Weekly Blog

9th January – 13th January

Year 8 Trip to Neasden Mandir

On Friday morning, 44 Year 8 pupils, along with four members of staff made their way to Neasden Mandir in north-west London.  The pupils were looking forward to visiting the Hindu Temple as many had never been to one before. On arrival many of the pupils were in awe of the beauty of the Mandir as the building is magnificent. A number of hours were spent learning about the history of the building and the origins, beliefs and practices associated with the Hindu religion.  The pupils watched a very informative video explaining the Mandir building and how important the construction was, almost 5,000 tonnes of carved Italian marble and Bulgarian limestone were shipped between India and London and none were damaged. The pupils then had an opportunity to view the exhibition within the Mandir, learning about the Hindu beliefs, gods and goddesses.  They were very fortunate to be allowed to take part in the Hindu Arti prayer service.  This took place in the main prayer hall, again the beauty of this part of the Mandir was breath-taking in particular the numerous Murtis enshrined in this area. After the ceremony the pupils were invited to ask any further questions.  Many of the pupils took away a vast amount of information about Hinduism.  This will help them in R.E lessons, as they are just beginning to learn about this religion.  The pupils were well behaved and extremely respectful during their visit to Neasdon Mandir.  This was also commented on by one of the volunteers working in the Mandir, who said they are a credit to Test Valley School.

Update from the Pupil Council

This week we the Pupil Council met with our canteen manager to discuss some of our ideas for the canteen.  We wanted to feel we could have a say in some of the different aspects of the canteen and we are very excited for the launch of a weekly meal deal. We are also very excited about the launch of the ‘Design a Logo’ competition.  Everyone in the school will be invited to enter this competition, we are looking for a unique logo that can become the emblem of our Pupil Council. We have also managed to claim a space along the main school corridor and a Pupil Council display has been created, this will be sure to inform everyone of current information regarding Pupil Council meetings. And finally, some of us are busy creating the new ‘Speak Out’ boxes.  These boxes will visit every tutor group within the school every other week.  Pupils will be invited to place any ideas, issues or concerns in this box and these will be discussed during Pupil Council meetings. The aim is to allow every pupil to have the opportunity a say within our school.

As you can see we have had a very busy start to the year.  We look forward to updating you next month on some of the very exciting ideas we are currently discussing.

Year 10 GCSE RE

Year 10 GCSE RE pupils have recently finished studying Beliefs and Teachings in Buddhism and have moved on to looking at the Nature of God in Christianity. In the photos pupils are engaged in a competition to complete jigsaws showing a symbolic dr awing representing the Trinity.

Taster Day at Sparsholt College

The 12th January was a very wet and windy day, nevertheless thirty-four of our Year 9 pupils visited Sparsholt College for their 14-16 College Open Day.

There were a range of courses on offer from Equine, Animal Management and Fisheries, the more technically minded courses of Engineering, Motor Vehicle Mechanic and Agriculture.

All pupils had a fantastic time, despite the weather, and got to take part in riding classes, creating plant holders, handling the animals and looking at different aspects at the college. Pupils asked some really in depth questions and had the opportunity to discuss post GCSE classes as well as the 14-16 courses.

A Win for Test Valley’s Football Team

FootballOn Tuesday 10th January Test Valley Year 8 Boys football team played against Wellington Academy.

Test Valley were on the right side of a 4-3 score when playing Wellington Academy. Test Valley took an early lead through Callum Lowe but were pegged back by 2 wonder goals from Wellington. Bob Scobie-Dixon equalised for Valley with a wonder goal of his own and the scores were level at half time. Wellington regained the lead midway through the second half with another spectacular goal with the Wellington Midfielder claiming his hat trick.

With four minutes left it looked like a defeat for Test Valley until a long clearance from Goal keeper Daniel Butt and an excellent timed run by Callum Lowe to put himself in a position to chip the opposing goal keeper, which Callum executed perfectly. Scores level. 2 minutes later Joe Lynch was bursting down the left hand side and from what seemed an impossible angle slotted the ball in the far corner, which turned out to be the winner for Test Valley. It was a great game played in a good spirit by both teams.

College Interviews

Over the past week our Year 11 pupils have been attending interviews for a place at Peter Symonds College once they have completed their journey here at Test Valley. Many of the staff from Peter Symonds complimented our pupils on their exceptional behaviour and for the way they conducted themselves throughout the interview process. Interviews for other sixth form providers, including Andover and Sparsholt College, will follow.

The Epiphany

Last week, The French Department celebrated with 7A and 7N The Epiphany or The Twelfth Night (this marks the visit to the baby Jesus by the three Kings).

Pupils learnt about how French families celebrate this special day. They enjoyed tasting the traditional Kings’ pie in the hope of finding a charm in their slice.

Pupils also joined in the song “J’aime la galette”. Oliver Argyle and Jude Whitlock were crowned Kings of 7A, whereas Tom Gregg and Alyssa Richardson were made King and Queen of 7N. All pupils deserved to be Kings and Queens on the day, so each created their own paper crown and a competition was held for the best crowns in each class. Kacey Cavill and Harry Franklin won the contest in 7A and Grace Phelan and Luke Findlay won in 7N.

Some pupils enjoyed the “galette” so much that they asked for the recipe and will be making their own at the weekend to share with their family.