As the new year has become embedded, we are now at a really exciting part of the year where we start to look forward to next academic year. Staff at school will be meeting during the term to review how various developments in the school are going and what we would like to achieve by September.
As a parent myself, I always use the new year as an opportunity to reset with my children some of those things which perhaps might not have gone so well last year – have they got all their equipment for school? What is their homework routine? Or is there something they don’t understand that they need to ask their teacher about? Something I try to support my students with at Mountbatten.
Year 8 and Year 9 have a really interesting term as they start to make their own choices on what their curriculum will look like next year through the options processes. We are always impressed with how our students carefully consider how different subject may support them with what they want to achieve, where they may go after Mountbatten and what careers they might wish to pursue. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Year 9 parents for their overwhelming support at last week’s Year 9 Options Evening – a strong partnership between the school and parents is always a recipe for success for our students.
This term is also very important for our Year 11 students as they work towards their mock examinations after half-term and carefully consider what their lives will look like in September, after they have left Mountbatten. This is always an exciting, and perhaps slightly daunting, moment in our students’ lives, but we enjoy supporting students to find the right opportunities for each individual.
Thank you to all parents for their continued support of the school.
Click here to see what's on next week:
Monday 23 January
Football League Night on the Mountbatten 3G Pitch 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 24 January
Wednesday 25 January
MFL Department - Year 7 Mandarin Excellence Programme Students trip to Bay House School, 8.40am - 3.00pm
Thursday 26 January
MFL Department - Year 8 MEP Students Trip to British Museum and Chinatown, 7.30am - 4.45pm
Friday 27 January
Football Festival on the Mountbatten 3G Pitch 12.00pm - 4.00pm
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
British Mathematical Olympiad Success
Kenneth H 10COY/SDN recently participated in the British Mathematical Olympiad (BM01) and achieved a Distinction. Kenneth was one of the youngest candidates as the Olympiad is only open to students in Years 10-13, making this a truly exceptional achievement.
1,900 students were entered across the UK and Kenneth is one of only 100 students who have now qualified for the next round (BM02) which takes place later this month.
Well done Kenneth and good luck for the next round!
Bullying - how should parents respond?
Our Mountbatten Miniseries with Lorraine Lee BSc (Dipl. Child Psychology and Positive Parenting Practitioner) continues this week. In the short clip linked below, Lorraine Lee explores the parental response to bullying. Lorraine gives parents the tools to discuss bullying with your child, to help you help your child.
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Sampson P 7RAD, Jesse C 7ERL, Emily F 7HHN and Lily P 7IBRfor gaining the Bronze Award (7books read and reviewed)
Chloe M 7ERLfor gaining the Silver Award (14 books read and reviewed)
Oscar M 7TAS
Anabelle B 7HHN
Ida H 7MJS
Celine Z 8PWR
Lois B 11EGY
Eve B 11NWT/JHR
Emily-Mae E 7RAD
Aiden R 8SFN
Lily-May O 8YDS/AVE
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Year 9 College Assembly
Following the various activities to prepare students choosing their options and looking at future education and careers pathways, this week students had the opportunity to listen to Richard Taunton College on what a typical day in college looks like and hear about the differences between secondary school and college life. The importance of independent learning, a lighter timetable and opportunities for enrichment activities were some of the topics covered.
Year 10 & 11 Work Experience Opportunity - STEM
Roke Manor Research Limited is a British company based at Roke Manor near Romsey, Hampshire, which conducts research and development in the fields of communications, networks, electronic sensors, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, Military decision support consultancy and operational analysis, information assurance, and human science.
They are offering a week's work experience in their Romsey office, either week beginning 3 July and 10 July. Numbers are extremely limited. Please contact the Careers Department for further information if your child is interested.
Year 10 & 11 T Level Parents' Evening
Fareham College is holding an information evening for parents at their Bishopsfield Road Campus. The event is scheduled for 5.30 – 7pm. Please click here to register.
Year 11 Electronic Engineering - Free Online Course
Free online course 'An Introduction to Electronic Engineering', designed for students aged 15-18.
Developed by the UK Electronic Skills Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, the course covers key theoretical and practical concepts using interactive examples, including the basics of component level design from resistors to amplifiers, investigating how we power satellites in space and examining real-world control systems in action.
It is a great way to extend your understanding of the electricity topics covered in science lessons by introducing the exciting subject of Electronic Engineering. IT will also help students make informed decisions about career choices and degree subjects, and strengthen applications for university, college, or apprenticeships.
The course takes approximately three hours a week over three weeks, and is self-paced.
As a reminder, please see the application deadlines below:
28 February: Brockenhurst
31 March*: City College, Eastleigh, Itchen, Richard Taunton, Sparsholt and Totton College
*Recommended deadline as courses can fill up fast.
If you have been keeping an eye on the news, you may have spotted that the UK Government has announced a ban on single-use plastic from October 2023. The full article is available to view here.
We don't have to wait until October though to make the shift over to more sustainable options. Here are suggestions to reduce our usage of single-use plastics: 9 tips for living with less plastic.
RSHE restarts for the Spring Term on Monday and tutors are looking forward to reconnecting with their tutees through the discussion based lessons.
This half-term Year 7 will be looking at how to lead healthy lifestyles by considering what health and fitness is before identifying the need for good food, sleep and exercise habits. Students will also explore the impacts of energy drinks and caffeine-based drinks on health and fitness and the law. Students will then move onto exploring the body’s physical changes during puberty.
This half-term Year 8 will be exploring healthy lifestyles and good physical health as well as how to maintain positive mental health when using Social Media. Media bias and different media sources will also be covered so we can encourage students to consider what influences they may be exposed to.
Year 9 will be starting the new year considering what supports healthy living and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. This moves on to some basic first aid training and then supporting positive mental health and positive self-image. Students will consider how their own self-perception and internet use may be linked.
Year 10 will be kick-starting the term with a recap on healthy living and positive lifestyle choices. This will be supported by exploring what a role model is and how this can support personal progress and decision-making. This then leads into exploring the impacts of drug and alcohol use.
Year 11 will recap healthy living before moving onto some practical emergency aid training. Students will also explore contraception and sexual health. Students will be signposted to some external agencies that offer support. Youth In Romsey offer support and guidance. Information can be found on their website where further services can also be found as well as what they offer.
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 also launched our message reporting system 'TooToot'.
Childline also offer a range of support and resources.
Part of the healthy living topics include discussing the need for good sleep habits. Support with teenage sleep can be found at Teen Sleep Hub which is part of The Sleep Charity.
Mountbatten Activity Camp, February Half-Term
Following the success of their Christmas Programme, Personal Best Education is running an activity camp during February Half-Term for children aged 6 - 12. For more information and to book, click the button below!
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!