Tuesday evening’s Carol Service was a most wonderful evening of music, choirs, carols and nine lessons telling the Christmas story. It was our first ‘live’ service since December 2019 and so it was a joy to once again fill the beautiful Romsey Abbey with proud parents and members of the community and come together across all generations to celebrate the meaning of the festive period.
Ann Weems’ poem, The Refugees, offered the congregation time to reflect on the fact that despite the passing of millennia, political conflict and the human suffering it causes, continues to be a feature of our modern world.
Mr Portas is coming to the end of his first term as headmaster and he’s looking as well as can be expected – a little frayed at the edges, but enthusiasm fully intact! Thank you for supporting the high standards he expects from all students and staff.
We’re a considerable way into the second academic year post-pandemic. I read national reports that speak of schools struggling to regain pre-pandemic standards of attendance, behaviour and attitudes. I’m delighted that here at Mountbatten, ably supported by parents and staff who are determined for our children to become responsible, successful young people, we seem to have much less of that particular challenge.
I wish all of our students, parents, staff and trustees a very happy Christmas and a new year of health and happiness.
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Monday 2 January Bank Holiday
Tuesday 3 January
All students return to school, 8.35am
Wednesday 4 January
Thursday 5 January
Friday 6 January
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
Messages of Christmas Cheer
A big thank you to all the Antibullying Ambassadors for organising the ‘ Messages of Christmas Cheer’.
The Antibullying Ambassadors have spent hours of their time sorting and delivering hundreds of festive and kind messages across the school.
Scarlett D 8JBY
Poppy H 8IHS
Sophie H 8JBY
George H.G 8RLE
Tristan J 8IPY/ESY
Autumn V 9JLR
Alison R 10RLR/SOE
Tamsin S 10TLS
Max S 10COY/SDN
Jasmine T 7MJS
Abhishek R 8KMN/JLE
Maddy M 8YDS/AVE
Leah D 10TLS
Wiktoria B 11NWT/JHR
World Cup Reading Challenge
Congratulations to Noah M 9HCS who won our World Cup Reading Challenge, and to Harry B 7RAD, Owen H 7RAD and James W 7ERL who were our runners-up. They have all received some branded goodies donated by Southampton FC!
Imogen W 7DCR
Abi S 8IHS
Patryk K 8KMN/JLE
Joel T 8IPY/ESY
Gracie P 9HCO/CFT
Layla H 9SBS
Would L 9HCO/CFT
Josh J 10DSS
Alana B 8YDS/AVE
Samuel P 10NKN
Atlas W 11NWT/JHR
Percussion Academy Drum Kit Exams
Congratulations to the following students who have passed Percussion Academy Drum Kit exams:
Matthew B 8JFR Grade 2 with Distinction
Wiktor W 8SFN Grade 1 with Merit
William W 7MJS Debut Grade with Merit
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
Year 9 Design Technology
Two of our Year 9 classes were visited by local architects Jules Boswell (Crafted Architects) and Laurence Wright (BBD Architects) who talked to students about design and careers within architecture. Students asked lots of questions and we are looking forward to welcoming two more architects in January for the remaining classes. Thank you Jules and Laurence!
Year 10 Work Experience
A gentle reminder that the work experience forms are due to be returned to the Careers Department by the end of January. All the details can be found in the letter sent out in October, as well as the Careers Google Classroom.
Year 9 - 11 Junior Chef Eastleigh College
Congratulations to Amelia R 11NWT/JHR and Loujayna E 11EGY for successfully completing the Eastleigh College Junior Chef Programme.
The college has a few remaining places for the course starting 22 Feb to 29 April. Students will learn a range of professional skills such as bread making, fish fileting, poultry butchering, baking and pastry. For further details, please see the Junior Chefs Programme letter.
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!