- African Pygmy Hedgehogs
- a Royal Python
- a Berber Skink
- a Bosc’s Monitor Lizard
- Emperor Scorpion
- Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
- a Giant Millipede
Welcome to another ACCESS day at HVS.
Year 7 visited RHS Wisley. They took part in a scavenger hunt to develop their map skills for half of the day. For the second half of the day they visited the glasshouses to learn about plant adaptations.
Year 8 students spent the day working to develop their ACCESS skill of self governing. Through sessions led by providers Eikon, Kooth and CAMHS Youth Advisors, the students gained an understanding of the term ‘well being’ and how to maintain a positive well being. They also participated in team building and outdoor resilience sessions.
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HVS students ran the Sport Relief Mile on Friday. Well done to all those who took part and raised money for charity.
Congratulations to the following students who were the fastest in their year group.
Stewart – Year 7 boys
Sara – Year 7 girls
Kay – Year 8 boys
Manon – Year 8 girls
Raphael – Year 9 boys
Victoria – Year 9 girls
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HVS vs Woking High
Year 7 football
The boys played fantastically well in their fixture against Woking High but unfortunately lost in what was a very close encounter. The game finished 4-3 in Woking High’s favour, but the boys certainly put in a performance to be proud of. A slight lapse in concentration at the end of the first half meant that HVS went into the break 3-0 down but after a few tweaks in the game plan, the boys came back strong to level the scores. Two goals from Charlie and one from Captain Alfie tied up the game going into the last 10 minutes. The game heated up in the later stages with both teams having chances to win the game. Unfortunately, the HVS attacking players were caught off-side in their final attack of the game which disallowed them their 4th goal before Woking High penetrated the defence to score their winning goal.
Some of our Year 7, 8 & 9 science students visited Barnsbury School as part of their Science Week. They spent the morning with Year 3 teaching them about magnetism through a variety of different activities.
Friday 23rd February
Year 7 boys made the short walk across to SJB on a freezing cold Friday afternoon for their long-awaited league match with the local school. The game was started equally with both sides linking some good passes together before SJB began to dominate the territory. Some outstanding defence from Kyle, Layton, Jamie and Sam with some remarkable goal keeping by Ethan kept a strong SJB side out for the first half. Captain Stewart tweaked some of the tactics at halftime and asked for the boys to start playing their field positioning slightly better and get some possession in the opposition half.
The boys went out for the second half and clearly stepped up their attacking game with a couple of chances early on but the ball ended up in the HVS box for the latter stages of the game. Again, some courageous defence by the lads coupled with some sensational individual efforts by Ethan in goal kept SJB out still. With only a few minutes left, one last effort was made by HVS as Alfie and Louis executed their final attack which unfortunately just sailed wide. Despite the 0-0 result, an incredibly exciting game of football was enjoyed by both teams.
The boys are already looking forward to their next game against Salesians School on the 5th March which will certainly be a good test for the team.
My thanks to the parents/carers that attended in support of the boys despite the weather conditions.
Last Wednesday, our Yes Futures Year 9 cohort were in for another exciting day when they were given the chance to experience the ‘World of Work’ at the offices of Hewlett Packard in Bracknell. The students arrived at HP a little overwhelmed by the size and sophistication a modern, open plan office. They were particularly amazed by the amount of hard working employees the building accommodated in various areas and teams. The students were first presented to by a number of employees at the company from various levels and roles which gave them an insight into the range of jobs that existed in a company such as HP. It certainly had the desired effect of motivating the group and getting them to think about what sort of career they might be interested in. Some more fantastic presentations happened and really got students thinking about the endless opportunities that are available today and they compared how some of the most successful people in the world began their journeys. A key point that kept coming up whilst comparing the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was their ability to experience failures, learn from their mistakes and continues to work extremely hard towards their dreams and ultimate goals.
