Friday 4th October 2019
Another packed week with students from Year 5 and 6 visiting the school with their parents for Open Mornings and many staying to experience a day in the life of a Vyne student on a taster day. I am always very proud of our students who act as guides for these occasions, they speak with such pride about their school. Thank you to all the students who helped make our visitors so welcome.
We have a report below from the amazing sailing experience some of our students were lucky enough to take part in and you will see that the active school council has been busy too.
Year 11 have been completing the first examined section of their Food Technology GCSE and their teacher Mrs Taylor reported that they have made a good start.
Mr Peebles and Mrs Gibson (Year 11 Team) have been planning carefully how the Year 11 Aiming Higher after school sessions will work after half term and the details of these arrangements will be shared with the students and parents over the next couple of weeks.
We have a number of staff taking part in the Basingstoke 10K and half marathon runs on Sunday and I look forward to hearing how they get on with the race on Monday.
Vyne Voyage 2019 - Mrs Conduct & Miss Saunders
This week we were lucky enough to be sponsored to take 12 students and two staff on a 4 day trip with Ocean Youth Trust on their sailing ship Prolific.
Prolific was built in 2005 as a tribute to the herring-fishing vessels in operation along the Norwegian coast during the 19th century and was used for training young people in Norway. She was acquired by the OYT in 2015 and is now a training vessel for OYT South. Prolific is a stunning vessel with real beauty and genuine character.
The ship is a hybrid of historic design and modern-day construction with an overall length of 30 mtrs.
The Vyne Crew boarded Prolific on Saturday, after safety briefings and the issuing of wet weather kit and safety equipment we set sail and went to West Cowes, Isle of Wight for Saturday night. On Sunday the weather was gale force so we stayed in port. The students were kept entertained all day, learning new boat skills, playing games, dinghy racing in the marina and completing a photographic treasure hunt around Cowes. This was followed by a movie night, hot chocolate and popcorn back on board.
On Monday we had a full day sailing, we picked up a buoy just outside Yarmouth, Isle of Wight where we had lunch then sailed to Osborne Bay and anchored overnight. The students took turns to complete anchor watches throughout the night.
All the Vyne Crew participated in all aspects of life on board from helming and hauling sails to cooking meals and cleaning.
The weather was against us most of the time but it didn't dampen spirits and lots of laughs and fun were had along the way as well as some lasting memories made.
Student Council - Mrs Gambrill
The student council met this week for their first meeting of the academic year. We had a great turn out! Students were asked if they would like to put themselves forward for a leadership role, those who put themselves forward were required to make a brief speech explaining why they would be ideal for the role. I would like to congratulate all those who put themselves forward. Students then voted and the following students were elected: Chairperson: Alfie C, Vice Chair Aiden K, Secretaries: Adam T and Sophie L SLT leads: Sam R, Oliver B and Adam G supported by Libby H and Sarina N. Well done! The students have decided they would like to support the Young Minds charity and are organising a non school uniform day next Thursday to raise money for the charity and the peace garden in school. #helloyellow. The students had lots of ideas so watch this space for further announcements!
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