On Thursday 5th July the Test Valley School Parent Teacher Association ran their second Summer Sizzler – and with the ongoing sunshine it really was a ‘summer sizzler’ this year! We had a good turnout, with families of current pupils and Year 6 pupils joining us in September. The event provided a lovely opportunity for all to mix and enjoy a great social occasion. Our new pupils coming in were able to meet other pupils and make new friends, adding to the excitement of starting school soon.
Activities included swimming in our full size outdoor pool, bouncing on a range of fun inflatables and playing rounders. The inflatables were provided by a local company and included a run-through obstacle course which proved to be very popular, providing children with the opportunity to race, dive and slide. Many also enjoyed the pool on such a hot day and we valued the support of our lifeguards on duty, including locally trained volunteers. Some children seemed to never stop bouncing, diving and generally having the time of their lives!
The Food Tent was run by PTA members, staff and Year 10 pupils with Shawn Weatherall (Vice Chair of our PTA and qualified chef), maintaining the food standards on the BBQ. Many thanks to our PTA, staff, and volunteers who supported this great event.
This event took place over two days giving a group of girls in Year 9 the opportunity to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities. They worked in teams with other schools. On the first day they were given a scenario and went through the processes to develop and target an app using storyboard and ‘ideation’ techniques to design and promote the app. On the second day the teams worked on coding to enable people to donate money to support their app via Twitter accounts. In between they also solved a murder mystery using decoding and completed workshop aimed at showing various opportunities and career pathways. Finally, the teams set up and ran a stall at an expo. to market their app to IBM employees who then commented on their favourite app.
It was a great start to Day One of the Dance Festival with West Tytherley and Wherwell Primary Schools performing excellent dance routines. Despite the heat the pupils worked well all day on their showcase performances, dancing to the theme of “Celebration”. The Sports Leaders and pupil event managers worked hard to make sure everyone enjoyed the day. Well done – a great start to three days of dance.
This week Year 7 pupils were using quadrats to sample the populations of different flowers on the top field. They used identification guides to help them identify the different flowers. They could then estimate the number of different flowers across the whole field by using the quadrats and the dimensions of the field. Unfortunately, the field was freshly mown so there were not very many flowers but we could see that there were fewer in the shade of the trees than in the open space.
On Tuesday 3rd July, Year 10 pupils spent the day at Andover College experiencing what life could be like after their GCSEs. They signed up for taster sessions from a wide range of subjects including Criminology, Sociology, Art and Design, Sciences, Mathematics, Creative Writing, Carpentry and attending the Football Academy. Pupils had fun as well being challenged. Both staff and pupils would like to thank the College for inviting them in for the day and giving them a taste of college life.
We were delighted to invite all of the Year 6 pupils joining us from September to spend the day with us this week. It was a busy day getting to know their new school and a programme of lessons throughout the day. The evening before we had welcomed their parents as well with the opportunity to meet Mrs Stubbs (their Year Co-ordinator) and their tutors. We are looking forward to our new pupils joining us in September.