Week Ending Friday 31st March 2023

Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:

We have reached the end of the spring term and I want to firstly thank you for supporting the school. I would also like to thank and congratulate you on the excellent way your children have conducted themselves this term.  We have been impressed by their enthusiasm and focussed approach in lessons and other extra-curricular activities.  Attendance has been good, around 95% across the whole school – I know it can be even better and thank you in advance for supporting us by sending your child into school every day. Every lesson counts and consistency is important for your child to help them make progress and ensure they have sufficient time to learn, reflect and move forward. The summer term will be packed full of interesting trips, experiences, as well as focus on the curriculum and assessing childrens’ progress so far. We will also be planning for the year ahead and looking at transition arrangements for the next Year 7 group, as well as planning the process of current students into their next year.

Happy Easter to those celebrating and have a restful break.

Letter from Chair of Governors

Charity week

The student leadership planned the week with a different theme and charity being supported each day. Monday was planned by the student voice leadership team. There was a baking contest and sale. All proceeds raised on this day will be donated to the Malala Foundation.

Culture day

The diversity team planned an international dress day at school to coincide with the Multi-Cultural Evening. Students and teachers wore clothes to represent their cultures and donated a £1. There was also a lively pani puri contest at lunch time won by Joyvinin 13V.

Craft fair

A craft fair was planned by the mental well-being team. Students were able to participate in a number of different activities including diamond painting, pencil case painting and bracelet making. All proceeds will be donated to ‘Place2Be’, a children’s mental health charity.

Treasure hunt & bake sale

A treasure hunt was planned by the enrichment team. The top prize was a set of wireless headphones won by Zain 7V. All proceeds from the day will go to ‘Save the Orphans’ charity.

The eco committee held a vegan bake sale and birdhouse making contest. The proceeds donated from these activities will be donated to ‘RSBP’, a charity that supports the conservation and preservation of birds.  

On last count, the donations reached over £1000 for our charity week.

Mental health bookmark winners ceremony

Congratulations to our top twenty bookmark winners. There was a fantastic selection of over forty bookmarks entered & shortlisted to twenty. Mr Adams handed out a Kindle to Harmani 9L (1st place winner) and Amazon vouchers for the top five. A brand new Stephen King novel was awarded to students who came 5th to 10th. The rest of the students received a Literacy trophy, certificate and achievement logs. The bookmarks will be on display in the library corridor after Easter until the end of summer term.

Summer exams 2023

Please find the final dates attached for Summer 2023 exams, which start after the Easter holidays – there is a set per year group. Please note that there are two contingency afternoons on Thursday 8th June and Thursday 15th June, as well as a contingency day of Wednesday 28th June.  All students sitting external exams this summer Y10 – Y13 must be available for these afternoons, and up until and including Wednesday 28th June in case any exams need to be moved. All holidays should be booked from Thursday 29th June onwards.

Cooking Club

In this week’s Cooking Club, student made spicy traffic light rice. They demonstrated cooking skills such as chopping, cutting, stirring, measuring, turning on the cooker and stoves.  

Resilient Me

Year 11 students attended the ‘Resilient Me’ workshop. The atmosphere was fantastic, students worked on their self-belief and confidence. This gave the students the opportunity to explore revision techniques, workload and stress and time management in preparation for their GCSEs. 

Year 7 drop down day

Year 7 students participated actively and enthusiastically with all the activities that the safeguarding team had organised. Students’ awareness was raised about the different starting points that each person has due to their individual circumstances. They learnt about the different types of unconscious bias that one experiences. They carried out role play activities to showcase their understanding of each type of unconscious bias. Students’ participation was voluntary and their participation in each of the activities was wholehearted.  Their conduct and attitude reflected the Villiers’ HEART values. Well done! 

Science Club

Students were fascinated with the properties and behaviour of light. They had fun looking at how light behaves with various laboratory apparatus. A photograph is a captured image of a real event and these images show the enthusiasm of students while investigating the properties of light. A picture says a million words and these images show scientists having fun!

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)

Sustainability updates

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. Over Easter they will be running a range of fun activities, with information about 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/

The big battery hunt

The Big Battery Hunt is a nationwide programme to help educate and inspire young people to recycle more used batteries. Make sure to recycle any batteries at local supermarkets, shops and libraries. Remember – small environmental actions, when taken collectively, can make a big difference!

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