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Froghorn June 2018

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents

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!

Chris Vaudin

Headteacher

Key Stage 3 Award Winners

Art News

Class of 2018 Photography and Art Show

Well, what can I say about the Class of 2018? 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 outside of the box and go above and beyond.

Our art and photography students have proved once again why they are a leap above the rest by putting on a superb end of year show as part of their leaving celebrations.

This year’s art work included Megan Jones’ thought-provoking pieces on being an asylum seeker and on equality. Also standing out was Román Rifón’s quirky mixed media work on identity and colour.

The photography work started with a light bulb lit with coloured lights by Jenna Craig and Katherine Brown’s stunning three dimensional photographic bird tree was a highlight of the night

The standard just gets higher and higher ever year. When the students come in and see their hard work displayed in such a professional way and they hear other people talk so positively about their work, it’s 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.

Miss McIlwraith

Subject Leader of Art and Photography

Geography News

On Thursday 14th June 10 Year 8 students took part in the annual Year 8 Challenge Day at Farnborough Sixth Form College. Throughout the day they had to work as a team to come up with a presentation and leaflet to advertise the area. The students represented the college superbly, working extremely hard throughout the day. Additional congratulations needs to be given to Kieran Powley who was recognised for his presentation style, and making the judges laugh, well done Kieran!

Drama News

Many thanks to B&Q Farnborough for their generous donation of paint. They have kindly donated paint for our new Wellbeing Room, as well as several tins for the upcoming Wizard of Oz production. Thanks to them, we now have a Yellow Brick Road!!

Fundraising News

We have come across a great new and easy way to raise funds for the library through recycling used ink cartridges. We are working with a company called ‘Empties Please’ who collect and recycle used ink and toner cartridges the environmentally friendly way and will donate the money raised back to us! It’s very simple. All you have to do is collect used ink cartridges and put them in the recycling bin that is in the reception area. The more cartridges we can collect the more we can raise. The sky’s the limit!

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 £900 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 £644 in this term alone.

Please help us by donating items for the summer fair stalls we will be attending, these items can be brought into reception. Alcohol must be brought in by an adult. Thank you for your support. Congratulations to this month's 50/50 Winner, Mrs Mackenzie.

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Created with images by russn_fckr - "Many different paint pots"

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