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.
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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.
If you have been lucky enough to get a ticket to Toynbee's latest school production you are in for a real treat. This is a wonderful production with students showing off their incredible talent with acting, singing, live music and dancing. With outstanding performances from all involved, the audience could not fail to be entertained by the antics of Corny Cotton show. Hairspray offers everyone a fabulous evening of entertainment and this is certainly a production that will go down as one of our best. All involved should feel VERY PROUD of everything they have achieved here.
On Wednesday, 6 VI pupils took part on a mini tournament against Hampshire VI Cricket Team. This was a culmination of weeks of training led by Ieuan Wathen as part of the ‘Chance to Shine’ initiative. The final score was close and great skills were demonstrated on both teams. It was great to catch up with 4 past Toynbee VI pupils who made up part of the County team.
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Fryern, Merdon and St Francis schools to Toynbee to take part in the History Day. The History Primary day has been running for a number of years and it is always designed and resourced by students, and then led by students in the classroom. This year the History Department linked up with the Science Department to deliver the “Space through time” and it was filled with history from the Ancient civilisations and their links with space, to investigating the Renaissance discoveries and investigations to debating whether man really landed on the moon. In the afternoon, the Science Department led a rocket building competition where students (after watching Tim Peake go up in space!) had to design their own rocket, build it and then decide on its fuel levels. We all then went outside to launch the rockets with brilliant results and the pupils that attended should be exceptionally proud of their fantastic attitude and inquisitive nature.
On Wednesday the 13th, we were lucky enough to get a visit from two Royal Geographical Association (RGS) ambassadors who are currently studying Geography at Cambridge and Sheffield University. Luke and Rosie worked with a small group of year 8s and 10s, spreading the love of Geography by linking to the world around us. The year 10 workshop focussed on future careers paths and analytical skills. They were given the difficult task of unpicking a series of complex graphs, trying to make sense of the information and linking to their geographical knowledge. The year 8 workshop involved students considering the meaning of globalisation and how different factors of globalisation can have an impact on their lives now and in the future. All students involved were engaged and asked many relevant and inquisitive questions. Thank you very much to Luke and Rosie for taking the time to visit us. The students are all very pleased with their “I love Geography” pencils.
More Writing Success for Toynbee students
A class of year 7 students were invited to enter ‘Magic Tree’, a creative writing competition based around the regeneration of Grantham Green in Eastleigh. Students had to write a short story of 350 words, based on the idea of an old tree on Grantham Green having magic powers. From the class that entered the competition, eight of our students were shortlisted over 2 categories. Seven Toynbee entries received a ‘highly commended’ certificate, we had one runner up and one overall winner who won a cheque for £100 (pictured centre back row). We were very proud of the students’ achievements, but the prizes were very impressive as well! A huge ‘well done’ to everyone who entered!
On Monday 11th July G&T pupils from Year 8 attended a very interesting and enthusing Photonics Day called 'The Art and Science of Light.' The day started with an awesome 'Light Express Laser Show' where pupils learnt about the importance of lasers in transmitting messages through optical fibres . Pupils then took part in a number of hands on activities where they made a CD-Spectroscope, a Mobile Ghost, a Polage; where students made their own geometric artworks from polarised filters, acetate and tape. At the end pupils were given laser-etch acrylic badges which they will assembled during the event.
Sadly, this was the last project organised by the Physics Department which was funded fully by the EU.
This year, Year 7 have raised £1632.23 for Woofability, to purchase an assistance dog to be trained for someone who needs support. Year 7 voted on a name, and today met their dog – Bella, in assembly. Year 7 also raised £647.54 for the charity LEPRA to support children and young people who are suffering from leprosy. The total amount that Year 7 have raised for charity this year is £2279.77, which is an outstanding amount for one year group.
Year 9 Geography Fieldtrip to Lulworth Cove
On Thursday 7th July, the Geography Dept had the pleasure of taking 40 year 9 students to the beautiful Jurassic Coast in Dorset. In preparation for the new Geography GCSE, year 9 students investigated how coastal processes have shaped the coastline and created beautiful landforms such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. In addition, they completed a small investigation into potential conflicts that tourism can create in this area. Here students independently collected primary data to determine whether tourists can cause issues between different stakeholders such as local residents. Although there was a drop of rain in the morning, the sun decided to make an appearance as we walked over the mammoth hill to Durdle Door. This was just in time to observe the spectacular views along this striking stretch of coastline. Students work incredibly well behaved and a credit to Toynbee School. Mrs Breckenridge. Head of Geography.
Year 7 Activity Day at Foxlease
120 of our Year 7 pupils had a day out at Foxlease activity centre, where they took part in teambuilding activities, adventure challenges, and learnt new skills. Staff at the centre commented on how friendly and polite the students were, and were impressed by their ability to challenge themselves and work together.
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Winner of the 'Robin Lawson' Pe student of the Year Past & Present
This was an exciting end of Year trip to Avon Tyrell Activity Centre for some of our Year 9 students. The day was full of laughter and included a mixture of physical and cerebral activities, so that all the students could challenge themselves. Earnings from these challenges were then used in an auction of raft building equipment, which teams could then use in achieving their final objective - building a water worthy raft! I was very proud to be a part of this day and watch the student’s develop their self-confidence, leadership and team building skills. Although most students did finish the trip very wet (which was very amusing to watch), the trip finished as a huge success! Well done Year 9 - Miss Harding.
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Our Head Boy & Girl, had the great honour of being asked to speak at the Holy Cross Trinity Church’s Remembrance Service to commemorate 100 Years since the Battle of the Somme and Jutland. The Head Boy read a poem called ‘No Debt to Pay’ and the Head Girl, a reading from the Holy Gospel According to John. It was a very moving service and both students read their pieces incredibly well. Miss Petty and Toynbee School are incredibly proud of both of them and it was a real privilege to watch them speak in the service and represent the school so well.
Year 8 students took part in a very special World War One Live Lesson in partnership with BBC Events, commemorating the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in one of the most significant battles in history. A hundred years on, they explored the story of The Battle of the Somme through the eyes and words of the poets who lived through the war, using their work on poetry to reflect upon the cost of conflict and to look towards peace.
