Monthly Archives: October 2018

Libraries Week 2018

Libraries Week 2018

This week was a busy week for the Library, with activities and promotions running throughout the week. On Wednesday Mrs Lowin ran some games in the library, which involved pupils looking for books with only their covers and initials for clues and answering some quiz questions. It was great to hear the pupils talking about… Read more »

Indoor Sports Hall Athletics Competition

Indoor Sports Hall Athletics Competition

The Year 10 Sports Leaders help to organise and score at the Primary Schools Indoor Sports Hall Athletics competition on Monday 15th October. Six local primary schools took part in the jumping, throwing and running events with eight members per school team. Two coaches from the Personal Best Education coaching company completed the final scores and… Read more »

Year 9 MP3 Speaker Challenge

This term some of Year 9 pupils are spending their D+T lessons designing and making MP3 speakers. They are using recycled amplifier circuit boards and following a basic, casing design that pupils have to develop to make a more marketable product. As inspiration for their design ideas they have been encouraged to give their design ‘personality’ and have… Read more »

Primary School Cross Country

Primary School Cross Country

The annual Primary School Cross Country event took place at our school on Wednesday 3rd October with a glorious summer day. The Year 8 and 10 Sports Leaders helped to organise and host the event taking group warm ups, giving out the results card and marshalling the course. Some Leaders were ahead of the runners… Read more »

Sports Leadership in Year 10

Sports Leadership in Year 10

Sports Leaders Level 1 course is a national qualification recognised by all schools and colleges. At Test Valley School Year 10 pupils are selected for the course and complete it during their Year 10 core PE lessons with extra opportunities available in and out of school hours. It mainly consists of working with our local… Read more »

Pupil Saves a Hedgehog!

Hedgehog

Pisces, as he was immediately named, the hedgehog was rescued from the school pool by a brave pupil last week. After an opportunity to recover and dry off in the Science department Pisces was released safely back into the wild next to a large pile of leaves and twigs.

‘Stomp’ in the Classroom with Year 7

Stomp in the Classroom with Year 7

In Music lessons Year 7 pupils have been learning about ‘Musical Elements’ and are applying this new vocabulary to developing and improving classroom ‘Stomp’ pieces in small groups. Stomp are a world-renowned musical group who make musical performances using everyday objects and incorporating drama. The class watched a clip of Stomp’s ‘Kitchen’ performance in which… Read more »

Congratulations

Oliver

Congratulations to Oliver Harper-Adams in Year 11 who has become the 2018 Hampshire Junior Champion in the CPSA Accredited and international FITASC Compact Sporting shooting discipline held in West Sussex in September. This is an excellent achievement and certainly shows ’pursuit of personal excellence’. Well done Oliver!

GCSE Textiles and Designs Soar Above National GCSE Average

Textiles

Mrs Cross (Subject Leader for Food and Textiles) is delighted to report that 100% of Test Valley School pupils passed their Textiles and Designs GCSE with 85% achieving grades of A* – C, which is well above the national average of 74%.

The ‘Big’ Questions

In Religious Studies Year 8 have been studying the ‘big’ questions in life. They started off by sharing their ideas as a class on seven big questions. These included ‘What happens when we die?’, ‘Does God exist?’ and ‘Is world peace possible?’ Pupils then chose one of the questions to study further and working in pairs… Read more »

Open Evening and Open Mornings

September 2018 Open Evening

On Monday evening and Thursday and Friday mornings we opened our doors to showcase our school to prospective pupils and their families. Everyone – pupils, teachers and support staff – all joined together to share and celebrate our school community. When families arrived for our Open Evening, they were greeted and welcomed by smiling Year… Read more »

Past Year 11 Annual Certificate Presentation Evening 2018

Exam Results

Past Year 11 pupils are invited to the Annual Certificate Presentation Evening on Tuesday 20th November at 6:45 pm in the main school hall (please note this is a change of date). The formal part of the evening will involve the presentation of the GCSE certificates to all who attend with a number of special… Read more »