Student Voice Meeting - 16th February 2017. The Student Voice met at lunchtime today. They are a group of year 8 students who are very enthusiastic about the Library and making it a welcoming environment for all students to use. We discussed the possibility of re-arranging the fiction section. They thought it would be nice to arrange the books into colours, so that all the blue books went together, yellow books etc. We then discussed genre and they agreed that it would be good to have all the fiction books arranged in genre, create new signage and a chart showing the layout. They also discussed including the pre-school and nursery children in the school library and making a section of books available to them. The Student Voice group expressed interest in helping the younger children choose books and to read to them.
Lunchtime in the Library - 16th February 2017 Today was busy as usual in the library. Not only did we have a meeting with the year 8 Student Voice group, we had lots of other students completing homework, playing board games or just relaxing.
A group of year 8 students are a very enthusiastic 'Student Voice' group. They met in the library to discuss how they would like the library to develop. The group liked the fact that the library has board games and suggested some new ones that they would like us to purchase, including Monopoly. We chatted about decorating the walls and how Mr Woolrich was working with some students to produce posters and displays. Mrs Day and Mrs Buckingham were delighted with the suggestions the group put forward.
Every nook and cranny was being used today during the lunch break in the library. Students from across all years were either doing homework, research, reading, playing board games or just chilling out! Students enjoy the wide range of resources available to them and take advantage of the welcoming atmosphere that the library offers.
A delicious meal of Roast Turkey with all the trimmings and Chocolate Pudding or Ice-cream for dessert was enjoyed by the students and staff of Portchester Community School on Wednesday 14th December. Many thanks to all the kitchen staff for this very festive meal.
The library is a buzz of activity every lunchtime with students eager to play board games, read books, do homework or just sit and chill out. This week there has also been a Scholastic Book Fayre where everything was half price!
Portchester Community School held an Evening of Celebration on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. Students received awards for a wide range of achievements from Academic Endeavour to Positive Contribution to the Life of the School, from Attendance and Personal Progress to Services to the Library. Finally, GCSE Certificates were presented to our 2015 - 2016 Year 11 students. In addition there were 2 highly enjoyable musical performances and an inspirational guest speaker. Headteacher Mr Carlyle closed the evening by thanking everyone for their attendance and contribution to the success of Portchester Community School.
The winner of the 2016 Michael Austin Harlick Award for Outstanding Sports Person of the Year for disability sport is Eden Rainbow Cooper.
Year 7 students will be studying a book by Mary Hooper, called 'At The Sign of the Sugared Plum'. The story is set during the Plague in London in 1665 and to support the English department and students, there is a display of books in the library covering this era.
This project aims to transform a shabby and under-used area of the school into an ecologically landscaped meeting and performance area. It is a privilege for the school to be working with Tesco on this project which will make the central area of the school more accessible, ecologically sound and inspiring for our students, many of whom are disabled, and our adult community users aged 6 months to 92!
Harry Hooper, Rebekah Richer, Harry Findley, Mackenzie Franklin and Isobel Haly are coming together as a reading group which will meet at least once every half term in the library to discuss books they have read. Other students will be encouraged to join the group and promote reading, especially focusing on the older reading selection of books which we have in the LRC. The aim is to promote the enjoyment of reading amongst our older students and to introduce them to books and authors they may not have considered reading before.
Mr Woolrich, our subject leader in technology, has been working with some very artistic students to produce wonderful work which will transform the library walls. There is still a long way to go, but the difference it has made so far is incredible. The first display features time. Quotes from Alice in Wonderland features heavily, including 'The White Rabbit'! There are plans to include Charles Dickens and his works on one wall and superheroes on another wall.
The library is enjoyed by students every morning break and lunch break. Some students take advantage and do their homework, whilst others enjoy a game of chess or a game of cards. Reading and 'chilling' out on the beanbags is also very popular. Mrs Day, Mrs Elliott are there to help and Mrs Iredale often comes along to challenge the students to a board game or cards.
Every evening until 4.15 the library is buzzing with students doing their homework. Mrs Callacher and Miss McFarlane are on hand to help. All students are welcome to take advantage of the resources available. Mrs Day, the librarian, is also there until 4pm each day to help students access and borrow library resources.
These photos show the library ready for open evening, including the new Guinness Book of Records 2017
See photos of Year 11 Students receiving their GCSE Certificates and the presentation of Awards
Students enjoying a range of different board games as well as reading during their lunch break
A fantastic gathering of people with connections to the school going back to 1944! Memories were shared and comparisons with the modern day were happening at every table
Photos from Portchester School's 75 years of providing education for the young people of Portchester. You will see building progresses, classes, staff and many theatrical productions.
A few choice pictures from the day. Please contact us at the school if you have some which you would like to share with us.
Another great Prom organised my Mrs Allen and Miss Domican!
On the 21st May we welcomed our friends from Metameer school in the Netherlands for their annual visit.
A group of historians were given access to original documents relating to the Cold War as part of their research. Many of the documents were rated "Top Secret" at the time, and included handwritten notes from the Prime Minister at the time, Harold McMillan. Pictures by Sam McCulloch
Nursery Children visit the LRC on World Book Day on 5th March 2015
Pictures from Portchester Community School's very successful Open Evening on Wednesday 24th September 2014
Smiles all round as PCS bounces back with a fantastic set of results
For the second consecutive year The school arranged for our students to be involved in a range of activities to help them maintain their own safety and understand the work of other agencies involved in safety work.
18th July 2014. Once again our school and its surrounding primary schools displayed a stupendous array of talent.
A brilliant summer day with the whole school learning about the work of the fire forensics service, the police weapons unit, the Royal Navy specialist units and much else besides!
HAMPSHIRE BOOK AWARD VOTING DAY JUNE 27th 2014 AT BRIDGEMARY SCHOOL
Thanks to the hard work of the PTA and the Art Department, Portchester Community School provided some of the highlights of this year's Gala
The 2014 Portchester Community School Prom was a glittering affair!
A great day out for our welcome visitors from the Netherlands
Thanks to all of the studets, staff and parents who made it a great day for all concerned
147 boxes were collected for this year's appeal. As you can see the Rotary club representative was somewhat overwhelmed by our response to the appeal!
Once again Portchester provides one of the six national finalists. 3rd overall, winner of the Fieldfare Shield for the best ethos and teamwork, and easily best in the talent show. Well done everyone!
Our students were recently part of the Lifelab project at Southampton University where they were able to learn advanced scientific techniques at first hand.