Friday 25th October 2019
The Vyne Highest Ranked in Basingstoke
The Vyne really has had a fantastic term with so much going on. I am so pleased to be able to report that The Vyne is ranked 35th of all schools in Hampshire, the highest of all secondary schools in Basingstoke - Compare Schools This is a testament to the dedication of the staff, students and parents at the school, well done and thank you to all involved.
Year 11 parents please see below for details of Aiming Higher sessions which start after half term.
Parent Focus Group
Mr Peebles (Assistant Headteacher) and I met a group of parents to look at the developments in Careers Education within school, and I will share the details of this with everyone as we reach elements of this programme throughout the year. If you are interested in talking to the students about opportunities available within your business or about apprenticeships you may have available please do contact Mr Peebles. If you would like to join the Parent Focus group please contact Jane Freer for more details.
One of my highlights at the end of each half term is meeting the students who have been nominated by their Year Leaders to receive a Headteacher Reward for all the hard work and commitment shown at school. I would like to again congratulate Aiden K and Sophie L from Year 7, Lewis S and Hannah W from Year 8, Emee W, Moses B and Matthew M from Year 9, Devon S and Louie C from Year 10 and Libby H from Year 11. I really enjoyed sharing a hot chocolate and brownie with you all!
I am always happy to report on individual successes. Charlotte Evans, year 8 was nominated for a Young Achievers Awards in the Against Breast Cancer Achievement Awards that took place on Thursday. Whilst she wasn’t the overall winner on this occasion she has had huge successes recently which I would like to share.
Charlotte has been competing at kickboxing tournaments for 4 years and her achievements include; winning 35 medals in 2018; representing Team GB at the World Kickboxing Championships; CIMAC Fighter of the Year in 2018. Charlotte has continued her success this year winning at major internationals and the 4 national CIMAC series competitions. She has also won every ‘Open weight’ category in the Young Cadet age group this year which is a fantastic achievement. She secured two bronze medals representing WAKO Team GB in the Junior European Kickboxing Championships. Well done Charlotte, hard work really does pay off, and we wish you every success with your ambition to compete in the Olympics.
Finally I am delighted to be able to tell you that the recent non-uniform day for “Wear it Yellow Mental Health Day” raised £602.45. The donations will be split equally between the Young Minds charity and The Vyne School Peace Garden. Thank you for all your contributions as this will really make a difference.
Hope you have a good half-term break.
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
In assemblies this week we heard from the Cyber Ambassadors about their training and the work they will be doing to help ensure that everyone knows how to stay safe online. Year 7s have been working hard in tutor times on their Fujitsu Enterprise Project. The final presentations will be delivered on Wednesday 6th November in the 'Dragons Den' style event. Hopefully all students will be researching potential ideas over the half term break. On Friday, 7MRS judged their pumpkin carving contest. The pumpkins were carved with a science theme. I was very impressed with the different designs. Don't forget that the shoe boxes for the Rotary Appeal need to be in school for collection on Friday 8th November.
I hope all Year 7 students enjoy a well deserved break after a long first half term.
Year 8 - Mr Duffy
We have also been introduced to the Cyber Ambassadors this week and look forward to hearing more about their work through the year. Enjoy half term!
Year 9 - Mrs Cunio
I have spent this week writing postcards to all those students who have managed a completely perfect half term and I haven’t finished writing yet as there are so many. I would like to congratulate the majority of year nine students whose behaviour and work ethic has been excellent this term, and in some cases has been a vast improvement on last year. Homework is better from the majority of the year group. Keep it up! Even though I am finding this new role very busy indeed, I would like the students to know that I am noticing their very good work.
Shoe box items are still being collected, why not have a final sort out during half term so that the shoe boxes can be completed in tutors, so that we can spread the love a bit with children who get very little otherwise. Thank you
Year 10 - Mrs Guzzi
Mrs Pearce reminded the year group about staying safe online and being cautious about what they post as it will be there as permanent ink. Year 10s have had a positive celebration assembly this week with lots of prizes won! I'm sure we are all looking forward to a well-deserved rest but will then be eager to come back for a hardworking half term before Christmas. We can hopefully see a reduction in absences as the autumnal flu vanishes and the cold kills off the germs, I hope to see lots of happy smiley faces in the run up to Christmas!
Year 11 - Mr Peebles
Year 11 have begun the term with earnest, with a real focus on preparation for their forthcoming GCSE examinations in the summer.
Post 16 Destinations
We have had several post 16 providers come into school including: BCOt, QMC, Sparsholt and Peter Symonds College. During the second half of the term, year 11 students will be completing and submitting their online applications to college. If your son or daughter needs a careers appointment as they are still undecided, please get them to ask their form tutor to arrange.
Despite this being a long and intensive half term I must make a short thank you to the students and parents for being so welcoming to me as I join the Vyne family.
Aiming Higher - Mrs Gibson
Aiming higher will start for year 11 when we return from half term. This is an opportunity for staff to work on specific areas of intervention with small groups of students. Not all students are required for all sessions, a list will be displayed weekly in reception, common rooms and, students will be reminded by their tutors. There will be rewards and incentives for those students who attend all of their sessions, they will be provided with an attendance card to keep a record of this.
The timetable is attached. Mrs Gibson's top tips for GCSE success will also be returning after half term, so keep an eye out for them on our social media pages.
School Calendar Information
Monday 28th October - 1st November 2019
Tuesday 5th November 2019
Amnesty Human Rights Conference
Wednesday 6th November 2019
Year 7 Business Enterprise Day
Friday 15th November 2019
Year 11 GCSE Geography Fieldwork Trip
Thursday 21st November 2019
4pm - 7pm
Yr 10 Parents’ Evening
Post 16 Information
Wednesday 20th November 2019
4:30pm - 7:30pm
“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”
Saturday 16th November 2019 10:30am -12:30pm
"Discover our experienced staff, industry-standard facilities and wide range of courses"
Saturday 16th November
10:00am - 2:00pm
“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.”