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Froghorn 27th March 2020

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers

The past fortnight has felt, I am sure for all of us, by turns bewildering, unsettling, frightening, confusing. At the time of writing the previous Froghorn, I, like you, could not have conceived that we would now be in a situation where all schools are closed and society is in a state of almost total lockdown. However, through all of the turmoil and uncertainty, there have been so many wonderful signs of the resilience, optimism and care that we are so blessed to have at the heart of our school community.

It feels particularly important to continue with the publication of the Froghorn during this time. We are very keen to maintain our sense of community. We have also included here some information that is hopefully useful to you at the current time.

I have said this before, but our students were absolutely incredible last week. Throughout the rapidly evolving situation, they maintained a calm and purposeful atmosphere in school. Since the closure of school commenced, teachers have been incredibly impressed by students’ engagement in the work that has been set. There have been some lovely examples of work submitted. We want to celebrate the range of learning that is happening within our school community, in spite of the restrictions. We have included just a small sample of these in this Froghorn. We would love to see more - please share pictures of the work your child has produced, or videos of them engaging in learning activities using the hashtag #FlourishingAtFrogmore so that we can celebrate this excellent work.

I have been blown away by the support and resilience of our staff. We have worked quickly to put in place a rota for supporting the families of critical key workers and teachers have swiftly moved to creating engaging activities for students online. We are aware that there may have been some teething problems for some students in accessing the online learning and we will be in touch again next week with further hints and tips. We will now be in a position to plan in greater detail for continued online work after the Easter break.

I am also incredibly grateful to Sue, our kitchen manager. Sue has been in every day and helped us to cater for everyone still in school. Thanks to her, we have been able to provide free school meals to those families who are entitled and will continue to do this.

We will stay in touch. We want you to do the same. We know that there are still many questions left unanswered, not least regarding the year 11 qualifications. As soon as we receive definitive guidance, we will let you know the full details. If you do need to contact us, especially if you need some help or support, there will be someone in school every day, including over the Easter period, so do call reception. Even if we can’t help directly, we will put you in touch with someone who can.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

With all best wishes

Chris Vaudin - Headteacher

Some examples of art work created by students at home and sent in this week

Learning In The Lockdown

Students of critical workers have been attending this week and have engaged brilliantly in their learning. It has been quite surreal in school at times, with it being so empty. However, the students who have been in have been absolutely excellent in their maturity. They have started each day with the Joe Wicks workout before heading to PC rooms to complete the online learning set by teachers. In the afternoons, they have had a range of enrichment activities, including baking flapjacks, learning Spanish and creating these artistic photos. The photos they created aimed to reflect the idea of maintaining connection in a time of social distancing – as well as referencing some classic pictures.

Social distancing meets Abbey Road

Gremlin Dance Challenge 2020

We are so fortunate to have been able to take both a KS3 and KS4 team of dancers to Gremlin Dance Challenge this year. With amazing dancers and some very cool concepts, the dancers and Mrs Price developed two pieces, based on our criteria "the world we have lived in". KS3 performed a piece called "I have a dream..." which was based on concept that for years we as humans have separated ourselves on race, gender or creed has formed the basis of this dance. Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech and knowing that the world we live in should not be defined or categorised has inspired this dance piece.

Year 10 GCSE dancers created "Rebellion or reform." Inspired by International Women's day and that women of this world are living in the dreams of the suffragette party. Having spent the 20th century fighting, rioting and rebelling for the rights of women, we look back to the feisty and fierce sacrifice made to bring about the start of voter equality in Britain.

As a school we managed to not only secure high commendations from the judges on the quality of our work, but managed to bring home the 'Best Music' award in the KS4 category. Mrs Price would like to thank all the dancers for their hard work, the SLT team who always champion the arts for us and supported us on the night as well as the support from the parents. We all look forward to next year's challenge!

Mrs Cali Price

Careers Opportunities

For more information please click on the link below.

Messages From Our Welfare Officer

Immunisation Update

Due to the current climate around isolation and social distancing measures put in place by the government, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all immunisation sessions, in schools and catch up clinics at our community hospitals, for the foreseeable future.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we will be in contact as soon as we can, to rebook the sessions in schools.

Provision of sanitary products during school closure.

For families that are struggling to obtain sanitary products for their child during current possible shortages, please be aware that we are able to supply appropriate required products upon request. Please enquire at the school reception on 01252 408444 for further details.

Message from the Child and Family Support Worker

During these difficult times one of the really positive things that has emerged is witnessing the community pulling together to support each other. Please see the information below on how you can get involved:

A message from Hart Food Bank:

We have a team of volunteers at Fleet, Darby Green and Hook.

We open between 1:30pm and 3pm Mondays and Thursdays, at 3 distribution venues and our storage facility. Our clients usually have vouchers from referral agents which they exchange for food parcels. These are all long dated ambient foodstuffs from a pre approved list devised by Trussell Trust (https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/emergency-food/food-parcel/). Our clients either visit the foodbank or we have an out of hours delivery service from each centre. We will prepare food parcels without a voucher exchange but we do need to know that the client is genuine and in need.

Our present shortages are:

UHT milk, long life fruit juice

Cereal, instant mashed potato

Tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, tinned fruit

Rice pudding, custard

Coffee, jam

Food Bank Donations

At school we have positioned a donation box outside of our reception doors to make it easier for any parents/carers to make a donation to our local food bank, this will be available from 8:30am-4pm Monday to Friday.

You can also donate at various venues in the Hart area, which are listed on the link below:

https://hart.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/

If you are struggling to afford food for your family currently and would like some support, please do get in touch with us at school via phone call 01252 408444 or by email, with the subject heading "Food Bank", to adminoffice@frogmorecollege.co.uk

Call for Volunteers

The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus ... Please click on the NHS button below to view more details.

Good news stories!!

Please share with us if you have any examples of things you have heard about, or been involved in locally, that showcase this community spirit so that we can share it with our Frogmore Family.

Email adminoffice@frogmorecollege.co.uk with the subject heading "Good News"

Please click on the link below to view the Young Minds website, including updates on Coronavirus:

Please click on the link below to view the latest news from Hampshire Camhs:

Library News

World Book Day

We had a fantastic World Book Day at Frogmore this year, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the students and staff who got involved. Our cake sale raised a fantastic £80! This money will be put towards buying more accessible fiction for the library, something we have a growing need for. The staff vs. students book quiz at lunchtime was well attended, thank you to Miss Bruce, Mr Barfoot, Miss Buckland and Mr Kay for taking part, the students would like a re-match! Don’t forget the WBD Book Tokens that were given out are valid until the 29th March and are accepted at most supermarkets and bookshops.

To follow Frogmore Careers and Frogmore Library on Twitter, please click below.

Congratulations to Mrs Taylor, winner of the PTA 50/50 draw.

Credits:

Created with images by NeONBRAND - "smile… it helps" • Elisha Terada - "July 4th Independence Day Fireworks"