Friday 31st January 2020

Good Afternoon,

It has been another busy week at the Vyne.  It’s hard to believe that January has come to an end already.

On Tuesday and Thursday we welcomed year 5s from South View and Oakridge Schools for taster sessions in earthquakes (geography), Matilda! (performing arts) and tomato rescue (design and technology).  Many thanks to Mrs Daish, Mr Yates and Ms Ledwith for co-ordinating the days events.

Students from years 9,10 and 11 have enjoyed trips to the UCA Farnham and the Natural History Museum.  As always our students represented the School impeccably.  A group of Year 11 also visited a high tech carpentry business to look at apprenticeship opportunities.

Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual event on 30th January with the aim of raising awareness of the challenges faced by young carers. 1 in 12 secondary pupils are young carers who regularly help to look after someone in their family, or a friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

In School we are setting up a Young Carers Peer Support Group to enable young carers to meet, socialise, gain advice and have fun.  The group will be supported by an adult facilitator.  Any student, looking to gain support or simply have a chat is able to complete a form, drop it in the message box in reception and Mrs Rodgers, Family Support will get in touch.  


The next Parent Focus Group is being held next Wednesday, 5th February, starting at 5.30pm in the school library. The focus of this meeting will be Home School Communication and we would welcome parents to come and join in discussions looking at a number of issues on communication, including the student planner, digital communication and the school’s communication policy. If you would like to join the group and attend this meeting please email Jane Freer at

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Pearce


Natural History Museum - Mrs Daish

On Wednesday 51 year 9 geographers visited the Natural History Museum in London in order to investigate the history of our amazing planet.  Students started the day investigating creepy crawlies, including the different methods of trapping prey by spiders around the world alongside identifying differences between a centipede and a millipede which we found out had very little to do with the number of legs.

The highlight of the day was spent within the earthquakes and volcanoes section where students experienced an earthquake simulation as well as investigating local to global impacts from a range of eruptions.

After lunch students visited the mammals and dinosaurs section where we were lucky to meet staff members who encouraged students to interact with a range of artefacts including stroking snake skin and holding animal skulls in order to make comparisons.

The day was a great success and we are very proud with how students represented The Vyne and their enthusiasm and desire to explore and learn within the museum.  Any students wishing to submit a photograph for our photography competition can either email their photographs to Mrs Daish or their Geography teacher or can visit us on Monday where we can enter any photos they have.

University for the Creative Arts Farnham - Ms Hide

On Monday, 15 Year 10 and 11 students went to visit UCA Farnham, the first time The Vyne has been to an Art College. We were shown around the campus and given the chance to participate in a workshop though the best part of the trip was when we had the chance to go into the studios and see the students at work. I am looking at arranging a similar trip to Winchester School of Art for those who couldn't go on the first trip due to its popularity.

Cars on site - Polite reminder

When dropping off/collecting your child from school by car please only park in the spaces provided, please do not park on the bends near the exit or any part of the access roads as it is causing congestion and blocking the vision of cars exiting the car park.  Thank you for your co-operation.


Train to Teach                                                       

A reminder that BASCITT are running an information event for potential teacher trainees on Saturday 8th February at 10am -12noon at Dove House School Academy.  Register your interest here 

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 have been looking at 'fake news' this week during their library sessions. Mrs Holmes helped the students to identify fake news by checking sources, looking at the headlines and language used in the text. Some of the stories shared were actually true, including a teenager who was taken to court for feeding chips to a seagull.

The Year 7 'B' team played their first football match on Wednesday against Costello which gave more students the opportunity to represent the school in a competitive fixture.

It was also great to see so many Year 7's participating in the 'Human Curling' event for the house competition. It involved sending a student down the sportshall on a skateboard aiming for a target area. Where does Mr Gibson get his ideas from?!

Year 8 - Mr Duffy

This week year 8 have had an assembly on Holocaust Memorial Day, the students have reflected on this and how the events of the past still have an impact on them. This week's year group has seen the tutor groups spelling out different words using only their bodies. The tutor groups did brilliantly, and I loved the creativity and the messages, including; ‘Teamwork’, ‘challenge accepted’ and ‘we are ambitious’. This week's house competition saw members of the year group take part in human curling! Thank you to Mr Gibson for putting on these events.

Year 9 - Ms Cunio

This week year nine excelled themselves whilst on a trip with the Geography department to the Natural History Museum. All the students that went really enjoyed it and the reports from teachers were all good. The bus driver said they were one of the best school groups he'd driven.

In school we have marked Holocaust Memorial Day with an excellent and informative assembly from Mr Eddie, which students were talking about after in lessons.

I would like to remind the parents of students in year nine that  immunisation letters should be brought back to school as soon as possible.

Year 10 - Ms Guzzi

Some of our year 10s have been fantastic this week helping with the year 5 visits, they did us all proud and broke out some great dance moves. We've seen an improvement in lesson punctuality since setting the Friday detention and I hope to see it improve even further next week.

Year 11 - Mr Peebles

Pre-Public Examinations (PPE’s)

Thank you to parents for supporting our successful PPE exams for option subjects. The data will support our planning for revision and conversations with parents when we come to parents evening just after half term.

National Citizen Week

I am delighted to let you know that this year we will again be supporting National Citizen Week. Next Friday we welcome the organisation who will provide all of the necessary information for your son or daughter during our celebration assembly.

Students will be given the opportunity to register their interest in the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer 2020 programme - an exciting, unique opportunity which connects young people from different backgrounds across Hampshire, Southampton and West Sussex, builds confidence and inspires them to make a positive impact in their local area.

Further information about NCS can be found here

Year 11 Parents Evening

Just a reminder for your diary that Year 11 parents evening is coming up shortly. It is on Thursday 27th February from 4.00 – 7.00pm

See below for college open events.

Mrs Gibson’s top tips for GCSE Success: Tip 11


Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity, ‘bounce back’ during difficult times and get back to feeling good. It is about having the capacity to adapt to difficult circumstances and to use tools and resources available to do so.

So what can you do to help your child build their resilience?

Help your child navigate their ups and downs by encouraging them to carry out resilient behaviours. You can be a building block in helping them build healthy habits, such as looking after their mental health, getting enough sleep, doing exercise, eating healthy food, hobbies, socialising or relaxing.

Staying connected with different people in our lives is the basis for building resilience. Help your child to understand who is in their support network when they face difficult situations. This may be a grandparent, friend, teacher, sibling or sports coach etc. It’s important they know who they have behind them when they need it.

Important dates: Examinations


BTEc Health & Social 7th February GCSE Exam

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”


Please note Year 11 applications are still open and at BCoT there is no deadline for applications for full-time courses or apprenticeships.

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:

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 & Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Year 10  CV Writing workshop

Year 9  Careers - Get Inspired event at The Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke  12:00- 14:00

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Year 11 Group photographs

Friday 14th February 2020

Inset Day

Thursday 27th February 2020

Year 11 Parents Evening 16:00 - 19:00

Monday 2nd March - Friday 6th March

National Careers Week

Subject Guest speakers