Froghorn July 2018

Headteacher's Corner

It is unbelievable to me that we are now hurtling towards the final week of term. Where has this year gone? And what a year it’s been! 2018 might not be the year in which football came home, but it certainly has been a year with plenty for us to celebrate here at Frogmore. This bumper edition of the Froghorn captures just some of that.

We have enjoyed welcoming lots of students from our partner primary schools over the past couple of weeks. This week and next, the technology department are working with year 5 students to make some superb products: I have seen some very impressive sock pigs and picture frames but have been disappointed not yet to have tasted any of the tempting muffins!

Last week we were delighted to welcome the incoming year 7 students for their induction day. They had a truly fantastic first day with us. Their engagement and appetite for learning were exemplary throughout the day. We cannot wait to welcome them fully into our Frogmore family in September.

On Wednesday, year 4 students from Frogmore Junior School, Potley Hill Primary and Cranford Park Primary came in to see a performance of the school production, The Wizard of Oz. They were just the audience that the performers needed to settle their nerves: enthusiastic, supportive and impeccably respectful. The cast were delighted to read some of the lovely letters these students sent, showing their appreciation.

The evening performances of The Wizard of Oz have been a triumph. The cast and backstage crew have shown exemplary teamwork to put together a stunning production of which they deserve to be very proud. I would like to thank Mrs White and her team for their tremendous hard work in producing such a great show.

Over the weekend, Mrs Yates and her team led a superb trip to St Omer on the Opal Coast in France. The students had a wonderful time and even enjoyed the snails (photographic evidence below)! Again, my thanks to the staff who made this possible.

The PTA have yet again gone above and beyond over the past few weeks. A huge thanks to Tracey and her team for running the uniform sales for new students – such a mammoth undertaking. The team has also been in selling refreshments on every night for the production. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported.

The year always ends with a tinge of sadness as we say goodbye to some valued members of our Frogmore family. Mr Wing, our technology technician, is retiring at the end of term. Mrs Simmonds is moving on to take up a post at Luckley House School. Mr Dacombe has secured a position teaching PE nearer to his home. Mrs Smith has decided to take a break from teaching to spend more time with her young son. Mr Tresair has gained a well-deserved promotion to subject leader of technology at a school in Winchester. Each of these staff has made a significant contribution to the life of the school and will be very much missed. We wish them all the very best for the future.

In happier news, we wish both Mrs Champion and Mrs White all the best as they start their maternity leave. With both babies due late in the summer holidays we look forward to meeting the new arrivals in the new academic year. We will also be saying hello to Mrs Christian in September: Miss McIlwraith is getting married on 18.8.18 and we wish her the most fabulous day.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to thank you all for the outstanding support you have shown this year. Frogmore truly is a special place to be – and this is due to the people who go above and beyond, day in day out. In particular, I would like to end with my sincere thanks to all of the staff for their dedication and commitment.

I wish you all a very happy summer – let’s hope the sunshine continues. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Tuesday 4th September.

Chris Vaudin


Governor's Corner

What a busy year!

It seems a long time ago since went through the process to appoint Mr Vaudin as Head Teacher in the autumn term. More recently, in May the Governing Body welcomed two new parent Governors, Rob King and Matthew Aylmer. Then this week, at the last meeting of the year we said farewell to Nigel Slocombe, who served initially as a parent and then as a co-opted Governor for a total of twelve years. We appreciate all he did for the school and wish him well for the future.

Governors have attended many events this year and it is always a pleasure to celebrate and see the successes of the school and the students. The upcoming GCSE results day in August is also a day that Governors look forward to attending.

As a Governing Body, we have taken part in various training sessions this year and have completed a skills audit. There are areas that we feel we may need extra training in and when recruiting governors, we may ask for applicants with certain skills. If you are interested in the work Governor's do, please contact us through the school. We are always here to help.

On behalf of the Governors, have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team had a great time organising an event at the school on Friday the 6th of July. We wanted to raise some money to buy new benches that will be installed next year as we decided this was something that we believe people would like to see around the school.

