As we rapidly approach the end of the first half-term of the year, we are excited by a number of opportunities for us to celebrate the successes of Mountbatten students and to meet with parents/carers.
Yesterday it was fantastic to see so many parents/carers of our new Year 7 students come in to meet with their child’s tutor. Children are successful at school when parents/carers, children and the school work together and therefore these evenings, when parents meet to create strong relationships with their child’s tutor, are so important for future success. Welcome to Mountbatten to all our Year 7 and their parents/carers.
On Monday 17 October I am really excited to have been invited to celebrate the success of some of our students at The Romsey and District Society Warner History Prize Awards Ceremony. Some of our fantastic students have completed some outstanding History projects which have been recognised by being shortlisted for this prestigious prize. I look forward sharing in their success and hopefully to be there to see some winners from Mountbatten.
On Tuesday 18 October we are really looking forward to our amazing musicians performing in another one of our outstanding Autumn Concerts at Romsey Abbey. We can all be certain that the high quality of the music will make it an evening full of delights.
Finally next week, we have invited our Year 11 parents/carers to meet with teachers to discuss their progress. A really important opportunity for us all to get together to help ensure our Year 11 students will be as successful as ever when they take their GCSEs next year.
Thank you to all parents and carers for their support over the last half term, it helps us to maintain the success and standards I know you have all come to enjoy at Mountbatten.
Click here to see what's on next week:
Monday 17 October
History Department - Warner History Prize at Crosfield Hall (Period 6)
Tuesday 18 October
Autumn Concert at Romsey Abbey, 7.30pm - approximately 9.30pm
Wednesday 19 October
Drama Department - Venice Drama Trip, returns 23.10.22
Thursday 20 October
Year 11 Parents' Evening (Virtual) 4.15pm - 7.15pm
Friday 21 October
Primary School Festival at Mountbatten 1.30pm - 4.00pm
INSET Days for 2022/23
Friday 25 November 2022
Monday 20 February 2023
Monday 19 June 2023
Friday 21 July 2023
Every effort is made to ensure these dates are accurate. There are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes
The school has had several complaints from local residents about parents parking in the side roads on the new estate next to the Luzborough pub. We would like to be good neighbours in our local community so could I kindly ask parents to be mindful of local residents when they are collecting their children from school.
Mr A Portas
World Mental Health Day
This week saw World Mental Health Day. Tutors have been sharing tips and advice to boost students’ mental health and wellbeing. Areas covered include:
Asking for help
Developing healthy habits
Improving your mood
Increasing your self-esteem
Check out this brilliant poster with an A-Z of mental health and wellbeing strategies we can all use.
Year 11 GCSE Maths – Weekly Practice Paper Homework Launch
In preparation for the GCSE Maths exams in summer 2023, this Friday we are launching our weekly homework programme of practice papers with our Year 11 students.
Each Friday, Year 11 students will receive a whole GCSE practice paper to complete over the course of the following week. We operate a “No Gaps” policy - every student is required to complete every question in the paper as directed by their teacher. Some questions may be marked as optional, depending on the group.
These papers are not intended to be completed under exam conditions, nor are they intended to be completed in isolation. Students are encouraged, where appropriate, to complete these in collaboration with their peers and to use revision notes, guides or online resources such as Sparx Maths. The class teacher will be marking these papers in line with exam board mark schemes so it is vital that students show full workings i.e. if a student’s response to a 5 mark question is to simply record the answer, they will achieve (at best) 1 mark.
Initially, the papers will be challenging as students gain familiarity with the style of the papers and the exam-specific practice of hopping from one topic to another. We firmly believe that the best way to learn Maths is to DO Maths with lots of practice. Research has shown that interleaving topics in this way has a profound effect on exam performance. We attribute a significant part of our GCSE success over the last few years to the use of these weekly papers and students tell us they REALLY make a difference.
