Toynbee School would like to congratulate our former year 11 pupil on her amazing achievements this summer. Steph has been training for a number of years to an elite level in Sports-Acrobatics Gymnastics for Southampton Gymnastics Club. This year she balanced her outstanding commitment to training with her studies and revision for her GCSE exams, as she was on the pathway for trials into the British Gymnastics team. At the end of the summer following her exams, Steph and her partner Toula competed in the British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool. They had a successful weekend of competition and finished second overall in the 13-19 age group, winning a silver medal! This was an exceptional achievement, but emphasized further by the fact that they were competing two age categories above their classification in order to prepare for GB selections next year. However, a week after the competition, Steph received the amazing news that they had been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships this October in Poland. We are so pleased that all of her hard work has been successful and wish her all the best in these championships. We would also like to congratulate her on her excellent set of exam results, achieving A/A* grades in most subjects. There is a crowd funding page to support the pair and raise £1,000 to help them travel to Poland and any donations would be greatly appreciated:
A massive congratulations from all of us here at Toynbee to our very talented Year 11 student, Brandon Hulcoop. Not only has he just recently had his very first book published but he has also competed in the Boccia England VI Championship and won!
Brandon’s book is the first in a series of sci-fi stories that he is working on. Brandon’s passion for reading is evident and this is such a fantastic achievement for him. Boccia is a sport similar to related to bowls and petanque but this was a VI specific championship in which Brandon came first. These are amazing achievements and we are incredibly proud of how hard Brandon works in and out of Toynbee. Well Done Brandon!
Toynbee School is celebrating some of our best results ever this summer with our pupils achieving excellent grades across the board. YOU ARE SUPER STARS & WE ARE SO PROUD & DELIGHTED! We would also like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our parents who supported our young people so well throughout the whole exam process and a MASSIVE WELL DONE to our teaching and pastoral team who worked so hard with the pupils to deliver top class teaching and imaginative revision lessons. Here are the highlights:-
English 83% A* - C
Maths 80% A* - C
Physics 100% A* - C
Chemistry 100% A* - C
Biology 100% A* - C
School Overall 81% 5 x A* - C
School 74% 5 x A* - C inc Eng & Maths
Toynbee's performance is OUTSTANDING in a year when the new tougher linear examinations were introduced for pupils in English & Maths who were judged with numbers 1- 9 instead of the usual grades A - G. So CONGRATULATIONS to all of our pupils for the summer of 2017.
In the last few weeks we have been stunned and delighted by the kind, thoughtful and delicious gifts and thank you cards we have received from Year 11 pupils and parents. They have all meant so much to us as teachers who want to do the best we can for our pupils and having this type of feedback and recognition makes our job worthwhile. THANK YOU everyone. This lovely cake made by 'Cherry on the Cake' was dropped off earlier in the week and did not last long n the staffroom!
In 2015, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ was published. It was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird, but tells the story of Scout as a grown up, returning to Maycomb to visit her father. Write the first chapter of the novel. This was the task set for one of our English groups and we wanted to share with you some of the stunning essays we received from students. Essay 1 Essay 2
The whole school has participated in the most wonderful Sports day today blessed by glorious weather and many personal best results from our young and talented athletes. Winners of the House Cup were Drummond who once again stormed to a magnificent win. Winning trophies were presented by Mr Way, Miss Howson & Mr Bartlett.
A small group of Year 9 students have been masquerading as Animal Agents in our local primary and junior schools. The pupils wrote a short play then performed it in front of the whole school in assemblies to promote this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Chandlers Ford Library from 15th July to 16th September. They have been encouraging the primary and junior school pupils to sign up for the Challenge, receive a collector card and then read 6 books over the summer holidays. Participants then receive a sticker for each book read and a clue to help the Animal Agents catch a crafty crook. All those who finish receive a medal, a certificate, temporary tatoos and get invited to a finishers party at the library at the end of September. There are lots of fun events linked to the Animal Agents theme throughout the summer holidays in the public libraries, including crafts and author visits. Parents and carers are asked to encourage any 4-11 year olds to join in this fun, free event at their local library and we continue to stress the importance of keeping reading over the holiday period for all pupils.
The Year 9 Languages Leaders had a very successful morning of Spanish at Fryern Junior School. Working alongside pupils in Years 3 and 4, they ran a series of workshops, helping the younger pupils to create profiles about themselves in Spanish. The Year 9 students were an absolute credit to Toynbee School and made Mrs McCormick feel very proud indeed of their linguistic ability and their approach to helping the younger pupils.
The classes were all very welcoming to the Languages Leaders: they were applauded by the Year 3s and the teacher even invited them to stay for the whole day as they had done such a great job of teaching! Well done and a big thank you to all involved. Mrs McCormick.
Scoot is our beautifully behaved and adorable school dog. He has made a fantastic transition to school life and at the moment spends most of his day in VI Resource Centre. He is adored by staff and pupils alike and in Sept his full suite of duties begins - watch for updates on Scoot!
Today, 11 July, saw 23 of our Year 10 students attend Eastleigh College for a “Taster” session. This was part of a series of Post 16 opportunities Toynbee has provided for its pupils in year 11 this year. So far, selected pupils have had the opportunity to attend days at Barton Peveril and Peter Symonds Colleges and more pupils will be attending Itchen college tomorrow also. Pupils were given information about a vast array of courses they could experience such as Applied Science and Criminology, Hairdressing, Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Childcare. With so many different courses on offer, all pupils had a fantastic day and gained more of an insight into a day at college for when they leave us here at Toynbee.
On Thursday, nineteen of our keen writers from Years 9 and 10 participated in a Creative Writing workshop at the British Library, organised by the English Department. The session was run by a professional writer. Pupils were encouraged to use some of the historical documents and artefacts from the ‘Treasures Collection’ at the Library as a stimulus. The workshop then helped them to develop their characters within a setting by using a structured set of questions. Finally, the pupils used parts of their writing together to form a poem which they performed together in groups to some really stunning effects. Toynbee staff and Jason, the workshop leader, were really thrilled with the quality of creative writing. Pupils enjoyed what they described as a ‘unique’ experience.
