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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Good luck to our Year 11 girls who are on their Duke of Edinburgh assessed expedition today and tomorrow. Have fun girls. After a cold night in tents our DofE groups are enjoying the sunshine today.

 


 



 


 

GCSE Results 2015

Congratulations to all our Year 11 girls who collected their GCSE results this morning. We are so proud of you all. 14 girls achieved an amazing five or more GCSEs at grades A and A*. Fantastic!

 


 

Today we celebrated the end of the term in true Wykeham House style, with poems, songs and the amazing staff rock band. Goodbye to all the leavers especially Mrs Clarke who has dedicated the past 9 years to leading us.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr and Mrs Clarke present a cheque to the school charity, CLAPA.

 

University of Southampton Mathematics Challenge

Well done to Ben and Zak who both entered the University of Southampton Mathematics Challenge over February half term. The competition is aimed at Year 7 and 8 pupils and this year there were over 1400 entries. Ben has just heard he has been awarded third prize, and been invited to an awards ceremony at the university.

 


 

Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition

Year 10 girls put up tents at lunchtime in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.

 


 

Art Studies at Cass

Year 9H studying sculpture as part of their Art studies at Cass this morning. Taking the lesson outdoors!

 



 

Visit to Serenity Dental Practice in Fareham

The Foundation Stage visited Serenity Dental in Fareham where they were learning with Kelly how to look after their teeth.

 


 

Community Defibrillator

Our key first aid staff have been trained to use the new community defibrillator for which the school fund raised.

 


 

Year 11 girls are working hard revising for their final GCSE examinations. We wish them every success.

 


 

Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee 2015 National Competition.

Well done to our Year 11 Biology GCSE group who took part in the Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee 2015 National Competition. The task was to practically prepare microbial material for microscopy and then to record their method and to present their findings. The girls worked hard to research the best methods for growing microbes and they tended to what became fondly known as their “Stinky Brews” over a few weeks. The girls' skill at microscopy was then put into practice during our lessons. All of the girls' work went way beyond the GCSE syllabus and demonstrated their knowledge and skill in Biology. We were delighted to find out that six of our pupils had been awarded a Commendation for their work and a prize of £250 has been sent to the school. Our prize winners were; Keziah, Natalia, Ellie, Charlotte, Sophie and Maddie.

 

Well done, to everyone that entered!

 


 

Fareham Music Festival

Well done to all our pupils who took part in the Fareham Music Festival this weekend. You all sang and played beautifully. Here are a few pictures - more to follow later!

 


 


 

Visit to PGL


 

Visit to the ExCel Centre in London

Fantastic news from Mrs Cross at the ExCel Centre in London; Abbie in Yr 9, was placed second in the final of the Textiles competition and as part of her prize she will be invited to London Fashion Week next year. Also the top fashion designer and judge, Debbie Wingham, would like to come to Wykeham House to run a design workshop with the girls. Well done to all involved

 


 


 


 

Roller Skating Club

Roller skating club is a favourite at Wykeham House.

 


 

Rounders Club

At Rounders Club senior girls are keen to brush up their skills before the season starts, after Easter and they will be playing local schools.

 


 

Solar Eclipse

The whole School enjoyed the experience of the solar eclipse on the playground. We measured the temperature and the light and the temperature dropped considerably and it got a lot darker, unfortunately the cloud cover meant we couldn't see the sun but still a very exciting experience for the pupils. Pictures to follow.

 

Senior Choir Practice

 

The girls at senior choir practice are working hard on their songs for our Easter Service.

 


Gymnastics Club and Outdoor Games

At Gymnastics Club the senior girls had the opportunity to work in groups to develop sequences on large apparatus whilst others developed their trampolining skills. The Junior girls enjoyed the sunshine during Outdoor Games club yesterday.

 


 

St John Badgers and Cadets

St John Badgers and Cadets having a great time practising their first aid skills and getting tied up in knots with bandages! This term the Badgers have been doing their Eco Badger Badge and the Cadets have been studying General Knowledge whilst obviously keeping their first aid skills up to date and tip top!

