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Over the last sixty years, Wyvern has become renowned for delivering a superb annual production to showcase the acting and singing talents of its youngsters. This year is no exception, with a perfect musical comedy that was first broadcast on stage and screen in the decade that the school opened. Guys and Dolls JR is an adaptation of the original award-winning 1950s Broadway show about rolling the dice and falling in love.


It tells the story of gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the money to set up the biggest card game in the city, while the authorities breath down his neck. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Adelaide laments that they have been engaged for 14 years but are still not married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the cash to fund the game, but Sky ends up chasing and falling in love with straight-laced missionary Miss Sarah Brown. With bustling street scenes, action set in New York and Havana, and a great musical score, the show is sure to be another Wyvern hit!


Students have been rehearsing hard since May and are looking forward to sharing this musical classic with audiences. Running from 29 November – 2 December at 7.00pm in Wyvern Hall, tickets will be on sale from the Wyvern Finance Office at the beginning of November.



Wyvern Art and Photography students recently enjoyed a visit to the world famous botanic gardens at Kew. The day began with a session in the on-site art gallery, where students were able to observe the detailed work of Victorian botanical painter, Marianne North, and considered the use of themes and composition within her work.


It was then outside into the gardens where students experienced the towering Treetop Walkway, which provided stunning views and a rare insight into a forest canopy. The group also explored The Hive interactive sculpture. At 17 metres tall and consisting of 170,000 parts, it is filled with lights and sounds which are triggered by bee activity in a real beehive in Kew. The intensity of sound and light change constantly, echoing the real hive.


During the day, students made sketches and took some excellent photographs to support their current studies which include Van Gogh Landscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe Natural Forms and Photographic Key Skills Composition.


Overall, it was a great day and provided fantastic inspiration for work back in the classroom.





The sweet aroma of cake and icing filled the Geography Department recently during the first ever Great Geography Bake Off, where staff and students were challenged to bake a cake with a geographical theme.


Twenty-six entries were received, with bakers entering as individuals or in teams of three, and included a range of gravity-defying masterpieces such as 3D globes, towering volcanoes and detailed flags. The cakes formed the centrepiece of the department’s Open Evening display before being judged, sliced and sold at the Macmillan coffee morning the following day.


The winner was Rachel Cleal in Year 7 for a 3D globe cake with accurate icing countries and individually labelled flags featuring the maps of each country. She was presented with a £10 voucher and the Geography Bake Off winner’s apron. The runners up who were awarded wooden spoon trophies were a team of Year 7’s Jess Bennett, Ava Leffers-Smith and Sophie Singleton, with a 3D river landscape featuring a glittery river and icing mountains, and Year 7 Holly Wilmott with a layered breakdown of the Bournemouth cliffs, along with Mrs Phillips (PE) the only staff entry.


Mrs Goss, who organised the competition, said, “Congratulations to all those who took part – the entries displayed fantastic creativity, excellent attention to detail and great geographical knowledge!”




This year’s World Expeditions trip to Morocco was once again an amazing educational opportunity, enabling students to experience life in a completely different culture. The first destination was Marrakesh, where the hustle and bustle of the city provided a great introduction to this diverse country. Students toured the Bahia Palace and a traditional Berber pharmacy, learning about the fantastic architecture and the great traditions of Berber herbal treatments. Some students were quick to embrace the art of haggling to make their first purchases, and everyone enjoyed sampling the local cuisine.


Students then travelled to the Central Atlas Mountains where they supported local community projects. They painted rooms in a local primary school, built incinerators for rubbish disposal and worked in a women’s carpet cooperative – this was a real highlight, with students participating in every aspect of carpet making. As well as sharing music and conversation with other youngsters in the village, they played football with the locals and were invited to villagers’ houses for traditional Moroccan tea, which provided a real insight into the lifestyle of this community.


The most challenging aspect of the trip was undoubtedly the expedition, starting with a short climb to acclimatize to the altitude. A demanding day of climbing followed, with several students digging deep to overcome tiredness and aches and pains. Reaching the mountain summit on the third day was a fabulous achievement and there was great camaraderie amongst the group. Back at base camp, there was no running water and a one and a half hour wait until the water was safe to drink – a real lesson on the harshness of nature and just how much we take luxuries for granted.


A camel trek and night camping under the stars in Essaouira rounded off the truly memorable experiences on this journey.





It was all aboard a 1950s vintage bus for staff, students and special guests today as they launched Wyvern College’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, recreating the journey from Fair Oak to Eastleigh that has become part of the College’s history.


Wyvern first opened its doors in Eastleigh in 1958, with students travelling from the outlying villages on a fleet of buses. The Fair Oak site was built in 1966 but with increases to the population and the school leaving age, it still could not accommodate all students. Therefore, the journey to Eastleigh was part of school life for many students until 1978.


Passengers on the anniversary special, which was operated by volunteers from Southampton and District Transport Heritage Trust, included guests who used to make the journey as students, one of whom is the current Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Maureen Sollitt. The College was also delighted to welcome two previous headteachers, Sheila Campbell and George Davies. With current students wearing school uniforms from different eras and the bus decorated in colourful bunting, it was a lovely atmosphere for sharing memories from the last sixty years.


Headteacher, Alan Newton, said, “All those who took part in this symbolic commemorative journey represent the proud evolution of an institution that has served the local community with distinction for six decades. We look forward to celebrating Wyvern’s rich heritage over the coming year and to advancing to the next sixty years!”


Additional events to mark the College’s 60th Anniversary include the Wyvern Story, a timeline of the last 60 years illustrated with memories and photos, and a celebration concert in July 2018.




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Botley Road
Fair Oak
SO50 7AN


Tel: 023 80692679

Fax: 023 80603215



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