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Froghorn 17th January 2020

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers

Happy New Year!

2020 has leapt into being and we are charging on, full steam ahead into this new term. This is a jam - packed edition, with lots of useful information, so I shall keep this brief.

It is fantastic to see included in this Froghorn the students who achieved the highest number of Kudos reward points in the last half term. It has been great to see the enthusiasm with which students have embraced the new rewards system. Do remember that you can check your child’s points by logging into ShowMyHomework. Students can also access their timetables on ShowMyHomework now, as well as seeing notifications regarding key events in school. It really is becoming a useful ‘one-stop shop’ for students.

Year 11 have certainly hit the ground running this term, going straight into their practice exams. We have been very impressed by their level of focus and commitment to these exams. They are such a vital dress rehearsal and lots will be learnt – both from what went well and what didn’t for each student. Over the next few weeks, students will receive 1:1 feedback from many of their subject teachers with clear guidance on where to prioritise their revision and preparation for the ‘real thing’ later in the year. We are very proud of the students for their motivation and hard work.

A big focus in the school, as we enter this new year, is the importance of reading. Students have been listening to their tutor reading a book during some of the morning tutor periods. All evidence shows that students who read often and widely achieve significantly better in school. We would like to encourage you to encourage your child to read every day. Do discuss books with your child; ask them about what they are reading and tell them about your favourite books. We are blessed as a school to have such a well-stocked library with dedicated, expert staff. See the library section of the Froghorn for some of the exciting reading-based activities to which students can look forward.

Attendance at the year 9 parents’ evening this week was excellent – thank you to all of the parents who attended. We look forward to seeing an equally great turn-out at the year 10 event next week. The support of parents at these evenings is so very valuable. To help the evenings run as smoothly as possible, please try to stick to your time-slot as far as possible so that everyone who has booked an appointment can be seen.

Thank you, as ever, for your fantastic support. Wishing you a very happy and fulfilling 2020!

Chris Vaudin - Headteacher

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

Year 11 Reading University visit - Tuesday 17th December

'In the mission to inspire our students to aspire to reach their potential, the school hosted a trip to Reading University to explore why university could be an option. Those that attended the trip gained insight from university ambassadors into university life, the affordability of tuition fees, the application process, as well as advice on personal statements. Students got to explore the grounds of the White Knight campus, as well as the opportunity to post questions to the ambassadors themselves. In addition, students also received helpful direction in note taking and explored the kinds of course that would pique their interest, opening up further opportunities in their selected field. On the return back to school, it was noted that having attended the trip students recognised university as an option for them, helping all to consider their next steps in the lead up to post 16 education.

Mrs Champion, Director of Intervention.

2nd Half Term Kudos Rewards Winners

The following students from across the three houses have worked incredibly hard to achieve the most Kudos reward points. Kudos points are rewarded for achievement & engagement with classwork; achievement & engagement with homework; going above and beyond to support someone; positive contribution to the school.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Messages from our Child and Family Support Worker

Families may be aware that Norovirus is currently circulating in some local schools. In line with public health guidelines, please ensure that pupils suffering from suspected Norovirus are kept off school until they have been without symptoms for 48 hours consecutively . Further information can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/

Please see below a programme from Inclusion Hampshire. This training programme is for parents, offering affordable mental health, emotional well being training courses and workshops within the local area. Bookings for any course can be made online via the website: www.inclusionhampshire.org.uk/training-courses

PE News

We have the opportunity to take part in a local inter-school swimming gala. It is going to be targeted at all levels. If you would like more information, please contact Mrs Bentham, subject leader for PE at school or ask your child to go and see Mrs Bentham in the PE office at break time.

Students going on the Ski Trip are welcome to Ski Fit club after school on a Tuesday and Thursday at 3-3:45pm.

Library News

A new Book Club is running every Monday morning during registration in the library, and is open to any student in years 7, 8 and 9. The first book we will be looking at is Lightning Mary, a fantastic fictional story about Mary Anning, the teenage paleontologist from the nineteenth century. For more information, please come and speak to Miss Livingstone.

