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‘Bright’, ‘exciting’, ‘punchy’ and ‘a real sense of style’ – just some of the fantastic comments from the judges following Wyvern Soul Band’s stunning performance at this year’s Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham. The Band continued Wyvern’s strong tradition of being selected to appear at this prestigious Festival of the UK’s leading young musicians, with the College’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir all having made appearances in recent years.


Featuring in the Rock, Pop, Funk and Soul category, the Band gave superb renditions of ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’’ by Sam and Dave, ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’ by Gregory Porter, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ by The Jackson 5 and ‘Proud Mary’ by Ike & Tina Turner. Band members also enjoyed an inspirational workshop with the Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra.


The Band rehearses with the legendary Geoff Lai every Tuesday evening, with new members this year including Christian Wood (vocals), Lucy Bricknell (vocals), Marcus Childs (keyboard), and Matthew Knight (trumpet). Long-serving members are Matilda Bell (vocals) who has been in the band since Year 8 and is leaving us this year, Elijah Jeffery (vocals and guitar) who again is leaving us this year, Oz Gorst (drums), Elliot Bird (bass guitar) and the ‘dancing boys’ horn section Toby Saunders (sax), Tom Gregory (trumpet) and Harvey Parsons (trombone), all of whom are moving on this year.


Reflecting on another great musical event, Bryan Postlethwaite, Wyvern’s Head of Music, said, “The Band wowed the audience at the Festival and should be so proud of their performance. We will miss the incredibly talented Year 11s who are moving on but I’m always amazed at how the Band quickly regenerates with fresh players and we look forward to continued success next year.”




This year’s German Exchange was a resounding success, strengthening the partnership between the Realschule in Leichlingen and Wyvern, which has been running since 2003.


As always, the key aims are to improve language skills, get to know an area of a foreign country, and develop a better understanding of another culture. Yet perhaps more importantly, students on both sides benefit enormously from realising that they can cope in a foreign country in unfamiliar surroundings and often develop greater self-confidence and better interpersonal skills over the two weeks.


As well as adapting to life within a foreign family, students participate in excursions and enjoy making comparisons between the two schools. The German students were amazed by Wyvern’s facilities and rather taken with the idea of school uniform, whilst our students, of course, envied the fact that there is no uniform in Germany and that they have free periods from time to time!


In Germany, the group visited Düsseldorf, enjoying superb views from the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), and strolled along the River Rhein to the old town. A day in Phantasialand proved popular – a theme park with no queues and a new ride claiming to be the fastest in the world! Canoeing on the River Wupper’s beautiful natural surroundings resulted in a rather soggy end for some and a day in Leverkusen included visits to the local global giant Bayer and the football stadium.


On the return visit, the German guests braved unseasonal weather at Bournemouth to enjoy swimming in the sea, experienced the Spinnaker Tower and a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, and spent a full day in London. Both German and English students took on the challenges offered at Marwell Activity Centre and the week ended with a farewell party in the hall. Well done to everyone who took part and made the most of this experience!




The timing couldn’t have been better – two Geography field trips to the beach during the recent heatwave! However, there certainly wasn’t time for sunbathing as 70 Year 10 students visited their case study location of Swanage Bay on the Dorset Coast to collect essential data for the new fieldwork exam.


After setting off early for the Jurassic Coast, students surveyed the bay from Durleston Head, measuring beach sediment to prove that long-shore drift was happening (the process of material being moved along the coast), and examined how effective the 18 groynes costing £2.2 million have been at stopping coastal erosion. Students then considered the social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges provided by tourism in Swanage and assessed how services meet the needs of tourists and or locals (not very well with 89% of shops being designed for tourists!).


The afternoon was spent at Studland Beach, where students completed field sketches of Old Harry Rocks, a perfect example of a sea stack formed by erosion, before testing their knowledge with an exam question. They worked fantastically well to get everything done, especially given the extreme temperatures.


This was also Mr Clayton’s last fieldtrip before he leaves this summer. The coach was decorated in celebration of him and before he did his last ever student count, staff and students made a tunnel of celebration to applaud him onto the coach!



A key part of Wyvern’s history is the bus journey that many students took between 1958 and 1978 to and from Eastleigh, until the Fair Oak site was large enough for all students. To launch our 60th anniversary celebrations, we will be recreating this journey from Wyvern to Eastleigh and back on a vintage 1950s bus. As well as representatives from the College, we would like to invite several people from the local area to join us who made this journey as Wyvern students in 1958, 1959 or the early 1960s. The trip will take place on Thursday 21st September and if you or anyone you know is interested in taking part, please contact Sue Boswell at


This unique journey is taking place thanks to volunteers from the Southampton and District Transport Heritage Trust ( who are providing one of their 1950s vintage buses for the day.


There is still time to send us memories and photos of your school days at Wyvern for the ‘Wyvern Story’ display we are creating as part of our 60th anniversary. Thanks to those who have provided contributions so far.




Are you an ex-Wyvern student who is successful in your career and proud of what you do? If so, please help us to inspire our current students by taking part in our Aim High initiative.


We want to feature ex-students in a wide variety of different jobs – your job could be active, challenging, dangerous, exciting, industrial, professional, rewarding, skilled, technical, unusual, or even unique! To take part, just complete the short questionnaire at which asks for some brief details about you and your career.


Although we’re particularly keen to hear from those who left Wyvern between 10 and 20 years ago, any ex-students are welcome to take part – we’d love to know where you are now. Our initial aim is to get 60 replies to fit in with our 60th anniversary theme, so please share this so we can reach as many ex-students as possible!


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