Our current times are ones of separation and distance. The lockdown that we are now in the midst of, especially in the colder, darker month of November, concentrates this sense of isolation. And yet, in school this week, we have found ways to come together as a community. Firstly, on Wednesday, we held our collective act of remembrance. There is always a poignancy to knowing that one’s community is joined in a silent act of respect for those who have given their lives in service of our country. This year, this solidarity felt even more tangible.
The second moment was far more prosaic, but no less significant. On Thursday, we held our first full school fire drill. We planned it carefully in order to run it in a Covid-secure way. However, the result was that we gathered the entire school community together on the courts. The sun was shining and I have to confess to feeling quite emotional at the sight of the whole school finally together for the first time since March. It was also impressive to see how well students responded to the situation, masks and all, to allow the drill to run smoothly and safely.
This sense of community and togetherness is essential through these tough times. With two positive cases reported in school over the past fortnight, we have, yet again, been incredibly grateful for the support and calm response of the entire Frogmore family. As case numbers continue to rise nationally, it is inevitable that there will be further cases in school. We know this will be worrying for some families, especially those with people who are shielding. This is precisely where our sense of responsibility to one another, even when we are physically apart, brings us all closer together. As tough as we know it is, we all need to follow the government guidance closely in our own lives to prevent the spread. As mentioned in my letter on Wednesday, the Health and Safety Executive visited last Thursday and were very complimentary about the measures we have in place. However, the stay at home guidance and avoidance of household mixing needs to be adhered to outside of school in order to keep everyone in school as safe as possible.
In light of the above, I need give a polite reminder that, especially during this period of lockdown, we cannot have unscheduled meetings with parents or carers. If you need to speak to someone at school, please either email the relevant person or contact reception. We will then arrange to either call or have an online meeting. There are very few circumstances currently in which we are able to have face to face meetings and all such meetings need to be arranged in advance so that they can be held in a Covid-secure way.
Over the coming weeks, we will have more opportunities to remind ourselves of our part in the wider Frogmore family. The Macmillan non-uniform day is fast approaching, and senior student leaders are planning ways of boosting our charitable fundraising. We will also be introducing some fun challenges for tutor groups as we move further through the term. Through activities such as these, we will continue to celebrate our connectedness and help strengthen the bonds that unite us.
Thank you all for your tremendous support.
Chris Vaudin – Headteacher
We have a full calendar of events throughout the year. Click the link below to view them.
Communications Department Message
Félicitations! Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
Congratulations to four of our talented year 11 linguists who have been accepted onto the Trinity College, Cambridge, e-learning course for able linguists. They will be following an online programme to learn about studying a variety of languages at A level and degree level and all the opportunities for travel and work which could be available to them. The communications faculty is really proud of our Frogmore students and look forward to hearing how they get on.
Well done to A. Metcalf, K. Toubella, P. Jefferies and K. Powley.
Please can all year 10 parents supply their child with a copy of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It may also be useful for you to purchase a GCSE revision guide, such as York Notes or CGP study guide to accompany the novella. Thank you.
8th Bramshill Scout Group Expedition
Over half term, myself and some other Frogmore students from 8th Bramshill scout group completed a 2 day scout expedition. We walked 11 miles each day in the rain, carrying our own equipment including our gas stove, food, med kit and spare clothes. We had to cook our own meals on our stove and bring enough snacks and water to last us. We each had to navigate 2 sections of the expedition, preparing route cards and using map and compasses. We walked the entire length of the Blackwater Valley river from Rowhill nature reserve in Aldershot to Swallowfield. This is towards our chief scout gold badge. Isaac Hurley, year 7.
"I'm glad I did this walk because it was good fun and it was also a great experience which I’ll never forget". Finn Cowley, year 8.
Parent Governor Opportunities
Currently there are vacancies on the Governing Body of Frogmore Community College for parent governors.
Being a parent governor is a special role in that parents, by definition, have a vested interest in the performance of the school and the outcomes for their children. You would be expected to play an active role within the school, taking part in regular meetings, and possibly taking on special governor roles. The governors typically meet in the evening, once per half term. A separate finance committee meets at least once per quarter. The governing body seeks to maintain a range of skills amongst its members, as recommended by the National Governance Association, to maintain competence of the board.
If you are interested in applying for the position, please contact the school reception for an application form. Alternatively, a form can be downloaded by following this link: https://bit.ly/2IDdZeY
Completed application forms should be submitted to the Clerk to the Governors, Nicky English, and the deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 17th November 2020. In the event that more parents apply than there are places vacant, an election among all parents will be organised.
