Friday 12th July 2019

Good Afternoon,

The Vyne has been busy as always this week. Year 10 have been on their first week of work experience and teachers have been visiting the students, reporting back on a wide variety of opportunities in which the students have been taking part in. Year 8s have been exploring the issue around plastic use and how we can reduce the impact on the environment. Students from Years 7 to 9 have updated me on their recent training as Anti Bullying Ambassadors and Cyber Ambassadors and their plans for next year to support our students in this area.

We had a planned monitoring visit from Hampshire this week and received excellent feedback on the quality of our lessons, the conduct of our young people and everyone's pride in our school. Well done and thank you to our community.

As we get closer to the end of term we have the opportunity to enrich the students learning with a range of different experiences and activities. The details can be found below via a link to the letter sent out previously. Please do ensure that students have a water bottle, sensible hat and sunscreen on days which involve outdoor activities.

Good luck to our students competing at the Athletics Championships in Birmingham this weekend, we look forward to hearing how you got on, hopefully as well as our Year 9 girls rounders team!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Pearce


Peace Garden Project - volunteers needed! - Mrs Edwards

The Year 9 students, led by Mrs Cunio, have been working hard during citizenship lessons on the peace garden project, with mentors from Fujitsu.  Students were grouped into design, marketing and finance teams, ably managed by Nihinsa, and they have decided that the main feature will be a large wooden gazebo with seating. The design includes four zones; urban; horticulture; social and reflection.

In addition to the Lottery funding awarded for the project, a Local Schools Nature Grant has provided 3 large raised beds and a bug box towards the project for which we are extremely grateful.  A re-claimed circular patio has been purchased which will feature large pebbles designed by students featuring positive messages. Other ideas include tree seats, fruit trees, wooden post feature, trellis screens and composting area.  

The aim is to create an area where our students can enjoy some outdoor learning experiences, gardening and horticultural activities as well as an area for reflection. Students will have a real sense of ownership and pride in the garden. They have also written to local builders merchants and garden centres for donations of  paving slabs, large pebbles, trellis, raised beds, seeds, gardening equipment and more.  Site staff have now dug over and levelled the area ready for the next phase.  This is where your help is needed!  

Calling all parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters, gardeners, builders, landscapers.   We are now actively seeking volunteers to help with the following:

Laying of concrete base for gazebo (5.1 x 3.6m) - experience preferred

Digging out roots from ground

Hedge trimming

We would really like to have the gazebo installed during the Summer holidays but need the base to be completed by mid-August.  If you would like to help or know of a professional that would be willing to lay the concrete base for a favourable price, with the help of volunteers, please contact Sharon Edwards, We will also be setting up an after school gardening club from September.  Further details to follow.


Student/Inspero design                             How it looked


How it looks now                                         The steering group


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

Sports News - Miss Turnbull

Congratulations to the following students who qualified to represent Basingstoke Schools in the Year 7 and 8 County Athletics Championship held at Southampton Sport Centre on Tuesday 9th July.  All the students performed really well against some very tough opposition across the whole of Hampshire. A fantastic achievement so well done to Ben R, Ruby C, Emma S, April D, Ashton T, Luaka M and Elijah T who all participated.

I am also delighted to report that the Year 9 girls’ rounders team were unbeaten this Summer and came top of the league - well done girls!

  Upcoming events

Monday 8th July to Friday 19th July

Year 10 Work Experience

Monday 15th July to Friday 19th July

Activities Week

Activities Week Letter

Thursday 18th July

  • 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Awards Evening

Tuesday 23rd July

Last Day of Term early closure @ 12.15pm

(school bus leaves at 12.30pm)


Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19

Tuesday 16th July

Year 7 Romeo and Juliet Theatre Trip @ Blenheim Palace

Post 16 Information


Monday 14th October 2019

4.30pm to 7.30pm

Open Evening

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