Weekly Blog

23rd April – 27th April

Festival of Friends – a Cause for Celebration!

Festival of Friends — A Cause for CelebrationFestival of Friends — A Cause for CelebrationFive Year 9 pupils have taken on the roles of Pupil Ambassadors as part of a project to ‘Raise Awareness of Service Life’ within Test Valley School.  The pupils involved are from both a Service and Non-Service background.  Behind the scenes these pupils are working hard to ensure their peers and teachers know about what life is like for children from Services families.  Miss Attree decided to enter the project into a competition organised by Winchester University called the Festival of Friends.  We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Test Valley School were awarded the 1st prize of £450 in the ‘Raising Awareness within Secondary Schools’ category.  Three of our ambassadors attended the awards ceremony and had the opportunity to showcase their work.  Well done to the all those involved.  The prize will be used to develop the project ‘within school.

The Hampshire Book Award

This year’s Hampshire Book Award is well underway in school with Mrs Needs and her team of pupils from Year 8. All are already reading the six shortlisted books to decide which to vote for. All the books are predicted to be a great read although they are all quite different. The main aims of the award are to promote the enjoyment of reading, support the Key Stage 3 English curriculum and to encourage pupils to critically assess the books and make a reasoned case in group discussion. The team are enjoying the group discussions during their fortnightly meetings. They have until the end of June to continue reading and will cast their final votes at the grand final where the winner will be announced.

Hampshire Book Awards

School Construction Project Visit

School Construction Project Visit

On Wednesday 25th April a group from our Year 10 BTEC construction course took part in a trip to East Anton Primary School. At the construction site Lewis Taylor, the construction manager, gave a short talk explaining how they manage the project before very kindly touring our group around the whole site. We were able to see different parts of the build at various stages. Most importantly, we met with all the different trades working on site and asked them questions about their journey and the work they do, including how much they were paid! Lewis was very keen to explain the huge promotion opportunities within this industry and how keen they are to employ young people. The group are interested in a range of different trades which include bricklaying, plumbing, electricians and tree surgery and Lewis was able to show the importance of all of these to this construction site. He was almost starting to offer them jobs by the end of the tour for when they leave school! The group came away feeling uplifted by what they had seen and the opportunities awaiting them in the future.

Work in Design Technology

A Year 9 group have just finished a brand new project making novelty desk tidy phone holders. It has been a great project with lots of creative designing and the use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture to help pupils produce a high quality, professional standard. Everyone in the class took their product home.

What’s Been Happening in Geography?

Volcano model

George Chinn’s volcano model

Volcano model

George Chinn’s volcano model

Last term in Geography the Year 8 pupils had a fantastic time showcasing their creative skills.  Pupils were asked to make a volcano model and what an amazing job they did.  The pupils’ work was fantastic, not only were they able to label the key features of the volcano but they also ensured they resembled the real thing.  George Chinn in 8A really enjoyed creating his volcano out of clay and he was very happy with how the clay set.   The pupils should be very proud of the effort put into this home learning task.