Weekly Blog

27th February – 3rd March

Hampshire Literature Quiz

Last week a team consisting of four pupils (Cody Marsh, Cerys Hotchkiss, Olivia Rolfe and Isabella Moriniere) travelled to Romsey School for the Hampshire Schools Literature Quiz. There were many teams from schools all over Hampshire taking part. The aim of the quiz is to promote the enjoyment of reading and to give pupils an opportunity to demonstrate their breadth of knowledge across all areas of children’s fiction.

Although our team didn’t win this time around all commented on how much they enjoyed the experience.

Great Work in Design Technology

Over the past couple of months Year 8 pupils have been working on a large project, to design, develop and construct bird feeders. They had to be made out of plywood, with wire mesh to hold the nuts or other type of solid bird feed. Pupils worked hard from the initial design to constructing the final product. Throughout the process many different skills and techniques were required, including the use of a CAM machine (Computer Aided Manufacture).

Mr Langdown Commented “The quality of the work produced was second to none with a particular stand out piece of work from Bradley Hall. Not only did Bradley produce a brilliant bird feeder, but he wrote a fantastic article which takes us on the journey of its development”. If you would like to read the full article, this will be published in our Spring Term Newsletter shortly.

Learning about German Culture

The so-called “Fifth Season” in Germany

This week some of our German lessons were rather colourful, celebrating Karneval the ‘German way’. Our Year 10 pupils especially enjoyed the customs, songs, dances and fun costumes whilst they learnt about the history of and the reasons behind this celebration madness enjoyed by most Germans in readiness for Lent. Mr Langdown popped in to the lesson and got involved too!

Jensen Hawkes said:

“it was enjoyable to experience part of German culture and reflect on how their traditions are different from ours.”

Felix Hammer added:

“it was an enjoyable experience which gave him the opportunity to learn about German culture and have fun at the same time.”

Sport at Test Valley

Another busy week for Test Valley’s sports teams. At the start of the week the Year 9 pupils’ Sevens Rugby Tournaments sadly had to be abandoned due to the extremely wet weather we had causing the pitches to become water logged.

The U14 Girls Basketball team had a few weeks of varied results; their first match they lost to Westgate School but we are delighted to report that they beat Hamble the week before half term.

The U12 Rugby Tournament held at Test Valley this week was a challenging time for Test Valley’s team coming. Good effort boys!