Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:
From celebrating the achievements of black scientists, authors, and influential leaders from different fields during the Black History month, this week we have been focussing on raising awareness of Islamophobia. Students have been learning about many positive features of Islam and the contributions of mathematicians, scientists and other leaders from an Islamic background. We are very lucky to have a rich diversity of ethnicities, cultures, languages and viewpoints in our school and celebrate it not just through our annual events but also through our ongoing focus and work on inclusion.
For Armistice day on 11th November at 11 o’clock, we will be holding a one minute silence to remember many world war veterans across the globe who made a huge sacrifice to bring about freedom and peace.
Have a good weekend.
Consultation on New Build Meeting
There will be a consultation meeting on Thursday 10th November in the school canteen from 2:30pm to 5:30pm as part of the consultation process for Villiers to become a nine form entry school and to provide an Additional Resource Base to support special educational needs of students. Parents are welcome to attend, look and discuss the plans and ask any questions regarding the impact this would have on the school. Please complete the consultation feedback form (link provided on pg. 3 of the letter) by Friday 25th November at 9am.
Library book borrowers
Congratulations to our top 12 book borrowers. Well done to Marwa 8H who borrowed over 34 books last term from 1st September to 31st November. Each student received a trophy, certificate and a reading book. Our top three students were given a book token to buy any book of their choice.
Year 7 PGL
Fifty-two students attended the PGL trip to the Isle of Wight at the end of the first half term. They had a very memorable experience, where they participated in many different activities varying from zip lining to giant swings. It was an experience that they will cherish for years to come, where many new friendships were created.
Twenty-six Year 7 – 10 students visited the Emmanuel Centre, in London, for the DebateMate Launch. They were given the opportunity to see a live debate between professional debaters. These debaters attend some of the best universities in the country; they have competed in countries all over the world! There are plenty of exciting trips and competitions that our DebateMate club have planned. Debating is excellent for building confidence, but also allows students to develop their critical thinking skills under the guidance of university mentors. If you would like your child to attend DebateMate, this runs from 3.20pm – 4.20pm on Tuesday after school in 01.
This year, a new role of ‘assistant deputy head student’ was introduced and opened up to Year 12 students. Over 20 students applied for the role, of which 14 were shortlisted for interview. All of the candidates did a fantastic job of presenting their ideas and impressing the interview panel, however only 10 students were successful. A massive congratulations to the student leadership team in their new role.
Tenacious Year 13 students
Our sixth formers are extremely enthusiastic about both their studies and the opportunities afforded to them. They behave with considerable maturity and a high level of social responsibility, thereby acting as excellent role models for younger students.
Aside from homework, it is also very important students revise right from the start, not just when exam season comes around. By doing this, it can have a massive impact on their learning and final exam results.
Maths- Black History Month
This year the maths department celebrated Black History Month by carrying out a variety of different activities such as:
- Solving mathematical problems by reading articles and answering questions on Marcus Rashford and Martin Luther King.
- Researching about black mathematicians and creating posters and presentation on who students were inspired by.
- Making clocks to commemorate Benjamin Banneker’s legacy of creating the country’s first clock
Students were very enthusiastic when expressing why they were inspired by their selected hero!
Maths enrichment presentation
A huge congratulations to the following students in Year 8 for winning the maths enrichment presentation by creating and presenting on ‘Achi’ a game crafted by enslaved Africans in the 1700s:
- Zakaria 8G
- Nilavan 8H
- Thanusa 8V
- Janussa 8S
- Meet 8V
DEI in science
Please encourage your child to participate in this month’s DEI activity. The deadline is Friday 25th November and posters can be handed in to their science teacher.
Celebrating DEI in science – Black History Month
October celebrated Marie Maynard Daly, a black scientist who did phenomenal work in recognising causes of hypertension and atherosclerosis. Congratulations to Kirankumaran 7G, Jofia 7G and Dhruv 10S for their winning entries. Students have been awarded a certificate and an exciting book prize.
BHM ‘who is the black scientist’ competition
To celebrate Black History Month in October, students were set the task to navigate around the science department looking for clues about the work carried out by ten black inspirational scientists. 7R did incredibly well and had the highest rate of participation. Congratulations to Janicia 7R and Beverly 7R for identifying all ten scientists correctly. Students have been awarded a certificate and an exciting book prize.
Photo proof sheet
Students were photographed by professional photographers before half term. They will now be bringing home their photo proof sheet. The deadline to order these online is Wednesday 16th November via the website: https://photos.jssp.co.uk/?page=default
Please inform your child that lost property will be placed on the stage in the hall on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November.
Islamophobia Awareness Month
November sees the 10th anniversary of Islamophobia Awareness Month and the first celebration of this important event at Villiers High School. Assemblies next week will be led by the planning committee and will raise awareness and some challenging questions around this theme. Activities and events will be taking place around the school, from the canteen, to the library, in lessons and form time activities. If students would like to get involved in running an event or activity, they can visit Ms Welsford in her office opposite O5.
Sustainability at Villiers
Do you have old books, toys and stationary that you no longer want? Would you like to #Swap them for new items? Do you want to reduce the waste that goes to landfill?
On Eco Day (18th November), pupils will have the chance to swap books, toys and stationary with other pupils at Swap Shops for our theme #LetsSwap. Students can bring any of these items into school to exchange for tokens to use at the Swap Shops. These items must be in a good condition to exchange and must be brought to Miss Farrell or collected by the Eco Team representatives.
The STARS ambassadors working group met this week to explore issues affecting travel in the local area. They discussed the environmental, social and economic impact of traffic congestion, and came up with possible solutions. They also held a debate about the merits of walking and cycling. Students can keep a look out for the STARS ambassadors notice board for more updates!
Olio app – surplus food stock
Please take the time to read out the Olio, which can be downloaded to find out about surplus food in the local area.
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