Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:
It has been a busy but amazing half term. There are many achievements of students that you can be proud of as parents and I want to thank you for all support in raising such fabulous young people. Please remind your children to read every day, eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, take exercise and sleep for at least 8 hours each day. Their physical and mental well-being is of utmost importance. Without being physically and mentally healthy, it is difficult to achieve their very best.
Hope you have a relaxing break.
Inspire programme for Year 9
The Year 9 Inspire Scholars worked on a design brief, using performance criteria. Their task was to design and create a model of an afternoon tea stand for Tommy White Teas. Here are some photos of when the Inspire Scholars pitched their ideas to the panel of judges. The winners of this episode of The Apprentice were Saalihah 9S, Jathushigah 9V and Madina 9I.
Junior Maths Challenge
Villiers High School’s top mathematicians from Year 7 and Year 8 were selected to compete in the Junior Maths Challenge. A huge congratulation to all the students, who participated in this competition. Students used their mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency to solve interesting mathematical problems. A special mention to the following students for achieving a Gold:
Maqeel 7L (best in Year 7)
Azfer 8C (best in Year 8 and in the school)
Year 12 Health and Social Care trip
Year 12 Health and Social Care students enjoyed a trip to the Royal College of Nursing and the London Southbank University.
They explored the exhibitions at the College Library and Heritage Centre, in central London before embarking on a guided tour of Southbank University, learning about possible careers and degrees in Health and Social Care.
Students contributed to messages of thanks to the brilliant nurses and the NHS for their work during the pandemic till present.
Year 7 & 8 trip- Royal Holloway
On Monday 22nd May, forty students from Year 7 & 8 visited Royal Holloway University, Egham for a Raising Aspirations trip. During their visit they had an introductory talk about going to university in a real university lecture theatre, a campus tour, visiting various different faculty buildings, accommodation, the food halls and had the chance to have a Q&A session with the three Student Ambassadors. The students were very engaged and asked some inquisitive questions. At the end of the trip, when asked about their thoughts on attending university in the future, students said ‘I did not know University was so big’ and ‘it was amazing – they do so many activities and I definitely want to go’.
Year 9 & 10 trip- Royal Holloway
On Thursday 25th May, forty students from Year 9 & 10 visited Royal Holloway for a Raising Aspirations trip. During their visit they had an introductory talk about going to university in one of the newest lecture theatres at the university, a campus tour visiting the Gothic Founders building, the library, the multi faith chapel, accommodation buildings and the food hall, before having a Q&A session with the three Students Ambassadors. The questions the students asked were very well thought out and helped the students get a feel of applying to university, campus life as a student and financial support that is available for students. At the end of the visit many of the students said they were now seriously considering going to university, as they had a better understanding of how it has a positive impact on their life chances and their continuing education.
Parental community meeting
On Monday 22nd May, we were pleased to hold our first Parental Community information evening. This was an opportunity for parents to meet the Parent Ambassadors, Mr Abdurahman and Mr Silva, as well as representatives from local organisations, who we have built and developed links with over the course of this year. These included Father Jovito from St Anselms Church and Mr Abdi Ali from Acton Youth Association. As well as hearing from the school about how we support and nurture their children in school, Father Jovito, Mr Ali, Mr Silva and Mr Abdurahman explained about the services and support their external organisations offer in the community, ranging from advocacy, financial advice, mentoring and revision clubs. Parents also completed a survey and their feedback about the information given out was very positive.
If your child is in Year 7 – 9, please encourage them to prepare ahead for the end of year science exam which will take place during the following weeks:
Y7 Assessment week 5/6/23
Y8 Assessment week 12/6/23
Y9 Assessment week 26/6/23
Specific dates and topics are attached.
Some students are arriving late to school and giving the reason for being late as either ‘transport issues/ traffic’ or ‘woke up late’. For both of these reasons, there are clear steps students can take to ensure they are not late in future, such as setting an alarm (earlier than their current alarm, if necessary), getting their uniform and equipment ready the night before and planning their journey ahead of time.
If a student is late, they will receive a break time detention. If they miss their detention, they will receive a lunchtime detention. Please make sure students arrive to school on time, every day and continue to maintain our high standards and expectations of students at Villiers.
Geography sustainability workshops
The Green School Project was invited in by the geography department to run two workshops on climate change and sustainability to two selected classes in Year 7 & 8. This organisation has contributed significantly in recent years to improve sustainability in schools around London. The workshops were very engaging and productive; all of our students were enthusiastically involved and by the end of the lessons they all created their own sustainability projects, which hopefully will bring some positive changes in their lives and in the school.
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. Students are not allowed to call home for sickness, as this disrupts the school. If you are feeling unwell, you must go to welfare and parents/carers will be contacted if necessary.
Key Forthcoming Dates
Get in Touch
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