Weekly Blog

5th March – 9th March

Green Global Challenge

Year 7 were recently presented with a Green Global Challenge to come up with ways to make Test Valley School more environmentally friendly, reduce our energy bills and reduce our carbon footprint. During their learn-to-learn lessons pupils have been working in groups to research ideas, investigate solutions and present their ideas in a persuasive way. On Tuesday 6th March all groups presented their ideas to their class and voted for a winning team. The winning teams from each class presented their ideas to the whole year group who voted for their favourite idea. A vast range of great ideas were presented and the winning teams from each class (pictured) included solar electric panels, solar heating for the school, bio mass electricity generation, a range of techniques to care for the school pool. The winning team proposed a rain water collection and filtering system which they costed and projected would be in profit within 8 -16 years after installation.

Year 9 Digital Industries Event

Year 9 Digital Industries EventOn Thursday 8th March (International Women’s Day) Year 9 went to Andover College for a fantastic event to enable Year 9 pupils to become aware of the vast range of fantastic opportunities available to them within the digital industries world of work. In the lecture theatre pupils were bombarded by a series of high speed presentations from female ambassadors working within the industries – real people with a passion and enthusiasm for their particular profession, including web design, neuroscientist, Microsoft technology solutions, programming and blogging. It was great to hear not just about how varied and interesting their work was but also the paths they had followed in order to arrive at their particular industry. There was a significant emphasis on the recruitment difficulties being faced by this industry and therefore the career opportunities available for young people – no wonder the industry pays on average 35% above national average salaries.

The lectures were followed by an interactive technology fair, just right to give the pupils some hands-on opportunities and show them what is going on in the digital world.

This event must have taken the organisers at Andover college a great deal of time to set up and we are very grateful for the opportunity and experience offered to our Year 9 pupils.

We do hope they are motivated and inspired by this opportunity.


Design Challenge Competition

Design Challenge CompetitionDesign Challenge CompetitionOn Wednesday 7th March, sixteen Year 7 pupils represented our school at the annual Test Valley Rotary Club Design Challenge. Pupils worked in teams of four but do not know what the challenge will be until they arrive. This year their task was to design and build a space capsule launch system with the space capsule being represented by a small hollow plastic golf ball. We were competing in the Foundation Category and were the only Year 7 teams there. Initially our teams, being the youngest there, were quite apprehensive but quickly got into the swing of things. Whilst we did not win this year all our teams were able to successfully launch the capsule. It was a fantastic design and engineering day and our pupils were a credit to their school. They all said they would like to take part again next year. 

School Library Service Literature Quiz

Miss Needs (Librarian) took a team of four pupils to Romsey School on Wednesday 7th March to take part in the Literature Quiz organised by the School Library Service. The event has been running for many years, promoting the enjoyment of reading by allowing those enthusiastic readers in schools to take the spotlight and represent their school in a countrywide competition.

School Library Service Literature Quiz

Our pupils worked brilliantly as a team and really enjoyed the event. Feedback received from Romsey School stated that the pupils from Test Valley School were ‘extremely polite and impressed the staff a lot’ – well done to the team!

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights. The first observance of this date was on February 28th 1909 in New York. The Library has a display of books to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women all over the world. Come and take a look!

International Women's Day

World Book Day Activities in the Library

World Book Day DisplayThe snow meant that the World Book Day activities originally planned for Thursday 1st March had to be re-arranged to Thursday 8th March. During lunchtime pupils from all years took part in a Book Quiz and Design a National Book Token competition. Sam Hunt won the book quiz and we had some great artistic entries for the competition. All entries will be sent off to National Book Tokens on Friday 23rd March so there is still time to enter – collect an entry form from Miss Needs to be in with an opportunity of winning books for yourself and the Library. All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 should have received their £1 book tokens to spend – do not forget to use them by 31st March 2018!