There was a great book buzz in Toynbee’s library today! Two fans of Tom Hoyle’s book ‘Thirteen’ discovered he’d written a second and third part to the story, and were so excited they drew a friend over to read with them. ‘Thirteen’ has the most shocking, gripping opening. If you want to find a cracking book to read this summer, you can’t go wrong with this one. Unless you’re prone to nightmares…
Students across all years helped to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research yesterday by wearing a hat and non school uniform and paying a £1 towards this good cause. The fundraising was led by one of our much loved members of staff Mr Spacagna, who launched the idea in assemblies and tutor time in the week previous. Pupils have responded with their usual generosity, care and enthusiasm. The total raised will be revealed soon!
Mock interview day with local business men and women, college careers advisors and school governors volunteering their time to put our young people through their paces. Each pupil had to provide a Cv and write an application for their future job. 'Employers' carried out one to one interviews and online checks to ensure hobbies and interests matched what they had written down on paper. It is important for our pupils to know and understand that interviews are rigorous and far reaching. Thank you to all our volunteers.
The interviews were complemented by sessions from the National Citizens Service on team building. The NCS challenge? Using only 10 balloons and 2 rolls of celotape suspend a person off the floor. The NCS has also delivered assemblies to pupils during the year informing them about their exciting course. It's a 4 week programme for 16 - 17 year olds for when they finish school. The first week offers young people the chance to go on a residential where they undergo physical challenges such as abseiling, rock climbing and other adventures. The second week focuses on personal skills such as presentations and personal strengths. During the third week young people carry out volunteer work in the community and the last week is all about their 'graduation' to celebrate their skills and achievements. The four week programme which is all about developing well rounded, focused individuals costs only £50 and includes all food, accommodation and equipment on the residential. It's an amazing programme which many of our pupils are taking up. It's an opportunity not to be missed.
Year 9 - Team Challenges, Problem Solving & Life Skills
The day started with an overview of the opportunities and careers that the army offers as well as thinking about personal qualities, resilience, team work and how we cope with seemingly impossible problems. Following the presentation and video from the Army team, pupils worked in groups with leaders from the army, on different team challenges, all of which required them to co-operate fully to enjoy success.
Year 8 - Celebrating Different Cultures
To coincide with World Languages Day and also celebrate the different cultural traditions, food and clothing of the cultural backgrounds in our own school, Year 8 enjoyed a varied day of language tuition in Arabic, Mandarin & Romanian as well as learning the roots of the English Language. Pupils also underwent the trials and taste sensations of Bush Tucker trials which involved blind folded tastings of ingredients from international cuisine which they may not have experienced before.
Pupils were both surprised and horrified to enjoy the taste of kangaroo burgers! Also on offer was samphire, cockles, lychee, pomegranate, bamboo shoots & gnocci. In the final session of the day each tutor group completed a cultural quiz in the 'languages market stall' set up to explore the food and traditions of Poland, Ireland, Nigeria, India, Romania & the Netherlands. This was a very enjoyable part of the day - enjoying one another's heritage.
Year 7 Personal Health
The day started with learning a dance routine with the LEPRA Charity representative. The year group have been fundraising for the last month for the charity which deals with Leprosy. This idea was launched in assembly and some amazing sums of money were handed in on PDL Day so well done for a great effort and great start to the day. The year group then enjoyed sessions on dealing with stress, substance use and misuse and personal health and well being.
On Wednesday 14th June, Year 5 pupils were welcomed to our Languages Department for the day. The theme was ‘2 languages in one day’; the pupils had intensive sessions in Spanish and French, helped along by the wonderful Year 9 Toynbee Language Leaders. Great fun was had by all: at the end of the sessions, the Year 5s set the scene for a holiday and performed some superb plays in French and Spanish restaurants, using a variety of props to inject plenty of drama and humour! The primary pupils were an absolute credit to their schools and the Year 9 pupils made Mrs McCormick feel very proud indeed. Well done to all involved in this great day!
On the 2nd - 5th June, 41 year 10 pupils went to the Amalfi Coast in Italy to support their work in Geography. After a very early start, we made our way to Naples where we had our first view of Vesuvius from the plane. We went straight from landing to Herculaneum, a settlement located close to Vesuvius which was covered in ash followed by the 79AD eruption. Following this we went to the Villa Oplontis which was a grand palace in the area that was also covered when Vesuvius erupted, however a number of detailed mosaics and paintings were preserved by the eruption. We ended a long day by checking into our accommodation and having some time to relax by the pool. On day 2 we left early to visit the sites of Pompeii, an ancient town covered by the ash cloud from Vesuvius in 79AD. Afterwards we trekked to the top of Vesuvius where we were able to see the beautiful view of Naples. It was clear from the top the vast area that would be destroyed if/when Vesuvius erupts in future. According to the tour guide, they would be able to evacuate the 800,000 people living in the surrounding area in just 72 hours. We finished this day by walking to the coast from our accommodation and watch the stunning sunset with some pizza. On our final day, we drove along the stunning Amalfi coast, visiting the towns of Amalfi and Ravello. The views were breath-taking and the sun was shining all day long. Along we went on a rowing boat tour of the Emerald Grotto , a cave that is filled with natural green light and was only rediscovered in the 20th century. The pupils were, as always, fantastically behaved and engaged with the visit; the flight attendant on our BA flight even commented that they were the best behaved school party they had ever seen – well done! Thanks also to Miss L’Enfant, Mr Bartlett and Mr. Farmer for their help running the trip. Miss Butler
Over a sunny, but windy weekend in June, our intrepid explorers from year 10 ventured out into the New Forest for their Duke of Edinburgh Assessed Expedition. Once again, Toynbee students were exemplary, not only in their ability to navigate across the wilderness, but also in their attitude and behaviour. All assessors and supervisors commented on how outstanding our students were in terms of their outdoor skills, resilience and effort. We are so very proud of them and look forward to the teams presenting their expedition goals to us next month.
