Christmas has arrived! It’s certainly been a frenetic fun-packed festive fortnight here at Frogmore!
The Christmas concert last week did exactly what was required and kickstarted the seasonal spirit. It is always such a privilege to see and hear our wonderful students perform. The sheer variety of acts made for a very enjoyable evening. There were amazing solos, unique ensembles, creative drama sketches and simply stunning dances, all combining to provide an evening of high quality entertainment. I would like to thank the performing arts team for their work in putting this show together. I would also like to thank the PTA for supporting the event and for selling refreshments and wonderful reusable wrapping/bags on the evening.
This week, we had record numbers joining us for the Christmas lunch. The canteen staff did a marvellous job catering for so many students and the atmosphere in the canteen was just lovely.
The winter months do, however, present their challenges for us. As the weather has deteriorated, so the number of cars dropping off and picking up has increased. We have had an increasing number of complaints over the past month about dangerous or inconsiderate parking adding to the congestion. I urge those who are dropping off or collecting students to be mindful of other road users. Please do not park or drop off on the double yellow lines at the front of school nor at the entrance to the site. If you do need to park for any reason, please use the lower car park or the leisure centre car park. Our primary concern is student safety and, when there are obstructions, drivers can sometimes be pushed to make less safe decisions. Thank you for your support in this matter.
When we return in January, year 11 will immediately begin their practice exams. Exams officer, Mrs Bergh, has worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to ensure that everything is set and ready to make this as realistic a practice as possible. It is with some sadness, therefore, that we say goodbye to Mrs Bergh this week as she leaves the school for new challenges. I would like to publicly thank Mrs Bergh for the outstanding job she has done organising all of our exams and managing our data. We wish her every success and happiness for the future. Our new exams officer, Verity Marsland, has already started with us in order to have a smooth handover and we are delighted to have her on board.
It only remains for me to thank you all for your continued support this term. The school is thriving and students every day surprise and amaze us in new ways with their achievements. I wish you a very merry Christmas and am excited about what 2020 will have in store for our Frogmore family.
Chris Vaudin - Headteacher
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Y11 Matt Moore Photography Trip
On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December 2019, we were extremely lucky to work with commercial photographer, Matt Moore at his studio in Aldershot. The trip gave our year 11 photographers the opportunity to work with a variety of cameras, lenses, lighting, backdrops and get a feel for what life may be like if they ever wanted to open up their own studio. We decided to split the year 11 students up into three groups to give them more time and focus at the studio. Each student brought key objects that they wanted to photograph that linked to a current colour project. During their session, their confidence and creativity really shone through, which led to professional level photos. Matt really helped tutor and support the students in their decision making about what they wanted to achieve. Matt was highly impressed by the level of work produced and the creativity that each student brought to each day. It was a lovely three days watching each student grow within their photography.
Y8 Living Rainforest Trip
Another successful trip to the Living Rainforest with year 8, and this time the sloth came out to say hello. Students have been learning about the importance of rainforests in lessons so found the talk on how we can sustainably manage rainforest really interesting. Perhaps some of the students may be suggesting bug burgers rather than beef!.
Yateley Town Council Poster Competition
A steering group from Yateley Town Council are busy consulting over the Yateley, Darby Green and Frogmore neighbourhood plan. They are keen to place the environment at the heart of their plan and, as part of their consultation, launched a poster competition in cooperation with several local schools. Our geography department thought this was a fantastic idea and therefore set all students in years 7 to 10 the poster as a homework.
The quality of the entries was fantastic. On Monday 16th December, Rayner Mayer, the chair of the steering group, came to school to judge the posters. He has selected a shortlist from each year group and some overall winners, which will be announced in an assembly in the New Year. We hope to see several of our students’ posters displayed alongside the winners from other local schools in an exhibition later next year.
Thank you to the geography department for leading this project in school and to all of the students for their creative response to the task set.