Friday 7th February 2020
It is that time of year when the shoes which were purchased in September are either getting too small or demonstrating that they have worked hard - as a result we have a number of students who wear trainers to school. This is not acceptable, all students need to be in black shoes as indicated in the school uniform guidelines. Please can you support the school by ensuring that your child wears shoes. Please contact your child's tutor if this presents any difficulties.
Mutual Gains Local Community Project
I wanted to share with you an really important project being launched by my colleague Mrs Pape (Headteacher at South View Junior and Infants School).
Mrs Pape is working on a project called Mutual Gain which has been commissioned by the police for areas where there has recently been a lot of crime. There have only been a few such projects in Hampshire: Gosport, IOW and South View.
The project involves the police and lots of different agencies including housing, counsellors, schools, council, residents association, local shops, neighbourhood watch and community safety to name but a few.
The idea is that this project empowers the local community to improve the area in which they live, but to do that they need to hear your views on what it feels like to live in this area, what worries you as well as what you like about the area. In light of recent events which I am sure you are aware of from the media if not personally. It is an ideal opportunity for the local community to have their say.
To encourage people to come along and provide their views they are offering a £10 Festival Place voucher to the first 100 people to register to attend the 'World Cafe' meeting which will be held at the Hall for All. It is called 'voice4all@hall4all'.
The meeting is on Saturday 14th March 2-4pm. Mrs Pape will be there facilitating the meeting. To register please email your name and postcode to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback from parent focus group - thank you to those parents who generously gave their time this week at the parent focus group and provided some very helpful feedback on the topic of communication. It is so helpful when we have a chance to discuss matters and look at how to ensure we are always improving. If you would like to be part of the Parent Focus Group please contact the school.
Inset days for summer 2020 - to allow you to plan your holidays we can confirm that the first day of term for students will be Monday 7th September 2020. Please can I take this opportunity to remind parents that schools have very limited circumstances under which they can authorise requests for a child to be away from school and therefore please be aware that requests for holiday are almost certain to be declined and will be recorded as unauthorised absence.
Just a reminder that Friday 14th February is a school Inset day.
I hope the forecast storm does not blow you around too much over the weekend!
AWE Females in Engineering Challenge - Miss Hollingshead
On Wednesday, five Year 8 students were selected to take part in a Females in Engineering Challenge event, sponsored and run by AWE. The aim of this event is to introduce Year 8 girls from a variety of schools into the world of engineering.
The inspiring event was managed, and run by, AWE’s current apprentices who were very insightful and enthusiastic to get the girls involved in the wide range of competitive activities linked to different aspects of the engineering field. Activities from the day included: problem-solving skills, maths challenge, electric circuit building, creating a lava lamp, protecting an egg from a drop, maze circuits using a ball-bot and, the highlight of the day, the Robot Wars challenge!
In addition to the activities, the students had the privilege of two female guest speakers who shared their personal experiences in the world of Engineering. First was Sue Bird, who has received an MBE in 2016 for services in Engineering, as well as being a former President of the Membership of the Women’s Engineering Society. The second guest speaker was Allison Atkinson, AWE's Director of Infrastructure Projects Delivery, who has been recognised as the sixth most influential woman in engineering. It was inspiring and amazing to hear their backgrounds and experiences in the field, giving the students an opportunity to ask questions about the industry.
Overall, The Vyne girls did us proud by receiving second place on the day, unfortunately being pipped to the post for the coveted AWE Females in engineering trophy. However all was not lost, as the girls did receive an AWE goodie bag!
CV Writing Workshop with Fujitsu - Year 10 Ms Guzzi
On Wednesday, year 10 students attended CV workshops run by Fujitsu Ambassadors. With the opportunity to understand the vital importance employers place on a curriculum vitae, students were taken through the process of identifying how to shape and structure a CV for the modern workplace.
David Ross commented that Fujitsu volunteers were impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the students. They grasped the importance of developing their own CV. In fact, all the volunteers are looking forward to coming back to the school for the Mock Interviews in March. CVs need to be submitted onto the school network by Wednesday 26th February to be eligible for a free practice interview with Fujitsu.
A big thank you to Ms Guzzi and Ms Wood for supporting the whole day which was a great help and much appreciated by the volunteers.
Year 9 Careers Event: Get Inspired - Mr Eddie
On Wednesday, 50 year 9 students attended ‘Get Inspired’ at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke. Get Inspired Basingstoke is an interactive day that inspires young people to consider areas of work they may never have thought of, and which helps them to understand how they might get there.
Through activities students gained a real understanding of the broad and exciting career paths that the diverse businesses in and around our town have to offer. Students left feeling inspired about:
Safer internet Day – Tuesday 11th February
Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally on the 11th February 2020 with the theme:
“…Together for a better internet…”
As a school we are taking the opportunity to reflect on the importance of safe use of the internet with daily assemblies taken by our own Cyber Ambassadors.
The day is a great opportunity to spark a conversation about the safe and responsible use of technology, and to inspire young people to create a better internet for the future. We will be hosting a competition for all students to enter!!
Help us spread the word
· You can get involved in #SaferInternetDay by:
· Visiting www.saferinternetday.org.uk
· Following @UK_SIC on Twitter and Instagram
· Joining the national conversation using #SaferInternetDay
· Liking @saferinternetuk on Facebook
Coronavirus - government advice for parents / guardians
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. With half term approaching people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
You can help too by following basic hygiene rules:
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
• Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
• If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
Community News - Mrs Edwards
A new addition to our regular community programme of activity is Man V Fat which is a great way for overweight men to lose weight and get fit. The football league is based on weight loss as well as pitch scores. Sessions commence 3rd March 2020, Tuesdays 8-10pm on the 3G pitch. A weekly weigh in takes place inside too. For further information visit https://manvfatfootball.org/Home/Registration
If you have primary aged children and are in need of childcare our usual holiday club providers; Isis Out of School Club and Premier Education will be holding their clubs all week to include performing arts, sports and arts and crafts.
All regular activities can be viewed 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 12
Encourage your students to keep their goals visible – e.g. printed and displayed on their bedroom wall, It will help them focus on them. Talk to them about their goals regularly, how close they are to achieving them and how important it is to them.
Give positive reinforcement, connect with them about ‘why’ and ‘what’ they want to achieve, make sure it's focused on their needs and capabilities, not what you want them to do, often our own desires can cloud thiers and demotivate them if they feel they might let you down.
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