Friday 18th October 2019

Good Afternoon,

This school really is a vibrant learning community we have been involved in so many additional opportunities this week, it is fantastic!

I thought it might also help to outline lines of communication if you need to contact us in relation to your child. Each Year group has a Head of Year and member of Senior Leadership Team attached to them, this team along with your child's tutor should be your main points of contact.

Year 7 Head of Year - Mr Morey      Senior Leader - Mr Light

Year 8 Head of Year - Mr Duffy        Senior Leader - Mr Light

Year 9 Head of Year - Mrs Cunio     Senior Leader - Mr Eddie

Year 10 Head of Year - Mrs Guzzi   Senior Leader - Mrs Carter

Year 11 Head of Year - Mr Peebles Progress Leader - Mrs Gibson

The Vyne Parent Focus Group was set up a number of years ago to enable Parents and the Senior Leadership Team to come together to discuss a variety of issues.  It has improved communication between the school and Parents and has also given Parents the opportunity to have "their say".  The topics for discussions over the 5 meetings scheduled to take place during 2019/20 will include The Respect Agenda, careers and work experience, the digital world, home school communication and student voice and leadership.

The first meeting is due to be held on Wednesday 23rd October, starting at 5.30pm in the school’s library. If you would like to join the group and attend the meeting next week please email j.freer@vyne.hants.sch.uk

I received a letter recently from Diane Taylor, Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane congratulating Sophie L, who took part in the Basingstoke Variety Show.  Sophie wrote and read her poem which is shared below. Well done Sophie!

Have a good weekend

 

Mrs Pearce

Headteacher

         

Poem by Sophie L Yr 7

I’ve noticed the joy of art can be spontaneous,

Occasionally, contagious.

Three types of art are sensational,

Abstract, non-objective and representational,

All of which are indeed, inspirational.

Brushes and paints,

Why not grab some,

Go on, go crazy,

I’m sure you’ll have fun.

Paint a picturesque moor

Or a room with a mysterious door.

Once you get going,

You’ll be dying to do more!

World Restart A Heart Day Yr 7s - Mrs Edwards

Year 7s have joined the ‘nation of lifesavers’ having taken part in Restart A Heart Day on Wednesday.  Mrs Edwards and Mrs Allen led the sessions with the help of Year 11 prefects, members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue’s Blue Watch and student paramedic, Adele Speed from SCAS. The school has 30 CPR kits supplied by the British Heart Foundation which enables CPR life saving skills to be taught to a class of students in less than an hour.  Students were also reminded that the school defibrillator (located in the sports hall lobby) is also available for emergency situations and they were shown how to use it.  Students left the session feeling confident about dealing with an emergency cardiac arrest.  

The British Heart Foundation website contains lots of useful information, not just about life saving skills but about staying healthy and looking after the heart.  All the training that was carried out by the students is available here.

https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/cpr-training-in-schools/cpr-training-resources-for-schools

There is also a useful app called ‘Save a Life’ available for download.

     

Hampshire Book Awards - Mrs Holmes

On Wednesday I took our Hampshire Book Award judges to meet the winning author Paula Rawsthorne.  Paula spoke to them about her motivations for writing her winning novel "Shell" which is a loose modern-day retelling of Frankenstein and raises some challenging ethical issues.  These dedicated students had the unenviable task of reading 6 demanding novels before voting for their winning title. They were inspired to meet Paula, and asked some probing questions about the novel. As always I was very proud to recognise the achievements of our keen readers. All students came away with a signed copy of the book as reward for their participation.

Sports News - Mr Gibson

On the 1st birthday of our fantastic 3G pitch the Year 8 Football team had the pressure of getting a result against a good Costello team. The game started and from the word go it was the Vyne that dominated possession and the quality in the game. Before long the Vyne were 3-0 up and looking comfortable with goals from Lewis S, Luca R and Renaldo N. It was more of the same in the second half with further goals from Tyrone F (2), Lewis S, Rinchen S and Renaldo N. Two consolation goals made the scoreline more respectable but it was the Vyne’s quality that won the day. Comfortable in possession and hard working out of possession. The perfect combination. Brilliant win boys!

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

It has been a very busy week for Year 7. Monday saw Fujitsu launch the Enterprise Day project which will be taking place on 6th November. Tutors have already started the preparations, selecting teams and job roles. Students have been tasked with creating a new unique mobile App idea which will be pitched to teachers and Fujitsu employees in the 'Dragons Den' style event.

On Tuesday, Mrs Mayoh and myself took 15 students to the Rutherford Appleton Lab in Didcot in celebration of EU coding week. Students had the opportunity to do some hands on computing, programming robots, decoding messages from space and building space towers and rockets.  They met various engineers and scientists who use computers to study the world around us. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

On Wednesday, the whole of Year 7 received CPR training and learnt the 3 steps that could save a life. Finally, Thursday was meet the tutor evening. It was great to see so many parents attend to discuss how their child has settled into the school.

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

This week year 8s have had assembly and tutor time considering upstanders. They considered famous people who have acted as upstanders and learnt about what it means to be a bystander or an upstander. It is fantastic seeing some members of the year group already acting as upstanders.

The year group have also had a successful week with the football team winning 8-2 against Costello.  Every day members of the year group are making me proud and pushing to be the best version of themselves.

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

Today the CCF and Y11 were privileged to hear a truly inspirational speaker in assembly. Lt Colonel Sulle Alhaji is a Falklands veteran who served with the Parachute Regiment and is one of the highest ranking black soldiers in the Army. He spoke for an hour about how he had overcome adversity to reach heights he never thought he could. He spoke frankly about experiences that were shocking but also incredible and ultimately he reminded our students that if he can do it then anyone can. A real hero and an amazing life story.

School Calendar Information

Monday 28th October - 1st November 2019

Half Term

Thursday 21st November 2019

4pm - 7pm

Yr 10 Parents’ Evening

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”

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 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.”