Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:
On Thursday, councilors Pater Mason and Jasbir Anand together with Let’s Ride Southall team visited us at lunch time to see the excellent work that some of our students have been involved in as part of our sustainable travel project. They were very impressed with the level of interest our students have shown and were very encouraged by the fact that some of our students were able to involve their families too. Since January, as part of our sustainability theme of ‘Travel Green, Travel Healthy’ Eco day, Villiers has been working closely with Let’s Ride Southall (LRS) to provide pupils with bikes, bike equipment and training in cycling and bike maintenance, all free of charge. Let’s Ride Southall is a local initiative, funded by Sport England and TfL but driven by Ealing Council, with the aim of getting the town of Southall more physically active, all whilst reducing air pollution and carbon emissions. In order to qualify, pupils complete training sessions in road cycling and bike maintenance. Once at a good standard in both, pupils receive a new Raleigh bike, a bike helmet, a lock, a repair kit and lights. So far 26 pupils have met the criteria and received their bikes on Thursday. Please encourage your children to sign up for this worthwhile project.
Since the exam season is in full swing now, please do all you can at home to encourage your child to revise and effectively organise their time so that they are focussing equitably across their different subjects. Also, help us to support them with their well-being by ensuring that your child is eating healthy meals, getting a good night’s sleep and taking small breaks between their studies at home to maximise their concentration and retention.
Have a good weekend.
Head Student Appointments
Following a rigorous application and interview process, the Head Students for next year will be Shirley 12E and Jibril 12I. Mustafa 12V will be a Senior Deputy Head Student and Manraj 12R and Ansh 12I will be Deputies. There will be interviews for the remaining Deputy positions following on from this.
This week’s Cooking Club made puff pastry. They demonstrated skills such as rolling, shaping, trimming and weighing.
Maths Money Sense Activity
Sixty Year 10 students participated in the ‘Maths Money Sense’ activity. They learnt about minimum wage, payslips, income tax, VAT, national insurance contributions, government spending, savings, budgeting, needs and wants and unexpected costs. The students were encouraged to give their own views and critically analyse financial problems that young adults are faced with, as well as considering their own financial futures.
The students found the session very useful, some of their comments were: “Today we learnt that minimum wage for 16-17 year olds is £5.28, we also learnt about the benefits of saving”.
“The session was very educative and informative about the working world”.
“I learnt about how to manage budgets and prioritise my needs as opposed to wants, to save for any emergency”.
“I learnt about how the tax system works, the more you earn the more tax you pay”.
Readathon 2023 – Supporting ‘Children in Need’
Congratulations to our sponsored readers who raised money for sick children. Ria 7E and Manamrit 7I, raised over £300 between them by reading over six fiction books each. Over twenty books were read by all the students. Each student who entered the Readathon received a certificate, bookmark and book token. Well done to you all: Ria 7E, Manamrit 7I, Gaganpreet 7L, Kanwar 7I, Sanjeev 7E, Tamim 7I, Sanika 7I & Jeevish 7I.
Year 7- Subject Teacher Evening
The Year 7 Subject Teacher Evening will be held on Thursday 25th May 2023. This is an important opportunity for you to meet with all of your child’s subject teachers in advance of the Year 7 Summer Assessment Week next half term. At this evening, you will have an opportunity to discuss their classwork, homework, and attitude to learning across the curriculum. We would recommend your child attend the evening with you. The evening will commence at 4:00pm and end at 6:30pm. Next week your child will make appointment times with their subject teachers in advance. The evening will allow you to support your child to have a successful end to Year 7 academically and to prepare effectively for their studies next year.
NFL Flag Team
Well done to the girls NFL flag team who won their match 42-0! This is an amazing achievement and we look forward to more success.
Year 9 – Rewards Trip
Year 9 students attended a rewards trip to celebrate the excellent progress they have made during the first term.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange for you to meet the Chair of Governors to discuss this further.
Welfare and Medical Updates
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 Go Southall
This week, Villiers welcomed Councillor Peter Mason, leader of Ealing Council, and Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet officer. The councillor’s were invited to a bike giveaway event in collaboration with Let’s Ride Southall. Sixteen pupils received their new bikes, helmets and maintenance equipment, with many more staff and pupils signing up to the scheme, all free of charge. If students are interested in joining the scheme, they can get a form from Miss Farrell or sign up online at:
During Active Travel Week the STARS team has celebrated active and sustainable transport. The team held a ‘Biker’s Brunch’ with healthy snacks for pupils who cycle to school. The Step Count competition will be open until Sunday 14th for lower school pupils. Students can join their year’s Google Classroom using the codes below:
Year 7 – fau6cyw
Year 8 – hl6o5rj
Year 9 – maqopau
Does your child have any old school uniform items that no longer fits them? Is this uniform still in good condition? Would they like to stop this clothing from going to landfill? If so, please consider donating 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/ forms 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: email@example.com