The normal rhythm of school terms has been thrown somewhat, but here we are at the end of another half term. It is fair to say that we are all still adjusting to the many impacts of the pandemic. It is also fair to say that we are entering a stage that feels even more precarious and difficult to navigate. On the one hand, we are hearing about the moves to cautiously release some of the lockdown restrictions, on the other we are facing up to the reality that there will be a long tail of impacts on how we go about our lives. Change is always difficult to manage; it is harder still when no one knows quite where the change will lead.
I was reading the ancient Greek myth of Pandora’s Box to my daughter this evening. For those who don’t know the tale, king of the Gods, Zeus, provides Pandora with a box, telling her not to open it. She cannot resist temptation and, upon opening the box, she releases all manner of evils into the world. She closes the lid too late to stop the evils breaking free, but there is one thing remaining: hope.
Hope is powerful. Hope is what enables us to see beyond present challenges to a time when things are better. Hope inspires us to believe in better, happier, healthier, kinder... There is little wonder that the rainbow, the great symbol of hope, has come to define this chapter.
I know, and fully appreciate, that this has been a very challenging time for families. Supporting your children to continue their learning at home, whilst you yourselves are trying to work or juggle other responsibilities, is very tough. Thank you for sticking with it and, as you can see from the examples below, supporting your children to continue producing some excellent work.
We were very grateful for the feedback you provided about the home learning that has been set so far. Our teachers have worked incredibly hard adjusting themselves to this brave new world. We have listened to the feedback and are making further changes from half term. Subjects have been working on putting together modules of work for the remainder of the year, which focus on transition and readiness for the year ahead. In the first week, your child will receive an overview of the learning for each subject. This will explain why this learning is important: how it will set them up for the year ahead. It will also give a short summary of what to expect each week. We hope that this will help students and parents to see the big picture. Teachers will still continue to set tasks from the modules on SMHW so that they don’t seem too overwhelming. Please also expect to see greater use of video instruction as teachers work hard to include recordings to go alongside some of the tasks.
Over the half term holiday it will be important for your child to have a break and, therefore, we are not expecting students to complete online learning.
It is now almost certain that we will not see students in years 7 to 9 in school at all before the summer. Even for students in year 10, any time in school will be highly limited, when and if it does happen before the summer. However, our desire to provide home learning with a focus on transition to next year is rooted in our hope-filled attitude toward the year ahead; we cannot wait until the Frogmore family can be properly reunited and I have a genuine optimism about the strengthened sense of community we will all feel when this happens.
Socially distant? Maybe. Closer than ever? Definitely!
Chris Vaudin - Headteacher
Student Leadership Quiz!
Our wonderful student leadership team contacted Mr Vaudin this week with the idea of putting together a fun quiz for people to do at home. There are five rounds of 10 questions – pause the video at any point if you need more time. It would be great fun to do this quiz with family or friends. The answers for each round are in a separate video at the end of the Froghorn. Many thanks to Lil, Josh and team for this excellent idea. Happy quizzing!
Excellent Examples Of Student Home Learning
Can we drink too much water?
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF DRINKING SPORT DRINKS
Sports drinks are a functional beverage that helps replace the water inside your body & energy before and after exercise or a workout. Many athletes drink them to repair or prepare their body. The electrolytes and water are released when you sweat.
The advantages of drinking sports drinks are to give you energy before you work out and replace the fluids in your body after you work out. When our bodies are working out and burning off energy they are also losing vitamins and fluids that are important to help our bodies function properly. They have a good source of protein and carbohydrates.
The disadvantages of drinking sports drinks is the amount of acidity in them this can affect your teeth, this because of their high sugar contents. It has a bad effect on your health if you drink them too much as they have a similar amount of sugars as fizzy drinks like coca cola etc. they also contain a lot of caffeine, which if too much is consumed can have effect your nervous system. It can also lead to sleepiness, dizziness and hypertension.
My opinion on sports drinks is that they are good for you as long as you do not consume too many and only drink them after you have worked out. I feel like they can contain too many sugars, which can affect your body and you mental health. Overall, I think they are good and that you are responsible for the amount you drink.