The annual Little Big Awards run by international company Cisco Systems, challenges school students to come up with a product that utilises the internet in a new and inspiring way. This year’s innovative idea from the Wyvern team was an infrared scanner called ‘NanDroid’ to monitor the movements of an elderly relative in their home, building a profile of their daily routine and contacting a family member if that routine is broken.
Joining seven other school teams in the regional finals, the Wyvern students had to produce a business plan and prototype of their product and then present it in a Dragons Den format to a panel of industry experts.
The team were delighted to come in the top three in all categories, winning the ‘Best Business Case’ prize, and coming second overall, narrowly missing out on the top prize.
Alan Newton, Headteacher, said “I am acutely aware of what the challenge entails, so I am very appreciative of their efforts and success. That’s quite a run of success now, four consecutive years of coming back with an award”.
The team are keen to develop their product further and already have their eyes set on another competition in the future.
Safer Internet Day which is held every February aims to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.
To link in with this, Digital Safeguarding has been an assembly topic for Years 9-11 recently, with Years 7 and 8 assemblies to follow after half-term. Students have learnt how their digital footprint is left online and the important steps they can take to keep safe. We also want to encourage parents to have open and honest conversations with their children about staying safe online. A more detailed article on this topic will feature in the Parents’ Newsletter in April, but in the meantime, February half-term may be an ideal opportunity for parents and students to set time aside to start talking about this issue.
Some parents may feel they don’t have the technical skills that their children do, but all the major social media apps have websites providing advice and support on how to block other users, improve privacy settings, and report unwanted content. Two other websites also provide a good starting point with excellent advice and guidance: www.thinkuknow.co.uk and www.kidscape.org.uk.
A festive feast of music was on offer at the Wyvern Christmas Concert at Thornden Hall in December, rounding off a busy and exciting year for the College’s Music Department.
Appealing to a wide range of musical tastes, the concert had an enjoyable Christmassy feel with ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘That’s Christmas to Me’ all featuring during the evening.
With a packed programme, the event showcased the full range of Wyvern’s musical talent including various soul and jazz ensembles, and three separate choirs. Also featured were the junior and senior Steel Bands, and extracts from the recent College production of Little Shop of Horrors. A fabulous finale of ‘Joy to the World’ included over 90 youngsters, as the Concert Band and the Choir took to the stage at the same time and encouraged the audience to sing along with the final number.
All in all, it was a wonderfully uplifting evening of music and those who took part should be rightly proud of their performances.
Wyvern Chamber Choir and Community Choir were delighted to return to Romsey Abbey recently, appearing alongside choirs from Barton Peveril College and The Romsey School for the annual Christmas Choral Concert.
In the beautiful setting of the Abbey, this festive concert included superb performances of ‘Joy to the World’ by Karl Jenkins, ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’ by Vaughan Williams and ‘Ceremony of Carols’ by Benjamin Britten. The evening finished with all the choirs joining with the audience to sing ‘O come, all ye faithful’.
Bryan Postlethwaite, Head of Music, said, “This was a great festive musical evening. It’s always a pleasure to perform in this wonderful venue and also to work collaboratively with the fabulous choirs from Barton Peveril and The Romsey School.”
The annual PE Hall of Fame celebration recognises the success and commitment of Wyvern’s elite student athletes, who compete in a wide variety of sports at county and national levels. Many of the thirty-nine eligible students attended the afternoon celebrations, where Mr Newton spoke about having a growth mindset and achievements being limitless with a positive, determined and resilient approach.
Special guest speaker was former student Jordan Glasspool, who encouraged students to embrace the opportunities open to them and make the most of their school years, as these lay the foundation for the future. He added that hard work now will make decisions and choices easier, and being focused and determined will help students to achieve their goals.
His personal message resulted from him being told that he would be unlikely to regain full speech and the ability to walk, following serious injuries he sustained in an accident during a 110k cycle sportive in August 2015. Remarkably, Jordan has not only achieved the ability to do both of these things having relearnt them from scratch, but in a relatively short period of recovery he has also become U17 head coach for physical training at Eastleigh Pirates Rugby Football Club and once again played cricket for Sparsholt Cricket Club. Plans are also in place for him to return to work as a Personal Fitness Instructor at River Park Leisure Centre in Winchester. His talk was inspirational and very moving and clearly had an impact on everyone present. Students were then delighted to be awarded their certificates by Jordan.
Future recognition of these students’ talents will include a live link with Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, along with an organised tour of Chichester University’s Sports Science Department.
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