Friday 15th February 2019
I can hardly believe that we have reached half term already, the time has flown by, and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many members of our community and getting to know you all. This really is a very warm and friendly school, thank you all for welcoming me into the school in such a lovely way.
We have achieved a great deal this half term with many parents evenings, activities and wider learning opportunities for the students. We have also reviewed the curriculum and homework and my senior leadership team and I look forward to sharing our developments with you in the coming weeks.
I must admit to being a little jealous of our year 11 geographers who have gone to complete their fieldwork today on the beach at Hengisbury Head, what a glorious day for it.
This week, our Year 9 boys were all involved in the “Good Lad Initiative” workshops on Tuesday which explores the negative stereotypes and attitudes held by boys towards girls - as well as themselves - which can lead to violent behaviour in later life. We have run this workshop for several years now and feel it really does have a positive impact on the boys and helps them to build strong relationships throughout their lives.
Mrs Holmes, shared a lovely success story with me this week. As a result of entering a short story competition, 12 of our students’ short stories have been selected for publication in the new Young Writers anthology. I would like to congratulate Lilly, Ben, Romilly, Summer, Reena and Kayla from Year 7 and Andrei, Kyra, Gracie, Charlotte, Tiegan and Kim from Year 8. I would also like to thank Mrs Holmes and Mrs Shonk for making this happen.
The Year 7 boys played their first rugby match last week and I was so impressed with the match report that Alfie in Year 7 wrote, you can find an extract from it below - a sports journalist in the making I think. And fantastic news that the boys won the match.
I had the pleasure of holding my first “Headteacher’s Reward” get-together today, with 10 students from all year groups who had been nominated by their Year Leaders for outstanding effort and achievement during this half term. We enjoyed delicious hot chocolate and brownies kindly baked by Mr Cripps and his team from the kitchen.
I do hope you all have a lovely half term break and can I just remind parents that Monday 25th February is an Inset Day so students return to school on Tuesday.
Mrs Pearce, Headteacher
Year 7 Boys Rugby v Sherfield on 6th February
“On a normal afternoon day we travelled down to Sherfield to play our first rugby match together as a team at 3.00pm. It was quite a tricky task since they had some strong and pacey players, but we coped really well and played amazingly. We managed to win 20-15 with me scoring the last second try and also winning Man of the Match with a good performance.” (written by Alfie C, Year 7)
At the end of each half term we like to hold assemblies for all year groups where we have the opportunity to celebrate students’ successes and achievements.
Mr Duffy, Head of Year 7 talked to the students about the positive daily behaviour log which highlights students who have produced amazing work, shown a positive attitude to learning and are seen to be “doing the right thing”. Mr Duffy used the word clouds to celebrate this and also highlighted the great attendance and sports successes so far this term. The assembly also included an award, presented by Mrs Holmes, to our ambitious readers.
The Year 8 celebration assembly looked at the story of Corporal Carpenter as a way of showing huge sacrifice for his friends. They then celebrated two students from each tutor group who have been demonstrating model behaviour around the school.
Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE success - from Mrs Gibson
Exercise! Now that we have a planned revision timetable (from last week’s top tip) we need to build in time for our mental health. In order to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed by the exams and preparing for them, include some exercise into the plan. This doesn't have to be joining a new club or taking up hours of time, simply going for a walk or doing some relaxing breathing exercises can be of huge benefit. Exercise releases endorphins (a 'feel good' hormone) and can help us keep a clear head and boost our confidence when we need it. Taking a walk together, talking through plans is a great way to relax and give time to each other.
The School is a hub of activity in the evenings and weekends and throughout the school holidays. The new 3G pitch has been a huge success and is a real asset to the school. It is almost fully booked in the evenings with many local youth football clubs and adults all enjoying the fantastic, high quality facility. On Monday evenings, Leisure Leagues operate a popular 6 a side league.
There are many other activities taking place throughout the week. Why not take a look at the list of regular activities including fitness classes, football, netball, badminton as well as dance and sports clubs for children. Our regular holiday club providers Isis Out of School Club and Premier Education have lots planned to keep primary aged children entertained during half term.
On Friday 22nd, VPW wrestling returns for a night of family entertainment. For further information about this or any other events checkout the Vyne Community Leisure facebook page or the Community Leisure pages of the school website.
Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19
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