On Monday 5 June our Gifted and Talented dancers were invited to perform at University of Chichester. Our pupils experienced a very challenging day and received many compliments with organisers and lecturers saying that Toynbee pupils were a credit to themselves and the school. WELL DONE to everyone involved!
Eleven pupils from Years 7 - 10 were interviewed by Primary School leaders as part of the Hampshire Teaching & Leadership College 'Three Steps Ahead' programme.
Yesterday a select few of our Able Linguists went to Southampton University along with nearly 200 others. In the morning they worked with other linguists from all over Hampshire to produce a poster in French or Spanish about a wearable technology device they had developed. Some of our able few won the third prize in the Spanish section – bravo! They also got a chance to try out a couple of new languages, the choice on offer included Portuguese, Chinese and Italian. As ever, our Toynbee pupils got involved and conducted themselves so well – well done all!
Outstanding Leader Award
Lisa Gilham from Toynbee, has received two awards at the Hampshire Youth Awards this week. Her first was a Silver Award for Volunteering and she was also given the "Football Futures Outstanding Young Female Leader Award" from the Hampshire FA. Lisa is also being called back for a second trial with Southampton FC Under 16 Regional Talent Club.
Pictured above are the students in Year 9 who received subject awards at their prize giving evening last week. very proud parents and equally pleased students celebrated their success. After half term it's down to the serious stuff as Year 9 begin their GCSEs.
Year 8 are flying high! With over half the year group being awarded top subject prizes in an award ceremony last week in front of their proud parents, Year 8 continue to progress well in their studies and raise the bar on their personal best achievements. This week also sees another Year 8 pupil reach the dizzying height of 250 Achievement Points, meaning her name will be added to our Honours Board near reception. WELL DONE to all of our Award Winners! We are so pleased to see you participating fully in school life and enjoying all the school has to offer.
Year 7 have been taking part in a bake sale last week and this week, raising money for Brain Tumour Research and Lepra. Students have been learning entrepreneurial skills - deciding what to bring and how much to sell things for to try and make the most money. So far we have made just over £350 and we hope to reach £400 by the end of the week.
A group of 22 of our Year 7 students visited Eastleigh Football Club as part of the English scheme of work they have been doing. Students had a tour of the stadium, as well as got the chance to meet Lee Peacock - who used to play for Manchester City and is now head of Youth and Development at Eastleigh.
During the weekend of 6th and 7th of May, 22 intrepid adventurers from year 10, embarked on their Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition. Our adventurers had to plan their own route of through the forest, with everything the needed for the weekend carried on their backs. All the groups displayed independence, resilience and fantastic team work. We are very proud of all of them and we are looking forward to their assessment in June. Good Luck!
Year 7 took a History trip to Hampton Court to explore the home of famous Tudors like Henry VIII & Elizabeth I. The students were excellent ambassadors for the school - even if they did get themselves lost in the maze!
We are very proud to learn that Hollie Smith in Year 9 has been chosen to represent England this summer in Baton Twirling. She will fly to Croatia in August for the sport’s prestigious International Cup. Well done, Hollie, and all the best for summer!
Fourteen of our Gifted and Talented Year 10 pupils attended a Masterclass in Chemistry at Southampton University last week. The day started with a quick introduction and then moved onto the challenge of extracting caffeine from tea bags which helped them appreciate and understand the importance of Natural Products in our everyday lives. The rest of the practical involved an number of techniques used by undergraduate students such as vacuum filtration, solvent extraction, distillation using a rotary evaporator, melting point analysis, infra red spectroscopy and thin layer chromatography (TLC). The pupils were very mature in their approach at completing the practical. They used equipment with great care and found the new techniques used very interesting.
On Thursday the 27th April, 38 Year 8 pupils went to St Paul’s Cathedral for the annual RS trip. On arrival we enjoyed lunch on the steps of the Cathedral and then split into two groups for a guided tour. This tour included the crypt and the OBE chapel which features the tombs of many famous historical figures such as Wellington and Nelson. Pupils were asking some excellent questions to test the guide’s knowledge of art and history.
We then made our way from the crypt to the cathedral itself where we were able to see various works of art and the stunning ceiling mosaic depicting various Christian beliefs and stories. At one point the pupils are given the opportunity to lie on the floor in order to get a better view of the ceilings! We ended the tour with a climb up some very narrow and winding stairs in order to access the whispering gallery and see the cathedral floor from above. There were many highlights of the trip, including a view of the spiral staircase used as a location for Harry Potter films! Many thanks to Mrs Miller, Mrs Watson and Mr Spacagna for giving up their time to accompany Mr Law on this trip.
As part of the year 7 nurture programme, some of our students visited Tesco in Eastleigh for a “field to fork” tour, where they learnt about how food is made and where it comes from. Students got the chance to taste different types of cheese and bread, and learn what ingredients go into making each one.
Yesterday, students from the Toynbee Satellite Rowing Club had a fantastic time putting their indoor rowing techniques onto the water. The first session of our 5 week courses held at SWAC involved students learning the basics of setting up the boats to personal requirements, placing the oars correctly and initial rowing skills to enable them to safely move out onto the water. Everyone involved had a fantastic time even though it was very windy and freezing cold in the water! And we all have our fingers crossed for more sunnier and warmer weather in the weeks to come.
Huge Congratulations to the working party led by our Deputy Head Girl, who re-designed, re-vamped and overhauled a very overgrown & neglected area of the school site to create a beautiful haven of peace and relaxation over the Easter holidays. Borders were dug, benches built, seating areas created and wildflowers sown. A new rose strewn archway creates a fantastic entrance to the rather magical area which has mobiles & wind chimes in the trees and wooden logs for seating. Inspirational words such as 'Carpe Diem' & 'Inspire' 'Believe' 'Relax' have been etched into the logs to compliment the mood in the garden. This is the final project for this academic year's Pupil Leadership Team who will be taking their GCSEs this summer. This delightful project is a fitting finale for a successful team who have raised over £3,000 for charity projects and contributed so much to the school community during their tenure. We would like to thank them for all of their hard work and time and wish them every success in the future.
