Weekly Blog

30th April – 4th May

The Key Stage 3 Spring Ball 2018

Our first Key Stage 3 Ball was held on Friday 27th April. A large number of pupils turned out for a fun evening. The photographs tell their own story of the effort made by the pupils in preparation for their evening and we can only image the time, anticipation and excitement in getting ready. Pupils were given a ‘meet and greet mocktail’ upon arrival before being seated for their meal. They could then enjoy the disco and photo booth fun for the rest of the evening. Events like this do not, of course, just happen and we are very grateful to our PTA for their hard work in preparing for and throughout the evening itself. We really do have an amazing team of willing volunteers.

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Year 7 Eisteddfod

EisteddfodYear 7 have just prepared and taken part in our second Eisteddfod as part of our Learn to Learn programme. This year we introduced a very popular art category with entries in 2D, 3D individual and small groups judged by Mr Murdoch-Smith.

The other categories were performed on our school stage in front of the year group and these included public speaking, instrument playing, singing, bands and dance acts. Public speaking included poems and comedy performances; instrument playing included guitar and keyboard; bands incorporated the drums, guitar and singing.

Mr Pennicott judged the stage performances and it was pleasing to see the wide variety and high standards from many pupils. We are fortunate to have a dance teacher on our team and all agreed that the standard of the dance acts was one of the highlights of the event. The three dance acts have signed up to perform in StockFest, our open air music and dance festival taking place on Friday 11th May from 3.30 to 5.30.

Overall winners in each category will be awarded certificates in our end of year Celebration Assembly for Year 7.

Enjoying the Sunshine in PE Lessons

With the Summer sun shining and a backdrop of the verdurous Test Valley, Year 7 spent their PE lesson concentrating on pacing over the 600 metres race. Pupils worked out the split timings needed over 50 and 100 metres to attain their target times, enabling them to improve their PBs.  Inspired by the recent Commonwealth Games they thoroughly impressed staff in their endeavour to achieve the gold, silver and bronze athletic attainment awards.

Hot Practice

Duke of Edinburgh Practice ExpeditionTest Valley School Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Year 10 teams set off on Saturday 5th May for their practice expedition in the New Forest departing from Cadman’s Pool.

Duke of Edinburgh Practice ExpeditionFully equipped rucksacks, loaded full of everything required to be independent and self-sufficient for a two-day journey with an overnight camp. Teams set off across the forest following different routes, met along the way by their team leader. As you can imagine the journey for each team varied in experience from straightforward to heading in the wrong direction for a few hours before being discovered and correcting their mistakes. Arrival at the campsite, therefore, spanned across a few hours in the evening leaving some teams more exhausted than others. No time to waste, tents up, and cooking stoves on to pack in that all-important meal prior to bedtime.

The challenge of this weekend was compounded by the extreme record breaking heat of an early May Bank Holiday. Whilst the rest of the country are basking in and enjoying the sun, our teams were wishing for weather which was a little cooler!

Duke of Edinburgh Practice ExpeditionThe whole point of the practice expedition is to ensure teams are ready for their final assessment. For a small number of pupils the practice expedition does reveal that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition is not for them, it cements in the greater majority a wonderful experience to be treasured for a great many years. One thing that can almost certainly be guaranteed is that the assessed expedition, (timed to take place during the weekend of the end of May Bank Holiday) will not have such good weather. Watch this space!