What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m still not sure I have grown up, to be honest (I have never left school, after all)! I’m also sure that many of us remember being asked that question when we were younger. I wonder how many of us had a clear idea then. And how accurate that was compared with what we find ourselves doing today?
This week has had a bit of a careers theme for year 11 in particular. On Wednesday, all of the students took part in the careers and college fair. Many local colleges and local employers were represented at the event. The year 11 students, as ever, acquitted themselves superbly as they circulated and asked well-considered questions as they contemplate their next steps. Then, on Friday, a coach full of year 11s are heading to Olympia London to attend ‘What Career Live?’ I would like to thank Miss Livingstone and Mr Birch for their contributions to organising these events, both of which I know will go some way to helping students with their decision-making. I would also like to thank the colleges and employers who supported us in putting on this event.
However, perhaps we oughtn’t to think that the answer to the question ‘what do you want to be…?’ necessarily has to be a particular job. A big part of our role in school is to prepare students for whatever their future may hold and to help them to consider what kind of people they want to be as much as what job they want to do. Our Frogmore Standard, of everyone being respectful, responsible and safe in their actions and choices is, we believe, a good place to start.
It does sadden me, therefore, to have to raise my concerns again about the number of complaints we have received from members of the public about the lack of safety, responsibility and respect shown by a small minority of our students as they travel to and from school. The concerns raised are mainly around unsafe cycling, but also relate to groups of students on foot being dangerous near to the road. Most disappointingly, some students have been rude to members of the public when they have been challenged. I would, therefore, ask for your support in encouraging your child to live up to the Frogmore Standard as successfully to and from school as they do when they are here and in lessons.
In contrast to this, I would like to commend the outstanding charitable efforts of the school in its fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 26th September. The Macmillan team were determined to break the £1,000 barrier… and they did it! Many thanks to everyone who provided cakes on the day.
Whatever aspirations your child may have for the future, and whatever aspirations you may have for them, I know that your greatest priority will be for your child to be healthy and happy. It was World Mental Health Day on Thursday; a suitable reminder, in amongst our focus on careers, of the real priorities in what we want young people to be when they grow up.
Have a great weekend.
Chris Vaudin - Headteacher
We have a full calendar of events throughout the year, click the link below to view them.
Year 11 Southampton Field Trip
On Tuesday 1st October, year 11 GCSE students visited Southampton to investigate how the quality of life varied from the outskirts to the centre of the city. This was the human geography fieldwork component of paper three and the trip provided the opportunity to collect primary data. It was a productive and enjoyable day, even the forecast rain held off, giving the students an opportunity to observe and survey a wide range of city environments, some more attractive than others! The highlight was certainly seeing the regenerated dockland areas – Westquay Watermark and Ocean Village were particularly impressive. Students also enjoyed having lunch out at different eating venues in Westquay Shopping Centre. Back at school the results were presented and analysed, practising key geography GCSE skills. As always the students were the perfect example for the school, and it was a pleasure to see them get so much out of the day.
Careers Fair 2019
On Wednesday 9th October we had our year 11 careers fair. Most of the local colleges were in attendance, including Winchester University. The Army, RAF and a number of local businesses and apprenticeship providers also came. All our year 11 students had time to discuss their future options, either the grades they require for their intended courses, or the steps they need to take to get to their desired career. The feedback from both the students and the visitors was fantastic and the day was a great success. A huge thank you to all those who took part in the day, and to all the students who did themselves and Frogmore proud.
Macmillan Charity Day
On Friday the 27th of September, Macmillan house had their charity day in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and managed to raise over £1000 - the most that has ever been raised by the school on a charity day. Following a well established practice, there was a school wide non-uniform day in which students could wear any clothes they wanted for a small donation of £1. The main event of the day ran through both break and lunchtime. Cakes were brought in and were sold to the students for varying prices of 10p, 20p, 50p and £1. We received more cakes than excepted and consequently, held a second cake sale at a later date where we raised another £35. At lunchtime we held a staff tug of war for which students paid a 20p entry fee in order to watch 7 teachers from each house go head to head against each other, with the winners going against some of the senior student leadership team. Ormond house won!
Hampshire Education Awards 2019
On Wednesday 9th October, Hampshire County Council hosted its annual Education Awards event. This year, we were delighted to have had our fantastic site manager, Joe Reed, shortlisted for the Wider Support Contribution award. The event took place in the dramatic Great Hall in Winchester and was hosted by BBC arts editor, Will Gompertz.
It was a fantastic evening, and although Joe did not win the award, it was tremendous to hear such a glowing citation about his excellent contribution to our school shared with all those gathered. We are so grateful for everything that Joe does for the school and it was fitting to have this recognised at such a prestigious event.
Congratulations to all of the prize winners across the different categories, all of whom are making a difference in schools and colleges across the county.
Congratutlations to Ria Evans, year 11, who achieved a silver medal in the 2019 Dressage Championships of Great Britain!
Message from the Child and Family Support Worker
The NHS Learning Disabilities and Mental Health Careers Event is on Monday 14th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Theta Building, Frimley, GU16 7ER
This event is for students and parents interested in a career in learning disabilities and mental health including: nursing, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, dietetics, physiotherapy, speech & language therapy, pharmacy and social care. To register to attend please go to: https://healtheducationyh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/mental-health-learning-disabilities-careers-event-regist
The school takes student attendance very seriously. We have always been very pleased by the rates of attendance at the school. High attendance is directly related to strong outcomes for children at school. If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness, a medical appointment or other unforeseen circumstances, it is important that you notify us as soon as possible on the first day of absence. This can be done in one of three ways:
1. You can call the school on 01252 408444 and speak to Mrs Putland or leave a message on the student absence line 2. You can email us on Attendance@frogmorecollege.co.uk ; there is a link to this address on the school website
3. You can now also report an absence using Parentmail; simply select the Notify Absence option in the app or on the website and complete the information
If we do not receive a phone call, email or notification, a call will be made home from the school. Any unexplained absence will be marked as unauthorised and may lead to a penalty notice being issued.
Blackout Poetry Competition
We are running a Blackout Poetry competition to win book vouchers for our Scholastic Book Fair. Blackout Poetry is a fantastic art form, using pages of old books to create a found poem, and maybe some art work too. Book pages are available from the library, and all entries must be handed in to the Library by Monday 21st October. Winners will then receive their vouchers on Wednesday 23rd October. First prize will receive a £20 voucher, second prize £10, and third prize £5.
We are holding a Scholastic Book Fair. From Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October, there will be a book fair in the library for pupils to come and purchase books, with every book sold raising funds for the library.
If you would like your child to buy a book at the fair, but would prefer them not to carry cash, you can purchase Book Fair Gift Vouchers online from the Scholastic website, and these can then be exchanged for books. For more information go to www.bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/gift-vouchers
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 17th October- Holes
Thursday 24th October-Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (chosen by film club members)
After the success of last year, we are once again running the Booktrust Bookbuzz for all year 7 pupils. During their Library induction, every year 7 student will be given the choice of a fantastic selection of books, this book will then be theirs to keep. All the books will be delivered during the autumn term, and students will be given their selection during a library lesson. We hope they enjoy!
We have some fantastic new books in stock
As well as the new GCSE revision guide selection we now have in the library, we have some more fiction books that are available to borrow or read during a library lesson; The Rats by James Herbert is a classic by the king of horror fiction, this is the 40th anniversary of its publication and it’s no less spine-chilling!