It has been a pleasure to welcome the students back to school this week and to see our new Year 7 cohort settling in to their new surroundings. I’d like to thank those parents who made sure that their children were in the correct uniform and meeting the high standards of dress that make our students the smart young people they are.
The staff have been settling the students back into the routines of school life which provide the structure and good learning habits that bring success. Your support in getting your children back into a routine at home is very much appreciated. Having a regular time to get up and to go to bed are so important as is a good night’s sleep. Research has shown that during adolescence, teenagers need between 9 and 9.5 hours of sleep yet, on average, they get about 7 hours. Sadly, for some youngsters, their sleep is interrupted by their friends messaging them during the night which then leads to fatigue, irritability and a lack of concentration during the day. One of the most powerful things you can do as a parent/carer is to help your child to get into good sleep habits and to make the bedroom a mobile phone free zone.
Parenting teenagers is certainly not an easy task and dealing with the trials and tribulations of a teenager can often bring back memories of the toddler temper tantrums. Many of our parents have found solace and strategies through the Parent and Carers Workshops led by child psychologist, Lorraine Lee. She is running a number of workshops to support parents in getting to grips with understanding their teenagers, how to help them in their transition to secondary school and how to help them to become resilient young people. Parents and carers who have attended her sessions in the past have always recommended them highly to fellow parents. Details of the upcoming sessions are attached to this newsletter.
There has been much coverage in the media about school closures due to reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in school. As you know from your visits to the school campus, the school has had considerable refurbishment programme over the last 10 years and, of course, comprehensive surveys were taken before the renovation work of the building. None of these surveys has revealed any RAAC. In order to reassure the school community fully that no one is at risk, we have commissioned a structural engineer to survey the estate to confirm the findings of the previous surveys. Over the summer, the work on making the school more energy efficient continued: installation of new boilers and radiators, replacement of lighting to LED and the commissioning of the new air source heat pump which will heat the Jubilee Building. Hopefully, this significant upgrade will finish early next year making the estate more sustainable and reduce heating and electricity costs.
The new school year is the perfect time for new beginnings: like the first page of a new exercise book, it is a fresh start and the opportunity to try new challenges. I hope that the new school year brings much happiness and success to our young people.
Click here to see what's on next week:
Monday 11 September
Tuesday 12 September
Year 10 DofE Bronze Award Training Day at Ferny Crofts 8.40am - 3.10pm
Wednesday 13 September
Thursday 14 September
Friday 15 September
INSET Days for 2023/24
Wednesday 29 November 2023
Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 January 2024
Monday 19 February 2024
Tuesday 18 June 2024
Every effort is made to ensure these dates are accurate. There are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes
Drop-Off / Pick-Up Information
Please may we ask parents/carers to drop off and collect children from outside the school so that we may keep the site a safe area for students. Please also be considerate of local residents during drop-offs/pick-ups and do not block residents' driveways. Thank you.
PE Kit Requirements
We have welcomed students back this week to PE lessons and it’s been fantastic to see so many of our students in the new PE kit, especially our Year 7 students. We took the decision to change the Year 7 kit to make it more cost-effective for parents in the current cost of living crisis.
Communication regarding kit was sent out in July and outlined what students should be wearing for PE lessons. All garments, other than the PE top, should be unbranded. Jumpers must be round necked and navy. Leggings, tracksuit bottoms and shorts should be black and once again unbranded. All of these garments can be purchased through various shopping outlets at low cost or alternatively can be purchased through direct4logos.
Hoodies, cycling shorts and any branded garments are not permitted in PE lessons. Cycling shorts of any length are inappropriate for PE lessons and are not suitable for certain activities that students will be covering over the academic year. If you have purchased these for your child, please can you ensure that they wear one of the permitted garments outlined above.
All key information about PE kit, PE curriculum and extra-curricular can be found on out PE Website.
If financially purchasing black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms is challenging, please contact Mrs Lovell.
The Mountbatten School currently operates a 'Late Bus Service' (Monday – Friday) in order to cater for students attending after-school clubs and events who are unable to find alternative methods of transport home. The school will be running two late buses, one will cover Romsey and the surrounding area; the second bus will cover some of the Southampton catchment area (the areas are listed in the Google sign-up sheet). The buses will park near the Malta building from 4.15pm and will leave promptly at 4.30pm.
