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
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.
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/
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