We would like to especially thank and congratulate Year 11 for their commitment this week. We organised a timely programme of ‘walking-talking’ mock exams where teachers modelled GCSE answers in Mathematics and Science and coursework refinement workshops in Sports Studies, Technology and Music. Students responded well to the programme. Our ‘Year 11 Countdown’ is now operating. We have good attendance at our revision classes that are running after school. Parents will be familiar with the new ‘Prom Points’ system which should prevent any uncertainty about whether a student will receive an invitation to the Prom.
We are careful to ensure there is the right balance of revision, exam questions and support without causing unnecessary anxiety. However, it is really important that Year 11 take the forthcoming mock examinations seriously: students get a BOGOF bonus with mock revision as much of the revision will stay with them for the real exams that begin in May. Demonstrating what they can and cannot yet do in genuine exam situations helps inform the teacher on how best to use the remaining lesson and revision time. We do not expect or want Year 11 to use the whole of half-term revising but it would be very sensible to undertake at least 3 hours a day for the five week days of half term.
The first mock exams are MFL orals on Monday 20 February (an INSET Day for all other year groups). Good luck!
Click here to see what's on next week:
Monday 6 February
Cross Country on the Mountbatten Field, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 7 February
Gym Festival at Test Valley School with Year 9 Sports Leaders, 11.45am - 4.00pm
Wednesday 8 February
Thursday 9 February
Year 7 Parents' Evening (Virtual) 4.15pm - 7.15pm
Friday 10 February
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
Romeo & Juliet Production
With two wonderful performances yesterday evening, we are excited for tonight's performances of Romeo and Juliet. Look out on our social media channels for some sneak peaks behind the scenes and highlights from the shows this evening.
Congratulations to the following students who were involved in the school production of Romeo & Juliet:
This week's Mountbatten Miniseries clip from Lorraine Lee is the final in our series and is all about how to manage the inevitable emotions that come up in friendships. Lorraine looks at how to identify triggers, spot physical symptoms and explains how to talk to your child about these big emotions.
All of our Mountbatten Miniseries clips can be found on our website linked in the button below.
Amy R 7RAD, Emmie W 7RAD and Henry W 7AWS for gaining the Bronze Award (7books read and reviewed)
Anna L 7DCR
Alastair H 8IHS
Poppy H 8IPY/ESY
Joseph N 8PWR
Tiffany M 9SHL/EGE
Umar T 9SHL/EGE
Kyla R 9HCO/CFT
Rhea M 10TLS
Zac W 7AWS
Joey M 7AWS
Honor F-H 7TAS
Emily S 7TAS
Harriet W 7ERL
Mollie S 7ERL
Jesse C 7ERL
Ollie A 7RAD
Morgan B 9AWE/RAR
Gabriella B 10VTE
Oxford University Computing Challenge
Congratulations to the following students who took part in the Oxford University Computing Challenge recently:
Isla N 8JFR
Lara W 8IHS
Scott G 9HCO/CFT
Would L 9HCO/CFT
Benjamin L 9HCO/CFT
Mia P 9SBS
Flynn T 9SBS
Lewis B 10COY/SDN
Toby F 10FBY
Kenneth H 10COY/SDN (received a Merit for his score)
Max S 10COY/SDN
Bethan T 10CPE
Matthew W 10DSS
Sam H 11MRA
Megan R 11RCS
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
Business & Finance
Eight of the world’s biggest finance, accounting and consultancy firms are holding an insight evening on 6 February, 5.00pm - 8.00pm. In attendance are PwC, KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Legal & General, Fidelity International, Mazars, Grant Thornton and CIMA. The event offers students the opportunity to hear about different routes into the industry, including work experience and apprenticeship programmes. To register, please click here.
IBM, Capgemini, BT Group, Worldwide Technology, Experian and WTW have organised a virtual insight event for any aspiring technologist interested in computing, AI, Cloud Infrastructure etc. The event will take place on Monday 6 February, 5.00pm - 8.00pm. To register, please click here.
Year 10 College Taster Day
Please remember to complete the form to indicate which College Taster Day your child would like to partake in. The link can be found here.
Year 11 College Application Deadlines
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.
The Geography Department has recently challenged our Year 8s to make one sustainable swap this term during their studies of plastic pollution as a global threat. This could be something as simple as bringing in a reusable water bottle to refill at one of the many refill stations at school, car-sharing with a friend to get a lift to school or, if students live nearby, getting up a little earlier and walking to school instead of driving once a week.
A reminder that, when it comes to sustainability, we are far more powerful as a community.
Library Books Order
The Mountbatten School Library has recently received a BIG order of brand new books which we are very excited about. We have a range of options including new graphic novels, romance, fantasy and mystery including the whole series of Enola Holmes books which inspired the Netflix movies! We have also increased our selection of dyslexia friendly books; these books cover a wide range of abilities and genres, but all feature font type and layout which are designed specifically to aid ease of reading.
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.
Emergency First Aid at Work One Day Training Course
Personal Best Education are running a Level 3 nationally recognised Emergency First Aid at Work training course on Wednesday 1st March from 9am to 4pm for only £80pp. If you would like to book a place, please click on the button below.
Personal Best is pleased to be able to offer Level 3 Bikeability courses FREE of charge . These will take place during February half-term at The Mountbatten School. All courses will be half a day. For more information and to make booking please follow the steps below:
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!