Friday 8th March 2019

Good Afternoon,

This has been a very productive week, some students and I have met with the school catering manager to look at how we can reduce the environmental impact of the plastic cutlery we use in school; students have been sharing their vision for The Vyne (I am delighted that many parents have also been completing the survey monkey to give their views); Year 10 have all taken part in a mock interview; Year 11 are taking their last set of mock exams and we are planning the next steps for our Peace Garden project.

I have also had the pleasure of speaking to Charlotte in year 7 who has just returned from Ireland where she was representing GB in kickboxing and achieved success in both her own age category and the next category up. We look forward to hearing more about her developing career.

Staff have been recognised in the press too, Ms Hide has had an extensive article published in two prestigious art magazines “Color” and “Pencil It In” and Miss Bryant has been identified in “Educate” magazine for her contribution to learning support at The Vyne. “I absolutely love my job,” she says. “And it's a lovely school to work at.”

Four students represented the school at the Hampshire Literature Quiz held at The Romsey School on Wednesday. Schools from across the county answered extremely difficult questions on everything from the classics to Wimpy Kid. Competition was fierce and unfortunately we missed out this year - but our team's knowledge of myths and legends was second to none and they demonstrated superb teamwork by listening carefully to each other and making some intelligent guesses. Well done Jack, Bethany, Charlotte and Zane - you did us proud.

Students also had the chance to try their luck in a number of competitions to mark World Book Day. Winners are yet to be announced by Mrs Holmes, but we have all enjoyed matching staff members to their favourite books in 'Book Day Bingo', and three students will win a 'curl up with a book' goodie bag - popcorn, cookies, chocolate and a wonderful new book - what could be better for a rainy weekend?

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Pearce, Headteacher

Sports Results

The year 8 football team beat Brighton Hill 9-0 on Thursday which puts them through to the finals of the District competition - well done boys!

Year Group News

Year 8 Mr J Crees

The Year 8s enjoyed a talk by Mrs Pearce this week about our vision for The Vyne. Year 8 then had the opportunity to make their own recommendations for what they would like to see in school and how they want to make their own impression on Vyne culture. The tutor team are working hard in order to focus students on their academics.

Year 10 Mr S Coomber

This week the Year 10 students had their mock interviews with Fujitsu, one of our Business Class Partners. The students all conducted themselves maturely and sensibly and were a credit to themselves.

Students have received feedback from their interviewers about how they did and feedback sheets will be shared with them. We will now be looking at aspirations for the future, work experience and the school vision.  I would like to say a huge thank you to Fujitsu for all the support they give to the students and the school.

Year 11 Mr A Morey

The first week of the PPEs have gone really well and the students have conducted themselves exceptionally.  Remember short bursts of revision this weekend will help prepare for next week’s exams.

Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE success - from Mrs Gibson

While we are in the middle of the last ‘practice’ before the real exams, it is important that students know we are all there to support them. I encourage parents to have a go at the attached ‘exam challenge’ with your child - it teaches a valuable lesson in always reading through the question first - good luck!

 Upcoming events

Monday 4th March to Friday 15th March

2 weeks

Year 11 - Pre-public Examinations

Thursday 14th March

All day

Year 11 - Basingstoke Improvement Project, Student Masterclass @ The Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke

Wednesday 20th March

10.45am to 6.30pm

5.30pm to 6.30pm

Year 7 - Romeo and Juliet @ The Globe Theatre in London

Parent Focus Group

Thursday 21st March

12.30pm to 5.00pm

Year 9 - KS4 Choices Interviews

(early closure for Year 9 only @ 12.15pm)

Friday 22nd March

12.30pm to 6.00pm

Years 9 to 11 - Much Ado About Nothing @ The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford

Planned Educational Visits for 2018-19

APRIL

Ski Trip

Year 8 Visit to Winchester University

MAY

Year 10 Research Matters Workshop @ The British Library in London

JUNE

German Exchange Students Visit to Basingstoke

Post 16 Information

BCoT

Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Open Evening

Monday 11th March 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Monday 13th May 4.30pm to 7.00pm

QMC

Open Evening

Thursday 25th April 5.30pm to 8.30pm