Friday 15th November 2019

Good Afternoon,

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.

Cycling safety tips

Keeping your bike safe

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 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.

Mrs Pearce


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 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.

Dates to Remember 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.  


Year Group News

Year 7 - Mr Morey

On Monday, Lance Corporal Josh Gibbons, ex student, delivered a poignant assembly on remembrance.

The Gideons, Steve and Julie, came in to talk to year 7s about making good choices, as they have done over the past few years.  Each student was given a new testament to take home.

The results of the Fujitsu Business Enterprise day app competition were announced.  The overall winner was 7PBD’s Lionheart good citizen app.  2nd place was 7GCN’s Epic Education.  Both group’s won a trip to Fujitsu’s Innovations Suite. Fujitsu were impressed with the creativeness shown by all who took part.  

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

It has been an absolute pleasure visiting year 8 lessons over recent weeks and seeing students taking pride in their learning. I have also been impressed by students acting as upstanders: standing up for others, being kind and making us aware of issues that they need us to help them to resolve.

We have started Year 8 tutor competitions on a Friday, which have been a great way for each individual tutor to work together as a team, competing against the other tutor groups within the year. Currently, as it stands, 8THD are leading the way, with 8SHD not far behind who are keen to try and catch them.

Next week we will be focusing on being ready to learn. Tutors will be checking uniform each morning and also checking students have all of their required equipment. Please support your child in being ready for school.

Year 10 - Mrs Guzzi

A final reminder to make your appointments for Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 21st November. If you are having any issues with accessing the system please email  Please also be aware that you will only be able to access the system using the email address you have confirmed to the school.  It is important that you update the school with any changes.

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

I’ve been on the beach with year 11 geographers today.  A great day was had by all.  

Mrs Gibson’s top tips for GCSE Success week 2:

It’s good to talk

In a world where we communicate more via a keyboard or phone, than we do in person, it’s important we remember to talk to each other. Teenagers can struggle to express their emotions, especially when they are under pressure. Often the best thing we can do to support them is to give them our time and attention. Ask them what they have learned this week, what do they feel is their strongest/weakest subject. You don’t have to have the answers to all their worries, ask them what they would like you to do to help them. Often just talking things through can help. Maybe try doing it while taking a walk, a bit of fresh air and exercise can work wonders for us all.

Aiming Higher:

The aiming higher timetable can be found here on our website under the heading Letters to Parents. Please ensure your student attends if they have been requested for this week’s sessions, the list of who is required will be displayed in Mrs Gibson’s room each week, and students are being reminded each morning by their tutors. Please check your students reward card to see which sessions they are attending.

Important dates : Exams

Wednesday 20th November

NCFE Health and Fitness Final Exam 8.45 - 10.45am (not a mock, actual exam which will go towards final grade)

Monday 25th November

English Mock

Wednesday 27th November

English Mock

Monday 2nd December

Science mock exam Biology paper 1

Wednesday 4th December

Science mock exam Chemistry Paper 1

Thursday 5th December

Science mock exam Physics Paper 1

School Calendar Information

Thursday 21st November 2019

4pm - 7pm

Yr 10 Parents’ Evening

Friday 6th December 2019 8:45 -9.45

Yr 11 Apprenticeship coffee morning

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”


Saturday 16th November 2019 10:30am -12:30pm

Open Event

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

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.”