Weekly Message 7 December 2018


7th December 2018

Weekly Message – Issue 13

So today has been Christmas jumper wearing and odd sock day! A huge thank you to all staff and pupils for taking part and for raising funds for the two the local charities Solent Mind and Motiv8 and Mental Health #itsoktobedifferent.


We have our Christmas Dinner taking place on Thursday next week with the catering team gearing up to serve up to 400 plated meals! Supported by a team of pupil and teacher helpers it promises to be lovely community occasion. Pupils will be able to purchase food from the kiosk on the day if they have not pre-ordered a Christmas dinner.

We look forward to welcoming parents, carers, friends and family to the Christmas Concert taking place on the evenings of Wednesday 12 December and Thursday 13 December 2018. Tickets are still available if you are yet to purchase yours.

Donations are coming in thick and fast for Mission Christmas and the Gosport and Fareham Food Bank. If you are able to donate but haven’t yet done so, please send into school an unwrapped Christmas gift for a child living in poverty (as soon as possible so that they can be distributed ahead of Christmas) and/or an item of non-perishable food; your contributions are very gratefully received.

School closes to pupils at 1230 on Friday 21 December and you will see on the calendar that this is a non-uniform day.


Cinderella on Ice

On Monday 3 December, 30 year 8 pupils had the pleasure of attending ‘Cinderella on Ice’ at Planet Ice in Basingstoke. The trip offered the pupils a chance to observe dance in a different form to what they have experienced so far. The performance included both ice skating and the use of video to tell the story, showing pupils how dance can be presented using many different outlets.


‘You eat with your eyes’

Situated at Fareham College, Avenue 141 is a wonderful training restaurant run by staff and students. It has been awarded Gold Accreditation from the Hospitality Guild as well as the prestigious AA College Rosette, priding themselves on producing a range of high quality, delicious dishes, accompanied by impeccable silver-service.


On Monday 26 November our Year 11 GCSE Hospitality and Catering pupils visited the restaurant where they were treated to a ‘mocktail’ making session and learnt the art of ‘napkin folding’ and how to dress a table. A tour of the professional kitchen was also an eye opener as pupils saw the trainee chefs in action. This was followed by a stunning three course meal comprising of delights such as ‘Slow Cooked Pork Ribeye, with a glazed Pear and Saute Black Pudding Robert Sauce, Mussels Cooked in Cider with Parsley and Cream and Seasonal Fruit Tartlet with Crème Patisserie and Apricot Glaze.’

It was also such a pleasure to see two former pupils thriving; one in the role of head chef and the other as maître d’hôtel. They looked after us beautifully, true professionalism in action. All in all, a positive experience for our budding chefs. ‘It was really good to try some types of food I hadn’t tried before.’ The presentation of the dishes has given me some ideas for my practical assessment.’ ‘I really enjoyed the tour of the kitchen’ were just some of comments made by our pupils.

The Headteacher’s blog contains more informal reflections and is available here:




Key Dates

June 2019
Monday 17Year 11: GCSE German Paper 4 (AM 1h/1h 15m)
Year 11: GCSE Certificate in Further Mathematics (calculator) (PM 2h)
Year 8 & 9: Design and Technology Upcycling Competition
Tuesday 18Year 11: GCSE Additional Mathematics (AM 2h)
Year 11: GCSE Hospitality and Catering Spec A - Unit 1 (on screen) (AM 1h 45m)
Year 7: Parents Evening
Wednesday 19Year 10 Mock Exam: Statistics Paper 1 10C
Year 10 Mock Exam: PE Paper 2 10A
Year 10 Mock Exam: Drama 10A
Year 10 Mock Exam: Catering 10A
Year 10 Mock Exam: Combined Science Biology Paper 1 (am)
Year 10 Mock Exam: Biology Paper 1
Year 7: Gosport and Fareham Track and Field Athletics Championships Mountbatten Centre Portsmouth
Thursday 20Year 8: Design and Technology Upcycling Competition Entries DEADLINE
Year 10 Mock Exam: Maths Paper 1 (non-calculator)
Year 10 Mock Exam: Business Paper 1
Friday 21Year 10 Mock Exam: Chemistry Paper 1
Year 10 Mock Exam: Combined Science Chemistry Paper 1
Year 10 Mock Exam: Geography Paper 1
TBC Year 9: Stem Event


PE Results

Year 8 Boys Basketball lost against Bay House 9-22

Year 9 Boys Basketball lost against Bay House 20-45

Year 10 Boys Basketball lost against Bay House 9-40



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