One of our students, Jadzia, is raising money for a charity close to her heart; the Little Princess Trust. This is a childhood cancer charity, that provides real hair wigs for children in the UK who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.
For more information about the Little Princess Trust, visit their website: www.littleprincesses.org.uk
Jadzia is raising money by having her hair cut in school this Friday lunchtime. If anyone feels like contributing to her fundraising, please visit the just giving website: www.justgiving.com/JadziaMcNulty. We will post before and after pictures as soon as possible.
On Monday, 30th September, just one year and a month after opening our doors for the first time, we fielded our first ever school team.
The 9-girl Netball team represented the 18 girls from our Foundation 2 students and were a credit to the whole school.
The Heath welcomed us and included the girls in the warm-up and training session before the match, then the game commenced in earnest. During the game, we switched girls around, ensuring that all our students had a go in different positions. The Heath also swapped girls in and out, introducing some girls from their year 10 squad towards the end.
The score (5 – 3 to The Heath) is a wonderful testimony to the determination and pride the Sandymoor girls displayed on the day and Mr Evans & Mr Green-Howard were impressed with the way the girls carried themselves whilst there. They were a true credit to the school.
Nicole Smith scored two of our points, while Georgia Coakley scored the third. All players played with great determination and commitment, but after much deliberation, Mr Evans named Rebecca Edwards as player of the match.
The school are playing another fixture on Thursday, 3rd October, away at Sandbach School.
After planning permission was granted at the August council committee, work is now moving on a pace to build the new school. We are looking to be on site before September, well ahead of schedule. Below is a fly-through movie, showing the finished product:
Sandymoor School are pleased to announce that the planning application for the main building has been submitted to Halton Planning Department. Full details of the planning application can be found by navigating to: http://www.halton.gov.uk/planningapps and entering the following reference into the case number search bar: 13/00190/FUL
The planning application is for the main school building:
Proposed 900 place secondary school with sports and art/media centre, also for community use, along with means of access, car and coach parking, coach lay-by, external sports and play areas and associated landscaping and boundary treatment at Land To The South Of Wharford Lane And To The East Of Otterburn Street Runcorn Cheshire.
We are pleased to announce that Kier Group have been appointed as the main contractor for the design and construction of our new building. We selected Kier after a number of meetings because we feel that they completely embraced the ethos of the school and will deliver us a building that is excellent. With a budget of over £10 million pounds, this is an exciting time for the school as we design everything from the ground up.
The school has signed up with easyfundraising.org.uk, which is a great tool to help raise money for the school, at no cost to you.
If you shop online with retailers like Amazon, eBay, Argos, Tesco and Marks and Spencer, please help us raise money for Sandymoor School by doing it through easyfundraising.org.uk
It works in a similar way to Nectar, but instead of earning points, you raise money for Sandymoor School whenever you shop online. Over 3000 retailers will each donate up to 15% of the cost of your shopping.
It won’t cost you a penny more to shop via easyfundraising.org.uk and by making this one small change to your shopping habits, you could make a big difference to Sandymoor School.
Plus, if you register before 1st March you’ll automatically receive one entry into a free prize draw to win a Canon digital Camera plus accessories worth over £400 from Viking!
Find out more – www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/sandymoorschool/
We’re pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Sandymoor website!
The school had outgrown its old website and needed a design to reflect the look and feel of the maturing school. A clean, professional looking website that is easy to update and will attract, educate and encourage local parents to apply to Sandymoor for their child’s secondary education; as well as acting as a hub for existing parents and pupils to communicate with the school and vice-versa.
The site will be frequently updated with all the latest news and events at Sandymoor and is full of useful information and links for parents, pupils and staff. You can even keep abreast of our social media goings-on with a Facebook and Twitter feed on the home page and links to engage in the Headteacher’s blog.
Headteacher Andy Green-Howard adds:
“We are so excited about the launch of our new, dynamic website. I hope that the new layout and look makes it easy for everyone to find the information they need as well as encapsulate the ethos of Sandymoor. We are also pleased to continue working with We Are Creation, our chosen design agency, who have worked with us right from the earliest days in the design of all our media. We Are Creation is a company we are proud to work with as they encapsulate one of our mottos; ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things.”
Samantha Evans, Senior Designer at We Are Creation comments:
“Having worked with Sandymoor from its very beginnings, we have developed a great working relationship with Andrew and the team, who have such vision and enthusiasm. We were excited to see the school open its doors for the first time last September and to see them coming on in leaps and bounds is very rewarding.
The new website is designed to be clean, engaging and professional, and is built to reflect the achievements of Sandymoor so far and be ready for when they realise their full potential in the coming years.”
The basic plans of the Sandymoor school building were approved as part of the school’s original submission 12 months ago, and ahead of schedule, have just had the ‘green button’ pressed by the EFA (Education Funding Agency) to release the capital build funds to allow us to move on with the Main Build.
Sandymoor are currently going through the process of selecting a candidate to become the main contractor of the construction of the new school building. The school is using a government procurement route that allows us to choose a major constructor from one of the many national firms with experience of new school buildings. Once contractors are selected, we will go into detailed planning, using the artist’s impression as a start point along with the ideas of the Sandymoor students. The school recently ran a competition for the students to submit designs for the whole building or elements they would like to see and will be taking the best of these ideas through to the planning process.
Construction is expected to commence this summer, with a view to occupation in September 2014. The investment is entirely from government capital projects funds and has no impact on any other development or educational activity in the area. The fund is anticipated to be well in excess of £10 million.
The successful contractor will be announced within a few weeks.
The new Sandymoor School’s commitment to a fresh approach to education extends to it’s attitude to physical education as well.Each half term the pupils get to try out a new sport and since the start of the Easter term it has teamed up with the Sangaku Karate Association to teach self defence and Shotokan Karate to the pupils. The pupils were taught by 2nd Dan black belts Andy Needham and Adele Buscow in 6 two hour sessions.
After an intensive 6 week course most of the pupils graded for their 9th Kyu Orange belts while others received a Self Defence Course Certificate.They are pictured following their grading receiving their belts and certificates from the Senior Instructor of the Association, 7th Dan Keith Callaghan. Mr Callaghan said that this was an “interesting new collaboration with martial arts appearing on a school curriculum for the first time in the Borough.It teaches children discipline and self defence in a controlled environment helping boost personal confidence as well as being fun for the kids.”
Sandymoor’s Headmaster, Mr Andy Green-Howard, said, “It is so good to see the school’s
commitment to working with local groups and clubs coming to fruition in such an exciting way. From the very beginning, I was determined that the school would be a true community school, making use of the excellent resources in the Borough to provide opportunities for the students here. This link represents the start of this commitment and I am grateful for the Sangaku Karate Association for committing to the school’s vision as well.”