Due to the limited number of places on the bus, students must include their name on the ‘Late Bus List’, which can be found here. Please state the name of the club/event they are attending. There is also a QR code on the wall in the Attendance Office for students to sign up themselves. It is run on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 15 students per bus. Consequently, it is important that students remember to include their details on the list to ensure they get a lift on the bus – if not they will need to make alternative arrangements with their parents/carers to get home.
If there is no reason for a student to be on the school site after the end of the school day then they will not be allowed to use the late bus as the service is to support those students wishing to attend after-school clubs and events.
Sparx Maths Homework
Sparx Maths homework will commence next week, beginning Monday 11 September for Years 8 - 10. For our Year 7 students, the launch of Sparx Maths homework is scheduled for the week beginning Monday 18 September as previously communicated. This will give our Year 7 students time to settle into their new school year before diving into the platform. Sparx Maths is an online platform that supports all students with independent learning of maths which is personalised at a level that will optimise progress and develop confidence.
To ensure a successful experience with Sparx Maths homework, please take note of the following:
Your child’s class teacher will post the homework instructions and a link to the Sparx platform on Google Classroom. Students will have one week to complete it.
Year 7 students will have an introductory lesson in class where they will be guided through Sparx Maths, its features and how to get started.
If your child encounters challenges while completing their homework, we encourage them to watch the support videos which accompany each question. If further assistance is needed, students must reach out to their teacher for help with specific questions in advance of the deadline. This can be done in class or via email.
Homework is considered complete when your child achieves a 100% score on their personalised tasks.
Students who achieve 100% on their homework will be rewarded with an ePraise point.
You will be sent important notifications related to Sparx Maths homework via email, so please ensure that your email addresses are up-to-date with the school. If you need to update your email address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mountbatten Community Wind Band & Choir
The Mountbatten Community Wind Band (Wednesdays) and the Mountbatten Community Choir (Thursdays) will begin rehearsals next week. New members are very welcome.
For more information, please see the posters below or contact
#BeeWell is a programme that aims to understand the issues that matter to young people through an annual wellbeing survey delivered to secondary schools. The results are anonymised and combined so that school can act on what young people are saying and make positive change.
Students in Years 8 and 10 are invited to complete the survey at school between Monday 18 September and Friday 1 December 2023. You, as parent/carers, have the option to opt your child out, or they may do so themselves.
Schools with receive a confidential, bespoke feedback report to provide insight into the wellbeing of students. All individual surveys are anonymous, however collectively will be able to inform improvements.
Friends Against SCAMs Training – Wednesday 20 September 2023
Hampshire Safeguarding Adults Board has arranged for a free virtual session with the National Trading Standards SCAMs Team. This session aims to raise awareness on recognising scams, how to protect yourself and your family, as well as those that you support from scams. During the session you will hear about the scale of the problem, change the perceptions of why people fall for scams and make scams a community, regional and national topic.
Please note that only one ticket should be booked per person. If you are booking for other people, please ensure their names are accurately recorded.
We are delighted to confirm that Paul from Absolute Tennis will be running an after school tennis club from 13 September on Wednesdays 3.20pm - 4.20pm.
Paul is an LTA qualified tennis coach who has extensive experience in coaching secondary school children including working 14 years at St Swithuns School in Winchester and Winchester Tennis club.
If you would like your child to enrol for this upcoming 6-week course then use this link to register, book and pay for the sessions.
If this day & time doesn't work for you, please visit www.absolutetennis.uk to see all the courses after school and at weekends on offer. This includes an adult beginners class that Paul is starting at Knightwood Leisure Centre.
Hampshire Libraries: Online Courses in the Autumn Term
Hampshire Libraries are offering online courses this Autumn Term. These courses are aimed at Hampshire residents aged 19+. For more information and to book, click the button below.
