Finish the Forest
This year, our Aim High project is to finish our local forest by supporting all of our students to visit Heartwood Forest and plant their own tree. The Woodland Trust began the planting project in 2009 and our school has been invited to finish the planting project by adding the last new trees to the forest. We recognise this as a tremendous opportunity to support our local community and also encourage our students to engage with their local environment creating a lasting legacy for the future.
Weather Balloon Launch
At 10:34am on the 16th March 2017, Sandringham successfully launched a High Altitude Balloon into near-space. This was the culmination of over 6 months of work by over 60 students split into teams that dealt with the programming, fabrication of the payload, tracking and radio operation. Permission was sought from the Civil Aviation Authority and we nervously kept an eye on atmospheric conditions and wind direction to determine a launch time and date.
Our students have created history by becoming the first people to make an amateur radio call from the UK to a British astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS). We managed to successfully bid for the chance to link up with the ISS and we were selected as the first to speak with astronaut Major Tim Peake. Our students only had ten minutes to speak to Tim before the ISS went out of range, but this proved tougher than initially hoped due to communication challenges. However, Tim managed to answer five of the students’ questions. Our Headteacher Alan Gray explained that there were always going to be some risks with contacting space. “Although some difficulty, it has been a great success. We always knew that there was going… to be a few technical issues to resolve. This was the first time the space station equipment had been used so it was always going to be a bit of a risk. But we got there in the end and we had five questions asked and the rest of the audience heard Tim speak.”