This really is a bumper edition of the Froghorn, so I shall try to keep my bit brief…
The theme of this edition is very much the additional opportunities presented to students here at Frogmore. I am so very grateful to the staff who have gone above and beyond over the past few weeks to organise and lead various visits. London Zoo and Tate Modern for art students before half term; a visit to Italy and a ski trip to Austria over half term; a trip to Bletchley Park this week; and a geography field trip to Hengistbury Head in a few weeks’ time: these off-site activities all create powerful memories for students and truly enrich their experience of school.
I recognise that there will have been some parental concern related to the developing situation with the Covid-19 virus, especially in light of school visits overseas. However, I wish to reassure you that neither of the overseas visits that were run over half term were to one of the regions currently affected. We are monitoring closely advice from the DfE and Public Health England and will keep you informed of any changes to the guidance.
Before half term, we undertook a survey with students to gauge their views of the school. We have been delighted by the positive responses of students about their experience of school life. In particular we have been pleased to see that there has been a 7% increase in students’ positive response to the statement ‘my teachers make sure my learning is not disrupted by others’ which we see as testament to the impact of the revised behaviour policy. There has been a 14% increase in students’ positive response to the statement ‘I am regularly rewarded by my teachers’ and we see this as being directly related to the introduction of Kudos.
In the week before half term, Rayner Mayer from Yateley Town Council visited each assembly to present certificates to a number of students for the posters they produced. These posters were part of a consultation the Town Council is undertaking regarding its development of a neighbourhood plan. An exhibition of the winners and runners up from Frogmore, as well as from other local schools, is taking place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 29th February at Yateley School and on Saturday 14th March at Darby Green Community Centre. Do come along to either of these events to see the exhibition and to talk to members of the council about the neighbourhood plan. You can contribute to their consultation, if you haven’t already, by completing this survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C39FKFJ
Year 9 have been undertaking their options appointments this week and, as ever, we have been thoroughly impressed by how seriously they have taken the whole process and how engaged they are in their future choices. Two years on and the year 11s are entering the final phase of their journey. The week after next is the next year 11 parents’ evening and we look forward to welcoming as many parents as possible as we work together to undertake the final push to maximise their success in their exams.
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.
Geography Field Trip to Italy
Bright and early on Saturday 15th February, Mrs Heape, Mrs Magee, Mrs Downes and Mr Tickner set off with 30 year 10 and 11 geography GCSE students to Luton Airport in order to fly to Naples Airport. Despite the threat posed by Storm Dennis, we set off on time and arrived at the Hotel Villa Maria in Sorrento by 4pm. A quick unpack and evening meal were followed by a game of bowling at a local venue.
An action packed itinerary followed. On Sunday we had guided tours of Herculaneum and the preserved amphitheatre at Pozzuoli. After our evening meal at the hotel, Mr Tickner organised a really entertaining quiz which was won by the year 11 students.
Following breakfast on Monday, we had a coach tour of the Amalfi Coast, visiting the town of Amalfi and experiencing a boat trip round the bay. We continued to Ravello for the rest of the afternoon. In the evening we enjoyed a pizza making class at Ristorante Il Tirabuscio and ate our own pizzas after making them. On Tuesday we had a guided tour of Pompeii and visited Mount Vesuvius, climbing the last 200m to the summit, where we were able to see the huge crater.
Then it was back to Naples airport and a very late return to Frogmore at midnight. A great time was had by all and the students were a credit to Frogmore.
Austria Ski Trip 2020
After a long, winding coach journey through the south of England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, 48 students and six members of staff finally made it to Austria to the mountains of Villach. On our first day we had lots of nervous students clicking into their skis for the first time and finding their feet on the nursery slopes. A few who had skied before or were stepping back onto a snowboard were off tearing up the slopes, heading over to the other side of the mountain.
After a few days of some very comical trips on a button lift, a trip to an ice cream parlour, a HUGE pizza night and birthday celebration, it appeared all our students had got it! Every student made a significant amount of progress, from skiing through speed traps, taking on jumps and speeding down the slopes. Even Mr Mellors, who has never skied before, made red runs look seamless. It can be confidently said that every student who attended the trip made it to the other side of the mountain and explored the slopes looking like professional skiers!
The students were an excellent representation of our Frogmore values and made the trip for staff a complete pleasure to run. A huge thanks goes out to our coach drivers, Darren and Terry and the staff who worked tirelessly to make this trip happen; so to Mr Barfoot, Mr Ash, Mrs Price, Mrs McCready, Miss King and Mr Mellors, a huge thank you.
Bletchley Park Trip
Rotary District Young Musician Competition Winner -Katie Conquest
Katie's family travelled down to near Blandford Forum for the district finals of the Rotary Young Musician of the Year which Katie won against very strong competition.
She has now qualified for the regional vocal finals in Taunton at the end of March.
We are very grateful to Mr Tickner for helping her practise her piece and agreeing to help her further with preparations for regionals. Thank you.
Some of the Cyber Ambassadors visited year 7 and year 8 PSHCE classes this week to introduce the Think Ninja app. The objective of ThinkNinja is to empower children and young people to manage their own mental health to become more resilient and fulfil their potential. It is endorsed by the NHS, so students of our school can access features of the app for free by registering using our school postcode – GU46 6AG.
To find out more and see a demo, click on the link: www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1