Weekly Blog

17th July – 21st July

Activities Week

Activities Week provides pupils with the opportunity to tackle different challenges, learn new skills and build new friendships. It is an important part of the school year enabling pupils to develop skills that are useful both in and out of the classroom. During the week we have tried to provide a varied choice of activities: some residential, some school based and some offering a carousel of choice that includes both school-based and/or outdoor activities.


  • French Experience – Year 7 only
  • Italy – Year 9/10
  • Ferny Crofts – Year 7-9
  • Germany – Year 8/9


  • Water and Land
  • Horse Riding
  • Art / Creative Workshops
  • Bushcraft
  • Fishing
  • Table Tennis
  • Squash
  • Power Boating
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Splashdown
  • Laverstock Farm
  • Racket Sports
  • Tree Runners
  • New Forest Waterpark
  • Samba and Steel Pans day workshop
  • Golf

A closer look at some of the activities:

Activities Week 2017

Germany Trip

Germany trip

Sixteen of our Year 8 and 9 pupils spent five sunny days in the Black Forest, Germany.

Each day was busy, visiting many different locations including Freiberg, Hasenhorn Coaster, Badeparadiso Indoor Waterpark, Titisee Lake, Triberg Water Falls and Europa Park.

Pupils had a wonderful time visiting new places and experiencing different adventures with their friends.

Germany trip

France Trip

France trip64 Year 7 pupils sFrance triptayed at the beautiful ‘Château Beaumont’ which is an education and language centre situated near Laval in the Département of Mayenne to the south of Normandy.

The château is set in 10 acres of private grounds. The pupils were given the opportunity to take part in many activities such as wall climbing, archery, zip-wire and swimming.  There were also evening activities such as a talent show, treasure hunt, fancy dress and disco, which the pupils enjoyed very much.

During the week we visited Mont St Michel, the walled city of St Malo and a local street market. It really was a wonderful week in France both staff and pupils enjoyed their experience and many of the staff at Château Beaumont commented on how delightful our pupils were.

France trip

Italy Trip

Italy tripWe took 33 Year 9 and 10 pupils for five very busy days visiting many places such as a 4D cinema on the history of Rome, Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, St Peter’s Basillica, Castel St Angelo, Piazza Navona, St Sebastino Catacombs, Villa Poppaea, pizza making and Tarentella show, boat trip down the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. There were many highlights from the week, the whole week was fantastic. All the pupils got along well together and worked together and the trip was a great success.

Italy trip

Land & Water Activities

Land and Water Activities

Mr Langdown shares his experience and thoughts on the Land and Water Activities, consisting of action packed activities such as an obstacle water course, go-karting, zip wire, rock climbing and many more:Land and Water Activities

 “I had the pleasure of helping to plan and execute the ‘Water & Land’ activity for the week and observed and experienced pupils in a different capacity outside the classroom. The week offers more than just different experiences; it also builds upon their social interaction, which, in this day and age of modern technology keeping them firmly indoors, is somewhat refreshing and essential. Measuring the impact of these experiences on their lives is difficult but when you witness pupils challenging themselves to try out new skills and overcome obstacles, it is obvious to see that they are pushing themselves and each other outside of their comfort zones”.

Land and Water Activities

TVS Challenge

Test Valley Challenge

On Thursday 13th July Year 7, 8 & 9 pupils from Test Valley School celebrated completing their Test Valley Challenge and received a certificate and medal at a special presentation evening from one of our sponsors. It was lovely to welcome a number of pupils with their families.

Test Valley Challenge award ceremony

Over this school year pupils in Key Stage 3 have been given the opportunity to undertake a range of challenges to achieve their award. Those challenges were different for each year group and there were also three levels to reach based upon the number of challenges completed. The award works as shown in the table below.

Completing Year 7

Bronze Award

Year 8

Silver Award

Year 9

Gold Award

6 challenges Level One Level One Level One
8 challenges Level Two Level Two Level Two
10 challenges Level Three Level Three Level Three

Challenges included: writing a poem, volunteering, horticulture, arts & crafts, maths, drama, music, baking, a residential challenge, an open challenge, clubs, charity work, photography, reading, sports, Eisteddfod and practical activities.