The SBL Academy Newsletter: Communication and Celebration
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Message from the Principal

Our Open Evening was a great success last night. Feedback was extremely positive and there was a great feel to the academy. Our students were superb ambassadors, representing all of our staff well.  Parents commented on how approachable and friendly staff were and what a difference that was to other schools they had visited. They also talked about the great work on display and how tidy the school looked.  Please see below a quote from a parent, received this morning.
“I just had to email to say what a fantastic Open Evening you held last night. That was the third one I have been to in the last couple of weeks and this was by far the best one. Everyone we spoke to was helpful, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. The amount of work examples you had on show was amazing and the standard was fabulous. The students and staff were all very friendly and the facilities you have there are excellent. Everybody there is clearly very proud of their school.
Sorry for the gushing message, I just felt it needed to be said!”

Welcome Breakfast

To welcome our new year 7s, the Modern Language department held welcome breakfasts in M25 before school. The German "Frühstück" took place on Tuesday 12th September and the French "Petit Déjeuner" on Thursday 14th September.  Both were well attended and gave the students the opportunity to sample typical French and German breakfast foods, as well as practising the introductions and greetings they have learned so far.

New Homework System

The Academy's new homework system, Insight, is now live.  Students can access it by going to or by following the link on the Academy website.  They will be able to log in with their school username and password and access their homework, timetables and associated files.

Insight is more than just a homework system, and over the next few months we will be rolling out additional features, such as the ability to update contact details, etc.  As a result, the parent access for this has not yet been activated, we will provide instructions in the next few weeks.

If students have any problem accessing Insight please direct them to IT support in the school who should be able to help with resetting passwords.

Creative & Media


Year 11 GCSE Art and Photography students have been given their exam questions for their PPEs in December.  Students should be hard at work completing research and are welcome to make use of the Art and Photography rooms after school - they should speak to their teacher about this.

Year 10 and year 13 Art students will be visiting Bristol Museum and Art Gallery next month to undertake research as part of their coursework.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

We are very pleased to announce that this year's production will be the well-known musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.  Rehearsals are already underway, but if there are any students who still want to perform in the show, they need to see Miss Harland as soon as possible.

Members of the Art Club have already received their commission to design and make some of the set for the performances.  Miss Harland and Mr Corkish are looking forward to them presenting their ideas in a few weeks.

Performances will take place from 30th January to 2nd February 2018 and full details will be in future editions of the newsletter.

Year 7 BookBuzz Scheme and Author Visit

Year 7 students will be taking part in BookBuzz, a reading programme which gives students the opportunity to choose and keep their own book from a list of 17 specially selected titles.  Parents and carers of year 7 students will receive a letter about this soon.

Fleur Hitchcock, the author of Murder in Midwinter, (one of the books on this year's BookBuzz list) will be visiting the school on Friday 29th September, to talk to year 7 students about her book and her writing process.  Books will be available to buy for any students wishing to do so, and Fleur will be in the Library at break time to sign books and talk with students from all year groups.

Upcoming Library Events

On 10th October, SBL students will get the chance to meet and listen to the fantastic author and spoken word artist, Steven Camden (AKA PolarBear).  He will be talking to all year groups throughout the day and his books will be available to buy. More news on this soon!


Ambitions Careers Education Event

For young people, the process of making decisions about the future, what courses to choose and what to aim for in education and employment has become increasingly complex.

To help students think more effectively about the future and the decisions they will face about education and employment, SGS College has organised an AMBITIONS CAREERS EDUCATION EVENT for Year 9 students on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th October 2017, hosted at the South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS) WISE Campus BS34 8LP.

All Year 9 students will visit the event during the course of the normal school day and will take part in 4 different interactive workshops with employers.  Students from SBL Academy will be visiting the AMBITIONS event on Wednesday 18th October.  To help with making decisions about what workshops to choose, all Year 9 students have had the opportunity to take part in a series of preparatory activities in school.

On Tuesday 17th October, all Year 7 to 13 students from North Bristol and South Gloucestershire schools and their parents will have an opportunity to visit the AMBITIONS EVENING EVENT between 4:30 and 7:30 pm.

National Citizens Service

National Citizens Service (NCS) is an experience that students really don't want to miss.  If you're 15-17 years old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life.  More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS including many SBL students.  Years 10, 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to find out more about the NCS programme in their PSHE lessons.

SBL students fundraising during the summer NCS programme

Road Safety

Please talk to your children about road safety if they are walking or cycling to and from school.  There was an incident recently when a student hit the front of a car while going round a bend too quickly on his bike.  Fortunately he was not hurt because the driver was going very slowly, but it could have caused a serious accident.

Meningitis Information

We are aware that there has recently been some concerns about cases of meningitis in the Bristol area.  We would like to pass on some information from Public Health England and the Head of School Nursing in South Gloucestershire which you may find useful.

Recent meningitis B cases in Bristol (Pdf, 59kb)

Meningitis B FAQs (Pdf, 50kb)

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