Friday 26th April 2019
I do hope you had a lovely holiday, I enjoyed the sunshine and walking my dog in the bluebells.
I have been leading assemblies this week and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with the students some feedback from the “Vyne Vision” work our community took part in before Easter. There were five key themes which have emerged and over the coming weeks I will share more details about how they link together to create our vision. In outline they are: -
It is clear that respect is central to the thinking of our whole community and will sit at the heart of all we do.
Homework - I shared with the students that as a staff we have refreshed our commitment to ensuring that all homework is put on EPraise to allow everyone to see what has been set. We will not go back to mark on the system if work has been completed as this takes a lot of time, however missed homework will be followed up by teachers. I also explained to students that they need to ensure they do not miss deadlines and extensions will only be given in extraordinary circumstances. This organisational skill is essential in the workplace and is important to learn now.
Toilets - students had feedback regarding the toilets and the downstairs girls toilets have been deep cleaned and painted over the holiday. I am currently seeking longer term solutions to upgrading both girls and boys downstairs toilets.
DT - I am very optimistic that we will be able to include Design Technology in the curriculum for students in September which will enrich the students learning.
Timetable - I have also shared with students that we are making some adjustments to the internal timetable in September to improve student progress. The start and end times of the school day remain unchanged, but we will move to a one week timetable and six lessons each 50 minutes long. More details to follow.
We hosted Maria Miller MP at school today for a visit. She spent time with a group of Vyne School Councillors who engaged in a very mature and informed discussion of the issues facing Basingstoke and their suggestions of how to tackle some of them. I must admit I was both impressed by, and hugely proud of our students, I suspect we have some future politicians amongst them. Maria said “ School shows us the possibilities for life not the limitations”, a sentiment which I thought fitted very well with our belief at The Vyne.
Hope to see you at “Legally Blonde” next week, have a lovely weekend.
Ski Trip 2019
During the Easter holidays we took a group of 24 students, from all year groups, to Zell Am See in Austria for their annual ski trip. The group were of mixed ability ranging from first time skiers to those who were seasoned veterans. It is always fantastic to see the improvement from the first morning to the final day, especially with the beginners.This group go from learning to stay upright on nursery slopes, working on basic snow plough turns to skiing down red runs using parallel turns. The advanced group start just that little bit ahead, moving quicker down slopes but also working on perfecting their technique with a range of drills.
In the evening the students were kept busy with plenty of activities including bowling, quiz nights, table tennis, air hockey, presentations and the Year 11 girls even found time to fit in some GCSE revision! We also had the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Zell Am See for some sight-seeing and souvenir buying.
Each day nominations are received for the “Spanner Jacket” for unintentionally doing daft things. This year’s recipients included Miles D, Nicholas B, Sophie H, Lia F, Aiden K and Maddy G.
The “Ski Trip Oscars” saw various awards presented including:
Best Skier – Josh P
Most Improved – Toby L
Top Dog – Alfie G
Top Dogette – Ciel P
Best Stack – Aimee E
All the students this year should be hugely proud of themselves for their effort, behaviour and commitment. It was a pleasure to spend a week with them and thanks goes to Mr Allnutt for taking time out of his busy schedule to organise such a great trip.
Invitations for the Ski Trip for Easter 2020 have been emailed out to parents and I will also been distributing copies in PE lessons to any students who are interested in attending the trip.
Mr Gibson, Subject Leader of PE
On Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May, VyneArts Musical Theatre Group will be performing 'Legally Blonde Jr'. This is a fantastic show with some amazing songs in it - you won't be disappointed! The show features a lot of our younger performers and starts at 7.00pm on both nights. Tickets are available from Reception.
Year Group Assemblies and News
Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19
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