Weekly Blog

6th February – 10th February

Sport at Test Valley

Swimming champion
At the weekend Katey Dallolio competed in the Hampshire championships in which she swam a total of six races. Katey achieved new personal bests in all of her races, and in breaststroke this resulted in her qualifying for the regional championships in May. Well done Katey!

Cross Country Running
A massive congratulations to Nile Battey who has been selected to run Cross Country for Hampshire – Well done Nile!

Our Boys U16 rugby team played a superb match earlier this week against Wyvern College. Test Valley owned the match from the off, resulting in a final score of 59-0 to Test Valley.

Our Year 7 Girls team played against Wellington Year 7 girls. It was a close game throughout and both teams played exceptionally well but the winners were Test Valley with a score of 4-3. The player of the match was Abby Standfield.

Test Valley Girls U14 Girls Basketball team recently competed in a local basketball tournament. The four schools taking part were Wellington, Harrow Way, Rookwood and Test Valley. Each school played brilliantly and every pupil demonstrated true sportsmanship. Test valley were delighted to come 2nd.

The Hampshire Cup quarter finals took place this week and Test Valley’s Year 11 Football team played three brilliant matches against some stiff competition. For the three matches, the results were as follows:
Test Valley 2 V 4 Hounsdown (Player of the Match was Will Samways)
Test Valley 0 V 6 Kings (Player of the Match was Sam Thompson)
Test Valley 3 V 4 Toynbee (Player of the Match was George Goff)

MFL Masterclass

On Wednesday 8th February the MFL department welcomed a group of Year 5 pupils from our local primary schools for a masterclass in German and Spanish. Mrs Newland taught the pupils how to greet each other – they had conversations with puppets and sang a song. They also learned how to sing ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in German. The group had a break for squash and a biscuit and then went with Mrs Dover to start the Spanish session. They learnt some numbers, colours and animals and sang Old MacDonald in Spanish!

The MFL department would like to thank the staff and pupils from the primary schools for coming along to experience language learning at our school. A big thank you to the Year 9 helpers: Rebecca Ledwidge, Issy Henrys, Sam Hunt, Alejandra Perez-Allen, Issy Sinclair and Xander Taylor.

New Age Kurling

New Age Kurling

This week saw the finals of the Year 7 New Age Kurling competition. It was a very close competition with two teams taking fourth place and a close battle for first and second place. The final scores were:

2017 Winners were 7A

Second place to 7S

Third place to 7D

Joint fourth place to 7G and 7N

Well done to all 5 teams and congratulations to the Year 8 Young Sports Leaders who are now fully qualified and have completed their course!!

Hampshire Youth Speaks competition

Our Year 11 Youth Speaks team (Charlotte Thorpe, Callum Giles and Laura Keane) took part in the next round of the Rotary Public Speaking Competition on Wednesday, 8th February.  The team delivered a speech entitled ‘Not so Smart’, and posed the question: are we all guilty of spending too much time on our smartphones? The team were up against stiff competition facing a Sixth Form team from Bishop Wordsworth School and a team from Romsey School.

Romsey School, who delivered a speech examining the hidden side of disability, were judged the winners on the night.

We were not deflated as we received some excellent feedback from the judges who said that our team were confident and business-like. They praised Charlotte’s logical and well developed speech. The judges liked that our team spoke about their own personal experience and related it to the topic. Well done to the team who despite rehearsals, fixtures and revision managed to find time to fit in this competition too!

Blind Date with a book

Next week the school library will be encouraging pupils to have a blind date with a book, in order to try and encourage our pupils to read something a little different from what they might normally chose. The idea is that they chose a covered book from the library, read it and discover something new.