Friday 20th December 2019

Good Afternoon,

What a fabulous year in a fantastic school. Today marks the end of my first year at The Vyne, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the wonderful students, their families and the dedicated staff who  make this such a special school. Thank you to everyone who was welcomed me into this community so warmly.

We have just finished our whole school assembly and it again showcased the talent we have in school as well as the generous and caring nature of our whole community. We did look very seasonal in our Christmas Jumpers - I will update you on the amount raised in the New Year.

We say farewell today to many dear colleagues who have been contributors to the success and well being of our students, we thank them all for their service and wish them well for all they do in the future.

I wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and a successful New Year - Merry Christmas!

Mrs Pearce

Headteacher

Fujitsu Enterprise Trip - Mr Morey

On Monday, the two winning teams from the Enterprise Day in November went to Fujitsu's Basingstoke Office to battle it out to see who has the best idea for a new Mobile App. The two teams 'Lionheart' and 'Epic Education' went to visit the innovation suite to develop their ideas and produce a presentation. The groups had to pitch their ideas to Senior Executives from Fujitsu in the boardroom. Both teams presented their app ideas with confidence and professionalism. The Executives were extremely impressed with our students and had real difficulty choosing a winner. In the end, 'Epic Education' came out on top and won the event with their idea for an educational revision app that rewarded students for completing tasks. The day ended with the trophy presentation and all students and staff receiving a Fujitsu goodie bag.

Christmas Carol Concert - Mrs Janaway

On Thursday, 12th December the annual Christmas Carol Concert took place and, after months of practising both in lessons, at breaktimes and after school the students were ready to put on a lovely show of talent.  There were group performances from different years, the awesome Steel Band, along with many solo items, readers and festive christmas carols.  Everyone really did excel themselves and shone on the night!  All the students who took part should be very proud of themselves, so a massive thank you to one and all.  Merry Christmas Everyone!  

Community News - Mrs Edwards

We are open as normal for community bookings until 6pm on Christmas Eve, and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January.  If you are looking for childcare for primary aged children during the holiday period, Isis Out of School Club will be running activities on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th (ideal if you want to ‘drop and shop’!)  and both Isis and Premier Education will be running clubs on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd January. Contact either provider direct for further information (click here)

If you fancy trying something new in the new year Kala the Arts, an arts charity, are introducing Bollywood classes for children and adults, to their Saturday morning classes held here at the Vyne.  See leaflet below.

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

Our final week of the term started with a celebration assembly to recognise all the hard work Year 7 have put into their studies since starting at The Vyne. The assembly started with some of the students showcasing their skills picked up from their dance lessons. Students were then awarded certificates for attendance, epraise points, Vyne Values and Head of Year recognition.

Progress Reports

Progress reports were issued to all students in year  7 this week. Please do not hesitate to contact your son or daughter’s subject teacher or tutor if you have any questions.

As mentioned above, On Monday, Team Lionheart and Epic Education went to Fujitsu's Basingstoke Office to compete for the Enterprise trophy. Well done to both teams.

On Tuesday, we took two Year 7 football teams to take part in a 5 a side tournament at Brighton Hill. The two teams played really well in freezing cold conditions and both finished mid table in the league format.

It was great to see so many christmas jumpers on Friday with Year 7 really getting into the christmas spirit. I hope everyone has a great christmas break and a well deserved rest after a very busy and long term.

Merry Christmas.

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

Wow, what a term it has been, it has been wonderful. Some of my highlights have included seeing the students perform in the Christmas concert, the sporting successes including recently at the cross country in the appalling weather and seeing students become upstanders and standing up for others when they have needed to. It has also been delightful to pop in to lessons and see the students learning so well, and wanting to show me their work!

In assembly this week we have celebrated the students success as well as awarding certificates to students who have represented the different Vyne values and the students who have had 100% attendance this term. I also explained to the students how we need to strive to be the best version of ourselves, a challenge many of the students are already taking on. Thank you for your support this term. Merry Christmas.

Year 9 - Ms Cunio

So having got to the end of the first term in year nine I can honestly say, I am really proud of the way the year group has developed. The students are growing up, they are becoming young adults who are taking their own lives and their education seriously. They are doing more homework than they did last year, they are studying harder, and their behaviour in the classroom has improved enormously.

