Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:
It has been another action packed week with such wide range of activities, competitions and events at the school. I also had the pleasure of visiting a number of lessons this week and was very pleased with the high standard of learning and engagement in lessons.
Please remind your child that they are excellent ambassadors of this school and they need to maintain high standards of presentation and conduct when travelling to and from school. People on the street notice this and comment upon it and it is absolutely crucial that we maintain our good reputation in the wider community.
It was our pleasure to welcome so many parents and carers to our Year 10 and 12 evening where they were given information about GCSE and Sixth form courses and how they can support their children through the next two years of these vital qualifications.
Have a great weekend.
British National Championships
Based on her recent performance at the British National Championships, Lamise 7E has been invited to join the National Taekwondo Squad 2022/23 for the second year in a row. As part of the National Squad, she will have access to exclusive training sessions, which are held at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester every month. These sessions are designed to bring the best athletes in the country together, have them training and pushing each other on a regular basis, which helps build a more competitive team on the international stage as British Taekwondo move forward. This is a great achievement for Lamise and we are extremely proud of her, we wish her all the best with her first squad training session on Saturday 22nd October.
This week the Art Club made pieces of art inspired by Ming Dynasty vases using oil pastel and acrylic paint. Students used the oil pastel to draw their vases and then used the acrylic paint to cover their page. After it had dried, they scratched patterns into the paint to reveal the colours underneath and create their design. Students then cut out and mounted their vase onto black card and decorated the negative space with Chinese characters for good fortune and prosperity. Another fantastic art session this week!
Year 7 – Interform
Year 7 students competed in interform Football matches after school. Due to the rain the competitions were held in the school gym. This did not reduce their eagerness and enthusiasm. Congratulations to 7H who were the overall winners and well done to everyone who participated and supported the teams. Students showed excellent sportsmanship.
Black History Month
“It’s not that ALL lives do not matter; the point is that ALL lives are not EQUALLY at risk. Historically, black lives have tended not to matter, as much as others” – Ms Rodney.
Marcus Rashford, Malorie Blackman, The Duchess of Sussex (Megan Markle), Dr Shirley Thompson and Roy Williams – these were just some of the many people Ms Rodney enthused the students with, during their assembly. She raised awareness of their contributions globally and historically. She stressed that people from the African continent had varied, vibrant and culturally rich lives. The Transatlantic Slave trade not only distorted Africa’s economic development it also distorted views of the history and importance of the African continent itself.
The artist Adebanji Alade visited Villiers to run a workshop in portraiture and oil painting to a selected group of Year 9, 11 & 13 art students. It was a wonderful event, students were very enthusiastic and produced some beautiful work. A special well done to Yousuf 11S, Jasmin 11S, Grace 9L, Mercy 9H, Aloysha 9E, Gagan 9R and Illyssa 9E.
Over forty Year 7 students got the opportunity to see the new cast dress rehearsal of Frozen! They had an incredible time commuting on the train to Central London and watching the show.
Science Club students enjoyed working with magnets. Using bar magnets they made magnets repel or attract magnetic objects. Using a solenoid they made an electromagnet, which was even stronger than their bar magnet. When they looked under the microscope they could also see the minute detail on magnetic objects.
Year 7 – Student voice
Aanya 13V and Gurkirat 13L (Head Students) introduced Year 7 students to student voice and student participation in the school community. Sixth form representatives further explained student voice in the school. They gave guidance on the roles of Form, Charity, Sports, Well-being and Eco-friendly representatives. Ms Farrell and Ms Qadri explained how Year 7 students could also contribute towards our school community. Subsequent to this assembly, Year 7 students selected their representatives who have now started expressing Year 7 students’ opinions on various issues.
We have officially started rehearsals for this year’s production of ‘Arabian Nights’. We are very excited for you to see it! Please be aware that rehearsals run through the majority of winter and do not finish until 5pm. Therefore, with the dark nights drawing in, please make appropriate plans for your child to get home safely, whether that is picking them up or arranging for them to walk home with an older student in the cast. They are working very hard and it would be a shame to lose any of them due to winter rehearsals.
We are planning our annual visit to The Beck Theatre for our trip to the Panto and this time it’s our biggest visit yet! Tickets are going live on Monday and there are two days when we are visiting, so we are able to take the whole year group. Please select one date for your child to attend. Tickets are £12.50 and it is a really lovely event in the school calendar. Keep an eye on ParentPay for when the tickets go live.
Managing exam stress
Pleaser refer to the poster for an online exam stress webinar for students in Year 9 and above. The webinar will be taking place on Thursday 20th October at 4pm.
Black History Month – competitions
With one more week to go in Villiers celebration of Black History Month, it is time for students to get their entries in for our range of exciting competitions. We also have one more gourmet spread on offer in the canteen on Wednesday.
Students should have also had the opportunity to take part in our BUMPER Black History Month quiz in form time. There are prizes on offer for the individuals, teams and form groups who successfully complete the quiz first. Students must submit their answers to their form tutor who will pass them on to their Head of Year!
The celebration continues over the half term break with events all over London. Please click here to see what is on near you. Students can still borrow some fantastic books by black authors from the Villiers library to enjoy over the holidays too.
As usual, authorisation for holidays during term-time is never granted given the disruption to children’s learning, but if students need to take time off under exceptional circumstances please collect a form from reception making sure to provide as much detail and evidence as possible in order for us to process this request.
Responsibility for equipment
We are noticing a number of students wearing expensive air pod style headphones which are quite easy to drop or lose. As with other expensive electronic equipment, the responsibility for these items lies with the pupils and the school advises parents that they allow their children to bring these at their own risk. The school will not pay for lost or damaged equipment brought onto the school site.
Students who have tested positive for Covid must remain at home. Please do not send your child to school until they have a negative test result.
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