Friday 5th April 2019
As we break up for the Easter holiday I have taken a moment to reflect on my first full term as the Headteacher at The Vyne. It has certainly been a busy packed three months and I feel I have had the opportunity to develop a good understanding of this wonderful school. I appreciate the warm welcome I have been given by the students and their parents, the staff and the governors which demonstrates clearly the high esteem this school is held in by our community. There are some challenges to overcome to ensure every student receives the outcomes and school experience which we strive to deliver, but I am confident with such a committed team we will rapidly build on the school's strengths to be an exceptional school.
Enthusiastic readers in Year 8 have started judging the shortlist for this year's Hampshire Book Award. They will be analysing, discussing, and ultimately voting for their favourite. The books this year are pretty challenging and include a gothic style horror, a sci-fi odyssey and a fact-based account of refugee experiences. Well done to the 21 students, and 4 staff, who have volunteered to participate, giving up large amounts of their own time. It is fantastic to see our students pushing themselves and showing determination to take on new challenges.
On a sunny Wednesday morning, I accompanied a small group of Year 9 students to the War Memorial Peace Garden with the aim of gaining inspiration for our own school Peace Garden project. We were met by Pip Iles, a sprightly 80 year old Army veteran who explained how the garden project came about. He gave information on funding, community involvement, resources and ongoing maintenance, all essential elements of a successful project. What a lovely peaceful area it has turned out to be and a great addition to the park. The students particularly liked the ideas of positive message plaques, a focal point, and seating areas.
They came away full of ideas to relay back to the rest of year 9s who will now continue to develop the project during their fortnightly Citizenship lessons in conjunction with our business partner, Fujitsu. We would like this project to involve students, staff and parents – so if there any gardeners, builders, fencers, helpers willing to spare some time over the coming months – watch this space, further details to follow! Thank you to Mrs Cunio, Mr Hardman and Mrs Edwards for organising the visit and to Mr Ross, from Fujitsu for joining us.
The Student Council have been busy considering how they can help the school become “greener”. Their first plan is to encourage students to recycle their plastic bottles and they are putting together a plan of action to hopefully have in place early next term. I was pleased to be able to join the meeting and give feedback on changes that have been implemented and changes which will be appearing next term. The Council have got lots of exciting ideas and they have action points to be working on for the next meeting.
Anti-Bullying - I thought it would be worth drawing your attention to the on-line reporting system (Report the Bully). Students are able to report incidents to school, anonymously if they wish,via ‘Report the Bully’ found on The Vyne website homepage. The report is seen by a member of the Family Support Team who will then work to resolve the issue. Students are made aware of this method of reporting bullying when they join the school and are encouraged to tell staff. If we don't know about something we cannot work to resolve it.
As the term drew to an end we said goodbye and wished good luck to Miss Floyd, Mrs Croucher and Mrs Saunders, I would like to thank them for their service to the school over the years.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
Mrs Pearce, Headteacher
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