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Froghorn 19th June 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers

It is always somewhat of a shock when we suddenly reach the year 11 leavers’ assembly. It feels like just a moment ago that I was writing about their exams starting. As I was walking around the fantastic art and photography exhibition last week, it was lovely to see so many parents enjoying the show and to reflect with them on how quickly, not just this year, but their child’s entire Frogmore journey, has passed.

This year’s leavers’ assembly and art show had an additional poignancy following the sad news about our beloved Luke. Seeing Luke’s excellent artwork on display was a fitting tribute to his resilience and determination to complete his studies here at Frogmore. There were times during the year when he was unable to be in school due to his illness, but when he was able to be here, he worked his socks off to do his very best. In this, he was an inspiration to us all.

Luke’s funeral will take place at Easthampstead Park crematorium at 3.30pm on Wednesday 26th June. Luke’s family have set up a collection to support the Naomi House and Jacksplace charity, should you wish to contribute: https://www.fordmears.uk/fund-page/?fp_id=45040

At times such as this, the true values at the heart of a community are what shine through. Over the past fortnight, the Frogmore family has shown, as always, real care and consideration for each other. This has enabled even those most affected to carry on – whether with their exams, lessons, or the general busyness of school life.

All our thoughts remain with Luke’s family.

Chris Vaudin

Headteacher

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

Year 10 Exam Timetable

Class of 2019 Photography and Art Show

Well, what can I say…The Class of 2019. I’ll start with what I know best, the artists and photographers; what a funny group they are! An eclectic, eccentric mix of artists, always willing to think out of the box and go above and beyond. Frogmore art and photography students have proved once again why they are a leap above the rest, by putting on an end of year show as part of their leaving celebrations. What a show it was. 75 students put on an exhibition of excellence. It was attended on Wednesday and Friday night by teachers, governors, family, friends and not forgetting the young artists themselves. The three rooms of art and photography were full to the brim and there was a genuine buzz of excitement, awe and wonder at the high level of achievement.

This year’s work included: Jess Murfitt’s quirky mixed media work on identity and colour; Chelsea Udal's work on spacemen and planets; Caitlin Lacey's fine art pieces on portraiture and environments. The photography work included Ewan Duckett's frozen flower and Colette Patterson-Green's mixed media, woven photography and textile pieces on nature and colour.

The standard just gets higher and higher every year. When you see the students come in and view their hard work displayed in such a professional way and they hear other people talk so positively about their work, it is worth all the hard work.

If you did not get time to see the show, don’t be disappointed as the students’ artwork is displayed around the school for another academic year.

Mrs Christian – Subject Leader of Art

Year 8 Language Festival

All of our year 8 students were in for a real treat last Tuesday as they tried out a range of different languages, taught to them in small groups by our amazing young interpreters. They learnt numbers and colours in Spanish and Japanese and enjoyed writing Chinese characters in Mandarin. Italian weather descriptions and German “Guess Who?” were also a big hit as was British sign language where students were taught how to sign animals and spell their names. French clothing and Polish food (with tasty samples) were a great way for year 8's to discover just how much fun learning a language can be!

We would like to thank all our young interpreters who prepared their lessons and delivered them with such enthusiasm and energy making the day an enormous success!

Vielen dank, merci beaucoup, muchas gracias!

The Modern Languages Department

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Trip

When we arrived, we had a pre-concert talk. Our talk told us about the history of Russian composers, and composing Russian music.

After that, we had a moment to buy some refreshments. We talked to a few of the musicians before they went to perform. They asked us some questions about which school we went to, and if we played any instruments. Then we took our seats in the auditorium and listened to the orchestra play Two Polovstian Dances from Price Igor by Borodin and Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor Op. 63 by Prokofiev, with Diana Adamyan, an award-winning musician, as the solo violinist.

Then during the interval, we had another chance to get more refreshments, before the orchestra then played Night on the Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky and Francesca da Rimini Op.32 by Tchaikovsky. The orchestra had played spectacularly, and we were all impressed after the amazing performance.

