Friday 31st January 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a lovely weekend.
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.
Year Group News
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
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