Froghorn September 2018

Headteacher's Corner

What a tremendous start to the new academic year! It’s always great to start the year celebrating the achievements of our wonderful students and this year there was just so much to celebrate. You will, I am sure, have already seen how delighted we were with the exam performance of the outgoing year 11 students. Their hard work and commitment really did pay off and we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating with them on results day.

These superb achievements provided the perfect springboard into this year. On the INSET day at the start of term, staff were able to take a moment to congratulate each other. However, they then immediately started thinking about what they could learn from last year’s results so that we can support our current students even better! In my assemblies to all students last week, I also reflected on these outcomes: it is inspiring for students to know how well their previous house and tutor group members performed. It is encouraging for them to know that they too can achieve through hard work and dedication.

And the hard work has already begun. Year 11 have hit the ground running and we were grateful to their parents for the excellent turnout at the parents’ evening last week. We know from last year that these rich conversations about students’ learning priorities so early in the year can have a really positive impact. Year 11 are not alone in making a strong start: all students have settled to learning with real focus and commitment. Walking around school and popping into lessons is an absolute pleasure. Our new year 7s have made a stonkingly good start – we’re so impressed by how quickly they’ve become part of our Frogmore family.

Other people who have quickly become part of our Frogmore family are the fabulous new staff who have joined us this September. Miss Brink (English/RE), Dr Comfort (science subject leader), Mrs Price (dance), Miss Pepe (textiles/art), Mr Roemer (DT) and Mrs Rolfe (drama) have all joined our teaching staff and are all already contributing to the excellent teaching and learning in the school. In addition, Mrs Curran has joined our learning support team and Mrs Dunn has joined as a science technician and LSA. Speaking of new additions, I can happily announce that Mrs Champion and Mrs White have both had baby girls. We wish them the very best as they embark on the adventure of parenthood!

This week we welcomed a record 256 students to our year 6 taster day. The students who visited were a real credit to their primary schools and were a pleasure to host for the day. I would like to take a moment to recognise the outstanding work of our year 10 prefects and peer mentors who acted as guides throughout the day. I was immeasurably proud of every one of them for the maturity and care that they showed for the primary children. Student leadership at Frogmore seems to get stronger year on year. This was further exemplified by the dedication of all of the prefects (and other students) who gave up their time to help and guide on the Open Evening. Countless parents went out of their way to comment on the quality of student input on the evening. Every single student who helped was a wonderful ambassador for the school: thank you all.

Over the next few weeks, there are a number of curriculum information evenings. We do hope you will be able to make it to the sessions relevant to your child and look forward to seeing you at these events. In the meantime, if there is any way in which you feel we could be giving your child an even better start to the year, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Here's to another excellent year for the entire Frogmore family!

Chris Vaudin


Governors' Corner

It was exciting to be able to join with staff and outgoing year 11 students in August for the GCSE results day. Their hard work and dedication meant that students received a fantastic set of results. The governors congratulate the students and wish them well in their next steps either academically or otherwise. As well, thank you to all the staff for all their efforts in helping the students in their achievements.

Meanwhile, the new academic year sees a full cohort of year 7 students joining the school. From the governors, welcome and we wish you well in your studies and personal development during your time at Frogmore.

Student Leadership Team

We have had a fantastic start to the year - the year 7s have settled into school life very well and the older year groups are working hard. On the 18th of September, we had a successful open day and evening for year 6s who are thinking about joining Frogmore. With the help of year 10 prefects, the year 6s had an amazing day where they learned a lot about secondary school life. In the evening, parents and children came along to a talk with Mr Vaudin as well as a tour around the school, which, once again, would not be possible without the prefects and students helping out with certain subjects. On the 28th of September, there will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning organised by the Macmillan team who are working very hard. It will be non-uniform day and there will be a cake sale and a students vs teachers basketball match, which we’re hoping students will enjoy and that it will be a great opportunity to raise money for the Macmillan charity.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Visit

On Wednesday 12th September, the Ormond Senior Leadership team, along with Mr Tuney and Miss Hill, visited Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.The purpose of this visit was to hand over the amazing amount of money raised (£1800!) to one of the many fundraising assistants. We also had the opportunity to view the newly built ‘Disney Reef’ in the hospital, which featured many recognisable figures, such as The Little Mermaid and Mickey Mouse. Thanks to everyone at Frogmore and their wonderful donations, Great Ormond Street are able to fund lifesaving equipment and these kind of spaces for seriously ill children - with the hope that it will put a smile on their face and brighten up their day. The money may also go into educating the patients in the hospital, as they may miss learning while away from home. This is brought to the children's bedside by the fantastic teaching staff at the hospital.

It was such an honour to be able to visit the hospital and we hope that this can become a tradition within our house and we can continue to support such a brilliant charity.

Colette Paterson-Green

Head Girl


PE News

Netball-First Fixture Results

Year 11 had a narrow defeat 14-13 to Robert Mays School and Year 10 were defeated.

Music News

On Tuesdays there is ‘In Harmony’ from 3pm – 4pm which is our after school singing club. We are currently doing This Is Me from The Greatest Showman. On Thursdays we have Steel Pan group which runs from 3pm until 4pm.

Communications Faculty News

P.T.A News

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 £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.

Other News

Volunteers wanted to support young people and families

Children and young people don t always find growing up easy and this can lead to difficult behaviours or conflict within a family which, in the extreme, can lead to Children s Services intervention and, potentially, children coming in to care.

Hampshire County Council wants to do more to support families and avoid situations that lead to Children s Services having to become more involved. This is where you could come in.

We are looking for more people to join our countywide network of volunteers. By getting involved you are telling a child, young people and their families that they are not alone and that they have someone who wants to help them.

We are looking for volunteers to mentor young people and volunteers who can support parents with parenting skills.

Volunteers can give as little as an hour or two per week, or more if you have capacity. All volunteers will be given full training and helped to gain experience which could help to obtain new skills, keep active, change careers or enhance an individual s curriculum vitae.

For more information please email your name and contact details to innovation.volunteers@hants.gov.uk.

Or visit www.hants.gov.uk to read more about available volunteering opportunities.

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