GCSE Maths revision guides and workbooks continue to be available for sale. These can be purchased on SCOPAY. Sets 1-3 require the Higher tier and Sets 4-6 the Foundation tier books.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Autumn Concert - Tuesday 18 October, 7.00pm
For those taking part –
There will be rehearsals in Romsey Abbey on Tuesday 18 October beginning at 9.45am.
Students who have requested transport to Romsey Abbey should arrive at school at the usual time.
Students will need to bring a packed lunch or money to buy lunch in Romsey. A packed lunch will be provided for students in receipt of free school meals.
Students should wear school uniform during the day and in the evening.
Don’t forget your instrument and your music if you need it!
Charity Fashion Show
Amy Wright, Children in Need Fundraiser of the Year 2021, is hosting a fashion show at Mountbatten School to raise money for Children in Need.
The fashion show will take place on Friday 4 November from 7.00pm at Mountbatten School. 40 models from Bradbeers will strut the catwalk in Bradbeers fashion.
The Romsey Rock Choir will perform at half-time, while raffle tickets will also be on offer.
To read/donate to Amy's 'JustGiving Page', please click below:
Disabled People’s Voice, funded by Hampshire County Council, is running two free Great Big Advice Days. They are open to anyone struggling with the cost of living (not just people with disabilities) and will advise on how to access various services, benefits and information.
The events will be held on the following dates; flyers are below (with further events to be announced in the new year):
At the Heart of the Park (Leigh Park Community Centre), Havant on 15 October
At Thorngate Halls, Gosport on 12 November.
The aim of these events is to make it as easy as possible for people to access services, benefits and information to empower them to deal with their personal cost of living crisis. Organisers say they want people to go home from the Great Big Advice Days armed with tools, knowledge and strategies to help them deal with inflation and rising prices.
Alongside the exhibition, DPV will be running presentations and demonstrations on topics such as cooking on a budget and growing your own vegetables.
All the venues are on bus routes and have parking.
Alex H & Emily S both 7TAS, Owen H 7RAD, Abigail R 7CBN, Riley D 7LHK/EPK, Chloe M 7ERL, Anabelle B & Emily D both 7HHN, and Amira A 7DCR for gaining the Bronze Award (7books read and reviewed)
Tristan B 7RAD for gaining the Silver Award (14 books read and reviewed)
Tyrese A 7AWS
James C 8JFR
Austin E 9NWS
Jessica F 9AOR
Ruby N 10NKN
Elena K 11RCS
Eloise D 11GWT/VGN
Rosie F 7IBR
Zunayra R 8IHS
Sam H 8JFR
Layla H 9SBS
Harika M 10NKN
Harry D 10KRL/HMS
Bella W 10CPE
Isaac S 10CPE
Keira C 10COY/SDN
James H 11MAZ
F1 in Schools SW Regional Finals
The following students for demonstrating cooperation and communication in creating their award-winning entries in the F1 in Schools SW Regional Finals:
All8IHS: Ollie R, Lara W, Elliot W & Henry F
All8YDS/AVE: Lizzie R, Josie M & Maddy M
All 9HCO/CFT: Scott G, Would L & Jayden G
Connor P 9JLR
Ada Lovelace Challenge
The following students for demonstrating cooperation and excellent problem-solving skills during the Ada Lovelace Challenge at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on Tuesday.
Hannah P 9SBS
Angelika B 9NWS
Carlos K 9TRN
Connor P 9JLR
Tiffany M 9SHL/EGE
Isabelle N 9AWE/RAR
Airah S 9BHT/NKY
Sophia U 9AWE/RAR
Megan H 9TRN
Saraniya P 9TRN
Mia P 9SBS
Lana B 9SBS
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
This week is National T Level week. They are a relatively new qualification but are rapidly expanding. They are broadly equivalent to 3 A Levels and are a mixture of classroom learning and industry placements. Currently, the following colleges are offering T Levels:
Brockenhurst College: Education & Childcare
City College Southampton: Digital Production, Design & Development; Education & Childcare
Please remember to book for any open events online via the college website. Events tend to book out fast.
