THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 26th November, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM KATHERINE
Spotlight on the Junior School
Dear Frensham Community,
Well, that was a busy week! As you will see there have been birds of prey flying at Frensham and a fabulous author visiting to talk to our children about refugees. The children in the Junior School have been inspired by so many things this week and it was wonderful to share them in our assembly today. We also spoke about how it is important to have a go, make mistakes and turn them into a positive. I shared the amazing book ‘Beautiful oops’ with them which is all about how a mistake might actually open up a new possibility. At Frensham we want our children to be happy to take risks, make mistakes and grow from them just like us as grown-ups!
We're also wondering if anyone in our amazing community knows someone lovely who lives locally and would be able to join our team in January to work in our Nursery – Year 3 Late Stay. It would suit someone who would love to come and play, laugh and create things for just two hours every afternoon from 3:30-5:30. They do not need qualifications but experience with younger children would be great even if that's not in a school setting. Perhaps a wonderful grandparent in the local area would be interested in some company (the teachers and children are a delightful bunch who will always brighten up anyone’s day!). Do please push our advert out to anyone you think would be suitable, thank you in advance for any help you can give. www.frensham.org/working-at-frensham
Lastly, a big thank you to FoF for your secret squirrel mission to make Christmas special for the children in the Junior School. Thank you for everything you are doing.
Have a lovely stormy weekend!
Dropping Off at Reception
If you're dropping off or picking up your child at Reception, please drive really carefully and slowly in the area in front of Main House - students and staff are crossing this area at all times of the day. Also, please don't park right in front of the glass Reception doors. Thank you!
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 3rd - Christmas Jumper Day
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
On Tuesday evening we officially launched the trip online to Malawi in 2023. Tom from True Adventure presented
details of the trip, pinpointing the area, identifying some of the activities we will be undertaking and giving information about this small but beautiful part of Africa.
We are opening the trip to any student who is in this years Year 10 and above.
Below are the links to the presentation slides shown on Tuesday evening and the parents information pack.
If you decide that this unique trip is for you, please fill in the application form by Friday 3rd December.
I am hoping that we will be able to have a team get together before we stop for Christmas to start the ball rolling!
If anyone has any questions, I have set up a Malawi 2023 team on Teams.
I am so looking forward to forming the team and putting plans into action with everyone.
Have a great weekend and I hope to hear from you soon,
Elevate Memorisation Webinar
If you missed the Elevate Memorisation Webinar on Tuesday, you have 10 days to watch the session here - Memorisation Webinar
A Big Thank You From Friends of Frensham
A big thank you to some of our parents who have been so generous in their donations to our Christmas raffle.
Shyne (Year 7 parent) who runs the annual music festival in Guildford on June 3rd & 4th has given us a voucher worth £150 to attend the 2 day event. For more information go to the website http://www.shynefest.uk/
Also Sara (Year 7 parnet) has donated some of her fragrant vegan and cruelty free candles which smell amazing. www.theuniversalsoulcompany.com
Another big thank you is to parents in Junior school who are working together to deliver the “swap shop” where the JS students can chose presents for their parents and have them gift wrapped ready for Christmas Day, and a super decorated Santa’s grotto where Santa will greet the students ready to check they are ready for the big day. We have also had a Christmas tree to make the area more festive donated by Castle Street Flowers in Farnham.
As we approach Christmas, Friends of Frensham are running our fundraising raffle. We have been incredibly lucky to have some amazing events and gifts donated to us from some of our parents, from festival tickets for a family of 4 to Shynefest, to gifts from the Universal Soul company, who sell a stunning range of non-toxic vegan fragrance products of candles and room fragrances.
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.
Rowledge Community Choir
If you would like to join a friendly choir (no auditions required), Rowledge Community Choir rehearses every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Music School. The choir is currently rehearsing pieces of Christmas music for our Christmas concert on 14th December in St James’ Church, Rowledge. The choir is led by Sam Rolles, a former Frensham pupil, and his father, Edwin, who was formerly Director of Music at Frensham Heights. The cost is £5 per session. Come along for a free taster session. Any tenors or basses particularly welcome. Please see our website: rowledgecommunitychoir.co.uk or contact Liz Bownass-Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS
PETER PAN - THURS 2 & FRI 3 DECEMBER
We began exploring the story of Peter Pan in our Yr 7 & 8 Drama club and we are now bringing you a creative play that the teachers and children have developed whilst meeting together. We have tried to bring this to the stage at a minimal cost to the environment asking the children to make their costumes from re-using, recycling or buying items from charity shops. The set has been designed by Dolly Moon-Kilner in Year 8 and is being built by Shaun and Nicky from our very own Aldridge Theatre using as few new items as possible. Please look out for wood reclaimed from the outdoor theatre and old pieces of set that have been altered to suit this play.