 



 

Clubs and extra curricular activities at Wykeham House

We have a great range of clubs and extra curricular activities at Wykeham House. Maths Club is a popular lunchtime activity.

 



 

Here are a few pictures of our popular lego club, more pictures of our other clubs to follow throughout the week.

 


 

Bingo Evening

Tonight parents, pupils and staff enjoyed a Bingo Night, organised by our WHISPA committee. Great Fun.

 


 

Red Nose Day

Our pupils are supporting Red Nose Day by showing off their noses at break time.

 


 

Year 11 textiles

The Year 11 textiles exam preparation is going well, the girls are producing some outstanding work.

 


 

It has been a very busy day for Wykeham House today. We had the Wykeham House Association annual netball match, where a team of old girls play our current year 10 and 11 team. It was a draw with 8 goals each, well done to all that took part. The lunch was great fun as always and lovely to catch up with old friends. Entertainment for the lunch was provided by our pupils performing songs from the recent school musical, The Seussical. Meanwhile in Andover our team of three Year 8s performed brilliantly at the semi finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition. Girls you were fantastic we are very proud of you. We hope you enjoy these pictures from our day.


    Year 8s performed brilliantly at the semi finals of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition.

 


    Wykeham House staff netball players                                                                                   Well done to all the girls who took part and performed so well in the                                                                                                                                                                        Portsmouth Music Festival and brought back many certificates, trophies                                                                                                                                                            and cups.


         Wykeham House Association lunch.

 

The United Kingdom Maths Challenge and Year 7 Boys visit Tesco

Wykeham House School has had great success in the United Kingdom Maths Challenge. Below left, is the Wykeham House team at the regional final of the team maths challenge, working on some starter questions. Below right, Year 7 Boys visited Tesco for a store tour and to make cookies.

 



 

Nursery News

The Nursery are settling in well to their larger new classrooms, we look forward to welcoming more new joiners at Easter.


 

Book Week

Its the end of Book Week today and it has been a very busy week with a visit from author Ali Sparkes, literary competitions and to end the week pupils are dressed up as their favourite book character. There are some great costumes in School today from Juniors, Seniors and the Teachers.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

As part of book week, Junior girls have been talking with our art teacher, Mr Robertson who is a published illustrator, about how illustrations are put on a page in a book.

 

The Foundation Stage really enjoyed their prince and princess banquet during Book Week last week.

 


 

Seussical the Musical

Behind the scenes - the Junior girls warming up for the Seussical last night.

 


 


 

The first night of the Seussical was a great success. Fantastic performances by all the girls involved and so much hard work by those behind the scenes.

 


 

Junior Choir and Junior Band

The girls have been enjoying Junior Choir this term and the popular Junior Band have also been practising hard.

 


 


 

The Portsmouth Music Festival

A big well done to all the girls who played musical instruments so beautifully at the Portsmouth Music Festival this week.

 


 

Day two of the Portsmouth Music Festival - well done girls.

 


 


 


 

The Official Opening of the Boys School


 


 


 


 


 

Modern Foreign Languages

Year 8 Spanish have been playing a memory game to consolidate physical description vocabulary.

 


 

Congratulations to the eight girls and boys in Year 7 who took part in the School section of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition yesterday. They all performed brilliantly and four pupils are now going forward to the regional finals which will take place in Brighton this April.

 


 

Granparents Lunch

Today we welcomed our Senior pupils grandparents to a delicious lunch followed by lessons. We were reassured that the grandparents all behaved themselves and earned a few gold stars in the process. We all had a wonderful day finished off with the House Slushy Love Song competition!

 


 

Seussical the Musical

Year 9 have been busy painting the backdrop for the School's musical - Seussical. Don't forget to get your tickets.

 

Wykeham House Celebrates a Year of Success at Speech Day

Wykeham House School celebrated both School and individual successes of last year at the 101st Speech Day on Monday 10th November at the Ferneham Hall in Fareham.