After playing with some of the most Hi-tech products that HP have to offer, the group was given their task for the day which consisted of creating a product that they would later pitch to the HP design and sales team. So off the students went with their coaches and begun creating, collaborating and planning their products. After some time, some excellent student presentations brought us products such as the ‘Hybrid’ and ‘AirPad’ which were presented in a mature and confident way to the HP team. HP were very impressed by the group and had a tough decision to make regarding the winning team. Congratulations to Richie, Aaron, and Liam for presenting a Hi-tech watch (complete with wall projector) to the HP team with such confidence and professionalism.
I’d like to thank the team from HP for their fantastic hospitality and support for our students in what was a very insightful day for them. Well done to all students for completing their final trip with Yes Futures and we look forward to them graduating the course next week.
Tuesday 6th February – ACCESS Day at HVS.
Year 7 welcomed Eagle Radio who spent the day discussing the pitfalls of social media, what is acceptable and what is not and how to stay safe when on-line They were then tasked with designing a one page E-Safety poster or leaflet aimed at Year 6 pupils joining HVS.
Year 8 were exploring their choices for next year. During tutor time they were given a series of tasks and questions by which to prepare themselves for the day ahead and were then given the opportunity to try 4 new lessons throughout the day.
The students were given an article written about a famous sports personality and her rise to fame in the 2012 olympics. Their task was to study the article and photograph and discuss what it was they felt attracted them to the article and highlight some of the key/important words.
Exploring some of the basic principles of business and international trade
By the end of the session, the students were able to:
- Identify some of the things that businesses need to be successful
- Explain some of the challenges businesses in different countries face
- Understand what kind of things Business and Enterprise covers
The students were asked to design a brand new lego concept.
The students were given a series of tasks, quizzes and games centred around the theory side of the GCSE PE.
Year 9 spent the day exploring ways to achieve good mental health and emotional wellbeing through the following areas:
- Understanding others
- Real-life scenarios
- The other side of mental heath
- Physically and personally through Yoga
On Friday the 26th of January, our Year 9 Yes Futures cohort arrived with their suitcases ready to embark on the ‘Into The Wild’ residential trip, the final step in their program. The students arrived at the Marchants Hill PGL camp in Hindhead where they met their coaches and mentors to be briefed for the action-packed weekend. With barely any time to unpack the students were put into their groups mixed with three other schools, and whisked off for their first day of activities. Throughout the day the student’s were doing all sorts of adventurous tasks including climbing, abseiling and high ropes courses which gave them a chance to get to conquer some of their fears whilst supporting and encouraging new friends in their groups. Hoe Valley Students got off to a flying start with taking risks, helping others and displaying our all-important Circle Values. After a busy first day, the group went back to their dorms to recover and recharge before another fun-filled day at PGL.
The second day saw the students woken up at 6.30am where they hit the Marchants Hill lake for their raft building challenge. The freezing cold water very much motivated the groups to ensure their rafts were safe and sturdy for their voyages before all groups successfully crossed without getting too soaked! The afternoon consisted of the eagerly awaiting Jacob’s ladder which saw the students really tested and put out of their comfort zone. The petrifying 40ft high ladder had some student’s facing their fears of a lifetime where they were tasks with climbing as high as possible.
The final day of the trip arrived and the group of shattered students were woken up extra early to pack their things before a final briefing for the day. Their task for the morning was the Giant Swing which flung the students at what seemed like 100mph through the forest! Many needed encouragement and support from their fellow team member and the skills that Yes Futures have been working became very clear – confidence, resilience, and self-awareness. The students finally took part in Aeroball before their closing ceremony which revealed the all-important star counts for each team and individual. Stars were given out in a similar way to house points at the school and were awarded to students each time they showed any of the key values. I was very pleased to see that many of the students from HVS were among the winning groups that collected the most stars throughout the weekend and Sam, Finley and Nick, in particular, were mentioned as outstanding within their groups. I was also incredibly proud to see Taia win the individual prize for the most stars collected over the course of the weekend with her encouragement/support of other groups mentioned specifically.
After the celebrations, it was time to depart the Into the Wild trip and schools began boarding the coaches to return to school. It was at this point that I realized the positive impact of the trip and the bonds that were formed between all the students during the adventures of the weekend.
After seeing the impact of the entire process, we’re now very much excited to the see the next cohort through the Yes Futures process.”