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Mengham Junior Wins the Portsmouth High School Technology Challenge Day
Portsmouth High School hosted nine visiting primary schools from the local area this week for a Technology Challenge Day.
The Year 5 and 6 girls were challenged to design, build and test a sustainable transport system which involved them in thinking, planning, constructing and presenting on the day.
Girls from Gomer Juniors, Hart Plain Juniors, Highbury Primary, Mengham Juniors, Northern Parade, Portsmouth High School Juniors, St Georges Beneficial, St Judes and Wimborne Juniors took part.
The girls were told that an eco-friendly train is required for a new bridge link from Gunwharf to Gosport. Their task was to create the travel company branding and design a vehicle carriage that will run on the test track.
Mr Graeme Field, Assistant Head and Head of Design and Technology at Portsmouth High School said:
‘This is a fabulous opportunity for Year 5 and 6 girls from local junior schools to compete together to solve a real life challenge. They were set a really difficult task to design the monorail train but also to think about how their rail company would be promoted.’
The teams then had to present their ideas to a panel of judges to gain funding for the development of the transport company. Two judges, Andrew Webb, a, local consultant with experience in energy, engineering and technical projects and Dr Rinat Khusainov, a lecturer, from the University of Portsmouth’s School of Engineering formed the panel.
‘There are some natural engineers in the room,’ said Mr Webb. ‘We have seen some great innovations and you all have learned to persevere and keep up your enthusiasm which is exactly what you need for the world of work. We are also impressed with the amount of environmentally friendly ideas that you used.’
The winning team was Mengham Junior School with their presentation on the Mengham Mono-Star.
‘Mengham had an excellent presentation and a superb model.’ Said Dr Khusainov. ‘They considered lots of factors including aerodynamics and safety features well beyond the initial brief.’
VE Day celebrations continue as Mengham Junior School is awarded their bronze STARS award.
Pupils at Mengham Junior School have been working hard over the past months to encourage even more pupils to travel in a sustainable way to school. Recognition for this work comes through the national STARS scheme, run by Modeshift, which was rolled out to all schools in England at the end of 2014.
Since 2005, the school has managed to reduce the number of regular car users coming to school by 10% from approximately 50% to 40%. To achieve this, the school have been working with a number of travel initiatives and been supported by the School Travel Planning Team at Hampshire County Council (HCC).
Initiatives introduced so far include the Living Streets Walk Once a Week scheme which is being run in combination with several Park and Stride sites which encourages to park a little further from the school, at the Hayling Billy Pub for example, and walk the last 5-10 minutes. Parents are being encouraged to use the back entrance and park further afield to relieve congestion in the car park and on Elm Grove. Safe travel is now on the school curriculum, the school has participated in the HCC Junior Road Safety Officer scheme as well as the Hayling Cycle school fun day and various competitions including designing a poster for a Safe Halloween.
On Tuesday 30th June, as a reward for the school’s work towards a sustainable travel plan, HCC worked with school to organise a ‘VE Day’ themed walk to school from St Mary’s Road car park, in a move designed to get the walking children noticed and to motivate others to join in. This was followed by two World War themed theatre shows put together by drama in education specialists ‘Histrionics’, linking the school’s chosen theme with sustainable travel messages.
Headteacher Wendy Bolton and sustainable travel champion Gill Goodwin commented, “At Mengham Junior School, we value our environment and we value walking. We are encouraged by the number of children persuading their parents to leave the car further away from school so they can walk, cycle or scoot the rest of the way.”
Hampshire County Council's School Travel Planning Manager, Helen Harris, added: “The school is a deserved winner of this Histrionics event. By taking advantage of all of the initiatives and support available to them, we are delighted that they have earned their bronze Modeshift STARS award and the children are much more aware that exercise is an excellent way to start and end each school day.”
• The Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation Scheme) is funded by the Department for Transport's Hampshire Sustainable Transport Towns Fund (HSTT). The objectives of the Government's fund are to reduce congestion at peak times and to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. These objectives will be met at a local level, through 'My Journey' initiatives to encourage less use of the private car and a more active lifestyle by encouraging walking, cycling, use of public transport or car sharing to travel around, particularly for local journeys.
• Hampshire County Council’s ‘Park and Stride’ initiative supported by the My Journey project aims to help schools to identify suitable sites for parents to park so that even if they have to drive their children to school, they can at least walk 5 to 10 minutes to school. This helps to keep traffic away from the school gate, making it safer for everyone and so enabling more active ways of travelling, including cycling. For more information on how Hampshire County Council can support your school towards achieving a sustainable school travel plan, visit
Bronze Level STARS Award for Mengham JuniorModeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) is a national award scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable transport. The scheme encourages schools right across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active transport and in so doing, improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
Girls Aloud 2!
Mengham Junior School was alive with problem solving on Saturday 6th June as girls and their mums took on a range of challenges at Girls Aloud 2 the sequel!
There were various stations around the hall with maths ranging from classic puzzles to online numeracy challenges. At one point there were girls running towards the challenges as they couldn’t get to the maths quick enough!
Maths Leader Mr Harrison said that it was so lovely to see the girls and mums discussing maths and being excited to find the solutions together!
Mengham Junior School in Hayling Island graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted
Mengham Junior School's headteacher Wendy Bolton, with a few of the school's pupils pictured in the library. The school has been graded ‘Good’ across the board by Ofsted. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Hard work paid off for staff and students after Ofsted heaped praise on their school.
