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Christmas Card Competition Winner

We have been running a Christmas Card competition at USH for the official school card and the winner this year is Myleta, who is in Year 8.  Myleta spoke about winning the competition:

“I really like photography and I heard about the competition.  I like pictures I have seen of objects placed on an open book, so I had cake decorations in the shapes of trees and I focussed on the words.  I really thought that the competition winner would be one of the older students.  The lighting really helped my photograph and I think winning is cool because it will meant that more people will know who I am!  I really love photography and art, but I prefer photography because, even if you take a bad photograph, by using filters you can make it better; you have more control”.

Well done Myleta, it’s a great photograph!


Whole School Careers Day

Year 11 - To help with post 16 options, students will be attending taster sessions at either Richard Taunton Sixth Form College or City College.  A letter regarding this will be issued shortly.

Year 9 – Will be going to work with an adult.  The aim of this is to raise awareness of the world of work.  Please can all parents of Year 9 students return the paperwork for this as soon as possible.

Years 7, 8 and 10 will be in school taking part in career related activities which include: College/Apprenticeship/University presentations/workshops and a ‘Meet the Professional’ session where students can gain an insight into the professions.

If you need more information, please contact Carey Anderson: Carey.Anderson@ushschool.org


Year 8 Visit to Southampton Solent University

The visit included an interactive presentation ‘An Introduction to University’ and a tour of the new build ‘The Spark’ which contains a stunning central atrium and a futuristic, multi-functional ‘pod’.  The following comments were  written by students following the visit: 

"I know what to do when I grow up because of this visit"
"It will make you work hard and have more determination to get to college/university"
"I’ve learnt that university is more than just a place of study.  The visit has helped me to value my learning time and experiences"

Mrs Anderson
Careers Adviser

Year 9 – Learn with US (University of Southampton) Masterclass

A group of students from Year 9 took part in the University of Southampton's Learn With US Masterclass.  This included a workshop on transferable skills and masterclass run by Medical Students.  The session ended with presentations by students from the 5 schools who took part in the day.  I’m very pleased to announce that our students were awarded first prize, students received Amazon gift vouchers.
Congratulations to all the Year 9s who took part.

Mrs Anderson
Careers Adviser

Year 10 Mock Interviews

An Interview can be a daunting experience, however, following the recent mock interviews and feedback from the interviewers we hope our students are prepared for future interviews.  Congratulations to Charlie Browne, Abigail Goldstraw, Maisy Parkes, Alfred Stone, Saffron Sandhu and Phoebe Baldwin who have been awarded ‘Platinum’ certificates  for the quality of their covering letters, CV and  interview– well done!

Mrs Anderson
Careers Adviser

Parenting Teenagers and Pre-Teens

Being a secondary school pupil and becoming a teenager are big changes, with challenges as well as joys. These sessions will give parents key information about changes taking place in their child’s brain and the major impact this has on their emotions and behaviour. This understanding is the foundation for setting appropriate loving limits and maintaining a positive, respectful relationship.

Lorraine Lee, a professional parenting practitioner, with over 14 years’ experience will be leading the sessions. She has worked with schools all over Hampshire and has a background in child psychology.

Managing anger and strong emotions  Monday 30th January
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-anger-strong-emotions-year-8-parents-tickets-26679520163

Ego and self-esteem, gaming and social media  Monday 27th March
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ego-self-esteem-plus-gaming-social-media-ush-year-9-parents-tickets-26679867201

Staying connected to your teen  Monday 24th April
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/staying-connected-to-your-teen-ush-year-10-parents-tickets-26679899297

Revision, motivation & exam technique Monday 22nd May
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/revision-exam-technique-ush-year-11-parents-tickets-26680017651

Helping young people make positive choices recover from setbacks and grow in confidence, Monday 12th June 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/helping-children-make-positive-choices-recover-from-setbacks-grow-in-confidence-ush-year-11-parents-tickets-26679945435

To make a booking please use the link beneath each workshop title; there will be a charge of £8 (plus booking fee) to attend each workshop. 

If you have any questions please contact: lorrainelee@recap.org.uk


New Taekwondo Club at USH

Sean Neill, the 2016 Heavyweight GB Champion, will be starting a Taekwondo Club as an after school club starting in January. Letters will be coming out soon!!

Sean is in the GB Masters team and a certified Chungdokwon Coach and is part of the nationally known club ‘Waterside Taekwondo Sounthampton"

PAG (Parent Action Group) Meeting, Tuesday 29th November

We will be hosting a PAG (Parent Action Group) Meeting in the Library on Tuesday 29th November.  The meeting will start at 6pm and should only last for an hour.  The subject to discuss is: Home/School Partnership supporting independent, student-centred learning.  Please come along, all are welcome!

Healthier Together

Healthier Together, the NHS initiative to help parents decide about whether you should send a child who is under the weather into school or not, have provided us with some information about their new app (available from the Apple App Store and from Google Play) which gives lots of information for parents (including recommended recovery times from various childhood conditions).

You can also visit their website: www.what0-18.nhs.uk

Year 10 Work Experience (Summer 2017)

A reminder work experience dates are: 17th – 21st July 2017.
Please return completed placement forms by Monday, 27th February 2017.

Thank you

Mrs Anderson
Careers Adviser


“I enjoyed the lessons, there were many interesting activities and far more group work than in my school.” Visiting European teacher