As we approach the end of the school’s longest term, we would like to end the term with a big thank you to all our parents for their support this term. Educating and bringing up our children is, of course, a collaborative effort of school, parent, and the wider family and community. We have made huge efforts to get our extra-curricular offer back to pre-Covid levels and are delighted that so many child are responding positively and that these efforts are so gratefully received by parents. Events culminate on Tuesday 13 December at 7.30pm with our Carol Service in Romsey Abbey. If you have been unable to get tickets, you can watch it live; there is a live feed on our website.
Whilst a non-denominational school, we have a broadly Christian ethos. This will undoubtedly be one of the most challenging Christmas periods for many in our school. However, recent assemblies have reminded children about the meaning of Christmas and asked all children to think about communities and individuals less fortunate than ourselves.
Click here to see what's on next week:
Monday 12 December
Nasal Flu Vaccinations for Years 7, 8 & 9
Drama Department - Year 10 Devising Drama Workshop with Theatre for Life in the Lantern Theatre, 3.30pm - 6.30pm
Tuesday 13 December
Carol Service at Romsey Abbey at 7.30pm
Music Department - Rehearsals for Carol Service at Romsey Abbey 9.45am
Wednesday 14 December
Thursday 15 December
Friday 16 December
Students dismissed at 12.30pm, buses depart by 12.35pm Christmas Holidays: Return to school on Tuesday 3 January, 8.35am
INSET Days for 2022/23
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
Reminder - Carol Service Rehearsals
Students taking part will be rehearsing at school on Monday. The rehearsals on Tuesday will be in Romsey Abbey. Students should bring their instrument on both days if needed.
On Tuesday 13 December - Students going straight to Romsey Abbey will need to arrive there for registration at 9.45am. Students travelling by coach/minibus from school should arrive at school at the usual time, attend registration with their tutor and then meet in the Lantern Theatre building at 9.00am. All students will require a packed lunch or money to buy lunch in Romsey. Students should wear school uniform during the day and in the evening. Participants will need to arrive for the Carol Service no later than 7.00pm. We expect to finish at around 8.40pm. Please arrange for your child's safe journey home afterwards.
Due to the very high demand for tickets we have given priority to the parents/carers of students involved. However, there will be a live-stream of the Carol Service which can be found on the school website.
Izabela S 7DCR
Arabella D 8CWN
Eva M 8IHS
Charlotte B 9SHL/EGE
William S 11MRA
Bradley T 11RCS
Harrison P 7ERL
Adam D 7LHK/EPK
Shannon W 8SFN
Isabella S 8KMN/JLE
Amy A 9BHT/NKY
Charlie M 9HCS
Jacob S 9TRN
Eva C 9JLR
Ella M 9JLR
Sophia N 10CPE
Well done to the following STEM Leaders who run excellent sessions on electricity this week. You were brilliant - Mrs Peacock.
Lewis B 10COY/SDN
Toby F 10FBY
Luke H 10FBY
Max S 10COY/SDN
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
Aura Hair Design in Romsey are looking for a hairdressing apprentice. Contact details can be found in the flyer below. Contact Aura Hair Design.
Career Insight Opportunities
Get into Medicine
The ‘Get into Medicine’ conference covers a variety of topics that will enable students to demonstrate to universities that they have gone above and beyond other applicants in this very competitive field. There are various dates to choose from (10, 13, 17 and 18 December). Further details can be found in the flyer. To register, please click here.
Global financial, software, data and media company Bloomberg is hosting an online webinar on Monday 12 December (5-6.30pm) to give an insight into the various career opportunities on offer. Being such a huge global company comes with a huge range of roles. Bloomberg has opportunities available in Global Data, Financial Products, Engineering, Operations, Media and News, Corporate Functions and External Relations. Please click hereto sign up.
Year 11 college application deadlines
As a reminder, please see the application deadlines below:
12 December: Peter Symonds
20 January: Barton Peveril
28 February: Brockenhurst
31 March*: City College, Eastleigh, Itchen, Richard Taunton, Sparsholt and Totton College
*Recommended deadline as courses can fill up fast.
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.
We have some more eco-Christmas tips for you and we quite like the thinking of "make memories, not waste!"
We have a Christmas book display with some of the most festive reads: David Baddiel's new book 'Virtually Christmas' and 'The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding' by Agatha Christie to name but a few!
As well as this, we have the World Cup reading competition still going strong. So far we have had over a hundred books read from around the world. It's not too late to enter the competition and win those amazing prizes from Southampton FC.
Finally, we have the Santa Hat challenge. Find all ten hats hidden in the library to win a sweet treat.
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.
In this episode, a group of students meet Mr Portas, our new Headteacher, and ask him questions about the things that matter to them. From what makes Mountbatten special through the controversial topic of pineapple on pizza!