Froghorn 5th July 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers

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!

Chris Vaudin


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.

Library News

Hampshire Book Awards

On Wednesday 3rd July we took 14 students to Calthorpe Park School for the regional voting day of this year’s Hampshire Book Award. The HBA is run by Hampshire School Library Service, and is open to all pupils in year 8. Here’s a write up from two of our students who took part, to tell you all about it:

I have really enjoyed taking part in the Hampshire Book Awards for the past 14 weeks, The six books that I had to read were good, but I read some books that I never thought I would read. You get to explore different genres of books that you might not read. At the end of the 14 weeks you get to meet up with other schools to talk about the books, answer questions about the books and you even get to do a quiz to test your knowledge on the six books. This was a very enjoyable experience and I’m glad I took part. – by Molly Fowler.

The Hampshire Book Award is a truly-spectacular book competition. Both boys and girls can take part. You have to read 6 books in 3 months; it starts in April and finishes at the start of July. 6 books are chosen by the School Library Service. If you finish the challenge then you go to another school and have a regional voting day. The regional day is when you discuss all the books with other schools taking part and you vote for your favourite book. All the votes are then counted and the winner is announced. For completing the challenge you get a reward, which is to go to Winchester for the Award ceremony in November, and to meet the author of the winning book. – by Tamzin Groom.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the students who took part this year, they all worked really hard reading all 6 books, and have been a pleasure to discuss and debate with at meetings. They are all a fantastic credit to themselves and to Frogmore.

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 11th July- The Princess Bride

Thursday 18th July: End of term special – there will be extra snacks provided – Film TBA

Looking to buy some new books? If you shop with Scholastic, you can also earn free books for our library at the same time! Books are all at a competitive price, with many offers available throughout the year, just visit https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/ and add Frogmore Community College as your chosen school, and every time you shop, we can too!

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is once again open for submissions. This is a really exciting opportunity for all our budding writers, here’s some more information from their website:

“The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17.

It welcomes poems on any theme and any length. It is completely FREE to enter for anyone aged 11-17 in the WORLD. Poems must be in English or in BSL (do contact if you have queries regarding any BSL entries).”

For more information please speak to Miss Livingstone in the library. There are also a selection of previous winning anthologies in thew library that you can look at for inspiration, and please also have a look at the website.



Is there is a book or resource you would like to see in the library that we don’t currently have, please fill out one of our suggestion slips, and we will do our best to get it in stock for you.

Book Reviews

We don’t have one this week, but if you would like to see your book review here, please pass on any pieces to Miss Livingstone.

Fundraising News

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.


From September 2019 all students will be required to wear sports socks, these can be purchased via our website: www.frogmorecollege.co.uk/Parents/Uniform-09082018144300/

If you have any uniform or ties which you no longer require, we'd appreciate it if you'd donate them to the school via Reception. Thank You

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