 

'It is always a pleasure to welcome back last year's Year 11 and past members of staff and pupils at Speech Day, it is wonderful to catch up on their news and hear how they are enjoying further education' said Mrs Lynn Clarke, Headmistress. 'Speech Day is a time to celebrate the successes of the whole School and to reflect on the past year. We are very proud of every Girl and Boy at Wykeham House School.' Lynn Clarke continued.

 

As girls, boys, teachers, family and friends of the School arrived they were treated to beautiful singing by Rebecca Flynn, Natalia Smith, Charlotte White and Helaina Withers from Year 11.

 


 

Following the Chairman's introduction Headmistress Lynn Clarke and Deputy Head Jan Caddy looked back on the successes and highlights of the past year, including the excellent GCSE results, the many school trips such as the recent trips to Iceland and to Paris and the plans for the development of the School moving forward into the future.

 

Entertainment was provided by the Boys' School who sang songs from Oliver and the Senior boys who gave a very moving performance of Rudyard Kipling's 'If'. The whole School choir from the Girls' School gave a wonderful performance of songs from Matilda and Sweet Charity. The Junior School band also performed some of the songs they have been working on in School.

 


 

Miss Ruth Roberts, a former pupil of Wykeham House gave a fascinating, inspirational and motivating talk to the pupils giving them an insight into her exciting career in producing scientific programmes for television. She encouraged the students to take every opportunity offered and to believe in their ability in order to achieve their goals.

 


 

 

The prizes were presented to both the Girls' and the Boys' Schools including cups for Languages, Swimming, Sport, Science and English alongside prizes recognising contribution to the School and for friendship.

 

 


 

National finals of the First Aid Challenge

Our St John girls once again proved themselves to be excellent first aiders. On Saturday, Rachael and Catherine travelled to Gloucester to take part in the national finals of the First Aid Challenge. They were placed an amazing third against other St John, Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force teams from Wales, Scotland, The Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.

 

 

The scenarios were demanding and realistic and involved an embedded pitch fork on a farm for the team test and an incident in a magistrates' court and a building site catastrophe.


 

The girls did brilliantly and we are very proud of them and thank all the people involved in getting them to this standard. Well done, Catherine and Rachael - we know we are safe in your hands!

 

Wykeham House School Celebrates GCSE Results

Girls at Wykeham House School are celebrating an excellent year of GCSE results, with 91% of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including Maths, English and Science and 14% of grades being A* and nearly 30% of grades at A* and A. Lynn Clarke Headmistress at Wykeham House School said; 'We are very proud of our girls and all the hard work they have carried out to achieve this high standard of GCSE results. Teachers and pupils have worked hard at the School and we are delighted with our excellent results particularly with the changes to the GCSE exams over the last few years.'

 

Girls arrived at School with their family and friends throughout the morning to pick up their results. Mrs Rush whose daughter Emma achieved an outstanding 10A*s was delighted with her results and said, 'Wykeham House has been amazing, Emma has been at the School since she was two years old. She has been able to grow up at her own pace. She is going to King Edward School for her A-levels and is considering pursuing a career in Medical Research.'

 

Ms Astbury whose daughter Jemima also had very good results is very proud of her daughter's achievements and said; 'Jemima has done fantastically well I am so proud of her she has worked really hard and Wykeham House has helped her such a lot we are very happy.' Jemima is going on to study Textiles, Media and Graphics.

 

 


Mia Price who was Head Girl at Wykeham House is pursuing a dancing career at the Brighton Academy and has been offered a fully funded scholarship for three years said; 'Wykeham House is a great school, it has enabled me to juggle my dancing with school work and get to where I am now. I have been at Wykeham House since I was two, it has been like a second home to me.'

 

Mr and Mrs Borwick are very pleased with their daughter Rebecca's results. Rebecca achieved mainly A*s and As, her parents said; 'Wykeham House is a lovely school and Rebecca has really enjoyed her time here.' Rebecca is going to Bay House for her A-levels.

 

 


Girls from the School are continuing their education at a range of colleges and sixth forms following a wide range of options and career choices. The study skills and the positive attitude to work they have learnt at Wykeham House enables them to continue with their academic and working careers successfully. This excellent foundation from Wykeham House enables girls to achieve excellent results at sixth form and university.

