Mayor’s Civic Service
In October, Sandridge School choir were asked to perform the Mayor’s Civic Service as well at the opening of the St Leonard’s Church’s Flowers festival which was opened by the mayor. Both events were a privilege to be at and choir performed superbly in two and three part harmonies with many wonderful soloists.
Our 35 members of band practise every week on trumpets, violin, double bass, cello, flutes, clarinets, glockenspiel, guitars, recorders and percussion.
Our 50 strong choir are practising for Ali Baba and the Bongo , the Year 6 musical, which will be performed on 13th July at 6.30pm.
Sandridge PE Vision
This door is exciting! Through here you will find a labyrinth of pathways that intertwine, cross and join. You will learn skills across a wide range of activities and develop confidence along the way. These skills will lead to sequences of movements and form the building blocks for a healthy future.
Your teacher will provide a broad range of activities for you to explore and specialist coaches will deepen your understanding of your own abilities further. They will encourage you to try new skills, as well as help you identify your own strengths and weaknesses; everyone has a strength; everyone can progress. Some skills require a lot of practise, whereas some will come more readily. Whatever your starting point, you will be guided and supported to achieve.
There are so many ways you can challenge yourself with sport. Whether you choose to join a school team to compete; advance to the next gymnastic skills award; choreograph a dance to perform; or work on progression within lessons; you will grow in confidence as you see your own success.
There is so much to learn through this door and with every new pathway you will build on your previous experiences. You will learn how to work with others as a part of a team; you will develop control and flexibility; you will use tactics; and you will develop a sense of sportsmanship that will help you encourage others.
When you step through this door you will be creating a sporting habit for a lifetime. Sport is both fun and rewarding; it grows as you nurture it. Your teacher will provide you with all the tools to open your door… it’s up to you how you decorate it.
PE in action
We now have a netball team! This year we have joined the St. Albans netball league and have been developing our budding athletes in our after-school netball club. The club has been so successful this year that we needed to enlist the help of additional adults! We might be a developing team, but already we have shown a real team spirit and our sportsmanship has been complimented at all matches.
Our second year in the football league has ended with a trophy…we have won the league cup and couldn’t be more proud of all the children who have represented our school. All the hard work has paid off and the team would like to say a much deserved thank you to Charlie Boswell, our school coach.
Football Term Match Reports
For Sport Relief we had a whole day of sport to raise some money for the charity. During the day, all the classes had a taster session in lacrosse, hockey and street dance – even Mrs Impey and Mr Sherwood joined in the fun with Y6 as they learnt the routine in their street dance session. Well done to the school council for helping throughout the planning stages.
Sports day this year was another success: parents, as always came to support and enjoyed the family picnic ; the children encouraged each other as they made their way round the activities; and Mr Clark introduced the high jump and distance race. Luckily the rain didn’t stay for long and Hawking finished the day victorious.
Dance club has grown again this year and we were so proud of the children who performed at the school fair this year. The children performed the dances they have been learning in the club and some children even volunteered for a spotlight solo; in which they displayed their own choreographed routines. Once again, thank you to all the parents who cheered and supported our young dancers.
Once again District Sports was an amazing experience for all who attended. The support from families always makes the day enjoyable and our children held their own against some larger schools, many of which have children who attend athletics clubs regularly. Each child gave it their all and we managed to make the finals in many events; we are so proud of you all!
Our boys’ and girls’ relay teams made it to the final…our girls came fourth overall and our boys won! That’s the second shield this year! Well done Elisa, Abi, Oliwia, Monet, Billy, Edward, Jaden, Haydn and Junayd – who rose to the challenge after Haydn unfortunately broke his arm.
There was a real sense of team work and support for each other, but what really made us proud was how our teams congratulated others, guided less confident children and shook hands – what great role models. Miss Moore even had a child ask if he could go check another competitor was all right after they took a tumble in his race! What wonderful children we have at Sandridge.
Our phenomenal team this year was: Edward, Natasa, Jaden, Corey, Monet, Abi, Oliwia, Billy, Haydn, Rhea, Junayd, Caleb, Jacob, Sophie, Megan, Felix, Mikayla, Georgina, Max, Fin, Zackery, Oliver, Jessie, Liberty, Isabel, Zoe, Jamal and Jake.
This year we once again attended the Swimming Gala at Westminster Lodge and our children represented our school with pride. Well done to our swimming team: Kitty, Abigail F, Fae, Amy B, Bella, Elisa, Sophie, Anna, Haydn, Felix, Shiam, Dylan, Max PG and Oliver B.
Everyone gave it their all and we even came second in the boys’ medley.
Sandridge Radio & TV Station ‘Where Community Matters’
Welcome to the official webpage for Sandridge School’s Radio & TV Station
The school’s radio club broadcasts regularly at lunchtimes. This involves the children using the radio equipment for live and recorded shows; children use the equipment to support many areas of the curriculum.
