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Froghorn 21st Dec 2018

Headteacher's Corner

It hardly seems possible that we are already at the end of the first term of the year. It has flown by. They say that time flies when you’re having fun – and the sheer number of activities and opportunities staff have provided for students over the past 15 weeks have certainly meant there has never been a dull moment! I would like to take a moment to thank all of the staff for their hard work and dedication this term. We had a record uptake for Christmas lunch on Thursday. There was a lovely atmosphere in the canteen as over 160 students enjoyed their sit down meal. Our thanks go to our fantastic caterers and kitchen staff for serving up such a feast. (The only complaints I heard were about the quality of the waiting staff – namely our SLT, the DOP team and me!)

It was also great to see so many students involved in the performing arts concert last week. The hours of practice that go into an event like that are hard to believe. As ever, it was a truly entertaining evening and a showcase of excellent commitment. Thank you to all of the performers who took part. We look forward to seeing some repeat performances in the final assembly.

The end of term is always a moment when we have to say some goodbyes. Firstly, we say goodbye to Aaron Dyer, who has filled in so admirably in reception and the front office this term. We have now appointed a new Welfare Officer, Andrea Putland, who will be dealing with attendance and medical issues. We also say goodbye to Mrs Rolfe, in the drama department, who will be replaced by Mrs Gaudoin in the New Year. We are delighted by our new appointments and look forward to them becoming part of our Frogmore family.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and to thank you for the tremendous support you have shown me in my first full year in post as headteacher. It has been an absolute privilege. I am excited to look ahead to everything that 2019 has in store!

Chris Vaudin

Headteacher

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

Exam Timetable

Governors' Corner

Compared to this time last year, when recruitment of a new Head Teacher kept governors busy, this term has been significantly quieter! However, it has meant we can concentrate on fulfilling our main role of providing strategic leadership and accountability in the school, challenging and supporting the implementation of the School Improvement Plan. To help in our monitoring of the effectiveness of the school’s activity we have created three focus groups that will look at three main pillars of school improvement: Personal Development; Teaching & Learning and Leadership. The governors are always overwhelmed by the dedication of the pupils and staff we see whenever we are in school or in meetings.

Again, it was thrilling for governors to be invited to the KS4 awards evening at Camberley Theatre. It is fantastic to celebrate the success of students, not only in their academic efforts, but also in their growth as they develop skills and abilities they will need as they move on. Our congratulations go to them and our thanks go to the staff for helping them achieve an outstanding set of results and progress which places Frogmore at the top in Hart & Rushmoor and in the top ten in Hampshire!

In terms of membership of the board of governors, Sue Stott, our longest serving governor, has moved aside from being the Local Authority (LA) governor and is now co-opted to the board, with a view to retiring. We welcomed Jonathan Smith back to the board to take over her role as the LA governor. Jonathan used to be a governor at the school several years ago and brings experience and dedication to the role.

As we come to the end of a calendar year, we would like to wish the staff, parents and students a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Y8 Living Rainforest Trip

On the 6th and 7th December, 90 year 8's visited the Living Rainforest. It's an annual geography trip to learn about sustainable management of rainforests around the world. With this being such a topical issue, the students were fascinated to see the biodiversity within a rainforest and learn how we are having such a huge impact on them. Hopefully they've come home and asked you all to buy products only containing sustainably sourced palm oil in the future!

Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child

Our tutor group decided instead of doing secret santa this year that we'd take part in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. Members of MRBU collected a range of items to donate including toiletries and stationery. We had enough to fill two shoeboxes! The tutor group have really enjoyed this and have said that they want to do it again next year. Mrs Buckland.

Y9 Coding Competition

Congratulations to our year 9 team who entered the Farnborough 6th Form Coding Competition and came in 3rd place with their program. We had a really good morning and the teams got some really useful programming tips from some industry experts too.

Christmas Concert 2018

The Frogmore Christmas Concert was a wonderful evening for all. The performing arts team were thrilled with the level of talent on display. Mentions to outstanding performances such as Emily Parsons and Bella De Pace with their self-devised 'Christmas Disaster' and Rajan Preece who rocked us through carols on his electric guitar. The performing arts team would like to thank the amazing work of our technical team, Mr Maunders, Miss Livingstone, Molly White, Dylan Bergh and stage hands Mrs McCready and Jack Shorter. Without them the show wouldn’t go on. We are incredibly thankful to our students for dedicating their time to performing arts and those at home who champion our talented young performers.

Fundraising News

There is still just about time for Christmas shopping with Easyfundraising! See below. If you have any unwanted clothing please put them into the Rag Bag, which is located in the Leisure Centre car park. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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.

Any former students who would like to donate their school tie, please bring it to Reception, these will be gratefully received. Thank you.

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