On Wednesday 28th June, our Year 11 pupils had their leaver’s prom at the Botleigh Grange Hotel near Southampton.
Pupils arrived in stylish vehicles ranging from Hummers and an Aston Martin to a go-kart. There was a great turnout from both pupils and staff, all of which were dressed to the nines in beautiful gowns and smart suits. The event was a wonderful success: a fantastic final farewell and celebration of their time at Test Valley School.
On Friday 23rd June Test Valley School celebrated Midsummer in the Modern Languages department. We created Midsummer flower crowns, learned some phrases in a selection of Nordic languages and tasted Scandinavian food and drink which was delicious. This was all planned by Year 9 Language Leader Sam Hunt, so well done Sam on a great lunchtime activity!
Test Valley School hosted a ‘Superheroes’ themed workshop in dance for our local primary schools. This festival event has been successfully running for 12 years.
Sports Leaders, all pupils at Test Valley School, started planning this for this year back in November with Mrs Smith (School Sports Co-ordinator). Pupils from the local primary schools of Lockerley, Broughton, West Tytherley, Stockbridge, King’s Somborne, Wallop & Wherwell were invited to attend the festival over 3 days.
The Gremlin Dance Company taught the primary school pupils a morning workshop based around the theme “Superhero” with choreography around their understanding of what makes a hero. The children explored the idea that even small, everyday acts of kindness constitute being a superhero and working together to make the world a better place.
Children learned set dance as well as composing their own motifs to beat the evil ‘Dr Groove’! Pupils performed their own school dance in the afternoon. The VIP guests presented gold medals to all the primary school pupils. These medals were presented for enthusiasm with 100% effort throughout the day and excellent team work. The special VIP guests on Weds 28th June included the Mayor of Test Valley Councillor Mr Neal and the Mayoress Mrs Neal with the Town Mayor of Romsey Councillor Mr Hibberd. Both Mayors attended the dance showcases in the afternoon and presented the gold medals to the pupils at the end of the day.
Without our key sponsors this event could not take place: These were Hildon Natural Mineral Water, represented by Debbie Jones (Executive Director), Simplyhealth represented by Mrs Marshall (Community Fund Co-ordinator) Michael Austin Harlick Awards represented by Mrs Mills (Programme Manager of PE and School Sport). Mayor of Test Valley Councillor Mr Neal said:
“[We have] just been entertained with three amazing dance performances illustrating the theme “superheroes”. Well done to the West Tytherley and Wherwell primary schools.”
This week Test Valley School hosted its Year 5 Taster Day for pupils from over 30 different primary schools. The day is to give them a taster of what life is like at Test Valley School. Theme of the day was an Italian Day and pupils tried various activities including making pizza, learning about Romeo & Juliet, learning numbers in Italian and have a swimming lesson in our wonderful outdoor pool. It really was a lovely day and pupils enjoyed themselves very much, all going home with a certificate on completing the day.
Year 10 Geographers visited Portsmouth and Southsea as part of their GCSE course. The focus of the visit was to practise fieldwork techniques.
Pupils carried out some sampling along the beach at Southsea, investigating the angle of slope of the beach and the extent to which transportation sorts beach material in to size. The group also visited Gunwharf Quay to investigate the sphere of influence of the shopping centre and whether the centre is a “clone” of every other shopping centre in the country. Pupils conducted interviews with members of the public as well as surveys of the types of shops which made up the shopping centre. The pupils will write up their findings in lessons and use the skills they have developed when they sit their Applied Fieldwork examination in Year 11.