Friday 15th March 2019
Students have been engaged in a wide variety of learning this week, from Year 10 Computing students, designing a coin sorting program, to Geography students looking at housing adaptations for areas of flooding. I think most students have had to battle the wind in PE lessons out on the 3G pitch at some point this week!
The Student Council met last week, along with representatives Chloe and Amandeep from Fujitsu. The students raised some interesting issues which they would like to discuss at future meetings and students were also given the opportunity to put themselves forward for the role of Chair, Secretary and Senior Leadership Team Lead. The students, who chose to stand, confidently pitched as to why they wanted to fulfill these roles and after a vote Libby H was appointed Chair, Alfie C as Vice Chair, Sam R and Sarina N as Secretaries and Sara Z, Amy F and Oliver B as the SLT Leads. Throughout the meeting all members made fantastic contributions, eagerly making notes in their new Fujitsu notebooks. The students are now armed with ideas ready to feedback to their tutor group ahead of the next meeting which is due to take place on Thursday 4th April. Thank you Mrs Gambrill and Mr Dollin for leading this.
The Year 9 options process has started in earnest. Over 80% of our Year 9 students attended a busy Choices Evening last Thursday. Following a presentation by Mr Eddie students and their parents were able to discuss their choices with subject areas. We were also fortunate to be able to welcome representatives from BCoT and the Apprenticeship Programme. Our fantastic Careers Advisor, Mrs Wood, was also available to chat to parents and students.
As part of the Basingstoke Improvement Project, a small group of our Year 11 students joined students from across Basingstoke at The Ark yesterday to participate in some bespoke revision for English, Maths and Science. The Heads of Department from these subjects went with the students and reported that the students found the day really beneficial. Thank you Miss Biggle for arranging this.
Enjoy your weekend!
Mrs Pearce, Headteacher
Unfortunately the Year 9 boys rugby was cancelled this week due to high winds and a waterlogged pitch, however the Year 7 girls did manage to play their netball fixture against Bishop Challoner. Although they lost 6-2, it was a hugely improved performance from the all the girls and they are definitely heading in the right direction. We have the Year 8 boys football semi-final to look forward to next week - just waiting on confirmation of our opponents.
Year Group News
Year 8 Mr J Crees
The Year 8s have been receiving their House Assemblies this week in order to continue developing The Vyne Values and house spirit! Tutors have been trying to keep students up-to-date with the progress of Brexit!
Year 9 Miss Buckland
The Year 9 Choices Interviews will take place next Thursday, 21st March and on that day we will allow YEAR 9 STUDENTS ONLY to go home early at 12.15pm and then return for their scheduled interview. Parents will be very welcome to attend if this is possible.
All students have been issued with their interview time.
Year 10 Mr S Coomber
Some students have been writing letters to the interviewers from Fujitsu to thank them for their time leading the mock interviews.
Year 11 Mr A Morey
Year 11 have successfully completed their second week of PPE exams. This is their final practice before the real thing! The students have been able to build up their writing stamina this week with some long exams, including a 2.5 hour English Literature exam on Wednesday. Whilst the students might feel relieved the PPEs are over, it is important that they maintain their focus through to the final exams.
Year 11 Top Tip for GCSE success - from Mrs Gibson
Momentum is key, many of the students will either feel they have excelled in their exams over the last 2 weeks, or will now know they need to up their revision for the final stage of their school career. While they might feel they have earned a rest, it’s important not to ease off now! Maintain that revision timetable we have created, make the most of the next 8 weeks leading up to the GCSE exams.
Good luck to the NCFE Food and PE students who have their exams next week - we have every faith in you!
Please open the link below to view the Easter revision timetable which has been slightly amended:
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
Year 8 Visit to Winchester University
Year 10 Research Matters Workshop @ The British Library in London
German Exchange Students Visit to Basingstoke
Post 16 Information
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Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair
“Interested in an apprenticeship? Meet a number of different companies looking for apprentices at one of the biggest Apprenticeship events in the South of England!”
Monday 13th May 4.30pm to 7.00pm
Monday 17th June 4.30pm to 7.00pm
“From questions about the best subject combinations to take to pursue your goals, to presentations from QMC students to give you the lowdown on College life, all aspects of QMC will be open to you on these evenings.”
Thursday 25th April 5.30pm to 8.30pm