Our sincere thanks also to Shawyers Tree Specialists who kindly donated the wooden log seats and to Draper Tools who donated a fantastic prize for our raffle to raise funds for the plants & architecture.
Well Done to our Year 9 students above who received CONGRATULATIONS from the Headteacher for reaching the amazing milestones of 150, and 250, Achievements Points during this academic year. This award recognises pupils who have a positive attitude to school and more importantly their hard work and consistent drive for improvement over a long period of time. WELL DONE!
Last week, some of our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors were given the chance to meet Ben Smith, the 401 Marathon Man at Barton Peveril College. Ben spoke about his life and the reasons why he decided to set himself the incredible challenge of running 401 Marathons in 401 days. He told our students that it was to raise awareness of bullying, having been the target of bullying whilst he was at school. This was an incredible occasion and it was truly moving to hear what Ben had been through and how hard he is working to promote this cause.
On Friday 24th March, thirty one Year 8 and Year 9 pupils went on a day trip to Warwick Castle. The day included live science shows produced by the Big Bang exhibitors. There were hands-on workshops where students worked in pairs to make electrical circuits and they learned the basic principle of Physics by testing their speed, strength and reactions using cutting edge sports testing equipment. The event included a Rocket Show, a Watch Fire & Ice Show and, last but not least, Birds of Prey. In-between sessions, pupils had the chance to explore the Castle, walking the walls and also finding their way in and out of the Maze. Our pupils were highly praised for their exemplary behaviour not only at the venue but also on the coach as well.
Our sponsored read in celebration of World Book Day managed to raise a fantastic £500 this year: the highest amount ever raised for this event. Every pupil who took part chose an Usborne book to keep for themselves and the rest has been used to purchase new books for the library. With the total raised from the sponsored read and book orders from staff and pupils during our recent book fair, we will have over £700 worth of new Usborne books for the library for all to use and borrow. A huge thank you to every pupil who took part and friends and family who kindly sponsored their reading.
WELL DONE and THANKS to our hard working PTA who raised a magnificent sum in one night from their Fashion Trends event. This was a fun evening and a great opportunity to relax with friends, hear about the latest fashion trends and grab those all important bargains. The evening was well attended and even the Pupil Leadership Team raised £89 with their raffle which will go towards re-vamping the quad area. Next time we run this event it would be really great to see even more people racing to the clothes rails! Thanks also to all the volunteer models who really helped to make the evening so pleasant and good humoured and our PTA chair who organised the whole thing so efficiently.
The models take their final bow. Thank you to those ladies who stepped in at the final moment to do their twirls!
Drinks, Refreshments and the Raffle run by the Pupil Leadership Team who are raising funds for seating areas and plants in the quad area so that pupils have somewhere new and beautiful to relax in the summer.
On Saturday 18 March, two of our VI students from Years 10 & 8 were entered to represent Hampshire Schools at the special invitation of the National Indoor Rowing Competition. This event was supported and funded by Solent Sport and during the day there were additional activities provided by organisations, companies, teams and charities both in and outdoors. Our Year 10 student came fifth and our Year 8 student came second winning her a silver medal. Both were really pleased with their achievement. Well DONE!
On Thursday 23rd March Toynbee U15 Girls rugby won the Hampshire U15 Rugby championships. They had previously finished 2nd in year 8 and have trained hard for two years to try and go one better. After a close competition they narrowly pipped a strong Priestlands team to finish as champions!
To promote British Science Week, the Science Department presented assemblies all week to showcase some exciting Chemical changes including Dry Ice, Glowing reactions, Elephants Toothpaste and the Whoosh bottle to end the assembly with a bang!
This week Key Stage 3 pupils are going to be presented with a scientific issue to investigate: “How can we clean up Oil Spills?” Pupils will be given recyclable material to use as a clean-up resource including plastic bottles and human hair! Students will then develop this further by designed and building their own machine that can be used to not only mop up the most oil, but also collect and dispatch the oil in order to recycle it.
Yesterday’s English Department trip to see ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ at the Globe theatre in London was a success, despite lashings of rain and some ‘tricky’ themes for us to wrestle with. “It was awesome,’ said Ellie, ‘But Katherine should have socked her husband on the jaw!” which neatly summed up our view of his disturbing attitude to his wife. “I liked the way you felt part of the performance as the actors walked amongst us,” said Bethan, which Alfie would definitely reiterate as he managed to high five/fist bump a couple of them as they passed him.
As with last year’s production of ‘Twelfth Night’, the company know how to engage a modern audience; there was an excellent fight scene full of grisly thumps, smacks and heads being bounced off the ground, and the cast burst into the odd pop song from the ancient ‘Love is in the air’ to a cracking version of Jessie J’s ‘Price tag’.
There was a colossal downpour for much of the performance which was another source of entertainment; Toynbee students and staff alike cheerfully watching the groundlings get utterly soaked from our sheltered gallery seats. Cory noted thoughtfully that the weather ‘didn’t bring the mood down’. Not for us, Cory. Not for us.
As always, our students did us proud with their excellent behaviour, and enjoyed their visit to Shakespeare’s Globe.
Toynbee’s new Student Leadership Team and Prefects were taken on an activity day to Runways End, to develop their team building skills. The students demonstrated excellent team work, supporting each other to complete activities beyond their expectations. Mrs Douglas would like to thank the students for an amazing day, they were a credit to the school and highly praised by the centre for their participation.
