News Articles for 2011

Christmas Fayre Success

12 December 2011 :: Christmas Fayre Success

On Monday 5th December, we held our annual Christmas extravaganza and what a resounding success it was!  

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Anti Bullying Week

12 December 2011 :: Anti Bullying Week

Students at Vandyke have been raising awareness during Anti Bullying Week. 

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CHRISTMAS FAYRE & CONCERT

28 November 2011 :: CHRISTMAS FAYRE & CONCERT

Christmas is most definitely on the way and with this in mind, we have begun to prepare for our annual Christmas Extravaganza.

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Vandyke Remembers

25 November 2011 :: Vandyke Remembers

Last week was a very important week in Vandyke’s calendar as the whole school comes together for Remembrance to remember those who gave their lives to keep us safe and free and for those currently serving in Afghanistan and other war torn regions

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Smile Week puts the Fun in Fundraising

15 November 2011 :: Smile Week puts the Fun in Fundraising

Once again this year Sixth Form students have organised a fund raising week for the orphanage in Malawi that the school has helped support for the last five years

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Aim Higher Event - Thursday 17th November, 5.30-8.00pm

06 November 2011 :: Aim Higher Event - Thursday 17th November, 5.30-8.00pm

Confused about Careers? Looking for inspiration?

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High praise for MFL at Vandyke from HMI

31 October 2011 :: High praise for MFL at Vandyke from HMI

Read here about the highlights of HMI visit to Vandyke's MFL department 

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Tomato soup in the cafe made from Vandyke’s home grown tomatoes

31 October 2011 :: Tomato soup in the cafe made from Vandyke’s home grown tomatoes

Jamie Oliver would have been proud of the students and staff at Vandyke this week!

 

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Big Rock Visits Vandyke

10 October 2011 :: Big Rock Visits Vandyke

'Big Rock' visited Vandyke last week.  Two instructors spent time with groups of Year 11 and Sixth Form students to take them through the basics of climbing. 

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An Enterprising Start for Erfolg

10 October 2011 :: An Enterprising Start for Erfolg

It has been a busy week for the Vandyke Young Enterprise team!  A group of Year 12 and 13 students have been fundraising all week in order to raise capital for their business, which they have named Erfolg – German for success.

 

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Gold D of E expedition

24 September 2011 :: Gold D of E expedition

Vandyke's first gold expedition to the Lake District

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World Challenge Summer 2011

22 September 2011 :: World Challenge Summer 2011

India Summer 2011

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Exam results Summer 2011

19 September 2011 :: Exam results Summer 2011

Vandyke is again celebrating record results this Summer.

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Vandyke Dance Showcase

18 July 2011 :: Vandyke Dance Showcase

The summer term at Vandyke is without doubt a busy time for both students and staff alike and with so much going and so many new things happening, it is a very important and enjoyable stage in the year.

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Cafe prices in September

18 July 2011 :: Cafe prices in September

We have just been informed that the company who run our cafe have announced an increase in their prices for September.  A price increase is, of course, inevitable as food prices are rising and they have worked hard to minimise the size of the increase. 

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Art and Design Open Evening.  PICTURE PERFECT!

05 July 2011 :: Art and Design Open Evening. PICTURE PERFECT!

Vandyke's annual Art exhibition has become one of the highlights of the summer term. 

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Dance Showcase

01 July 2011 :: Dance Showcase

Please join us for another fabulous Dance Showcase on Tuesday 5th July at 7pm. Last year the Showcase was SOLD OUT so please get your tickets for the Showcase as soon as possible. The quality of dance really is superb so this really is an evening not to miss!

Tickets are £2 (£1 for Concessions).

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Record Attendance Levels 2010-11

20 June 2011 :: Record Attendance Levels 2010-11

Each year the Department for Education requires schools to submit their attendance figures for the academic year up to the summer half-term.  We are delighted to report that the attendance of students at Vandyke for 2010-11 is once again at an all time high of 94.63%. 

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Sixth Form Challenged!

20 June 2011 :: Sixth Form Challenged!

After the stress of AS exams, Sixth Form students were set a different sort of challenge.  Rather than testing their academic skills, they found their perseverance, problem solving and team-building skills challenged in a series of tasks set and run by the army. 

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World Challenge

06 June 2011 :: World Challenge

The fourteen students going on the World Challenge expedition have now got under two months until they will be in India. 

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School Arranged Transport

27 May 2011 :: School Arranged Transport

Do you live outside the school catchment area and need assistance with home to school transport?

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Vandyke Year 11 Awards Evening

16 May 2011 :: Vandyke Year 11 Awards Evening

Last week, Staff, Governors and the parents of 140 Year 11 students gathered together in the Vandyke School Theatre to celebrate the outstanding efforts and achievements of the ‘class of 2011’

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Vandyke experiences Auschwitz

16 May 2011 :: Vandyke experiences Auschwitz

Between 8th - 11th April Vandyke Upper School undertook a visit to Krakow in Poland. 