More information about the role of governors, please visit the website of the National Governance Association at www.nga.org.uk
Kudos Points Update
Half Termly Update
I would like to congratulate the following students on being in the top 10% rewarded with Kudos points in their year group for the first half term.
Congratulations to all of the students and good luck to all for this half term. Winners below, please come and collect your Amazon voucher from the Ormond Office anytime during this half term, from Tuesday 17th November. Mr Tuney, Director of Progress.
Messages from our Child and Family Support Worker
This week, in our virtual assemblies, we've been talking about Anti-Bullying Awareness Week next week - the theme this year is "United Against Bullying". Students have been encouraged to think about what bullying really is and the different roles that people play in encouraging, stopping or preventing bullying. This provoked some really interesting and helpful conversations around the topic.
To find out more about the Anti Bullying Alliance or this year's Anti-Bullying Awareness Week, please follow the link: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2020-united-against-bullying
There is now a new text line to the Community School Nursing Team for parents and young people to access. Young people between the ages of 11-19 years old can be signposted to ChatHealth texting service: 07507332160 for confidential support and advice. From the 1st of June 2020, parents of children 5–19 can also be signposted to the ChatHealth texting service: 07507332417.
We are still taking donations for the food bank, which you can drop off on the trolley outside the main reception doors.
They are currently in need of: Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, fancy biscuits, chocolates/sweets, selection boxes/packs, sponge puddings, tinned hams, and shampoo/shower gel/deodorants.
Issue 2. November 2020
As we are once again in a period of lockdown and after school clubs and activities are cancelled, there is one way of keeping occupied and that’s reading! Remember we have the e-book system up and running as well as our ‘click and collect’ service, so lose yourself in a book and escape the strange world in which we are currently living.
In the library we usually have an ‘On This Day’ display featuring something that happened on that day in history with books relating to that subject. As we can no longer do this, we’ll be bringing ‘On This Day’ to you in these newsletters. And talking of escaping this strange world, the days in this month’s issue have a definite science fiction theme….
On the 19th November 1969 the Apollo 12 moon landing took place. This was the sixth crewed flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on 14th November, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and on the 19th November Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Apollo Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean achieved a precise landing at their expected location. The mission ended on November 24th with a successful splashdown.
Satellite – Nick Lake
An epic, highly original space thriller with real science and heart-breaking beauty.
Leo has never set foot on Earth. Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, they have grown up together in the most extraordinary of ways.
Now, they are preparing to make their first trip home - their first journey to Earth. But Leo, Orion and Libra cannot possibly imagine the irreversible consequences that their return will set into motion....
See You In The Cosmos – Jack Cheng
All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like. But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mum, and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions. Where do I come from? Who's out there? And, above all, How can I be brave?
Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down . . .
The Starman and Me – Sharon Cohen
“He wasn't an alien, I was sure of that. It was more like he'd walked in through an ancient door from the past ... except he was here, in my bedroom and his misty forest was somewhere real on Planet Earth”.
Twelve-year-old Kofi first spots the prehistoric human on a supermarket roundabout. He is small and dark and curled into a tight ball. His name is Rorty Thrutch and he has zero memory of how he ended up in the unexceptional village of Bradborough, or why he's being hunted...
The first episode of Doctor Who aired in the UK on 23rd November 1963. Beginning with William Hartnell, thirteen actors have headlined the series as the Doctor, and in 2017 Jodie Whittaker became the first woman to play the role.
Here’s just a small range of the Doctor Who books we have in the library...
Something to think about………
Children who read books often at age 10, and more than once a week at age 16, gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who read less regularly.
Reading for pleasure is more important for children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.
Scholastic Book Fair
After the huge success of our previous book fairs, Scholastic is back next week with a fantastic new selection of books. In order to adhere to COVID-19 safety measures, the book fair will be open to year 7 students only , with browsing time during their library lesson or break time from Monday 16th November to Thursday 20th November. For students in other year groups, you can request a book through the ordering system, and it will be delivered to you during the school day.
There are over 200 titles for you and your child to choose from, and with prices starting from only £2.99, there is sure to be a book for everyone. To minimise cash handling, you can order gift vouchers for pupils to spend at our book fair by visiting:
Scholastic Book Vouchers
Don’t forget that every book you buy raises money for library books and you get a good book too!
In order to browse which books will be available at the book fair, and to order, please click on the link below for the full catalogue and ordering form.
Alternatively, you can order a book through our Scholastic book club, and you still help us to gain rewards towards buying new books for the library. Go to;