Monday saw 15 Year 8 girls visit IBM for a workshop in ‘Women in Technology”. The session involved use of the X-box 360 in problem solving, programming the Lego Mindstorms to solve the Rubik’s cube and looking for creative and visual ways to solve complex technological problems. The sessions were engaging and I hope we continue our upwards trend to have more girls taking up Computing as a subject at KS4. See the Year 8 girls' Lego Robot here.
Yesterday, hundreds of pupils dressed in hoodies and wearing comic relief noses joined in with an attempt to break a Dance World Record. The event was organised by our Year 11 Student Leadership Team who had 'beating a world record' as one of their goals when they were elected. Whilst we await for the video to be validated we would like to say a HUGE WELL DONE to everyone involved and for raising money for Comic relief as well. A great idea and a fun event.
The Humanities department were delighted to welcome back Dorit Oliver Wolff to Toynbee for the second year running to talk to year 9 pupils about her life, specifically her experiences as a young Jewish child in Nazi occupied Hungary. The horrors of her story were made clear in her explanations of being taken away from her mother to a concentration camp after her landlady found out she was Jewish. Her stories of life in the camp were horrifying but also uplifting as she described ‘nit racing’ and her passion for singing which kept her hope alive. After the Holocaust Dorit went on to fulfil her dreams as a singer. It was a talk of highs and lows but with a clear message of resilience and courage. Year 9 were exceptional and Dorit commented on how much she enjoys coming to Toynbee as "pupils are so well behaved, engaged and interested."
This week 6 of our VI pupils (collectively known as the ‘Sonic Explorers’) spent the day at Hightown Recording Studio. The pupils took part in vocal warm ups, song-writing and recording activities. All pupils were able to demonstrate their musical abilities from singing to drumming to using a range of percussion instruments. A great day was had by all.
The English Department (dressed as the professors from Hogwarts) is leading the school in a celebration of reading and books today. Pupils have enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters which have ranged from 'Hunger Games' to traditional favourites like 'The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe'. The inventiveness of the costumes this year has been the best ever. Well Done everyone for raising funds for global and national reading projects and for highlighting the importance of literacy.
In assemblies pupils have achieved awards for Academic Achievement and Excellence in the Classroom. Well Done to the Spring term award winners!
On Tuesday 7th February forty year 9 and year 8 G&T pupils attended an exciting 'Science Live' show in Oxford. Pupils had the chance to see and hear five of Britain’s top scientists, all working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. The pupils were shown that science really does offer solutions for many of the world’s great problems. The day was fast-moving, exciting, thought-provoking and gave our students the chance to raise issues with the scientists. Our pupils demonstrated exemplary behaviour throughout the day and received many compliments on their attitudes from the organisers.
Year 7 ‘Inspirational people & Their Teams’
Nobody can claim success just through their own resources. Year 7 learnt how many of our most successful celebrities and people in public life depend on others’ skills, abilities and talents to support and guide them on their way. To start the day Year 7 were asked to dress up as the person they found most inspirational to them at the moment and then throughout the course of the day listened and questioned a variety of external speakers who had all experienced whatever we call ‘success.’ Students dressed up as their parents, suffragettes, Harry Potter & members of the Armed Forces. We even had some of our students as role models of success, presenting; the ever popular, Brandon Hulcoop, some ex Pupils now in the Paramedics, millionaire businessmen & a representative from the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Brandon in Year 10 presenting to Year 7 for two hours on his achievements
Year 7s captivated by inspirational truths from Teenage Cancer trust, business men and women as well as heroes from the Medical profession
Year 8 ‘My future, My Career’
As our Year 8 pupils prepare to launch themselves into a three year GCSE course at the end of this year, we have brought forward all of our careers advice, online careers packages and options programme. Local employers, local Colleges and Southampton University all attended to give valuable input into the day and provided the most effective and impactful advice and information.
Year 8s using the Careers Package 'Fast Tomato' to carry out their research
Year 8s using the Careers Package 'Fast Tomato' to carry out their research
Year 9 ‘Be Safe, Stay Safe’
Year 9s experienced a range of inputs on Drug & Alcohol Awareness, including legal highs, Sexual Health including contraception and positive sexual relationships, and Personal Safety including online. This type of advice and support is vital for our young people and Toynbee takes this responsibility towards our pupils’ personal development education very seriously.
Listening to real life case studies on legal highs.
Learning about Contraception & Positive sexual relationships
Year 10 ‘British Values & Citizenship’
‘What does it mean to be British?’ ‘What do you think about Immigration and change in the UK?’ ‘What are the issues around Assylum’ and ‘What are the myths that surround any discussion on these topics? Our pupils will be discussing and debating the myths, the facts & the politics of these topics and speaking to asylum seekers during the day.
A packed theatre as Year 10 listen to asylum seekers from the SWVG
A packed theatre as Year 10 listen to asylum seekers from the SWVG
Year 11 ‘ Maths & Science Revision’
The focus for Year 11 is on GCSE performance and tackling challenging topic areas in these core subjects, so extra time has been given to improving subject knowledge and revision strategies in these areas. Some pupils are also being filmed taking part in discussions as part of the new English GCSE Speaking & Listening Tests’. Everything is being done to prepare for the summer exams.
Camera shy Year 11s focusing on Revision & Time Management Strategies
Pupils from the VI Resource at Toynbee were delighted to receive 2 bikes kindly purchased by the Eastleigh Rotary club. The bikes-a Pashley Trike and an Invacare Recumbent Handcycle-will be a welcome addition to the PE and fitness resources we have for use by our pupils with a visual impairment. our Huge Thanks to the Rotary Club for their generous gift.
On Thursday 02nd February in excess of ninety year 5 pupils from local primary schools descended on Toynbee for a magical ‘Harry Potter’ themed evening. This is the third year that this event has been running, and by far the most successful. We were also visited by Southampton University’s very own Quidditch team who did a demonstration for the children and then allowed them to try their hands at being a ‘chaser’, a ‘beater’, a ‘keeper’ or a ‘seeker’.