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PTA QUIZ NIGHT 10TH JUNE

16 May 2011 :: PTA QUIZ NIGHT 10TH JUNE

Our next PTA quiz night is FRIDAY 10TH JUNE 2011

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National Healthy Schools re-accreditation 2011

03 May 2011 :: National Healthy Schools re-accreditation 2011

We are delighted that Vandyke has achieved Healthy Schools status again this year.

 

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Grand Opening of Vandyke's Practical Learning Centre

03 May 2011 :: Grand Opening of Vandyke's Practical Learning Centre

We are proud to announce the opening of our  Practical Learning Centre on 4th April 2011. The opening was attended by school Governors and  the facility was officially opened by the Chair of Governors  Mr David Packer.

 

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Keech Hospice Fundraiser

03 May 2011 :: Keech Hospice Fundraiser

Students from Vandyke Upper School were delighted to hand over a cheque for £1600 to the residents and staff of Keech Hospice in Luton on Tuesday 29th March. 

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What a Show! V Fashion

04 April 2011 :: What a Show! V Fashion

On Friday 25th March Vandyke held its first ‘V Fashion’ catwalk show led by the Art and Design department.  Student models ‘strutted their stuff’ in collections inspired by Black and White, Africa and Indian Summer.

 

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Rock Challenge 2011

21 March 2011 :: Rock Challenge 2011

Eighty students from Vandyke Upper School took part in ‘Global Rock Challenge’ performing arts competition at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage. 

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Maths Challenge

21 March 2011 :: Maths Challenge

Vandyke Upper School students were delighted to receive congratulations ‘in person’ from Andrew Selous for their outstanding results in the UKMT (UK Mathematics Trust) Intermediate Mathematical Challenge. 

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Tsui Yee Targets 2016 Olympics

07 March 2011 :: Tsui Yee Targets 2016 Olympics

Year 10 student, Tsui Yee Lau has set her sights on the 2016 Olympics after securing her place  in the England U17 Badminton Gold standard squad.

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Student Success at Vandyke

07 March 2011 :: Student Success at Vandyke

Vandyke Head Girl, Rosie Riley was truly triumphant when she learned that she had been offered a place at London’s prestigious ‘Central School of Speech and Drama’.

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Now easier to claim free school meals!

04 March 2011 :: Now easier to claim free school meals!

It is now much easier to claim free school meals!  All it takes is just one phone call!

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Academy Status

24 February 2011 :: Academy Status

The Governing Body have approved and the Trust Board have approved a move for Vandyke to become an academy, subject to further consideration following consultation.

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Annual Survey

14 February 2011 :: Annual Survey

In December we conducted our sixteenth Annual Survey.   It has continued this year in the same format as previous years and has again been conducted quite deliberately in what can be the “darkest” days of the school year and this year in the middle of a long spell of especially cold and dreary weather.

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Royal Wedding 29th April 2011

14 February 2011 :: Royal Wedding 29th April 2011

 The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the following:

“Schools will be able to take Friday 29th April 2011 off for the Royal Wedding." 

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Holocaust - The Untold Stories

31 January 2011 :: Holocaust - The Untold Stories

On 26th January Vandyke held its annual Holocaust Memorial Event to ensure that our students understand and appreciate the impact of one of the most horrific events in mankind’s history on the lives of millions of people

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The National School Sport Dance

31 January 2011 :: The National School Sport Dance

Eight schools (850 students) within in the Leighton Linslade School Sport Partnership have taken part in ‘The National School Sport Dance’ event.  The event will celebrate the power of school sport in uniting people.

 

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The MK Dons and Vandyke Professional Football Academy

26 January 2011 :: The MK Dons and Vandyke Professional Football Academy

Assistant Headteacher and Leighton Town FC Manager Sean Downey said “This is an exciting innovative programme, the first of a number of post-16 academies for a variety of sports that Vandyke will be establishing over the next few years.  We have a long tradition of footballing excellence as a school, both locally and nationally, so the establishment of a professional football academy is a logical progression for us as a Specialist Sports College.  Vandyke has played a key role in helping to develop a huge number of talented players over the years such as Kelvin Davies (Southampton), Jordan Davies and J.J. O’Donnell (currently Luton Town FC) and Brad Kirkwood (MK Dons).  We have been working on the Academy project for twelve months and after discussions with a variety of professional football clubs, including Luton Town, we made the decision last summer to develop the Academy in partnership with the premier professional football club in this area, the MK Dons, who are, like Vandyke an ambitious and high quality organisation”.

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Top Progress

24 January 2011 :: Top Progress

The publication of annual school performance tables shows that students at Vandyke make excellent progress. 

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Photographic Workshop

17 January 2011 :: Photographic Workshop

'A' level Photography students received a special photographic workshop with local photographer Bernie Raffe.  

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Senior Citizens Christmas Party

11 January 2011 :: Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Twenty students from years 12 and 13 hosted the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party on Wednesday 8th December in the Sixth Form common room. 

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Christmas Concert

11 January 2011 :: Christmas Concert

On Monday 6th December Vandyke Students were joined by students from Gilbert Inglefield Middle to perform in Vandyke’s annual Christmas concert.

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Duncan Rolley Visit

11 January 2011 :: Duncan Rolley Visit

Vandyke was visited on 9th December by Duncan Rolley, team manager of the Great Britain Paralympic Squad.

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