Jul 09, 2018

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On Thursday 21st July a group of eight Vandyke students from Years 10 and 11 travelled to Manchester for the annual Anne Frank ambassador conference that took part in the Z Arts theatre. The morning started off with a small panic as one of the ambassadors was running a little late but they thankfully arrived in […]

Jul 09, 2018

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Well we certainly had the weather for a coastal   excursion. With temperatures soaring to 28 degrees the Geography department and 17 Sixth Formers headed to Swanage to carry out fieldwork investigations into high and low energy coastlines; studying beach profiles and coastal management. Friday: Day one – leaving Vandyke at 8.00am we travelled to Chesil beach […]

Jun 26, 2018

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As part of Bedfordshire’s county programme to raise the numbers of girls participating in football we were asked to host a session led by Arsenal Youth Coach Lucy Burdin. Lucy took over 30 Year 10 girls firstly for a discussion of the world of a professional athlete, followed by a practical session based on encouraging […]

Jun 11, 2018

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At 3pm on a cold and drizzly Sunday afternoon  in the school Easter holidays, 44 students and staff left Vandyke for a once in a lifetime trip to Sri Lanka. After 14 hours of travelling we arrived to what can only be described as a riot of sights, sounds, smells and colours. The temperature was […]

Jun 08, 2018

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Year 9 student and member of the Herts and Beds Army Cadet Force, Lauren Keyworth, continues to do well at Javelin and also Shot put events.  Having recently competed in the bi-annual regional ACF Sports competition.  Lauren did, in fact, win first place and a gold medal in the Javelin Throw event with a whopping 22.6 metre throw! […]

Jun 08, 2018

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As the GCSE exams got underway for Year 11, students were delighted to receive an early morning brain boost from local businesses. Crates of bananas were donated from Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco to support students before their first English and Maths exams. These were distributed during early morning warm-up sessions; providing students with some last minute fuel […]

May 08, 2018

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6 lucky members of staff were fortunate enough to spend their Easter weekend with 55 Vandyke Historians in Krakow, Poland! Having taken a late afternoon flight to Poland, the students had an  early morning alarm call to board the coach to Auschwitz for a fascinating, if harrowing, trip.  We spent the morning in Auschwitz One, […]

May 08, 2018

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Vandyke’s high level of commitment to the creative arts has been recognised with as Artsmark Platinum Award from Arts Council England.  This recognises the high quality of drama and music productions, visual arts exhibitions and once in a lifetime trips abroad to places such as China and Sri Lanka. Arts Council England go on to […]

May 08, 2018

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We have been working with the Anne Frank Trust on an anti-hate crime project since January 2017. The Switch Off Prejudice campaign is the most recent part of this project, which has given us an opportunity to create a digital marking campaign to tackle the issue of hate crime on social media. Before Easter, 30 students, including the […]

Apr 23, 2018

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Year 10 GCSE Drama and Year 12 Theatre Studies students performed “These Bridges” by Phoebe Eclair Powell in The Drama Studio to two full audiences in preparation for their regional performance at The Royal Theatre in May. National Theatre Director Ed Stambollouian was in attendance and was clearly impressed by the students’ work. He writes: “They are now very […]

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