NEWS FROM TESTBOURNE

We ended the Christmas Term on a happy note, with Carols at All Hallows, Christmas lunches, singing at the Senior Citizens' Lunch Club and a lovely final   Assembly, remembering and celebrating the real meaning of Christmas as well as enjoying a surprise performance   by the staff band. Pupils also bade a rousing and touching farewell to Head of Mathematics John Waterer, after 38 years and 128 days of outstanding service to the school.

Is very hard indeed to find good maths teachers and we are very fortunate indeed that we will be starting off the   new term with a full quota   of highly-qualified   staff.   Two of our existing staff, Mrs Peggy Ormston and Mrs Gill Thrussell, will be taking over as joint Head of Maths and Mr Chris Orr will be joining us as a full-time Maths Teacher.

We are looking forward to the year ahead, in particular planning improvements to our arts facilities with new specialist funding some of which was raised through generous donations from the community. The first stage will be the complete refurbishment of our currently very shabby and inadequate Music area and we believe this will be completed over the Summer holiday. We hope this will be just the first phase of major improvements to come.

One of our aims as a Performing Arts School   is to increase the range and amount of extra-curricular music our pupils can be involved in. We are looking for a musician who could help run an additional activity such as a jazz group, singing group, or even the orchestra either at lunch time or after school each week. Please do get in touch if you are such a person or know someone who might be interested

We are also currently advertising for a new Performing Arts Administrator and the closing date for this post is January 6 th . Please telephone Mary Soper on 01256 892061 about either post.

We wish everyone a happy new year from all of us at Testbourne.

TESTBOURNE A CLOSE SECOND IN NATIONAL “SCHOOL SPORT MATTERS”

On Thursday 15 th of December, local MP George Young hosted the players from Tesbourne Schools Under 13 Rugby Team at the Daily Telegraph's “School Sports Matters” awards in the Houses of Parliament.

As one of three teams selected for the finals from hundreds of applications, Testbourne Community School was chosen since although it has no dedicated rugby pitch or posts, the state school's rugby team won its age-group final at Twickenham in a competition involving 2,000 teams and 40,000 children across the United Kingdom. They triumphed in a final held at half-time during the Army versus Navy match in front of almost 50,000 spectators.

While the rest of the team provided support and were shown around the Houses of Parliament, players Nick Harrison and JJ Inglis accompanied Sports Master James Lovegrove into the presentation event.

During the ceremony, it was announced that Testbourne had taken second place to the prestigious Harrow public school's cricketing first XI.   The Harrow team was recognised in view of the exceptional summer season they produced after escaping the Asian tsunami. The team had been practicing at Galle Cricket Ground, Sri Lanka, on Boxing Day when the tsunami struck - they survived, though the stepfather of one player did not.   They have returned to raise a £250,000 towards the rebuilding of schools and sports facilities in Galle.

Another fantastic result for the Whitchurch School, who, through the support of parents and children   in the community and assistance from Gary Millar of Overton RFC, have once again made sure that Hampshire Schools have a place on the national sporting map.

                                                        Dave Armes