Dear Parents and Carers
December has arrived with a blast of cold and a hint of optimism in the air. As Christmas lights gradually start twinkling away inside and outside of more and more homes, the symbolic show of defiance to the darkest month feels all the more poignant this year. The incredible work of the international community of scientists, working to produce and test vaccines at unprecedented speeds, give us all renewed hope that, albeit still a way off, an end to the pandemic is possible.
Life in school has entailed some real positives too. Last Thursday, our student leaders organised our first charity fundraising day of the year. The Macmillan non-uniform day raised over £820, with the raffle being a highly popular idea. The student leaders did incredibly well organising the day entirely themselves, including the collection of money in a Covid-secure way and sourcing prizes for the raffle. We may not have been able to have our usual collective events on the day, but we came together as a community nonetheless and showed, as ever, the generosity of our Frogmore family.
The student leaders have really been earning their stripes this past few weeks! They have also launched a tutor group competition to build and decorate the best sleigh. Aware that tutor groups cannot currently meet altogether as a vertical group, the student leadership team was determined to think of a way of highlighting the tutor group bonds. The challenge, therefore, entails different tasks for each year group so that each is contributing to the whole. We are really looking forward to seeing these festive fabrications materialise over the following fortnight!
The busy student leaders have also contributed to the arrangements for the Christmas Jumper Day, in aid of Save the Children, which will take place on Friday 11th December. There is more information about this below, but suffice to say that I am very much looking forward to wearing the winning entry from the year 7 competition to design a Christmas jumper for me and Mrs Downes (I think!)
Meanwhile, we are still doing all we can to maximise students’ learning and progress, despite the challenges we are facing. We have continued to work particularly hard to explore different ways of minimising the impact of self-isolation on students’ learning. Following consultation with staff and governors, we have now decided that, when over 50% of a teaching group is identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in school, we will take the decision to send the whole class home to isolate. This enables us to switch to live online lessons for the whole class. We were able to implement this as an initial trial when we had a confirmed case in year 7 a couple of weeks ago. We sought feedback from students, parents/carers and staff who took part in these live lessons via Teams and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We will, of course, do all we can to keep as many students in school as possible and will always follow the advice of Public Health England. However, it is good to feel confident that we now have strong practice in place to support students when a whole class has to be sent home. Thank you to the parents and carers who took the time to respond to our survey and to the teachers who helped us implement this first trial.
As we approach the Christmas break, year 11 students are gearing up for their formal practice exams in January. We will be speaking to them all on Monday in order to help them prepare and to reassure them about the newly published plans for exams next summer. It is great to have a little more certainty for students so that they can go into the New Year looking to make the most of their six months in school. We will support them every single step of the way.
Psychologically, it is good to know that the second lockdown has now ended. However, we remain just as vigilant in school and urge the whole of the Frogmore family to continue to show care and consideration to the whole community by abiding by the tier two guidance. By continuing to do all we can to look after one another, we give ourselves the best chance of turning our current glimmers of hope into a reality in 2021. Let’s let those Christmas lights shine with unprecedented sparkle!
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Chris Vaudin - Headteacher
We have a full calendar of events throughout the year. Click the link below to view them.
We have noticed, over the last few weeks, that students are frequently coming to school in incorrect uniform. Of particular concern are jewellery, hoodies, trainers and skirt lengths. Mrs Magee will be writing to you to outline our plans to raise standards. In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate your support in ensuring that your child comes to school in the correct uniform. If you need a reminder of the school uniform, please click on the link below. Please contact your child's DOP if you have any questions.
Macmillan Charity Day
On Thursday 26th November, we helped raised over £820.00 for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity. We asked students to come to school in non uniform for the day in exchange for a £1 donation. We also held a raffle to raise more money and asked students to include red in their clothing or accessories in exchange for a free raffle ticket. Congratulations to those students who won Amazon or Domino's vouchers, and a big thank you to everyone who donated money and supported us on the day.
The Sixth Form College, Farnborough
Normally at this time of year, our link tutors would visit your school to talk to students about how our applicant interview process works and how they should prepare for their interview.
As we are unable to do this in the normal way this year, we have created a video presentation for students to watch which explains our interview process and what they can do to prepare. The presentation is four and a half minutes in length. Please click on the button below to view it.
This year, the college’s interview period will run from early December 2020 through to February 2021.
Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
For the very first time, Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day is happening on Friday 11th December here at Frogmore.
This Christmas Jumper Day could be the biggest. First of all: you don't have to buy a new jumper that you'll only wear once. All you have to do is take a boring old sweater and whack on some tinsel, stickers, and other decorations to make it sparkle and shine. Whatever you come up with, it's bound to be the best. Because it's no one else's except yours, obviously. Don't have a Christmas jumper? Think about some festive jewellery, badges, headgear or stickers. All we ask is a £1 donation on Friday 11th December. See below what an amazing difference the money raised makes.
Do you know how jumpers change lives?
£1 could buy a hat and blanket to keep a new born baby warm in Afghanistan.
£6 could buy a face shield for a superhero health worker in Yemen.
£10 could buy antibiotics to help five children beat malnutrition.
£20 could buy a back to school kit for a child in Indonesia
£60 could buy toys and books to support children from struggling families in the UK.
£100 could buy a first aid kit for a health worker in Somalia.
Kudos Points Update
Messages from our Child and Family Support Worker
We are still taking donations for the food bank, which you can drop off on the trolley outside the main reception doors.
They are currently in need of: Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes, fancy biscuits, chocolates/sweets, selection boxes/packs, sponge puddings, tinned hams, shampoo/shower gel and deodorant.
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.
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.