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In December, 23 students braved the long journey to Germany in search of a little Christmas cheer. Passing fields of snow in Belgium heightened the anticipation and having checked into a comfortable youth hostel in Köln, the group wrapped up warmly to explore the first of the Christmas markets. The bells rang out from the imposing and dramatically illuminated cathedral providing the perfect backdrop to the Weihnachtsmarkt, with its twinkling lights, laden stalls and tantalising tastes and smells. Some students eagerly met up with friends from the German exchange and the evening was rounded off with dinner in a local pizzeria.

 

The second day was spent in Bonn visiting the Haus der Deutschen Geschichte, where the group were given an excellent tour of an exhibition based on Germany’s relationship with the car through the ages. This provided interesting comparisons between cars in the former countries of East and West Germany, considerations of how much a car is an extension of our personality, a look at how cars may be in the future, and even a vote on whether visitors were in agreement that there is no speed limit on German motorways!

 

Students then bought their own lunch at a third Christmas market and took photos in front of the town hall lit up as a giant advent calendar, before visiting a final market back in Köln. During the trip, students undoubtedly made huge progress in developing their spoken German, as well as completing language work in activity booklets.

 

Monday signalled the return home with a visit en route to the stimulating Erfahrungsland in Essen – a museum for the senses. Students were able to see how an area of disused coal mines has been transformed into a series of cultural activities and were fascinated by room after room of hands-on experiences that posed endless questions to quizzical minds. Well worth the visit if you are ever in the area!

 

 

 

 

It’s been another fantastic ‘Movember’ for the Wyvern Mo Bros, who have raised over £2,300 for the Movember Charity, smashing their target of £1,000 and beating their totals from previous years too!

 

A number of male staff bravely stepped up to the challenge of growing a moustache during November, receiving sponsorship for their efforts. Students took part too, making hundreds of popular badges which were sold to raise further funds.

 

The Movember Charity raises awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention, and in the past 13 years has funded 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.

 

Congratulations to the most successful Wyvern Team to date and a massive thank you to everyone who helped raise funds for projects that will save lives.

 

 

Celebrating 60 years of school shows, Wyvern College students took the audience back to the 1950s with their spectacular rendition of Guys and Dolls recently. Featuring a cast of 50, this musical comedy was the perfect production to showcase the wonderful acting and singing talents of so many of the College’s youngsters.

 

The four lead roles were performed superbly by Eric Smith (Sky), Kia-May Watson (Sarah), Ewan Judd (Nathan) and Lucy Bricknell (Adelaide). However, this was also a show with some prominent cameo parts and memorable performances were given by Christian Wood, Joe Nancholas, Will Osmond, Xander Mason, Hannah Devenish, Rebekah Hanslip, Emily Howe, Chad Overy, and Toby O’Connor.

 

A fantastic supporting cast of gamblers, Hot Box dancers and customers, and the Mission Band executed some brilliant dance routines, with the stage full of perfectly choreographed youngsters. The colourful set transported the audience through the story from Broadway, to the Hot Box Club, to the Save a Soul Mission, and even to Havana! Multiple costume and set changes were carried out faultlessly by a huge backstage crew.

 

Director, Liz Segal, said, “So many students have taken the opportunity to get involved, with some making their Wyvern stage debuts and it’s been a huge pleasure working alongside them all to bring this show to the Wyvern stage.”

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the prize-winners who attended the College’s annual Prizegiving celebration in November. During a memorable evening, over 100 students received awards, applauded by proud family and friends. Books and trophies were presented in various categories including high performance, excellent attendance, service to the college and to the local community.

 

This year’s special guest was former Wyvern student Lizzie Dearden, who shared the interesting story of her career path to becoming Home Affairs and Security Correspondent at The Independent. She outlined her current role which involves reporting on terrorism, extremism and crime, and her previous post where she specialised in foreign news and had the opportunity to go on one of the ships that rescued refugees and to the desert that many of them crossed in Mali. In addition, she gave students some helpful hints and tips including encouraging them to seek work experience opportunities and emphasising the importance of networking to make useful contacts. She concluded by advising students not to limit themselves, and saying that the secret of success is finding what you like doing, whatever that is, and doing it the best you can.

 

 

 

Wyvern is delighted to have achieved reaccreditation of its International School Award. This prestigious award recognizes the work that schools do to bring an international dimension to the curriculum so that young people can gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life in today’s world.

 

The College undertakes a range of international work including foreign language learning with a strong element of intercultural understanding, a long-standing exchange programme linking with schools in France and Germany and a curriculum link with a school in Mexico, the promotion of citizenship and celebration of cultural diversity, and the European Day of Languages project to extend language learning to other areas of the curriculum.

 

The assessor recognised that these initiatives had impacted on students by increasing their knowledge of other countries, cultures and issues, developing citizenship skills, and skills necessary for further education and the world of work.

 

Well done to everyone who contributed to our international dimension and the continuation of this award!

 

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Wyvern College
Botley Road
Fair Oak
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 7AN

 

Tel: 023 80692679

Fax: 023 80603215

Email: enquiries@wyvern.hants.sch.uk

 

Reception Opening Hours: 8:15am to 4:00pm

 

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