Friday 22nd May 2020

Good afternoon,

This has been a very strange term, and although we are beginning to see some easing of restrictions it is becoming clear that we are going to be operating in a different way for the remainder of the summer term and potentially further. I was pleased to discuss the situation with the other Basingstoke Headteachers and it became clear that we are all in different positions depending on our risk assessments and circumstances, below is a joint statement from all the Basingstoke secondary schools.

“School plans have been devised in discussion with all Headteachers and Principals from Basingstoke and Deane Secondary Schools.  Although there are some differences in the details of each school's plan due to the individual restrictions of each school community's setting, all have been made with the core purpose that we will do all that we can to support our students, without ever compromising their safety. “

Below please find details for Year 10 after half term. We are closed on Bank Holiday Monday but open to key worker children for the remainder of the week. Food Boxes should be collected on Tuesday please.

Year 10 Update

 

Following the feedback we received from our parent survey we are delighted to be able to offer a face to face session with a member of the Year 10 Tutor Team on either Thursday 4th June or Friday 5th June.  Each appointment will last 20 minutes and will give each student an academic update and a chance to discuss any other pastoral issues that may be affecting them at this difficult time.  Each child that attends will be given a report style document to take home that includes information from their English, Maths, Science and options teachers.  For students that cannot attend we will send these reports home.

 

The appointment times are available using the parent booking system for parents evening.  Please visit https://thevyne.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ to book your appointment.  Login is completed using the following information:

Your Title

Your First Name

Your Email Address (this is the address used to receive all school communication emails - if this is not entered the same as what is on the school system you will not be able to book an appointment)

Student’s First Name

Student’s Legal Surname

Student’s Date of Birth  

We aim to hold these appointments outside, next to our 3G pitch.  We ask the children to take a seat in the designated area which will allow staff and students to socially distance from each other.  There is no requirement to wear school uniform.    

10RTR to meet with Mrs Carter

10KGL to meet with Mrs Guzzi and Miss Julian  

10VST to meet with Mrs Scott

10HTL to meet with Miss Turnbull

10ZLT to meet with Mrs Light

10KDJ to meet with Mrs Daish   

If you have any concerns with this process please do contact:

r.carter@vyne.hants.sch.uk 

The Vyne Digital Platform - “Superb Engagement”

Over 95% of students are now using in our digital learning platform: Google Classroom. This is an amazing effort on the part of students, staff and parents and we thank everyone for the part they are playing in helping this develop and grow.

Crucial to developing students' online learning experience is parent feedback. Parents have been constructive and very positive. Feedback has included:

“they like the routine of following their timetable, seeing their lessons and having the feedback from staff.”

As teachers deliver hundreds of lessons every week in our new digital environment we are really pleased with the feedback from our staff: 

“Students can work at their own pace at a time that suits them. Feedback is well received and students are acting on this.” It gives students the flexibility to work both IT based and on paper.”

Next steps for Online Learning

Staff have been working incredibly hard from the outset developing and extending their skills of presentation and support. We are always listening to feedback from parents and students and looking at ways of enhancing the experience for our students.

As a result, over the coming weeks, we are developing and expanding our approaches to teacher delivery to raise further engagement and interaction. which will include more voice and video presentation opportunities.

Watch this space!

If you have any questions, concerns or recommendations please do not hesitate to contact us at ITHelpline@vyne.hants.sch.uk

Mr Peebles | Mr Duffy | Mr Lacey

Year 9 GCSE Options

A big thank you to all the Year 9 students. Despite the disruption to school life the GCSE Options process is now complete and apart from some last minute trouble-shooting we are good to go with the next stage of their learning.

After half term, the Year 9s will officially drop some subjects and start the learning required for Year 10. Everything will continue as it has in English, maths and science but there will be new work set to the following schedule:

Option A

Work set on

MONDAY

Option B

Work set on WEDNESDAY

Option C

Work set on

FRIDAY

French

Art

Art

History

Drama

DT

Geography

PE

Performing Arts

Computing

ICT

Geography

Music

History

Health & Social Care

DT

Food Preparation & Nutrition

PE

RE

Triple Science

Well done to all involved who helped make the options process run so smoothly.