The group said that “we all thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and learned a lot more about the war and what war poems can teach us. For example, one of the youngest soldiers was 12 years old, even younger than us! We even tweeted the BBC and had our tweet read out live in the studio!” The tweet said “We are so excited for this! It’s an experience that not many will get to have”
we wanted to thank our marvellous reading mentors who have given up their time over the past year to support reading and literacy in Toynbee School. We really appreciate their dedication, care and patience as they have guided pupils and supported their enthusiasm for reading. If any other parents wold like to help us in the same way next year we would love to hear from you.
On Wednesday 22nd June, Year 5 pupils from Knightwood, Fryern and St Francis Schools 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 performed some superb plays in French and Spanish, 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!
Staff, parents and pupils enjoyed a delightful evening of celebrating the hard work and talent of our Year 7 pupils. With a humorous drama performance from 'The Government Inspector' and over 200 awards presented by the Year 7 tutor team, Guidance Manger & Progress Director, it was a real testament to our wonderful pupils' success.
A selected group of Year 8 students, who were nominated by their English teachers, visited Applemore College for the regional voting day to select this year’s Hampshire Book Award winner. After reading all six shortlisted novels over the past few months, judging using a strict criteria which included enjoyment, engagement and enrichment then deciding on their personal favourites, these pupils spent the morning discussing the books and trying to argue and persuade others to vote for what they considered their favourite to win. A fun literature quiz at half time was enjoyed by all and the excitement built, accompanied by a drumroll, as the books were eliminated one by one on the big screen leaving the winner revealed as Looking at the Stars by Jo Cotterill. This story is set in a refugee camp and how one girl’s gift of storytelling helps those she is with survive the appalling conditions and never give up hope. All six shortlisted books are available to borrow from the LRC and come highly recommended.
Science Leaders at Fryern 24 June 2016
On Friday 23rd June the Science leaders showcased a large number of chemical reactions to year 6 pupils at Fryern School.
The audience, watched in awe and wonder a range of demos including: Chemi luminescence, Dry ice reaction with water, acids and alkalis, Squeaky coin, Flying teabag, Colour changing Redox reaction, Elephant’s toothpaste, Formation of yellow precipitates and last but not least the mighty bangs produced when Hydrogen balloons were set on fire.
Our Science leaders were confident, interactive and did our school proud!
On Monday 27 June, a group of talented Year 8 PE students from Toynbee School visited the first day of the Wimbledon Championships as a reward for their commitment to school clubs and teams. On arrival at the grounds at 11am we saw the BBC team getting ready to start their coverage of the event. Sue Barker was preparing to interview Tim Henman and John McEnroe which was a real treat.
Before play began on Court Number One, we visited Centre Court where we sat in the front row admiring the beautiful grass and the amazing roof. We then toured around the outside courts watching matches and soaking up the atmosphere. The highlight was watching 6’11” Ivo Karlovic of Croatia serving, which had to be seen to be believed. The pupils enjoyed a visit to the Tennis Foundation Play Zone where they tested out their reactions playing tennis and interacting with the coaches. The first match up was Venus Williams (seeded 8) against Donna Vekic of Croatia. This was a great match and was won after a tough battle by Venus Williams. Next up was the number 5 seed Kei Nishikori from Japan who won in straight sets against Sam Groth of Australia. Finally we watched our own Laura Robson who sadly lost against the number 4 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany. We left at 7.30pm after a full day of tennis which we hope will inspire our pupils both in their sports and in their academic work.
On Monday, we held our second ‘Year 7 Poetry Day’. The year group spent the day enjoying performances from Ricky Tart, a local performance poet, working in groups to write their own poetry on the theme of ‘identity’, and finally performing their own work to their peers. All of the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and rose to the challenge of writing, and performing, poetry.
When asked what they thought of the day, some responses included “It was so much better than I expected it to be” “Ricky is so good. It was great to work with him.” “I actually loved it!”
Thank you to all parents who supported the day. We hope to be able to offer this opportunity again next year.
The day started with learning the dance routine to 'Uptown Funk' 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. In the afternoon they were treated to an inspirational presentation from an a speaker who talked about the demands and rigours of preparing for his expedition to Antartica in 2018. Pictured below with all the pupils who asked a question.
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. 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.
Romanian in the market stall
India in the market stall
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 form the army, on different team challenges, all of which required them to co-operate fully to enjoy success. Perhaps the most popular was the inflatable army assault course.
Year 10 - Preparing for the World of Work
We were delighted to welcome 18 business people from our local community who volunteered to give up their time to interview our pupils. This is invaluable preparation for the world of work. Year 10 spent some of their time writing and compiling their Cvs and had to dress up smartly for the occasion.
On the 3rd-6th June, it was my pleasure to take 43 year 10 students to Sorrento in Italy. After a very early start, we made our way to Naples where we had our first view of Vesuvius from the plane. Within an hour of landing we were enjoying a pizza at the entrance to Solfatara, a dormant volcano which releases jets of steam which are rather smelly!
Day 2 was full on! 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 initially walking into a cloud! However upon reaching the top, the skies cleared to reveal the beautiful view of Naples. It was clear from the top the vast area that would be destroyed if/when Vesuvius erupts in future.. Lastly we visited Herculaneum, another settlement located close to Vesuvius which was also covered in ash following the 79AD eruption.
On Day 3, 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. That afternoon and evening, students had time to relax by the pool and awards were given out to commend those that made positive contributions to the trip (there were many).
Thank you to all the students and staff that made it such a fun trip! Mrs Breckenridge
Year 10 pupils attended a chemistry event called ‘Masterclass’ dealing with natural products. During the session our pupils employed a number of techniques not available in secondary schools such as Buchner filtration, solvent extraction, distillation using a rotary evaporator, melting point analysis, infrared spectroscopy and thin layer chromatography. There were a large number of demonstrators at hand to guide our pupils through the complicated procedures they had to use. At the end pupils learnt about the use of natural products in medicine as well as for recreational purposes. Our pupils returned to Toynbee with a better idea of what is involved when studying for a chemistry degree and also of the freedom and ownership students should take during their studies.
On Thursday 26th May 46 year 7 pupils were invited to attend a Humanities Tea Party as recognition of their hard work and commitment to achieving their personal best in MFL, History, Geography and RS. Well done to all who were invited and keep up the fantastic work.
