Friday 15th November 2019
Earlier today I met with the chair of South View Residents Association I am excited about the possibilities to build closer links to our local community over the coming months.
We have continued our Anti Bullying theme this week with Odd Socks day on Tuesday and assemblies throughout the week.
You should also have received a letter announcing our initiative to apply for the new national anti-bullying award, The BIG (Bullying Intervention Group) Award endorsed by Kidscape.
We are committed in our efforts to ensure that our students feel safe and happy in school so this is one aspect towards shaping our policies and environment. Within the letter you will find a link to a parent survey which I encourage you all to complete. The closing date is 22nd November.
Earlier this week I issued a letter to parents outlining certain expectations. Included in the letter was a brief note on cycling to school. It’s great that a good number of students choose to cycle to school and we encourage this as not only is it a great way to start the day but cycling helps reduce the number of cars entering the school grounds thus having a positive impact on the environment. There are spaces for approximately 30 bicycles on our toast style racks and shelter. Our expectations of cyclists are set out clearly in the new parental consent form available from reception. All students wishing to cycle to school must complete the form and return it to student services. It is recommended that bikes are marked/engraved with the home postcode; the police sometimes offer this service for free.
The following links also offer some useful advice.
BikeAbility level 3
On the theme of cycling, we are also investigating the possibility of arranging BikeAbility level 3 training for years 7, 8 & 9 subject to demand. In order to take part, students must have passed their Level 2 course (normally held at primary school). Participants are confronted with a variety of traffic conditions as they learn the skills that will allow them to cycle from home to school safely. The course is 3 hours long and involves some theory or route planning, followed by practical cycling over busy roads, roundabouts, complex junctions etc. If you would like to register your interest please email Sharon Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name, tutor group, with the subject heading BikeAbility.
Assemblies during the week commencing 25th November will also focus on road safety.
Have a lovely weekend.
If you have ever thought about a career in teaching, Basingstoke Alliance SCITT are currently recruiting. Find out more at the train to teach information event on Saturday 23rd November, 10-12 at Dove House School Academy or visit http://www.basingstokealliancescitt.com/ for further information.
GCSE Certificate evening - Mr Eddie
On Wednesday we were delighted to welcome back our former Year 11s. Their achievement has been confirmed as the best in Basingstoke and certainly the best ever for The Vyne.
Particularly notable was the fact that Jack Handsford received a certificate recognising the fact that in 5 years of school he never missed a single day.
It was great to see everyone again and we wish them all the best for the future.
CCF - Lt. Col. Gordon Lock
The cadets had a busy weekend of activities with 14 cadets attending the shooting evening on Friday, 15 at the Fieldcraft Day on Saturday at Barton Stacey, culminating in last Sunday’s remembrance service at The War Memorial Park. This year’s march began from the bandstand and ended at the park where the crowds observed a two minute silence in a mark of respect to those who have lost their lives during wars. Cadets also took part in the parade.
L/Cpl Sarina Nickle, L/Cpl Freddie Eastman and Sgt Holly Liken
after laying the school wreath.
The whole Contingent after the parade outside the
Willis Museum where the march finished
School Calendar information can be found at the end of this eNews and please open the link for "Dates to Remember" for 2019/20.
Community News - Mrs Edwards
For a full list of regular activities that take place during the evenings and weekends please visit the Community Leisure pages of the website click here. New drop in netball sessions have started on Fridays for all ages - see flier attached for further details.
Stop smoking sessions have been held here for over ten years every Tuesday 5-7pm, formerly known as Quit4Life, they are now run by a new provider Smokefree Hampshire. Contact details are on the regular hirers list.
Please follow our facebook page Vyne Community Centre facebook for further updates.
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