Weekly Blog

20th November – 24th November

St Paul’s Cathedral Visit

St Paul's Cathedral LondonA group of 45 Year 10 and Year 11 pupils travelled to London on Friday 24th November to visit St Paul’s Cathedral. After a short break at Covent Garden to have lunch, pupils walked to St Pauls and were shown around the Cathedral by members of the Education Team. Pupils were engaged throughout and asked a number of interesting questions. These included how the impact of terrorism has affected the Cathedral and how Christians are viewed. Before leaving the Cathedral pupils had the opportunity to climb to the Whispering Gallery, although due to renovations pupils were unable to ascend to the top of the dome.

Years 10/11 ‘Your Choices’ Theatre Production

Years 10/11 ‘Your Choices’ Theatre Production On Wednesday 22nd November actors from the Solomon Theatre Production Company came to Test Valley School and performed to all Year 10 & Year 11 pupils. The story focused on three Year 11 pupils with differing backgrounds, interests, aspirations and learning styles. They each faced unique barriers to following their own careers and individual learning paths.

‘Your Choices’ was developed in partnership with Wiltshire County Council and its aim was to show the three different learning styles (kinaesthetic, visual & auditory) and explain the learning pathways that suit each one. The performance also highlighted the barriers to learning and the influences on young people when making their choices.

The performance followed the three pupils on a creative, zany and intriguing journey as they found the confidence and self-belief to chart their own learning course through the sea of subject choices and career options. It was packed with humour, making an impact on its target audience and signposting to them the next steps along their own learning road.

Year 7 Film Festival

As part of the Stockbridge Into Cinema Festival there was an opportunity for Year 7 pupils to visit Stockbridge Town Hall this week for a showing of the film ‘The Eagle Huntress’. The film covered a variety of themes including diversity, identity and respect as well as supporting a number of curriculum areas.

It was an enjoyable and educational morning for our pupils. We are grateful for the invitation to be involved in this annual event again.

Year 10 RE: Nature of God

Year 10 RE: Nature of God

Year 10 RE: Nature of GodYear 10 pupils have been looking at the Nature of God and the Trinity. In the pictures pupils are trying to put together a jigsaw that shows a picture representing the Trinity. The jigsaw led pupils into a debate about the nature of God and key questions raised during the lesson included ‘How can Jesus be fully God but also fully human?’