Vyne News
Festival of Sport in Germany
On Wednesday 29th June 8 students from The Vyne left Basingstoke to visit the German twin town of Euskirchen for the annual Festival of Sport exchange. The students spent 3 days in Germany with their host families, taking part in sporting activities and visiting local attractions. On their first day they were met by representatives of Euskirchen and had breakfast before leaving to visit Phantasia Land (theme park). The students were lucky enough to visit on the opening day of Europe's fastest rollercoaster accelerating from 0 to 100mph in 2 seconds! They then spent the next 2 days with their host families taking part in sporting activities and experiencing lessons in the Marineschule. The Vyne team were successful in beating the exchange school 4 -1 in the football before taking part in an entertaining game of beach volleyball. We now look forward to the return trip of our exchange students in the Summer of 2017.
David Dien Presentation
The Vyne School were delighted to welcome David Dein on 14th April to present to our PE students. David joined the Arsenal Board in 1983 and was made Vice-Chairman in the same year. He also rose to Vice-Chairman of the Football Association and has served on numerous UEFA and FIFA Committees. David was an early proponent of women’s football having been President of the hugely successful Arsenal Ladies Team. He was the man who had the foresight to bring Arsene Wenger to Arsenal in 1996. During David’s reign, the Club won:
The League x 5 The FA Cup x 5 The UEFA Cup Winners Cup x 1 The League Cup x 2 The Community Shield x 5
A total of 18 trophies!
David was a prime mover when the Premier League was launched in 1992. As Greg Dyke the current Chairman of the FA told the Financial Times last year“ David Dein was the most revolutionary bloke I’ve met in football. David Dein created the Premier League, it was his idea.” The visit was an oppor-tunity for our Year 9 to Year 11 students to meet a man who has been pivotal to the development of modern football and our students were able to get an insight into the running of a successful sporting organisation. This provided motivation to succeed to our students, at an important
Charity Fundraising

Students from Merton House have jumped, swivelled, baked and sprinted in to action to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice, their chosen house charity for this year. The students chose a sponsored trampoline relay as their first fundraising challenge. Their goal was to carry out 500 hip swivels – a trampoline move which involves a sitting bounce, a turn and a further bounce – in twenty minutes. In total they managed more than 1000 swivels, including some from Head of Merton House, Mr Fry! The trampolining challenge has since been followed up with cake sales, a fun run and members of Merton house selling sunflower badges. In total more than £1000 has been raised for the Hospice. Mr Fry said: “I’m delighted with the way that all the students from year 7 to year 11 pulled together as a team. We chose St Michael’s Hospice as our house charity because, sadly, some of our students either have been or will be personally affected by cancer or life limiting illnesses in their lives. We feel extremely lucky to have St Michaels Hospice on our doorstep.”

LGBT, UNICEF and Diversity

As a school, we have recently been working very hard in regards to learning more about the LGBT community, and looking at different cultures and diversities in our community. This has included looking at LGBT authors, celebrities and other well known people in society and looking at what makes people different but equal. A large focus of students have been “Don’t be a by stander” for this. Students each had a paper person of their house colour, they then wrote on the person what is it exactly they would do faced with a difficult situation i.e. bullying, discrimination etc. These paper people were made in to one large person which now stands proudly in the Humanities corridor for all to read. Due to all this hard work and dedication the school has recently been awarded the Recognition of Commitment to the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award. We are also a Best Practice school for Educate and Celebrate which supports diversity and belonging for minority groups particularly the LGBT community.

Hampshire Book Award

This Summer term some of our keen readers have taken part in the annual Hampshire Book Award. This award recognises the best quality younger teen fiction by asking students in year 8 to read 6 shortlisted titles. They then take part in an exciting final to vote for the winner. Past winners of this well regarded accolade have included ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins, and ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ by Annabel Pitcher. Amongst this year the shortlisted titles were;

‘Devil You Know’ by Cathy McPhail – a stunning, gritty action story with a sublime ending.

