Throughout December the staff and some Year 10 pupils at Test Valley have being doing a ‘reverse advent calendar’. We have brought in goods to take to Andover Foodbank for those less fortunate than us at Christmas. We are really proud of the kindness and generosity of both staff and pupils.
11th December – 15th December
On Wednesday 13th December a large number of our pupils and staff participated in the school’s annual Christmas Concert held at St Peter’s Church in Stockbridge.
Pupils and staff had worked hard rehearsing a varied selection of seasonal music and readings for the concert. This included the school choir, the orchestra, a staff choir and a number of smaller instrumental ensembles and vocal soloists. The concert was very well-attended by family and friends. It was led and conducted by Grace Leyman (Music Subject Leader), who said she was “delighted with the commitment, effort and enthusiasm shown by all pupils involved, working together to produce a thoroughly festive, quality performance”.
The evening was introduced by the Reverend Norton who also gave an address and led the prayers later in the service. Highlights included the candlelit opening to ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, led by soloist Lily Thomas-Tulloch; a beautiful rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ performed by soloist Freya Cavill, with choir backing; and the ever popular finale to the concert in which all joined in in ‘All I want for Christmas’ led by soloist Elyssa Newell. Musical highlights included a flute trio performing The Sleigh Ride’; a Year 11 Ensemble performing ‘White Christmas’ and a Saxophone solo: ‘King Boogie’ performed by Josh Toze.
Louisa Hiscock (Headteacher) summed it up commenting ‘the evening provided a wonderful introduction to the Christmas season and showcased the musical talents of our pupils and staff. The pupils who gave readings are also to be commended. Finally, out thanks to our hosts at St Peter’s Church who always make us so welcome each year’.
On Thursday 14th December we held an Interview Experience Day for all Year 11 pupils in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Andover. This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to prepare for their imminent college and/or apprenticeship interviews as well as receive some professional guidance on how to present their Personal Statement. During the interviews Year 11 pupils were assessed on:
- General appearance
- Body language
- Their Personal Statement
- Their interview responses and technique
- Leaving a good impression
Feedback was given to every pupil at the end of their interview and an assessment form will also be returned to each pupil within a week following the interview. This will provide clear feedback on their performance and may also suggest areas for improvement.