Week Ending Friday 17th March 2023

Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:

This week, the governors completed a two day rigorous selection process to appoint the next Headteacher of Villiers High School for September 2023.  I am delighted to inform you that Mr. Chris Richards who has been at this school for six years and is currently the Senior Deputy Headteacher, has been appointed to lead the school from the next academic year.  Both governors and I are very confidently assured that he is the right person to lead this school towards its next stages of development. Mr. Richards has been working alongside me throughout this school’s journey not only towards its ‘Outstanding’ status but in planning all its future developments too.  I am proud to leave the school in his very capable hands and we will work together to ensure a smooth transition.  On behalf of Villiers staff, students, governors and parents, I would like to extend our congratulations to Mr. Richards on this well-deserved achievement.

Next week, we will be holding our annual Multi-Cultural Evening to celebrate diversity of cultures and showcase many talents of students from different parts of the world.  Tickets are currently on sale and any money raised from the proceeds will go towards our charity supporting volunteer work at a school in Kenya.  Please donate generously using your ParentPay account. There are only a limited number of tickets available, so buy early.

Internation dress day:

To celebrate cultural diversity, staff and students can come in an international dress and contribute £1, which will be donated towards our Africa charity.

Have a good weekend.

Maths LGBTQ+ 

Students were asked to create a board game or a video showcasing the maths department’s contribution to LGBTQ+ Month. A huge congratulation to Jathushigah 9V for creating an outstanding board game where she included mathematical LGBTQ+ questions.

Park Gallery – New Life Art Competition

Jathushigah 9V entered the Park Gallery new life competition, where students from Year 9 to 13 submit their best work linked to the theme ‘new life’. Jathushigah was selected as one of the four finalists and invited to Queens Hotel, Cheltenham. Prizes will be awarded once the winners have been selected.

Hope for Southall Homeless Project

The SEND department would like to thank everyone who donated clothes and trainers at the day centre for the Hope for Southall Homeless Project. The charity would like to extend their thank you to all students/ families and staff for their contribution – https://www.instagram.com/p/Cpw2gp_smrz/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, 7E delivered an assembly on the social, economical, cultural and political achievements of women from all around the world.

Eco Day

The Eco committee successfully organised and implemented Villiers ‘Travel Green, Travel Healthy’ Eco day. A massive thank you to all pupils, parents and staff for joining in so enthusiastically to make the day happen. Staff went above and beyond to create lessons that educated pupils about the importance of sustainable transport. Pupils took part in a range of activities such as a road safety obstacle course, Swap Shops and a raffle for new bikes.

Easter Egg Raffle

One of our ex-students, Minie Dhamu has donated Easter eggs to help raise funds for the African Charity our school is supporting this year. Raffle tickets will be sold from next week. To win one of these delicious Easter eggs, students must purchase a raffle ticket. 

National Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

110 Villiers High School students competed in the National Intermediate Mathematical Challenge, which encourages students to show their mathematical talents, mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. We can proudly say over 50% of Villiers High School participants achieved either a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate and four out of the six Gold achievers have qualified for the follow-on round.

A huge congratulations to:

  • 29 participants who achieved a Bronze certificate 
  • 20 participants who achieved a Silver with Dev 9L achieving Silver in the challenge and ‘Best in the Year!’ 
  • 6 Gold Participants:  
  1. Bedanta 11S was awarded ‘Best in the School and Year’ and will take part in the MacLaurin Mathematical Olympiad
  2. Jamal 10S was awarded ‘Best in the Year’ and is a Pink Kangaroo Qualifier
  3. Arvin 11L is a Pink Kangaroo Qualifier
  4. Muhammed 10C is a Pink Kangaroo Qualifier 
  5. Ahmed 10E
  6. Sagarika 10S

Good luck to the four qualifiers!

Multi-Cultural Evening

Students have been rehearsing for Multi-Cultural Evening and we would love for parents to attend on Tuesday 21st March at 6:00pm. Tickets are selling fast, please purchase these for £5 via ParentPay.

Students who are participating will not be going home in the gap between the end of the school day to the start of the show. So, please make sure they bring their costumes with them, along with any additional food and snacks for the day. We will provide food for them, as they will be unable to go off-site. 

Lost Property

Lost property will be placed on the stage in the school hall on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st March.

The Sher Jung Foundation Creative Writing Competition

The Sher Jung Foundation is a charity recently formed in loving memory of Sher Jung, a well renowned Punjabi author who died in 1996 aged fifty-nine. Its premise is based on the values that were so dear to him and whose legacy can now flourish embedded within the core aims of the charity. Sher Jung was not only a published author of thirteen books in Punjabi and Hindi, but also a teacher and Headmaster in India. His passions were writing and education, and he was focused on ensuring this was provided to everyone regardless of their means. He taught many students for free. His dream was to become a full-time writer, but this was not financially viable for many Punjabi authors who had emigrated to the U.K. for economic reasons. This charity is therefore holding and carrying this flame in providing and promoting education and literacy, and aims to provide aspiring writers support through various means. Although the charity has a bias to South Asian writers, it is not limited to that alone and would support any writer.

Welfare and Medical Updates

The School Aged Immunisation Team will soon be visiting Villiers to deliver the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination for Year 8. Electronic consent forms have been sent to you via email, this must be completed as soon as possible, even if you do not consent, please select ‘no’.  Please read the letter sent out for further details, and if you have any questions you may contact the Welfare Officer.

A reminder that students should not be carrying any medication, unless it has been prescribed by the doctor to take in school and a medication consent form has been filled in for safety purposes. Due to this cold weather lots of viral infections have been going around and students are getting sick. Please encourage your child to keep warm, have a good breakfast and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Students are not allowed to call home for sickness, as this disrupts the school. If students are feeling unwell, they must got to welfare and parents/carers will be contacted if necessary.

Medical Tracker App

Please read the letter attached for further information about the new medical app the school will be using.

Attendance and Punctuality

Please make sure your child attends school everyday and on time (by 8:30am at the very latest but we encourage students be here by 8:20am), so they are able to get to their form class. As we know, having good attendance is vital and research suggests that students that have the best attendance are more likely to feel happier and have a greater sense of belonging. Please do not book any holidays before or after the Easter holidays. The school will not be authorising any holiday leave requests during term time and any families still taking unauthorised holiday leave may be fined. For any emergency situations, please visit the school to complete a leave of absence form explaining the emergency.

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. 

Community Wellbeing Café

The Wellbeing Café is a social initiative to meet the needs of the community. Open on the last Friday of each month from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Hanwell Community Library. It is a place to meet new people, seek support on emotional health, engage in taster workshops around parenting and family relationships, and a chance to try homemade refreshments, teas & coffees from around the world in a safe space. Whatever the reason, come along to the Wellbeing Café just to have a talk!

  • When:  31st March 2023 from 10:30am – 12:30pm 
  • Where: Hanwell Community  Library [Address: Cherington Road, London W7 3HL]
  • How to register? Please click here to complete the form

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)

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