News Articles for 2013

Natalie Designs our School Christmas Card

17 December 2013 :: Natalie Designs our School Christmas Card

The Art Department of Vandyke is always pleased to showcase the work of its students on the school Christmas card, and this year is no exception.

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Ashmolean Art Trip

09 December 2013 :: Ashmolean Art Trip

‘A Feast for the eyes and food for the soul’

 

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Year 12 & 13 trip to Sadlers Wells Dance Theatre

09 December 2013 :: Year 12 & 13 trip to Sadlers Wells Dance Theatre

On 6th November, twelve Year 12 and 13 students travelled to Sadlers Wells Dance Theatre in London to see ‘M!longa’

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Smile Malawi Founder Visits Vandyke

09 December 2013 :: Smile Malawi Founder Visits Vandyke

Sixth Form students at Vandyke were delighted to receive a special visitor last week when Elspeth Baeke, the founder of Smile Malawi.

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Student Voice Trip to The Houses of Parliament

25 November 2013 :: Student Voice Trip to The Houses of Parliament

On Monday the 11th November, twelve students voice leaders from Years 10, 11 and 12 took a trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament.

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Vandyke takes delivery of latest 3D printer

25 November 2013 :: Vandyke takes delivery of latest 3D printer

Vandyke Sixth Form students had the opportunity last week to unpack and set up their latest addition to their already extensive CAD/CAM facilities which include two A1 size laser cutters and a wide range of computer design programs

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Remembrance Day 2013

25 November 2013 :: Remembrance Day 2013

Supporting the Royal British Legion and observing Remembrance Day is a strong tradition held at Vandyke

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Year 11 trip to St Catharines College Cambridge

25 November 2013 :: Year 11 trip to St Catharines College Cambridge

Cambridge University was wowed by a Year 11 fact finding mission on 13th November.

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Smile week breaks all records

12 November 2013 :: Smile week breaks all records

Smile Week, which took place in the week before half term, was the most successful to date

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Judo Gold for Ella Ashwell

12 November 2013 :: Judo Gold for Ella Ashwell

Vandyke student Ella Ashley spent her half term training for, and competing in the Southend International Judo Competition and it was certainly all worthwhile as she won the Gold in the ‘girls under 36 kilos group’

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Ryan Eaton at the launch of the LV Cup

12 November 2013 :: Ryan Eaton at the launch of the LV Cup

Year 10 student Ryan Eaton, who plays rugby for Leighton Buzzard RFC and Bedfordshire County was selected to represent Saracens RFC at this year’s launch of the LV Cup at Exeter Chiefs RFC, Sandy Park, Exeter.

 

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Duke of Edinburgh

12 November 2013 :: Duke of Edinburgh

Over 100 students have completed their bronze practice and assessed Duke of Edinburgh expeditions during this year’s expedition season.

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Visit by senior HMI to Vandyke

11 November 2013 :: Visit by senior HMI to Vandyke

Very positive school visit by HMI

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National Museum of Computing

21 October 2013 :: National Museum of Computing

Students visit the National Museum of Computing.

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South Beds District Badminton Competition

21 October 2013 :: South Beds District Badminton Competition

Vandyke sent two strong badminton teams to this year’s boys competition.

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Golf success for Ryan Smith

21 October 2013 :: Golf success for Ryan Smith

Year 10 student, Ryan Smith recently won the Bedfordshire Schools Golf Association U16 Scratch Golf Championship.

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Jack Smithers shortlisted for Law Scholarship Award

07 October 2013 :: Jack Smithers shortlisted for Law Scholarship Award

Law firm shortlist outstanding candidates for their popular scholarship award

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English Competition

07 October 2013 :: English Competition

Over the Summer, the English Department ran a competition on their Twitter account: #readtweet.

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World Challenge trip to Tanzania

23 September 2013 :: World Challenge trip to Tanzania

On 21st July, Tom Wyatt, Nick Ryan, Connie Hully, Joe Churchill, Eva Summerfield and Connor Davies from years 11 and 12 set off on a 24 day expedition in Tanzania, East Africa, with the  adventure company, World Challenge

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Tom Pearce - Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

23 September 2013 :: Tom Pearce - Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

Achieving your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award is a big deal, so when ex-Vandyke student, Tom Pearce, did just that he wanted to share a bit about the experience. 

