Friday 5th July 2019
It’s been wonderful to welcome our new intake for September. Mr Morey and Ms Sheedy have been responsible for the induction of our new Year 7 students and over the last two days they have attended lots of different lessons and met most of their new teachers. It has been a pleasure to see so many happy faces and it makes me look forward to returning after the Summer holidays. I would also like to thank the Year 10 students who acted as guides for the younger students. You did a terrific job!
It was a genuine pleasure to enjoy the rich talent of our musical students on Wednesday evening at the Summer concert. The quality of the performance was exceptional and there were some real stand-out pieces from all year groups. I am particularly grateful to Mrs Janaway and Ms Ledwith for all their hard work in organising this signature event.
Next week all our Year 10s start their work experience. We will miss them but wish them good luck in their placements.
Have a great weekend.
Festival of Sport - Mr Allnutt
Last Thursday evening saw the arrival of the exchange students from Basingstoke’s twin town Euskirchen. This was a very small contingent of the 27th Festival of Sport exchange. After a night with the host families the staff and students arrived at school on Friday and took part in a variety of lessons. At 3pm the teams lined up for their national anthems and then proceeded with a light hearted rounders tournament, won by the visiting team from Euskirchen. The festival finished on Saturday night with a celebration party at QMC where the results were announced and the trophy was retained by Basingstoke. It was an early return back to Germany on Sunday after a fantastic weekend. Thank you to all the amazing parents, students and staff who made this weekend a success.
Young Interpreters Conference 2019 - Mrs Bryant
On the 28th June, 4 of the Young Interpreters from The Vyne School joined together with the Young Interpreters from across Basingstoke to attend their 9th Annual Conference, at Queen Mary's College. The conference was organised by EMTAS (The Ethnic Minority & Traveller Service) with support from QMC lecturers and student volunteers.
The day was themed around the idea of "Fables" and was split into 4 workshops, with the secondary students assisting in supporting the primary pupils throughout. The aim was to build on their story-telling skills and to inspire them to be creative when working with new students. The Vyne students took part in story telling, finger puppet making, shadow theatre, cartoon creation, sport and dance. The final workshop of the day saw all the secondary Interpreters meet with Eneida Garcia Villanueva, a professional translator, who talked them through the different types of interpreting and translation, and the careers which could be available to them.
Hampshire Book Award vote - Mrs Holmes
We have hosted two book awards this week.
On Wednesday, over a hundred Year 8 students from schools across the country joined us to vote for the Hampshire Book Award. The winner was 'Shell' by Paula Rawsthorne - both gripping and thought-provoking, it examines medical ethics and identity. It was a very popular winner, and our student judges are very excited to be able to meet the author in the Autumn. Well done to Wiktoria, Tasha, Toby, Callum, Emee, Charlotte, Rebecca Spencer and Billie for showing the commitment to read and critically review the whole shortlist. It's a tremendous achievement.
Additionally, our keen readers from Years 9 to11 hosted The Costello School to discuss and vote for the T+ Fiction Award. Now in its second year, this award was conceived by myself, and the shortlist of five fantastic novels was curated by James and Sara from Year 10. Four local schools participated and we are hopeful that participation will grow year on year to allow other older students the opportunity to enjoy some challenging and exciting reading. We are still waiting for some votes, but Elizabeth Acevedo's sublime poetry-based novel 'The Poet X' is leading so far.
We are exceptionally proud of the contribution The Vyne makes to the literary calendar in Hampshire schools.
School Calendar can be found at the end of this ENews.
Year Group Assemblies and News
Please open the link below to read the latest copy of the Community Safety News, issued by Basingstoke and Deane BC, which includes details of free drug awareness workshops available for parents and carers to attend in July.
Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19
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