Message from the Headteacher, Mr C Richards:
This week, teachers have organised a number of enrichment activities for pupils including a Geography field trip to Epping Forest, a trip to St John’s College, Oxford for pupils in years 9 and 10 involved in the Inspire programme, a Drama Trip to ‘Dear England’ as well as fundraising activities for the P.E. Trip to Greece next year. Our year 11 Drama students completed their open dress rehearsal ahead of their final exam next week and today, we took two minutes of silence to remember the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life ahead of Armistice Day on Sunday. Read more about this in the article below.
Next week we will be highlighting the nationally recognised Anti-bullying week and the theme this year is ‘Make a noise about bullying’. Pupils will be allowed to wear odd socks on Monday 13th November to encourage them to express themselves and celebrate their individuality, there will be assemblies to remind pupils about how to report bullying and how to get help if it happens to them, our Safer Schools Officer will be delivering some talks and there will be activities to do in form time. Our school safeguarding page lists a number of websites for families to find out more from staying safe online to the prevent duty. There are also a number of printed pages in the school planner about how to deal with bullying should it occur and how to stay safe online so do discuss these with your child when you find a moment. Failing this, if your child feels like they need to talk to someone at any time, please direct them to talk to their form tutor, Deputy Head of Year, or Head of Year. Contact details are available on this link.
Finally, happy Diwali or Shubh Deepavali to those celebrating on Sunday. May your Diwali bring peace and love to your life.
U.K. Parliament week (6th – 12th November 2023)
Mr Nandi our U.K. Parliament Teacher Ambassador, delivered assemblies to all year groups this week. Students gained a fresh insight into the U.K. parliamentary system as well as practical skills for taking initiative and influencing causes that are important to them.
Villiers received an email from a gentleman living locally who had a fall one evening. He emailed to commend the exemplary behaviour of a group of Villiers students who helped him and carried his shopping bags to his house. He was very grateful and commented on how amazing our students were.
Well done to these students for upholding one of our HEART values of Respect and showing real community spirit.
DT Islamic Month celebration competition
Please encourage your child to participate in this month’s Islamic month celebration competition.
Maths department- Black History Month competition
Students were asked to create a mathematical clock or Black History Month board game in honour of Benjamin Banneker. The entries received were exceptional! Congratulations to Jathushigah 10V and Ridita 10E for achieving first place with their outstanding clock representing Benjamin Banneker’s work. Aum 10L and Krish 10G secured second place. Veroshka 9I took third place for her Bingo game which effectively celebrates Black History Month while demonstrating clear mathematical knowledge in its design.
School Street pop-up event
Despite the heavy downfall of rain, the school street pop event went ahead on 2nd Nov from 2pm – 7pm.
Residents, parents and some students came to the canteen to ask further questions.
A School Street is a short closure of the streets around the school at the start and end of the school day during term time. This helps to make the streets a safer, quieter and more welcoming environment for those who use them for walking and cycling, in particular children on their school journey. If you were unable to attend we would still welcome your thoughts, you can do this by completing this survey- https://bit.ly/SS-Villiers.
Today, at 11am, students and staff observed a 2-minute silence as part of Remembrance Day. This yearly event, originally started to recall the end of hostilities in World War I and commemorates the millions of lives lost, both military and civilian, in armed conflict since then. It is not only a time to remember, but a time to hope for a peaceful future.
Students learnt about the origins of Remembrance Sunday in a dedicated form activity this week, and how some former students of Villiers High School are remembered on the memorial plaque in the main hall.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Spanish trip- Barcelona
We are delighted to invite your child on a Spanish trip to Barcelona! The trip will take place from Friday 12th July to Monday 15th July and pupils will be travelling by plane. Letters can be found on Google Classroom or collected from their languages teacher. There are only thirty places available, so please act now!
We are pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule school photographs for all pupils in years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 for Tuesday 5th December.
Childhood flu vaccination programme
If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccination on Friday 24th November, please complete the eConsent form- https://app.schoolscreener.com/Portal/#/CNWLLon/pr/CNWLi2324flu/101928
If you experience any difficulty using the eConsent system, please contact the school welfare officer via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to contact staff at school, please use the contact page on our school website to make sure you get through to the right person: https://www.villiers.ealing.sch.uk/contact
A reminder that during the school day, the Heads and Deputy Heads of Year and many Senior Leaders will be teaching or on duty and will not always be available to get back to you immediately; this includes email, phone and in-person visits. Either leave a message with reception or email your child’s Head of Year and we will arrange an appointment for you if appropriate. If it is urgent, please make sure this is clear in your message and one of the Senior Leaders on High Profile Day will speak with you as soon as is practical. In an emergency, please dial 999.
