Weekly Blog

18th June – 22nd June

Andover Area and District Athletics Event

It was the annual District Athletics on Monday May 22nd at Charlton Athletics ground.  Over 50 of our pupils took part in track and field events.  The Junior Boys & Girls came joint 2nd out of eight schools and the intermediate Boys & Girls came fifth, so on the whole a very successful day for Test Valley.  Six of our pupils went through to the next round representing Andover and District, and all of them did a great job despite the fierce competition.

Primary Schools’ Area Athletics 2018

This year we had perfect weather conditions for the athletes taking part in the annual athletics competition which is organised by the Personal Best Education coaching company. Our team of Year 7 Sports Leaders did a fantastic job of scoring and helping to run the track and field events. Over 100 Primary school children took part in the event and they competed in four field events and three track events.

The competition was close but Lockerley Primary School were the gold medal winners closely followed by Wallop Primary School. Well done to everyone!

World Cup Comes to the Library

World Cup Comes to the LibraryThe Library has gone World Cup mad with an eye catching display of football related reading material. Come and take a look and get involved with the World Cup Fever. On Friday 22nd June at lunchtime in the Library there was a World Cup Football Quiz for pupils and staff to come and test their knowledge with a football related prize for the winner.


Andover Area and District Swimming Gala

Last week Test Valley School hosted an inter-schools’ swimming gala in the glorious sunshine. I was a fantastic day had by all with over seven of our local secondary schools competing. All the schools did really well but the overall winners were Rookwood School. A big thank you to our PE department who hosted the event.

Andover Area and District Swimming Gala

Reading Award

James Ashley 9N has received a Library Achievement Award by Mrs Needs (Librarian) for successfully reading with enthusiasm 300 books since starting at Test Valley School. This is an amazing achievement and definitely something to be recognised. James visits the Library most days and loves it when there are new books to choose from. He is also great at recommending books to other pupils and always enjoys talking about what he has read. His target is now to have read at least 500 books by the end of Year 11!

Reading Award

The Duke of Edinburgh ‘Bucket List’

Duke of EdinburghBucket lists seem to be the “in” thing these days, so Mr Langdown (our DofE Co-ordinator) has given some thought to the sort of things a DofE candidate might be able to tick off. This will not be an extensive list but hopefully you’ll get the picture.

  • Walking across the New Forest with a rucksack fully laden with everything you need to survive independently for the next 36 hours
  • Spending a significant amount of time supporting and relying on a group of friends away from adults and in the wilds
  • Cooking, eating and camping together
  • Battling the elements without the opportunity to nip indoors when it gets too much
  • Overcoming the pain barrier
  • Achieving beyond your own expectations and discovering a new inner self you had no idea existed.

All of the above are to be the expected for pupils taking part in the DofE award scheme, however, this year brought exceptional challenges for all taking part:

  • Our DofE practice expedition on the first May Bank Holiday weekend turned out to be the hottest on record
  • Our Assessed Expedition on the second May Back Holiday weekend brought 27 degrees Celsius to travel in and a spectacular thunderstorm overnight

The expeditions are always a memorable experience for young people but this year has hit new highs and shown our candidates that they have a level of resilience and determination which exceeded expectations.

Duke of Edinburgh

Very well done indeed to all of them!