THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 3rd December, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM RICK
There was much excitement from the Nursery to Year 3 children yesterday as they told me in lunch that the Frensham elf had made an appearance outside their classroom. This addition to the festive cheer at the end of term has been well received by all students, even the grumpy teenagers who claim not to care! I want to thank the staff who have been working behind the scenes for the fantastic daily videos and daily treats for the students. Today is Christmas jumper day, and we have been treated to some wonderfully tacky examples of sartorial inelegance (and that’s just the one I was wearing...)
As you know, we are doing our best, despite COVID’s best efforts and not having a full-time theatre manager, to ensure that events continue in the theatre at the end of term. The first night of the Year 7 & 8 production of ‘Peter Pan’ went really well last night, and we look forward to tonight’s performance. We have implemented careful safety measures to ensure these events can happen, and we thank you for your support in making this happen. Of course, we continue to monitor events carefully, under guidance from the local authority, and we will inform you if we need to make any further changes to any of the published events.
I look forward to seeing some of you at various events before the end of term.
Have a wonderful weekend.
A MESSAGE FROM KATHERINE
Spotlight on the Junior School
After what has been a few tricky years without any fun trips to arrange, we are very excited to be able to run proper trips for our children once again! Our Year 5 children had the opportunity to go to the Mary Rose earlier on this term followed by a Year 4 trip this week to Ufton Court. We want our children to explore the world around them and during COVID we have seen so many situations taken away from us all that it has been great to see our learners back out in the community where they belong - learning through experiences. It was lovely to hear that the children had an amazing time on their trips and we have another one next week for our Years 1 to 3 children. They will be going to Hampton Court Palace to explore. Year 6 had a different experience because learning about refugees does not really allow for a school trip but instead they had both a talk and a workshop to make sure that they are bringing their learning to life. They speak very passionately about others and their plight in this world and that is what we want - children who are compassionate and want to change things in the world for the better!
With Christmas fast approaching it's lovely to see lights twinkling and antler headbands being donned to make us all smile. As I write this our children are all wearing their Christmas jumpers and smiling with their friends excited for all the festive activities that we have planned over the next few weeks including their productions. I want to thank in advance the Friends of Frensham parents who are setting up our grotto for our special bearded guest in the last week of term. We will continue at Frensham to find opportunities to bring smiles to our children’s faces and bring learning alive!
Have a lovely weekend,
Christmas Dates to Remember!
We're planning lots of festive things, big and little, things for the students in the run up to the Christmas break. Many will be a surprise, but here are a few dates to remember:
Friday 10th - Snuggly PJ Day
Tuesday 14th - Yrs 4-6 Christmas Showcase + Yrs 7-9 Dinner Dance
Wednesday 15th - Christmas Sparkle (clothing / outfits) + Yrs N-3 Chrismas Play + Yrs 10-13 Dinner Dance
Thursday 16th - Junior School Christmas Lunch
Year 10/11 GCSE History trip 11-12 March 2022
Sadly, the increasing Covid regulations have meant two significant changes to the History GCSE trip this year. Firstly the dates have changed from 17-19 March to 11-12 March 2022. Secondly it has become a UK-based trip rather than to France and Belgium.
Thank you to everyone who logged on to listen to Tom from True Adventure talk about the Malawi trip. We felt that it was important to share the organisational points of the trip early on as we are living in such different times and people are naturally concerned about foreign travel.
We would therefore like to invite you to another Malawi evening where Rick, Lynn K and myself can talk about the Frensham side of the trip. There is so much going on as we near the end of term that this event may well be at the start of January. It would be great if you could keep an eye on the emails and newsletters as we hope to give you a date as soon as possible. Drinks and canapes will served and there will be a chance to ask questions after I have explained the trip in full.
Rights Respecting Schools Bronze Award – ACHIEVED!
We heard this week that the paperwork we submitted to UNICEF has been approved. This means that Frensham Heights is now recognised as a Rights Respecting School. In due course we will receive a certificate and, more importantly, the logo, which we can put on our website, emails and marketing information. We will not be resting on our laurels as the important work to do with gaining Silver now begins. Our assessor looked at the school website and has commented that we are already doing a certain amount of what is required.
As a school we should be proud of this recognition and what it means in the wider community.
Sally and Jade
GCSE Drama students & BTEC Performing Arts student
PLEASE GET YOUR PERMISSIONS AND MONEY IN FOR THE TRIP ASAP!!
The trip is on 17th March 2022.
It is nearly time for us to complete the draw for our Christmas raffle. Our raffle concludes on Monday 13th at 17.00. There are some amazing events and gifts donated to us from some of our parents, from festival tickets for a family of 4 to Shynefest, a case of wine, to gifts from the Universal Soul company, who sell a stunning range of non-toxic vegan fragrance products of candles and room fragrances and we also have a Christmas hamper, wine gifts and much more.
The raffle tickets can be bought on the link here: Christmas Raffle Tickets
Thank you for your support with Friends of Frensham Christmas puddings this year. We have beaten the past 2 years figures! If you have not ordered your puddings in the set timeline, do not worry. We have ordered some additional puddings to sell in the last week of term in the Aldridge theatre during the Junior School Christmas performances, and also at the music and dance performance on 9th December at the Aldridge theatre.
Year 11/13 Exam Prep Resources
Here's a free online resource that can help all students make their revision and exam preparation more effective,
Effective Revision Skills Booster is a free self-paced online course which draws on learning research to provide a highly practical, step-by-step guide for students to help make their study and revision more effective throughout their courses.
UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
TEDxFrensham is coming back to the Aldridge on 30th April, 2022.
Tickets have not been released yet, but save the date or head to their website - www.tedxfrensham.org - to sign up for news.
There is a great line up of speakers but they still need volunteers to bring everything together. If you would like to get involved supporting the speakers - reading outlines/drafts and coaching where necessary - or with fundraising and getting local businesses involved - please contact the event team on email@example.com
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
FRENSHAM CHRISTMAS ELF
The Frensham Christmas elf has been entertaining the staff and students this week with naughty antics all over the school.
Have a look at what he's been up to so far. A new video will be added every school day until term ends. Enjoy!
YEAR 9 TRENCH MODELS
Year 9 had been set a project to produce a trench model. The criteria was to be historically accurate and creative. There was a great range of work from cakes to stop motion animation and detailed models. One model actually captured a real trench with the stories of the soldiers who served there, including mini biographies. As always the students showed that with commitment and focus great work can be achieved.
SNOWY MORNING WALK
What a lovely time Years 1 and 2 had on Monday morning! We wrapped up in our warmest coats, hats and gloves and went off to see how beautiful our school looked. It was just magical!
YEAR 12 PHOTOGRAPHY
Here's some work inspired by the Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander’s series of work Jarred and Displaced.
YEAR 4 TRIP
Year 4 had an amazing trip to Ufton Court yesterday to be vicious Vikings for the day. The children had a great many experiences, like being sworn in as a Bezerker, making shield walls, learning why and how Vikings used axes. The children then took a ‘trip’ on a Longboat and did some pillaging, finding out what treasures the Vikings took from different countries. Following our fireside lunch in the roundhouse, the children made their own bow and arrows out of natural materials. It was a great day and the children really did Frensham proud!