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Froghorn 31st January 2020

Headteacher's Corner

Dear Parents/Carers

Friday 31st January 2020. A day that will go down in history.

No, I’m not talking about Brexit - today will be remembered, of course, for being the Tuckwell house fundraising day! Weeks of planning have gone into today’s events and the fun-fair in the sports hall at lunch time looks set to be a real triumph. We are always so grateful to students and parents for the support shown to these charity days. The funds we raise for our house charities are very much appreciated and speak volumes of the care that our students have for others. If you baked a cake for today – thank you!

On Wednesday, year 8 participated in a workshop exploring themes of domestic violence. The students responded with real maturity and engagement with the challenging subject matter. The facilitators from the Safer North Hants team who ran the event were very complimentary about the students and we are grateful to the team for running such a thought provoking event. I would also like to thank Mrs Thomas for her hard work in organising this activity.

Last week, we were excited to be able to collect our new school minibus. Our wonderful PTA funds this entirely through the sale of school uniform. We are immensely grateful to them for their dedication in selling the uniform and therefore enabling us to run and maintain a minibus.

There are more positive developments in the pipeline over the coming weeks. Work on the refurbishment of the main school toilets will begin over half term. I will inform students about the implications for them whilst the works are taking place so that they know which alternative toilets are available to them. I am pleased to announce that, also over half term, the potholes on the access road are being filled. We have been seeking to have this work done for a considerable time and are delighted that these repairs will now take place. If you are coming up to the site in a car over half term, please be aware that there will be traffic management systems in operation.

Throughout this week and next we have been undertaking a survey with students during tutor period. We take student feedback very seriously as a means of helping to plan improvements to the school. We will also be conducting parent surveys during parents’ evenings so that we can capture the valuable feedback of parents and carers too. If, in the meantime, there are suggestions or concerns that you have, please do feel comfortable raising these with us. We are always keen to listen.

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.

Frogmore Foodoholic Restaurant

On the 20th of January 2020, half of the GCSE hospitality and catering students took on the challenge of running a restaurant for their brave parents and a handful of teachers. The experience simulated the stress of being in a commercial kitchen, while still being fun and exciting. Despite the stresses, the evening was successful. One happy customer said they would pay upwards of £50 for the meal they had! Many thanks to Mr Hill and the lovely Miss Petal for making this all possible. Because of their help, the restaurant was of three Michelin star rating… definitely… Mr Hill added the students got a lot from this event, testament to its success. We were inundated with requests from staff who wanted to pre-book the next occasion.

Message from our Welfare Officer

Student Medication

We have noticed an increase in pupils carrying their own supply of medication ie: paracetamol and ibuprofen in school. Please be aware that ALL required medications must be bought into school by parents to be stored in our medical department, and a medical consent form completed in order for us to dispense and monitor any pain relief required.

Thank you for your continued support.

Messages from our Child and Family Support Worker

P.A.C.E. (Parent and Carer Events - Mental and Emotional Health, 45min workshops) is run by CAMHS, who help families better understand the needs and difficulties that young people can face and how to manage potential issues or concerns they have about their young person.

The link below is for the next event local to us at Court Moor School, Spring Woods, Fleet, GU52 7RY on Tuesday 5th May 2020. There are other dates running in other areas.

https://hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk/events/p-a-c-e-6-june-2019-copy-copy/

Hampshire Inclusion Training information

Library News

A new Book Club is running every Monday morning during registration in the library, and is open to any student in years 7, 8 and 9. The first book we will be looking at is Lightning Mary, a fantastic fictional story about Mary Anning, the teenage paleontologist from the nineteenth century. For more information, please come and speak to Miss Livingstone.

BBC Radio Competition

The BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition is back for 2020, and is now open for submissions. The competition is open to all children aged between 5 and 13 years on 12th June 2020, with fictional stories of 500 words or less. All entries must be submitted by 8pm on Thursday 27th February. Last year’s competition had around 110,000 entries, and David Walliams, Helen McCrory and Michael Sheen read out the winning stories at the final at Windsor Castle. For more information about the competition, as well as how to submit your story, please speak to Miss Livingstone, or visit :https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1

Hampshire Literature Quiz

We will once again be taking part in the Hampshire School Library Service Literature Quiz. The quiz takes place every year, with local schools all competing in regional rounds, before the final on Wednesday 25th March at the Winchester Discovery Centre. If you are, or know, a student in year 7,8 or 9 who would be interested in being part of our four person team, please speak to the librarians ASAP.

Excelsior Awards

The shortlist for this year’s Excelsior Award has been announced! This is the fourth year Frogmore has participated in the award, and we are looking for students in years 9 and 10 to take part. The Excelsior Award focuses on graphic novels and Manga, and participants are asked to read 5 selected titles and then rate them according to story, artwork, characters and dialogue. The reading group will meet weekly in the library on a Wednesday lunchtime, starting on 22nd January, to discuss the books and refreshments will be provided. If you have a child in year 9 or 10 who would like to take part, please ask them to come and speak to Miss Livingstone in the library, and have a look at the website, http://www.excelsioraward.co.uk/

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.

What’s On: Thursday 6th February- Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Recommended Reading lists

Unsure of what books to read next? In need of inspiration? We have lists of recommended reads tailored to each year group available in the library, and they will be up on the website soon. Also, please do come and speak to either Mrs Stevenson or Miss Livingstone, as we will be happy to help you find a book to get your teeth into.

Suggestions

Is there is a book or resource you would like to see in the library that we don’t currently have?Please fill out one of our suggestion slips and we will do our best to get it in stock for you.

Book Review

If you are interested in having your own book review in the Froghorn, please pass on any pieces to Miss Livingstone.

Careers information

National Careers Week!

National Careers Week runs from Monday 2nd March and we are looking for volunteers to come in and discuss their chosen career path to inform and inspire our students. If you would be happy to spare half an hour or an hour of your time between Monday 2nd and Friday 7th March, please get in touch with Miss Livingstone on: a.livingstone@frogmorecollege.co.uk.

Careers Advice appointments

All students are entitled to a careers advice meeting with our careers adviser. Priority will go to year 11s. The appointment lasts a 50-minute lesson and is invaluable to discuss next steps and future career aspirations. If you would like to make an appointment, please ask for a request form at reception.

Useful Websites:

Careers Advice website (all students who have had a careers appointment will have a log in):

https://www.eclips-online.co.uk/

Year 9 Careers Advice website: (all students should now have their log in details)

https://www.fasttomato.com/

Unsure of what T-Levels are? Find out more here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels/introduction-of-t-levels

Government database of Apprenticeship Providers:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

National Careers website:

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/

Key dates:

Saturday 1st February – Sparsholt College Open Day, 10am-2pm

Wednesday 5th February – Guildford College Open Evening 4pm-7pm

Wednesday 12th February – Year 9 Options Information Evening

Wednesday 12th February – Farnham College Open Evening, 4pm-7pm

Wednesday 12th February – Bracknell & Wokingham College Open Evening, 4pm-7pm

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 £1158 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.

If you would like to enter the 50/50 club, please see below on how to enter.

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