15 October: Brockenhurst College
15 October: City College Southampton
15 October: Itchen College
15 October: Fareham College
19 & 20 October: Peter Symonds College
20 October: South Wilts Grammar School
Goal 1: No poverty
Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990 which is an incredible acheivement! However, 1 in 5 people in low income countries (LICs) and newly emerging economies (NEEs) still live on less than US$1.90 per day. The World Bank is looking to update the poverty line to US$2.15 before the end of the year. Goal 1 aims to make economic growth inclusive and sustainable so that no one is left behind.
What can we do to acheive this goal?
On Monday 17 October we will be celebrating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and the theme this year is "Dignity for All in Practice." This day is significant this year as recent reports have found that the Covid-19 pandemic has erased 4 years of progress in eradicating poverty. One of the best things that we can do to support this goal is educate ourselves in the challenges that people living in poverty face everyday and use our problem-solving skills to think of local and sustainable solutions. This site is a good place to start.
This week is a balance challenge... find details below:
To celebrate, the library has created displays to promote some of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) literature we have available. We have a range of fiction written by BIPOC authors featuring diverse main characters as well as a selection of non-fiction. We would recommend the books ‘Black History Matters’ by Robin Water and ‘Black and British’ by David Olusoga as a starting point for anyone who wants to learn more.
In RHSE this half-term, students have made a great start to their discussion based lessons where they have explored a range of topics.
Students have identified their own tutor group ground rules required to create a safe and secure environment for making their contributions to the discussions taking place in lessons. They have been looking at what teamwork is and how an effective team can drive positive changes. Their transition to secondary school has been a chance to explore how they feel about change and how they can prepare and manage their feelings towards change. How to manage friendships and know what makes a good friend has also formed part of their discussions.
Students have been busy identifying their strengths and areas for development by considering their interests, skills and personality traits and then exploring what others recognise in them also. They have also spent time considering personal safety, identifying risks and dangers and what decisions can be made to remain safe, particularly when out in their own time. October is Black History month so Year 8 have been busy exploring discrimination and prejudice as well as stereotyping.
As students approach the Upper School, it has been a time to reflect on standards and how they have changed. They have looked at what makes a healthy relationship and the importance of commitment within any form of relationship such as friendships, family and intimate relationships. Students have also looked at the growing importance of media within their lives, considering the importance of Internet safety, alongside the distribution of misinformation and how to spot it.
Mental health and well-being has been explored through looking at how the media often portray it and what campaigns have been trying to raise awareness it’s importance. This has been linked to changes and challenges that adolescence can bring to people’s mental health and how positive rethinking can be a tool to encourage positive wellbeing. The signs and symptoms of low mood and poor mental health have been discussed and ways of communicating feelings have been explored, highlighting the differences between healthy and unhealthy coping strategies.
Students have started this busy and final year of school by revisiting the high standards that are expected on them and looking at how stereotypes are formed and dealt with, reflecting on their own importance of being non-judgemental and their responsibilities when they leave school. They have also looked at emotional wellbeing with a focus on the pressure that they may feel upon them in the year ahead. Strategies to manage stress and how to balance busy lives with all the expectations to achieve their dreams, even the importance of a good nights sleep. They have looked at their ambitions and what they will need to achieve them, or safety nets in place should something change.
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.
Childline also offer a range of support and resources.
Level 2 & 3 Courses- Bikeability - Open to Year 7, 8 and 9s only
Personal Best is pleased to be able to offer Level 2 & 3 Bikeability courses FREE of charge . These will take place during October half-term at The Mountbatten School. All courses will be half a day. For more information and to make a booking please follow the below steps:
This episode features students from every year group and Miss Roodt (Humanities Coordinator) discussing sustainability and how we can all do our bit as a school community to be a bit more sustainable. How can we all be imperfectly sustainable? Listen in for some great top tips from our students and...