Our own Science department turned a lab into a potions-dungeon, and the pupils created rainbows in test-tubes using various ingredients. This was all topped off by a trip to the LRC for a ‘History of Magic’ lesson where the year fives could eat some cake, drink some squash and listen to three superb Toynbee year 10s reading extracts from book series. Overall, it was an enchanting evening and we’re already looking forward to welcoming our next set of Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins in 2018!
We were extremely pleased to welcome British Olympian and triple World Champion Debbie Flood to our Satellite Rowing Club on Wednesday 25th January. Debbie won Olympic silver medals from both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 where she competed in the quadruple sculls. Debbie spoke to our students about her journey into the world of rowing, her personal experiences and the many sacrifices made in her pursuit of Olympic glory. Some of talented students who have already been recognised at County & national level received a masterclass on specific rowing techniques as well as individual technical advice to help them develop further during their land based training. This was a truly inspirational workshop which will help develop the talent already shown by many of our Toynbee rowers.
Well Done again to the Year 11 Student Leadership Team who led the charity fundraising day before Christmas to raise money for Naomi House Hospice. The team decided to ask pupils to 'wear a Christmas Jumper' for the day and pay a £1. The whole school participated and raised enough money to almost pay for the wages of 1 nurse for a week. The representative from Naomi House told Year 11 in assembly about the important work that the hospice carries out for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses. Only 10% of their funding comes from government so the rest is a massive fundraising exercise and we are proud that our Toynbee pupils have played a part in this effort.
To Brandon's delight he was taken completely by surprise recently when he turned up for an award ceremony which he thought was for his sister and found himself the winner of the 'Local Hero Award' at Salisbury Town Hall. With many other nominations Brandon was shocked to hear his name read out and even more amazed when he was declared the winner. The judges said that Brandon was a role model for young people with disabilities - proving that it is a positive attitude that can lead to some amazing achievements. Brandon has previously won an international writer's award and he hopes to become a paralympian in the future. We are very proud of Brandon's amazing award and wish him all the best in his future plans.
You can read Brandon's wonderfully descriptive account of the evening HERE!
The stage was set! The envelopes were ready! Year 11 were tense! What would the slip of paper inside their envelope reveal about their performance in the recent mocks?
This is one of the events built into Toynbee's Year 11 revision and preparation for Post 16 life, careers and courses that enables our pupils to get a realistic view of how they are really doing in school. Assistant Headteacher, Mr Lawrence addressed the year group and talked about their goals and resilience in the few months left at Toynbee before they sit their GCSE exams.
The Toynbee mathematics department, once again, organised a GOATs day for the junior schools within its community. The events will be split into two separate sessions held over two days allowing more pupils to participate.
The first session was held on Thursday 12th January. The theme of the event was 'challenge' where the group of talented youngsters completed various mathematical tasks in a competitive environment. This was well received by the young minds that are gifted in the subject and they left Toynbee full of inspiration and their minds stretched a little more than usual.
The event was facilitated by our own Maths G&T pupil leaders at Toynbee, who not only worked hard to create a joyful day for the juniors but also presented themselves as good role models to those youngsters. Challenging an intelligent young mind, even for one day, could be the beginnings of developing an imagination that lasts a lifetime. Mrs Makewita.
Homework can take many forms: essays, poster designs, watching online revision podcasts but none can be more enjoyable than edible homework. This is a cake made by one of students to illustrate his science lesson on 'Satellites'. A very popular outcome for the students in class.!
During Anti-Bullying week students throughout the school were involved in a variety of activities but the most visible one was Toynbee’s Trust Tree of Anti-Bullying. Our Trust Tree flourished with leaves which told of times when students have overcome bullying or how they would prevent it if they knew about it. It is visible for students in the school to stop and look at and is a constant reminder of Toynbee’s work with Anti-Bullying.
A big congratulations also to our 3 winners of the Poster Competition and our Special Recognition Winner! All entries were brilliant and it was very hard to pick 3 winners, so well done to all that entered and you can now see the winners posters located around the school.
Congratulations to our Year 10 Geography Quiz Team for coming 3rd in the Hampshire Geographical Association quiz. The team performed brilliantly, answering questions on geography in the new and the local area. Thank you to the students for competing and to the Hampshire GA for organising. Mrs Breckenridge.
Victorious in the Winter Gardens competition in Blackpool! Our student, Leah Porter, has just won the National Solo event for Latin and come third in Ballroom. With thirteen hours of practice a week over the last five years and now with this success, we are sure she will achieve even more with her new male partner. We wish her all the best for her future.
On Friday, Year 7 were treated to an afternoon of Theatre-In-Education, with a performance from Enact. The performance showed students the importance of thinking about their futures and making positive choices. Students were taken on a journey through understanding vocational and academic routes to study, and the differences between them. We visited the jungle, had a performance from Honey C, and even a year group mannequin challenge, all to support students with making decisions about their futures.
Another successful visit to Southampton University yesterday. This time, our Year 9 G&T girls enjoyed a hands on activity day designed to enthuse and inspire females in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Manufacture) subjects. The girls were a credit to the school throughout the day and received many compliments on their involvement & participation levels.
Last night we welcomed ex Year 11s back to Toynbee to collect their GCSE certificates and subject awards. A wonderful 71% of Toynbee pupils achieved grade c or above in Englsh & Maths this year. Councillor Peter Edgar, a strong supporter of the school, was guest of honour. In his presentation speech he talked about the motivational ethos of Toynbee and recounted two stories which helped to shape his future; a football injury which ended the possibility of a professional career and a significant meeting in King Alfred's College which set him on a course for teaching. We were also delighted to welcome back guests Graham Hinves & Jim Vaughan to present the trophies and cups they left as a legacy on their retirement from teaching.
There were many highlights of the evening; over 60 subject awards were given in recognition of high academic achievement; a musical rendition of 'Someone Like You' performed by an ex-pupil and our Oustanding Academic Achievement award which was awarded to our Head Boy who gained 12 A* in his GCSEs.
