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Wyvern’s biennial Arts Festival returns this summer from 6 – 12 July, showcasing students’ talents in music, drama, dance and art and celebrating the College’s 60th Anniversary in style!


The Big Top will play host to ‘Back for Good’, a spectacular ‘Take That’ tribute act, for the opening fund-raising concert. Formed five years ago, the band are guaranteed to provide a great night’s entertainment performing all your favourite ‘Take That’ hits. They will be accompanied by a live orchestra and the evening will also feature Wyvern’s popular Soul Band.


During the week, Wyvern students will take part in an array of events including an Arts Day with workshops from visiting artists, and a Performing Arts Day in collaboration with Barton Peveril. Pyramid feeder schools will have the opportunity to participate in a lively Primary Arts event, culminating in an evening performance to parents. A new event, the Wyvern Word Feast, will celebrate our rich and diverse language and literature, with a mixture of recitals, poetry, comedy and musical accompaniment.


The superb Summer Concert finale will feature all the high-quality ensembles, choirs and bands that are an integral part of Wyvern. And as it’s our 60th Anniversary, this concert promises to be extra special, as we hope to have fireworks and a Wyvern Legacy Band of former student musicians from across the decades. If you would like to be involved in the Legacy Band and are available to play on 12 July, then do get in touch via


The College is always grateful for offers of sponsorship, whether it’s for a single workshop or one of the evening shows, so please contact us if you can help in any way. Keep up to date with Festival news on the Wyvern website and College Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you there!


Some memories from the 2016 Arts Festival



Year 11 Film Studies students gained an incredible insight into the movie industry when Lucia Serpini visited the College recently. Lucia has worked on the set of Hollywood’s recent blockbusters including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Justice League. Lucia also shared her experiences of working on the acclaimed superhero movie Wonder Woman. These were not only fascinating to hear but also invaluable to students who are studying the film for their upcoming GCSE exam.


Her role on the set of Wonder Woman was Crowd Production Assistant, a demanding job that includes contributing to the smooth running of the set and the organisation of extras. Lucia opened students’ eyes to the making of a $150 million hit, including the different on-set responsibilities from the director’s interaction with the cast to how much extras get paid to cut their hair! She also discussed her career path to date and advised students what they should do if they’re thinking of following in her footsteps.


Lucia visited Wyvern after returning from Croatia and the set of the sequel to Mamma Mia and will soon be jetting off to work on another Hollywood smash. Nevertheless, she has offered to return to speak to future Film Studies students so they too can discover what’s involved in bringing the films they love to the big screen.



At the end of last term, a group of Wyvern students enjoyed attending a challenging day of STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at Barton Peveril College.


Students participated in a range of hands-on workshops including Physics – Newton’s Laws from apples to cars; Maths – code breakers; Technology – bread boards and binary numbers; and Engineering – building bridges.


The workshops were run by teachers from Barton Peveril and also lecturers from the University of Southampton and really enabled students to explore these topics in more depth and to appreciate what higher level studies in these subjects might involve. In addition, the University of Southampton staff ran an exciting interactive show on particle physics.



The annual Wyvern PE Hall of Fame event is a wonderful opportunity for the College to recognise its elite student athletes and to celebrate their successes to date.  At the end of last term, students from all year groups, representing a wide range of sports at county, national and international levels, enjoyed refreshments along with members of staff, governors, parents, Mr Newton, and special guest speaker Michael Kurn (pictured with Wyvern PE staff).


Mr Newton, a keen sportsman and sports fan himself, spoke about the importance of sport in his life, along with some entertaining stories about his interests in all things sporting. Michael Kurn, a former Wyvern Head Boy and now a Sports Broadcaster (ESPN, SKY and the BBC), then gave an inspirational speech about his journey to success. Dedication, hard work and commitment, along with a positive mindset and the essentials of good sportsmanship were the key messages. The audience of talented and dedicated young athletes clearly appreciated the wise words of advice from both speakers.


Students were then presented with certificates to recognise their enrolment into Wyvern’s Hall of Fame. We look forward to following the progress of these young athletes – undoubtedly there are some prospective champions of the future amongst them!



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!





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