Archive for March 22, 2018

School receives award for dedication to sustainable transport

Gomer Junior School has been awarded the Modeshift Stars Gold award for its work in  encouraging and maintaining sustainable transport to and from school.  From left -  Niall Moss (10), Emily Slight (10), Yvie Boffee (10), Evie Mulhall (10), Issabelle Lethbridge (11), Katlyn Delaney (10) Picture by Ian Hargreaves (180191-1)

A JUNIOR school has become the first in its town to receive an award for its work in creating a sustainable transport network in the area. Gomer Junior School in Gosport has received the Modeshift Stars gold award – a national award given to schools for sustainable travel schemes. It is the first time that this award has been given to a school in the borough. Learning mentor at Gomer Junior School Sarah Bottriell says that the award is something that the school has worked hard to achieve.

She said: ‘It has been in the pipeline for a good few years now. ‘To receive the award we have had to do a whole host of things, and also maintain that standard.

‘The ultimate aim is to minimise the number of cars coming into the school by encouraging parents and staff to walk or cycle to school – or even use public transport  . ‘We also had our parking ticket scheme earlier this school year, which went really well. ‘The plan now is to organise a gold-themed day at the school to celebrate the achievement – and our thanks go to everyone who has helped us to achieve this award.’

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Students celebrate European culture

SCHOOL students have been celebrating cultural differences with a European-themed afternoon. Year 11 pupils from LWS Academy in Sarisbury Green invited parents and members of the community to join them for a variety of food and activities.

Event organiser Rebecca Lawley said: ‘European Day was part of the school’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision and a cross curricular celebration of all things European. ‘Subject teachers planned lessons that focused on a individual countries – for instance, a computing classroom was turned into a Welsh hive of activity and the PE hall was transformed into the Stade de France.

Students were fascinated by the music and fashion of the past while watching Eurovision highlights from the past. ‘The day ended with a buffet of foods from across Europe, which was planned and prepared by some Year 11 students as part of their Food and Cookery coursework.’

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Gosport pupils switch to rocket power for competition

SCHOOL students have put their thinking caps on to design rocket-powered cars for a STEM challenge. Year Seven pupils from Bay House School and Brune Park School took part in the Bloodhound Race. The students were tasked with designing a rocket-powered car, figuring out how best to design it to maximise speed. Schools that produce the fastest times advance to the next stage of the competition.

Design technology teacher from Bay House School, Andy Stewart, said: ‘Pupils are given a block of foam and some wheel blanks and are set the challenge of designing the fastest car for the race day. ‘They need to understand the forces involved in propelling their cars at high speeds and how to optimise their car design to deliver the fastest times.

The Royal Navy supplied some engineers to support the launching of the cars on the race day held at Bay House School – giving interested pupils a chance to find out what life is like as an engineer serving in the Royal Navy. ‘Even the rain couldn’t slow down the cars, with their rocket motors not being limited by the slippery conditions. ‘With our best times submitted we are hopeful that teams from both Bay House and Brune Park will have a good chance of progressing to the next round held at the dockyard in Portsmouth.’

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En garde! New school sport is having the desired classroom effect at Gomer Junior School


Many pupils will go through the motions of playing football, tennis and doing athletics in the summer months. But at Gomer Junior School in Gosport, this has all been turned on its head. The students have recently taken up fencing as part of their sporting curriculum, which has reinvigorated their interest in PE., it is the students in Year 6 that have been taking fencing lessons, which headteacher Georgina Mulhall says has taught them a great technical discipline. She said: ‘This is the first time we have done this – we wanted our students to get involved in a variety of different sports. ‘I think some of the pupils were surprised at how energetic the sport is, as well as the discipline that it requires.’ According to Mrs Mulhall, the introduction of fencing into the school curriculum has allowed students who might not get the most out of traditional PE sports to really shine. She said: ‘I think it is a very inclusive sport, and there is a real level playing field for the students. ‘All of the children are applying themselves brilliantly to it – and some of those who might not enjoy some of the more traditional sports have been really enthusiastic about it, which is great to see. ‘One of the brilliant things about this is how the students are both learning about the terminology and theory behind the sport. ‘They understand the rules and the historic tradition, so it also serves as a great way to learn. ‘Fencing is all about being composed – it isn’t really an aggressive sport and the children have picked up on that brilliantly. ‘It is something different and everyone seems to be enjoying it.’

Bay House students celebrate Chinese New Year

SECONDARY school students have taken time out of their usual timetable to learn more about the importance of Chinese New Year. Pupils from Bay House School in Gosport have been celebrating Chinese New Year with lessons in Mandarin, as well as the rehearsal and performance of a traditional lion dance.

Executive headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘We are very proud of our strong links with China and our Confucius Classroom status and International Award both recognise our ongoing commitment of the need to promote and grow cultural understanding.

‘The lion dance is an impressive and magical performance that our pupils and students enjoy very much. ‘It was in the year of the dog in 1958 that the Bay House site opened its doors as a school and it is special that 60 years later that our youngsters have been a part of this symbolic lion dance today.’

Brune Park Dancers compete at UDance

SECONDARY school pupils say they are ‘100 per cent ready’ for an upcoming regional dance competition. Dancers from Brune Park Community School in Military Road, Gosport, will be taking part in the U.Dance south west regional competition on Sunday, with the hopes of making it to the national finals in Leeds. Many of the entrants in the competition are from established dance academies, rather than schools. The team of 16 dancers has been rehearsing since the start of the school year, and students are looking forward to the event. 7 ways you can bring the outdoors in to freshen up your home The great outdoors helps and heals us. Create a homely haven inspired by nature to combat stress and promote relaxation. Emma Merchant-Locke, from Year 9, said: ‘Our dance teachers told us about the competition and we decided it would be fun to enter.’ She added: ‘I really do think we can make it to the finals – our rehearsals have gone really well and we’re really looking forward to it.’ Nick Nutt, also in Year 9, said: ‘We have done some performances outside of school in the past, but we have never done anything like this. ‘The performance we are doing is quite an emotional dance due to the nature of the music – so as a group we have tried to avoid doing anything too gimmicky and have kept it serious.’ The students will be performing a piece called Aberfan ‘A Generation Wiped Out’ – a piece that marks the Aberfan coal tip disaster, when 116 children were killed in a collapse near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Teacher Emma Godsall has praised the dedication and energy of the school’s dancers. She said: ‘U.Dance is a national competition – we’ll be entering the regional finals in Bournemouth at the end of this week. ‘All of these students either study dance or performing arts – some even do both – but this group of pupils was put together specifically for the U.Dance competition. ‘Collectively we are both excited and nervous about it at the same time, but above all I am absolutely thrilled for these guys. ‘They have all worked incredibly hard on the performance and are a genuine credit to themselves, to their parents and to the school. ‘Whatever the result is for us on Sunday, we are so proud of what they have achieved.’

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