‘Smart’ by Kim Slater - a quirky detective story with an unlikely hero.

‘Winterkill’ by Kate Boorman – a darkly atmospheric dystopian tale.

We enjoyed many lively ‘judges lunches’ with lots of heated discussions, and of course lots of cakes. We joined judges from The Costello School for a judges’ afternoon tea (more discussion, lots more cakes!) before casting our votes on June 29th at Bishop Challoner School. ‘Looking at the Stars’ was declared the winner, and as part of the whole experience, our student judges can now look forward to meeting Jo Cotterill in the Autumn term. Congratulations to the students who took part in this event - reading six demanding books in one term is very impressive.

Student Librarian of the Year

We are delighted that one of our year 10 student librarians was the runner up in Hampshire Student Librarian of the Year award. Raoul S was commended for his excellent customer service skills, ambition in his own reading and eagerness to promote the importance of reading to other students. This award is open to all schools in Hampshire, including primaries, so we are very proud of his achievement. He wins £50 to spend on books of his choice for the school library.

Ambitious Reader Awards

Congratulations to this term’s ambitious readers. These are students who have impressed with their commitment, progress and enjoyment of reading;

Bishop Fox house – Joshua K for reading his way through our entire war stories collection!

Charles Chute house – Annika H for her dedication to the Hampshire Book Award and for her excellent progress in reading English.

Merton house – Caitlyn F for her willingness to try a wide range of new books.

Queen Mary house – Thomas R– for ALWAYS reading (even when he’s walking home).


Activities at school don’t all end with the school day, we have a wide range of classes and groups that all use the facilities at The Vyne on a regular basis. With the Summer holidays now here Premier Education will be back at the Vyne throughout August running their performing arts and sports camps for children aged 4 to 13. In addition ISIS Out of School Club will be running their holiday club throughout the school holidays. Plenty of choice to keep the children entertained. This term we have welcomed many more regular hirers to our facilities. Amongst these groups are Basingstoke Blizzards Basketball club, this club will run on Sundays from 7th August. There are three separate age groups, under 12’s, under 14’s and under 16’s. All are welcome to come along and try it out. We also welcome Phoenix Badminton starting on 6th September- club night is Tuesday with matches are played on Thursdays. TH Sports and Fitness now hold regular adult bootcamps on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are planning a new netball league - watch this space!

We are very pleased to announce that the Queen Mary Room is now fully refurbished and up and running! Many of our fitness groups use this lovely air conditioned room and it is now home to ISIS Out of School Club providing after school and holiday childcare. It is ideal as a meeting venue and has a fantastic new kitchen equipped with a cooker.

One of our most popular events - the weekend car boot sales are currently running every Saturday and Sunday on the school field, weather permitting. There are rooms and facilities available for many different kinds of activities here at The Vyne so for more information or for a list of all our regular hirers and activities please do contact us or visit our website and Vyne Community Leisure facebook page. Community Office: 01256 407037

2016/17 Term and Key Dates


Monday 5th September INSET day
Year 11 work experience starts
Tuesday 6th September INSET day
Wednesday 7th September Years 7 and 10 return to school at 8.30am
Years 8 and 9 return to school at 9.45am
Monday 19th September Year 11 return to school at 8.30am
Wednesday 28th September INSET day
Thursday 13th October Year 7 Meet the Tutor Evening 5.00pm to 7.00pm
HALF TERM: Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2016
Thursday 24th November Year 11 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Thursday 1st December Year 10 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Friday 16th December End of Term (early closure at 12.15pm)


Tuesday 3rd January Start of Term
Thursday 5th January Year 9 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Thursday 9th February Year 11 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Thursday 16th February Year 7 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm
HALF TERM: Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February 2017
Friday 7th April End of Term (finish at 2.40pm)


Monday 24th April Start of Term
Thursday 27th April Year 10 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Thursday 4th May Year 8 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm
HALF TERM: Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June 2017
Friday 21st July End of Term (early closure of 12.15pm)
Monday 24th July INSET day
Tuesday 25th July INSET day