As we come to the end of our Winter sports programme we see the end of our Rugby, Football, Netball and Basketball seasons and the last Mountbatten season for our current Year 11s. I want to thank them all for their commitment to Mountbatten Sport and PE over the last 5 years; together we have enjoyed so many fantastic sporting moments. I wish you all the best for the future and I hope your passion and drive for sport continues.
We now look forward to slipping on the spikes, dusting off the tennis balls and shining the cricket balls as we move into our Summer programme. This gives all our students further opportunity to get out into the sun (we hope!), learn new skills and to enjoy the competition on offer. We hope all students will continue to engage in our extra-curricular provision and our Year 7s come along to as many Summer clubs as possible.
We also enter a busy time for Primary Leadership where our students are given the opportunity to lead and support our primary festivals. Mrs Shirley runs a comprehensive primary competition calendar for our local feeder schools with a range of different sports competitions being held at Mountbatten during the Summer Term. Our students are trained to support those festivals which gives them the opportunity to develop key values in sport like resilience, cooperation and problem-solving skills.
Our aim, as always, is to give all students access to take part in sport and I am sure I do not need to convince you all that Sport and PE can have a real and lasting impact on your child’s wider attitude towards school.
Click here to see what's on next week:
Monday 6 March
Netball League Night on the Mountbatten MUGA 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Tuesday 7 March
Wednesday 8 March
Technology Department - The Romsey Rotary Technology Tournament at Crosfield Hall, 8.45am - 3.15pm
Thursday 9 March
RE Department - Trip to London to visit Buddhapadipa Thai Temple & St Pauls Cathedral, 7.30am - 7.00pm
Friday 10 March
Music Department - Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall 3.30pm - 11.55pm
Tag Rugby Festival at Wallop School, 8.00am - 12.55pm
INSET Days for 2022/23
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
Uniform Changes - COMING SOON
As a school we have listened to parent voice around the cost and sustainability of uniform and have been looking into ways we can bring the costs down whilst also making uniform easier to pass down to siblings.
This academic year we have worked hard with our uniform suppliers to create a new cheaper and more sustainable PE kit. We have also made some simple, small updates to the school uniform whilst maintaining and respecting the uniform Lord Mountbatten set out for us. We are now awaiting final samples from our suppliers and will be sharing these changes in a detailed letter before the end of the term.
These changes will be phased in, with new Year 7 students in September 2023 following the updated uniform and new PE kit. Year 8 to Year 11 students do not need to purchase new PE kit or uniform and can continue to wear what they have now. Our school uniform providers will begin to sell off the kit and uniform they have but will not be replacing stock once it has gone.
Please look out for a letter in the next few weeks providing more details.
South Africa Tour 2024 - The Pebbles Project Charity
The Pebbles Project is a small charity that is very close to Mountbatten hearts! The South Africa Tour has supported this Stellenbosch based charity since the touring tradition started in 2017. Since then, Mountbatten tourists have raised over £8,000, helping to provide education, healthcare and nutrition to children from deprived families in the wine region of the Western Cape. In 2017, when in South Africa, we visited one of their educational hubs where our students were given the opportunity to spend some time with the children they had supported. It was the highlight of the tour and we had to tear our students away!
March the 1st marks the start of this fundraising journey for our 2024 tourists!
Throughout March, students will be ‘Pressing up for Pebbles’. Each tourist will be completing an ever-growing amount of press-ups throughout the month. Culminating in a challenge where the group will attempt to collectively complete 8000 press-ups… the number of miles from Romsey to Cape Town.
Running alongside the student efforts, 5 members of staff will be running the London Landmarks Half Marathon (picture below). Mr Robinson, Mrs Haydock, Mrs Lancaster, Mr Ravenhill and Mr Rice are all busy pounding the pavements in training for the event on Sunday 2 April 2023. With support from Kitlocker.com, who will be providing the kit for the event, staff are looking to raise as much money as possible for Pebbles Project.
We wish all our staff and students the best of luck with their fundraising efforts and endeavours. If you would like to make a donation, there will be availability to do so on the school’s Scopay system.
UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge 2023
Congratulations to all students who participated in the recent Intermediate Maths Challenge run by the UK Maths trust. This Challenge encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems and is open to able students in Years 9-11.
49 students achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate as follows:
5 Gold (Kenneth H, Max S & Theo T all 10COY/SDN, Flynn T 9SBS &Abi T 10PSN)
Kenneth H 10COY/SDN achieved the highest score in Year 10 and has earned a place in the Hamilton Mathematical Olympiad 2023 follow-on round.
Flynn T 9SBS achieved the highest score in Year 9 and has earned a place in the Grey Kangaroo 2023 follow-on round.
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Sophia H, Honor F-H, and Isla B all 7TAS and Molly W 7RADfor gaining the Bronze Award (7books read and reviewed)
Sophie C and Heidi C both7TASfor gaining the Silver Award (14 books read and reviewed)
Finley L-S 7TAS
Nevaeh H 7HHN
Finley R 7MJS
Oliver N 8CWN
Lilly T 11JGO
Livia D 11LAD/DDN
Ollie A 7RAD
Joel T 8IPY/ESY
Megan B 9HCO/CFT
Max S 10COY/SDN
Charlotte S 11MRT
Hattie H 7CBN has passed Piano Beginner Stage 1 with Distinction.
Liv C 10KRL/HMS has passed Clarinet Grade 5 with Distinction.
Romsey Abbey Lunchtime Recital
Congratulations to Emme Hensel 9HCS for delivering an absolutely outstanding lunchtime recital in Romsey Abbey on Tuesday 28February. Emme performed with immense poise, and a musical maturity well beyond her years. This was a truly outstanding achievement from a fine young musician.