We are looking in to broadcasting our Radio Station over the internet – watch this space!
Children use Audacity to create sound files. Listen to Daisy and Paras talking about a holiday destination as part of their work on St Lucia – Are you persuaded to go there for a holiday?
Children in Year 3 make their adverts come alive. Listen to Jessie and Ellie’s advert
We have started running a TV club after school to hone pupils’ skills on filming, editing and interviewing. Pupils have access to a digital filming camera and editing facilities within school.
Alban Arena interviews with the cast of Snow White Pantomime
Harpenden Public Halls interviews with the main cast of Cinderella Pantomime
Interviews with ex leavers regarding SATs and moving to Secondary School
Sandridge School News Project 2016
Alban Arena interviews
‘Peter Pan’ Pantomine, St Albans – Interview with Finn and Kizzie.
Miss Carr’s interview
Gabz Gardiner interview
Radio & TV Experience Days for Schools
We can offer a Radio & TV Experience day at your school where pupils learn “hands on” how to use our Radio & TV equipment. If this is something your school would like to do, please contact: Richard Sherwood, tel: 01727 850576 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a DVD/CD with all the filming and radio clips taken from the day.
Audio services for events
We can bring along our Radio Station to your school for your summer fair and provide music and messages throughout the event. If you would like to talk to us about this, please use the number/email above.
Facebook & Twitter
We are on Facebook, Twitter & Vimeo. Click on the logos below to view our social media pages.
Radio & TV Trips/Events
TV Club News Project
Each year the TV Club team create a news project to show to a live audience. This project is based on the BBC’s School Report which is, sadly, only for secondary schools, so we decided to create our own version!
Each group of children had to research/plan/think of questions and invite guests within our local community for an interview. For this year’s project we had five news items that the pupils wanted to report on. The reveal evening was last Thursday 18th May at the SandPit Theatre which sits on the Sandringham School site. We had 51 people attend on the evening which is great number of people and gives us an opportunity to showcase what we do in TV club. We would like to thank the SandPit theatre and their staff for the use of their theatre and we hope to be able to book it again for next year’s news project. If you missed the chance to attend our news project will shortly be available to view on the school website. The interviews are very interesting and some even have a twist in them, so they are definitely worth a watch! Each pupil who took part was presented with an outstanding work certificate. Well done to Georgina B, Tegan, Amy, Joshua, Leo, Alexandra, Darcy, Freddie M, Herbie, Tiffany, Rhiannon, Jessica, Aaron, Isaac, Talya and Max; you were all amazing!
Sky Academy Skills Studios
On Wednesday, 29 pupils from Year 5 and 6 went to Sky Studios in West London. They used their high spec studies to record a news report on e-safety which was a topical subject this week.
The pupils were split into four groups and each group went to one of the four studios used to create different parts of a news report. They chose the roles they would like, including camera operator, producer, or director, and we set to work!
The Sky staff also gave us a guided tour of one of their golf studio sets and we were lucky enough to see all the journalists at work. They taught us about the different types of studio lighting and asked us how much we thought they cost – Joseph cleverly chose the right answer!
All the Sky staff commented on how well behaved our pupils were and they were also very impressed with their existing filming and editing skills.
The finished news report will be available on our school website under the Radio & TV station tabs and on our Vimeo account which again you can access though the website. The pupils who attended the trip have today been given their own Sky USB memory stick with the finished news report on.
The finished news report is available above in the video section. Pictures below of this text of the day.
Alban Arena Pantomime Cast Interviews 2016
On Wednesday 4th January, Izzy, Joseph, Rosie, Josh and Amy went to the Alban Arena in St Albans with Mr Sherwood and Mrs Teakle to interview some of the cast of this year’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The pupils had to research and prepare questions for each of the four cast members: Brian Wheeler from Star Wars and the Harry Potter films, who was playing one of the dwarfs, Jonny Godbold playing Prince Charming, Dave Bibby playing Muddles, and Lauren Cocoracchio playing Snow White.
The cast were very impressed with our pupils’ questions and their behaviour, politeness and the professional way that the interviews were conducted. The pupils also got special signed autographs from each of the cast members to add to the growing collection on our studio autograph wall!
The pupils will be editing the interviews over the next few weeks, and once the editing process is finished, Mr Sherwood will upload the final version to the school website, under our Radio & TV Station page and our social media sites.
We would like to thank the Alban Arena Marketing team who have made this possible over the last two years.It was a great trip and the pupils really showed Sandridge School in a very good light.
Well done everyone!
Interviews with the Cast of “Cinderella” at Harpenden Public Halls
On Thursday 8th December Mr Sherwood and Mrs Teakle took Jess, Georgina and Freddie to Harpenden Public Halls to interview Jess Robinson (from TV’s 1000 Voices), Luke Roberts (from CITV and Cartoonito’s Hi-5), Steve Leeds (from Go! Go! Go! on Nick Jr) and Honey Fine (From X Factor’s Mon Amie).
