Weekly Blog

22nd May – 26th May

Author Visits Test Valley School

On Monday 22nd May Test Valley School were treated to a visit from author Steve Cole when he introduced his fourth and final title in the explosive YOUNG BOND series of books. Steve’s work includes a broad range of books, sales of which have exceeded three million copies.

He gave our Year 7 & 8 pupils and visiting Year 6 pupils a unique insight into 1930s gadgets and inventions. The event was engaging and interactive as Steve explained how he became such a fan of Ian Fleming’s super-spy adventures. Steve shared the research behind his creation and introduced the new characters in his book. Afterwards, those that had purchased books could get them signed by the man himself and the library were lucky enough to get a signed copy to add to the collection already in stock. Thanks to all staff involved and to P&G Wells Bookshop and Authors Aloud UK who are helping Steve with his tour.

Here are a few pictures and reviews from the morning’s event.

Teaching French at Stockbridge Primary

On Monday 22nd May, four of our talented linguists taught their first French lesson to Year 4 and Year 5 pupils at Stockbridge Primary School. This is the second time that Test Valley School has had the opportunity to take a group of Year 9 pupils to their local primary school to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of a foreign language with budding French speakers.

Abbey Barton, Isabel Henrys, Sam Hunt and Sam Thompson planned their interactive lesson on zoo animals from start to finish and proved to be very competent teachers. Their plenary survey revealed that all the primary school pupils enjoyed the varied activities they had organised from a word-search to kinaesthetic games. The MFL Department looks forward to visiting Stockbridge Primary School next year to carry on this successful event with our current Year 8.



Congratulations to Joseph Lovell 8N who was this term’s winner of “Bobby’s Brainteasers”.

We had over thirty contenders in our Monday lunchtime quiz “Bobby’s Brainteasers” and the winner with all the correct answers pulled from the hat on Monday 22nd May was Joseph. His prize was a book and chocolates. Well done!

Come and join in every Monday in the Library to be in with a chance of winning at the end of next term.

Music Trip to Clatford Primary School

Six of our talented musicians went to Clatford Primary School for the afternoon on Wednesday 24th May to perform as part of the school’s annual Music Afternoon. Each pupil spoke briefly about their instrument and performed a short solo piece to help inspire primary pupils to take up a musical instrument and encourage those who already play by demonstrating what can be achieved with continued practice and dedication.

Rebecca Ledwidge led the way for Test Valley playing her flute. Later, Felix Hammer woke everyone up with his cornet playing, swiftly followed by Laurie Mossman-Smith rocking everyone with his electric guitar. The penultimate performance came from Josh Toze on saxaphone playing a number he had composed himself. Last but not least, Sophie Yates displayed an amazing voice, singing a very popular song. The event culminated in Clatford School’s very own popular percussion teacher playing an amazing set on the drums which raised the roof.

Prefect Interviews

On Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May, Year 10 pupils completed the process for becoming a Prefect.

They had already completed an application and on these days they faced a formal interview and a team building task.

Mrs Stubbs was aided by Carly and Rachel, two representatives from Lloyds Banking Group in Andover and the pupils probably felt a lot more nervous answering the interview questions from two professional people.

The team building task was designed to assess their cooperation and communication skills and ranged from building the tallest tower out of spaghetti or ten balloons to remembering and explaining a Lego structure to the rest of the team.

The pupils were fantastic throughout the two days and Carly and Rachel were very impressed at their maturity and commitment. Mrs Stubbs now has the unenviable task of deciding who the prefects will be for this year.


Happy Animals at Test Valley

Pupils studying Environmental Land Based Science have been keeping our animals happy. Who knew that rabbits and chickens got on so well…Environmental and Land Based Science

Five Weeks to Go…

Our Key Stage three pupils have been working hard all year to complete the Test Valley Challenge and now there are only five weeks to go until prizes are awarded. Keep up the good work!

Test Valley Challenge