Friday 7th June 2019

Good Afternoon,

Welcome back, I hope you had a good half term, though I must admit that it seems ages ago now already. We have had a busy week, Year 11 continue to complete their GCSE exams, only one week to go. It is hard to believe that this time next week we will be preparing for their leavers assembly and their final day at The Vyne. Although I must say that we hope the students will always consider themselves a part of The Vyne community and will come back to share their successes or seek advice if we can ever help.

“Inspiring Excellence”

In assemblies this week I have shared with all students what it means to be Excellent in our school. As a result of the Vision work we have been doing we have created the tagline of “Inspiring Excellence” to sum up all we are working together to achieve for our community. I explained to the students that they will be excellent if they follow the 3 Simple Rules;

  1. Be Ready
  2. Be Respectful
  3. Be Your Best

I want it to be really clear what our expectations are of everyone in our school.

When talking to the students about being respectful, I have made it very clear my expectation that being respectful means we are a “Hands Free” school. I do not want students to be engaging in physicality, hanging off each others bags or indeed each other. This rough play and occasional “play fighting” is not acceptable in our community and must now stop. I would ask that you discuss this with your child please. The Vyne students have told me that Respect is important to them, so we need to ensure that everyone demonstrates respect in their choices and conduct around school.

I will be writing to you next week to explain the next steps that we are taking as a school to minimise disruption to lessons and learning as part of our 3 Simple Rules and Inspiring Excellence.

As always if you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Pearce


School Calendar can be found at the end of this ENews.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Cpl Bailey Cameron and L/Cpl Evan Chilton attended the Senior Cadet Instructors Course during half-term.  This course is run by the Army and qualifies the participants to teach other cadets without adult supervision.It is a challenging course and many struggle to pass all elements.  It requires good preparation and the right mindset going in. Not only did both Cpl Cameron and L/Cpl Chilton pass the course, but they both achieved the coveted Highly Competent rating for the whole course. Congratulations to them both.

10 cadets from The Vyne were among over 2000 cadets that visited the Normandy Beaches last week for the D-Day 75th anniversary. There were 4 trips organised between 25th May and 2nd June, with 500 cadets participating in each trip. During the trip the cadets visited Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery, Juno Beach, Pegasus Bridge and Museum, Bayeux Military Cemetery, Arromanches, including the 360 cinema. The trip ended with an act of remembrance on the cliffs above Arromanches. We were fortunate enough to have two regular Army guides join our group which, with their knowledge of the broader history and detailed events on the day, really helped make the trip a success. At Pegasus Bridge a number of the  cadets went into the tea room which was the first building in France to be liberated and, though the cadets may not have realised, the elderly lady serving behind the counter was the granddaughter of the owners in 1944 and was there at the liberation.

On Thursday 30th May 8 cadets went flying at RAF Boscombe Down which was their first flight experience in the Grob Tutor and their first time at the controls of an aircraft. All the cadets managed to get 35 minutes flying time and were all fully kitted with helmet, aviator sunglasses and parachutes.

End of Year Exam Information

Please be aware that the end of year exam timetable has been slightly amended and you are able to view the revised version on the link below.

end of year exams letter

end of year exams timetable

revision and how to avoid stress

end of year exams how to prepare

Year 7 meditation and coping with stress

Sports News - Mr Gibson

The Vyne Under 15 cricket team narrowly beat Bishop Challoner by 2 runs on Wednesday. Notable contributions from Nick B who scored 25 and retired not out and Charlotte S who scored 23 runs, but more impressively stepped up in the last over with Bishop Challoner only needing 4 to win and conceded just 1 run from the over. Outstanding nerve shown!

On Thursday, 6 Vyne students umpired the Primary School Cricket Finals. They all performed brilliantly and were positively commented upon by staff, parents and students playing in the game. Quote from organiser Mr P Jeffs - “I don’t think I’ve seen a better group of boys umpiring in all my years doing this event”. You did the school proud boys, well done.


Year Group Assemblies and News

Year 7 Mr Duffy

I can't quite believe we are entering the 6th and final half term of Year 7 - the year has flown by! This week Year 7 had an assembly with             Mrs Pearce on the factors that help us be excellent. One of these, “Being Ready”, continues to be a challenge for some students and I would appreciate it if you could support your child to be ready by having the correct equipment for lessons each day.

Towards the end of the school year students will sit their end of year exams in a number of subjects. Their teachers will talk to them about this and guide them on what they should revise. Please encourage your child to revise for these exams as these are the stepping stones to help them prepare fully in the years to come.

Year 8 Mr Crees

Year 8 have been reflecting on how they can be excellent in school and the elements which make up being excellent at The Vyne.

Year 10 Mr Coomber

With the final half term approaching attention is now on work experience and future choices. Students should have received their work experience paperwork which needs to be returned to student support services.

The Year 10 assembly this week was delivered by QMC and looked at the range of courses that they offer. BCoT will be coming into school next week to talk to the students.  BCoT  is also hosting an apprenticeship recruitment fair on Monday 17th June from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. The fair will see over 30 employers across varying industries, all of which have active apprenticeship vacancies and will provide expert information for anyone that is possibly interested in doing an apprenticeship.

A number of our Year 10's will also have an opportunity to visit BCoT for a taster tay on Friday 4th July - letters have been issued and please can I ask you to return the reply slip to student support services by 26th June at the latest.

Any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail me at

  Upcoming events

Monday 10th June to Friday 14th June

GCSE Examinations (continued)

Tuesday 11th June 11.30am to 2.30pm

Summer Concert @ QMC

(group of Year 10 students)

Wednesday 12th June - 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Parent Focus Group

Thursday 13th June - 2.30pm to 3.45pm

Student Council meeting

Friday 14th June

Year 11 Leavers Day

Monday 17th June to Friday 28th June

End of Year Exams (Years 7 to 10)

(refer to the links above)

Thursday 20th June - 9.15am to 2.45pm

Thursday 20th June

TeenTech @ Hampshire Court Hotel

Year 11 Prom @ Audleys Wood

Wednesday 3rd July

Summer Concert

Monday 8th July to Friday 19th July

Year 10 Work Experience

Monday 15th July to Friday 19th July

  • Friday 19th July

Activities Week

  • Sports Day

Thursday 18th July - 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Awards Evening

Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19


German Exchange Students visit to Basingstoke

Young Interpreters Conference 2019 @ QMC

“Find Your Future in Healthcare” trip to Reading University


Conference at Reading University

Year 7 Romeo and Juliet Theatre Trip @ Blenheim Palace

Post 16 Information


Peter Symonds College, Winchester

Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Interested in an apprenticeship? Meet a number of different companies looking for apprentices at one of the biggest Apprenticeship events in the South of England!”

BCoT news and events

Open Evening

“Please join us to chat to our staff and students about life at Peter Symonds and pick up more information about the huge range of subjects we offer.”

Monday 17th June 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Tuesday 9th July and Wednesday 10th July 5.30pm to 8.30pm