Froghorn 8th March 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers,

Spring seems to have sprung surprisingly soon, with unseasonably scorching sunshine setting this half term off with a smile! It is at this time of year that I am reminded how fortunate we are to have such a green and pleasant landscape. The daffodils and emerging blossom have made me smile each morning as I arrive at school.

It was great to have so many parents attend the year 11 parents’ evening on Monday. The positive but precise feedback that staff were able to give has hopefully given our fantastic year 11s a real confidence boost as they drive towards the finish line. Following up on this, Mr Birch arranged a day of revision tips and advice, which I know the students really valued. I’d like to thank all of the staff who delivered sessions on the day. Further congratulations are due to the year 11 basketball team, who won their last league game this week to clinch victory in the league as well as the cup.

Our fabulous library team hosted the annual Hampshire Library Service Book Quiz on Tuesday evening. The teams competed with such enthusiasm and the Frogmore team came a respectable fourth place (out of five – but there was stiff competition!) Thank you to Miss Livingstone and Mrs Stevenson for organising this event. Next week, our dancers head off to compete in the Gremlin dance challenge at Princes’ Hall, Aldershot. We wish them every success and look forward to hearing about how they do.

Finally, I just wanted to inform you all that I will not be in school at some point over the next few weeks as my wife and I are expecting our second child imminently. Whilst I am on paternity leave, the school will be in the capable hands of Mrs Downes.

Thank you all, as ever, for your tremendous support.

Chris Vaudin


We have a full calendar of events throughout the year, click the link below to view them.

Sports News

Year 7 boys football team beat Amery Hill School 5-1 at home. Callum Kent scored all 5 goals for Frogmore! Luke Piper in year 7 came 10th in the District Cross Country Championships and has been selected to represent the district cross country squad at the County Championships. Year 11 Basketball team beat Robert Mays in an outstanding performance to maintain their undefeated season. Well done boys!

Year 11 Revision Masterclass

On Thursday year 11 were off timetable for the afternoon in order to attend six revision workshops. Students received guidance on planning revision, revision techniques and stress management. We hope the sessions will be a real boost to students and empower them to take control of their revision. Should students require any additional support they are encouraged to see their teachers or Director of Progress. Initial feedback has been excellent, many students are feeling inspired to ramp up their revision and to try new techniques. I would like to thank Ms Bruce, Mr Davies, Mr Ash, Dr Comfort, Mrs Bate, Mr Barfoot and Mrs Izzett for their excellent sessions.

Library News

Thursday 7th March was World Book Day. As a celebration of literature and an encouragement for all to read, all students have received a £1 World Book Day Book Token. These can be exchanged at a local bookshop or the larger supermarkets, either for one of the selected £1 titles created especially for World Book Day, or as £1 off the price of any book or audiobook worth £2.99 or more.

To celebrate this year, the library held a Big Book Giveaway on Thursday and Friday and we hope you all enjoy the books that come home. There is also a writing competition open to students in years 7-9 to write a story inspired by their favourite book and in the theme of Reading is Power. All stories must be 1000 words or less, and need to be handed in to the librarians by Monday 1st April. The stories will then be read by our judging panel over the Easter holidays, and the top three stories will all win a prize.

The Hampshire Literature Quiz 2019

Tuesday 5th March saw The Hampshire Literature Quiz regional round come to Frogmore. Five teams from local schools took part, all with teams of four students from years 7, 8 and 9. The evening was fantastic fun, and our team from Frogmore performed brilliantly. After eight gruelling rounds, the team from Calthorpe Park were victorious. A huge thank you goes out to School Library Service for running the event, to all parents who came along, and our fantastic team and student helpers.

Hampshire Book Award

This year’s Hampshire Book Award will be launched in two weeks. The award is open to year 8 students, and encourages reading for pleasure and critical reading of texts. Between March and June, students will have 6 books to read, all written for Young Adults, and published in 2018. There will be weekly meetings on Wednesday lunchtimes in the library, to discuss the books in groups 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 on 3rd July. The Hampshire Book Award is voted for solely by students, and the winning author is invited to an award ceremony in November.

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. Please let your English teacher, or Miss Livingstone, know if you would like to take part.

Into Film Club runs every Thursday in the library from 3pm-5pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to watch a curated collection of films, write film reviews and be a part of the national Into Film Club. All students will receive a membership card and access to Frogmore’s online film club, and snacks and drinks will be provided at the film screenings.

In order to take part students need to return a signed permission form, letters are available from the library. If you would like to know more, please visit the Into Film website; https://www.intofilm.org/ or speak to Miss Livingstone in the library.

What’s On: Thursday 14th March (Until 5.15pm) Solo: A Star Wars Story

Thursday 22nd March: There will be no Film Club.

It is not too late to sign up a place on our year 7 Tile Barn trip, if your child is interested and you would like more information please call reception.

Road and Parking Safety

The safety of our pupils is fundamentally important to us, please can we remind parents driving their child to school to adhere to the following:

• Park their car in the bottom car park rather than just queuing there.

• Not park on any double yellow lines when collecting or dropping off.

• Not block the fire safety road with their vehicle or park on the pavement.

• Refrain from parking in the staff car park, especially in the disabled bays.

• Be considerate of our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their driveways.

