Weekly Blog

16th October – 20th October

Year 8 PE

The weather was not getting the better of the PE department this week with Year 8 boys testing their netball skills in the sports hall. In line with the new GCSE syllabus all pupils are now taking part in netball during Key Stage 3.

The pupils were demonstrating their knowledge of the rules of netball by performing, officiating and coaching in this lesson. We always encourage pupils to learn through playing a game, testing their knowledge and understanding in a practical situation as well as building up positive team work skills as they work together to be successful.

Winchester Science Centre Visit

It has been another busy week for our Science department this week. We were fortunate to have Winchester Science Centre join us for the day to present to our pupils and demonstrate various aspects of science. The talk to KS3 pupils involved an introduction to the variety of waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. Pupils were able to use a thermal imaging camera and see the gold sheet space blanket used by Tim Peake. This reflects Infrared radiation and appears opaque but close up is transparent. In order for pupils to get an idea of the scale of the universe they were reminded that it would take eleven days without a break to count to 1 million and 33 years to count to 1 billion, the universe is about 28 billion light years across. Some KS4 pupils also attended a presentation and shown how visible light interacts with atoms to emit light.

eBooks Available to All

Miss Needs in the Library is excited to announce the availability of eBooks. All staff and pupils have access to the system and can read on a computer, or on a mobile device using the app.

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To get started:

Any pupils with questions can ask Miss Needs in the Library at breaktime or lunchtime, or speak to one of the pupil librarians.

Shoe Box Appeal 2017

Each year Test Valley School, in association with Andover Rotary Club, help support those children around the world less fortunate by encouraging pupils to fill shoe boxes with gifts for them to receive. As the final deadline for handing in shoe boxes approaches we are pleased to announce that we have already collected 132 shoe boxes, breaking last year’s record number. The boxes will be collected by the Rotary Club on Wednesday 1st November to make sure they arrive in plenty of time to their destination.