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Froghorn 7th May 2020

Headteacher's Corner

Dear parents, carers and community,

Something weird has happened to time! Without the usual markers, the weeks are seeming to fly by and it is hard to keep track of what day, week, month we are in. It hardly seems possible that seven weeks have now passed since we last had all of our students in school. As you have hopefully picked up from the assembly messages from the Directors of Progress and staff, we are missing our students dearly and all longing for a little normality.

This coming weekend, like the rest of the country, I will be awaiting the announcement from the Prime Minister about the next phase in the national effort to respond to the impact of the coronavirus. For all of us, it is likely that there will be some significant implications as we move into this next phase. One of the areas that may be discussed is the government’s plans for reopening schools. Whilst we have received no specific information about this yet, I want to assure all students, parents, carers, staff and other members of our school community, that we will place the safety, health and wellbeing of our entire Frogmore family at the centre of all of our plans for any broader opening of the school. We have already been working hard to plan ahead for this next phase and will continue to do all we can to make sure that we can open the school safely to more students, as and when the scientific advice supports this step. I will, of course, communicate with all of our parents and carers to inform you of our plans as soon as we are able to.

I continue to be thoroughly impressed by the high quality of home learning being undertaken by so many students. Our teachers are working incredibly hard on preparing these materials and lessons, as well as responding to the work submitted. They are also taking great pleasure in sharing great examples with me, more of which have been included in this Froghorn. I am aware, however, that some parents are finding the demands of the work set very challenging, especially if they are trying to work from home. Similarly, some parents may feel that they are struggling to keep a handle on how much their child is actually doing. If you have any concerns at all about your child’s home learning, or indeed their wellbeing, please do contact us. We will do all we can to support and guide you.

Over the past fortnight, it has been wonderful to see the positive response to the announcement of the newest member of our Frogmore family. We had 742 responses to the poll – and a massive 254 voted for the winning name: Buddy! He will be coming into school later this year for the first time and his training as a therapy dog will begin very soon. We can’t wait!

Thank you all for your ongoing support at this challenging time. Keep taking care of one another.

Best wishes

Chris Vaudin - Headteacher

Excellent Examples Of Student Home Learning

Art

Science

Animation

I know many of you have become experts at managing your home learning using Show My Homework. However, if you'd like some tips on how to make the best use of it, please watch this video: https://teamsatchel.wistia.com/medias/dh00d23bju

Harrison cycles for Helpful Hounds

Well done and congratulations to Harrison Alderton for completing a 26 mile cross country cycle ride to raise money for Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs. This great achievement will support our college with our new therapy puppy Buddy.

Languages at Frogmore

The Summer Modern Languages Challenge runs until 1st June and includes many fun tasks from watching Peppa Pig in French to baking a German cake or researching European footballers. Details are available on Show My Homework and parents can join in too!

Special congratulations to Harry B who has already achieved his bronze certificate!

Many of our students have been working hard at home, learning vocabulary to improve their French and German with some amazing results. Knowledge of a wide range of vocabulary is the main key to successful communication in languages, so these students will definitely reap the benefits. Year 8s have been particularly studious, learning vocabulary in both French and German.

April’s Lead Learners

Yr 7 - Henry F, Alice C-H, Bethany K

Yr 8 Kian W and Paige T, Charlotte H

Yr 8 Charlie C and Zach D, Luke P, Kayleigh C, Elisha N, Olivia W, Kasia J, Poppy W, Poppy HM, Logan T

Yr 9 - Bethany M, Samuel G, Scarlett K, Megan S , Martha L, Sophie F, Barney F

Y10 – Andrei P

Message from the Child and Family Support Worker

Please click on the following button to view the support offered on how to cope after Covid 19:

Please click on the button below to view advice from Hampshire County Council on finances:

Could all key stage 3 parents please encourage your child to participate in the 'Show My Homework set today to observe Mental Health Awareness Week.

Are you struggling with the current situation?

Are you feeling lonely? Are you feeling anxious?

