The school site continues to be a hive of activity with our wonderful site team working hard to keep our site looking ship shape! The garden beds around the school are being pruned for winter and we are not far away from gritting the paths ready for the first frosts. As the colder weather looms, please can we remind all parents and carers to send students to school with a warm, waterproof coat.
Following student voice, over the summer we have had new student toilets fitted in the main block and Jubilee which have been very well received by students. Students also asked for more places to fill up their water bottles around the site; we now have ten taps fitted around the school so that students can refill their bottles easily and help us do our bit to be more sustainable.
Last academic year, we successfully won a DfE Condition Improvement Fund bid for £2.95 million. This money is being used to replace the heating system across the majority of the school. Work will begin in January 2023 and finish in January 2024 and will involve replacing all our radiators and pipes as well as fitting new boilers. This is an extensive project that will be done in phases to ensure students’ learning is not disrupted.
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Monday 21 November
Tuesday 22 November
Drama Department - Othello Theatre Trip at the Mayflower MAST Studio. 7.00pm - 9.40pm
Wednesday 23 November
Thursday 24 November
Year 10 Parents' Evening (Virtual) 4.15pm - 7.15pm
Friday 25 November INSET Day
KS2 Basketball Festival in the Mountbatten Sports Hall, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Saturday 26 November
Music Department - Wind Band playing at the Romsey Lantern Parade, Winter Carnival and Christmas Lights Switch On 5.00pm
Drama Department - Romeo & Juliet Rehearsal in the Olympic Hall 11.00am - 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
Mountbatten Big Band at the Royal Albert Hall
This week, we had the great pleasure of seeing Mountbatten Big Band perform at the iconic Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth Proms 2022. Students performed alongside over 3000 young musicians over two nights, celebrating the awesome power of music. We are so proud of our students and our music department - congratulations to them all.
This week, students have had assemblies about Anti-Bullying around the theme of 'Reach Out'. At Mountbatten, we ask students to be upstanders, not bystanders and to ensure we treat everyone with kindness.
We have sent parents and carers details of a fantastic new app/online tool all students can use called Tootoot. This app allows students to easily report any concerns or worries they have to the school. Students can always #ReachOut to any trusted adult too.
Lower School students have been busily creating anti-bullying badges, posters and artwork to display around the school - we look forward to announcing the winners of these year group competitions soon.
As a parent or carer, you are a vital piece of the puzzle in tackling bullying. You have a unique role to play in guiding and supporting your child through their school years and there are many positive steps you can take to help keep your child safe from bullying and harm. One of the steps is knowing when to ask for support. The Anti-Bullying Alliance have worked with the charity Kidscape to put together a range of useful resources to support parents and carers talk about bullying, you can download this below.
Sophie C & Heidi C both 7TAS and Ben G & Isla N both 7HHN for gaining the Bronze Award (7books read and reviewed)
Ollie H 7CBN
Liahna W 7CBN
Jack E 7IBR
George H 8JFR
Belle B 7AWS
Adam D 7LHK/EPK
Kaelyn D 7TAS
Arabella D 8CWN
Amber S 9NWS
Sophia H 10RLR/SOE
Eve A 11JGO
Grace F 11MRT
Erin P 11MRT
Oliver G 11EGY
Congratulations to Jasmine T 7MJS who passed her Grade 2 piano exam this week.
Well done to our brilliant STEM leaders who planned and delivered a session for Year 5 students at Halterworth. All the children had a great time and engaged fully in all the activities planned.
Noah C 9AWE/RAR
Daniel S 9SHL/EGE
Emmeline H 9HCS
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
Year 11s took part in the final college assembly series and heard from Peter Symonds, Brockenhurst and Itchen College about the options available to them.
As part of our aim to forge closer links between the curriculum and careers, Year 9 students were visited by the Royal Navy in their Food Tech lesson and took part in a cooking challenge, creating a main meal and dessert. Students were very impressed when they found out that one of the visitors has cooked for the Royal Family and other dignitaries. We aim to invite more visitors for the remaining classes in January.
Year 9 - Year 11 ‘Your child, their future’ webinar
We have leaders from some of the biggest employers in the world including KPMG, BT Group, Capgemini, British Airways, Linklaters and more who will each come along to talk to you, as parents and carers, about how your child/young person can best navigate the job market to find some incredible work experience/internship placements, as well as graduate and apprenticeship opportunities. We will be sharing some useful tips around psychometric testing, how to prepare for assessment centres, putting together a CV, filling out application forms, as well as advice on how you can prepare your child/young person for the working world.
This event will be running via Zoom on Thursday 24 November from 5.00pm - 6.30pm (Please note: this is also Year 10 Parents' Evening) We encourage you to join this event virtually with your child/young person, or the whole family and ask any questions that you may have, directly to leading employers. Registration Link here
College Open Events
23 November: South Wilts Grammar School
24 November: Richard Taunton College
Goal 12: Responsible consumption
To achieve sustainable development, we urgently need to reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. We have a lot of power as consumers and we need to ensure that we make conscious decisions to buy products that are sustainably sourced.
Tuesday 15 November is the day the United Nations predicts we will hit 8 billion people in our population! By the time you are reading this, we may very well have hit that milestone. Imagine if 8 billion people made one extra little action to be more sustainable everyday... when you think of it like that, the opportunities are endless! You can find out more about world 8 billion day below:
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 been discussing empathy, compassion and community. This has been explored further by spending a few weeks on anti-bullying. Students have discussed what bullying is, what being an upstander is and how to report concerns. Next, they will be looking at what forms a diverse society.
Students have been exploring gender identity and sexual orientation as well as discussing the qualities and characteristics of relationships and meaning of consent. Students will be moving on to safe internet relationships and an introduction to contraception.
Students have been following a story over a few weeks exploring peer pressure and gang culture. This has led to discussions on lifestyle choices and drug and alcohol use.
Students have been exploring the values of relationships, relationships choices and online relationships. They will be discussing pressure and coercion in the upcoming lessons and also how we should treat victims/survivors.
Students started this half-term exploring their core values. They have also covered self-examination as part of our Movember campaign. An example of a video on self-examination can be found here. Check Your Pair – A How-To Guide. Students have responded really maturely and sensitively to this topic. They have also looked at gender identity and are moving on to healthy relationships next.
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.
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...