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Many of you will remember Marwell’s brilliant Go! Rhino project two years ago. This year, Wyvern College and Nursery are getting in on the act of their new Zany Zebras project. The purpose is to raise awareness of the conservation work of Marwell Zoo, particularly the endangered Grevy’s zebras of Kenya. Our zebra was delivered on a rainy afternoon in November, when Year 8 started to learn about the conservation work and the field skills required when researching animals in the African Savannah grasslands, such as identifying footprints and calls of different animals and even studying their poo!


The design for the Zebra is inspired by the country of Kenya, and the Nursery children started by painting a colourful sunset over the whole zebra. Next, Year 8 Art club students began designing the stripes based on the patterns found in the clothing and objects of the people of Kenya.


This has been a fun project to be part of as it incorporates scientific skills, geographical knowledge and art. Year 8 have also been learning about different environments in their geography lessons and are now planning to paint a large Savannah Grassland in which Ziggy the Zebra can be displayed.


All the miniature zebras will be displayed at Marwell Zoo in the summer and the large scale Zebras will form a trail around Southampton from July 16th 2016.



An amazing, technicolour performance! That was the verdict of the audience following this year’s Wyvern Pyramid Vocal Festival which took place at Thornden Hall recently. Involving 200 singers from the Wyvern Pyramid and Barton Peveril College, the Festival featured a wonderful array of songs from the award-winning musical Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


Choirs from all six pyramid schools took part with pupils from Durley Primary, Fair Oak Infant, Fair Oak Junior, Stoke Park Infant, Stoke Park Junior and Upham Primary joining senior students from Wyvern and Barton Peveril. Music staff worked with pupils in their own schools to learn the songs in advance and then all the participants came together for workshops and rehearsals prior to delivering a fantastic musical performance in front of a packed audience. The Festival was run in partnership with staff and students from Barton Peveril College, with Gemma Witcomb and Alex Diaz from the Performing Arts Team leading the excellent preparatory workshops, supported by their talented performing arts students who learnt the principal roles in addition to their normal college commitments. The colourful theme was completed with a host of specially coloured t-shirts with the Joseph logo.


Mr Newton, Wyvern Headteacher, said, “For me, this evening is one of the highlights of our school year, not just because of the quality of the entertainment, but because it encapsulates the close-knit Wyvern ‘family’ and it portrays in one fun-packed hour the learning journey from 4 to 18. There have been over 20,000 school and amateur productions of Joseph in the world, but I doubt there will be an audience more pleased and proud than the families and teachers in this Hall this evening! A fabulous show and visually stunning too.”


Wyvern and Barton Peveril students in rehearsals for the Vocal Festival














Wyvern Geography students recently enjoyed a fascinating day at Marwell Zoological Park, examining how animals and plants adapt to specific environments. Some excellent research and sketching took place with students annotating their drawings to highlight specific adaptations. They also practised completing GCSE geographical surveys (questionnaires, audits and field sketching) which are key skills and techniques for GCSE Geography fieldwork.


Some students also attended a talk from the Giraffe Keeper who explained that every giraffe spot pattern is different and that giraffe tongues are up to 45cm long and are used in conjunction with their sticky saliva to expertly strip leaves from trees (their favourite treat!).


One of the students who attended the trip commented, “It was an amazing day and fantastic to see Marwell doing such a great job at protecting different species.”


Although the weather was cold, the students worked hard and represented the College extremely well. Students were also set the challenge of capturing the best image of the day in the photography competition. The entries below are from Jake Nolan, Siena Mille and Beth Barker.


As part of its careers programme, the College aims to inspire students about the world of work, and a recent session delivered by two Geography Ambassadors certainly gave Year 8 students a fascinating insight into Geography beyond GCSE.


The visiting Ambassadors from the Royal Geographical Society spoke about their love of the subject. They then discussed with students recent news articles involving Geography which provided an excellent literacy focus and also showcased that Geography permeates into all walks of life.


The Ambassadors shared with students what studying Geography was like at university and the range of careers that the study of Geography could lead to.


Mrs Goss, Head of Geography, said, “This was a fantastic and engaging session which showcased what Geography is and where it can lead. We hope it has given our students some inspiration for future career choices.”


A highlight of the year for the PE Department is the Hall of Fame celebration which takes place at the end of the Autumn Term. This is a fantastic opportunity for the College staff and governors to formally recognise those students who participate in sport at a high level outside of College.


This year’s event was bigger than ever involving 46 students, all of whom will have their photo displayed in the Hall of Fame Gallery in the PE department. Students were treated to an afternoon tea and a certificate to recognise their commitment and achievement within their respective sports.


Gerard Ellis, an ex-student, was this year’s special guest speaker and outlined some of the challenges that he has faced in his professional rugby career with London Irish. He fondly recalled his time at Wyvern and was grateful for the opportunities that the College gave him both in the classroom and out on the playing fields. Gerard outlined how everyone at Wyvern had believed in him and had helped him in his rugby career. As with any sport, he has faced setbacks and shared with the students some of the injuries that he has sustained as a professional player and how he overcame these to get back to full fitness for his Premiership debut. He encouraged Wyvern students to aim high and to follow their dreams, to always listen to advice that they are offered either by coaches or by teachers/parents and to try their best in all that they do.


Mr McCracken, Head of PE said, ‘It is always a pleasure to invite ex-Wyvern students who have continued in a successful sporting career. I look forward to having the privilege of inviting our current students to the Hall of Fame event in the future.’


Gerard Ellis, 4th from the left, pictured with Wyvern staff and governors.


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