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Froghorn 18th January 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parent/Carer

Happy New Year!

The Christmas holiday feels like a distant memory already, as I am sure it does for everyone. I trust everyone was able to spend some enjoyable time together with family and friends. The first two weeks of the new year have been jam-packed, especially with year 11 (and some year 10) students having been in the throes of the practice exams. We have been thoroughly impressed by the commitment students have shown to these exams. The practice exams are vital in giving the students a real taste of what they will face in the summer. Over the coming weeks, teachers will be providing detailed feedback to students on where they have done well and where further improvements can be made. We know that some students may have found revising tough: we have further plans to support them in this as they get ever closer to the real event.

It was fantastic seeing such great attendance at our year 10 parents’ consultation evening on Monday. The rich conversations that are held on these evenings help strengthen the three-way partnership (student-staff-parent) upon which we rely so heavily. If you were unable to make it, or were unable to see a teacher you wanted to see, please do contact us.

Next Wednesday, we look forward to welcoming the parents of year 9 students for their consultation evening. This is the first of several events this term designed to provide parents and students with the information required to make good decisions about which courses to study in key stage 4. These are such important decisions and we are always very grateful to parents for the time and consideration they give to supporting the various preparation events.

As I delivered staff briefing on Thursday morning, we had our first flurry of snow for the year. This was a timely reminder of the need to ensure everyone is aware of our procedures in the event of adverse weather. We will seek to keep school open at all times. The only time that we will close the school is either when conditions on site present a significant risk to student safety or when insufficient staff are able to travel to the school. On such occasions, we will aim to communicate our decision to close as early as possible, usually by 7am. We will communicate by placing a message on the school website and local radio. We will send out a ParentMail as confirmation as soon as we are able.

In the cold weather, it is clearly important that students wear appropriately warm clothing. However, our uniform expectations do not change. I would like to thank parents for their support in ensuring that students wear winter coats over their blazers for warmth rather than hoodies.

In warmer news, Mr Webster and the Directors of Progress were delighted to see well over half of the year 9 students take prefect application forms this week. We look forward to appointing the next crop of outstanding student leaders!

With best wishes for 2019

Chris Vaudin

Headteacher

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

Job Vacancy: Temporary Art Technician

Would you like to work in our fabulous Art & Photography department? We are currently advertising for a temporary Art technician to work up to 30 hours a week who will support teaching staff in preparing resources for lessons. For further details visit the school's website: http://www.frogmorecollege.co.uk/Staff-Vacancies/

Science Club News

The Science Club have been making bubble snakes, competing to see who can get the largest snake. We also tried to blow a 'bubble in a bubble', the most being 3 bubbles! Finally we made methane bubbles.

Music News

For those children who learn to play a musical instrument, have you considered joining an ensemble? The evidence shows that children who regularly play in a group are less likely to give up and make faster progress on their instruments. Hampshire Music Service provides around 70 area and county ensembles dotted around Hampshire, with something for everyone, from beginners to the highest level. Youngsters are encouraged to come along and try a group before committing. Find out more about the ensemble opportunities and where your nearest groups are here please click on the link below. https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshiremusic

Library News

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, visit the Into Film website; www.intofilm.org or speak to Miss Livingstone in the library.

What’s On: Thursday 24th January-Pitch Perfect 3

The Excelsior Award is a book award focusing solely on graphic novels. This year, there are five books on the shortlist. The award is open to all students in years 9 and 10. We will meet every Monday week A during tutor time, in the library. For more information, or to sign up, please speak to Miss Livingstone.

Coming Soon

The Hampshire Literature Quiz 2019

The Hampshire Literature Quiz is run by the School Library Service. The quiz will promote the enjoyment of reading by allowing those enthusiastic readers in schools to take the spotlight and represent their school in a county wide competition. It will also be a chance for them to demonstrate their breadth of knowledge across all areas of children’s fiction. Each school is invited to submit one team of 4 students from across Years 7, 8 & 9, so if you have an enthusiastic reader who would like to take part, please ask them to speak to Miss Livingstone in the library to sign up.

The Hampshire Book Award

The Hampshire Book Award supports the KS3 English curriculum, promotes the enjoyment of reading, and gives enthusiastic readers in year 8 the opportunity to shine in their chosen field of interest in the same way as other students are encouraged in their aspirations in sport, music or drama.

These students will be expected to:

* attend the launch meeting of the shortlisted titles during the launch week of 18 March 2019

* read ALL six novels on the shortlist by the end of June 2019

* attend in-school discussion meetings

* participate in the voting process

* be prepared to talk about the books on the shortlist with pupils from their own and other participating schools

For more information, please speak to Miss Livingstone.

Attendance Matters

Medical Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness, please telephone the school before 9am daily for the duration of their absence. A note will then be needed to clear the absence on their return. If your child is not going to be in due to a medical appointment, or for any other reason, please phone the school to advise. Absences that the school has not been advised will be followed up by a letter home requesting details of the reason for absence. If at all possible, please ensure appointments are made outside of school hours.

Other Absences

Schools are only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances. In making a request for an authorised absence from school you will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional. Please note there is no general right to authorise absence for a family holiday and if your child is out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and we may refer the matter for consideration of legal action. Authorised absence request forms can be found on our website: www.frogmorecommunitycollege.co.uk

Medical Room Procedures

Please be advised if a student feels unwell a teacher will refer them to medical with a note in their log book. There they will be assessed and we will contact parents or carers. Children should not be contacting parents or carers directly.

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 £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.

Tickets available to purchase on Parentmail, please click on the following link www.parentmail.co.uk and login or come to the school reception.

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