Friday 28th June 2019
The Vyne has been exceptionally busy today as we welcomed our visitors from Germany who are here for The Festival Sport event this weekend. It was also lovely to see lots of younger students from local junior schools who were enjoying a football tournament on our 3G pitch, they really looked like they were having lots of fun.
The students finished their exams today and I was really impressed with their conduct and attitude throughout the whole exam period so well done.
As you will read below there has been lots of activity both in and out of school. It is always great to see so many students getting involved in events and volunteering to help in projects and initiatives around school. The Cyber Ambassadors is just one of those initiatives.
Cyber Ambassadors a new group set up with the help of Hampshire police at the request of teenagers in Hampshire who have had negative experiences using the internet and social media. The young people wanted to form peer groups who would be the first port of call if a student had concerns over any internet safety issues. The Vyne were approached by Hampshire Police and offered the opportunity to train up some of our students to act as ambassadors. They will promote cyber safety through various school activities. However a key feature of their time is to be a friendly, supportive face for other students to approach if they find talking to an adult is too difficult. The ambassadors will not deal with any safeguarding issues. Their role is strictly a supportive one. They will work closely with staff in school to ensure the safety and well being of fellow students using internet and social media.
I received a lovely letter from the group of students involved:
“Dear Mrs Pearce,
We are writing to you because there has been an opportunity for some pupils to be cyber ambassadors. There are now 9 cyber ambassadors through Years 7 to 10 and we are:
Sam P, Ruby C, Ella E, Leo H, Faith H, Chloe B, Blake T, Elizabeth S, Jake H
We’re here to support our peers. We wear a badge so others will be able to identify us. The badge is blueish, has Cyber Ambassador and is open to all years.
Hope you enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
TeenTech Hampshire - Mr Eckhartt
On Thursday 20th June a group of Year 8 and Year 9 students participated in this year's TeenTech event at Hampshire Court Hotel. TeenTech is a highly interactive event featuring exciting exhibitions by a number of companies such as Fujitsu, AWE and Air Products. The aim of the event is to inspire students of a number of schools around Hampshire to look at engineering related careers for their future. Part of the day was spent competing in engineering and technical challenges set by the exhibiting companies . The Vyne managed to win the AWE challenge and all the students were awarded with a fantastic prize. The organisers of the event (which included Maggie Philbin, who some of us will remember from Tomorrow's World) also set a task “creating an idea for an invention to improve life in the near future”. This idea then had to be presented to all the attendees in a big hall which was very daunting. However, after skilful training from our Fujitsu ambassador The Team Vyne managed to win another prize for “good marketing” of their idea . All in all a successful and inspiring day.
Artist in Residence - Ms Hide
On Thursday we were joined by professional artist and painter, Arti Chauhan, and one of our ex-students, Jasmin D, who is about to enter her final year of her degree in Set Design. They took over the Library for the day, bringing work-in-progress and scale models. Students were able to talk to them about how they produce their very different kinds of art and many stayed to work on their watercolour skills with Arti. It was the most fabulous day, with students really excited by what they had learnt and two tired, but very happy artists, who had beautifully passed on their passion for art.
School Calendar can be found at the end of this ENews.
Hampshire Games - Mr Morey
On Friday 21st June, the Year 7/8 girls’ football team represented Basingstoke District at the Hampshire Games in Aldershot. The county-wide event invites teams from all over Hampshire to compete in a variety of different sports including football, basketball, netball and volleyball to name a few. The girls started strongly, winning two of their first round games and drawing a third to qualify top of their group. In the second round matches, the standard of competition increased and the girls demonstrated great determination to win their final game and qualify for the gold medal match. Unfortunately, after a long, hot, tiring day, we came out second best but received silver medals and a certificate for our efforts. Miss Paterson and Miss Turnbull are very proud of the teams achievements and how they conducted themselves throughout the whole day. Well done girls.
Ella B also competed in the Aquathlon, coming third and picking up a bronze medal. Well Done Ella!
Year Group Assemblies and News
Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19
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