Students have made a great start to the new school year, settling into new routines quickly and it’s wonderful to see so many happy, smiling faces every day.
The school site was extremely busy over the summer period, with the heating replacement project in full swing. The larger communal areas of the main block have had all of their heating systems replaced and new pipework installed underground. All of this work is extremely difficult to complete and manage during term time. The project has now moved over to Technology and Student Services, with the first stage being almost complete. In November, work will move over to the Lantern.
Over the summer, our new air source heat pump for the Jubilee building was commissioned and tested, which will make a significant contribution to our sustainability drive. As part of the heating project, we are also installing LED lighting in areas which do not currently have it; by the end of the project, the school will only use LED lighting. I’m sure students in Geography and Maths will be involved in calculating our reduction in energy usage as a result of this project!
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Monday 25 September Nothing advised
Tuesday 26 September Open Morning 9.15am - 11.00am: Halterworth, Wellow & Cupernham Nasal Flu Vaccinations (Lantern Theatre)
Wednesday 27 September Nothing advised
Thursday 28 September Open Morning 9.15am - 11.00am: Rownhams, Nursling & Romsey Primary Nasal Flu Vaccinations (Sports Hall) Year 11 GCSE Preparation Evening in the Olympic Hal, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Friday 29 September Nothing advised
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
Years 11s: Free NCS Programme
In partnership with Personal Best Education, Year 11 students are invited to participate in the 'NCS Grow Your Ambition' Programme. This programme offers a range of experiences for young people that supports them to become world-ready and work-ready through growing their confidence, independence, and skills; connecting them with people from all walks of life and empowering them to make a difference in their communities and wider society.
The programme is for students aged 16 - 17 years and is free of charge, fully funded by NCS. Click the button below for more information, and to sign up!
The Mountbatten School has joined up with 'My Journey Hampshire' for Walktober 2023! Walktober is a challenge held each October to celebrate International Walk to School Month. School communities have been asked to walk, wheel and use other active and sustainable travel as much as possible throughout the month.
The Whole School Flu Vaccinations will be taking place on 26 and 28 September:
26 September: Lantern Theatre
28 September: Sports Hall
If you have not yet completed the Parental Consent Google Form, please could you do so, as soon as possible. Parents/Carers have been emailed the link.
Music Tuition - Autumn Term
We would like to remind you that music tuition fees for the Autumn Term 2023 are now due. Please could you check your Scopay account to check the amount and make your payment.
Fees for the Autumn term are £95.00, with the exception of piano tuition which are £120.00 (if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium, please be aware that Pupil Premium discounts will be applied to their accounts soon).
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
Work Enrichment Day
On Tuesday, all year groups took part in a variety of activities designed to enhance their careers knowledge, foster an entrepreneurial sprit and prepare students for their post-16 options. The mock interviews went particularly well and the feedback from interviewers was very positive! Please see some of the comments we have received below:
‘The morning was so well run and the students performed brilliantly – congratulations! Once again, the work experience makes a big difference, they could all talk about what they had learnt, how they had organised it, and the feedback they received. It was lovely to hear’.
‘There were some really spectacular students we interviewed! I think my colleague and I learnt as much as the students hopefully did!'
‘I found the young people very polite and engaging. I was expecting this to be very different in this respect, having worked at other schools or tried to engage some young people in my professional capacity…’
Year 10 Work Experience
Please click here to read a leaflet which covers the most commonly questions asked around our work experience programme.
Ultimate Virtual AHP Work Experience: Fracture Case Study - ALL YEARS
Medic Mentor is offering NHS Virtual Allied Healthcare Work Experience on Sunday 1 October, 9.00am - 5.00pm. Get ready to be amazed!
This opportunity is for students in all year groups! Whether they dream of becoming a nurse, a paramedic, or any other healthcare professional, this work experience is your child's ticket to gaining valuable insight and making an informed decision about their future career.
The next session is Sunday 1st October, 9am - 5pm. It is focused on "Communication and Fractures," presenting students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Allied Healthcare Professionals.
During the work experience day, students will follow two patients from their initial presentation to recovery, gaining a unique and unforgettable insight into the world of healthcare. They will interact with a variety of NHS healthcare professionals, including:
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Speech and Language Therapy
Once registered, students will be emailed links to their virtual work experience portals.
Students are awarded a Work Experience Certificate for every session they complete. Those who complete the full 5-month programme will be awarded a Highly Commended Reference from the Presidents of Allied Healthcare Mentor. These are fantastic additions to their CVs!
To find out more information, please followthis link.
The Gambia Dresses - Written by students in Year 11
For the past few years, the Year 9 textiles classes have been busy making dresses for some of the girls at our partnership school, The Mansa Colley Bojang School, in The Gambia.
We were challenged to design and sew the dresses using pillow cases, which helped us think about the sustainability of reusing and repurposing products, whilst also helping the children who need it most. Each member of the textiles group made a dress and, over the years, this has built up so we have over 100 dresses to take to The Gambia when we visit in October.
The design and making process helped us develop basic skills such as bias binding, gathering, applique and the use of different stitches. We have used a range of different colours and patterns to make each dress individual and unique. We are pleased that we have been able to contribute to the dress collection and will be happy to deliver the dresses to the girls in The Gambia when we visit.
Written by Freya R 11DSS and Emma G 11RLR/SOE
We would also like to express our gratitude to the Technology Department for supporting this outreach project to serve our global community.
Book spotlight - Rebel Fire
The follow up to Rebel Skies, the fantasy trilogy inspired by Japanese folklore - Kurara and her shipmates have escaped the grasp of the princess and continue their search for the elusive paper phoenix through forests and across the seas. But will it be saved - or destroyed?
Book Sale - Friday 29 September 2023
Students: Please join us for a book sale in the Library on Friday 29 September at Afternoon Break! 3 books for 50p!
All proceeds will go towards new books for the library and the CRY Charity.
Library Books - Overdue Books Reminder
This is a reminder to please return any overdue books.
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.
RSHE (Relationships, Sex, & Health Education) is taught by Tutors to their Tutor Group once a week. Tutors deliver discussion based lessons which allows our students to explore a range of topics to effectively prepare our young people for success in the modern world with the knowledge, understanding and desire to keep themselves safe, happy, healthy, respectful and tolerant. Our aim is to empower them with the resilience and confidence to make a difference to their own and others’ future.
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This half-term, Year 7 will be looking at how to deal with starting secondary school, dealing with change and how to grow self-confidence. They will also explore how friendships may change, form and develop as well as how communication is a valuable tool to manage friendships. Year 7 will then look at how to show empathy, compassion and care.
Year 8 will be starting with identifying their personal strengths and achievements. They will then explore personal safety and move on to looking at the meaning of discrimination and prejudice and what protective characteristics are. After this, they will learn about Black History month and gender identity.
Year 9 will be looking at what a healthy relationship is and how to recognise the features of them. They will explore the meaning of commitment within a range of different relationships. They will then move onto discussing internet use and digital safety.
Year 10 will be developing their knowledge of changes during adolescence and how to reframe negative thinking and develop self-confidence. They will then explore positive mental health and how to maintain emotional well-being.
Year 11 will be exploring the impacts of peer pressure and the strategies they may employ to reduce it. They will consider their own ambitions and aspirations before hearing from some colleges in readiness for their post-16 applications. They will then look at the need for good sleep hygiene and how to deal with different emotions.
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 is not for you. For more information and to book, click below.