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Italy Trip

23 September 2013 :: Italy Trip

On the 25th July tired from a hard working term,  30 staff and students from Vandyke flew off for a 5 night, 6 day visit to Rome and Sorrento.

 

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Ap-peal of the bells

23 September 2013 :: Ap-peal of the bells

Four Vandyke students have won a major bell-ringing competition. 

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Salters Festival of Chemistry

10 September 2013 :: Salters Festival of Chemistry

At the end of the Summer term three Vandyke students took part in the Salters Festival of Chemistry. 

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History Masterclass

10 September 2013 :: History Masterclass

The History Masterclass last term was one of the most successful events of the year for Vandyke History.

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A level success!

26 August 2013 :: A level success!

Vandyke A level results

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GCSE joy for students and school!

26 August 2013 :: GCSE joy for students and school!

GCSE results at Vandyke

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Collection of exam results Summer 2013

14 August 2013 :: Collection of exam results Summer 2013

Information about the collection of GCE and GCSE exam results in August 2013

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Year 11 End of Year Event

23 July 2013 :: Year 11 End of Year Event

Nearly 200 Year 11 students descended on Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club on Thursday 4th July to celebrate the end of their examinations. 

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Work Related Learning Week

23 July 2013 :: Work Related Learning Week

A large group of Year 10 students gained outstanding  employability skills during Work Related Learning Week.

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Year 13 students visit Whipsnade Zoo

23 July 2013 :: Year 13 students visit Whipsnade Zoo

On Tuesday 16th July Year 13 Psychology and Health and Social Care students went on a trip to Whipsnade Zoo.

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Ryan Eaton

23 July 2013 :: Ryan Eaton

Ryan re-selected for East Midlands Rugby Developing Player Programme

 

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Art and Photography Exhibition

09 July 2013 :: Art and Photography Exhibition

One of the highlights of Vandyke’s summer term is our annual Art Exhibition, this year held on the 26th June.

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Young Leaders

09 July 2013 :: Young Leaders

The Dux Awards are for young leaders of the future and are aimed at students in Year 9

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Vandyke Student on London Stage

09 July 2013 :: Vandyke Student on London Stage

Rose Riley, who completed her A levels at Vandyke in 2011, is now coming to the end of her second year at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

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Sports Leadership Academy

09 July 2013 :: Sports Leadership Academy

Vandyke took a group of 19 Sports Leaders to the Summer School Games on Thursday 27th June at Bedford International Athletics Stadium to represent the Leighton-Linslade school sports partnership. 

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The Gold Crest Award

09 July 2013 :: The Gold Crest Award

Sixth Form students at Vandyke were recently proud to receive the Gold Crest Award, presented to them by Mr Keith Delderfield, Vice President of Operations at B/E Aerospace.

 

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25 Years at Vandyke

24 June 2013 :: 25 Years at Vandyke

Three teachers have recently celebrated 25 years at Vandyke Upper School.

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Reading at Vandyke

24 June 2013 :: Reading at Vandyke

Students in Mrs Carter’s Year 9 group have spent some weeks on an author project.

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Chloe Ryan

24 June 2013 :: Chloe Ryan

Vandyke Student Chloe Ryan recently competed in the British Mountaineering Council Youth Climbing Series Final.

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Year 11 Awards Evening

11 June 2013 :: Year 11 Awards Evening

Staff, governors and the parents of 140 Year 11 students gathered together in the Vandyke School Theatre recently to celebrate the outstanding efforts and achievements of the ‘Class of 2013’

 

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History students visit Berlin

21 May 2013 :: History students visit Berlin

At 4am on Wednesday 27th March 41 students of History embarked on a journey to Berlin to enhance their knowledge of Nazi Germany in time for their GCSE and AS exams.

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OFSTED April 2013

17 May 2013 :: OFSTED April 2013

Vandyke has "chosen the right priorities to take the school forward".

