incredibly proud of this recognition and I do hope it inspires more wonderful creative work in the future.
Thank you again to all of the students who took part this week. Through creativity, we hope to have reflected the hopes of our young people, the key changes that need to be made and our shared responsibility to protect our planet.
We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Sir David Attenborough for taking the time to write to us. We are incredibly grateful for him to recognise and commend the work of our students.
School Resources Collection Update
As school closures continue, we are aware that students are needing to obtain new exercise books. We remain committed to ensuring that there are no barriers to students accessing learning throughout their period of closure.
From Monday 15th June, we are adjusting our collection times so that families will be able to collect resources required from school on any weekday from 9am to 11am. Exercise books will be available to collect from Student Services where a member of staff will be present.
We would kindly ask that just one family member comes onto the school site. There will be social distancing measures in place and we ask that these are respected at all times.
Should you have difficulties getting to the school to collect, please email Louise Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be able to offer assistance.
Please see attached for the daily bulletin from the DfE to all schools.
I realise that the Irish Government have just announced that all schools will be closing, but as you will see from this communication, the current plan remains as of yesterday with schools open and working as normal.
We have now placed signage on all water fountains to remind students NOT to drink from them, but use them only for re-filling water bottles.
There have been a few parents questioning whether they should send their children to school. As things stand, all students should be attending school as normal unless they are unwell with symptoms that resemble those of Coronavirus. This applies to all schools.
There will be another communication tomorrow as usual.
Alan Gray Headteacher
Tickets are NOW available for our whole school show – SCHOOL OF ROCK!
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