NEWS FROM TESTBOURNE

Firstly we are sorry that we did not manage to send any “news from Testbourne “last month. This was not because there was no news, rather the reverse with so much going on that we did not manage to write up our news in time for publication.

We had two major events on the Performing Arts front. “Titanic- the unsinkable dream”, our first production as a specialist school in the Performing Arts, was hailed as a great success, with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber accepting our invitation to “come and see our show”. He joined us for the Saturday Matinee ~ straight from recording in a London studio ~ and went back stage after the curtain call to meet and congratulate cast and crew. The production was the outcome of a huge effort by staff and pupils (as well as their parents). They have received many messages of well-deserved congratulation saying “what a moving, professional production the audience were treated to.”

Hot on its heels came an exciting night of improvised music, song and dance on the theme of “Transitions” at The Anvil. Over 150 children, from Testbourne and from four of our partner primary schools, Longparish, Overton, St. Mary Bourne and Whitchurch, worked with professional artists during the preceding week to produce a tremendous united performance and unforgettable experience on the night.

Thank you to everyone who gave us such magnificent support for both events.

Keeping Up Standards: We are pleased to report that Testbourne has been graded as “outstanding” against Local Authority criteria, following a visit from our School Improvement Partner. He reported that “All categories of pupils make the progress that could be expected of them and a particular strength of the school is its ethos of care for every individual, within the context of pupils achieving their potential and becoming confident and effective members of society”. We are also again oversubscribed for September, with all 156 places full plus a waiting list.

Breakfast Club: As part of our drive towards healthier eating and being a more “extended school”, we have introduced a Breakfast Club open from 8 – 8.40 a.m. each morning and serving toast, cereals, bacon baguettes and hot drinks. It is a good start to the day for pupils who might not otherwise make time for breakfast.

Chess Success: Three of our pupils Ian Ellis, Nathan Jones and Robyn Jobson have successfully qualified for the Area Final of the British Land UK Chess Challenge in May. We wish them all the best in the next stage of the competition.

Groundbreaking New Course: A group of Year 10 pupils is looking forward to starting a literally groundbreaking new course from September. The course ~ an NVQ which covers areas such as land management and animal husbandry ~ will be delivered in partnership with Sparsholt College and the organic farm on Laverstoke Park Estate. This is a really exciting new development and particularly suitable for a school such as Testbourne in a semi-rural setting. We look forward to bringing you news of how they get on.

Hilary Jackson
Headteacher

Playtex Moonwalk

You may have noticed two Longparish inhabitants, mother and daughter duo, Liz and Becky Bourne pounding the streets of Longparish and the surrounding villages in recent weeks. They are in serious training for the Playtex Moonwalk! This event is organised by Walk the Walk (www.walkthewalk.org) and takes place at night through the streets of London. It is a unique event because all participants walk either the full marathon distance 26.2 miles or a half marathon distance 13.1 miles in their decorated bras and at night. Liz and Becky are not doing things by halves; they have opted for the full 26.2 miles! This is all to raise awareness and money for Breast Cancer, the aim of the Moonwalk.

They would be really grateful for any support for their effort through a contribution to their fundraising and there are two ways you can do this. You can send a cheque made payable to Walk the Walk Worldwide, and post to Liz Bourne, Woodstock, Sugar Lane, Longparish, SP11 6PP, or log onto www.bmycharity.com/lizzyb and make a card donation direct to Walk the Walk. Many thanks in advance for your generosity which we know will be forthcoming.

Winners of the FOLS 100 Club March Draw

1st number 138 Susan Wiseman
2nd number 123 Jan Griffith
3rd number 8 Mrs Wiseman