It hardly seems possible that we have already reached the first punctuation mark in the school year. As we pause at this comma to catch our breath for half term, it is a great opportunity to reflect on everything that has been achieved so far this year. In this Froghorn alone, there are articles about so many different opportunities that have been available to students over the past few weeks – an exclamation mark is definitely called for!
A highlight of the week this week was Mr Tickner gathering together the whole of year 7 for a mass singalong in the drama studio on Thursday morning. They performed a very loud and rousing rendition of American Authors’ Best Day of My Life: I wouldn’t be surprised if you heard it from your own home! I do hope that lots of the year 7 students now get involved in singing or playing an instrument in school. It would be fantastic to see more new school bands emerging!
Unfortunately, I need to draw parents’ and carers’ attention to the fact that we have had two incidences this week of bikes being stolen from the school bike sheds during the school day. I would like to reassure parents that we are working closely with the police and have recently added a new CCTV camera. However, I need to reiterate the importance of all students who cycle to school locking their bikes securely with a good quality lock. If anyone in the community hears anything regarding the thefts, please do contact the school and pass on any information.
I would also like to ask for parents’ and carers’ support in encouraging responsible and safe behaviour from students on their way to and from school. The vast majority of our students are courteous, respectful and considerate of other members of the community. However, a small minority are letting the school down through use of poor language, dangerous cycling or inconsiderate actions. Whilst students are wearing our uniform, we still expect the Frogmore Standard to be upheld and will impose consequences on any student identified as not meeting this standard on the way to or from school.
Before I reach the final full stop of this headteacher’s corner, I would like to thank the parents of year 7 students for their attendance at Monday evening’s tutor evening and curriculum presentation. It has been so fantastic getting to know the newest members of our Frogmore family over the past term; they have made a cracking start and we are excited about where their journey through the school will lead them.
Thank you all, as ever, for your support. Happy half term!
Chris Vaudin - Headteacher
We have a full calendar of events throughout the year, click the link below to view them.
Year 11 GCSE Rock Climbing Trip
Performing Arts News
If any student is interested in joining our music clubs after school, here is our timetable below.
Tuesday: 'In Harmony’ (singing group open to all years)
Wednesday: Ukulele club (open to all years)
Thursday: Steel Pan (open to all years)
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you again of our expectations for parking and dropping off or collecting students by car. All students should be dropped off and collected from the bottom car park. Cars should not be driven up the drive and it is never permissible for cars to stop on the double yellow lines or on the service road. This is the case even if your child is late for school. There are more and more cars parking on, and being left unattended on the yellow lines to collect children from Frogmore and Potley Hill. This is very dangerous and restricts other road users' view.
Please do not use the staff car park, especially the disabled bays: this is not permitted. We have a number of students with impaired mobility whose own transport need to use these bays. At times they have been unable to do so due to the bays being used by a non-blue badge vehicle. Please support us with this policy. You will all know that the start and end of the school day is exceptionally busy and this practice will ensure the safety of everyone on site, particularly your children.
Halloween and Bonfire Night Safety
Here are some hints and tips to keep your child safe on Halloween and Bonfire Night, as well as a safety leaflet from Hampshire Fire and Rescue.
Make sure your child tells you their planned route and when they'll be coming home, and that they carry a mobile phone.
They go out in a group and stay together.
They only go to houses with Halloween decorations.
They stay away from candles and other flames.
They know to never go into strangers' homes or cars.
The risk of children being hit by a car is higher on Halloween than on any other day of the year. So make sure all children walk on the paths, on lit roads, avoid alleys, and wear reflective strips on clothing or costumes.
Cross the roads carefully and never assume that vehicles will stop.
Give your child a flashlight with fresh batteries.
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.
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.
If you are interested in having your own Book Review in the Froghorn, please pass on any pieces to Miss Livingstone.