Weekly Blog

10th December – 14th December

Personal, Social and Health Education

PSHE at Test Valley School focuses on the well-being of our pupils now and in the future. It addresses pupils’ own experience and prepares them for when they leave school. As part of a whole school approach it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Aspart of the programme, every effort is made to encourage pupils to develop their personal skills. In addition, The Department of Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”  There is a wide scope of necessary topics explored.

More information and the Year group specific Curriculum Programmes

“CoolLED” Prize Winner

During their last PSHE day, Year 11 visited a careers fair where one of the exhibitors was CoolLED. CoolLED designs and manufactures cutting edge LED illumination systems for researchers and clinicians using the latest LED technology. As part of the careers fair, CoolLED ran a competition using images, which had been magnified. We are delighted that Dominic Hart scored a huge 80% on the competition and is pictured here with Tim Sulman, who visited Test Valley School on the 22ndNovember to present Dominic with his prize of a £25 Waterstones voucher.

Change for a Tenner

Year 9 presented Change for a Tenner, a fantastic concept. Small groups set themselves up as company with a role for each member, from managing director through to accountant and, of course, workers. Each group is given £10 to invest in stock to support their concept, an allotted time slot and space at their fair. They then set out to make more money for charity. 

Prior to the day, groups plan and discuss outline concepts. During the day board meetings are held to plan their strategies and ensure their business plan and costings are all recorded.  Some ideas work and some do not. The range of ideas and creativity was outstanding, from pupils who had clearly spent a lot of time constructing or baking at home, to groups who put some serious thought into presentation and the obvious attraction they could draw in.

Tutor-group 9G won the day, thanks in part to a particularly enterprising group who took prior orders to cook and sell pizzas on the day. This group made £28.95p.  Mr Langdown would like to congratulate the whole of Year 9 who rose to the occasion and worked very hard throughout the whole event.

Millinery Magic

Year 11 pupils took part in Millinery Magic – our annual fashion show, designed as an enterprise activity. Pupils worked in teams as the managers of a business company. The purpose ofthe activity is for pupils to gain an understanding and appreciation of how businesses have to work within a competitive and collaborative market. As the title suggests the chosen business revolves around the fashion industry and transforming existing hats and recycled materials into more creative, attractive and fashionable headgear. As well as designing their hats, teams had to write a business plan and a finance plan and meet with a business manager to talk through their proposal. The day culminated with a fashion parade to promote their own company’s products.

Other PSHE Topics

Other topics explored on the day were:

Year 7 pupils reflected on sense of self, body image, racism and unwritten rules.

 Year 8 pupils had a Democracy Day where they learned about the voting system.

Year 10 pupils discussed relationships, which included deep dives into gender stereotypes, online relationships and inappropriate relationships.