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Froghorn 25th October 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers

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

On Monday 7th October, our year 11 PE students had a two day intense rock climbing residential to East Grinstead. They had a great trip; it was hard work, requiring a lot of high energy. However this enabled some excellent results to be achieved, which will go towards their final GCSE mark.

Hampshire Book Awards 2019

On Tuesday 15th October, a group of fourteen year 9 students went to Winchester to attend the presentation of the Hampshire Book Award 2019 to the winning author, Paula Rawsthorne. Her book, Shell, was voted the winner back in July at a fun voting day involving all of the participating Hampshire schools. Paula gave a very interesting speech about how she finds inspiration for her stories and how, sometimes, fact is stranger than fiction, which the students found very entertaining. After the prize-giving, there was an opportunity for the students to purchase a copy of one of Paula’s books and have it signed by her. We have copies of all of Paula’s books in the library to borrow, along with past Hampshire Book Award winning books. The Hampshire Book Award will be taking place again next year and will be open to all year 8 students to take part in. We look forward to seeing what the winning book is in 2020!

PE News

Football Results

Year 8 played Farnham Heath End and drew 0-0.

Year 9 played Alderwood and won 1-0

Year 10 played Amery Hill and won 8-2.

Well done!

Netball Results

Year 10 played their first netball game of the season, winning 7-3 against All Hallows. Great goals from Ella Tipson, Molly Arndale and Katie Stratford. Well done.

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.

Library News

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.

Suggestions

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 Review

If you are interested in having your own Book Review in the Froghorn, please pass on any pieces to Miss Livingstone.

What Career? Live Trip

On Friday 11th October, 50 of our year 11 students went to What Career? Live at the London Olympia. The event was full of stands with representatives from universities, apprenticeship providers and employers.

I hope that all the students found this event helpful and it gave some ideas and guidance on their future education and career. Much of the information that was at the event is now available in the Careers Corner section of the library, as are many other prospectuses and resources.

Oxbridge Roadshow Trip

On Friday 18th October, five students spent the morning of the INSET day in uniform, attending a talk at Queen Mary’s College about Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The talk was highly informative, with lots of interesting information for students to consider over the coming months. All the students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and, hopefully, we’ll see some Frogmore alumni at Oxbridge in years to come!

Careers Adviser Appointments

We have a Careers Adviser in school on a Wednesday on a fortnightly basis. All students in years 10 and 11 are advised and encouraged to book a meeting to discuss their further education options. The appointments last for one lesson, with the possibility of a future follow up appointment. In order to book in for an appointment, students need to collect, fill in and return a careers request form from reception.

Upcoming events

There are always lots of things happening at the various colleges in the area. Here a few of the upcoming events:

College Open Events

Local colleges have numerous open events for students and their families to attend. These are a great way to look around the prospective colleges before students start to apply for their places next year. The table below gives a list of all dates and times for the coming year.

Useful Websites

https://www.eclips-online.co.uk/ (all students will receive the log in details during their Careers Adviser appointment)

https://www.opendays.com/calendar/ (A searchable list of all University Open Days)

https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/ (Information on Apprenticeships, jobs, and career guidance)

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/interested-in-the-lm-and-want-lmi/ (A great website to look at local and national Labour market information)

https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ (The Government website and index of Apprenticeships)

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.

The next PTA meeting will be held on 7th November at 3:15pm in our Wellbeing suite; all welcome to join us.

The PTA would like donations of any unwanted gifts, bottles of wine etc, for the tombola at Potley Hill Christmas Fair on Friday 29th Nov 6pm-8pm. If you are able to donate, please bring items to reception and we will pass them on. Please note that alcohol must be brought in by an adult and not sent in with a student. Thank you.

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Credits:

Created with images by Kane Reinholdtsen - "Microphone on a karaoke night" • Hannah Busing - "girl playing ukelele" • Unknown - "Ground No Parking Free Stock Photo - Public Domain Pictures" • Javier Molina - "untitled image" • Nicolas Tissot - "“Fête du Lac” of Annecy in 2017"