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Froghorn 5th February 2019

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parent/Carer

As I sat typing this originally, I had one eye staring out the window and the other glued to my weather app. I do not envy weather forecasters: trying to predict the conditions for the morning and the impact they may have on the smooth-running of the school is somewhat tricky, let alone trying to do this for the whole area! As always, the decision to close the school was not one we took lightly and student and staff safety was our paramount concern. Thank you for your support and for keeping up to date with the messages: I was relieved that no students arrived on site on Friday and that we had therefore successfully communicated the message in time. Lots has happened over the past fortnight. We had a very purposeful staff INSET day last Thursday and, whilst most students were at home for the day, some of our dedicated year 11s went on a visit to ‘Poetry Live’ in Reading. Huge thanks to Miss Buckland for organising the visit and to Mr Ingliss for driving the group there (especially as he was then unable to park the bus due to height restrictions and therefore was not able to join in the event itself!)

This week, the whole of year 8 participated in a workshop about domestic violence. Students responded very maturely to such a hard-hitting topic and found the theatre performance very moving. They went on to produce some interesting scenes in groups, exploring the themes with sensitivity. Thank you to Mrs Thomas for arranging this activity. Massive congratulations to Molly White in year 10 who this Tuesday won the cookery competition at FCOT. Molly was one of 12 finalists, amongst whom were several others from Frogmore. Mr Hill was able to watch Molly working away in the professional kitchen as it was filmed and beamed live to the waiting judges and critics. We look forward to seeing Molly on Masterchef in years to come!

On a less positive note, we have seen an increase in the number of students arriving late to school. Students are marked late if they are not at their tutor bases by 8.45am, the official start of the school day. Students are issued with immediate lunchtime detentions as a consequence, but I need to highlight that persistent lateness will trigger penalty notices for parents. Please do everything you can to make sure your child arrives at school in good time in the mornings. Thank you for your support in this.

Returning to the positive, I was delighted to receive an email this week from a parent of a child who attends Potley Hill Primary School. The child had fallen off their bike near the crossing on the Reading Road. Two of our younger students checked that the child was ok and escorted him to Potley. This example of the care shown by our students, towards each other and towards their community, makes me incredibly proud of the delightful young people with whom I have the pleasure to work every day.

Fingers crossed that is the end of the snow for 2019!

Chris Vaudin

Headteacher

We have a full calendar of events throughout the year, click the link below to view them.

Job Vacancy: SIMS and Cover Manager Required from April 2019

Grade D - £20,245 pro rata per annum Actual Salary: £17,317 per annum (pay award pending) Hours: 37 hours per week Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 4.00pm and Friday 8.00am to 3.30pm. Term-time only 39 weeks per year. We are seeking to appoint a SIMS and Cover Manager from April 2019, or earlier if possible. The successful candidate will join a thriving and supportive school. If you want to play a crucial part in the smooth operation of our school, and so make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people, this role will provide the perfect opportunity for you. For further details about the post and an application form please click on this link: www.frogmorecollege.co.uk/Staff-Vacancies

Communications Faculty News

Well done to the year 10s and year 11s that gave up their inset day to attend 'poetry live' last Thursday. It was a unique experience where we got to hear first hand from poets such as Dame Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage. As well as reading their poems (which all feature on the GCSE English Literature syllabus), the poets discussed their work and its influences and students even had the opportunity to ask them questions. The students were excellent ambassadors of our school and they have since be able to share some of their new knowledge in their English lessons. Hearing from the chief examiner was especially useful and our students felt encouraged by his advice. I think poet and playwright John Agard had the biggest impact on our students and they may remember his words even after their exams!

On Wednesday 30th January, our year 9 German students were lucky enough to receive a visit from Doctor Ellen Pilsworth and Doctor Sophie Payne from the Reading University Modern Languages Department. They took us on a tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland encouraging the students to consider the influence of German culture and language as well as career paths which are made possible by studying languages and in particular German. It was a fascinating afternoon and gave our year 9s a lot to think about as they prepare for their options choices.

Year 7 pupil selected for Team England

Ellie Howard has been selected to take part in the Dance World Club for Team England 2019, held in Portugal in June. She is competing against 6000 dancers from across the world. We wish you all the very best Ellie from all the students and staff at Frogmore.

Hampshire County Council News

We have been advised by Hampshire County Council that they are undertaking a review of the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service. They are keen for parents, carers, children and young people to help shape its future activities. They would be grateful if you could participate in the consultation by completing their online questionnaire. For more information about STAS, the consultation and proposed changes, as well as access to the online questionnaire please follow the link below.

http://www.frogmorecollege.co.uk/docs/News_and_Events/STAS_Review_Parent_consultation_letter_Jan_19.pdf

Music News

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, visit the Into Film website; www.intofilm.org or speak to Miss Livingstone in the library.

Coming soon: Thursday 7th February- Ghostbusters

Maths Chase provides free maths games to help students learn. Test your times tables, addition and other maths skills in a fun and engaging way. To access their website please follow this link www.mathschase.com

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 £1176 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 50/50 club draw winner for February is Mrs Aylmer, congratulations!

We are now collecting for our Easter raffle and bottles for the May Fair. Any donations of eggs, chocolates, bottles of soft drink or alcohol will be gratefully received at reception. Alcohol must only be brought in by adults. Thank you in advance for supporting us.

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