Next term is a big term. It is the term when year nine will opt for those subjects they are going to study in year ten and eleven. We will help with this process, and with your guidance, they will be equipped to make those choices. They have to take responsibility for their futures, and the choices they make now could have a huge impact on their lives.

I will also be encouraging improvements in reading skills for all students in year nine, by running a reading competition. Reading well is the key to good education. Good reading is all about practice, the brain is like a muscle that needs exercise, so reading during the years of education will really help improve study skills in all subjects.

I have really enjoyed this term personally and professionally and I'm really looking forward to next term.

Year 10 - Ms Guzzi

The first term of year 10 has been fantastic. I've seen so many students mature since year 9 and make really positive choices this year. I really look forward to the rest of year 10 and seeing our great students achieve great things. This term ended beautifully with some of our specially selected students attending an in-school cinema to enjoy a Christmas film and some treats. They behaved amazingly and really are a credit to our community.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

Year 10 Work Experience

Monday 13th July – Friday 17th July 2020

Thank you to the many students and parents who have completed and submitted their Work Experience Forms. These are now being processed. Be aware it can take many weeks to get through these.

If you have not yet acquired your placement do not panic!

We have gained access to a database of available placements in the Basingstoke area from our Work Experience partners EPB South.

When we return in January all students without a placement will be shown how to access the secure EBP login to research and identify a suitable placement from available employers. Once the employers have accepted the placement, contact will be made and you can get the paperwork completed.  Please check with your son or daughter in the first week back to hear when they get their login to get searching.

The pre-public exam timetable is produced below together with Post 16 information and events.

Mrs Gibson’s top tips for GCSE Success: Week 7

Time

Time is precious, not only in terms of gaining knowledge and preparing for GCSEs, but for spending time together and enjoying the small things. Take time to enjoy the break, allow your students to recharge their batteries. The next 5 months are going to be tough on them and you, so embrace the time off together. The Mock exams will start on Monday 13th Jan and will run until the 24th Jan. Students will need to spend some time preparing for this, be prepared to support them in using some of their time off to revise. Be realistic, set aside some time when you don't have guests or aren't visiting others. Planning this time will lead to students being more productive and motivated.

Most importantly have a wonderful break and stay safe!

Important dates : Exams  GCSE Art and Design

Week beginning 6 January

Public Exam paper handed to students. Preparation period begins.

PPE Mock Examinations for option subjects

Week 2

Wed 15th January

Option B Period 5&6

Food Tech

1hr 45 min

History

paper 1

2 hrs

Computer Science paper 1

1hr 30 min

Thurs 16th January

Option C Period 1&2

Food Tech

1hr 45min

Geography paper 1

1hr 30min

French (R&W)

1 hr

Fri 17th January

Option A Period 3&4

French (R&W)

1 hr

Geography paper 1

1hr 30min

History paper 1

2 hrs

Computer Science

Paper 1

1hr30 min

Week 3

Wed 22nd January

Option B Period 5&6

History Paper 2

2 hrs

Computer Science paper 2

1hr 30 min

Thurs 23rd January

Option C Period 1&2

Geography paper 2

1hr 30 mins

Friday 24th January

Option A Period 3&4

Geography paper 2

1hr 30 mins

History paper 2

2 hrs

Computer Science

Paper 2

1hr30 min

Post 16 Information

Andover College

Thursday 6th February 2020

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”

BCoT

Please note Year 11 applications are still open and at BCoT there is no deadline for applications. This means that students can apply online for full-time courses or apprenticeships during the Christmas break and also next year.

Monday 3 February 2020: 4.30pm to 7pm

Monday 10 February 2020 4.30pm to 7pm

Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Year 10 and Year 11

Over 40 employers will be at the college to speak to students wishing to do an apprenticeship. Many will have vacancies, so it is worth students coming smartly dressed with copies of their CV to distribute.

For more information on apprenticeships, vacancies, FAQ please visit: www.bcot.ac.uk/apprenticeships/

Open Evening

Year 10 and Year 11

Another fantastic opportunity for students to visit the college to look at our outstanding facilities, speak to staff about courses and even apply on the night.

Sparsholt College

Saturday 1st February 2020

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.”

School Calendar Information

Monday 6th January 2020

First day of term

Thursday 9th January 2020

Year 9 Parents Evening 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday 29th January 2020

Year 9/10 Natural History Museum Trip

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Year 10  CV Writing workshop

Year 9  Careers - Get Inspired event at The Apollo Hotel 12- 2pm