Friday 1st February 2019
Snow! Well that was not part of my plan this week, we are busy pushing on with our plans and did not really want to close today, but the site did look lovely covered in snow. It is always difficult to decide to close but the safety of students and staff travelling to and from school had to be the first priority. We are ready and raring to open again on Monday.
Democracy in action - Youth Parliament Voting
Hampshire County Council will be holding elections for its next cohort of UK Youth Parliament members (MYPs). MYPs have the opportunity to debate in the House of Commons, meet County Councillors and Officers and represent their peers at various local, county and national events. All our students will have the opportunity to place their vote on Friday 15th February.
The Peacejam Youth Conference is on 9-10th March at Winchester University, we have 10 places available for our students to attend. The Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams will be working with the students at this two day leadership development conference. If your son or daughter would like to be involved please ask them to speak to their tutor next week to register their interest.
Further details can be found at: www.peacejamconf.org.uk/winchester
As I mentioned last week I would like to hear your views on homework at The Vyne, the survey should take no more than two minutes and I would appreciate your input.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZZRHBML The link is also on our social media pages.
Year 7 Boys and Girls Football Results
The Year 7 teams have both been in action this week. The boys finished 3rd in the Power League, a result to be proud of in tough competition, and the Year 7 girls were knocked out in the quarter finals, but did extremely well to qualify for the regionals. This is a great result from the girls and I am sure they will go from strength to strength over the coming seasons. Well done all of you, and thank you to the coaches Mr Gibson and Miss Turnbull.
There are now 13 teaching weeks until the summer GCSEs begin. For some students this will be totally as planned and they have been telling me all the excellent strategies they are using to prepare. The new style GCSEs really do require students to be able to recall more information, facts and figures than previously, as a result last minute cramming just will not work. Students who are not yet revisiting topics independently at home really do need to start now. Students will have noticed a renewed focus and push to really build this knowledge and the ability to apply it to exam style questions in lesson and through homework. What we need now is that all our year 11s recognise that the effort they put in now will pay dividends in the summer and help them to arrive at the exam hall, calm and confident that they can do their best. The final set of Pre Public Exams (PPEs) or mocks are at the beginning of March and this will help students understand how well their preparation is going.
Enjoy your weekend.
Mrs Pearce, Headteacher
The focus of the Year 8 assembly this week was "making decisions for myself" and how not to be a lemming. Students were encouraged to think of their own options and make a decision whether or not to be a leader or a follower.
Random acts of kindness was the theme of the Year 9 assembly. The students have access (via Epraise) to fill out a form when somebody is kind to them for no reason. The students have been asked to do this over the next week to enable the school to collate a collection of kindness for the Random Act of Kindness week, which is the 11th to the 17th February.
'Building Momentum' will be the subject of the next Year 11 assembly as we lead up to the PPE's in March and the final exams in the summer. Students will be reminded of how they should be preparing for the exams and also reflect on what is motivating them to succeed.
Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE success - from Mrs Gibson
The balance between work and social life is essential. All students will feel demotivated if their studies take over all other priorities. The key is agreeing to a plan and sticking to it, no excuses. The plan will look lovely on your fridge….
Consider a reward structure to motivate your child and keep them on track. With the PPE exams approaching, this could be the answer to maintaining momentum.
Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19
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