Friday 6th December 2019

Good Afternoon,

We welcomed a number of apprentices from Fujitsu into school today to talk to year 11 students about apprenticeships. They looked at what they are, how you apply and how it is like to be an apprentice. The students found the presentation and opportunity to discuss apprenticeships afterwards really beneficial. We extend our thanks to Fujitsu and their apprentices for their time.

Thank you for your contribution to our Anti-Bullying work by responding to our parent survey.  We have also surveyed students and staff.  We are working with BIG to make changes to our work on Anti-Bullying and the starting point is to assess the current situation.  We are grateful for the frank and honest responses we received that allow us to create a strategic plan to make improvements.  BIG help to support us with this by creating a framework for us to follow and offering support and guidance.

Our next steps include collating student’s views on our Anti-Bullying definition as well as creating a Tiered Response system.  We hope to share these with you soon.

It has been House assemblies this week including a mini in assembly competition, and the FIFA20 competition at lunchtime, the points are very close and it will be interesting to see what happens throughout the year - breaking news - Merton have taken the overall lead!

Please can I remind parents about a couple of events taking place next week:


Wednesday 11th December, 6-7pm

How to stay safe online - All you need to know        

Do you know your Tik Tok from your Report and Block?

Worried about how to keep your child safe online or would just like to know more about what they know? We have an expert coming in to give a presentation for parents.  So that we can plan for this event, please email if you would like to attend.

Thursday 12th December, 7pm - Christmas Concert

It would be wonderful to see a packed audience in support of this event which will put everyone in the festive spirit.  Tickets cost £3 adults, £2 children and are available from reception. Festive refreshments will be available on the night.  

As the end of term approaches this is just a reminder that school finishes at 12:40pm on Friday 20th December.  Unfortunately Stagecoach have advised us that  they are no longer able to provide a school bus at an earlier time for early closure days.  Student bus passes cover travel on any public service bus routes to Popley and Chineham so there are other options available departing from the bus station.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Pearce


Christmas Jumper Day - 20th December

Our Christmas Jumper Day is on the last day of term, 20th December. We invite staff and students to wear Christmas jumpers, or cultural dress if they don't celebrate Christmas, in support of Save The Children (we ask for a £1 donation if you can spare it).

This year we would like to do something a little different to ensure anybody who wants to take part is not left out. If you have unwanted/outgrown Christmas/sparkly clothing at home that you no longer need, please send them in to school (to Miss Julian in F12 or drop them off at Reception) before Tuesday 17 December.   Thank you for your support.

Theatre trip - Performing Arts - Ms Ledwith

On Wednesday, the Performing Arts Department took 44 students to London's West End to see a performance of 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie', one of the latest musicals to hit the stage.  This show is being studied by some of the students at Key Stage 4 and it really helped them to see a live performance.  The show was amazing and the trip was a fantastic success - some of the students even saw some celebrities in the audience!


Food Collection Appeal for those in need - Student Council

The student council would like to help those less fortunate this Christmas.  A simple way to help is to collect non-perishable food items that can be made into hampers for local individuals or families in need.  One such scheme is run by The Besom in Basingstoke.  Donations for this scheme need to be in by Wednesday 11th December - they focus on hampers with the foods that make for a special Christmas:

Suggested items to be included in a Christmas Hamper for a small family:

Christmas cake      

Box mince pies

Christmas pudding.

Box of chocolates

Box or tin of biscuits

Tinned ham or fish

Tinned pie  

Tinned or dried fruit

Drinks, eg cordial, juice  

Savoury snacks, eg crisps, nuts

Hot drink, eg coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Savoury sauce, eg curry sauce, pasta sauce

Non-food items

Soaps,shower gel, Shampoo

Bubble Bath

Shaving foam

Body Moisturiser



Christmas baubles


Paper tablecloth  



If you are able to contribute anything on the list please send into school by Wednesday 11th December if possible - collection point in Admin Office.  Any donations received after Wednesday will be donated to other local foodbank schemes such as Basingstoke Foodbank. Thank you for your support.

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

Year 7 attended their separate house assemblies this week. The House Leaders discussed current points totals, upcoming events and completed an alphabet challenge naming countries of the world beginning with each letter.

On Wednesday, the Year 7's played their first Rugby match against Sherfield. The boys played with lots of energy and enthusiasm however, we may need to recap some of the rules in lessons.  Although we suffered a narrow defeat on the day, the post match tea certainly made up for it. The team are now looking forward to their next fixture after christmas.

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

It has been lovely to have numerous members of staff telling me how impressed they have been with year 8 this week, in particular the hard work and focus in lessons. We have also had our pop up positivity this week in the form of year 8 stars of the lesson. Staff have been asked to nominate students who have been fantastic, this has been shared with tutors and students.

Year 8 students have been to their house assemblies this week, they have enjoyed being a part of their house as well as taking part in their house competitions. The year 8 competition will return next Friday.

Year 9 - Ms Cunio

The attitude to learning in year nine, as I have walked around school has been excellent, in the main.  I have seen many students’ homework in subjects other than drama. It feels as though the majority of year nine students are beginning to understand that study is not a dirty word and that their school work is important to them.  Well done and keep it up.

Please accept our apologies but it has come to our attention that year 9 student reports were missing grades for DT.  Students have been spoken to and advised of their grades, this will appear on their next report.  If you require further information please contact Mr Yates.

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

It has been a long and intense term for year 11. They are working hard and holding their nerve with mock exams and assessments. May I continue to thank parents for their fabulous support both to the students, staff and myself as we draw towards Christmas.

Friday 6th Dec - Asking about Apprenticeships

On Friday we welcomed our long term partners Fujitsu into the Vyne. They spent time in the morning talking to year 11 about apprenticeships. This then followed with a coffee morning where parents were able to come in to the library and speak 1:1 with apprenticeship professionals about the whole process.

Monday 9th Dec - QMC tour

On Monday we are taking year 11 to QMC at 3.00pm for a guided tour and meet and greet. There are still a few seats left. The visit is free. If any students in year 10 or 11 wish to attend please see Mr Peebles on Monday morning who will confirm with parents.

Mrs Gibson’s top tips for GCSE Success: Week 5


Following on from last weeks tips on revision, planning is key!

It must be realistic, if there are weekly commitments such as sports clubs to be considered, a revision timetable must allow for them. Also consider when does your child work best? Plan a timetable that is going to suit when they are most productive.

Revision guides are a great resource, full of useful information, delivered in a concise way. A full list of available revision guides will be provided next week.

Aiming Higher:

The aiming higher timetable can be found here on our website under the heading Letters to Parents. Please check your students reward card to see which sessions they are attending.


If a student receives a detention for the same day they are required for aiming higher, they must attend the detention. The work from the aiming higher session will be provided for completion in the detention where possible.

Important dates : Exams  GCSE Art and Design

Wednesday 11 Dec – 11B

final 5hrs of Mock Exam

Thursday 12 Dec – 11C

final 5hrs of Mock Exam

Friday 20 Dec – 11B / 11C

deadline for coursework review – ALL work completed in Years 10 and 11 should be submitted

Week beginning 6 January  

Public Exam paper handed to students. Preparation period begins.

School Calendar Information

Wednesday 11 December 2019  

E Safety presentation 6-7pm

Drop in - all welcome

Friday 20th December 2019

End of term - early closure 12:40

See above regarding bus times

Christmas Jumper Day -  £1 donation  

Monday 6th January 2020

First day of term

Thursday 9th January 2020

Year 9 Parents Evening 4pm - 7pm