Our pupils had to research each cast member and write up questions to ask. Each interview went brilliantly and the cast members were very impressed with the amount of research that had been done. Steve Leeds was especially impressed that we had found out he was in the final seven for the role of Troy in High School Musical!
Once the editing process has taken place we will post the interviews to our social media pages so you can find out what questions we asked.
We were really impressed with the pupils’ interview techniques and their impeccable behaviour – well done!
Southfield School Summer Fair
This year we were asked back to run our radio station and to provide music and messages throughout Southfield School’s Summer Fair. Mr Sherwood took his E2BN crew along to help out. Again, we had lots of great comments about the pupils on how confident they were when speaking on the mic and talking to other people. They all seemed to have a fantastic time.
Southfield School only have 75 pupils on roll and managed to raise £2,445, which is good going for a small school. Well done to the pupils for another successful event.
E2BN Conference 2016
This year we attended the E2BN conference again to showcase our Radio & TV Station and offer some of our services to other schools. We had our stand as normal but we also provided a workshop for people to learn more about the equipment and licensing side of having radio and TV in their schools. Isabella, Amy, Shiam and Ethan showed their green screen and audacity skills off to our audience and the delegates were then able to have a go themselves. In between running the workshop and radio station they were busy interviewing other exhibitors. This year we had our own branded t-shirts and table cloths and we looked very professional! We have a lot of schools now very keen to book us for a Radio & TV experience day. Overall the feedback we had was fantastic and everyone commented on how well behaved, well mannered and smiley the children were. Well done to the pupils. Mr Sherwood would thank Mrs Knight for coming along too but she killed Mr Sherwood in their lightsaber fight so he’s not going to!
Alban Arena – Interviews with this year’s cast of ‘Peter Pan’ panto
We were lucky enough to interview some of the cast of this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan, at the Alban Arena. The pupils wrote questions for each cast member they were interviewing – Jake Wood, Katrina Bryan, Bob Golding and David Ribi.
Lakeside School – Radio training
We have supported other schools in Hertfordshire with training their staff and pupils on their Radio or TV Stations.
Sandridge School Summer Fair
We invited Gabz Gardiner to officially open our summer fair, perform and meet members of our school community. We provided the sound for Gabz and also ran our Radio Station over the day.
Southfield School Summer Fair
We were asked to provide music and messages throughout their summer fair. Pupils attended to run our Radio Station. We really enjoy working with the community
We attended the E2BN Conference to showcase our Radio & TV Station and to show the many benefits of having this resource on school premises.
This term (Spring 2016) the school received a letter from the Managing Director and Strategic Lead Primary from Herts for Learning congratulating the Headteacher, staff and the children on the truly outstanding Key Stage 2 progress measures for our school in 2015.
‘To reach or exceed the national median levels for progress in all three areas of reading, writing and mathematics is a significant achievement and reflects the good and outstanding teaching the children are enjoying in our school. We never underestimate the significant role that you, as Headteacher of Sandridge School, play in bringing about such outcomes for the children. We know that school are complex and dynamic places, but we have no doubt the quality of the leadership of the school is the biggest factor in determining success for the children.’
It was lovely to see so many parents at our Remembrance assembly. Songs from the choir, ‘Last night I had the strangest dream and ‘We shall overcome’ were incredibly moving. The whole school learnt and sang ‘One day’ and ‘Sing together’. Year 1 sang ‘Goodbyee’ and KS1 baby bells rang out ‘The last post’.
Year 3 read ‘In Flanders’s field’ and performed a moving and sensitive drama. The children’s writing excelled this year – Year 5 and 6 wrote incredible pieces which are featured below.
Year 5 – Memories
Year 6 – Letters home
With our increased number of pupils on the playground at break and lunchtime, this week we have trialled a split of KS1 and KS2. We have also invested in new outdoor games for those children who wish to play them during lunchtime break. We are pleased with these changes which have resulted in calmer playtimes that are easier for adults to monitor.
Our Choir performed at St Albans Cathedral during the Civic Service for the Mayor. We were the only school invited and were asked to sing two songs during the service. Along with the Mayor, there were many dignitaries attending and it was quite an experience for all of us to see them arriving in their splendid regalia. It was also an incredible and inspiring experience for the choir to see and hear the Cathedral Choir perform a number of pieces.
The Sandridge School choir were wonderful. They performed ‘Kum bah yah’ and ‘Another Day in Paradise’. They not only sang beautifully in two and three part harmony (something that surprised many in the audience) but they also behaved impeccably. The soloists (Rhea, Charlotte and Josie) sang with perfect precision and suitable gusto and every member of the choir sung in tune, holding their own harmony part superbly.
A large number of people at the Mayor’s reception after the service praised the singing and behaviour of the choir and we could not have been more proud of them all.