Year 11 Update

BCOT Applications - Not yet got an offer?

If you have completed and submitted an application to BCOT make sure you have got an offer.

What if I don’t have an offer from BCOT?

Send an email to BCOT at: nextyear@bcot.ac.uk letting them know that you would like an offer.

  • If you are not sure or would like any help just contact us via email or through Google Classroom.

Hoodies

Thank you to those who have submitted your request. You still have plenty of time to register your interest in a ‘Class of 2020’ Hoodie.

  • Please make sure you submit the online form to let us know if you want a Class of 2020 hoodie.
  • Find the form on Google Classroom on our Year 11 page.

If you have any questions or worries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mr Peebles | Mrs Gibson

k.peebles@vyne.hants.sch.uk or j.gibson@vyne.hants.sch.uk

Mental Health Awareness Week

I am sure many of you are already aware that it is Mental Health Awareness Week. It is so important that we all take care of ourselves both physically and mentally and support each other especially through these difficult times. Mind is a fantastic organisation who are working very hard to remove the stigma of mental health and get us all talking. Their website has lots of useful help and advice including a number of useful apps which your children may find helpful.  Please follow the link below:

Apps for wellbeing and mental health

Please also see below 2 further links, the first of which is Calm Zone from Childline which provides some useful exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress, and the second, a guide to support parents whose children are struggling with their mental health.

Calm zone

Parents guide to support AZ

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s health and well being please do not hesitate to get in contact with our Family Support Team via enquiries@vyne.hants.sch.uk.

Contacts for issues to do with: -

Free school meals vouchers enquiries@vyne.hants.sch.uk 

In school provision for keyworker students j.eddie@vyne.hants.sch.uk

Year 7      Mr A Morey        a.morey@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 8             Mr M Duffy        m.duffy@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 9             Ms K Cunio        k.cunio@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 10   Mrs L Guzzi        l.guzzi@vyne.hants.sch.uk         

Year 11   Mr K Peebles        k.peebles@vyne.hants.sch.uk 

NHS guidance to parents of symptoms and signs of COVID-19

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology logo

Telephone Support Line for families, education settings and professions during covid-19

In line with government policy around social distancing and the impact of setting closures on access to our service, we want to reassure you that Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) remains available to contact for all. We are offering a Telephone Support Line during this time which will be:

• A daily telephone support line provided by educational psychologists for families, education staff and other professionals in Hampshire;

• available each day from 9.30am -12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm;

• for any queries related to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, their families and staff who know them.

Please phone the number below for your local area:

• North (Basingstoke): 01252 814 835

• South (Havant): 02392 441 497

• East (Rushmoor): 01252 814 729

• West (Winchester): 01962 876 239

• Isle of Wight: 02392 441 497

We recognise that we are living through unprecedented times. Things are changing daily and the impact on day-to-day life is significant. There are many helpful sources of advice and support available; Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) have put together a collection of key links which are available:

https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/help/young-people/coronavirus-help-support-and-advice/- Advice for children, young people and families from Hampshire CAMHS, with a wide range of helpful links

https://www.rcslt.org/-/media/docs/Covid/uk-england-advice-for-children-and-young-people.pdf?la=en&hash=B7AEBAAB7914AEF9ED9F3E7F678F3E8EE7C77C0C – provides general advice and many other helpful links for parents, carers and people who work with children

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to- coronavirus/ - The Children’s Commissioner have produced a colourful, downloadable guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people, with lots of ideas about how to make the best of their time at home

https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1 - an app for 10-18 year olds designed to educate about mental health and wellbeing, also with specific covid-19 updates

SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight have teamed up with Covid 19 Basingstoke which is run by members of Hampshire Council.  They will be providing food parcels for vulnerable adults and families in need and members of the Covid 19 will be coordinating volunteers to be able to distribute the parcels to homes across the area.

Any families or vulnerable adults in need of support can email food requests to admin@spotlightuk.org or call 07804 880072.

They will be open 10-4pm Monday to Saturday running from Hart House, Priestley Road RG24 9UP.  

If you wish to donate to the foodbank please email admin@spotlightuk.org.