121 Youth Counselling is offering Video Counselling Sessions for Young People aged 11-25

• Up to 6 free online video Counselling Sessions

• Confidential

• Open to anyone 11- 25 years old who lives in Hart, goes to a school in the Hart District, or is registered with a Hart GP surgery

If you are interested in having counselling, either:

Visit our website at https://www.hartvolaction.org.uk/services-for-residents/youth-counselling/ and complete the referral form available here.

Or phone 01252 815652 and we can complete a referral form for you over the phone.

VE Day, Free Interactive Workshops, Learning and Fun For Families

To join in, please click on the following link from Rushmoor Borough Council: www.rushmoor.gov.uk/veday

Music News

BBC Young Composer Competition

The BBC Young Composer 2020 competition is open to students aged 12-18 of all technical abilities, backgrounds, and musical influences.

We're looking for:

Students who have talent and creative potential and would benefit from the opportunity to nurture their skills and showcase their talent.

Students who work across any genre, any instrument, and any method, including those who use different means of notation.

Students who are passionate about creating their own original music - bursting with creativity, originality, and potential.

Winners will participate in a tailored development programme working with a mentor composer on a project with the BBC Concert Orchestra which will be performed and broadcast in a special young composers concert at the BBC Proms in 2021.

We’ve extended the deadline for this year's competition to 5pm, Monday 20th July to enable as many students as possible to enter.

BBC 30 Second Composition Challenge

Think you need to write an hour long masterpiece for an orchestra to call yourself a composer? We don’t think so! A composer is anyone who creates their own original music, no matter what the style or inspiration is.

We’re setting a challenge to young composers aged 12-18 years-old. Can you define your sound in just 30 seconds using only one instrument or voice?

Having trouble getting started or need some inspiration? Starting a composition can be tricky so we’ll be sharing things things you can watch, read or listen to that can help. We’ll keep adding more here during May and June, so do keep coming back to see what’s new!

Once you’ve written a 30 second piece you love, you can submit it to us using the Uploader by 5pm on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

We’ll be selecting some of our favourites to showcase on the BBC Young Composer website, BBC social media and in Radio 3’s New Music Show from 6 June.

Here is the link to have a go: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/TByVm765XjYpg6b8y5MCzM/bbc-young-composer-30-second-composition-challenge

Library News

Careers Corner

Here’s a round up of all the careers related information from local and national organisations. There are some really useful pieces about what to do next if you’re in year 11, as well as some fantastic online opportunities for all year groups.

Calling all Alumni

Are you an ex-student of Frogmore Community College? We'd love to hear from you. Careers at Frogmore is looking for Alumni to share their post Frogmore journey with our current students, to take part in careers activities at school, or to share a video with us of what you wish you'd known when you were in year 11. If you'd like to take part, please get in touch with Miss Livingstone at a.livingstone@frogmorecollege.co.uk.

Hampshire Futures

Hampshire Futures provides us with our Careers Adviser partnership. Click on the button and links below to view the guidance and support they are offering:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshirefutures/yourfuture

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hampshirefutures/yourfuture/workingandtraining/careershelp

Our Careers Adviser, Christine Mirtle, is also offering guidance appointments by phone or email. The appointments are for 50 minutes and are bookable for Wednesdays, starting on Wednesday 13th May. If you’d like an appointment, please email a.livingstone@frogmorecollege.co.uk with your name, preferred contact method (email addresses must be your school address), and whether you’d like a morning or afternoon slot and an appointment will be scheduled in for you.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships have released their new ASK programme, with new resources to help and inform students during lockdown. Follow the link to find out more:

https://mailchi.mp/amazingapprenticeships/aaa-february-1643441?e=caac60b5ec

Learn Lounge by Springpod

Springpod have added some new sessions to their Learn Lounge, their online learning platform, all are available online and for free. You can either watch the careers talks live if you would like to participate in the interactive polls and Q&A, or you can catch up on all our previous talks by watching the recordings. Simply click on the link and have a browse:

https://learn.springpod.co.uk/

Work It Careers videos from the CEC

The Careers and Enterprise company have put together some videos from young people sharing their experience of post 16 education, apprenticeships and work. This week, meet Bejay, 24, Mia, 18, and Callum, 21.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT-juNybM0E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w71L8P0oIH8&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6HpylXtNeU&feature=youtu.be

Success at Schools

The new Success at Schools newsletter focus is on the jobs and careers that have been so integral to keep the country going during COVID-19.

https://mailchi.mp/successatschool/crisis-careers-heroes-round-up

Sparsholt College

The expert lecturers at Sparsholt College have created a range of activities, resources and tools within the different subject areas available at the college. These resources are to help prepare applicants for starting at Sparsholt in September. All applicants have already been provided with this information, and they are now offering these to students who haven’t applied to the college.

