Weekly Blog

4th December – 8th December

Visit by Holocaust Survivor

Holocaust SurvivorWe were delighted to host a talk by Walter Kammerling on Thursday 7th December. Walter, a very young 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, spoke to our Years 9 and 10 pupils about his experiences of the Holocaust and coming to Britain on the Kindertransport two weeks before Christmas when he was 15 years old. Following his talk pupils had the opportunity to ask Walter questions about his experiences and his life both before and after the Holocaust. Walter’s talk was followed up on Friday 8th December with a facilitator from the Holocaust Education Trust coming in to deliver a workshop to our Year 9 pupils. There will be more information about Walter and his visit in the Autumn edition of the School Newsletter.

Walter Kammerling

Race for the Line

Race for the LineRace for the LineThis week our Year 7 pupils enjoyed a whole day taking part in “Race for the Line”. This involves them working in teams of four to design, shape and build a model rocket car. Following this on 27th February they will take part in a launch day in school with timed runs. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils and enabled them to use and develop a wide range of STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The Living Rainforest

Last week on Monday 27th November over one hundred Year 7 pupils went to the ‘Living Rainforest’ in Newbury for the day. Our favourite part of the trip was seeing the snake coil around the tree and lunch was quite nice too. We also loved the sleeping sloth and the large bird that was allowed to run around wild.  The bus ride was good but the gift shop was even better. Altogether it was fun and an interesting experience and we would love to go back. We hope you like the photos below.

Written by Year 7 pupils Freddie Pharaoh and Thomas Lane

Living Rainforest Living Rainforest

Christmas Gig

Christmas GigThis week saw the return of our annual Christmas Christmas GigGig, and as always, it was a big success. Many staff and pupils got involved to help raise money for charity and bring the Christmas spirit to Test Valley. There was also a cake and sweets stall to further raise money towards the chosen charity of Diabetes UK.

Mr Willcox, who organised the gig, commented:

“It was a great event, all pupils enjoyed themselves and we saw some fantastic performances from all our pupils. Thank you to all that came to support this great event”.

Food Bank

Food BankTest Valley School is again supporting the Andover Food Bank this year, by getting staff and pupils to donate food / items to this wonderful organisation. Our Year 10 pupils are making a big effort in collecting items and their hard work is greatly appreciated. There is still time to donate and we hope to collect many more items before we have to deliver them at the end of term.