This has been a first half term like no other. Against a backdrop of continued uncertainty and concern, the business of school has carried on and students have busied themselves with their learning. We may have had to find new ways to do lots of the things we do, but find them we have and school life has continued. I am immeasurably grateful to the staff, who have worked incredibly hard to make sure that the atmosphere in school is positive and purposeful, despite the emotionally challenging reality of working amidst a bustling school community whilst, in the rest of our lives, we limit our contacts considerably.
We were really pleased by the ‘attendance’ at our first two online parents’ evenings. Thank you to the parents who gave feedback about these events. Many parents expressed that they found the format just as positive as normal – in fact, lots preferred it being online! We always enjoy parents’ consultation evenings ourselves as they provide such an important opportunity to take stock of progress and work in partnership to agree goals for the future.
Two weeks ago, we finally managed to conclude the longest head girl/boy recruitment process… ever! The candidates delivered their speeches in assemblies the week before the lockdown commenced. Then, due to all of the uncertainty, we delayed the vote until all students were back in school. The final shortlist of 6 candidates (3 for each position) were interviewed by the outgoing head boy and girl, Josh and Lily, our new chair of governors and me. We put them through an incredibly tough interview and, as ever, our outstanding students acquitted themselves superbly. We could have appointed any pair from the phenomenal shortlist. In the end, due in large part to their thoughts about what the Frogmore family needs in this time of crisis, Rajan Preece and Abby Metcalfe were selected. I have no doubt that their leadership of the student senior team will enable it to continue to build on the impressive legacy of the teams which have gone before.
Rajan and Abby presented with their head boy and head girl ties.
The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a certain absence this half term. Especially those of you who are more social-media-savvy… We have not ‘tweeted’ about our weekly #FlourishingAt Frogmore award winners. Ordinarily, I would meet with all of the award winners at break time on a Friday. However, the current arrangements in school mean that I cannot meet with students from different year group bubbles at the same time. We have still been awarding the badge and you will find a summary with pictures of some of the award winners later in the Froghorn.
Students have, overall, been great at taking responsibility in and around school. I have written to parents separately about the additional measures we will be implementing from after half term. However, I would ask you to remind your child of the importance of sustaining their adherence to the Covid-secure measures (hand sanitising, respiratory hygiene, one-way routes) for the remainder of the term. We take our responsibilities as a community campus very seriously and, therefore, I need to ask you to encourage your child to be considerate of the students and parents at Potley Hill Primary School, especially at the end of the day. Students should follow the path as they leave the site; there have been some reports of students walking through primary PE lessons when they cut across the field. As well as showing a lack of respect for the staff and students at Potley, this represents a potential Covid-transmission risk. There have also been concerns expressed about some students hanging around with friends who are waiting to collect younger siblings from Potley Hill. It is essential that we support Potley Hill in minimising congestion at collection time and, therefore, only those students who are collecting siblings should be waiting. Finally, please can I remind parents and carers of Frogmore students to use the leisure centre car park for drop-off and collection? This alleviates congestion in the lower car park, which can then be used by Potley Hill parents exclusively. Thank you for your support with these matters.
These remain deeply uncertain times. As we return after the half term break, there will continue to be many things that we need to find new ways of doing: charity fundraising days, more parents’ evenings, Christmas events, to name but a few. Through all of this, we will maintain our central focus on creating conditions in which everyone is safe, confident and able to learn.
Chris Vaudin – Headteacher
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We are three weeks into a month associated with many things such as the season of autumn and a time where, for one night on the 31st, it is acceptable to walk out of the house in a white sheet and call it a ‘costume’.
The importance of October, at least for me and many others, is Black History Month. It’s a time where the people of African and Caribbean descent celebrate our rich past and histories and also look towards our prosperous futures. At times it can feel like our positive contributions to the world gets hidden by a curriculum that doesn’t teach it or just from lack of knowledge.
So, I urge anyone who reads this to learn a new fact today. Learn about the black heroes of World War I and II, research about black inventors and engineers or, if you’re more interested in modern topics, have a look at black singers, artists and influencers that have forever changed the industry.
A few minutes of research would only scratch the surface but any attempt to learn and educate means a lot.
Always remember that Black History and excellence isn’t just for a month – It’s constant.
Written by S.Chibisa, Y11