USH Newsletter

18th October 2019

  • Events to Raise Money for Kick It Out

    Ryan in Year 10 is raising money for Kick It Out.  The charity is close to his heart and he is completing this as part of a project he is working on in his COPE lessons.

    For just 50p entry you could be the lucky winner of a signed Southampton football shirt.  Please pay your entry fee to the Finance Department.  The draw will take place on 23rd October by a random generator. 

    Ryan has also organised a 5 aside football tournament for Year 7 and 8 on 22nd and 23rd October from 2.45 to 3.45pm. Sign up sheets are in the boys and girls changing rooms. Prizes will be awardfed to the winners and runner ups.

  • Year 10 Workshops to Support Wellbeing

    Year 10 Workshops

    For the remainder of this term, Miss Baillie will be running weekly workshops for Year 10 students.  Students will be able to sign up during tutor time.  It has been recommended that students attend at least one session.

    The sessions will run on a Monday from 2:45pm until 3:30pm.

    These sessions have been designed with the needs of the year group in mind and are as follows:

    14th and 21st October:

    Communicating clearly – get ahead with your Speaking and Listening assessment.

    Designed to: build confidence with speaking skills, model good presentation skills and help students become comfortable with question and answer sessions.

    4th and 11th November:

    Managing Anxiety – battle those butterflies

    Designed to: provide coping mechanisms for anxiety (passed on from World Mental Health Day learning)

    18th and 25th November:

    Building Confidence

    Designed to: equip students with the confidence to: ask/answer questions in class, attempt all work/challenges and speak/present in front of others

    2nd and 9th December:

    Finding Motivation

    Designed to: find areas of interest for disengaged students, spark ambition , enable success

    16th December:

    Study Skills

    Designed to: improve confidence in independent working and alleviate anxieties of students who are already worried about GCSEs.

  • World Mental Health Day - 10th October 2019

    Last Thursday we were invited to take a small group students along to a World Mental Health Day event at Cantell School.  The afternoon was designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and to provide students with the knowledge of where to go for support and also equip them with coping strategies.

    When we arrived at Cantell we visited an information fayre with stands from CAMHS, Simon Says, Prince’s Trust, No Limits, Board in the City, Yellow Door, Solent Mind and many others.  Students were able to take part in the activities at the stalls and collect an array of useful information.  Afterwards, students went to a short workshop and spent time working on such things as: discovering their strengths, dealing with bereavement, managing emotions, staying safe online, recognising okay and not okay relationships and some sports therapy with the Saints Foundation.

    The students were chosen by their Heads of Year and will hopefully do some work in the near future to share their learning with others.

    All of the students represented the school extremely well and were engaged and open to learning new things – well done!

    Miss Baillie & Miss Dunne

  • Charlie Walker Visit

    On Tuesday 15th October, Charlie Walker visited USH to deliver another brilliant inspirational talk to our year 7 students, on his recent expedition to Papa New Guinea. The students actively listened to a 45-minute presentation, where Charlie described his trip from start to finish. They found many of his encounters extremely interesting and were super keen to ask him many questions at the end.

    We are pleased that Charlie wanted to return to USH again this year and hope he will come back again next year!

    Miss Dunne

    Head of Year 7

  • High Tea for MacMillian

    Staff were treated to high tea to support MacMillian Cancer Support.  We enjoyed a cuppa, dainty sandwiches and scones with jam and cream and raised an incredible £191.82.


  • Grandparent Open Morning for Remembrance Day - 8th November 2019

    The majority of students have been given a letter and inviation for the Grandparent Open Morning for Remembrance Day being held at USH on Friday 8th November 2019.

    The letter is on the website in the Whole School letters tab but hard copies will be available from the General Office from Monday.

  • Cross Country at Riverside Park

    Wednesday was the last of the cross country fixtures for 2019 where the championships were held a Riverside Park. All students have made a fantastic effort this year, and the following have placed top 3. Well done everyone, next set of races are in March.

     Year 7 girls

    3rd – Rebecca G (USH)

    Year 8 girls

    1st -  Abi B (USH)

    Year 10 girls

    2nd - Mali B(USH)

    Year 7 Boys

    1st -  Nicolas O (USH)

    3rd -  George C (USH)

  • Reporting Absence, Appointments and Sickness During the School Day

    If your child is unable to come to school, please contact the school before 09.00 to inform us of this. You can phone Alison Small (Attendance Officer) directly on 023 80522721 (there is a voicemail option), or email her at

    If you phone the main switchboard there is an option to select ‘report an absence’ from the menu. Please phone every morning that your child is not attending. We cannot assume that they are unwell on any given day because they were ill the day before. Truancy call will be sent out every day to all parents whose children are not in school, unless the parent has informed us of their child’s absence.

    If your child has an appointment during the school day, please inform Mrs Small prior to the appointment. We must have an email, or telephone call from parents before we allow a child to leave site. Again, this is to ensure the safety of your child.

    In the event of your child feeling ill during the school day, please discuss with them the procedures they need to follow. They must go to the Medical Room, where they will be assessed by a trained member of staff. If the child needs to go home, you will be contacted by the member of staff.

    Please discourage your child from texting/calling you during the day and asking to go home because they are feeling unwell, or upset. They should go to the Medical Room; not only to be assessed, but so that staff are aware of their location.

  • Hampshire Culture Trust 'What's On' Leaflet

    Hampshire Cultural Trust's Family What’s On leaflet is available now.

    This half term they have lots of fun things going on all across Hampshire, for all ages. Most of their museums are free to enter and have activities going on throughout the holidays, including free children’s make-and-takes, trails and quizzes which you don’t have to book, just drop in. There are loads of events going on in the arts centres too, including bookable workshops, family festivals and children’s clubs.

    They have venues county-wide, check out the website for venues near you and for detailed information on events.