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Froghorn December 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carer

I will officially allow myself to start getting into the Christmas spirit next week. The performing arts team are holding their Christmas concert on Tuesday evening – moved to avoid a clash with the General Election on Thursday – and it looks set to be a fantastic evening. There will be items of dance, drama and music alongside refreshments served by the PTA. If you are yet to buy tickets, it’s not too late! We would love to see loads of you there.

We had fantastic turnout at the year 8 parents evening on Tuesday. It is always so valuable having time to sit down with parents to discuss progress so far and next steps. We are very pleased with year 8 overall and are excited to see where their journey through the school will take them. If you were unable to make the parents evening and would appreciate some feedback regarding your child’s progress, please do contact your child’s Director of Progress.

As always, the end of term is jam packed full of activities. A large number of year 8 students are out this week on the Living Rainforest visit. Year 11 artists have been undertaking their mock exams this week whilst the photographers have been out to the studios of Matt Moore as part of their course. Year 11 also have their languages mock speaking exams next week before they start revising in earnest for the important January practice exams.

In the final week we look forward to the Christmas lunch. I might even dig out my Christmas tie to bring a bit of festive cheer when I serve students their delicious roast!

I know that the run up to Christmas can be a hectic and even stressful time for many families. I hope that, over the next few weeks, everyone is able to take some time to enjoy the spirit of the season.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Chris Vaudin - Headteacher

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

Our Christmas Concert is on Tuesday 10th December at 7pm in the Drama Studio. Tickets can be purchased on Parentmail. Adults £4 and Students £2. We hope you can come and join us.

Student Leadership Fundraising Day

Well done to the student leadership team for organising a great fundraising day on Thursday 28th November. The total amount raised is over £700.00. All students have had the chance, through their tutor groups, to share ideas for how to spend the money raised.

PCSO visit from Hampshire Constabulary

On Friday 22nd November, PCSO Blundell came into talk to students about bike safety. We would like to thank him for his time and informative discussion, which will aid our students in the future.

Performing Arts News

GCSE Drama trip to see 'The Woman in Black'

On Thursday 28th November, the year 10 and 11 GCSE drama students and 5 members of staff headed to London to watch Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’. The experience of live theatre is a vital part of the GCSE, as the students need to write an evaluation of the performance in their exam. Known as one of the scariest plays in the West End, The Woman in Black did not disappoint. Eerie lighting, minimal set and tension building silences, broken only by the slam of a door or an ear splitting scream (unwittingly echoed by many of our students), worked wonders in creating the spooky and spellbinding storytelling of the haunting of Eel Marsh House. The trip was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Big thanks to Mrs Champion for organising the whole thing.

Music Clubs

If any student is interested in joining our music clubs after school, here is our timetable below.

Tuesday: 'In Harmony’ (singing group open to all years)

Wednesday: Ukulele club (open to all years)

Thursday: Steel Pan (open to all years)

Message from the Child and Family Support Worker

Please find below a link to the Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. This is a brand new website with valuable information on self help, events, campaigns and referrals for young people, parents and carers.

www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk

Lost Property

We have an ever growing amount of lost property, which includes a large number of coats. If your child is missing any items of clothing, please ask them to come to reception to check the lost property box. Due to the minimal amount of space, any items left in lost property at the end of this term will be bagged up and put in to the Rag Bag to be donated to charity. Thank you.

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

Whats on: Thursday 12th December

Thursday 19th December

VIEWERS VOTE!

From Monday 9th December to Friday 13th there will be a voting box in the Library for students to vote on their favourite Christmas film. The choices are:

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Arthur Christmas

Gremlins

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

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

Christmas competition!

From Monday 9th December, we will be running a couple of competitions in the Library.

To win a jar of Christmas sweets, you have to correctly guess the number of books we have used to make our ‘Christmas tree’, and to win a cuddly reindeer you just need to correctly guess its name! It’s £1 per guess so make sure you bring some money in. All proceeds will go towards new books and resources.

Fundraising News

There is still time for Christmas shopping with Easyfundraising! Help raise funds for the school. Please see details below.

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.

Credits:

Created with images by Unknown - "Gratis foto: Kerst, Muziek, Piano, Vakantie - Gratis ..." • Kane Reinholdtsen - "Microphone on a karaoke night" • Hannah Busing - "girl playing ukelele" • freestocks.org - "untitled image"