On Tuesday Miss Petty and Mr Bartlett took 16 Year 10 boys to Sparsholt College for a look at the college, its facilities and particular courses. The group were put through their paces and shown what could be on offer if they were to choose further education at Sparsholt. To begin with the group met Scott Cairley, the Assistant Head of Faculty for Sport & Equine, who gave an outline of the day ahead, then they started SAQ combined with valuable skills and different tactics that would be part of a course they could apply for. During this time, they were also introduced to Neil Benson, the Football Academy Manager who spoke about the importance of having qualifications behind anything they chose to do. After a game of football to finish off the session, the pupils were invited to have a look around the Sports Centre and facilities available to them, courses and qualifications were discussed and what they would need to get at GCSE to be offered a place there.
The whole group were incredibly well behaved; they took on board what they were being told and asked sensible questions. Miss Petty was extremely proud of them and hopes they enjoyed the visit and that it has given them more of a focused drive towards possible further education opportunities.
Today's Year 9 assembly saw the handover from KS3 Progress Director, Mrs Burnett to KS4 progress Director, Mr Bartlett. This marks the start of preparation for GCSE courses for our pupils and the beginning of the journey which will prepare them for life post Toynbee. Below are pictured all the award winners from the Awards Evening held on 19 May.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 'Maths Challenge' Winners
Two of our talented pupils from Year 8 and Year 7 who have won prizes in the recent annual Maths Challenge organised and sponsored by Southampton University. Southampton University said that, "With over 1200 entries from 40 schools the challenges were extremely competitive this year, making the winning pupils' achievements even more impressive." Our pupils, along with their parents, have been invited to a special award giving ceremony in the evening with a buffet dinner at Southampton University on 15 June, to receive their prizes.
A message to all of our Year 11 students. We are really proud of you and how you have prepared yourselves for the GCSE exams so far. Over half term remember to get yourselves organised with revision and study and try and get other people in your family to help you. Even though your teachers may not be available over half term, GCSE Podcasts are always there for you to listen to on your mobile devices and PCs. You can stream the pods and listen to them live or download them onto your device to listen to them anytime, anyplace, anywhere! Use the links below to sign in. Any problems contact GCSE Help line directly.
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In what was an amazing evening celebrating the talents of Year 8, over 130 certificates and awards were handed out to talented pupils who had consistently worked hard in their subjects. Guidance Manager Mrs Vallance said she was extremely proud of the year group and that she had enjoyed celebrating their achievements with their families earlier in the week. Mrs Burnett also addressed the year group this morning to emphasis the importance of all that they had achieved and said that everyone had a chance to show their personal best and she hoped all of the year group would receive an award next year.
One of our Visually Impaired students receiving his 5 awards from tutor Mr Clarkson.
When our Year 8s visited the BIG BANG SOLENT event earlier this month one pupil won an ipad as a result of the feedback she gave to the event organisers. Last week, another Year 8 pupil who entered a 'Minecraft' competition on the day run by Taylormade Communications won £100 worth of Amazon vouchers as his first prize for thinking 'outside the box' and creating something very 'cool and amazing'. Well Done.
Year 9 Gifted & Talented STEM Science trip
On Friday 13th May , 15 Year 9 pupils attended a 'Chemistry at Work' Day at Winchester Science Centre. The day included a number of activities presented by STEM professionals from the Royal Navy, Oil Spill Response Ltd QinetiQ and ExxonMobil. Then, during a Careers Speed-Networking session, the STEM Ambassadors answered how Chemistry was used within their jobs. Last but not least, pupils took part at an amazing Live Planetarium Show. The Chemistry at Work Day was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
A lovely morning was spent at the Year 11 Media Studies breakfast before the exam where students asked questions, received last minute advice and celebrated their hard work over the last two years.
In what must have been one of the best Year 11 'Goodbye' assemblies at Toynbee, our students showed their talent, good humour and support for one another through films, music and standing ovations. Each tutor group presented a video summarising their last five years at school which provided a nostalgic tone the celebrations. Year 11 tutors also made their own memory videos and then presentations were made by students to each of their tutors with speeches of appreciation. One of the funniest videos was a rendition of Adele's 'Hello' made with the help of a wig, lots of eye liner and the brilliant Year 11 tutor team. Afterwards the year group relaxed in sun and took photos before heading off for the weekend. With some practical subject exams behind them already the tough revision begins and we wish all of our Year 11 students the very best in their future and Good Luck in the exams. We are very proud of you all.
Year 9 English students in Mr Davis' class were treated to a BBC Comedy Classroom Live Lesson today presented by Sara Cox & London Hughes. The lesson featured special guests from the fields of acting, comedy performance and writing, including Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) Isy Suttie (Peep Show) Jonny Cochrane & Inel Tomlinson (The Jonny & Inel Show) and comedian Tiernan Douieb. The lesson introduced some of the key literacy themes required in comedy writing, giving students an insight into metaphor, slapstick, hyperbole and sarcasm. Our students were able to contribute to the lesson by emailing questions to the comedy experts and having accessed the classroom resources which were also available, some of our talented students will now enter the comedy writing competition. Good Luck everyone and well done for taking part in this exciting and very creative event.
2016 - 17
After a gruelling application process which required our candidates to be filmed making their campaign speeches which were shown to the whole school in an extended tutor time, a day of voting, as well as a written letter of application and an interview in front of a five strong panel which included the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, we are delighted to show off our new Student Leadership Team. This team will be responsible for charity fundraising, leading the house system, allocating prefects, leading the School Council and representing the school at a number of events. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing team and wish our new, very talented team all the best.
On Friday 22nd April, 37 Year 8 and Year 9 pupils went on a trip to Warwick Castle. The day included live science shows produced by M.A.D. science which incorporated a variety of experiments and workshops, presented in an interactive and MAD way. Also, the event included the 'Big Bang Fair' along with the Mighty Trebuchet Firing Show and Birds of Prey. In-between sessions, pupils had the chance to explore the Warwick Castle, walk the walls and also find their way out of the Maze. On arrival back at Toynbee each pupil was offered a Science fair booklet to complete at home. Our pupils were extremely well behaved both on the coach and at the Castle.
A group of year 8 and 9 pupils took part in 'The Big Bang @ Solent' event on Thursday 14th April. This provided pupils with an opportunity to see the fascinating and exciting world of Science, Engineering, Technology & Maths. They were captivated and inspired through many hands-on activities, shows and workshops supplied by leading organisations across Hampshire. As always, our pupils represented Toynbee in an exemplary manner.
