Message from the Headteacher, Ms A. Sharma:
Happy Eid to all celebrating next week, we hope you enjoy the festivities with family and friends. We wish all staff and students going to Kenya on the African Adventures trip this weekend a safe journey and hope they have a wonderful time. No doubt they will come back with lots of tales to tell and photos to share, which will light up future bulletins.
Robert South, the Director for Children’s Services and Education visited VHS on Thursday and had a tour of the school. He was very impressed with the confidence of our students and highly praised the calm and positive environment for learning.
Advanced warning for potential strike days on Wednesday 5th & Friday 7th July 2023, as NEU members will be balloting soon. This may cause some disruption to learning and you may need to arrange childcare.
The summer 2023 exams have now finished and we would like to thank you for all your support. We now look forward to celebrating with students attending the Year 11 & 13 prom. The Year 10 parents’ evening was a big success and we are grateful to the Year 10 team and all subject teachers for the quality of meetings, but a big thank you to all the families who attended to find out how best to support their children going forward.
Thank you to the P.E. team and sports leaders for helping Hambrough Primary school with their sports day. Not only has this helped out a local school; part of our community, but it also contributes to our primary liaison.
Have a good weekend.
6th Form TEDtalks
Well done to Lovedeep 12E and Tisha 12I, who kicked off the 6th Form TEDtalks excellently with a presentation and activity involving the personal meaning of art, why art is for everyone and the benefits in connecting to art whether it is at an intellectual, emotional or practical level.
London Regional Translation Bee competition 2023
Huge congratulations to Rida 9H for winning the London Regional Translation Bee competition 2023. She is the London Regional Champion in Spanish 2023! Over 4,000 students took part in the competition this year, and our finalists are all in the top 1% of languages learners in London. Since Covid, this has been the first in-person competition, as opposed to virtual. Well done to all seven of our competitors and supporters, Rida 9H, Rajwinder 8S, Tyra 8I, Jathushigah 9V, Kinza 7E, Melson 8C and Nitusha 9L, who represented Villiers at the competition and kept their cool on an extremely hot day! Special thanks to Ines 11S for giving up some of her precious time after school to help our students prepare.
The Gardening Club were proud to present their plans for the regeneration of Southall Square. Villiers was asked by Ealing council to help redesign Southall Square, as part of the Grow Back Greener campaign. The gardening club completed a site visit to Southall Square, where they took pictures of advantages and disadvantages. After a session discussing the redesign, they chose a plan that prioritised space for walking, cycling racks and green planters. They presented their designs using posters and an interesting live presentation to pupils, family members, staff and Council members such as Councillor Peter Mason. The Gardening Club will be helping plant the newly designed square in the coming year.
Year 7 into 8 transition club
We have established a Year 7 into Year 8 transition club where we provide students with an overview of what to expect in Year 8. Additionally, we encourage them to share their expectations for the school and provide feedback on aspects they would like to maintain or modify. The club convenes every Monday during lunchtime in N3. The workshops are facilitated by our parent ambassadors.
Youth Goan Association
We take great pride in acknowledging the commendable participation of our students in the theatre workshop facilitated by Mr. Teotonio Costa, host of Prudent Media (local news channel in Goa). This workshop was arranged by the Youth Goan Association UK. Students acting abilities were exceptional and their active involvement was noteworthy. The students received coverage in the Goan newspaper, which served as a source of encouragement for our Goan students. Mr. Silva, one of our Goan Parent Ambassadors, played a motivating role in this endeavour.
Year 7 Rounders team
Well done to the Year 7 Rounders team for winning their fixture last week. They have shown great teamwork and enthusiasm this term.
Southall Community Alliance
Please read for more information regarding Villiers students work with Southall Community Alliance.
As we enter the final month of the academic year, please make sure your children continue to wear their uniform with pride. Shirts must be tucked in and there should be no long-sleeved t-shirts underneath. Lanyards must be worn at all times for safeguarding reasons and if children are uncertain about the jewellery allowed to be worn (or any other details about the uniform) please check the student planner or the school website.
Year 12 mock timetable
Please see attached the Year 12 mock timetable for June 2023. Exams are taking place in X6, so students should be wearing school shoes and not trainers.
As of September, 2023 smart phones and headphones (including in-ear and AirPods) will not be allowed to be used on the school site by students from Year 7 – 11. Sixth formers will be allowed to use these items only in their dedicated areas (6D1 and 6D2) if given permission by the staff in there and not elsewhere on the school site. This is to support students with concentration, increasing opportunities to develop social skills, high quality play and oracy, as a method of avoiding cyber-bullying and to prevent loss or theft. If you wish your child to have a mobile phone with them on the way to or from school, this is fine. Non smart phones are often cheaper and more durable e.g. this example from Tesco. These phones should be switched off during the day and kept in bags. AirPods or headphones may be used on the way too and from school, but need to be put away before reaching the school gate. Should these items be seen (NB not necessarily in use) within the school gates, they will be confiscated and parents (not pupils) are welcome to collect them at the end of the week from 3.45pm. If the incident happens on a Friday, then the items may be collected the following Friday. If you wish to discuss this or have any further feedback, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We would like to ensure that our school records accurately reflect your child’s medical needs including information on any allergies. Please keep us informed of any changes to your child’s medical allergy condition(s) to ensure information is accurate and up to date on our school system. If a student has been prescribed an Epi-Pen by their doctor, they should carry two Epi-Pens. One to be carried on their person and the other to be provided to school in case of an emergency. In addition, please encourage your child to check with the canteen staff for any food allergens food before purchasing and to read the food labels on display. If you have any queries, please contact the welfare officer directly via email- email@example.com or by calling the school.
Summer Term Club Timetable
Our A&Es are under particular pressure at the moment. They are seeing a significant increase in health issues related to the hot weather and the very high pollen count in the area. They have published some information to help members of the public understand the right place for them to go when they need help from the NHS but also advice on staying well in warm weather and top tips around asthma and hay fever.
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