On Thursday 17th November four Toynbee pupils took part in the “Top of Bench” Chemistry competition, run by RSC at Portsmouth Grammar School. Pupils had to carry out two investigations by using unknown equipment with as little instructions as possible and do some difficult chemistry calculations. Here is some of the feedback received from the Host school: "Team 5 certainly had a good bash at it, making a good impression on the members of staff monitoring their room on the day. Their performance in the test was comparable to the rest of the competition, as was their ‘love meter’ explanation. Team 5's performance on the Calgon activity was quite strong with their overall answer being essentially correct.” Well Done to our Team 5.
Having completed their latest textiles unit of work, here are some of our Year 7 pupils with their finished hats which they wore home - what a creative and stylish bunch they are!
Toynbee’s very own Jordan Swinton in Year 11 has recently been selected for Team GB for his sport, Muay Thai Boxing! Jordan has been practising the sport since he was 7 years old and progressed incredibly well; he has now been ranked 3rd in the Country for the sport and is very dedicated to training & fitness sessions. Recently Jordan attended trials in London and following this his coach was informed that he has been selected for Team GB as they were incredibly impressed with how he performed. He will be competing in a tournament in late January for a place in the World Championships. Everyone at Toynbee wants to wish the biggest congratulations to Jordan for this amazing achievement and Good Luck for January!!
Yesterday, 4 year 10 students and 4 year 9 students attended the Eastleigh Youth Conference at Barton Peveril. The event was organised by Eastleigh Borough Council and was an excellent opportunity for students to take part in a variety of workshops. Workshops covered themes such as anxiety, stigma, coping strategies & mental health. The day was fun & informative with lots of practical activities and a short performance which summarised the problems young people face. Our Toynbee students now hope to relay this information to others in school to help support students suffering with mental health issues. Mrs Douglas would like to thank the students who attended: you represented Toynbee school well and your participation was fantastic!
On the 14th November, 40 year 7 pupils travelled to Newbury to visit the Living Rainforest. The trip gave students the chance to experience the sites, sounds and humid climate of the tropical rainforest biome, without having to travel too far! During their visit, students were given the opportunity to work independently to investigate survival techniques and the dynamic characteristics of each layer in the rainforest. In addition, they were given a guided tour of the amazing adaptations of animal and plant species that live there. These included the poison dart frog, Indonesian water monitor (in the photo) and plants such as the "Swiss Cheese plant"; which has holes in to allow sunlight and water to pass to developing plants on the forest floor. All students were respectful and engaged well with their teachers and tour guides. Their next challenge is to use what they've learnt in their endangered ecosystems unit back at school. Thank you year 7s for being such a pleasure to take out for the day! Mrs Breckenridge.
Today members from our Pupil Leadership Team were invited to attend the Armistice Day Remembrance Service at the War Memorial in Eastleigh. Following the service the students placed a wreath at the war memorial; it was a very moving service and an honour to have been asked to attend.
Our school Sports Hall was a special place of remembrance today. Students were offered the choice of attending a service of poetry , music and words which celebrated the sacrifice of previous and current generations in conflict.
The Counting House & The Total ....so far! £2,357.17p
Day 5 11 Nov 'Hair Chop & Tug of War'
Brave Mrs Makewita volunteered to have her locks cut off by students for the 'Young Minds' charity. Having collected sponsorship all week from staff and students, her hair was braided and then cut at lunchtime today.
Banana Man even made a flying visit to the school when he heard of Mrs Makewita's heroic efforts to raise money for charity.
Day 4 Thur 10 Nov 'Student Sumo'
Exciting battles, flying leaps, ground wrestling - we had it all, and it was fabulously funny to watch. Students have enjoyed the Sumo suits as much as ever and provided great entertainment to everyone. Superbly organised and refereed by the Year 11 Student Leadership Team.
Day 3 Wed 9 Nov 'Sumo Wrestling'
Fierce battles and interesting rugby style tactics were used by staff to gain victory over their components inside the sumo suits. Once again, a popular activity with our pupil audience but even more so when the pupils wear them tomorrow.
Day 2 Tuesday 8 Nov 'Karaoke'
Headteacher Leads Singalong
Today pupils flooded into the Theatre to watch staff perform some of their favourite hits. With Honey G Burnett performing 'Ice Ice Baby', James Arthur making an appearance (thank you Mr Bartlett), Mrs Evans reliving life as the 'Dancing Queen', No Direction belting out 'History' and a grand finale by the Headteacher & Mrs Vallance of 'Don't Stop Believing' - the audience enjoyed a great lunchtime and their contributions raised further funds for 'Young Minds'.
Day 1 Monday 7 Nov
Survivors of the 'Bleep Test'
A packed Sports Hall witnessed staff taking the place of students in the Pe Dept's notoriously challenging, 'Bleep Test'. Survivors of the highest levels are pictured above and their cheering supporters below. All raising funds for 'Young Minds' the Students leadership Team's chosen charity this year.
Charity Week gets off to a flying start
...with the Student Leadership Team's Bake Sale!
Selected Year 9 students who participated in the reading, judging and voting for the Hampshire Book Award 2016 saw the winner, Jo Cotterill, receive her Award at the Winchester Guildhall. Jo gave a very entertaining and amusing presentation on how she got into writing and the background to the winning book Looking at the Stars followed by a question and answer session and then a book signing for the pupils from the 43 Hampshire schools who took part.
This is the lovely Bella, the Woofability assistance puppy that current Year 8s raised money to buy last year through their charitable activities; cake sales & fun sports. Bella is 6 months old now and in the process of being socialised. She will visit the school again in both Spring and Summer terms so the students can see her growing and progressing. Isn't she beautiful?
The Chandlers Ford Rotary Club visited school yesterday to collect the Christmas boxes created and donated by Year 7 pupils. The representatives discovered that pupils had spent a long time planning the contents and finding just the right things to put inside them. This year the pupils have beaten all previous records by donating 42 boxes. WELL DONE!