Well done and thank you, Emme!
Congratulations to the below Year 8, 9 & 10 LAMDA students who performed in the Southern Theatre Festival in Bournemouth. They did amazingly well and all scored high grades ranging from 71 - 89 out of 100. This is the first time we have entered the competition and I am especially proud of the amazing performances and how well they represented the Mountbatten Drama department.
Mrs Bailey Head of Drama
Grace C 10RLR/SOE
Mia A 10NKN
Emily T 10CPE
Saraniya P 9TRN
Ella M 9JLR
Catherine P 8KMN/JLE
Ella C 8CWN
Bea E 8JBY
A special congratulations to Mia A 10NKN for winning her monologue category and getting a Gold medal.
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
National Careers Week
Next week we will be taking part in a range of exciting activities to celebrate National Careers Week. All year groups will be able to hear from a range of employers as part of their weekly assembly, as well as having the opportunity to interact and find out more about different careers in our morning break workshops, which will take place in the New Founders Room. Invited are:
As a reminder, please see the application deadlines below:
31 March*: City College, Eastleigh, Itchen, Richard Taunton, Sparsholt and Totton College
*Recommended deadline as courses can fill up fast.
Year 10/Year 11 College Open Events
We advise that Year 10 students start looking around the various colleges to see what they have to offer. Open Events are a good opportunity to speak to staff and students about the facilities and course content, and to get a feel for the college.
4 March: Sparsholt College (10.00am – 2.00pm)
6 March: Totton College (5.30pm – 7.30pm)
7 March: Eastleigh College (4.30pm – 7.00pm)
29 March: Fareham College (5.00pm – 7.00pm)
29 March: City College Southampton (4.00pm – 7.00pm)
Fairtrade fortnight takes place between 27 February and 12 March this year. In 2023, the focus is on making the small switch to buying Fairtrade products to support the protection of the future of some of our most-loved food and for the future of our planet. A headline dominating the news this week has been regarding the food shortages we are seeing on our supermarket shelves. With the rapid changes in our climate, our agricultural lands are unable to adapt quick enough which means we are due to see more of these types of food shortages in the future where we import food from countries that are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Keep an eye out for the Fairtrade logo when you are next doing your shopping and know that when you buy these products, you are supporting local farmers around the world and making food production more sustainable. You can find out more about Fairtrade here.
RSHE (Relationships, Sex, & Health Education) is taught by Tutors to their Tutor Group once a week. Tutors deliver discussion based lessons which allows our students to explore a range of topics to effectively prepare our young people for success in the modern world with the knowledge, understanding and desire to keep themselves safe, happy, healthy, respectful and tolerant. Our aim is to empower them with the resilience and confidence to make a difference to their own and others’ future.
This half-term Year 7 have been 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 have also explored the impacts of energy drinks and caffeine based drinks on health and fitness and the law.
Students have just started to look at the body’s physical changes during puberty and this will continue after half-term. They will then move onto the importance of sleep and the benefits of good sleep hygiene. The half-term will then finish with a look at how the virtual world can impact how you feel about yourself and what behaviours are and are not appropriate online.
This half-term Year 8 have been exploring the benefits of healthy lifestyles and good physical health as well as how to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing when using social media. Media bias and different media sources has also been covered so we can encourage students to consider what influences they may be exposed to and how they can start to consider the validity of information.
Next half-term Year 8 are looking at mental health and wellbeing and different ways of coping or managing their feelings and emotions. They are encouraged to identify what strategies they respond positively to and why self-care is important.
Year 9 started the New Year considering what supports healthy living and how they can lead a healthy lifestyle. They have then considered what body image is and how this can be influenced and affected by internal and external factors. This then led onto covering mental health and wellbeing. Year 9 have explored what mental health is, what the different stages of mental health are and what strategies can support good mental health and wellbeing.
Next half-term Year 9 move onto completing a practical workshop on Emergency First Aid. The students who demonstrate a good practical understanding of the emergency aid will be certificated through St John’s Ambulance. This half-term also includes the topic of consent and how to avoid assumptions as well as freedom and capacity to consent. The law around consent and intimate relationships is shared with students also.
Year 10 started the term with a recap on healthy living and positive lifestyle choices.
They then went on to identify what a role model is and how this can support personal progress and decision-making. This then led into exploring the impacts of drug and alcohol use. This will continue into the next half-term before they start to prepare for their work experience placements.
Year 11 recapped healthy living before moving onto some practical emergency aid training. Students who engaged well with the sessions and demonstrated good practical understanding of CPR will be certificated by St John’s ambulance.
Students have also explored contraception and sexual health. The different methods of contraception and their efficacy have provided to ensure students are as informed. Students have been signposted to some external agencies that offer support. Youth In Romsey offer support and guidance and information can be found on their website, where details of further services can also be found, as well as what they offer.
Next half-term, students will prepare for mock exams and then revisit consent, explore coercion and consider risky behaviours.
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 our reporting system 'TootToot' where students can report anonymously or with their name.
Activity Camps - Mountbatten School & Barton Peveril
Personal Best Education is holding Activity Camps during the course of the Easter Holidays. Children will take part in a range of engaging activities including; sports, team building, creative design, personal development, arts & crafts and much more.
Free spaces available for children in receipt of free school meals and includes a hot lunch.
For paying customers, places can be booked per day or at a discounted rate for four day bookings. Additionally, we accept childcare vouchers.
Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.
Monday 3 April - Thursday 6 April
Tuesday 11 April - Friday 14 April
Times: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Barton Peveril College
Monday 3 April - Thursday 6 April
Tuesday 11 April - Friday 14 April
Times: 9.00am - 3.00pm
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!