We had our usual non-school uniform day and cakes sale, however, due to the glorious sunshine we have been experiencing we decided to run some activities that involved water balloons. Firstly, we had a competitive game of dodgeball where students had to throw water balloons at the opposite team and aim to hit them on their waist or below. This was really enjoyed and a couple of teachers also came out to compete. Then secondly, in preparation for England’s matches in the world cup, we decided to also host a penalty shootout. The games were all very successful and we manage to sell all of the water balloons! It was a good way to end the week especially after the year 10s mocks that had finished that week.


PE News

Sports Day

It was great weather for Sports Day on Wednesday 20th June. There were many events throughout the day with everyone cheering on their House. Tuckwell House won Year 7, Ormond House won across Years 8 and 10 and Macmillan House won Year 9. The overall winners on the day were Ormond House.

Congratulations to all those who took part!

Junior District Athletics Championships 26th June 2018

This year we took 32 athletes from Year 7 and 8 to the annual championships held at Aldershot Military Stadium. Our athletes were fantastic all day, most of them competing in a stadium with 100’s of onlookers from over 20 schools. The nerves and the heat (oh the heat!) were put aside though for one of the most successful Junior Championships we’ve have had in the last 13 years I’ve been at Frogmore, especially doing well in the field throw events.

In the Year 7 boys’ competition, Ryan Aylmer came seventh in the Javelin whilst Haris Mannan won bronze in the discus. In the girls’ Molly Turner came eighth in the Javelin.

In the Year 8 boys’ competition, the relay team got through to the final of the 4x100m relay and came eighth, Dan Bozas came fifth in the Shot Put, and Hayden Mitchell won bronze in the Javelin. However, our biggest success came with Harley Paterson-Green and James Dickson taking home the silver and bronze respectively in the Discus. The boys’ team amassed 24 points overall, coming third in the division 2 trophy.

The Year 8 girls however went a step yet further in success! Christine Sekyere qualified for the final of the 200m and then came eighth overall. Kawtar Toubella came sixth in the straight final of the 1500m, Amy Baier however was the star of the track and won our only medal with a stunning bronze in the 70m hurdles as well as helping the 4x100m relay team to a great sixth place having qualified for the final. In the field events, Sienna Rooks came 7th in the long jump, while Frogmore won another medal with Molly Arndell in the Shot Put coming in third. The girls collected 21 points and came second in the division 2 trophy.

Overall, off the back of the wonderful district championships, four of our athletes were selected to represent the district at the county championships with another two on the list as reserves. Of the three athletes who then took part in the county championships in Southampton on Tuesday 10th July, in the Year 8 competition Harley Paterson-Green came sixth in discus, Hayden Mitchell came fourth in the javelin and Haris Mannan also came fourth in the Year 7 boys’ discus.

Performing Arts News

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Wizard of Oz. We have just completed the first two performances and are gearing up for the next two. It has been wonderful to see the hard work of the whole team pay off on stage. Yesterday our Kansas cast were able to perform to over 100 excited Year 4 students followed by the Oz cast performing to a wonderful audience of those who could tear themselves away from the World Cup. Good luck and break a leg for the next two nights.

Mrs White, Head of Performing Arts

Music News

On Tuesday 19th June 2018, a selected few of students took a trip to Hawley Primary School. The purpose of this was to attend the Song Fest 2018. This is where they sang multiple songs including; We Go Together, You’ve Gotta Friend In Me, Lean On Me, Be The Change, Drop In The Ocean, Spread A little Happiness.

While they sang these songs, they combined with other schools including Potley Hill and many others .As visitors representing Frogmore, they enjoyed themselves thoroughly and loved every second. We hope as a community to be invited back and have even more fun for the years to come!

