And so, the celebrations are now in full swing! Whilst last week ended with the Year 11 Leavers’ Celebration event at St Mary’s Stadium, this week began with the Year 10 students’ rewards trip to Paulton’s Park. Each day this week has started with one of the year groups holding their Celebration Assembly and it has been an uplifting start to my day to celebrate the students’ achievements in front of their peers. What talent, creativity and industriousness we have amongst our student body and it is always heart-warming to see the delight and pride that the tutors take in recognising the success of their tutees.
Far too often, young people are portrayed in a negative light in the media. I am glad that our school community gets to see first-hand the wonderful and positive contributions that are made by our youngsters within the school and beyond. This year, the students alone have raised almost £6,000 for their chosen charities: CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), Pebbles (improving the lives of young people in the townships of South Africa) and Mansa-Colley Bojang School (enabling girls to go to school in The Gambia). The vast majority of our students strive to embody our school’s motto of ‘We care, we respect, we achieve’ and I see this reflected in the fact that, at the end of the year, the average number of demerits for a student in the school is 3 and that the average number of detentions is 0. Good behaviour, good manners and a positive attitude to learning don’t happen by chance; they are the culmination of many years of dedicated parenting, teaching right from wrong, fostering a love of learning and enforcing clear boundaries. Being your child’s parent – and not their friend – is the key to a child’s success and positive wellbeing.
As the term draws to a close, so does my first year as Headmaster of this fabulous school. It certainly has been an eventful year punctuated with new experiences. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your support and working in partnership to enable our children, paraphrasing Gandhi, ‘to be the change that they wish to see in the world’.
I wish you all a restful and relaxing summer break when it arrives next week.
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Monday 17 July Year 9 Celebration Day on the field
Tuesday 18 July Sports Day
Wednesday 19 July Year 8 Celebration Morning on the field, Periods 1 - 3 Year 7 Celebration Afternoon on the field, Periods 4 - 6
Thursday 20 July Students dismissed at 12.30pm, buses depart by 12.35pm
Friday 21 July INSET Day
INSET Days for 2022/23 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
Please could we ask Parents/Carers to complete the short parent survey via the button below. We value your opinions and your responses will help us plan further parent voice activities early next term.
As part of our ongoing Careers education at The Mountbatten School, we strive to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible to get a first-hand insight into the ever-changing and evolving world of work, ensuring they are in the most advantageous position to fulfil their college and employment aspirations. We have recently submitted our careers programme to the ‘Quality in Careers’ award body and are keenly awaiting recognition as a quality careers education provider.
We are seeking a broad range of careers and industries who are able to offer employer talks, mock interviews, work experience placements and advice to our students over the course of each academic year. If you think you may be able to support us with any of this provision, please complete the form in the button below to register your interest. You will join our contact list in order to support some of the future events we hope to deliver. Please could you share this link with any other friends or family that you think may be suitable to join our resource bank also.
On Monday 10 July, we held our annual Sports Review Evening in the Olympic Hall. The event was attended by all students who have represented Mountbatten as part of a sports team this academic year. Our guest speaker for the evening was former Southampton FC player and Mountbatten student Sam McQueen, who shared with students and parents his story. He then spent the rest of the evening handing out awards to our Academy Players of the Year and major awards winners. Over 400 students and parents attended the evening to celebrate with us.
The major award winners on the evening were:
Year 7 sportsman of the year – James T 7IBR
Year 7 sportswoman of the year – Isla B 7TAS
Year 8 sportsman of the year – Adham E 8JFR
Year 8 sportswoman of the year – Josephine W-J 8JBY
Year 9 sportsman of the year – Jack F 9SHL/PWR
Year 9 sportswoman of the year – Eloise G 9NWS
Year 10 sportsman of the year – Liam O 10CPE
Year 10 sportswoman of the year – Mika B 10RLR/SOE
Year 11 sportsman of the year – Toby R 11EHK
Year 11 sportswoman of the year – Kody C 11JGO
Sports leader of the year – Eden B 10TLS
Nicola Farrell Trust Award (Highest achieving student) – Eve B 11NWT/JHR
Girls team of the year – U16 Girls' Football Squad
Boys team of the year – U15 Boys' Rugby Squad
With cases of measles on the rise in the UK and across the world, Hampshire County Council is reminding parents/carers and students about the importance of catching up with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or other vaccines, ahead of any summer travel and festival plans.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health said: “Due to the pandemic, some people may have missed getting their routine vaccines and are not fully protected, which puts them at risk of catching and spreading serious illnesses. We strongly urge Hampshire residents to take this opportunity to check they’re up-to-date with their vaccines before their summer holidays or attending any festivals. Vaccination not only protects someone’s health but also helps prevent the spread of diseases within our communities.”