If you are reporting lateness or absence, please check the details on this page: https://www.villiers.ealing.sch.uk/key-information/my-child-is-going-to-be-absentlate
2024 Pearson National Teaching Awards
Pearson are now accepting entries for the 2024 National Teaching Awards. Entries must be submitted before Friday 22nd December. This award shines a spotlight on our unsung heroes, from stand-out teachers, friendly caretakers, playground helpers to brilliant office receptionists. This is the only award open to nominations from parents, carers and pupils. Send in your nomination here.
School Street Engagement and Consultation Newsletter for Families
The School Street survey for Villiers High School opens at the end of the week to enable the local and school community to give their views on the proposed scheme. The council will be posting letters to all properties in the area. Please find attached the newsletter regarding the School Street and pop-up events which took place earlier in November.
School production rehearsals
We are now fully immersed in our rehearsals for our annual school production. This year we are doing ‘When This Is Over’ by Company Three. Rehearsals are held on a Monday and Tuesday from 3:20 until 5pm. A rehearsal schedule has been published so students are aware of when they are required to attend.
With the late nights drawing in, please ensure that your child is picked up from school or organise for them to walk home with peers from school. We look forward to you seeing the final result in February.
National Theatre Connections Festival
We have been selected as one of fifty schools & theatre companies in the country to take part in the celebrated National Theatre Connections Festival with the opportunity to perform at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in April. We are opening auditions to students in year 10 – 13 and an information evening was held on Wednesday 8th November after school from 3:10 – 3:30pm in O37. If students are interested in being part of this prestigious project please get them to speak to their Drama teacher!
Important Information – Free School Meals
Families who are not currently registered for free school meals but feel that they are eligible can apply using the following link here. Free school meals are available for pupils of parents or carers that receive certain benefits. Further information on the criteria for applying can be found here. If your child is eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals, please click here for further information regarding supermarket vouchers for the October half term holiday to support families.
Medical and allergy information
We need 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: one to be carried on their person and the other to be provided to the welfare room in case of an emergency.
In addition, please encourage your child to check with the canteen staff for any food allergens 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.
Food related questions can be directed to Charlie (Catering Manager) via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cycling into school
Any student cycling to school must ensure their bikes are placed in the caged bike shed.
Students with prescription medication
A reminder that students should not be carrying any medication in school (with the exception of epi pens and asthma pumps). Any prescription medication (given by a GP) must be handed to the welfare room and a medication consent form should be completed by families for health and safety purposes. If students are feeling unwell, they must go to the welfare room and family members will be contacted if necessary.
Public Health Ealing and NHS North West London
Winter is often a time of particular pressure in the NHS and there are more coughs and sniffles around in the colder months. NHS North West London are running a campaign to raise awareness of the different NHS services that are available, and when it’s the right time to use them. This will help people get the right care when they need it and alleviate pressure on A&E.
We are excited to share next week’s canteen menu with you. Please click along each slide.
Autumn Term extra curricular clubs timetable
We are very proud to present our vast array of enrichment offers this term. Please see the timetables for all activities taking place during lunch and after school. Please note the sports clubs have changed this term. Encourage your child to participate in at least one club per term.
Key forthcoming dates
For our major events, please check here.
|13/11/23||Year 12 Sociology Trip → Emmanuel Centre Gardening Club → Southall Square Flower Bed planting|
|14/11/23||Year 12 History Trip → Emmanuel Centre|
|15/11/23||Year 11 GCSE Drama C1 Performance Exam|
|16/11/23||Disability History Month → 16th December|
|17/11/23||Year 10 Reading Screen|
|20/11/23||Year 7 Maths Coding Workshop|
|21/11/23||Eco Building Workshop 10.30 – 13.00|
|23/11/23||GCSE Music Trip → Brightsparks Concert |
Year 12 Psychology Trip → Emmanuel Centre
|24/11/23||Y7 – 11 Flu Vaccinations|
Year 12 Science Trip → LGC Laboratory
Year 10 English Trip on the GCSE Anthology
Year 9 Reading Screen
|Looking ahead: Winter Holidays 22/12/23 – 08/01/24|
Term finishes 12.15 – 12.30pm, Thursday 21st December 2023;
New Term begins Tuesday 9th January 2024. Pupils to be through gate 6 by 8.27am to arrive in tutor groups by 8.30am. Breakfast club from 7.45am.
If pupils take extended holidays for any reason beyond these dates, they will be recorded as unauthorised and you may be fined.
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