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Froghorn October 2018

Headteacher's Corner

It seems unbelievable that we are five weeks into the new school year already! In a fortnight, we will have completed a very busy, but very successful first half term.

What has been particularly striking throughout the start of this new year has been the excellent climate for learning across the school. You will remember that, last term, we had a particular focus on prompt starts to lessons. We did this to minimise wasted learning time and the impact this term has been tangible. At the same time, last summer we introduced The Frogmore Standard: our expectation that every member of the Frogmore family would strive to be respectful, responsible and safe in their choices at all times. Again, the step up that so many students have made in their attitude to learning and their focus in class has been really noticeable. As students (and staff!) start to get more tired, maintaining the high standards can become more of a challenge. All reinforcement that parents can give of the importance of respectful, responsible and safe conduct is incredibly supportive in helping sustain the positive climate that we have enjoyed thus far.

Another way that you can support is to reiterate the messages that students who cycle to school heard this week about travelling safely. I am grateful to Mr Birch for arranging these informative sessions for students. We are delighted to see so many students cycling to school, but must work together to make sure this is done safely and in a way that is respectful to other road users and pedestrians.

It has been fantastic to welcome so many parents to our curriculum evenings over the past few weeks. I hope that parents have found the information that we have provided to be useful. If you were unable to make it to these events, the presentations are here on our website. Hopefully you will have already noticed our updated website but, if you have not yet had the chance, please do have a look. Following feedback from parents at our parents’ forum last January we have worked hard to improve the information that we have provided about how parents can support their child for every subject. Under the new subjects tab, you will find an outline of the curriculum for all subjects in key stage 3 with useful information about assessments and ways that you can help.

Also on the new website, we have tried to make it easier for you to find the upcoming events. These are shown on the home page and in the side panel of every page. There is also an option to view and even subscribe to the calendar so that you can be fully aware of all of the key dates for the year.

As always, we welcome feedback. If you have any comments about the website or ways in which it could be further improved, please do get in touch.

Thank you for the ongoing support.

Chris Vaudin

Headteacher

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

Student Leadership Team

On Friday 28th September, it was Frogmore’s charity day raising money for Macmillan Cancer support. The students all came to school in their own clothes and many donated cakes, which were on sale in Ryder social area at break and lunchtime in support of the Macmillan Coffee morning across the country. At lunchtime the sports hall was packed with students watching the Student vs Teacher basketball match. Mr Lewis, Mr Barfoot, Mr Webster, Mr Tuney, Mr Ash, Mr Birch, Mr Inglis and Mr Maunders battled hopelessly against the students (Ben Pinnock, Dom Izzett, Sami Mannan, Bradley Thorn and Alfie Fisher). It was a 31-7 victory to the students! who all played fantastically and should be very proud.

Altogether, we managed to raise £868.30 on the day, which will be donated to Macmillan Cancer support to help fund visits to patients. We would like to thank the Macmillan prefect team, the teachers and students who took part in the basketball game, all students who brought in the cake donations and finally the heads of house and charity (Aylin Kilinc, Farrah Maddox and Morgan Rhodes-Webber) who have done a fantastic job at organising the whole event.

Anezka Jones- Macmillan Head of Charity

Communications Faculty News

This year our Year 9 students are focussing on either French or German. All the MFL team have commented on what a fantastic first month the students have had and how brilliant the work ethic and focus of each class has been. Spending the extra time with these students is already having an impact on their level of language and their pronunciation. In both languages the students have grammar booklets which we are working through and each class has a one computer lesson per fortnight. In addition to this, there is a group of students who wished to continue with both languages. They are all in Year 9 French classes, but have also committed to studying German after school every Tuesday. Mrs. Peddie is working this group particularly hard as they are trying to cover the same content the rest of the year group complete in three lessons….in just one hour! They are also making great progress and we are taking care to ration the Gummibears!

Frogmore's new Japanese Club is meeting every Friday from this week after school in L1.

Mr Inglis is leading the sessions, which cover both Japanese culture and language. For the intrepid members of this new club this means learning useful words and phrases, starting to get to grips with reading and writing Japanese characters, and exploring cultural phenomena ranging from manga to martial arts and even origami. All welcome, from 3-15 to 4 o'clock every Friday!

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, please visit the Into Film website; https://www.intofilm.org/

or speak to Miss Livingstone in the library.

Celebrate reading at our Book Fair!

A Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Frogmore! The Book Fair will be arriving in school soon, with hundreds of new children’s books to browse and buy. Come and join us. The Book Fair will be open to students during the school day from Monday 15th October to Thursday 18th October, and open to parents from 3pm-4pm on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th October.

There are over 200 titles for you and your child to choose from, and with prices starting from only £2.99, there’s sure to be a book for everyone. You can order gift vouchers for pupils to spend at our book fair by visiting

https://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/gift-vouchers

Don’t forget that every book you buy can help to get FREE BOOKS for our school library!

Photos from the production of Wizard of Oz will be available to order from the library next week. Once the order forms have been completed, payment will be available via Parentmail. The photos will then be ready for delivery the first week back after half term.

Job Vacancy: Design and Technology Technician

Grade C - £17,224 pro rata per annum Actual Salary: £14,733 per annum Hours: 37 hours per week: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm. Term-time only 39 weeks per year

Required as soon as possible. The successful candidate will work supporting the Design and Technology teaching staff, preparing for and supporting in practical lessons. You will ideally have experience within this environment and relevant mechanical, graphics, CAD/CAM or similar technical skills would be an advantage. The job will require the successful candidate to work within the Resistant Materials and Graphics areas.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.

For further details of the posts and an application form please contact Helen Humfryes on 01252 408444 or E-mail: h.humfryes@frogmorecollege.co.uk alternatively an application pack is available to download directly from the school website: www.frogmorecollege.co.uk/Staff-Vacancies/

Closing date: Tuesday, 30th October 2018 at 12 noon

The school is committed to safeguarding the care and wellbeing of children and young people. The successful application must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

P.T.A News

Congratulations to Mrs Henden who won July's 50/50 club draw.

If you would like a chance to be a winner please read the letter below

Fundraising News

We have come across a great new and easy way to raise funds for the library through recycling used ink cartridges. We are working with a company called ‘Empties Please’ who collect and recycle used ink and toner cartridges the environmentally friendly way and will donate the money raised back to us! It’s very simple. All you have to do is collect used ink cartridges and put them in the recycling bin that is in the reception area. The more cartridges we can collect the more we can raise. The sky’s the limit!

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.

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