THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Thursday 16th December, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM RICK
The view from my office of the Surrey Hills has provided much needed relief as we have limped to the end of term. After the high in the last two weeks of being able to host the wonderful ‘Peter Pan’ and the spectacular dance and music concert in the Aldridge Theatre, to having to postpone and cancel all events this week, it has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I want to thank all those parents who have been supportive of the difficult decisions we have had to make, juggling our desire to run as many events as possible with the pressing need to protect the health and safety of the whole community.
Plans for January
Looking ahead to next term, we are planning for the worst, but hoping for the best! There is talk of a January lockdown, but what shape this may take is unknown. In the Senior School, we have asked all students to ensure that they take as many of their books, files and notes home as possible in case we have to revert to online learning. Staff are planning for this, in both the Senior and Junior Schools, but we are hopeful that this does not happen. I want to reassure you that we will do all we can to ensure that no learning is disrupted, building on the successes of our last period of online teaching and learning.
Hopefully, you will have seen by now that we have published on our website the term dates up until the end of Summer 2023. As we are on the border of Surrey and Hampshire, we always need to look carefully at their published dates before we publish ours, balancing this with the HMC school dates too. We ask that parents stick to these dates when booking holidays and avoid as far as possible removing children from school.
I want to mention, and I apologise for the short notice of this, that there will be an extra day's holiday at the end of February half term next term. We have a staff training day on Monday 21 February, so lessons resume on Tuesday 22 February. We have already written to boarding parents to say that if you are unable to change flights then boarders are welcome to return as usual on Sunday 20th February, and they will be supervised in the boarding houses on the 21st.
An important message from the Bursar and the Finance team. You will shortly be receiving your Spring term fee invoices by email and we want to remind you that we will never change our bank account details without plenty of prior notification. If you are ever unsure of the school’s bank account details or would just like to confirm them before you make a payment, please don’t hesitate to call the Finance Department on 01252 792299 or email us. We would also like to let you know that paying your child’s school fees by direct debit remains one of the safest ways to pay. If you do not have a direct debit set up and would like to arrange this for the Summer term fees, please get in touch via FeesAdmin@frensham.org If you do pay by direct debit, total fees (per your invoice) will be taken from your chosen bank account on the first day of every term.
You will be aware that we launched the new school values this term. We have been working hard behind the scenes on a number of ways of instilling these values across the school. On a practical level, we have used them in the Junior School to help with the creation of a new behaviour charter to help children understand their rights and responsibilities both in and out of the classroom. In the Senior School, we draw attention to them in weekly notices, departments have been looking at ways of incorporating them into their curriculum planning, and we have made them a part of any staff recruitment processes we have conducted this term, with specific focus on asking values-based questions of candidates.
We sincerely hope that parents embrace our values too and on the whole, interactions with parents are nearly always positive and in the spirit of togetherness and mutual respect that is at the heart of Frensham. On rare occasions, these interactions aren’t as positive and I wanted to reassure you that we always aim to do the very best for the children in our care. Of course, we get things wrong sometimes, but by approaching issues with generosity of spirit the school, and the community around it will be enhanced and enriched.
I want to end by thanking you again for your support. We are pleased that for the majority of the term we have been able to run things as close to normal as possible, and we have really enjoyed the opportunity to interact with parents on a number of occasions. We are planning further opportunities next term, COVID-dependent, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Have a wonderful (COVID-free) Christmas and New Year with loved ones.
A MESSAGE FROM KATHERINE
I want to thank you for your support in what has personally and professionally been a tough term, we got there! I am so very sad that we are not finishing the term with all the children onsite. I want to wish all of our Year 5 and other children who are not in school well and we hope we can be back together in the New Year.
Today we say goodbye to Louise Dixon who has been working in our Early Years at Frensham for almost 6 years. She is a kind, thoughtful and much-loved member of staff who we will miss terribly as she moves back in Nursing in the new year. Thank you for everything Louise and we will welcome you back to say a full goodbye with a full cohort of children and staff in January.
I am looking forward to spending next term as a hand over with Nick as he will be taking over as Head of the Junior School at Easter when I move on. This time will support a smooth transition in what is an ever-changing national picture.
Lastly, I wholeheartedly hope that each every one of our community gets to spend their Christmas with the ones they love because it really has been a challenging few years. Take care one and all!
Year 7 to 13 Lateral Flow Home Testing Kits and New Covid Guidelines
Unfortunately, the lateral flow home testing kits have not arrived before the end of term. They will, however, be here for the start of next term and we will be able to hand out kits to students on their return. Students will also be tested on site before they return to lessons, unless exempt. More details to follow from Becks.
You can get LFD kits from: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Please Look Carefully at the Covid Flowcharts Below
Communication Regarding January Start Times
We will communicate with you on 6th January regarding any staggered start times for our January return. Please keep an eye on your email.
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.
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.
Year 11/13 Exam Prep Resources
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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 this week. Enjoy! The videos will be available to watch until the new year.
MUSIC & DANCE CONCERT
We are so proud of all the students who performed in last week’s Performing Arts Concert. A welcome celebration and what better way to bring our theatre back to life. They were all stars, shining through a dismal and uncertain time to bring us some holiday cheer and make us all smile. Thanks to all involved, for your hard work, perseverance, and fabulousness!!
N to 3: LIGHTS, CAMEL, ACTION - THE SEQUIN!
On Monday Nursery – Year 3 performed their Christmas production to the children in Years 4, 5 and 6.
The children had put so much effort into practising and learning their lines, the songs and all the moves – they were fantastic! They thoroughly enjoyed getting dressed up in their costumes and showing the results of their hard work. All the regular nativity characters were on stage in a Strictly style performance. There was certainly some razzle and dazzle as each group performed a song or a dance for the judges - the Smallest Sheep, the Funky Camel and Caesar and Augustus. A final ceilidh involved all the children celebrating the Christmas story together.
YEARS 4 TO 6 CHRISTMAS SHOWCASE
Although we were unable to have parents in the audience for our Years 4 to 6 Christmas Showcase, the children put on a great show for each other and their friends in Years N to 3.
Year 4 put on a wonderful ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!' and explained ‘How to Trap a Christmas Dragon’ with their funny poem recital!
Year 5 enjoyed a ‘Hollie Jolly’ Christmas dance and recited some amusing letters to Santa! Folowed up with a wonderful musical rendition of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ - has a very shiny Ukulele!
Year 6 delighted with a magical performance of 'Winter Wonderland' and performed their Winter Poems – written, choreographed, and performed by the children! Our junior ECA singers brought the show to close with their delightful rendition of ‘Turn down the lights’!