Principal's Message
Weekly Message
   Added/Edited on the 19/11/2018     Previous Messages

‘Care and respect for self and others’ is a personal quality which we value highly at Longsands Academy and this past week has provided numerous examples of staff, students and parents/carers working together to support each other and the communities they are part of.

We returned on Monday to learn that a number of our students had participated in Sunday’s events, within their respective communities, to mark Remembrance. The students engaged in a range of roles including as a member of the Scout movement, the Army and Air Force cadets and simply as a member of the watching crowd; whatever your role, we are proud of the part you played to pay respects to all those affected by conflict.

I have also been struck this week by the increasing role played by our Prefect body, led by Miss Saunders who has responsibility for Key Stage 4 Student Voice. This week the Prefects’ Outreach Committee visited Nelson Lodge Care Home to meet and support residents. On Thursday, I had the pleasure of visiting a Year 8 form to watch our Head girl, Tara Loader, and Lucy Davies-Parratt lead a weekly knowledge quiz with 8BJD during afternoon registration. This routinely takes place with all Year 8 tutor groups whose members thoroughly enjoy engaging with such exemplary role models as well as having fun whilst challenging their knowledge.

On Thursday, we welcomed an impressive number of students and parents to the Astrea Sixth Form Open evening where they were afforded the opportunity to not only see the range of courses on offer but also speak with staff and students to guide post-16 pathways. Continuing with this week’s theme of students supporting communities, I was hugely impressed by the professionalism and maturity demonstrated by the student guides and we have received significant feedback commenting on their enthusiasm and passion for their chosen subjects and their wider experiences within the sixth form.

Finally, the week ended with the school community coming together to support Children In Need with activities and events led by Mr Lampett and Mr Walker, ably assisted by our Key Stage 3 Student Voice representatives. Students donated £1 to wear non-uniform items and then enjoyed a very popular bake sale at break and lunch; our thanks to all those who ate and/or baked to support this cause. During the week, SV reps have been visiting classrooms selling ducks for a national race, organised by Children in Need; this was streamed live at 1pm on Friday.

Excitement had been mounting all week for the Staff Vs Staff Charity Football Match which kicked-off at 5pm on Friday at St Neots Town Football club who work in partnership with Longsands to deliver a Sports curriculum for Post 16 students; my personal thanks for their free loan of their First Team strip, the pitch and the club house. Whilst I am awaiting details of the exact numbers who attended, the turnout from the community was superb and I am delighted to say that they were treated to an action-packed match which finished 5-1 to the reds. We will post a grand total raised as soon as final monies are in.

I am always honoured to lead such a wonderful community of staff and students and am acutely aware of, and grateful for, the support of so many parents/carers as well as the local community. This week so many stakeholders have stepped-up and engaged with the opportunities which have served to demonstrate the values and qualities which we share as members of our local and national communities; be proud of yourselves and your children.

Martin Paine