Week Ending Friday 3rd March 2023

Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:

Thank you for your support and consideration on Thursday when the school was not open for Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students.  Year 11, 12 and 13 students who attended school on the strike day were impeccably behaved and all mock exams ran smoothly.  For Year 11 and 13 students, mock exams have now finished and well done to all the students for maintaining a fantastic focus level. 

We will be holding our Eco day on Friday 10th March and the theme is sustainable travel.  Please encourage your child to either walk, come by bike or bus on that day.  If you normally drop your child by car, then please organise a car share with another family, which will support our focus on a cleaner and healthier environment through sustainable travel.  We will be holding a raffle next week and the top prize will be a bike, so please ask your child to buy as many raffle tickets as possible.  All money raised will go towards our nominated charity.

Have a good weekend.

World Book Day

This week celebrates World Book Day. The science department are calling on Year 12 and Year 13 students to rummage their homes for CGP revision guides (not workbooks) given to you to support your GCSE years, so we can help other students and the environment by reusing them. It is better to reuse items before recycling. Students can hand these to a science teacher. 

Cooking Club

In this week’s Cooking Club students baked shortbread and demonstrated skills such as sieving, shaping, cutting, measuring and washing up. 

Library Readathon

To celebrate World Book Day, Villiers will be promoting reading and raising money for sick children in hospital by taking part in a Readathon.

Students who would like to participate must: 

  • Choose want they want to read – fact, fiction, audio-books, blogs, comics or magazines.
  • Ask family and friends (not strangers) to sponsor them per book, per page, per 10 minutes. 
  • Encourage their sponsors to pay online at: readforgood.org
  • Hand in any cash or cheques at school along with their completed card.
  • The top ten students who have raised the most will be recognised and a ceremony will follow with a prize/ trophy. 

Start date: Friday 3rd March

End date: Friday 31st March (all booklets and money raised will need to be collected  by end of school day)

The links below explain how the Readathon works and some ideas/ tools to download and the competition details:


Ealing’s spring holiday activity and food (HAP) programme

The HAF Programme provides free holiday provision, including healthy food and enriching activities, for children and young people in school from Reception to Y11 who reside in, or attend school in Ealing and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM) or who are vulnerable and would benefit from a HAF place.

Please take 70 seconds to watch the YouTube video and see what our children and young people get up to in their HAF programmes. Ealing’s Spring HAF Programme will run from Monday 3rd to Friday 14th April 2023.

Throughout the borough, HAF provisions will be offering a wide range of free activities as well as a healthy meal. Eligible children and young people can attend for a maximum of 4 days over the Easter school holiday, with any number of our HAF providers. For your information, please visit Ealing Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme |  Ealing Directory (ealingfamiliesdirectory.org.uk)

A.L.F.I.E. Programme

Please read the attached flyer regarding the A.L.F.I.E. programme for females ages 14 – 16 years old. 

Year 11 and 13 mock exams

Y11 and Y13 mock exams begin on Wednesday 22nd February, please find the timetables attached. We wish all students the best of luck!

Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in science – LGBTQ+ history awareness month poster competition

February celebrated Sarah Josephine Baker, a scientist representing the LGBTQ+ community, who did phenomenal work in reducing infant mortality rates. Congratulations to Arpan 10I for her winning entry. Arpan will be awarded an exciting book prize.

Breakfast and lunch menu

Mental Health support for parents and caregivers

Young Mind’s Parent Helpline and Webchat provides advice and support for parents and caregivers who are worried about a child or young person. Please click here for further information.

DT competition

Please encourage your child to participate in the DT competition.

DT Competition

Please see the attached for further information regarding the DT competition. 

Families with children entitled to FSM

Parents/ Carers who are not currently registered as eligible for free school meals, can apply on the FSM portal if you think you might be eligible. Please click here for further information.

If your child is eligible for free school meals, Ealing Council will be providing additional financial support during the February half term holiday. You will shortly receive a supermarket voucher to support you to meet food and other essential costs over the school holiday. Please click here for further information.

Ealing food bank

Ealing food bank welcomes donations to provide help to people in crisis. Please click here for more information regarding drop off locations.

Message to Parents of Year 11 – 13 Students

Students sitting any exams this summer need to be available for the full exam period. They cannot book holidays until Thursday 29th June 2023 onwards.

They will not know their summer exam timetable until later this year, as some exams are still being moved due to clashes. However, regardless of when their last exam is, they must be available up until Wednesday 28th June 2023, as this is the contingency day, alongside two contingency afternoons on Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th June 2023.

Contingency dates are added in case there is a national or local emergency and an exam has to be moved and students must be available for this. 

Sustainability updates

Eco day

Our next Eco day will take place on Friday 10th March. The theme will be ‘Travel Green, Travel Healthy’. We would like students to travel to school in an eco-friendly way, such as walking, cycling, running or scooting. If you live far away, students could try getting the bus or public transport. If you have to drive, can you car share or ‘drop a stop’?

On Eco day, students will learn about how green and healthy travel can reduce emissions as well as improving physical and mental health. There are many exciting ways students can get involved in Eco day too!

  1. Firstly, students can buy tickets for the Eco Raffle. There are ten prizes to be won. The top prizes are two new bikes, worth around £500. Tickets can be purchased from Miss Farrell or members of the Eco committee.
  2. Secondly, there is a cycling competition. Students who cycle to school on Eco day and park their bike in the bike sheds will automatically be entered to win a prize.
  3. Thirdly, there is a road safety obstacle course in the gym at lunchtime.
  4. Finally, the Swap Shops will be running again. Please encourage students to bring in books, toys and stationary in exchange for tokens. Items can be brought to Miss Farrell or members of the Eco committee.

Let’s Go Southall

Let’s Go Southall is a group of community organisations, charities and volunteers working together to help get Southall more physically active. They recently came into Villiers to discuss with pupils how to get involved, and how staff, pupils and families can get their hands on a free bike!

They provide a variety of free activities to get involved in – please see this link for a full timetable: https://letsgosouthall.org.uk/get-active/events/

Gardening club

The Council has asked the gardening club to lead a project that redesigns Southall Square (the space outside Lidl and the market). 

They would like the gardening club to create a vision for the square, design the square and, in the summer term, help plant any greenery in that area.

This will involve lots of amazing opportunities and develop design skills, to present to the local community and the Council, as well as to make a real impact on our local area.

Gardening Club runs on Mondays after school in N1 – please encourage your child to participate if this is something they are interested in!

Key Forthcoming Dates

Get in Touch

If you have any suggestions on how to improve the school further or any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: info@villiers.ealing.sch.uk