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European schoolchildren set to unite for First World War spectacular in Gosport

Youngsters from France, Germany and Gosport feature in a previous rendition of Where Have All the Flowers Gone?


SCHOOL CHILDREN from a trio of nations will join forces for the finale of a touring show. Bay House School in Gosport is gearing up to host the final two outings of the production Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Featuring pupils from Lille in France, Garmisch-Partikinger in Germany and Bay House School, the performance has already wowed audiences at a host of prestigious locations – including the National Theatre of Bavaria, in Munich.

It is centred around a theme of the First World War – as this year marks the centenary of the conflict’s 1918 conclusion – and focuses on the question ‘why wasn’t it the war to end all wars?’. As he prepares to welcome the touring show’s finale in Bay House’s Main Hall tonight and tomorrow afternoon, executive headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘We are delighted and excited to have been part of this ambitious and significant project. ‘I feel privileged to have seen first-hand how the camaraderie has developed between the youngsters from the three schools. They have made friends for life. ‘Apart from their standing ovation in Germany at the premiere, the moment that stands out for me was the touching scene of youngsters from all three nations cleaning the graves of the soldiers in the cemeteries of France. ‘I could not have been more proud of them all.’

The show was pulled together in 2016, off the back of its would-be company’s visit to a number of First World War sites and museums. It has been helped by funding from Erasmus and the EU, with additional sponsorship from Luckett’s and the Rotary Club.

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Walk to School week is a huge success for pupils

One of the students from Gomer Junior School found a number of 'Gomer Rocks' during Walk to School week. Picture: Sarah Bottriell

HUNDREDS of primary school pupils ditched their parents – and their cars – for Walk to School week this month. The event, which is held every year, aims to get students out of their parents’ cars and putting feet on the pavement.

According to the organiser of the event at Gomer Junior School, in Gosport, Walk to School week was a major success. Learning mentor Sarah Bottriell said:

‘The pupils have really got stuck into the event, which was great to see. ‘This year we put a new twist onto Walk to School week by adding rocks with the school logo on around the area – and had prizes for whoever found the most. ‘We would all meet on the beach before school – with a few children being dropped off by their parents – and would all walk together as a group.
There’s been a big difference in the number of cars parked outside the school. ‘It was nice to not only make the most of the fresh air, but also spend some quality time together before school.’

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Young Royal Navy officer from Gosport tells of his shock after winning Queen’s Sword

Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, crown prince of Bahrain, presenting the Queen's Sword to Sub Lieutenant Tom Hillier, 22, of Gosport, who was named the top officer in training across all the navy's intake in 2017

STUNNED sailor Tom Hillier has told of his disbelief after receiving one of the Royal Navy’s top accolades from a Saudi prince.

Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, crown prince of Bahrain, handed over the Queen’s Sword to Sub Lieutenant Hillier at a grand ceremony at Britannia Royal Naval College.

The 22-year-old sailor from Gosport pipped about 150 other trainee officers to be presented with the prize, which is for the top officer under training for all Royal Navy entries in 2017.

Passing out from his training at Dartmouth in August, SLt Hillier discovered his success while at sea on HMS Dragon.

‘I was just in disbelief, I really couldn’t believe it, it was immense,’ he said. ‘My commanding officer came up and told me about my success. I knew I was nominated but I never thought I would win.’

SLt Hillier grew up in Gosport and went to Bay House School and HMS Sultan’s cadet team, before completing a degree at the University of Southampton and joining the navy in January 2017.

He added: ‘I have always wanted to be in the navy. This is just the perfect start.

‘I just wanted to go there, do well and make my family and myself proud.’

Commander Michael Carter Quinn was SLt Hillier’s captain on Dragon. He said the young officer ‘quickly integrated’ into the Type 45 destroyer’s team, adding: ‘His recognition as the recipient of the Queen’s Sword is duly deserved and I and my dragons wish him all the best in his future career and look forward to him returning to sea in his future role as an officer of the watch.’ SLt Hillier is currently based at HMS Collingwood, completing his next phase of training in the warfare branch.

Commander Trefor Fox, who is currently responsible for his training at the Fareham naval base, said: ‘Gaining the Queen’s Sword is a rare honour and tremendous achievement and one that he can be justifiably proud.

‘Those that have been awarded it in the past have gone on to great things. This is a tremendous start to his career, which I hope he will continue striving ultimately for command of a warship in the future.’

SLt Hillier said he is now looking forward to an exciting career with the Senior Service. ‘It’s a job I have always wanted to do,’ he added.

Future scientists and technologists battle it out

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Bay House School and Sixth Form hosted a competition for the brightest STEM students – those with a passion for science, technology, engineering and maths. The Institution of Engineering and Technology holds an annual STEM competition for Year Eight students from across the area, called the IET Faraday Challenge. Teams received a brief in the morning at the Gosport school and had to work to a budget to design and build a prototype solution.

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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.’