Martha Lilly, Year 7

Communications Faculty News

Yr8 Languages Day

On Tuesday 19th June the whole of Year 8 took part in Languages Day. Students had the opportunity to learn a variety of different languages, taught by Frogmore’s own Young Interpreters. There were 10 different stations and students were able to visit the majority of these, as well as spending a lesson in a computer room, completing some language quizzes. The languages on offer included Latvian, Czech, Turkish, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic and even some British Sign Language. The Year 8 students had the opportunity to earn stickers at each station, which could then be traded in for sweets when the changeover bell went. Although the students were really well-behaved, as Young Interpreters, we were rather tired from teaching all day and now understand how hard our teachers work!

Luky Jones and Glen Telp, Y8 Young Interpreters

Feedback from our students:

“What I liked about Languages Day was learning the Mandarin characters, but I don’t know how some people learnt to write them so quickly!” Kieran Powley

“I enjoyed Spanish and British Sign Language as we did good activities and they were fun to learn.” Georgie Livesey

“I very much enjoyed the quizzes that we did in the computer room as it was different from what we do in class”. Max Green

“I enjoyed learning different languages and the chance to earn sweets whilst we learnt”. Isabelle Petford

“I found it interesting learning about colours and numbers in Spanish. I also enjoyed Arabic because we learnt the animal names.” Poppy-Jane Wilson

St Omer Trip

Mrs Yates, Mr Webster, Mr Inglis and Mrs Simmonds joined 26 Frogmore Key Stage 3 students for a fun-packed long weekend in northern France. We stayed in a beautiful chateau in the French countryside and enjoyed many including a town trail in the seaside town of Le Touquet and a traditional French bakery. The highlight for many was the extremely popular snail farm, where we had the opportunity to learn about caring for and breeding snails, as well as tasting some of the delicious produce! I can safely say that reactions to the delicacy were quite entertaining!

As well as experiencing French culture, we visited the historical site of Vimy Ridge where we were able to visit the First World War trenches and tunnels. A visit to a local Commonwealth cemetery with over 11,000 graves was also extremely thought-provoking for many.

On the whole, the trip was a fantastic opportunity for our students to sample French food, experience French culture and practise the French they have been learning in a real-life context. We hope the parents have enjoyed hearing all about the trip!

Tile Barn Residential Trip

On Wednesday 13th June, most of Year 7 went to Tile Barn on a camping residential trip. Tile Barn is in the New Forest, and we stayed there for 3 days before returning to school.

Most schools that go to Tile Barn stay in tents. There are about 20 Tents in total, with 5-8 people in each tent. The cooking tent and the marquee where we ate meals were at the top of the field.

During our time at Tile Barn we were split into groups. Over the 3 days, there were lots of activities for each group to do. These included Low Ropes, Abseiling, Woodland Walk, Problem Solving, Crate Stack, Climbing, Orienteering and Jacobs’ Ladder. The activities were great fun, and we were all hungry when it came to dinner.

In my opinion, the activities were the best part about the trip to Tile Barn. I particularly enjoyed the climbing as we got to scale a 7m purpose built climbing wall. The orienteering was also one of the best activities because we got to work as a group to find all the locations on the map. Finally, the trip gave us a nice break from school work!

I think Tile Barn was a great experience that I, and a lot of others, thoroughly enjoyed. There were lots of things to do and the food was excellent. I would definitely recommend the trip to any future Year 7’s. They would have a great time.

Leo Shaw Y7

Y11 Leavers Assembly and Prom Evening.

Fundraising News

Help your library!

Do you or does anyone you know shop at Waitrose in Yateley? If so please use the green tokens to vote for Frogmore Community College library during July; we always need funds for more books, games and other resources so now you can help us while stocking up on barbecue essentials during this glorious weather!

Thank you!

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 £1025.00 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 £2217 over two years.

The Green Machine and the Community Furniture Project

The Green Machine and the Community Furniture Project have recently offered us support, through donations, for our new Wellbeing room. They offer a very valuable service to the community and have asked us to advertise their services. If you're looking for some cut-price paint, or second hand furniture, check them out........

The Community Furniture Project

Are you looking for affordable second hand furniture? To help the local area, call The Community Furniture Project today on 01635 43933.

Other News

Any Y11 students who wish to donate their school ties and any good quality uniform please bring them to Reception, these will be gratefully received. Thank you.

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