Friday 7th June 2019
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.
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;
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.
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.
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
Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19
Post 16 Information