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Wyvern Girls’ Football Teams have enjoyed a fabulous season this year, winning both the Under 15s District Cup and the Under 16s County Cup.


The Under 15s team were undefeated on their route to the finals and overcame Henry Beaufort 3-1 on penalties in the semi-final. Opponents in the final, which took place at Wide Lane in Swaythling in March, were Kings’ Winchester. The girls were apprehensive playing a team who some had previously met in a separate competition and knew they were up against a tough side. However, they overcame their nerves and played amazingly well, scoring some brilliant goals and ending with a resounding 7-2 win to take the District Cup.


The Under 16s team won their place in the County Cup by beating Wavell 4-2 on penalties. Travelling to the final against Henry Beaufort at Testwood Stadium in May, they knew they would be facing a good team having beaten them in the District competition. The first half was quick to start with both sides scoring a goal but the remainder of the game was goalless, although hard fought with injuries on both sides. It was again down to penalties to decide the match. A tense and exciting penalty shoot-out followed, with both teams scoring four and then missing one, but a timely save and then a goal by Wyvern secured the Cup and the elated players ran onto the pitch for a team celebration.


Reflecting on the season, Becky Philips, PE Teacher, said, “A massive well done to all who have played and trained this season in the U13s, 14s, 15s and 16s. I’m immensely proud of what you have achieved and how far you have come as teams and look forward to another great season in September.”




Best-selling author, Steve Cole is to visit Wyvern College on Monday 22nd May.


Steve will be talking to year 7 students about his latest new book, Young Bond: Red Nemesis published by Penguin Random House Children’s and will be supplying them with inspiration for their own reading and writing.


Steve Cole is a bestselling children’s author and lifelong fan of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. His other book series include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs, with collective sales of over three million copies. In other careers he has worked as an editor of books and magazines for readers of all ages.


James is back in Steve Cole’s fourth and final blistering Young Bond adventure . . .
James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the grave. The package’s mysterious contents put James at the heart of a long-running plot that, if it runs its course, will paint London’s streets red with blood. Not only will James have to fight to stay alive and save the country he loves, but to clear the Bond family name, which he holds so dear. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and James doesn’t know who he can trust . . .


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If you would like any more information about Steve Cole’s visit, please contact J. Charles LRC Manager


The theme for this year’s British Science Week was ‘change’, with Year 7 and 8 students enjoying a series of scientific investigations related to changes happening in the world, from seasons and climates to materials and energy. They also considered changes that could have a positive impact on the future.


One task involved students looking at sand and what changes had been made to it to make it stick together. The students used kinetic sand and were introduced to ‘Nanotechnology’, which is the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all science fields and engineering.


Some students took on the challenge of modelling a building of the future in preparation for potentially flooded areas by designing a platform that could support weight and also withstand water pressure. Other groups looked at the reversible reaction of heating chocolate and saw that this did not work for all reactions when they heated and then cooled egg white.


There was much excitement at building a ‘marble run’ that would last 15 seconds! For most this involved designing and then modifying their plans to try to slow down the marble on its path. The winning girls thought ‘outside the box’, with an innovative design for an unstable platform which undulated the marble back and forth rather than a traditional marble run.


Kelly Archer, Science Teacher, said, “The week was a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a scientific topic with a range of experiments to develop their skills and knowledge.”




Wyvern students had a great opportunity to become news reporters for the day earlier this term as part of the annual BBC School Report initiative.


After an early start to look at the key topics making the headlines, students spent the day reporting and writing on stories ranging from global news and politics, to entertainment and sport. They demonstrated superb journalistic skills throughout the day, including their ability to research in depth and write in an appropriate form and style. By the final deadline, the stories written were compiled and shared on an excellent website constructed by GCSE IT students. In addition, Media students recorded and edited a fantastic BBC TV news report on mental health and how Wyvern College supports students tackling issues regarding their own mental health and well-being. Teachers were also on hand to offer their views on hot topics in society, including Brexit and global politics.


Oliver Dickinson, English and Media Teacher, commented, “I would like to thank the staff for giving up their time to support this day and contributing towards what was a worthwhile experience for all the students taking part.”





Wyvern students made the most of the recent Careers Week, experiencing a host of inspiring sessions and quizzing visitors from diverse professions.


With the NHS being Hampshire’s largest employer, a number of speakers focussed on the health sector. Two clinical scientists spoke to students about their work and education backgrounds, and Matt Archer, Specialist Urology Nurse, talked about his role and careers in nursing. He showed students some kidney stones and explained how they form and pass out of the body – certainly not for the squeamish! Students were also able to study pay scales of hospital staff and ask about the many careers available. Local GP, Jules Hempenstall, outlined her education, training and day to day workload.


The transport and logistics sector was represented by ex-student Laurie Alford, who talked about different roles, apprenticeships and on the job training. Students also learnt about the changing face of transport and the need for highly trained engineers to support driverless trucks of the future. Youngsters considering careers in sport were motivated by Jake Sheaf, Team GB Volleyball player, and Thinus Delport, South African Rugby player, who gave an inspiring assembly.


Law is a popular career choice and several groups welcomed solicitors from Clarke Willmott who explained the university and apprenticeship routes into this profession. Students were also intrigued by the many stories the ladies had to tell. Author Jo Cotterill entertained students with tales of working in the Creative Industry. She emphasised the importance of having a back-up plan, as becoming a successful author is hard work and can be low paid until you get published.


To celebrate International Women’s Day, ten girls attended a STEM event at Winchester Science Centre where they heard from women working in the space industry and participated in a Careers Speed Networking Session and an engineering challenge. Barton Peveril College hosted two events: forty students visited the Higher Education Fair with over 65 university stalls, and another group enjoyed a Cambridge University taster session, including a fascinating neuroscience lecture.


Reflecting on the week, Wyvern’s Careers Co-ordinator Katie Bruce, said “A huge thank you to all the visiting professionals. Our students were really inspired and enthused about the wealth of choices available to them.”





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