Friday 5th July 2019

Good Afternoon,

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.

Mrs Pearce


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

Year 7 Mr Duffy

It has been lovely seeing the Year 7 students being tour guides at the Year 5 coffee mornings this week. They have been excellent role models for the school and taken pride in how they have presented the school and themselves.  

Visiting lessons this week, it has been lovely seeing how focused the students are. I particularly liked the conversations I overheard in History considering what “tolerant” meant. I have also enjoyed hearing how well the Year 7 students performed in the Summer concert. I am finishing the year as a very proud Head of Year.

Year 8 Mr Crees

The Year 8 students spent this week in their tutor groups preparing for Sports Day and working on their house cohesion.

Year 9 Miss Buckland

Next week Year 9 will be at the top of the school with Year 10 out on work experience. I'm sure that they will demonstrate to the rest of the school just how mature, polite and kind they are. I look forward to seeing them demonstrate their skills in sports day before the end of term, so they need to start practising!

Year 10 Mr Coomber

A number of Year 10 students went to BCoT for theTaster Day yesterday and were given the opportunity to experience a variety of courses that the college able to offer. We found supertasters, game designers and F1 pit lane mechanics in the race to change a wheel in the fastest time! Students were a credit to themselves and the school.

I would also like to wish all Year 10 students good luck with their work experience and remind them that they are expected to return to school on Monday 22nd July .

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.

Safer North Hampshire newsletter

  Upcoming events

Monday 8th July to Friday 19th July

Year 10 Work Experience

Tuesday 9th July

County Athletics Championships @ Southampton Sports Centre

Monday 15th July to Friday 19th July

  • Monday 15th July
  • Friday 19th July

Activities Week

  • Race for Life
  • Sports Day

Thursday 18th July

  • 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Awards Evening

Tuesday 23rd July

Last Day of Term early closure @ 12.15pm


Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19

Tuesday 9th July

Tuesday 16th July

Conference at Reading University

Year 7 Romeo and Juliet Theatre Trip @ Blenheim Palace

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Peter Symonds College, Winchester

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.”

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