Friday 11th October 2019

Good Afternoon,

We have had a really busy week as you will see below. In addition we have had two members of staff finalists in two different prestigious Awards - Mrs Holmes our librarian was nominated at The Hampshire Education Awards for the Wider Support Contribution Award and Ms Saunders our HLTA in english was nominated in the London and South East Teaching Awards. I am very grateful for their contributions to our school.

Please enjoy the news articles below with details of the other activities in school this week.

Mrs Pearce


Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training - Miss Hollingshead

Last week, eight Vyne students attended an Anti-Bullying Ambassador training event at Yateley school as part of a new student led whole school initiative.

Anti-Bullying Ambassador training empowers students and staff to change the attitudes, behaviours, and cultures of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations both on and offline. Anti-Bullying Ambassador training stems from The Diana Award and is renowned for its peer-led approach. The ambassador programme has so far trained over 24,000 young people to lead on anti-bullying in schools across the UK.

The students and staff had a wonderful day at the event, networking with other passionate young people, exchanging ideas and sharing good practice. The day included a wide range of creative workshops and activities that explored the topic of bullying, including: how to identify the different types of bullying, how to help those who feel that they are being bullied, as well as how to promote and implement the Anti-bullying Ambassador program within schools.

The students came away from the event excited and buzzing with new ideas that they cannot wait to promote and share at The Vyne - Watch this space!

UNWIN Aspire Programme -Yr 7 Mr Venn

The Yr7 "Successful Starts" workshops, run by three Student Ambassadors from Winchester University took place on Wednesday 9th October. In the workshop Yr7 students were asked to consider mindsets and how they can develop a Growth Mindset as opposed to a Fixed Mindset. Through discussion and group work they learnt about the possibilities of using the brain to its full potential. I would also like to thank three of our own students Tom S, Jak H and Rhys S who helped out with the workshop.

World Mental Health Day

This week in assemblies The ThinkNinja app from Healios was launched by Year Leaders.

'ThinkNinja' is specifically designed to educate 11-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. Providing young people with education and skills for staying mentally and emotionally well is an important part of the mental health challenges in the future.


ThinkNinja can also help with early intervention if a young person is feeling anxious or low. It can offer the young person extra help by connecting them to a 'live' Healios coach all within the app - it's super easy. They can talk to a Healios coach via a text chat, or if needed, be offered video clinical sessions.

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) #HelloYellow

Non-uniform day on Thursday saw waves of yellow in the corridors and inside the classrooms in support of WMHD.

The theme was #HelloYellow which is driven by ‘Young Minds’ the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Staff and students wore something yellow in support of WMHD.

This week Students have spent Citizenship lessons and tutor times looking at Mental Health Awareness.  Students and staff also showed support by writing messages for the Wellbeing Wall in the Humanities corridor and also for the staff board in the staffroom. These messages were supportive, motivational or simply positive words to make us feel good.

Inclusion Hampshire

Inclusion Hampshire offer mental health and emotional well being training courses/workshop within the local area for parents and professionals.

A full list of courses is available on their website

Health and Wellbeing

The School Nursing Team have published some useful website links for parents/carers offering advice and information on child health and well-being

The following link also provides guidance whether your child should attend school when unwell and some advice on certain health conditions

School Calendar information can be found at the end of this eNews and please open the link for  "Dates to Remember" for 2019/20.

Dates to Remember 2019/20



Year Group News

Year 7 - Mr Morey

As mentioned above, on Wednesday this week, Year 7 took part in  UNWIN Aspire Workshop. Run by Winchester University, the workshop aims to develop students aspirations towards attending university and the alternative options available. The students took part in a range of activities focusing on raising attainment and developing academic confidence. Thank you to Mr Venn for organising the day.

Finally, don't forget to book a slot for Year 7 meet the tutor evening on Thursday 17th October using the online appointment system.

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

We launched the important ThinkNinja app this week, and I am sure that students will find it a useful resource.

Year 9 - Ms Cunio

Year 9 held, along with the rest of the school, the launch of the Think Ninja App, to aid students in maintaining good mental health. There has been some interest and students have already tried the app, which looks really interesting.

The wear yellow for world mental health day was a success with students in year nine joining in well, looking very bright and breezy.    

We are also still working on the shoe box appeal so if small toys and games, books or puzzles in good condition are cluttering up bedrooms, students can bring them in to make another child's Christmas. Any spare shoe boxes are welcome too.

Year 10 - Mrs Guzzi

Year 10 had an assembly from Peter Symonds College this week, it was very informative and looks like a great place to be! I was happy to see the year group dressed in yellow on Thursday to support World Mental Health Day, it's a very important topic that is becoming more and more widely discussed and understood.

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

We were visited by Sparsholt College in our assembly today and a range of courses and opportunities were shared which students may wish to explore further. Please note the college open days/evenings below.

School Calendar Information

Thursday 17th October

4.00pm to 7.00pm

Meet the Tutor Evening Yr 7

28th - 31st October 2019

Half Term

Post 16 Information

Andover College

Wednesday 20th November 2019

4:30pm - 7:30pm

Open Event

“Whether you are a school leaver, mature learner looking for career development or looking for an apprenticeship, our Open Events provide the perfect opportunity for potential students and their families to take a look at our industry-standard facilities and speak with our passionate staff”


Monday 14th October 2019

4.30pm to 7.30pm

Open Evening

"Discover our experienced staff, industry-standard facilities and wide range of courses"

Peter Symonds College

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Thursday 24th October 2019

5:30pm to 8:30pm

Open Evening

“Prospective students can chat to our staff and students about life at Peter Symonds, pick up more information about the huge range of subjects we offer, explore the campus and our excellent facilities, including our study facilities in the Ashurst Learning Resource Centre and Hopkins Study Centre”

Sparsholt College

Saturday 12th October

10:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday 16th November

10:00am - 2:00pm

Open Day

Come and meet our experts and discuss studying at Sparsholt. You will also get the chance to tour our specialist facilities such as our Aquatic Research and Conservation Centre (ARCC), Animal Management Centre that houses over 1,200 animals and our large Equine Centre (awarded British Dressage Venue of the Year) plus many more fantastic facilities found here.”