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As part of our Gifted & Talented programme, 19 Year 7s spent 4 days at the Kingswood Activity centre on the Isle of Wight honing their leadership abilities, building their confidence and working on their team building skills. The trip was a great success and we have received a most complimentary message from the centre about our staff and pupils. WELL DONE to all involved!
" I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as the organiser,or choosing the Kingswood centre on the Isle Of Wight for your schools residential trip. It is important for us to let you know that it was an absolute pleasure for us to have your students and party leaders on centre and this is not one of our stock phrases or something we say about all schools who visit us. Your staff team have an excellent rapport with your students and are extremely proactive when enthusing and encouraging students to participate on all activities. There was a general camaraderie between your staff and our team to ensure that all the students had a valid and memorable experience. The young people were fantastic and made the stay enjoyable for everyone; they were well behaved and they enjoyed their stay, our staff even commented on their good behaviour and that their manners were impeccable. They are a credit to your school and most importantly a credit to themselves." Miss C Russell. Centre Manager.
On the 18th of March our Y8/9 Maths Team competed in the UKMT Team Challenge Regional Round at Horris Hill School in Newbury. There were thirty teams competing in a gruelling day of competition involving four separate rounds each lasting 45 minutes. Our talented team of four worked really well together and came a very respectable 10th and only a handful of points off a higher place. The preparation by the pupils and Mrs Makewita leading up to the event made for a successful and enjoyable day. Mr Chant.
Nine Year 10 pupils attended a vibrant and interesting lecture at Southampton University called Colourful Chemistry.
The aim of the lecture was to encourage pupils take up A level Chemistry followed up by a Chemistry Degree. The session started with an introduction of some new materials, their properties and their wide use in all walks of life. Then, our pupils were shown an enthusing ray of demos starting with colour changing redox reactions, fluorescent, iridescent and phosphorescent reactions; last but not least the lecture ended with a spectacular show of flame tests. Mrs Piccinino.
Year 7 G&T pupils on the ferry to Isle of Wight residential
Tue 15 March
‘Loved it!’ ‘Great fun!’ ‘Entertaining’ ‘Loved the pigeon!’ ‘Way better than I expected.’ ‘It was modern – I loved that.' 'They wore modern clothes and they danced to ‘Watch me whip’ which was really funny.’
These are not things you'd expect students who have watched a Shakespeare play to say. However, our Year 8s & 9s who visited the Globe Theatre in London this week genuinely enjoyed watching 'Twelfth Night.' The performance was full of energy and music and kept us wrapt from beginning to end. Favourite moments were undoubtedly when the cast broke out in song as confetti canonns went off all around us, and when the twins who thought they would never see each other again were reunited; the whole audience audibly gasped as they clutched each others' hands. Almost as popular as the aforementioned pigeon which bravely flew down onto the stage.
As always, Toynbee students behaved impeccably and we, as teachers were proud to accompany them. A number of teachers from other schools came up to us to compliment us on the behaviour and engagement of our students. Here's to next year's Globe visit. Mrs Keane.
The year 10 football team fought off tough competition from Romsey School in the Eastleigh and Winchester District School’s Football Association Plate final this week and came away victorious. The match was a tough contest for the year 10 squad who went a goal behind in the first 10 minutes. They worked hard to get a strong foothold in the game and managed to equalise and then dominated the rest of the first half. In the closing stages of the first half, they were awarded a penalty and this opportunity was taken with ease to put Toynbee 2-1 up going into the half time break. The second half saw Romsey fight back and pile on the pressure to the Toynbee midfield and defence. This pressure was expertly soaked up by all members of the team who continued to run, tackle and play some superb football to hold on to their lead the entire second half and come away the U15 Plate champions.
The U13 Boys team that won the Hampshire Handball Championships and will now represent Hampshire at the South of England Championships in April at the Surrey Sports Park, Guildford. Their best display was versus Chamberlayne Park winning 10-1. In the final they played St Georges and won 5-4. Well Done & Good Luck for the future.
Toynbee School was delighted to welcome Dorit Oliver-Wolff to talk to the whole of Year 9 about her life, specifically her experience 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 and we were able to hear some of the songs she recorded. Her photos showed pupils how she became a big celebrity living an amazing and glamorous life. It was a talk of highs and lows but with a clear message of resilience, courage and the importance of living your life to the full no matter what stands in your way. The students were absolutely engrossed in her energetic and engaging talk and it was wonderful to see so many students ask questions as well as purchasing her book.
Year 9 Language Leaders had a very successful morning at Fryern Junior School recently. Working alongside pupils in Years 3,4 & 5, 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 younger pupils. The classes were all very welcoming to the Languages Leaders, even applauding them with delight as they entered the year 4 classroom! Well Done and a big THANK YOU to all involved. Mrs McCormick.
We were delighted to receive a visit from Steve Brine our Local MP last week. The visit was to congratulate the school on its successful OFSTED and to talk about our next steps to “outstanding”. Mr Longden spent some time before a meeting with pupils to explain our detailed plans for further improvement.
A group of Year 7 and 10 pupils also met talk about current affairs, to ask searching question about the role of an MP and to discuss current issues such as the membership of the EU. As always Steve was highly interesting and entertaining, we are extremely grateful for his support and interest in Toynbee and look forward to seeing him again soon.
As a reward for their reading achievement and quizzing as part of the Accelerated Reader Scheme, ten of our Year 7 pupils were privileged to be invited to meet the author, Andrew Norriss. Andrew gave an enlightening talk about his recently published book Jessica’s Ghost and he spoke about the complex topic of depression, which is interwoven within the book. He described how his career as an author and writer for television had progressed and answered questions from the audience. Students then had the opportunity to have their books signed by Andrew.
An Amazing response from staff and pupils and a visit from the Daily Echo early this morning, have all helped to highlight the importance of reading , the joy and adventure of books and our awareness of fundraising for school pupils in Africa with World Book Aid.
...and then there was Staff Briefing!
We have had a fabulous day and our Year 7s have had an exciting time focusing on creative writing and the magic of stories all day.
Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day.
At Toynbee we are celebrating in our usual colourful style by asking all students to dress as their favourite book character for a £1 donation. A large part of the money raised will be donated to Book Aid, a charity that provides rural communities in Africa with much needed books for school children. The rest of the money will go towards funding exciting literacy initiatives within the school. We are looking forward to seeing some amazing costumes again this year!