Mengham Junior School in Hayling Island has been graded ‘good’ across the board in a recent inspection, up from ‘requires improvement’.
“Our teachers are so passionate about what they do. They are now excited about the journey to outstanding.”
Headteacher Wendy Bolton
Inspectors said that all aspects of the school’s work have improved, due to the inspirational leadership of the headteacher Wendy Bolton, who is supported well by school leaders and governors.
Teachers give pupils helpful feedback and children know how they are doing well and act promptly on the advice given.
Pupils enjoy their learning and good behaviour and enthusiastic attitudes help them to make progress.
Mrs Bolton said: ‘The whole team were ecstatic because they have worked really hard.
‘It wasn’t a huge surprise to us as a school because we have been working really hard since the last Ofsted.
‘We knew we were good so it was lovely to have that certified by Ofsted.’
Mrs Bolton said there were several aspects of the inspection that the school was pleased with.
‘They said that they found our teaching exciting and innovative and the children had enthusiastic attitudes to learning.
‘That’s part of the culture of the school. It’s nice to hear somebody else say that.
‘They noted that our governors are passionate about the school and are supportive of the school.’
She added that her staff are very committed to their work.
‘Teaching has become an all-consuming job,’ she said.
‘Our teachers are so passionate about what they do. They are now excited about the journey to outstanding.
‘The children love coming to school. They enjoy their learning. We involve them in their learning as much as possible.’
To improve further and become an outstanding school, the proportion of outstanding teaching needs to rise by ensuring teachers maintain the level of challenge and pace of learning for all pupils.
The communication to parents also needs to improve by ensuring the school’s website contains comprehensive information about pupils’ achievement, particularly in relation to the use of additional funds.
And Mrs Bolton said the school has already been working on improving the teaching further.
She added: ‘We do team teaching. Our teachers film themselves and reflect to see what they can improve.
‘We will get to outstanding.’
1914 U3A Project
Technology Day at the High School
Portsmouth High School hosted a technology day for students from 13 primary schools. Four of our year 6 girls attended the day and worked as a team to design, build and test a sustainable transport system for internet shopping. The girls were judged by a panel of judges from the University of Portsmouth, Vestas and BAE Systems. Our girls did extremely well and came 4th overall.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
WOW! What a fantastic coffee morning on Friday. I have never seen so many cakes! Thank you to all of the parents who attended or supported by donating cakes. Thank you also to Mrs Hayes for the loan of the lovely china, for all of her hard work setting up for the day and the rest of the team without whom the morning would not have been possible. Also final thanks to Miss Gowans and Mrs Goodwin for their superb organisation. The children were wonderful in their role as hosts and I know that Mr Martin from the MacMillan team was very impressed with our efforts. We raised £334 from the morning which is just brilliant.
Planetarium Event at Mengham
Sports Day 2014
Men UTD Day At Mengham Junior School
On Saturday 8th March, our Deputy Headteacher Mrs Mason arranged a fantastic “Men United” reading/sports day.
We were so lucky that the sun was shining and so the activities could take place outside. Dads, Uncles, Brothers and Granddads arrived with 35 of our boys to take part.
The purpose of the event was to encourage boys and their male relatives to read together and instil fun into reading. There were several activities for all of the men and boys to take part in ranging from javelin throwing to Connect 4! Something for everyone! The adults were competing with the child that they had brought. The atmosphere was such fun as everyone got into the spirit of things and the competitive edge crept in!
One of the highlights of the day was an en masse game of bench ball. It was lovely to see everyone laughing and having fun together.
After the games were finished and the points added up, the hungry men and boys were invited into the school library where they were served bacon sandwiches and hot drinks made by our Headteacher Wendy Bolton and Year 6 teacher Shelley Rogers. A selection of books aimed at boys had been supplied by the School Library Service so whilst eating together the boys chose a book and sat to read with their relative.
The feedback received from those who attended was that it was a fabulous event, one that they would like repeated and the boys said it was epic!
Following the success of this day the school plan to run a similar event for the girls.
Our Mother's Day Lunch was a huge success and Mrs Woolley and her team cooked for 158 parents and children! It was lovely to see so many parents enjoying lunch in our hall.
Our open afternoon was enjoyed by around 70 parents/carers and some comments we received were:
“amazing work, well done!”
“what a lovely idea to see what the children have learnt, very enjoyable”
“really good, had great fun learning with the children”
“we were surprised and impressed at how much the children knew and how confident they were!”
Netball Club News
In Netball Club this term we have covered a great deal, such as learning and remembering positions, improving our knowledge and brushing up our skills. We have recently taken part in a tournament against other Hampshire schools which we have thoroughly enjoyed. We were very proud to come 8th overall but the best part is that we have seen improvement at every match. As a team we are extremely excited to wear our new red hoodies, we look very smart!
Mengham in the BBC 500 Word Story Competition
Mengham Junior Celebrates Writing Achievement All of the staff at Mengham Junior School are extremely proud to be able to announce that four of our children have progressed to the next stage of the BBC 500 Word Story Competition. Ben Gibbs, Maahin Choudhury, Noah Cruickshank and Joe Smith’s stories have been selected from 118,000 entries for the second stage of the competition amongst 3,500 other children nationally. This is a fabulous achievement and we are all absolutely thrilled!