The link for the welcome activities is:

https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/applicant-welcome-activities/

The college is also still accepting new applications from students due to start year 12 in September, if you’d like to apply just follow the link below:

https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/information/apply/

BCS WebinarEver wondered what it would be like to create apps or defend companies from cyber-attacks? Are you interested in what it's like to do an apprenticeship or to go to university?

BCS are arranging live video link-ups with people working in, and learning about, different areas of technology. You'll get a chance to hear from them about what they do in their job, the most exciting parts of what they do, as well as how they got into it and tips for following in their footsteps. This is a rare chance to find out about different future paths that are available in tech from the people who are directly involved. You'll also be able to put forward questions for them to answer.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5496084100309508878

Premed Projects

Premed Projects are used to running world class residential work experience events for students interested in healthcare careers but, whilst we all wait patiently for life as we know it to return to normal, they are offering students the chance to take part in an exciting interactive TV event - perfect for all students with a passion for medicine, biology and the human body of any age.

All students need to do is join them between May 25th and May 29th 2020 for a series of interactive specials about medicine and the human body. To find out more and enrol on the course follow this link:

https://www.premedprojects.co.uk/anatomy-lab-live-online-event-may-20th-25th-2020

Surrey University

University of Surrey Widening Participation and Outreach has set up a brand new Surrey WPO Masterclass Webinar Series!

This series of Webinars is presented by the WPO officers, as well as their fantastic student ambassadors. The content covers a wide variety of subjects from What is University? to an Introduction to Student Finance and Student Ambassador led Subject Specific Talks. These are open to students from year 7 through to year 13, as well as parents/carers. The sessions will be delivered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm and they run for 45 mins to an hour.

Information about these sessions, including the timetable, can be found here: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/schools-colleges/secondary. You do need to register for these webinars so you can receive the correct webinar meeting information. The first webinar is this Monday, 11th May and covers our introduction to HE: What is University? Make sure to sign up and join!

Success at Schools

As well as their newsletter, Success at Schools also have a Spotlight on Engineering, with information on what to study and what careers there are in the engineering world and there is also a student worksheet activity:

https://mailchi.mp/successatschool/careers-in-engineering-your-complete-guide-1277051

Basingstoke College of Technology

Year 11 preparation for collegeA new central page has been created on the website to help year 11 prepare for college in September, and students will be able to access lots of different subject specific resources on there. This will include information about the college, the courses applied for, contact information for curriculum leaders and tasks/work to do.

Link to the year 11 Preparation for College webpage: https://bcot.ac.uk/preparing-for-college

Secondly, as they have cancelled the upcoming events as a result of Covid-19, they will be holding an Online Open Event to replace these on the 9th of June. There will be a variety of talks, including one from the Principal, Anthony Bravo, a talk about the support offered at BCoT, and an apprenticeship talk. In addition, there will be a variety of subject talks that applicants can sign up to. Timings will be confirmed nearer the time.

Applications for BCOT are still open. If you are yet to apply for college, or want to apply for a different course, you still can. Just go to the BCOT website https://www.bcot.ac.uk/ and go to “apply now”

Summer Internships In STEM-Related Careers Live & Online

For ages 15-18 August 2020

We are delighted to offer STEM-related Summer Internships in 7 different industries 'Live & Online' throughout July and August, which students aged 15-18 can register for now. Simply click on the button below to view all the details:

To follow Frogmore Careers and Frogmore Library on Twitter, please click below:

Fundraising News

Easyfundraising: Did you know you could be raising a free donation for Frogmore Community College every time you shop at retailers 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!

Please sign up and help us raise money for our students.

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.