London Olympic Legacy Award for British Rowing Satellite Initiative run by Toynbee
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Our team of 4 pupils recently represented Toynbee in the regional heat of the Hampshire Literature Quiz, organised by the Hampshire Schools Library Service. They battled through 10 challenging rounds of 10 questions, including a round on Shakespeare, showing their knowledge and enthusiasm for books and reading. They can be proud of how well they did; coming runners-up to Test Valley School who won on the day.
On a very cold and chilly Saturday morning 18 of our current Bronze D of E students arrived at their New Forest location ready to start a fun packed day of navigation and camp skills. After learning how to correctly wear and pack their rucksacks with clothing and equipment, the teams headed off using their navigations skills into the forest! At lunch they were taught practical skills on how to choose the correct camp ground, putting up a tent correctly and enjoyed some hot food and drinks on their new stoves! The day was a huge success with all teams completing their challenges and making it back to the pick-up point on time!! All teams are now looking forward to their practise weekend in April where they will be navigating themselves around the New Forest for two days, starting their projects and camping at Sandyballs.
With the school theatre transformed into a glittering red carpet venue for the occasion, complete with popcorn sellers and torch wielding ushers, Toynbee's Media Department hosted its first ever showcase of films and media products made by pupils for the practical element of their GCSE course. Parents, friends and staff were present to watch a broad range of film openings. trailers and music videos from a variety of genres as well as poster advertising campaigns and online media. GCSE Film & Media Studies students played a key role in devising, scripting and running this enjoyable event with 'Oscars' awarded across a broad range of film categories. Thanks to our student hosts for performing their roles so well and well done to everyone involved - the creativity and talent of our students was proven to be AMAZING!
Year 7 - Inspirational People & Their Teams
The Student Leadership Team led sessions for Year 7 pupils along with an interesting range of external speakers from the world of Business, Professional Dance & our own inspirational braillist in Year 10 who delivered his speech using his braille machine. Our Year 7 pupils were fascinated and in awe of everything Brandon has achieved.
Year 7 pupils were encouraged to dress up for the day as the person, or group of people, who they thought was most inspiring. Ideas ranged from footballers to historical figures and heroes and heroines from the world of music & literature. So that pupils recognise that inspirational people are often part of a team, they were tasked with the problem of building the strongest bridge they could from newspaper as a team. Mrs Downs, dressed as Emmeline Pankhurst, led her tutor group in the testing phase with one bridge taking 27 dictionaries before it collapsed.
'The Reality & Myths of being a Teenager'
Year 8 pupils explored positive and negative images of teenagers in the media before looking further at teenage role models good and bad as well as the impact of peer pressure, and what opportunities exist for teenagers in Eastleigh in 2016.
'Staying Safe - Reducing the Risks'
Year 9 pupils with the Drug Kit presentation. Other group activities involved information sessions on sex education, positive relationships, alcohol and online safety. Students learnt about alcohol limits, volumes and government guidance.
'British Values' in 2016 - What Do They Mean to Us?
Year 10 pupils began their day with an interactive card sort activity which prompted them to reflect on the most popular images, brands and hobbies associated with being British. Which did they identify with? Which images did foreigners associate with being British? Which were true? Then pupils were launched into a test - the British citizenship test. Mr Longden joined in with this task, afterall, how difficult could it be - as we are British right? Wrong! This was a tough test and many pupils got the answers wrong. So if they couldn't do it, why not? Next their activities explored why people come to Britain, myth busting about immigration and Life in other Countries. These are all aspects of our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural) provision that Ofsted said we needed to strengthen and pupils wanted to know more about.
Over 100 pupils from our link Primary schools dressed in Hogwarts' uniform and celebrated the works of JK Rowling for the evening. Students were put into houses and then went to their Potions, Defence against the Dark Arts & Quidditch lessons. With unicorn hair, skelegro and veritaserum to experiment with in the labs, readings in the Gryffindor common room and the Southampton University Quidditch Team to lead the quidditch matches (a bit like dodgeball) it was a very active evening full of magic and much excitement. Thanks to our Year 8 Science leaders for all their hard work and to our Year 9 & 10 peer mentors who looked after the younger pupils. A wonderful event!
Playing Quidditch in the dark was certainly one of the highlights of the evening and made even more so by owls hooting from the nearby woods!
Our book night to celebrate the wonderful world of Harry Potter and J.K Rowling's talent, starts at 5.30pm. Parents can drop off their children from 5.15 pm onwards when the sorting will begin. Parents do not need to stay with their children as they will be escorted to all of their activities, including a quidditch match, by our peer 'Potter' mentors. Prizes will be awarded for the best fancy dress in Potter themed clothing. We are looking forward to another very successful & magical event this year.
On Monday 11th January, Year 9 Drama & Year 10 GCSE Drama were privileged to welcome Sleeping Trees Theatre to Toynbee School. The company are described as “a cross between The League of Gentlemen and Monty Python”, and John, Josh and James treated us to an hilarious performance of Homer’s “Odyssey” like no other, complete with Six-Armed-Steve and Gary The Bat! Pupils were then excited to take part in a devising workshop with the company, exploring how they come up with ideas for performances, and incorporate physical theatre. We look forward to working with Sleeping Trees again in the future!
Wednesday 27th January was Holocaust Memorial Day, so Year 10 members of the History and RS Curriculum group were one of a number of groups from schools across the country to watch a live streaming of Rudi Oppenheimer, a survivor of Bergen – Belsen, speak about his experiences. Pupils got to hear him talk about his life before the Nazi regime took over, what his family experienced at Westerbork transit camp, and then Bergen – Belsen. They also saw him answer questions both from the live audience and from twitter. His story was very interesting and moving and the curriculum group were incredibly mature and respectful while watching.
Thur 21 Jan
Year 11s were told in assembly that they have only 50 days left to revise, work hard and strive for success in their GCSE exams. To give the pupils a taste of what is to come in August, they were issued with the results of their mocks as if it were the real thing. Tutors had their 'envelopes' ready to hand out at the end of the assembly and pupils were able to reflect on the grades and what this might mean for their future.
Wed 20 Jan
Forty Year 8 & 9 Gifted & Talented science students visited the New Theatre in Oxford for one of the exciting Science Live shows. It started with an interesting lecture on new materials and their importance in addressing today’s problems such as pollution, new materials for buildings and for producing electricity. Then, a series of very well-known scientists presented the cutting edge work of their particular field of science. It started with Stars and Galaxies, carried on with Chemistry and its vital link with Biology and ending with Sir Robert Winston (pictured below) and his paramount input in genetics and IVF. Our pupils were extremely well behaved and asked some very interesting and thought provoking questions.