 

It has been a busy and exciting year for the School with the successful opening of the Junior Boys' School in September 2013 and with the new Senior Boys' School opening in September 2014. The Junior Boys' School will be moving to new premises on the High Street in Fareham, where they will be joined by the Senior Boys' School, a short walk from the Girls' School, offering parents the unique opportunity to have their children educated separately whilst leaving and collecting them from the same site.

 

 


Wykeham House School is a well established School and has been part of Fareham for over 100 years. It has a very high academic standard, offering pupils individual attention and excellent pastoral care. The School is committed to single sex education and has always enabled girls to progress and fulfil their potential. It is wonderful to be able now to offer this opportunity to boys too.

 

For further information please contact Elizabeth Sparkes, 07825 086785 or lizziesparkes@gmail.com or Lynn Clarke on 01329 280178 or lynn.clarke@wykehamhouse.com

 

St John Schools' Competition - National Champions!

On Wednesday 25th June, 2014 our St John Schools' team of Samantha Cooper, Emily Clubley, Esme McKeown, Jodie Ballard and Abbie Winnicott all set off at six in the morning to Drayton Park Manor near Birmingham for the National Finals.

 

The competition consisted of a team scenario, two pairs' scenarios and a reserve. A variety of first aid situations enfolded including an electric shock, an open fracture, an unconscious casualty and a head injury. There was then a first aid quiz as a tie breaker. The girls coped with their often difficult casualties really confidently and the team work was amazing. With 11 other teams from all over the country, competition was tough. However, we were all extremely delighted when Wykeham House were announced as the overall winners. A huge congratulations to all the girls. We are very proud of them.

 


 

Wimbledon Visit

On Tuesday 1st July, eight Year 10 girls accompanied by Miss Wilson and Mrs Kennard travelled to the VERY sunny Wimbledon Championships to watch a spot of tennis.

 

The girls watched four intense matches on Court 2, starting with a Ladies' Singles match of Halep vs Diyas where Halep came out victorious. Second, was a very competitive Men's Singles between world number 5 Warwrinka and Lopez. Unfortunately for the Wykeham House Girls, who were fans of Lopez, Warwrinka was victorious and is to face Federer in the next round. Up next was the tense Ladies' Doubles of the Kichenok Sisters against Errani and Vinci of Italy. The Italians came out on top and then to the most entertaining match of the day, the Mens' Doubles of Lopez and Melzer vs Rojer and Tecau. Although with many screams and shouts, cheers and cries and one technical difficultly with the hawk-eye, Rojer and Tecau were champions and the Wykeham House Girls were yet again upset that their favourite Lopez was not victorious.

 

 

Throughout the day, the girls walked around the Wimbledon site and with a bit of luck Rachael and Amy saw Djokovic and asked for his autograph! Although many of the girls left the Championships with a 'slight hint' of sunburn, they were singing Disney songs all the way home. Overall, the trip was a great experience and I'm sure everyone would want to go again.

 

Written by Rachael Ralph

 

 


 

Interact Club Summer Activities

The Interact Club have enjoyed two major activities during the Summer Term; Dragon Boat Racing and the Interact Camp. We were fortunate to enjoy lovely weather for both events and everyone who participated had much fun.

 

Whilst we won the fancy dress competition at the Dragon Boat Festival for our 'Wykeham Lightning' team name with yellow tee shirts and thunderbolts across the girls' foreheads, we were piped to third place in the actual racing.

 



The camp was held at Mrs Caddy's farm with games, a campfire and beach art being just some of the activities. Mrs Caddy's dog 'Spud' certainly enjoyed the company of the girls and joined in with the singing around the campfire in a moderately tuneful way!!

 



 

Super Heroes

The Year 10 Super Hero Team beat the staff team at Rounder by just half a rounder!

 


 

 

 

Year 8 Trip to the Science and Maths BAE Systems Road Show at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.