As part of PDL day, pupils learnt about the global issue of flooding and then with a limited budget and materials built a flood proof home to their own design. These were tested out in assembly with buckets of water simulating torrential rainfall. Above are the winning teams and the best models are below.
Year 3 sing in Spanish at Fryern Junior’s Harvest Festival service
The Year 3 classes at Fryern Junior School made their teachers and parents very proud recently at their Harvest Festival service in church. They sang a song: ‘’El otoño ya llegó’’ all about the arrival of autumn in Spanish complete with actions for every line! Their fabulous performance on the day was a result of intensive practice with Mrs. McCormick from Toynbee Languages Department and the Year 3 teachers across two weeks. The children belted out the song with great confidence and superb pronunciation during the celebration at church. Mrs McCormick felt so proud when one of the pupils reported in the following Spanish lesson: ’’We got the biggest clap of all the songs performed on the day’’. What a show – well done Year 3! Mrs. McCormick
Led by the English Dept and inspired by 'Frankenstein', Year 7 pupils enjoyed dressing up in Halloween costumes and writing spooky stories for the evening.
Well Done to our Year 9 & 10 volunteers who have now completed their training to be anti- bullying ambassadors around the school.
Friday 14th October saw the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and to celebrate, 21 year 7s were given the chance to take part in a Live Lesson produced by English Heritage. The group were first tasked with interpreting the Bayeux Tapestry to find the real cause of King Harold’s death before linking up to a live feed from Battle Abbey, hosted by the Historian Dan Snow. The group all enjoyed themselves and said ‘it was great how they used actors to show us where the two armies were positioned on the field and the hill. We also saw parts of a re-enactment of the battle which showed us how it was fought and what tactics were used. I learned how the Saxons set up the shield wall and why it was so successful. I also learnt how the two armies set themselves up. I enjoyed learning the facts and seeing the weapons that were used.”
The session was a great way to commemorate such an important event in British history and will hopefully help Year 7 with their upcoming assessment on the Battle of Hastings, where they will explain whether they think William won, or Harold lost the Battle.
Today 5 VI pupils were invited to participate in the Schools Wheelchair Sports Festival at Fleming Park Leisure Centre. Pupils had the opportunity to have a go at Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby as well as enjoy a range of accessible bikes from Cycles4All. Not only that, but they met David Smith, Boccia Gold Medallist from the Paralympics in Rio. The pupils had a fantastic time, even returning with medals of their own!
Today the whole school is off timetable to focus on topics and themes which are relevant to our students' life skills and future. We have been very lucky in the support we have received from our parents, local businesses, educational providers & Southampton University; all of whom have helped us to deliver an exciting programme of events. Thank you for giving up your time to Toynbee School.
Year 7 - Mathematical skills & Floods
...students used their mathematical skills to buy construction materials to build a home that will withstand flooding. Model houses will be tested in Friday's Year 7 assembly.
Year 8 - Democracy Day
...examining rights and laws then building a campaign to vote on
Careers & Future Planning
...presentations from local businessmen & women accompanied by careers research and college offers.
Year 10 - LGBT & a Charter for Toynbee
...raising awareness of the issues, having a dedicated teacher to support, fundraising activities, negative APs for homophobic language, more discussion days like this,....all ideas that the students have suggested.
Year 11 - College applications & CV writing
...along with some juggling and cup challenges to develop brain power for revision!
On the 13th October, 38 Year 8 Toynbee pupils went to Basing House as part of their work in History on the English Civil War. At Basing House they got to see the remains of the site that saw a key battle in the Civil War. During the morning, pupils took part in a range of activities which included dressing up as soldiers & then examining a range of artefacts to work out what they were used for and what type of soldier would have used them. Students also had a chance to study original archaeological artefacts that were found on the site which give vital clues as to what happened at Basing House.
In the afternoon pupils combined their geographical and historical skills to complete a GPS activity around the site. The staff at Basing House were very impressed with Toynbee’s pupils. Thanks to everyone involved – Miss Butler.
Postscript - a letter of thanks from the guides at Basing House, sent to Toynbee School, which we would like to share. "I’m glad the pupils enjoyed the day, and as usual we really enjoyed having them and you. Both Nicola and I appreciated their interest and engagement in the Civil War sessions, and I can honestly say that overall Toynbee are amongst the best behaved students with positive attitudes who visit Basing House – primary and secondary included! Also, for me to walk into the Education room at the end of the day and for all the stools to be stacked and the room clean and tidy was such a bonus!"
Toynbee's first ever recipients of the special badge in recognition of achieving 250 Achievement Points. Well done to our Year 8 pupils.
Excited Year 7 pupils create a real “Bookbuzz” around the school as each of them is given a new book to keep, read and enjoy. Supporting our literacy focus on reading and encouraging reading for pleasure, the PTA kindly funded a FREE BOOK for every pupil in the year group selected from this year’s choice of novels included in The Booktrust’s Bookbuzz scheme. A big thank you once again to our PTA.
For the next 10 weeks Year 7 pupils are battling it out against one another making sponges, pies, and bread to become Star Baker. This weekly competition has become so popular, like the TV programme, that there is a waiting list for pupils to participate. Staff judges have been able to feast on a variety of delicious bakes to ensure that pupils' creations taste as good as they look..
Top achieving students who were delighted to receive straight As and A*s in their GCSEs.
Read the Headteacher's newsletter for a detailed breakdown.
Hot off the press! Confirmed today after a sound check at the Summer Sessions, Swan Centre, Eastleigh we have a fabulous young band opening the festival after the Mayor's short speech - The Bigger Mondays. Check out their Facebook page. We hope all their fans and friends pop along to the festival and bring a scarecrow with them for Scarecrow Avenue!
A massive thank you to the PTA for making a sizable contribution to the new GCSE Geography resources. This will help both the students and teachers prepare for the new requirements of this course. Many thanks, from the Geography Department.