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Froghorn 1st April 2021

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers

Tempting as it is to emulate the many wonderful April Fool hoaxes included in publications over the years, you will be relieved to know that I have resisted the urge. So, no announcements of the imminent introduction of a new rainbow-coloured uniform; no pretence that we are going to reverse the direction of the one way routes in order to reduce wear and tear on the school pavements; no suggestion that we have decided to introduce compulsory Morris dancing every morning. Just the usual, serious content that you would expect from the school formerly known as Frogmore Community College and, from Easter, to be known as Frogmore Uber Nexus Academy (or F.U.N. Academy, for short).

This has been a monumental term. The past four weeks of having students back in school has flown by, yet the lockdown and online learning seems an eternity ago. We are ever-hopeful that the summer term will be disruption free. There is lots we hope to be able to do next term as we inch our way back towards a sense of normality.

One thing that has become very normal very quickly has been the twice-weekly home testing. We are very grateful to all our families for the support that has been shown for the home testing programme. Please may I remind you that all students will need to continue testing twice a week throughout the Easter holidays.

After the break, students will be able to wear their summer uniform. However, as explained in Mr Davies’ letter last week, this will be coupled with a closer focus on uniform standards. Please make sure that your child has appropriate school shoes for the new term and that no jewellery is worn beyond that permitted in our policy. Hoodies are not acceptable, including to and from school, and will be confiscated.

The end of this term is tinged with high emotion for us in school as it marks the final curtain for two members of our team. Mrs Heape, teacher of geography, is retiring after 34 years of working at Frogmore. Her commitment to the school has been outstanding. As well as being a very successful and well-loved teacher, Mrs Heape, for many years, led the training and induction of all new teachers. She fulfilled this role with total dedication and has, therefore, been a significant influence on several generations of teachers who have been through the school. We wish her a very happy and healthy retirement.

The other member of staff who is retiring is the wonderful Mrs Beasley, our bursar. Mrs Beasley has worked at Frogmore for over 36 years. It is impossible to convey in words the contribution that Mrs Beasley has made over this incredible timespan. There is almost nothing that she doesn’t know about the school and how it operates. Mrs Beasley has managed the school’s finances, overseen every aspect of the site, worked closely with all of our campus partners, and generally been the ‘font of all knowledge’. And most significantly, she has done all of this in the most unassuming and unflappable way. We will miss her tremendously and hope that she thoroughly enjoys her retirement and spending more time with her grandchildren.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy Easter. We look forward to everyone returning on Monday 19th April, ready for a summer of fabulous learning.

Take care

Chris Vaudin - Headteacher

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Students' Work

Science Work Year 8

Year 8 students have been investigating which fruit works best as a battery with the highest voltage, as well as making copper sulphate crystals.

Kudos Points Update

Free School Meals Vouchers

Following government guidelines, we have recently distributed Wonde vouchers to all eligible families for the two week period of this Easter holiday.

Message from the Child and Family Support Worker & Welfare Officer

Accessible Parking

A polite reminder to all parents to please refrain from parking in our designated accessible spaces. We have several wheelchair users and it is essential that their parents/carers are able to park in these spaces. Thank you for your support.

No Limits and Breakout Youth

Below are details for parents and students to find support or, alternatively, click on the links to go straight to their website.

Connect 4 Communities

As part of the Connect 4 Community programme, the Citizens' Advice Service is helping families and individuals with energy costs over the winter period, for gas, electric and water.

The Covid winter grant scheme has been extended to the 16th April, meaning this help is available for a few more weeks.

Contact details for the local branch of the Citizens' Advice Service can be found on the website below.

Female Sanitary Products

A reminder we hold sanitary products in school for any students that require them, please tell your child to visit reception.

Library News

Hampshire Book Award 2021

This year’s Hampshire Book Award, run by the Hampshire Schools Library Service, launched last week. The award is voted for solely by students, so this is a fantastic opportunity for students to have their say about Young Adult fiction. The award is just for year 8 students and encourages reading for pleasure and critical reading of texts. Between the last week of March and the end of June, there are 6 books to read, all written for young adults and published in 2020. There will be meetings every Thursday lunchtime to discuss the books and evaluate them in terms of Enjoyment, Engagement and Enrichment. The students who have regularly contributed to meetings, and completed all 6 books, will then take part in the regional voting day at the end of June, and have the opportunity to attend the award ceremony for the winning author.

Hampshire Book Award is a superb opportunity for students in year 8 to continue their enjoyment of reading and discover some books beyond their usual horizons. If you have a student at home who you think would enjoy this opportunity, please encourage them to attend the meetings on Thursday lunchtimes in the conference room or email Miss Livingstone on a.livingstone@frogmorecollege.co.uk.

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Music News

Food Bank Donations

At school there is a donation box outside reception to make it easier for any parents/carers to make a donation to our local food bank. This will be available from 8:30am-4pm Monday to Friday. Current shortages are; sponge pudding, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned spaghetti, tinned custard, tinned rice pudding, packs of tea bags and jars of jam.

You can also donate at various venues in the Hart area, which are listed on the link below:

https://hart.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

Easyfundraising: Did you know you could be raising a free donation for Frogmore Community College every time you shop at retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis and Sainsbury's who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend? It's really simple, and it doesn't cost you anything.

We have now raised over £1519.78 since joining this scheme.

Please sign up and help us raise even more.

All you have to do is:

1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/frogmorecomcoll

2. Sign up for free.

3. Get shopping. Donations will be collected and automatically sent to us, it couldn't be easier.

There are no hidden catches or charges and we would be really grateful for your donation.

Thank you for your support.

Wishing You All A Very Happy Easter