At last, someone has found the switch marked ‘summer’! It’s been a glorious couple of weeks and lovely to have the sun shining for so many events in school. As this goes out, the non-uniform fundraising day will be in full swing and our incredible student leaders will have capitalised on the heat to sell lots of ice creams at break. I’m sure that the water balloons targeted at staff competing in the lunch time fun run will also be a hit!
The senior student leaders are keen that all funds raised today go towards supporting our project to improve the toilet facilities in the school. We are grateful to the PTA for also seeking to support projects such as this too, especially through their new JustGiving fundraiser (www.justgiving.com/FrogmoreCommunityCollegePTA). We are incredibly grateful to our dedicated PTA who support us at so many events, including by giving of their time to sell uniform. Do get in touch with them if you feel you could lend them a hand in the future.
It was fantastic yesterday to welcome our new intake year 7s for the day. They made such a brilliant first impression and we are very excited about them joining us in September. If they can continue as they began yesterday, we are in for a real treat! I would like to thank all of the parents and carers who attended the induction evening too. It was very hot, but so important to establish the links between home and school that are so vital to our partnership.
I was particularly impressed yesterday by the warm welcome that tutor groups gave to the new students first thing in the morning. It is a real testament to the success of vertical tutoring that every tutor group visited yesterday had students taking the lead in inducting their new recruits.
Time passes very quickly in a school. It feels like barely a blink of an eye since we were welcoming our current year 7s. Now, of course, they are nearing the end of their first year, having had a wonderful time at Tile Barn a couple of weeks ago. They have had a really successful first year and it is lovely seeing them growing in confidence. It doesn’t feel that long ago that we were at Tile Barn with our outgoing year 11s, and just last week we said our emotional farewell to them at the splendid prom. We cannot help but be very proud of the mature, caring, responsible and articulate young adults that are now embarking on the next steps in their journeys.
You may have noticed that we have had to erect some barriers at the front of school. We are trying hard to improve the safety of our students and would respectfully ask parents to not pull up at the front of the school to drop children off. There have been several near misses as parents pull back out. If you are driving your child to school, please support us in this by dropping your child off either at the bottom car park or in the leisure centre car park.
Thank you, as ever, for your ongoing support. Let’s hope the sunshine lasts for the rest of the summer!
We have a full calendar of events throughout the year, click the link below to view them.
Year 7 Tile Barn Trip
On the 19th to the 21st July year 7 went on their residential trip to Tile Barn. Students and staff arrived on site just before lunch and quickly unloaded the coaches, ate lunch and got ready for activities in the afternoon. After a full afternoon of activities, and a lovely dinner, students took part in camp fire songs. Unfortunately, without the camp fire as it had begun to rain. Mr Tickner led the students in singing lots of different songs very loudly! The following day was a very early start for everyone, as students awoke at sunrise and were very anxious to start the day’s activities. So after a good breakfast, students took part in a range of different activities from a woodland walk to climbing and abseiling. The year 7’s did a fantastic job of challenging themselves to do things they had not done before and working together as team. After another lovely dinner, prepared by Mrs Magee, students took part in a quiz in their activity groups which became very competitive between staff and students. Mr Hill's group came out victorious by a slim margin. On our final day, the students were not as keen to wake up, so after a later start students started their last two activities before departing for Frogmore just after lunch. All the students were fantastic at helping pack up and clean the tents and all seemed to have had a brilliant time.
Feedback from students:
"Going on the woodland walk with Mr Hill and getting lost. He also walked in the river" Daniel Darby.
"Getting to the top of the climbing and getting the fastest time abseiling" Isaac Darkwa
"Doing the crate stacking and getting 11 crates high" Jack Brent
"Playing with my friends outside the tents" Logan Tonkyn
"When me and Callum Kent faced our fears of heights and climbed to the top of the rock wall twice" Harley swift
"I liked abseiling and crate staking" Kayleigh Cox
"Meeting people I don't normally hang out with" Kiera Ashwood
"Playing football in the field" Olivia Wheeler
Year 7- Arts Award Discover Project
From Wednesday 19th until Friday 21st June, Mr Tickner worked with a group of ten year 7 students on an Arts Award Discover project. To achieve an Arts Award Discover they had to collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of: taking part in arts activities, researching artists or craftspeople and their work and sharing their arts discoveries.
The students chose a wide variety of different activities to take part in. These ranged from sculpture, architecture, painting and music. Every student also researched their influences and artists who had worked in their chosen field. On Friday afternoon the students put on an exhibition and spoke to several members of staff about what they had created, who they had researched and their overall experiences. Mr Tickner would like to say once again how proud he was of all of the students, and that their hard work and hopes that the work they have completed over the three days inspires them in their creative arts work in the future.
Year 11 Prom
On Thursday 26th June our year 11's attended the 2019 Prom at the Village Hotel in Farnborough. It was a beautiful sunny evening and all the girls looked very glamourous and the boys daper.
A great time was had by all with dancing all evening, saying their final farewells, along with votes from staff for Prom Queen, Prom King, Best Hair and Best Shoes. Mia Landy won Prom Queen, James Dawes won Prom King, Jasmine Woolston won Best Hair, and Jessica Murfitt won Best Shoes!
From all staff at Frogmore, we would like to wish them every success with their forthcoming exams results and their future. Please stay in touch.
Year 9 Student Performance
On Saturday 29th June, Maddy Gough performed the Last Post and Reveille for the Korean War Veterans Appreciation Day Ceremony in Reading. The event was hosted by the Reading Korean Society, and attended by representatives from the Korean Embassy, a number of Chelsea Pensioners and around 200 other British and Korean War Veterans and their families. A great achievement, well done Maddy.