BBC Radio Competition

The BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition is back for 2020, and is now open for submissions. The competition is open to all children aged between 5 and 13 years on 12th June 2020, with fictional stories of 500 words or less. All entries must be submitted by 8pm on Thursday 27th February. Last year’s competition had around 110,000 entries, and David Walliams, Helen McCrory and Michael Sheen read out the winning stories at the final at Windsor Castle. For more information about the competition, as well as how to submit your story, please speak to Miss Livingstone, or visit :https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1

Hampshire Literature Quiz

We will once again be taking part in the Hampshire School Library Service Literature Quiz. The quiz takes place every year, with local schools all competing in regional rounds, before the final on Wednesday 25th March at the Winchester Discovery Centre. If you are, or know, a student in year 7,8 or 9 who would be interested in being part of our four person team, please speak to the librarians ASAP.

Excelsior Awards

The shortlist for this year’s Excelsior Award has been announced! This is the fourth year Frogmore has participated in the award, and we are looking for students in years 9 and 10 to take part. The Excelsior Award focuses on graphic novels and Manga, and participants are asked to read 5 selected titles and then rate them according to story, artwork, characters and dialogue. The reading group will meet weekly in the library on a Wednesday lunchtime, starting on 22nd January, to discuss the books and refreshments will be provided. If you have a child in year 9 or 10 who would like to take part, please ask them to come and speak to Miss Livingstone in the library, and have a look at the website, http://www.excelsioraward.co.uk/

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 23rd January: My Neighbour Totoro

Whats On: Thursday 30th January: Cool Runnings (To coincide with the anniversary of the first winter Olympics in 1924)

Recommended Reading lists

Unsure of what books to read next? In need of inspiration? We have lists of recommended reads tailored to each year group available in the library, and they will be up on the website soon. Also, please do come and speak to either Mrs Stevenson or Miss Livingstone, as we will be happy to help you find a book to get your teeth into.

Suggestions

Is there is a book or resource you would like to see in the library that we don’t currently have?Please fill out one of our suggestion slips and we will do our best to get it in stock for you.

Book Review

Cinder is a thrilling sci-fi retelling of Cinderella, with a multitude of twists and turns that make it an amazing read.

By Quinn Taylor

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

Careers information

National Careers Week!

National Careers Week runs from Monday 2nd March and we are looking for volunteers to come in and discuss their chosen career path to inform and inspire our students. If you would be happy to spare half an hour or an hour of your time between Monday 2nd and Friday 7th March, please get in touch with Miss Livingstone on: a.livingstone@frogmorecollege.co.uk.

Careers Advice appointments

All students are entitled to a careers advice meeting with our careers adviser. Priority will go to year 11s. The appointment lasts a 50-minute lesson and is invaluable to discuss next steps and future career aspirations. If you would like to make an appointment, please ask for a request form at reception.

Do you use languages as part of your job?

We would like to be able to demonstrate to students a range of careers (both in and outside the UK) which involve Modern Languages in some way, large or small. It might be that you travel to Europe once a year or maybe you are in regular contact with clients in another country. Alternatively, you may need to read documents with details in another language. Whatever your involvement with languages, we would love to hear from you!

If you feel that any information about your job would be useful, please could you complete a short survey (link below). Alternatively, if you know anybody else (not connected with the school) whose job you think might be of interest, please could you forward them the link: https://forms.gle/sR9G25kpBCY6pF6n6

Useful Websites:

Careers Advice website (all students who have had a careers appointment will have a log in):

https://www.eclips-online.co.uk/

Year 9 Careers Advice website: (all students should now have their log in details)

https://www.fasttomato.com/

Unsure of what T-Levels are? Find out more here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels

Government database of Apprenticeship Providers:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

National Careers website:

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Key dates:

20th-24th January – Farnborough Sixth Form College interviews

27th & 28th January – Yateley Sixth Form College interviews

Saturday 1st February – Sparsholt College Open Day, 10am-2pm

Wednesday 5th February – Guildford College Open Evening 4pm-7pm

Wednesday 12th February – Year 9 Options Information Evening

Wednesday 12th February – Farnham College Open Evening, 4pm-7pm

Wednesday 12th February – Bracknell & Wokingham College Open Evening, 4pm-7pm

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.

If you would like to enter the 50/50 club, please see below on how to enter.

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