Froghorn November 2018

Headteacher's Corner

This time of year always takes me by surprise. We returned from half term and immediately it seemed as though someone switched on the autumn setting as soon as the clocks changed. The warm summer feels a distant memory all of sudden. The season’s events also come thick and fast, Halloween and bonfire night passed in a flash (and a bang!) and already the shops seem geared up for Christmas.

This past couple of weeks, however, have also been a time for remembrance. Last week, in preparation for Armistice Day, Miss Bruce led an excellent assembly reflecting on the importance of saying thank you to the many people who lost their lives in defence of freedom. It was 100 years ago that the end of World War 1 was signalled by the firing of an artillery gun at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day. Students took their moment to reflect in silence on the impact of war and, in particular this year, on their gratitude to people from across the Commonwealth who had contributed so much.

I am sure we all have connections to people affected by war or conflict at some point in their lives. I am grateful, therefore, to Mr Webster and members of our senior student leadership team who represented Frogmore at the service of remembrance that took place at St Swithun’s church in Yateley yesterday. The symbolic laying of the poppy wreath marks the importance of our collective ‘thanks’ to all who have given their lives in the past to protect our futures.

It has also been a time of particular sadness and reflection for the Frogmore family following the death of Helen McLauchlan, our wonderful attendance officer, just before half term. Helen had played several roles in her time at Frogmore, being the smiling face on reception, supporting Mrs Magee in SEN and latterly chasing up parents when children were absent. She fulfilled each of these roles with energy, commitment and a wonderful sense of humour and fun. It was an honour to attend Helen’s funeral on 1st November, alongside so many other staff and members of the wider community, and to be part of a fitting tribute to a wonderful person. We will always remember Helen with great fondness and our Frogmore family is all the richer for the time she spent within it.

Chris Vaudin


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

Message from the Welfare Manager

My time at Frogmore has come to an end and I will be leaving at the end of November. I wanted to have the opportunity to say goodbye to all of the families and students that I’ve got to know so well, over my eighteen years here. It has been so rewarding and I feel blessed to have got to know some of you so well. I may not be here in person but will continue to have a strong connection with the Frogmore Family!

Wishing you all well.

Nikki Lewin, Welfare Manager.

Rock Climbing Trip

As part of the GCSE PE specification, the year 11 class went on a 2 day residential rock climbing. The rock climbing will be used towards their final exam as an individual sport. The two days were spent learning specific knots, belaying using three different devices and developing their rock climbing skills. The mantle was a particular favourite along with the foot jam. It was a long tiring two days with lots of aching bodies at the end of it but all students worked tremendously hard throughout and the centre complemented the students' grit and determination to succeed.

Gold medal for year 9 pupil

Phoenix Jeffries has won a gold at the English Championships in the trampoline synchro event and 11th in the individual event held at Sheffield Arena on the 13th October 2018. A wonderful achievement, congratulations Phoenix!

Music News

We have auditions for the Christmas Concert at lunchtime the week starting Monday November 12th. Pupils need to have pieces which are performance ready for these auditions. We also have private music lesson openings still available for any instrument. Should any pupils be interested in these then please can they come and see Mr Tickner as soon as possible. Finally, a reminder that our school singing group ‘In Harmony’ is on after school on Tuesday from 3pm – 4pm and Steel Band is also on Thursday 3pm – 4pm. No previous experience is needed for either group. Come along and have some fun taking part.

Job Vacancy:Foreign Language Assistant

Part Time, 6-10 hours per week, 39 weeks per year. Required from January 2019 or earlier. Grade B: £16,905 - £17,148 pro rata per annum. We are seeking to appoint a Foreign Language Assistant (French and/or German) from January 2019, or earlier if possible. The successful candidate will join a thriving and supportive school, which places the safety and wellbeing of every child at the centre of everything it does. If you want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people, this role will provide the perfect opportunity for you. You will be supporting students with their spoken language, working with individuals and small groups of students in years 10 and 11 and may also be required to support the class teacher in lessons. For further details and an application form, please contact Helen Humfryes on 01252 408444 alternatively email h.humfryes@frogmorecollege.co.uk or visit the school's website www.frogmorecollege.co.uk/Staff-Vacancies

Job Vacancy:Site Assistant

Grade B £16,905 - £17,148 per annum, Hours: Monday 2.00pm – 10.00pm, Tuesday 2.00pm – 10.00pm, Wednesday 11.00am – 7.00pm, Thursday 12.00pm – 8.00pm, Friday 11.30am – 7.00pm. 37 Hours per week – 52 weeks per annum. Site Assistant required to join our dedicated and friendly caretaking team. This position requires someone who will share our pride in the school and who is a team player but can also show a high degree of initiative. If this is you, please contact Helen Humfryes on 01252 408444 or email h.humfryes@frogmorecollege.co.uk for further details of the post and an application form. Alternatively, an application pack is available to download directly from the school website: www.frogmorecollege.co.uk/Staff-Vacancies Closing date: Monday, 19 November 2018

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 PTA would like donations of any unwanted gifts, bottles etc. for their tombola and Christmas Hamper. If you are able to donate, please bring to reception and we will pass on, please note that alcohol must be brought in by an adult and not sent in with a student.

All money raised by the PTA is used to buy items from college departmental wish lists.

Thanking you in advance, on behalf of Frogmore PTA.

Other News

Reporting an absence

All absences must be reported before 9am each day by calling the attendance officer or Reception on 01252 408444 or by emailing adminoffice@frogmorecollege.co.uk

All absences need to be followed up with a written note to your child's tutor. Absences of 5 or more days must be supported by medical evidence, without this the absence will not be authorised by the school.

Medical appointments should be made outside school time, if this is unavoidable please provide the school with an appointment card or letter to support the absence.

A reminder we offer free porridge for at breakfast time in the canteen everyday from 8:15am.


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