Designing a robot;                                                                                                          A Maths Challenge

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History of the Marines

 

Inter-House Year 9 - 10 Rounders

 

 

1st Place Beaulieu

 

2nd Place Itchen

 

3rd Place Test

 

4th Place Hamble

 


 

Inter-House Year 6 - 8 Rounders

 

 

1st Place Itchen

 

2nd Place Hamble

 

3rd Place Test

 

4th Place Beaulieu

Iceland Trip 2014

During our adventure in Iceland, we did many things that were a little out of the ordinary. Our trip began at 7:15 on Monday morning, when we said goodbye to our parents and headed off to Gatwick Airport. There, we met our fantastic tour guide Sheila Urquhart and got our first glimpse of Icelandic humour- surprisingly from our airline not Sheila. It definitely took all of our minds off the turbulence to have "Cool kids sit at the back" emblazoned on the wall of the plane, not to mention the dazzling moustache painted on the bathroom mirror.

 


 

We hit the ground running and headed straight off to the Blue Lagoon. It was definitely not what I had been expecting. The water mirrored the white sky so brightly that everyone seemed to adopt an aggressive squint as they bobbed about. As our feet touched the bottom of the pool, they found a layer of fine black sand covering rocks. There is nothing sleek about the Blue Lagoon but that is what makes it so beautiful. It's not man made, quite simply a large hole in the ground filled with water; swimming about in geothermally heated temperatures of 40 is pure, uninterrupted nature.

 


 

We saw many waterfalls over our stay and each were fabulous. One required us to climb through a crack in a mountain and up a pile of boulders to reach it. Another -Skogafoss- gave off so much spray that it formed a rainbow across the ground when the sun came out. At Seljalandsfoss waterfall we were even able to climb up and around the back of it, enabling us to experience a dazzling waterfall from 360.

 


 

An instant favourite activity was undoubtedly Wednesday's super jeep adventure. We got to experience the Icelandic people's sense of humour once more in the form of our drivers/tour guides. Their excellent English put my three(ish) words of Icelandic to shame. For those who don't know, a super jeep is what I would imagine an SUV or a regular jeep would look like, if it were on steroids. If that is hard to picture, just imagine that one jeep seated eleven people and I was at eye level with the bonnet. Some of us actually had to jump to get into it.

 


 

I can't speak for the other convoys but offroading with Magnus at the wheel was quite an experience. We drove headfirst through rivers which licked the windows and splashed over the top of the super jeep. With regular cars, you think 'we can't go this way, we'll have to go around' but with a super jeep you simply rev the engine and drive straight through your obstacle. Inside the jeep, it feels a bit like a bouncy castle as you drive over boulders and surge up mountains.

 


 

Thursday was the day of the glacier hike and we looked the very embodiment of adventure once equipped with our crampons and ice picks. It's safe to say that we could've easily been mistaken for twenty three coat racks as we stomped our way up the ash dusted hill of ice, wearing the entire catalogue of Millets.

 


 

I am a self confessed 'scaredy cat' when it comes to heights or falling, so I was thrilled to hear that the the glacier we were stomping all over was filled with crevasses (big holes) that were up to three hundred feet deep. However, it was definitely worth the little scare when we clambered over the top of a mound of black ash from an eruption in 1918 to see the ice cave. On one side of our ashen mound, which crumbled away as you moved, was one of the promised three hundred foot drops. On the other side, was a two kilometer thick wall of ice that stretched up far beyond our heads. A small stream poured over the top of this wall, causing a miniature waterfall that was a common sight up on the glacier named Solheimajokull. We all went into the small ice cave, five at a time, and got to stand inside the glacier while we looked up the perfectly cylindrical tunnel above our heads.

 


 

It's hard to say what my favourite part of the tour was. The hotel's heated pool and two hot tubs were a strong contender, and so was the refillable hot chocolate machine. In true Wykeham House style, food was of great importance to us and we were delighted to find such a tasty selection provided for dinner and breakfast. However, if I had to pick one favourite thing, I would probably have to say: watching twenty three girls and four adults become a row of broken records as they resolved to pronounce the name of the volcano we were standing on: Eyjafjallajokull.