Year 11 Media Studies students visited the BFI in London Wednesday 13th of January for a Sci-Fi study day. They joined students from all over the UK to learn and prepare for their exam topic on Sci-Fi films. All the students listened intently to a lecture style morning which was completely out of their comfort zone and impressed with their focus and maturity.
26 Dec - 2 Jan
50 pupils departed from Toynbee school at 5am on Boxing Day to enjoy 8 days of skiing in Serre Chevalier, France. The group, led by Mr French, enjoyed 6 days of ski school, town trails, ice skating, swimming, night skiing, shopping and a New Year's Eve firework party, disco and quiz. With extra lessons provided by the Toynbee staff before and after ski school, the pupils' skills improved dramatically and they were quickly able to enjoy the snow.
Parents were kept informed about every aspect of the trip through the Toynbee Pe Dept twitter feed. As always, the pupils were a credit to the school; the group received many compliments from the hotel staff, cabin crew, coach drivers, ski school and even Gatwick immigration officers. Mr French said 'I would like to thank Mr Bartlett, Miss Cridland, Mr May & Miss Harrison for all their support on the trip and Mrs Thomson our EVC co-ordinator, who helped to organise the trip. I was proud to be the member of staff in charge of such a FANTASTIC group of pupils.'
Media and Film Studies students were lucky enough to experience Hogwarts at Christmas on our annual Harry Potter Warner Studios trip. It was a special treat to end a successful year with students experiencing the beautiful production sets covered in snow and Christmas decorations.
Christmas Jumper Day
Happy Christmas & Best Wishes for the New Year from Toynbee School
As usual, Toynbee School students came together for a special whole school assembly to celebrate their achievements this term and reflect on the message of Christmas. Singers, readings, musicians & a national gymnast entertained us and then our House Captains led a magnificent, loud and very competitive rendition of the 'Twelve Days of Christmas' Once again, our pupils have given us the finest of ends to a resoundingly successful term.
Money raised from our non uniform day will go to Naomi House Hospice, Macmillan, Save the Children & Make a Wish Charities.
On Wednesday 16th December, thirteen of our Year 9 gifted and talented pupils scientists attended a Chemistry Lecture at Southampton University. The lecture started with an interesting interactive talk about the importance of chemistry in addressing current day issues such as fuels, pollution, and electricity. At the end, Dr Ian Dunn delivered an awesome lecture filled with very interesting experiments. Our pupils saw a banana frozen in liquid nitrogen and turned into a hammer, colour changing chemicals which looked prettier with the help of dried ice and last but not least colourful burning chemicals, and loud explosions.
The Hampshire Indoor Rowing Event 2015/2016 took place this week at Barton Peveril, and once again the Toynbee VI pupils gave a stunning performance. From a team of 8 pupils, we came back with 2 Bronze, 1 Silver and 2 Gold medals for the SEN category event. All pupils were a credit to Toynbee and the event was enjoyed by all. Fingers crossed for the national Event in London next year!
In addition, our sighted pupils also performed well, winning 3 Golds, 2 Silvers and 2 Bronze- these pupils will be selected for the Hampshire Team for the National Championships taking place next year.
Laura Crow, a representative from Diabetes UK, visited Toynbee yesterday to talk to the Student Leadership team about their energetic awareness campaign and amazing fundraising activities during the school's Charity Week this year. Laura was interested to hear about their own experiences of Diabetes and was also able to talk to the students about career possibilities in the third sector. She spoke passionately about her role in Diabetes UK and was impressed by the number of staff and students involved in raising the magnificent sum for their charity. With many thanks for all they had done, Laura returned to London but has promised to return to Toynbee in the future to talk about Careers in this area. WELL DONE to all.
Thanks to generous donations from the PTA, members of staff and parents as well as fundraising by DoE leader, Miss Cridland, the teams were able to make their first meal using the new Trangias purchased for them. The trangias will be used on the Bronze expedition taking place in the New Forest next Spring.
Year 7 - Mince Pie Challenge
Year 7 pupils enjoyed a suitably festive challenge to earn points for their house by making 12 mince pies. Each student had to make their own pastry and bring their own recipe and ideas for decorating. The standard was very high considering many pupils had not cooked in the Food Technology rooms before so it was very impressive that they had a go. Thank you to all the parents who turned up to support the judges who had a very difficult job indeed. The winning entry is below.
Carol Service at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church
A packed church of parents, governors, teachers and friends enjoyed an inspirational evening of carols and celebration of the Christmas message. The choir, jazz band and wind band performed brilliantly and the solo and small group performances were particularly talented in their renditions of Xmas favourites. The Head Boy & Girl along with their Deputies led the readings and prayers which were both thought provoking and entertaining. For many of us, this is the start of our Christmas celebrations with family and friends and it is very fitting that it is our pupils who have led the way. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Presentation Evening 25 Nov
Toynbee celebrated its excellent results once again - this time with parents and ex Year 11 pupils who returned for an evening event to collect their GCSE certificates and subject awards. Over 60 awards were handed out on the night and in the photo above are some of the highest achievers in the year. Their trophies and cups are testament to all their hard work, commitment to study and talent, which staff wished to reward and recognise during the evening. Well Done to everyone and thank you once again for helping us to achieve so much this year as a school.
PTA Christmas Fayre
Congratulations and thanks are in order to the PTA for organising such a successful Christmas Craft Fair.
This year they raised more than ever before! A fantastic £1,200 which will go towards school projects.
The evening was particularly well attended and supported with excellent stalls selling wonderful craft products! Many of us were able to start our Christmas shopping early and it was also lovely to see so many of our pupils running stalls as well. Thank you to everyone involved.
Year 11 Revision
Click on the image above to go to GCSE Pod directly
The countdown to the mocks for Year 11 students has begun (7 – 17 Dec; 4 – 8 Jan). This week in tutor time we have been emphasising the importance of good study and learning habits that work for pupils. What works for one is not always best for another. So here, in our powerpoint, we have lots of information and guidance on how to organise revision time and how best to prepare both mentally and physically for the exams ahead.