“Many young people might not be aware that they’ve missed out on important vaccinations and that’s where parents and carers can help. Having a conversation with a child about the importance of vaccination can help protect them, especially if they’re about to mix with large numbers of people at events or while travelling. If you’re unsure if your own or your child’s vaccinations are up-to-date, contact your GP Practice to find out.”
As a reminder, some of the vaccines that young people should have had by age 14 include:
Vaccines that protect against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and whooping cough. These are given at various points throughout childhood, with a booster given in school Year 9.
The MMR vaccine - two doses of which should be given by the time a child starts school but can be provided at any point thereafter if any doses are missed. This vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps and rubella.
Meningitis vaccines, which include the Meningitis B, HiB/Meningitis C and Meningitis ACWY vaccine. The last of these is given to children who are in school Years 9 and 10.
The HPV vaccine, which helps protect against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus and is given to both boys and girls at 12 to 13 years of age.
It is never too late to get vaccinated. If anyone has missed one or both doses of the MMR jab, or any of the other routine childhood vaccinations, they should contact their GP practice to book an appointment – or to check which they might have missed.
Further information about vaccinations can be found on the NHS website.
Congratulations to the following students for levelling up on Sparx Maths!
Finley R 7MJS - Level 1
Matilda T 7LHK/EPK - Level 1
Dylan C 7MJS - Level 1
Riley B 7TAS - Level 1
Ava S 7LHK/EPK - Level 1
Frankie L 7AWS - Level 1
Olly N 7CBN - Level 1
Tadleigh C 7CBN - Level 2
Kaelyn D 7TAS - Level 2
Sophia T 7IBR - Level 3
Freya L 7LHK/EPK
Harry M 7LHK/EPK
Joshua S 7ERL
Amia W C 7ERL
Eleanor A 8IPY/ESY
Freya G 9NWS
Ellie M 9JLR
Thomas S 9SBS
Liam O 10CPE
Amber J 7RAD
Alejandro C 7RAD
Tilly G 8RLE
Izzy F 8OWS
Priya F 9AOR
Alexandra E 9NWS
Blake B 9AWE/RAR
Tommy H 9SBS
Alex D 10TLS
Evie B 10TLS
Bronze CREST Award
Congratulations to the following students for achieving a Bronze CREST Award for the projects they completed in Science Club:
Elliot O 7CBN
Charlie H 7HHN
Daniel S 7RAD
Daniyal I 7TAS
Jibril I 8SMO
Charley R 8IHS
Ollie R 8IHS
Jessica T 8IPY
Ellie A 8IPY
Amber B 8IPY
Ella B 8JBY
Ella C 8JBY
Adham E 8JFR
Maya S 8SFN
Danae P 8SFN
Josie M 8YDS/AVE
Camilla S 8YDS/AVE
Ila S 8YDS/AVE
Piano Prep Test
Phoebe C 8JFR has passed the ABRSM Piano Prep Test.
Adam W 7HHN has achieved Piano Beginner Stage 1 with Merit
Click the drop-down menus below to find out more about different careers opportunities coming up for our students.
Year 9 - 11 Virtual Work Experience
Springpod has put together a summer programme of virtual work experience opportunities. Students will be able to get a certificate upon completion. Please see flyer for more information.
Year 10 Careers insights
Business Studies students were visited by Paul and Clare from Portsmouth Aviation to talk about their role in HR, testing students on their topic knowledge as the talk progressed. Students also gained an insight into the company and the various roles available. To round the week off, Computer Studies students had the opportunity to listen to Stephan from VMWare who went above and beyond in his talk about all things computer, covering topics such as the future of IT, application of AI, different job roles available and his career journey.
Make sure you visit our school library before the summer to pick up a book or two to read in the sunshine over the holidays!
Hampshire Teen Project
Personal Best Education's Hampshire Teen Project is back! The programme is run in partnership with Hampshire County Council (Connect4Communities) during summer holidays for students ages 11-16 to offer FREE spaces for students in receipt of free school meals.
For more information, view the following presentation regarding the programme. To sign up, click the button below:
This year saw the return of the Mountbatten Poetry Festival. A proud tradition stretching back over fifty years, the poetry festival showcases students’ original poetry compositions.
Year 7s were tasked with creating an original poem inspired by the Romantic poets.