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Full England Caps for Henry Peck

07 May 2013 :: Full England Caps for Henry Peck

Year 11 student Henry Peck has achieved the ultimate honour and represented his country playing in two internationals against Wales and Italy last month.

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Sarah Harrington

07 May 2013 :: Sarah Harrington

Sarah Harrington, a Year 11 student, has recently won a two day scholarship at Bedford University, Art and Design Department.

 

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Science Awards for Arianne

23 April 2013 :: Science Awards for Arianne

Last summer I took part in the Nuffield Bursary Scheme which aims to place A level students in universities and industries to undertake a science project.

 

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Year 12 Science visit to Ultravision

23 April 2013 :: Year 12 Science visit to Ultravision

On Wednesday 6th March 12 students from Year 12 visited Ultravision CLPL in Leighton Buzzard as part of their coursework.

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Beds & Luton Rotary Technology Tournament

25 March 2013 :: Beds & Luton Rotary Technology Tournament

In March two teams represented Vandyke and  competed in the Rotary Technology Tournament in Luton

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Vandyke Chess

25 March 2013 :: Vandyke Chess

On Saturday 9th March the Year 9 Vandyke Chess team headed up to Birmingham to take part in the Birmingham District U14s Championship

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Enterprise Business Challenge

11 March 2013 :: Enterprise Business Challenge

In February a team of Year 10 Business Studies  students competed in the Enterprise Business Challenge, held at Cranfield School of Management.

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Viscount Younger visits Vandyke

11 March 2013 :: Viscount Younger visits Vandyke

Vandyke Upper School hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 15th    February to encourage students to engage more with the political and parliamentary process. 

 

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Vandyke Students get their day in court

25 February 2013 :: Vandyke Students get their day in court

On Monday 4th February, A Level Law students enjoyed a visit to Luton Crown Court. 

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Residential Workshop at Herfordshire University

25 February 2013 :: Residential Workshop at Herfordshire University

On 18th-20th December 2012, Aaron Kennedy, Yestin Lamptey, Callum Read, Nick Ryan and Ben Mayles attended a residential workshop session at Hertfordshire University to progress with our engineering project. 

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Vandyke 2nd in ECF Three Counties Chess Competition

25 February 2013 :: Vandyke 2nd in ECF Three Counties Chess Competition

On Friday 8th February the Vandyke Chess team travelled to Berkhamsted School for their final match in the ECF School’s Championship.

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Holocaust Memorial Day

04 February 2013 :: Holocaust Memorial Day

The 27th of January marks the anniversary of theliberation of Auschwitz by the Russian Red      Army. 

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Vandyke Chess Team

04 February 2013 :: Vandyke Chess Team

Vandyke Upper 9 ½ Biddenham Upper 2 ½.

After a relaxing Christmas break the Vandyke Chess Team were back in action on 29th January with an away friendly against Biddenham Upper.

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International Selection for Tom

23 January 2013 :: International Selection for Tom

Vandyke Upper School student Tom Gowans has been selected to play for the England U18 international schoolboy team for 2012-13. 

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Youth Speaks Competion

08 January 2013 :: Youth Speaks Competion

Two Vandyke teams competed in the Beds, Bucks and Herts area heat of the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks Competition held at Aylesbury Grammar School. 

 

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Inspirationsl Physicist returns to Vandyke

08 January 2013 :: Inspirationsl Physicist returns to Vandyke

‘A’ level Physics students at Vandyke were wowed by a visit by a former Vandyke student, Lindsey Bobrowski. 

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Hannah Adams

08 January 2013 :: Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams came in to school in November to give an assembly, promoting VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas).

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Arianne Hanson

08 January 2013 :: Arianne Hanson

Arianne Hanson has been shortlisted into the finals of the National Science and Engineering Competition.

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Vandyke Charity Group go on tour

08 January 2013 :: Vandyke Charity Group go on tour

On Wednesday 19th December the Student Voice charity group spent the morning in Leighton Buzzard distributing flowers/ hampers and sweets in the community.

 

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We Will Rock You

08 January 2013 :: We Will Rock You

Congratulations to all students and staff who performed in Vandyke’s Production of We Will Rock You on 11th and 12th December.

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