As we near the end of term, we reach one of the lovely traditions of our school: the celebration assemblies and the mornings where we reward the very best of our students with hot chocolate, pain au chocolat and praise for being so wonderful. Being the ‘very best’ and being ‘wonderful’ has nothing to do with academic ability and everything to do with living up to the values and ideals of our school and being a young person that makes their school, parents or carers proud. I believe that every student has it within them to gain many epraise points and fantastic scores in their monitoring for attitude to learning, and Mountbatten is blessed by having so many students who do exactly that. Events like those above help all of us to remember why we became teachers and why we love our job so much. Being a teacher can be stressful and demanding, but also rewarding and a privilege.
With very best wishes for the festive season to you and your family from all of us at The Mountbatten School.
Click here to see what's on next week:
Monday 11 December
Tuesday 12 December
Carol Service at Romsey Abbey at 7.30pm
Music Department - Carol Service Rehearsals at Romsey Abbey 9.15am - 3.10pm
Wednesday 13 December
Thursday 14 December
Friday 15 December
Students dismissed at 12.30pm, buses depart by 12.40pm Christmas Holidays: Return to school on Thursday 4 January at 8.35am
Tuesday 2 January & Wednesday 3 January 2024:
INSET Days for 2023/24
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
Bluestar Bus Message regarding last day of term
Unfortunately, Bluestar Bus has around 43 school & college buses all required between 12.00pm - 1.00pm on Friday 15 December.
Bluestar are able to offer the Bluestar 504 bus at 12.55pm from Mountbatten (it will be coming directly from another service beforehand).
Students can also use the Bluestar 4 from Luzborough Roundabout if they wish, albeit the 12.55pm, Bus 504 will
probably still be the faster option than using Bus 4 through North Baddesley.
Flooding along the Botley Road footpath
Parents/carers will have received a letter from the Headmaster regarding the flooding of the footpath on Botley Road. To report your concerns, you may contact the County Transport and Roads Team via the online reporting system.
Please find below the letter sent to Parents/Carers.
The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance in secondary schools, colleges and work-based learning. In order to achieve the award the Careers Department had to demonstrate how it meets the awarding body’s requirements which are closely aligned with the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, which serve as a benchmark for world-class careers provision.
The school proudly announces that we have fulfilled all the requirements and have been awarded the full award. To celebrate the achievement, the Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP and Rachael Ives, Programme Manager for Careers & Participation (Hampshire County Council) presented the school with the award. The Careers Department would also like to thank Mr Portas for ensuring that careers education is enjoying support throughout school, Jane Belbin (our long-standing Careers Adviser) for her tireless and engaging work with our students; and Orla P 11PSN, Bella W 11RCS and Lewis B 11COY/SDN for representing the student body during the award ceremony.
Congratulations to Mrs Shakya, Head of Careers, for her dedication and passion for Careers and for achieving this award.
Reminder - Rehearsals for Carol Service
Please see below a reminder to all students taking part in the Carol Service.
🔬✨ We are excited to invite you to join our STEM Club!
📅 Starting Date: January 9, 2024
🕒 Time: Every Tuesday, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
📍 Location: Room S8
🌟 What to Expect:
Engaging 7-minute STEM challenges
Fun and interactive learning
A welcoming community of fellow STEM enthusiasts
🌐 Who Can Join:
All students in Years 7 - 9
🎉 New members are most welcome!
No need to sign up, just turn up!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to explore the wonders of STEM and take part in exciting challenges. See you there!
Sparx Maths Level Up
Congratulations to the following students for levelling up on Sparx Maths!
Charley B 9JBY
Tilly G 9RLE
Bella S 9YDS/EGE
Oliver R 10SBS
Josh D 8AWS
Emily E 8DDY
Izzy K 8DDY
Kara P 8DDY
Theo R 8LHK/EPK
Ethan S 8LHK/EPK
Ethan M 8MJS/JHR
Jesse L 8SGY
Mollie S 8SGY
Tiegan M 9OWS
George C 9RGY/JGO
Harrison K 9RGY/JGO
Sadie L 9VGN
Megan W 10AWE/RAR
Isabella H 10HCS
Alexander J 10JLR/MSD
Millie L 10JLR/MSD
Rose G-M 10JLR/MSD
Edward C 10SBS
Connor P 10JLR/MSD
Meredith O 9RLE
Toby S 9RLE
Bella Y 10TRN
Dorina M 8DDY
Martha H 8DDY
Keira C 11COY/SDN
Oskar S 7JAD
Jude C 7ESY/GWT
Abigail R 8CBN
Bella S 9YDS/EGE
Hilmi W 9YDS/EGE
Jehan W 7TAS
Noah S 8CBN
Evie W 8LHK/EPK
Poppie P 9IHS
Harry A 10PWR
Scott G 10HCO/KMN
Emma G 11RLR/SOE
Stephanie M 11DDN/HMS
Max S 11COY/SDN
Bethany W 11DDN/HMS
Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10% in the country (out of around 400,000 students!) in the Bebras Computational Thinking competition. They now advance to the next round, the Oxford University Computing Challenge!
