Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:
Thank you for your understanding and support on Thursday when the school was only open for Year 11, 12 and 13 students and your child may have had to complete work online from home. I understand that the strike days may present some challenges for you in terms of childcare arrangements but we will do all we can to mitigate against any negative impact of missed work and implement strategies for any catch up work.
We issued some vouchers worth £10 in total to some families to cover the Free School Meals cost over the four Teachers’ Strike days. If you have received these vouchers, then please use them in any of the ascribed food retail stores.
Please note that this weekend is not just a long weekend due to the May Bank Holiday but in addition, students are not expected to be in school on Tuesday 2nd May, as it is a staff inset day. Students will return to school as normal on Wednesday 3rd May.
Please note, Year 7 Subject Teacher Evening will be held on Thursday 25th May 2023 from 4pm – 6:30pm. Year 7 parents/carers to please save this date and ensure that you can attend. More information will be available in the coming weeks through a letter home, so please do keep an eye out for this.
Science Trip to Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station
Year 10 triple science students and Year 12 physics students went on an educational trip to Sizewell B Nuclear Power station. This is one of the biggest nuclear power stations in the UK located on the North Sea coast in Suffolk. Students were given a tour and a lecture by staff explaining how this nuclear power station was designed using modern technology. Students got the opportunity to see first-hand the huge size of two nuclear power generators, how they work and how the electricity produced is transferred into the national grid through the step-up transformers, which increases the voltage to 400,000V. The students further experienced how the nuclear waste is stored, as well as all the measures that are in place to protect the public in the event of an accident or a natural disaster that may occur. Finally, the students were presented with the 2,500 opportunities for apprenticeships that will be available when the planned 3.2GW Sizewell C nuclear power project construction takes off in 2024.
Year 10 Visit to The National Museum of Computing
Fifty-Seven Year 10 GCSE Computer Science students visited The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park. Students were able to view some of the world’s oldest computers in action including the historic Turing-Welchman Bombe, and Lorenz machines that were used to break the German Enigma enciphered messages during the Second World War. Students also took part in workshops exploring Moore’s Law in practice by comparing technology through the decades, discussing ethical issues and the limitations of artificial intelligence, creating their own chatbots and finding out more about sustainable data storage and deconstructing hard drives.
Beaconsfield Primary School Visit
Sixty Year 4 students from Beaconsfield Primary School worked with the science department to investigate how vibrations produce sound waves and how they travel through different mediums. Students also investigated the relationship between the frequency of vibrations and how this changed the loudness of a sound. It was wonderful to see the Year 4 students enthusiastic about science.
Walking Talking Mocks
This week, all Year 11 students took part in a science walking talking mock session. Well done to all Year 11 students, who showed focus when answers were modelled and tips on how to attempt questions were shared. All Year 11 students were directed to take their mock papers away and finish any incomplete questions. Mark schemes have been uploaded onto Google Classroom. Year 11 students have been directed to self-assess and request support from their science teachers with any questions they were unsure of. Students must remember to bring their mock papers to their science lessons next week.
In this week’s cooking club students made flaky pastry and demonstrated skills such as rubbing-in (pastry making), rolling, kneading and weighing.
Resources for Parents/Carers of Students Applying to University
The best place for parents/carers to get university application support for their child is: www.ucas.com/parents
Here you will have access to a wide range of guidance and resources, all designed to help you through the different stages of the application process:
‣ Parent videos – for advice, hints, and useful tips.
‣ Parent newsletters – all the updates and information you need, along with timely explanations of the application process. Parents and guardians can sign up at: www.ucas.com/parents-signup
For the parents/carers of our current Y13 students, please contact Mr Sekhon (HoY 13) or Mr Benson if you require any further assistance.
Co-opted Governor Vacancy
Villiers is looking for a new co-opted governor to join the school governing body to help guide the school in its next phase of development. A co-opted governor cannot be a parent of a child currently at the school (there are elections to appoint parent governors) but should be someone who either lives or works locally. Ideally the co-opted governor should have some specific skills that can be of use to the governing body e.g. finance, education, estates management, marketing, etc. If you know of friends or family who might be interested please contact email@example.com who will arrange for you to meet the Chair of Governors to discuss this further.
Welfare and Medical Updates
The School Aged Immunisation Team will soon be visiting Villiers to deliver the second Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for Year 9 on Wednesday 3rd May 2023. A text message will be sent out with further details.
Year 8 HPV vaccinations will be held on Wednesday 5th July 2023. An electronic consent form has 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 you are feeling unwell, you must got to welfare and parents/carers will be contacted if necessary.
Let’s Ride Southall
Villiers would like to thank Let’s Ride Southall for their successful bike giveaway this Monday, to promote healthy and sustainable travel. Ten pupils received their new bikes, as well as locks, helmets and lights. Many more pupils and staff signed up for their free bike training. If you are interested, please ask Miss Farrell for a form or sign up online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWDrKDSsDfFv4rVzh7UptHYWyt1AS4XIaTMMhYV1kUeRscvA/viewform
Active Travel Week
The STARS active travel champions will be running an Active Travel Week from 8th – 12th May, to encourage pupils to travel in healthy and sustainable modes. There are many exciting ways to get involved such as a step count competition; a biker’s breakfast; and a bike repair workshop.
Does your child have any old school uniform items that no longer fit? Are they still in good condition? Would they like to stop this clothing from going to landfill? If so, they can donate these items. Next Eco Day (23.06.23), they will have the chance to swap or buy school uniform that is used but clean and of good quality. Miss Farrell/ form Eco Rep will be accepting the following items of clothing:
- School trousers
- School skirts
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: firstname.lastname@example.org