 


 

We've been back for a while now and I'm still not even close.

 

Keziah Flack (Year 10)

 

 

PARIS ICON COMPETITION 2014

Our Year 9 girls entered a fashion design competition which was open to students aged 13-18 years. They initially had to create a mood board with fabric samples and design ideas which were submitted for judging. Of all entries, 10 finalists were selected from the north of the country and 10 from the south. We were delighted that 2 of our girls were chosen as finalists from the southern region and all our other girls' entries received a highly commended certificate.

 


 

Finalists Holly White and Iona Pitt constructed their dresses using a range of advanced techniques, which were then showcased and judged at ExCel, London on Friday 4th April. Girls from Year 9 travelled to ExCel to see their own work on display and watch the live catwalk show featuring Holly and Iona's dresses. We were very excited when Holly came 3rd, receiving a £25 voucher and Iona came 4th, receiving a beautiful craft book.

 



Following this event, The Portsmouth News ran a full page article on the fantastic achievements of our students in the competition.

 


All the girls worked extremely hard on this project and I am very proud of their creativity, support of each other and dedication throughout the project. I am so thrilled that they had the opportunity to experience an insight into the world of fashion design first hand.

 

Mrs S Cross

Head of Textiles

 

Book Week

Book week this year was once again very much enjoyed but staff and pupils. The girls had great fun taking part in the competition to decorate the classroom doors in the style of their favourite books. They also enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book character and we had many wonderful costumes, as you can see!

 

Success in English – Young Writers’ ‘Power of Poetry’ Competition

Last term, girls in the Senior School were invited to take part in the ‘Power of Poetry’ competition organised by Young Writers. The challenge was open to pupils aged 11 to 18, across the whole of the south region, and so competition was fierce! It was therefore wonderful to hear that ten Wykeham House girls’ poems were successful and so will be published in the ‘Power of Poetry’ anthology, due for release in March.

 

Huge congratulations go to:

 

  • Siddiqa Bhaloo
  • Abigail Busenze Balagadde
  • Naomi Jones
  • Charlotte King
  • Grace Lea
  • Cecily Morley
  • Rosie Roberts
  • Doreen Sydney
  • Jasmine Turner
  • Abbie Winnicott
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    Donna Samworth, Editor of Young Writers, wrote of the girls’ poems:

     

    ‘The Power of Poetry’ has been a great success and we have received thousands of entries from all over the UK. Work has been selected for publication based on perception, imagination, expression and creative use of language. This is a great achievement that you and your pupils can be very proud of.

     

    Inter-House Football Competition

     

    On Monday 13th January the Year 7-9 Girls undertook the Inter-House Football competition. Well done to all the girls who played the final results were:

     

  • 1st Place Test House
  • 2nd Place Itchen House
  • 3rd Place Hamble House
  • 4th Place Beaulieu House

     

     

     

    Winning Team - Test House

     


    Top School in the Sumdog Hampshire Mathematics Contest!

    All of the girls and boys from Year 1 upwards have an account for www.sumdog.com. This is an excellent website providing Mathematics games to promote speedy mental Mathematics. The questions automatically adjust to account for age and ability, so everyone is challenged. This year we decided to take part in the Hampshire Mathematics contest, which simply involved girls and boys in playing games throughout the week. Several other Hampshire Schools took part and by lunchtime on the last day it was very close indeed; Wykeham House was in first place but Portsmouth High School were just 20 points behind. This led to a flurry of lunchtime activity to answer some more questions and build our lead once more. By 8pm, when the contest closed, we had a lead of nearly 200 points thanks to the efforts of our competitive girls and boys. We were worthy winners and also had 4 pupils who made it into the top 10 scores across all of the participating Hampshire Schools: Ben Thimbleby (2nd), Iona Pitt (3rd), Marcy Lea (6th) and Sarah Clancy (8th).

     

     


    Very well done to everyone who took part, even if your score did not make the top 10 it was the team effort which won the day! We are now looking forward to a very competitive World Maths Day in March.

    Mrs Thimbleby