Message from the Senior Deputy Headteacher, Mr C Richards:
Eid Mubarak to all those observing this occasion. It has been yet another busy week full of trips, assessments, moderation and planning ahead, as well as welcoming many of our future Year 7 students. Their visit was a great success and it has been a pleasure to start to get to know them all. We welcome back our students and staff from their trip to Nakuru in Kenya and look forward to hearing all the interesting stories they bring back with them. Next week, there is the prospect of two days of industrial action, so please read the messages below on this so you are clear about operations on these days. If there are any changes, the school will make contact by text message and email, so please make sure your contact details are up to date.
Have a lovely weekend.
The National Education Union has planned national strike action for 5th and 7th July, 2023. If this goes ahead, the school will remain open for students in Year 10 (who will be on their last day of their work experience placement, which they should continue to attend) and Year 12 on Wednesday 5th July. On Friday 7th, we have planned for Year 8 and 10 to be taking part in a careers conference, which will finish at 12.30pm at which point they will be sent home. Students who receive free school meals may collect these at break time. Should the plans for either day change, we will contact parents and carers by text message and email. We will make contact with the families of vulnerable pupils from all year groups who will be able to attend school on this day. For all other year groups, work will be set on Google Classroom.
A reminder that other teaching and leadership unions, namely NASUWT, ASCL and NAHT are currently balloting on strike action for the Autumn term, so these staff are not involved in this latest industrial action. For parents who are uncertain as to why the different unions are balloting on strike action, here is an extract from ASCL: “ASCL and its members are in a formal trade dispute with the Secretary of State for Education in England concerning the worsening employment terms and conditions of members, the physical conditions of work, and the deterioration in the allocation of work and duties, as a result of the insufficiency of school funding (and in particular the decision of the Secretary of State for Education to implement a teacher and leader pay award significantly below inflation in the academic year 2022/23 and without adequate funding to cover the cost of the pay award). It is having a negative impact on teacher and leader recruitment, with a teacher and leader retention crisis and shortages. Members are leaving the profession caused by cuts in the real value of teacher and leader pay and the deteriorating terms and conditions of employment and working conditions. The adverse impact includes unsustainable workload and stress with harm to members’ health and wellbeing, and detrimental consequences for children and young people.”
Students worked enthusiastically with laboratory apparatus to solve some of the real life issues that biomedical/ health care professionals are posed with in real life. For examples, what disorder can afflict an organ? What are the effects of a medical drug? What dose should be given to a child and an adult?
Villiers held a very successful Eco Day based around the theme #GreenerSouthall. Teachers took the time to create interesting and fun lessons that educated students about the importance of green spaces in our community. Miss Nayyar and the Greener Ealing ran an amazing Eco Day workshop. Students engaged in interactive activities about how to properly recycle and how to avoid littering, as well as having the opportunity to plant shrubs and go litter picking in Southall Park.
Book review competition- English department
Students across KS3 & KS4 took part in the English department’s book review competition. We received an overwhelming response from the students and had difficulty shortlisting the winning entries. However, twenty entries were shortlisted, and the top five entries were awarded with Amazon vouchers, star certificates, books and a host of other prizes.
Eco Day- R.E.
As part of Eco Day (Greener Southall) students across Key Stage 3 & 4 have been using religious teachings to create a more sustainable greener Southall. They have incorporated ideas such as: growth and stewardship to protect the environment for future generations.
Primary school visit to R.E. department
This month both Havelock and North Primary School visited the Villiers R.E. department. Year 5 & 6 pupils explored the Dharmic faiths with Ms Fida, as well as the Abrahamic religions with Mr Cresswell. The keen young learners completed mandalas and engaged in animated Talk for Writing (T4W) activities. All pupils said they enjoyed the experience of being in a much bigger school!
Geography- waterfall competition
The Geography department would like to share the efforts and successes of our Year 7 students. In a recent competition, students had to create a model waterfall. They put a huge amount of effort, imagination and dexterity into completing this task. Although there were several clever and ingenious designs, the winners of the overall competition was Zaiduddin 7H and Daanish 7H, who built a very realistic working model with a water pump.
The last loan date for all students is Thursday 6th July 2023. All loans need to be returned by Friday 14th July 2023. Your loans will be recorded as ‘overdue’ if they are not returned by this date.
If any student would like to loan books over the summer period, please see the school librarian between Monday 17th – Thursday 20th July 2023 (after school) this will be discretionary and if there are any extenuating circumstances regarding summer loans/ extensions then call or email the school librarian on:
0208 8138001 x1371
Library opening hours:
Monday 8am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 8am – 4.30Pm
Wednesday 8am – 4.30pm
Thursday 8am – 3.10 (closed after school)
Friday 8am – 4.30pm
Autism awareness bookmark competition
The SEN department and the Library are working together to promote a better understanding of Autism. Our latest bookmark competition highlights the different types of Autism. The library will also be running an Autism book display and these books are available to students. Students can contact the SEN department or the school librarian if they require any more information. Please encourage your child to participate in the bookmark competition.
All exams of Summer 2023 have now finished and went very well. The exams team wish the best of luck to all students who completed their GCSE, A Level and BTEC exams. Results days are Thursday 17th August for A Level and BTEC Level 3 and Thursday 24th August for GCSE and BTEC Level 2. We will be open at 9am for both days.
We have compiled a helpful guidebook for parents and students at Villiers, containing valuable information about external organisations that offer support and guidance. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Silva or Mr. M Abdulrahman (Parent Ambassadors ) via phone: 020 8813 8001, ext. 1016.
Ealing summer holidays activities and food (HAF) programme
Year 12 mock timetable
Please see attached the Year 12 mock timetable for June 2023. Exams are taking place in X6.
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 email@example.com
Welfare and Medical Updates
Year 8 HPV vaccinations will be held on Wednesday 12th 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- firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school. Food related questions can be directed to- email@example.com
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.
The Gardening Club took part in a litter picking competition this week, in which they picked up as much litter as they could. Well done to Elijah 7L and Nathan 7L, who were our winners! The gardeners hope that this will raise awareness about litter around our school building and help everyone to make sure they put their litter in the bin.
This week, the STARS team attended the Transport for London Eco Seminar in Covent Garden. The team discussed the idea of reforming and remodelling transport networks and presented their project to a panel of industry experts. Miss Farrell and Mr Bennett were extremely proud of their hard work, and the mature and confident way in which they represented the school. The team also had a chance to explore the Transport Museum and learn about transport in London through the ages. Well done to:
- Manraj 12R
- Jasleen 11G
- Jeetanshu 12R
- Loveina 8V
- Hafsa 7I
- Alina 8E
- Jiya 12L
- Avneet 7V
Key Forthcoming Dates
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