Connor P 10JLR/MSD has passed ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5 with Distinction
James M 9JFR has passed Trombone Grade 4 with Distinction
Congratulations to all the students who sat a LAMDA exam:
Year 9 - Grade 5
Harry S 9OWS - Distinction
Tilly P 9RLE - Distinction
Isabella S 9VGN - Distinction
Polly T 9IHS - Distinction
Bea E 9JBY - Distinction
Tiegan M 9OWS - Distinction
Catherine P 9RGY/JLE - Distinction
Eddie S 9YDS/EGE - Distinction
James L 9RLE - Merit
Olivia M 9JFR - Merit
Ella C 9MRT/OJN - Merit
Year 10 - Grade 6 (Bronze Award - GCSE equivalent)
Molly R 10HCO/KMN - Merit
Ella M 10JLR/MSD - Distinction
Jade L 10HCO/KMN - Distinction
Freya W 10AOR - Distinction
Saraniya P 10TRN - Distinction
Year 11 - Grade 7 (Silver Award)
Mia A 11NKN - Distinction
Grace C 11RLR/SOE - Distinction
Evie B 11TLS - Distinction
Emily T 11CPE/RCS - Distinction
Year 11 (2022-23) - Grade 8 (Gold Award - A level equivalent)
Eva F 11EHK - Distinction
Bronze Arts Award
Congratulations to all the students who completed their Bronze Arts Award:
James L 9RLE
Eddie S 9YDS/EGE
Kate V 11RLR/SOE
Mia A 11NKN
Polly T 9IHS
Sebastien K 10AOR
Oskar W 10JLR/MSD
Bea E 9JBY
Congratulations to the following Super Scientists this week:
Yasmin G 7JSL
Freya H 7MAZ
Tilda M 7ERL
Emma M 9MRT/OJN
Teddy T 9RGY/JLE
Brooke A 9MRT/OJN
Sonny A 10TRN
Luke J 10JLR/MSD
Freya L 10HCS
Glen P 10HCS
Callum P 10TRN
Jessica R 10TRN
Sofia R 10LJS
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
As of 1 August 2023, City College Southampton, Eastleigh College and Fareham College have merged and are now known as South Hampshire College Group (SHCG).
Students, apprentices and businesses from across South Hampshire will benefit from a financially strong, responsive and ambitious Further Education organisation; with the vision, resources and expertise to best support the evolving and growing skills demands in the region. Whilst the group name has changed to South Hampshire College Group, the campus names remain unchanged and will retain their important links to local communities.
College Open Events
We encourage all Year 10 and 11 students to visit a variety of colleges in order to get a feel for what they offer and what the atmosphere of the campus is like, speak to lecturers and students about the different subjects and find out more about the various extra-curricular activities on offer. Please note that most colleges require online booking if you wish to attend.
26 September: Eastleigh College
27 September: Brockenhurst College
The Gambia Fundraising
Year 7s 2022-2023 ran a highly successful fundraising campaign for our partnership school in The Gambia. Students raised over £3,500 across the year through various fundraising activities and demonstrated excellent standards of cooperation, communication, leadership and independence. The money raised has gone towards sponsoring 10 girls to attend The Mansa Colley Bojang School for the next academic year. We would like to thank the Year 7 students from the 2022-2023 cohort for embracing the spirit of internationalism to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
If you would like to get involved in fundraising to improve the facilities of our partnership school in The Gambia, staff and students will be involved with Walk the Test Way later this month. If you are not able to walk with us, you can donate to our fundraising page here.
The school Library is once again open to all students before tutor time, at morning and afternoon break. It has been fantastic to welcome students for browsing and borrowing.
If you have any overdue Library books at home, please make a huge effort to return them, we would love to have them back, thank you.
Personal Best's fitness class, Legs, Bums & Tums is every Tuesday 7.00pm - 8.00pm and is only £6.00 per person! Great for toning those areas, building strength, as well as a great way to keep fit.
Looking for a new challenge? Why not learn Spanish, the world's second-most spoken language in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere! Starting Thursday 21 September - first session is free and full refund issued if you decide it's not for you. For more information and to book, click below.
This year saw the return of the Mountbatten Poetry Festival. A proud tradition stretching back over fifty years, the poetry festival showcases students’ original poetry compositions.
Year 7s were tasked with creating an original poem inspired by the Romantic poets.