Could we also ask that parents speak to their child/ren about their behaviour when walking to school. It is not acceptable to push and shove each other near a busy road, nor is it safe to try and cross the road. Please use the footbridge.

Thank you for your co-operation in helping us to keep your children safe.

Music News

Songfest 2019

On Wed 27th February 2019 a group of five singers attended Hawley’s Songfest. They had been working on all of the Winter/Spring themed songs for the past four weeks. They were joined by Frogmore Junior School, Potley Hill School and Hawley Primary School. After a rehearsal all together there was a short break for all of the performers. The concert was a huge success and the collected voices sounded wonderful. Mr Tickner would like to thank, Megan Owen, Kim Coles, Victoria Conlan, Paige Hewson and Holly Tuccio for all the effort they put in to rehearsing and singing.

10 March Hampshire Flute Day Lantern Theatre, Romsey, 10am-5pm Workshop ticket £25 (includes 4pm concert) Flautists from grade 3 to advanced level are invited to take part in the next Hampshire Flute Day in Romsey. This is a wonderful opportunity to play the flute with friends and to get top tips from professional London-based flautists, Abigail Burrows and Gareth McLearnon. There will be fun warm ups, flute choir sessions, a West End Play Along, A Fluting Fairy Tale and a chance to meet flutes, weird and wonderful, from around the world. Participants will perform in the 4pm concert in the flute choir, which will also feature performances by Abbie and Gareth, and the Hampshire Flute Choir. Tickets for the concert at 4pm are £10 for adults, £5 for children. Everyone is welcome, and participants who have attended during the day can stay to the concert for free.

Sunday 17 March Brookfield Community School. Come and be part of this exciting and unique opportunity to discover new music and meet other young musicians. Over the course of the day, young brass, string, woodwind and percussion players from across Hampshire will form a unique ensemble. They will receive expert tuition from Hampshire Music Service sectional tutors and perform in a concert to family and friends. The music chosen will be suitable for players between grade/stage 1 and 4 standard. The total cost for the day is £10, which also includes the afternoon concert. Please note that participants will need to bring their own packed lunch. In order to secure your place, please complete the online Application Form and then make a payment online through the Hantsweb Shop. If only one of these tasks are complete, then a place will not be secured for you. Visit our website for more information: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshiremusic/news/12aug-get-musical

Sunday 24 March BBC Ten Pieces Concert, The Anvil, Basingstoke, join us on Sunday 24 March at 4pm for a concert of exciting and popular classical music. A collaboration between Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, Hampshire County Youth Jazz Centre and Romsey Youth Concert Band, featuring a new work by Hampshire jazz musician Laura Jurd and music by Bernstein, Holst, Bates and more, including Mambo from West Side Story and Mars from The Planets. Tickets available from Anvil Arts

Thursday 4 April HMS Staff Showcase The Anvil, Basingstoke. Come along to the Anvil on Thursday 4 April for a chance to see some of your music teachers live on stage! With a special performance from the Hampshire County Youth Show Choir, this promises to be a very special concert. Tickets are available from Anvil Arts. The Arts Society Winchester - Composition Competition. Calling all young composers! The Arts Society Winchester is inviting young composers age 16-19 to write a piece of music inspired by John Ruskin’s life-size watercolour of a kingfisher. The deadline for entry is Friday 5 April and all submissions should be sent to Adam Broughton either as a hard copy: Rookwood Centre, Penshurst Way, Eastleigh, SO50 4RJ or Sibelius file: adam.broughton@hants.gov.uk

12-23 August Wildern School, Hedge End, for the first time, Hampshire Music Service will be running ‘Get Musical!’, a week of musical theatre followed by a week of exciting instrumental workshops. Taking place 12-23 August, this promises to be a fantastic opportunity for young people to try something new and make friends with like-minded individuals. For more information and to find out how to book, visit our website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshiremusic/news/12aug-get-musical

Uniform News

We have a lot of lost property at the moment, especially winter coats and PE kits. If your child has any missing items of clothing please come into reception or ask your child to go to reception to check. Any unnamed clothing will be given to the Rag Bag at the end of term. Summer polo shirts can be worn from the 23rd April, these can be purchased via Parentmail.

Fundraising News

Easyfundraising: Did you know you could be raising a free donation for Frogmore Community College every time you shop at detailers 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 £1176 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 catches or hidden charges and we would be really grateful for your donations. Thanks for your support.

Recycle toners:

The College is now recycling empty printer cartridges, so please send in your used cartridges and we will send them off to be recycled and also make some money!

Milk bottle tops:

Please send in your washed, clean milk bottle tops as we can raise funds with these too!

Rag Bag :Don’t forget to put all your old clothes in the Rag Bag!

Also we are continuing to collect textiles in our recycling bank in the car park opposite the leisure centre. This is a great way to raise money for the college, with minimal effort. Please donate your bagged clothes, paired shoes, hats, bags, belts, towels and bed linen in the recycling bank.

The Rag Bag has raised £2323 over two years.

We are collecting for our Easter raffle and bottles for the May Fair. Any donations of eggs, chocolates, bottles of soft drink or alcohol will be gratefully received at reception. Alcohol must only be brought in by adults. Thank you in advance for supporting us.

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