We thought that the violin player, who was 18, was exceptional. She knew the whole concerto off by heart, which was very impressive as it lasted 20 minutes. Then she left the stage and came back on to collect some flowers and to bow in front of the crowd. A huge round of applause came from the crowd, it was immense!

Written by the year 10 Music Group.

Leavers Assembly 2019

On Friday 14th June we welcomed our year 11's back for their final assembly. Refreshments were provided whilst the students enjoyed a last get together as they got their shirts signed by peers and staff. On behalf of all the staff at Frogmore Community College, may we bid them farewell and wish them all the best for their future.

Library News

A change to Library opening times

Over the next couple of weeks there will be a few changes to the Library opening times, Treloar social area will be available to students during closures.

Wednesday 19th – Friday 21st June – The Library will be closed after school on all three of these days.

Friday 28th June, Monday 1st July & Friday 5th July – The Library will be closed after school.

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:

There will be no Film Club on Thursday 20th June due to the Tile Barn Trip.

Thursday 27th June-The Princess Bride

Thursday 4th July- No Film Club due to Year 6 Induction Day

Library recruitment

A huge thank you to all the students who applied to become a Pupil Librarian. After some careful shortlisting and interviews last week, we now have seven fantastic new additions to the team.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open for submissions. This is a really exciting opportunity for all our budding writers, here’s some more information from their website:

“The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely FREE to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the WORLD. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries).”

For more information please speak to Miss Livingstone in the library. There are also a selection of previous winning anthologies in the library that you can look at for inspiration, and please also have a look at the website.

https://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/

Book Review

They Both Die at the End – By Adam Silvera

Plot Review

The plot takes place centred on our two main characters, Mateo and Rufus, in an alternate universe where you get a call the day you are going to die. Their journey begins in an attempt to make their last day on Earth worth it. Since the ending is given away in the title, the book spends the majority of its time making you feel attached to the characters. There are multiple subplots that exist to either set up future events or just show Mateo and Rufus’ growing bond. A major plus of this book is that it doesn’t suffer from the common issue of a slow section. Not once did it ever bore me, I was fully enthralled in the adventure the whole time.

Character review

The book’s main two characters are set up to be exactly what the other person needs. The shy, closed up Mateo needs someone who can help him be more adventurous and the free spirited, reckless Rufus needs someone who can hold him back when needed. Other than these two, you have various other characters, some fated to die and some not, whose stories not only link into Mateo and Rufus’, but help us to see the main message of the book.

Enrichment

This book has a very deep and profound message. Death is the one constant in life and there is no use trying to escape it. It is what makes the world change and is necessary that you come to terms with it before it’s too late and that you make every moment alive count. It does this through the aforementioned side characters, but also through each chapter beginning with a quote along these lines.

Overall score

I would give this book a review score of 4.5 stars out of 5. Although the start didn’t immediately grip me, it took a little time for me to begin to get invested in these characters’ lives and care for them all throughout the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost someone important to them, needs help coming to terms with the idea of death, or just wishes to have a fun, yet moving time with some likeable characters.

Written by Jude Neighbour – Year 9

If you are interested in having your own Book Review in the Froghorn, please pass on any pieces to Miss Livingstone.

Library Loans

As we are coming to the end of the academic year, it is important that all Library resources can be accounted for and accurate stock check taken, and it is also important that all students have something that they find engaging to read over the Summer Holidays. As such, I will be sending out reminders this week for all overdue resources; I would be grateful if all students could return or renew any overdue items, and come and speak to either myself or Mrs Stevenson if any items have been misplaced. If any student is at a loss for what to read, we are always more than happy to help them find the right book. Students are also welcome to suggest new books for the library if there is something they would love to read but we currently do not have.

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 £1158 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.

Congratulations to Mrs Sterne our 50/50 club winner!

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