Wow! What an incredible few weeks!
Sometimes I am simply astounded by the sheer number of opportunities students are given here at Frogmore. The past few weeks has seen so many examples of staff and students going ‘Above and Beyond’.
Ok – deep breath – here goes… The half term started with the unveiling of a beautiful new sculpture at the front of school created by our year 10 construction students under the supervision of our wonderful site manager, Joe Reed. The engineering students then went and won ‘best presentation’ at the BAE day. Miss Mac and her team mounted a superb exhibition of the art and photography work of year 11: a simply stunning celebration of the results of hours of hard work. And we celebrated our annual KS3 awards evening, with 96 students (over a ¼ of KS3) picking up an award – the full list of award winners is included below. This was week one!
Week two saw a group of year 8 students participate in a challenge day at 6th Form College, Farnborough whilst almost the entire year 7 cohort took a trip to Tile Barn and had a wonderful time camping and adventuring in the New Forest. And the few students in year 7 who were unable to attend Tile Barn transformed one of our allotments and took part in a number of exciting challenges back here in school thanks to a great programme put together by Mrs Hopton.
And finally, last week saw a group of musicians heading off to Hawley Primary School to join in the annual SongFest on the same day as the whole of year 8 participated in Languages Day (so wonderful seeing our multilingual students transformed into the most inspirational teachers for the day!) Then the Festival of Sport – a day which saw record levels of participation and a closely fought contest. Mrs Champion’s champions lived up to their name and lifted the trophy for Ormond.
Amongst all that, year 11 have studiously ticked off the final few exams and then on Friday they joined us for what was an emotional final assembly. We are immensely proud of them for the way they have conducted themselves throughout this entire exam period. Year 10, as they start their practice exams next week, can take a lot of inspiration from the excellent focus of the leavers.
Since half term, we have also started to talk about The Frogmore Standard with students. As we prepare to welcome our incoming current year 6s, I spent some time in assemblies and with staff defining what our core expectations are. We have narrowed it down to three things that we expect of all students, all of the time: being respectful, being responsible, and being safe. We have also had a real push on prompt and engaging starts to lessons. Students have responded well and we will continue to seek over the coming weeks to establish the conditions for excellence in learning in readiness for a flying start in September.
As you can see, this really is a phenomenal range of activities which have taken place since half term. All of this is down to the sheer dedication of staff who simply astound me with their commitment to creating opportunity after opportunity for our students to flourish at Frogmore. What a privilege to work with such a great team. And there’s lots more to come over the next few weeks…!
I end where I began: Wow!
Key Stage 3 Award Winners