Weekly Blog

30th January – 3rd February

Bronze Ambassador Day 2017

Nominated Pupil Ambassadors from local primary schools arrived at Test Valley with the expectation of a full and varied day. Four pupils from each school had been selected for this day by their primary school teachers as these pupils who had the required qualities to make a good Ambassador. The Young Sports Leaders from Test Valley helped with the activities and worked with each school looking at the Ambassador roles and responsibilities.  Specific tasks were allocated to the Ambassadors and they are to try and introduce them into their schools over the next few weeks. Some schools already had some of the tasks in place but the majority of pupils saw these as new challenges to help promote sport in their school. The six ‘Spirit of the Games’ values were also discussed and used throughout the day. These are : Honesty, Self Belief, Respect, Determination, Passion and Teamwork. This initiative is organised through the Youth Sports Trust which runs events across the country for young people.

Primary Indoor Girls’ Football

Earlier in the week, ten of our Sports Leaders from Year 10 helped to organised and run the annual indoor football event. The Leaders were refereeing, scoring and encouraging all of the six primary schools that attended. It was a very close competition with Wherwell School becoming the winners for 2017 with Wallop as runners up.

New Age Kurling

New Age KurlingThe Year 7 New Age Kurling competition continues with the tutor groups competing against each other in a very tight and close event. With only one week left to the final matches, three teams have equal points: 7A / 7D and 7S, so it could all be down to the scoring of each match with points awarded by the Year 8 Young Leaders.

The competition is run by the Year 8 Young Sports Leaders as their final assessment for their course running on Tuesday lunchtimes.

The Year 7 pupils will be working with the Year 8 Leaders in a tutor group event to introduce the new course so the Year 7 pupils can sign up to join the Sports Leaders which is every Tuesday lunchtime.

The Young Sports Leaders work with the primary pupils from our local schools just like Year 10. A lunchtime taster session for Year 7 is happening on Tuesday 14th Feb for the official start of the course with Year 8 helping to mentor.

Test Valley Writing Group

Pupils are very excited about the new extra-curricular activity now available to all year groups. This is a writing group for those who wish to take part in writing competitions, maybe try their hand at journalism or if they just need a little extra help and guidance with their Home Learning Tasks. Mrs March is running the group on Wednesday lunchtimes and said:

“This is a great opportunity for pupils.”

Wyrd Sisters Rehearsals

Wyrd SistersOver the last few weeks many of our staff and pupils have been giving up their own time to rehearse for this year’s performance of Terry Pratchett’s “The Wyrd Sisters”. Clare Stubbs (Subject Leader, Drama) commented:

“Each year I am impressed with the dedication and professionalism of many of our pupils, and this year has certainly lived up to expectation. It is lovely to see the enthusiasm and commitment they have to making the production a success”.

Make sure you do not miss their performances on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February at 7pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. They can be purchased outside Pupil Services at lunchtimes.

Year 7 Food Technology

Recently, our Year 7 pupils have been making basic scones in their Food Technology lesson, but this week we wanted to try something new and ignite their culinary imaginations. They were given the opportunity to make a different flavour or shaped scone — either sweet or savoury, using an additional two or three ingredients. Mrs Cross (Subject Leader, Food) commented that

“There were some interesting combinations and the pupils had lots of fun experimenting with their own ideas. It was a very successful lesson”.