Emily E 7MAZ
Jude C 7ESY/GWT
Arla D 7TDN (best in school)
Lorenzo S 7LAD/AGN
Sampson B 8DDY
Lucy T 8DCR
Hollie A 8DCR
Freddie H 8LHK/EPK
Bessie I 8AWS
Toby S 9RLE
Antonio D 9RLE
Nicole L 9IHS
Ila S 9YDS/EGE
Issac G 9RGY/JGO
George J 9OWS
Capeson T 9RMN
Joseph N 9OWS
Mathieu M 9JFR (best in school)
James C 9JFR
Elliot W 9IHS
Sam H 9JFR
Alistair H 9IHS
Benjamin L 10HCO/KMN (joint best in school)
Theo T 11COY/SDN
Luke H 11FBY (joint best in school)
Max S 11COY/SDN
Young Chef Competition
Congratulations to Thomas K 8HHN, Noah M 10HCS and Alisha O 11VTE for making it through to the next round of the Young Chef competition in association with the Romsey Rotary Club this week.
On Tuesday, seven of our students spent their time after school preparing two dishes in front of three external judges (two chefs and a representative from the Romsey Rotary Club).
The standard of the competition was extremely high and all students produced some fantastic food - the judges found it very hard to choose. The winning dishes included curry with naan bread and homemade ice cream, a lasagne (with homemade pasta), crumble with homemade custard, salmon with hassleback potatoes and a medley of veg and panne cotta. Well done to all involved!
The MP for Romsey and Southampton North took time out of her busy schedule to spend the afternoon with Year 11 GCSE Citizenship students to talk about her career in politics and discuss some of the UK’s current issues. This was a wonderful opportunity for our young people to engage with politics and to ask those challenging questions!
National University Week
The school celebrated NUW by holding a variety of assemblies for students in Year 9 to 11, with representatives from Winchester, Solent and Southampton University. Students also had the opportunity to meet current university students studying Child Nursing, Philosophy and English, Electrical Engineering as well as Biomedical Science to ask them about their experience of Higher Education.
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
Year 11 Football Enthusiasts
SCL offer a full-time education programme, combined with a football excellence framework. Students can register here for the information event on Tuesday 19 December at Ganger Farm. There is also a parent information evening on Thursday 21 December, 5.50pm – 6.30pm, at Snows Stadium, Totton, SO40 2RW, in the Monarch suite. More information can be found on the SCL website.
NHS Careers is giving students across Hampshire FREE access to online work experience, support with personal statements, information on roles covered within ‘medicine’ and an insight into every aspect of the medicine application process. For Year 13, the opportunity to use the world’s first AI interviewing platform for medical school interviews. Click here for further information.
Year 11 College Application Deadlines
The Peter Symonds College application deadline is approaching fast: 11 December.
Second Hand Books Available
From Monday 27 November until the end of term (15 December), there will be a large selection of 2nd hand books available to buy at Morning and Afternoon Break for 50p each or 3 for £1.00. These make great Christmas presents. All proceeds will go towards resources for the library.
Last half term in RSHE, students made a great start to their discussion based lessons where they have explored a range of topics. The lessons are taught in tutor groups once a week. Teachers use a range of oracy based strategies including a Philosophy for Children approach. This is where students are encouraged to think more deeply through critical, creative, collaborative and caring thinking.
Click on the tabs below to find out what each year group is up to!
Students will be identifying their own and others’ rights and responsibilities. This will be explored further by spending a few weeks on anti-bullying on and offline. Students will discuss what bullying is, what being an 'upstander' is and how to report concerns. They will then move on to looking at what a healthy lifestyle is and what young people can do to increase or maintain one. The half-term will finish with looking at the purpose of age restrictions and its links to safety.
Students will be exploring the different types of relationships as well as discussing the qualities and characteristics of healthy relationships. This will link to discussing the meaning of consent and be introduced to contraception. We will also cover safe internet relationships and how to stay safe online.
Students will be following a story over a few weeks exploring peer pressure and gang culture. This will include discussions on lifestyle choices, peer pressure, drug and alcohol use and knife crime. They will also look at the impacts of the use of e-cigarettes.
Students will be exploring the values of relationships, relationship choices and online relationships. They will be discussing pressure and coercion in the upcoming lessons and also how we should treat victims/survivors.
Students will be completing some Emergency First Aid training which will lead to a St John’s ambulance certificate, if students fulfil the practical elements of the session. Students will also cover self-examination for Breast and Testicular cancer. An example of a video on self-examination can be found here: Check Your Pair – A How-To Guide. They will also cover sexual health and donor options.
Should your child wish to seek support in any of these topics or about anything else that is worrying them, please advise them to speak to their form tutor in the first instance or request some support from our Student Support team by completing the Student Support form on the student area of the school website.
We have our reporting system 'TootToot' where students can report anonymously or with their name.