Click Here for Powerpoint
Duke of Edinburgh Update
On Saturday 21 November, our new intake of Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students took part in their first day walk in the New Forest. Despite gale force winds and freezing temperatures to endure, the group set off to explore the countryside in high spirits under bright sunny blue skies! The aim of the day walk was to strengthen both navigational and compass skills and to highlight the important areas safely while trekking through the forest. A great day was had by all and we are very much looking forward to the next day walk after Christmas where students will be using their first aid skills in a number of scenarios and showing us their cooking abilities at lunchtime.
Winning Horror Story from Year 7s on Literacy Horror Night
On Remembrance Day Toynbee’s Head and Deputy head boy, and Head and Deputy head girl were invited to attend Eastleigh Borough Council’s Two Minutes Silence. The pupils took part in a procession from the council offices to the War Memorial in the park where they took part in the ceremony – listening to an address and after the Last Post taking part in the two minutes silence. The pupils represented Toynbee superbly.
Well Done to the Charity Fundraising Team
& all pupils at Toynbee
Late on Friday night the team counted out the takings for the week and were delighted to discover they had smashed their target of raising £2,000 for Diabetes UK. More important than the money though, is the experience they have had in taking responsibility for organising such a successful week and the credit for bringing the school together in such a wonderful way. On behalf of the Student Leadership Team, thank you to everyone who contributed, took part and supported the week.
Exciting! Entertaining! Enjoyable!
Toynbee Charity Week
As we reach the last day of our charity fund raising week we'd just like to celebrate some wonderful moments and also THANK WHOLEHEARTEDLY the Student Leadership Team who have led, organised and run all the events. You have been excellent role models and ensured that everyone has participated to raise money for Diabetes UK. Well Done.
Day 1 started with a Cake Bake Sale. The Student Leadership Team made diabetic cakes to raise awareness of the issues that Diabetics face when making food choices.
A very successful sweet stall ran all week at break and lunchtimes to cater for those with a sweet tooth.
...and even staff were catered for. Mrs Makewita made a Sri Lankan buffet for teaching staff for three lunchtimes. The range of dishes was pronounced as officially 'scrumptious' so once word got out her buffet was raided very promptly, raising more funds for our dedicated charity.
Day 2 brought us the GREAT LEG Waxing Challenge. Answer a question wrong and the inevitable happened! Eagerly watched and filmed by a large audience.
Day 3 - the much anticipated Karaoke to a packed Theatre. So enjoyable and amusing to watch! Uptown Funk, Writing on the Wall, Dancing in the Streets and songs from our own Spice Girls, Kylie & Jason and Wrong Direction graced the stage with lots of audience participation to encourage our performers.
Day 4 - there was a BIG new attraction in town! SUMO wrestling! A tremendous and hilarious hit for staff and students alike.
Day 5 - the climax of the week....means Non School Uniform Day for everyone although some staff elected to dress up in school uniform to gain sponsorship and here is Mrs Makewita showing how our uniform should be worn...an exemplary pupil in her Maths lesson, while Mrs Sanchez demonstrates an 'alternative' dress code and of course she is also late for school!!!
At lunchtime the team arranged a pupil assault course in 'It's a Knockout' style in the Sports Hall. And yes! ...the Sumo suits were so popular they had to come out again.
Remembrance Day 11 Nov
Most of the school voluntarily attended a two minute silence and remembrance service in the Sports Hall on Wednesday 11 November to commemorate those British men and women who lost their lives in conflicts from the First World War to the current day.
Staff line up of those raising funds for Men's health Issues during the month of November by growing beards, moustaches and any other type of facial hair! You can support them by donating online
Primary Links G&T Maths Masterclass
On 4 November, the Toynbee mathematics team offered the opportunity for the gifted and talented Maths pupils in neighbouring junior schools to explore their abilities in the subject. Twenty pupils representing six schools participated in the event. Undoubtedly, these youngsters returned home with the memories of a joyful day and a mind full of inspirational thoughts. This year, the event was planned with the underlying theme of recognising patterns in our environment. The children participated in numerous games and other activities, and were amazed to find patterns in both objects and events that they could acquaint to in daily life. Even more, their gifted minds allowed them to appreciate the value of mathematics in representing and simplifying these patterns, and even transcending to find the unknowns.
The event also offered some of our own pupils the chance to explore their leadership and instructional skills. The activities for the visiting children were conducted by selected pupils from Yr 7 & 11 whose patient and confident approach offered role models for the youngsters. The children went home that day with something to look forward in their secondary education while our maths leaders earned self-esteem and satisfaction. This not only benefits the pupils but will also help the school to enhance its outlook within the community.
Planting inspiration in a child's mind at this age might one day transcend beyond our imagination. Mrs Makewita
Year 8 Basing House
On the 4th November 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 including dressing up as soldiers, examining a range of artefacts to work out what they were used for and what type of soldier would have used them; looking at original archaeological artefacts that were found on the site and working out from clues 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 saying that they were ‘the best school that had visited all year’ and commented on their excellent organisation, focus and behaviour. Thanks to everyone involved – Miss Butler.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Year 7 were delighted to hand over 25 shoe boxes to the Rotary club, as part of their annual shoe box appeal. The students worked together to carefully wrap and fill the boxes with gifts and toys, which will be delivered to children across the world who would not otherwise receive a gift this Christmas. This has been the highest amount of shoe boxes we have collated yet, and are thrilled at the support from parents and students towards this excellent appeal, particularly in the lead up to charity week.
Fryern Spanish Harvest Festival
The Year 3 classes at Fryern Junior School made their teachers and parents very proud recently when they sang a song in Spanish at the Harvest Festival service in church. Their fabulous performance on the day was a result of intensive practice with Mrs Cormick from Toynbee Languages Department and the Year 3 teachers across two weeks. The children belted out the song with great confidence and superb pronunciation, complete with actions during the celebration at church. What a show - well done Year 3!
