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
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.