Weekly Blog

16th April – 20th April

Ski Trip 2018

The 2018 Test Valley School Ski Trip to Austria Zell am See was enjoyed by pupils and staff.

The ski resort was amazing and the pupils were fortunate enough to be skiing on the glacier for the whole week (3029m above sea level) – you can imagine the views!

Mrs Vaughan (Trip Organiser) said it was great for the staff to ski with the pupils each day and watch them progress. Some of the pupils were complete beginners who had never skied before but by the end of the week were tackling red runs. What an amazing achievement! The pupils also had the opportunity to go bowling, watch ice hockey, test their knowledge in a quiz night and to take in the sights of Zell am See town. The whole trip was a success from beginning to end. The pupils were so well behaved and were a credit to the school. Here’s to the next ski trip in 2020!

The Return of MFL Film Club

This week has seen the return of the MFL Film Club, this time organised by Sam Hunt and Sydney Reidy who chose to show ‘Mamma Mia’ in French. Pupils enjoyed watching the film and, as the songs were still in English, Miss Williams (MFL Subject Leader) could join in too. Watching a movie in a foreign language is a great way to improve pupils’ understanding and pronunciation.

Here Comes the Sun!

Here Comes the Sun!


Only a few weeks ago Test Valley School was covered in a blanket of snow and now we are enjoying the Spring sunshine. It was so warm last week that a few teaching groups were able to work outside. Pupils were happy and grateful to be outside and one of our Year 11 pupils, Lucy Greenwood, commented: “It was a real treat to be able to work outside under the school canopy, working in the fresh air really lifts your spirits”.


Year 4 PE & Humanities Workshops

Year 4 PE & Humanities WorkshopsTest Valley School welcomed a large group of Year 4 pupils from our local primary schools to come and experience Humanities and PE workshops. The morning was packed with various activities for the pupils to enjoy with Year 9 and 10 pupils supporting as well. The sports activities were based on developing and enhancing skills to work together e.g. team building, listening to others, trust and self-belief. In the History workshop pupils were asked to search through contemporary 1851 newspapers which showed the items at the Great Exhibition in Crystal, London. This event was a showcase of modern technology put on by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. The pupils had to find adverts in the newspapers for items such as beds, curtains, machines and home decorations to use in their own displays. In the Geography workshop pupils used an online digital mapping package to investigate the features of the UK.  Pupils were asked to be ‘place detectives’ and to use a series of maps and aerial photographs to unlock clues about some well-known landmarks e.g.. working out what was happening at Wembley Stadium in London, identifying certain areas of coastline being eroded and finding out how Milton Keynes grew in size over 70 years.