Monk's Brook - Geography Fieldwork
On Friday 23rd October, 38 Year 8 students walked to the Monks Brook at Fleming Park for their annual rivers fieldwork investigation in collaboration with Southampton University. During the day, students worked in small groups to investigate how a river's shape and size changes as you move downstream. They practiced a number of traditional fieldwork techniques such as river cross sections, pebble sampling and measuring the river's velocity. Thankfully, the weather held out for us making it a very enjoyable day for both staff and students. The Toynbee students did the school proud, with feedback from the trainee teachers being very positive when commenting on their behaviour, work ethic and enthusiasm. Thank you to everyone involved! Mrs Breckenridge
Horror Literacy Event - 22 Oct
We held our first horror-themed literacy event last week to celebrate and extend the work of those pupils who have been working hard and showing talent in their English classes. The English Department invited eighty Year 7 pupils to dress up in Halloween-themed costumes for the evening and tasked them with writing the creepiest, scariest horror story they could full of ghosts, ghouls and terrific atmosphere. Each creative writing team was inspired by a suitably frightening box of props and sustained with refreshments from the spooky restaurant & bar. This was a tremendously exciting and successful event which we shall be repeating next year - the winning story will be uploaded soon.
Battle of Agincourt - St Crispin's Day
To celebrate the heroism and daring of the English archers in the Battle of Agincourt, Year 7 pupils were very lucky to be able to take part in, and watch a performance by the 'Now Heritage Theatre Company' on 21 October. 'Now Heritage' received funding to create a new play, written by local playwright Deborah Gearing, to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. Pupils learnt how the archers ate a mouthful of earth just before the battle to bring them luck, hence the title of the play 'A Mouthful of Earth; from St Mary Mede to Agincourt'.
Based on historical sources such as maps, chronicles and muster roles it tells the story from the perspective of a farm boy from Manor Farm in nearby Michelmersh where the king's troups mustered. He joins Henry V's army and travels via Southampton to Honfleur in France to lay siege to the town. The dramatic climax of the play re-enacted scenes from the battle which the English won even though they were outnumbered 3 to 1 in the field. This has been attributed to the superior skill of the English archers who could fire 15 arrows per minute. Year 7 pupils learnt about battle conditions and had a chance to take part in a workshop to recreate the mood and sight of the English the archers on the battlefield. This was really amazing to see on the stage.
In the question and answer session pupils asked a range of perceptive questions which showed how they had understood and appreciated the significance of this important English victory. The play has gone on to be performed in the Great Hall in Winchester on St Crispin's Day.
A very well attended post 16 careers evening was held at Toynbee last night. Year 11 pupils and their parents were able to browse over 40 providers to collect details of courses and have the opportunity to ask questions about qualifications and anything else that was of interest to them about the courses and apprenticeships being provided locally.
Our recent PTA quiz night was an extremely sociable occasion and the most successful we have ever had. The PTA raised an amazing £510 profit on the night which will go towards various school projects. Sixteen teams competed to have their name engraved on the Toynbee PTA Quiz shield and after a lot of fun and laugher the Team winners this year are ...'The Bangers.' The PTA would like to thank all parents, staff and teachers who attended the night.
Year 7 'Fairtrade'
The winning team above who wowed the judges and the whole of the year group with their presentation on Fairtrade. Year 7 spent the early part of their day learning about the history of slavery and the ethics of the Fairtrade brand before designing a campaign for their own product to be judged by a panel in the afternoon. The year group responded really well to all of the tasks, discussions and group work showing that they had real courage and resilience when they presented to the year group.
Year 8 'Democracy'
Year 8 pupils learned how our parliament was formed, how it works and the impact it has on our daily lives. They followed this up with a session on the process of making laws before working in groups to decide on a law they would change or introduce. A hectic voting hour during the afternoon saw the best ideas from each group presented and proposed.
Winning teams chosen from each group with their campaigns for Female Equality, Euthanasia, Anti Smoking, Parliament and Bike helmets, shown above and below. The Bike helmets campaign won with 53 votes - approximately 50% of the year group.
Year 9 'Careers & Choices'
Year 9 started their day with a presentation about choices and options and subjects available to them at GCSE. This was followed by time on line with a careers questionnaire which enabled them to focus on qualifications, career families and suitable courses. Expert help was on hand from the world of work with representatives from a broad range of careers. Our thanks to the parents, governors, local businesses and public servants who gave up their time to share their experiences of work with our pupils.
Year 10 Dragon's Den - Financial Awareness
Year 10's enjoyed the group challenge and problem solving activity of building a crane as well as designing a business plan and marketing campaign for their product. Next, they had a healthy dose of financial reality when they were charged with furnishing their flat from their income group. Armed with price lists, catalogues & calculators they planned out how to live within their means and the limitations they would need to set on themselves in the future as well as how to prioritise their expenditure. In the afternoon, the Dragon's Den activity saw groups present to the whole year group in front of judges to enhance their confidence, resilience and life skills.
Year 11 'Preparing for your Future'
In what will be their vital and last year of secondary school, our Year 11 pupils experienced a menu of careers talk from outside speakers, wrote their college applications and joined in with the IBM challenge in the Theatre.
Year 7 pupils each receive a free book
There is great excitement amongst our Year 7 pupils and a real “Bookbuzz” around the school as each of them is given a new book to keep, read and enjoy. To support our literacy focus on reading and encourage Year 7 to enjoy reading for pleasure, the School (in conjunction with a donation from the PTA) have funded a FREE BOOK for every pupil in the year group chosen from The Booktrust’s Bookbuzz selection.
On Friday we were fortunate to have a visit from Chris Day , Development Officer Disability / Inclusion from Albion In The Community (Brighton and Hove Football Club). He came along to HiVis club and led a session on Blind and Partially Sighted Football. The Toynbee pupils showed some real flair and skills and participated extremely well in all the activities.
Following a very generous donation from Mr & Mrs Gillingham, the grandparents of Connor Coleman, and the PTA, we are delighted and lucky to have a defibrillator on the school site. Defibrillators are simple and safe to use as the machine gives clear spoken instructions to the user. The wonder of this defibrillator is that training is not necessary to use the device however, a number of our staff will be undertaking a training course later this month. Toynbee can now proudly be lifesavers in the community.
As part of our drive to continuously improve standards of literacy amongst Toynbee students, two new reading initiatives have got off to a flying start this week. Over thirty Year 11 students have volunteered to become reading mentors to Year 8 students, and have undergone training in how to use key reading strategies to support students in this vital area. Reading well, as we know, is a fundamental life skill that is crucial for both academic performance and succeeding in life beyond formal education. Selected students will meet with their mentors weekly to read in the LRC. Secondly, an extra ‘Reading for Pleasure’ session has been allocated to all Year 7 tutor groups, during which time they will choose books to read in small groups and practise using different reading strategies, both with teachers and fellow students. Happy reading everyone!