Observer Page October 2019

Hampshire Book Award presentation day

Every year pupils in year 8 at schools across Hampshire are invited to participate as judges in the Hampshire Book Award. Of all the prizes available to authors of teenage fiction, this one
is the most prestigious and the most respected.  The reason for this is because it is the only award judged solely by pupils with extraordinary team of judges had to read and evaluate all six books on the shortlist. They held regular meetings to discuss the merits of each book, and then to make an objective judgement on the most deserving.  The 2019 judging team was outstanding in their enthusiasm and dedication to the task, and on Tuesday 15th October they were guests of the Hampshire School Library Service when this year’s winning author, Paula Rawsthorne,came to Winchester to receive her trophy.


Year 9 Battlefields trip

On 12th – 14th October 2019 five members of staff led by Mr Sharp from the History Department took forty four Year 9 pupils to the World War One battlefields of Belgium and Northern
France. The group spent two nights at ‘ The Peace Village’ Hostel at Messines, in Flanders.  The trip incorporated a visit to the Belgian town of Ypres. There the group visited the famous ‘In
Flanders Fields’ Museum, located within the reconstructed Cloth Hall, and then moved on to see Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Cemetery and Langemarck German War Cemetery.
At 8pm they attended the very moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial where two pupils were privileged to lay a wreath on behalf of the school. The next day involved a very early start and a long coach journey to the town of Albert on the site of the Somme battlefield in France. There they visited the Lochnagar mine crater at La Boisselle, The Thiepval Memorial
and Cemetery and The Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont-Hamel. On the journey home, they were able to stop and see The Spirit of Canada at the Canadian Memorial on Vimy Ridge.
The group made full use of the CWGC website. This indexes 1.7 million Commonwealth service personnel who perished in two world wars. This enabled two pupils to identify and visit
graves of fallen relatives, and a number more were able to locate the names of missing family members on the memorials which were visited. The trip truly was an emotionally moving event which all forty nine people present will remember for the rest of their lives.

Year 11 GCSE Textiles visit to Winchester Cathedral

Our Yr 11 Textiles pupils were given a rare and exciting opportunity to view the ecclesiastical vestments and alter
frontals at Winchester Cathedral. The pupils were given a special guided tour of the cathedral with a very privileged
viewing of some exquisite textiles pieces, some dating back to 1554 that were made for the marriage of Queen
Mary of Tudor to Philip of Spain
The pupils were also given an opportunity to meet the Broderers who create all the kneelers, alter frontals and
pulpit drops for the cathedral. The Broderers are also responsible for the restoration work that is required on
some of the older, more fragile pieces, which can take years to complete. The Broderers very kindly allowed the
pupils to look at their work and talked at length to them about it. It was a fantastic experience and one that the
pupils thoroughly enjoyed. The pupils then explored the cathedral in search of
resources and inspiration for their mock exam.