All in all - a production with everyone sharing ideas and thinking of the planet whilst enjoying being together rehearsing and performing. Monies raised will be going to Great Ormond Street Hospital, an extremely worthwhile cause.
MUSIC & DANCE CONCERT - 9TH DECEMBER
It's time for our Music and Dance Concert. Come along and see the Aldridge alive again with Music and Dance Performances from our Years 7 and up students. Tickets are free, but please book a place below. Also, be sure to let us know if your child is performing and needs to be booked in for supper - you can do this when you reserve your ticket.
OLD FRENSHAMIAN ON THE LONDON STAGE
Old Frenshamian and talented Drama student Lukwesa Mwamba has recently been seen in Doctors, Eastenders and Carnivale Row. Last week she made her (COVID postponed!) debut on a major London stage. She is playing Nina in the production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Charing Cross Theatre - she can be seen on the poster in the pink dress.
The production is running until 8th January. Lukwesa sends her love to the Frensham community and hopes that some of you will be able to see the show.
SAVE THE DATE:
JUNIOR SCHOOL PERFORMANCES
Tuesday 14th December
at 2:30pm: Aldridge Theatre
Wednesday 15th December
at 2:30pm: Aldridge Theatre
Nursery - Year 3
Christmas play ‘Lights Camel action - The sequin’
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
A-LEVEL TRIP TO WAR OF THE WORLDS
On Friday, A Level Drama and Music students went to the War of the Worlds Immersive Experience in Leadenhall, London. Set to Jeff Wayne’s iconic soundtrack, this part live-action, part VR/AR production amazed, amused and terrified students in equal measure. Here’s a photo of those that survived the experience!
A BIT OF BAKING WITH THE BOARDERS
Some of our boarders made some delicious looking cookies with Stef over the weekend.
CYBERFIRST GIRLS COMPETITION
Starting on Monday, 2 teams of girls are going to be taking part in the National Cyber Security Centre CyberFirst Girls competition. The competition takes place over a period of 10 days and the teams will face a series of online challenges aimed at testing their skills on different areas of cyber security, such as cracking code and working through logic problems. With less than 15% of the workforce in cyber security being female, the primary objective of the competition is to inspire girls to consider career options they may not have thought about.
Sarah Cull (Head of IT and Computer Science) has been working alongside a school mum, Paula Page, who is the director of her own Cyber Security company to inspire the girls and to make them aware of potential exciting career opportunities available to them if they enjoy the competition. “This is an incredible opportunity for the girls to try something new and I am hoping they will enjoy the challenges the face over the next 10 days and build some resilience and teamwork skills, as well as their technical skills” explained Sarah.
To find out more about the NCSC and what they can offer to all students, visit https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberfirst/overview
HADRIAN'S WALL MEDALS
To celebrate the success of their trip to Hadrian's Wall in September and the amazing Time Traveller's Guides to Roman Britain, Year 7 students were all awarded with gold ceramic medals made by Amy and Sonia. The students also really enjoyed seeing some of the photos they captured on the trip.
The MFL department have organised for students studying French, Spanish and German to watch plays performed by Onatti Productions.
French students watched Mon Père Ne Me Comprend Pas on 5th November. Spanish students were set to watch En el Campamento today (but this has been postponed for a bit due to postive Covid cases in the cast) and German students will get to watch Horoskop in March.
YEAR 8 ART
Making decisions this week about how to arrange collage pieces to get best visual results. Considering balance, chaos, jumbles and more.
YEAR 7 ART
Absolutely amazing work from Year7 whilst we draw our animals and consider how best to simplify shapes and add pattern. We'll done year7.
YEAR 5 KESTRELS
On Thursday Year 5 welcomed Andy Crowle from Urban Wings to Frensham. Andy is a falconer and he brought two kestrels called Tee-ki and Gizmo with him. He also brought a peregrine falcon called Gus. As part of their Tudor topic this term, the children have been listening to a story set in Tudor times called ‘Treason’ by Berlie Doherty. The main character is given a kestrel by Henry VIII.
Andy talked to the children about the stunning birds of prey. He explained that many phrases and words we have such as ‘hoodwinked,’ ‘fed up,’ ‘under your thumb,’ ‘wrapped around your little finger,’ and ‘end of my tether’ originate from the world of falconry. He also explained that servants would have had kestrels, but Royalty would have had the more expensive birds such as the peregrine. He told the children that people would be seen walking in the street with a bird of prey on their hand.
The children asked Andy many questions and they were able to wear a thick gauntlet so that Tee-ki could fly and land on them to take a morsel of chicken or Gus could perch comfortably.
It was a super afternoon, sunny but cold.
We hope that it will be possible to welcome Urban Wings back to Frensham in the future.
Please flick through the photos taken during the afternoon.