A busy term packed with exciting events, new initiatives and new faces!
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Autumn Term | 2016


This term's Shoe box Appeal raised funds through a cake sale to buy gifts for boys and girls who may not be lucky enough to receive presents this Christmas. A massive thank you to all pupils and staff involved in this important charity project.


This term our schoolroom on Piam Brown received a very special visitor - the Duchess of Cornwall! Whilst on a tour of the refurbished ward, the Duchess took time to talk to some of our students and teachers. She was very keen to hear about the work of the school and commented on how important our work is. We also talked about how fantastic the new ward looks and what wonderful facilities and expert care it offers to children and parents.


Great British Bake Off eat your heart out! Every Wednesday afternoon, the children at Bursledon House have been making tasty treats and wholesome bakes during their weekly cooking sessions with Mrs Bartel.
This term the children made healthy pasta bakes, raised money with a charity cake sale, produced a scrumptious chilli, shared festive mince pies with parents and have completed their very own artisan "bread week" hand-making breads from around the world.

The children not only learn key cooking methods, but also learn about healthy eating, foods from different cultures and where our food actually comes from. 
We would like to thank the team at Ronald MacDonald House for continuing to allow us to use their kitchens, and the Occupational & Physiotherapy teams who support children during these important educational and therapeutic sessions each week.


This term pupils, teachers & Bursledon House staff enjoyed a truly fabulous show, filled with music and dancing, as we ran a trip to see Fantastic Mr Fox at the Nuffield Theatre. You can read a review on our school website pupil blog, here.


This year's Bursledon House Christmas performance featured a selection of festive songs and poems, all delivered exceptionally by the pupils to a packed room of parents, nurses, doctors, teachers and school governors. There was barely a dry eye in the room as the talented young people delivered their recital and showcased their talent. The effort by pupils and staff and the hours of rehearsals made the afternoon a memory to cherish.
Secondly, pupils were also able to visit the Ronald MacDonald House 2nd anniversary Christmas party. This time all the children received a cuddly gift from Father Christmas and enjoyed a delicious buffet. 

A huge thank you once again to the Ronald MacDonald House team for allowing us to share in your celebrations. 
Our primary pupils have had two opportunities to meet the big man in red over this past week!
Firstly, our students had the opportunity to attend Rainbow Day at St Edward's School where they enjoyed a range of festive activities and crafts before meeting Father Christmas. The children had a fabulous time and came home laden with gifts and wonderful memories. A huge thank you to all the students and staff at St Edward's for providing us with such a lovely morning - we look forward to next year!  


It has been another busy term in the G-Level classroom. Children have been spanning the ages and the continents through their learning which has included topics such as Ancient Greece, Diwali, the Gunpowder Plot and Thanksgiving. Our budding authors and poets have been creating wonderful narrative poems and creative stories, whilst our marvellous mathematicians such as Max below, have been learning about measuring, fractions and shapes. Beautiful art work has been produced including Greek masks and coil pots, fabulous firework pictures and Picasso inspired portraits.


This term we have begun a series of Current Affairs & British Values lessons. Each week, teachers have delivered a presentation on a particular news story or current affairs issue. There has been a wide range of political, economic and social topics covered including the USA election, cyber bullying, Remembrance Day and the plight of Syrian refugees.

As well as enhancing students' knowledge of the world in which they live, the sessions act as a vehicle for extending students' vocabulary and ability to discuss challenging topics effectively. Students are also introduced to new words and asked to use them in a discussion or debate about the topic. The questions posed are challenging and thought provoking, designed to add a greater level of depth to students' thinking and oracy skills. Each session is also an opportunity to discuss key British values and explore the changing society in which we live.


This term SCHS has relaunched a new and improved website, designed to provide parents and pupils with important information and an insight into life at the Hospital School. You can visit the website here:
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