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Froghorn 22nd March 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parent/Carer

As I drove home last night I saw the most amazing sunset and it made me think about how quickly our wonderful year 11 students are coming to the end of their time at Frogmore. They certainly are being kept busy in the run up to the Summer exam period.

This week, all of year 11 have been involved in formal GCSE exams, including English speaking and listening assessments, drama and food exams. Next week there will be art and photography exams taking place. With this in mind, it was lovely to see parents and students at our Year 11 Parents’ Exam Support Evening last night. Following a presentation where we shared some useful tips on revision, Miss Reed gave some helpful advice about interpreting exam instructions in different subjects. This was then followed by some bespoke help with revision timetables, exam materials and coping with exam stress. Please do have a look at the presentation, which you will find on the website. Despite the Summer fast approaching, we now have our new year 11 photo proudly displayed in reception; a fitting tribute to them all.

Last Thursday we had the pleasure of watching our phenomenal dance students perform at the Gremlin Dance Challenge at Prince’s Hall. The group gave a stunning performance based on the Michael Morpurgo novel ‘Private Peaceful’ and won second place. In addition, they came first in the choreography category. Well done to everyone involved.

On Tuesday, some of our year 7 students visited Farnborough Sixth Form College to take part in the Stretch and Challenge Ecoland competition and were a credit to the school, presenting their sustainable projects with confidence.

Friday was our non-uniform day for Comic Relief and students were so supportive of the fundraising activities organised by the senior leadership team. We raised a grand total of £744.25 which will make an real difference to the lives of people in the UK and overseas. I’d better not mention the staff v student basketball game……!

You will no doubt realise, as we get to the end of this edition of Headteacher’s Corner that, there has been a new addition to the Frogmore family and we look forward to welcoming Mr Vaudin back in the near future, refreshed and raring to go!

Have a lovely weekend.

Sara Downes

Deputy Head

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

Gremlin Dance Challenge

On the 14th of March, ten year 7 and 8 students went to the Prince's Hall in Aldershot to compete in the annual 'Gremlin Dance Challenge' with the theme being based on amazing authors. The KS3 dance company decided on Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, a story of love, friendship and great sacrifice paying honour to a generation of incredible servicemen and women of Great Britain. The ten dancers created a wonderful piece of choreography that was a snapshot into the near-misses during battle on the front line; two brothers fight for their country using their choreography to tell the tale. The dance company captured the camaraderie and adversity faced by the two peaceful brothers and their battalion. Frogmore students were commended for their ability to portray the story through their choreography with a highly commended choreography award alongside an amazing second place!

Mrs Price would like to express her pride in these students: Beth Yung, Louisa Hope, Erin Hope, Beth McAusland, Ryan Cresswell, Zak Brewer, Martha Lilly, Issy Markham, Molly Chambers and Sophia Bower for their dedication and wonderful work. A special mention to Abbie Lindon in year ten who helped develop choreography, really showing kindness and going above and beyond to support the KS3 dance company. Additionally a huge thanks from the KS3 Dance Company goes to the support of those at school and those at home. They couldn't have done it without you!

Ecoland Competition

On Wednesday 6th March Mr Tickner and a group of twelve year 7 students embarked on a trip to Farnborough 6th Form to take part in the annual Ecoland competition. The students had been asked to work in teams to design a sustainable themed world within Thorpe Park. They had to consider where the world would be within Thorpe Park, how it would encourage bio-diversity, what rides there would be, and how it would power their world through renewable energy.

The 3 year 7 teams had been working on their projects for a month and then had the task of presenting them to a panel of student judges at the college. Other schools competing included Cove and Wavell. Whilst we did not get placed in the first three places, the judges commented on the high standards that had been reached by all the teams in terms of their models, adverts and presentations. EcoXtreme also had a comment on how they made the strawberry picking section of their advert dramatic!

Mr Tickner would like to thank all the students who were involved in the project for all of the hard work and effort that they had put into the project over the past month; he is very proud of their achievements. The students involved were: Grace Belcher, Sophia Bower, Samantha Chibisa, Lily Clarkin, Charlotte Hitchens, Louisa Hope, Erin Hope, Lea Kraskova, Anyulwexeya Makanura, Erin Mitchell, Megan Owen and Aimee Roberts.

Library News

Scholastic Book Fair

After the huge success of last term’s Book Fair, Scholastic is back next week with a fantastic new selection of books. The Book Fair will be open to students during the school day from Monday 25th March to Thursday 28th March, and open to parents from 3pm-4pm on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th March.

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. You can order gift vouchers for pupils to spend at our book fair by visiting https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/gift-vouchers

Don’t forget that every book you buy raises money for library books. Last year we raised over £150. It would be great to raise even more this time!

Hampshire Book Award

This year’s Hampshire Book Award was launched this week, and what a fantastic reception it received. We have 21 students in year 8 signed up for the Award, which encourages reading for pleasure and critical reading of texts. Students have 14 weeks to read all six books on the shortlist, and there are weekly meetings on Wednesday lunchtimes in the library to discuss and evaluate them with their peers. The students who have regularly contributed to meetings, and completed all 6 books, will then take part in the Regional Voting Day on 3rd July. The Hampshire Book Award is voted for solely by students, and the winning author is invited to an Award ceremony in November.

Hampshire Book Award is a superb opportunity for students in year 8, if your child is taking part, please help and encourage them as much as you can.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to School Library Service for running the launch, and for all the resource for the HBA.

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.

What’s On: Thursday 28th March, Isle of Dogs

Thursday 4th April, Students' Choice - TBA

Library Book Club

Starting on Monday 25th March, the library will be hosting a book club every Monday morning during tutor time. Week A will be for students in years 7 and 8 and Week B for students in years 9 and 10. Years 9 and 10 will start by reading this year’s Excelsior shortlist, a fantastic selection of five graphic novels aimed at a teen audience. For more information, or to sign up, please speak to Miss Livingstone or Mrs Stevenson in the library.

Change To Opening

The library will be closed all day on Friday 5th April; this is to prepare for work to be done in the library over the Easter holidays. Therefore, students will need to use Treloar and other social areas. To this end, we will also not be issuing any books to students during the last week of term, so please make sure to stock up on books for the holiday by Friday 29th March.

Overdue Books

There are a number of overdue items that are still outstanding. All books issued from the library have a three-week loan period, after which the books need to be returned to the library or renewed by a librarian. Please could you make sure all bags, bookshelves etc are checked and all overdue resources are returned to the library. There will be prizes for every tutor group without any overdue items at the end of this term.

Fundraising News

Thanks Frogmore Community College! You just paid in £744.25 to Comic Relief, and we couldn't be more grateful. Your money will go to amazing projects in the UK and around the world, tackling important social issues. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Thank you to all of those that use Easyfundraising, we have just received a cheque for £98.54 for the last quarter of 2018. This brings the overall total received since we started fundraising to £1158.00.

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.

We are collecting bottles for the May Fair. Any donations of bottles of soft drink or alcohol will be gratefully received at reception. Alcohol must only be brought in by adults. Thank you in advance for supporting us.

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