THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 9th December, 2022
A MESSAGE FROM RICK
The events are coming thick and fast as we approach the end of the term. Monday this week saw a wonderfully festive poetry reading in the Long Gallery, with mince pies made by our students, mulled wine and a roaring log fire. Thank you to Zoe Richardson and some of her Year 11 students for pulling this all together. Last night saw a vibrant, energetic and rousing Christmas Music and Dance Extravaganza in the Aldridge Theatre. It was fantastic to showcase the talent in the school; from Year 2 right through to Year 13, this truly was a whole-school experience. Well done to all of the amazing performers on such a superb show.
On Wednesday we held a Year 6 to 7 transition meeting for parents in Year 6, mapping out for them what they and their children can expect from the next few months as they prepare to move into the Senior School. We have been working hard with the Parent Voice group to ensure that we manage key transition points in the school as well as we can, but we always welcome feedback on how we might do this better. Do let us know if you have any views on this.
The final week of the term promises to be just as jam-packed with festive treats, from Senior School dinner dances to the Junior School Christmas shows. I hope your children have a wonderful final week.
A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT
Christmas has fully arrived at Frensham and it has been a wonderful week full of Christmas jumpers, music, tinsel, Super Sprouts and a lovely festive buzz. It has been great to have the energy of the FoF Team outside of the office every morning, collecting gifts and plotting and planning the events of the final week. There really are some great Christmas adventures ahead for the children in the final week.
This week has seen Years 4-6 perform some of their Christmas Play songs to the Middle and Senior School in their Morning Talk and has also seen Year 1 making amazing ‘ice window’s . The Early Years have been completing some outdoor maths challenges and Years 2 and 3 have had a proper adventure day at Hobbledown Farm where the temperatures were far outweighed by the fun! Next week sees numerous festive events and experiences happening over the last four days. Please see a reminder below:
Monday 12th December
FoF Festive Fun begins in the JS Learning Spaces
Years N-3 watching the 4-6 Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 13th December
FoF Festive Activities
Yr 4-6 Christmas Play – 6pm start in the Aldridge Theatre
Wednesday 14th December
FoF Festive Activities
Yr N-3 Christmas Play – 2pm start in the Aldridge Theatre
Yr 4-6 Christmas Rave – 4-6 Playground – 4-5.30pm (£2 a ticket for charity)
Thursday 15th December
It’s the last day and we encourage children to dress with some Christmas Snazz for the final hurrah!
Major FoF organised fun and adventure
Christmas Lunch(voted for by JS children with a little Christmas surprise!)
Afternoon Christmas Cinema / Christmas Creative sessions
I wanted to take this opportunity to also remind you of a couple of important pieces of information for the final week:
ECAs end this week so there will be no ECAs next week.
The new ECA list (which is looking rather good) will be out next week for you to engage with and book on. You should have already received an email from Liv and Andy about this.
JS After School Care on the last day – Thursday 15th December will close at 4.10pm for years N-3 and 4-6.
It has been an exciting and fast-moving Autumn Term and I hope your children and yourselves have enjoyed it as much as we have. The Spring Term holds many more learning adventures and experiences for your children and I will share a list of the key dates for this term on everyone’s return to school in the New Year. The Spring Term also sees a number of new children and families joining the school so 2023 is going to be a new chapter for all.
Have a lovely weekend and get ready to buckle up tight for the final week. It’s going to be a Christmas Cracker!
Take care and have fun everyone.
Nick O-T and JS Staff
LAST WEEK OF TERM IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL
Please see Nick's message above for details of the last week in the Junior School. Here's a snapshot of the last week in the Senior School:
Christmas Movie | 1:00-1:45pm
Years 7-9 Dinner Dance | Ballroom | 6:30pm
MH/RH Boarders Bowling Trip
Christmas Movie | Tutor Time 1:45pm
Years 10-13 Dinner Dance | Ballroom | 6:30pm
HH Boarder Bowling Trip
Report reflections and Tutor base fun | 2-3pm
Rick’s End of Term Message | 3pm
Yrs7-13 Day Ends at 3:30pm | Library open until 5:30pm
SENIOR SCHOOL NASAL FLU IMMUNISATIONS
We have received parent queries regarding the lateness of the nasal flu date for senior school students. The date for the nasal flu immunisations for Years 7 - 9 and medically vulnerable students in Years 10 and 11 is a decision made by the Government who instruct the NHS to administer the immunisations. Initially, the Government instructed the NHS to administer the nasal flu immunisation for the 2022-23 flu season to Reception to Year 6 age groups. However, later this term they instructed the NHS to also administer nasal flu to Years 7 to 9 and vulnerable Years 10 & 11. The date of immunisations is given to the school by the NHS immunisation team and is beyond the school's control.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do feel free to contact the NHS immunisation team directly.
Children and Family Health Surrey | Tel: 01483 794887 | Email: email@example.com
SPRING TERM ECAS
Autumn Term ECAs finished this week (with the odd exception of a couple of paid ECAs). Spring term ECAs have been sent out by email and students will be able to sign up for Spring Term ECAs next week. Please take some time to look over the choices with your child this weekend.
Click here for Spring Term Junior School ECAs
TIKTOK AND SNAPCHAT
This week we sent out a communication to Years 7 & 8 parents about an increase in the use of Tiktok and Snapchat amongst the children. We thought this may be beneficial to other parents as well so please click here for the communication and advice.
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and cheerful person to join our small Reception team - this is a part-time, term time only role. Please click here for more information and to apply.
TIMETABLES FOR INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS
Timetables for the first half of the Spring Term will be prepared during the Christmas Holidays, and will be available on your child’s Real Time Timetable (via the Parent Portal). Timetables for the Junior School should be accessed using the aforementioned please. Timetables for students in Years 7 and above will be available to them on Teams – where I will pop a note to let them know when they are available!
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, and please do check timetables before we return in January 😊 Thank you so much. - Sally
We are now at the end of winter season! Thank you to all students for getting involved this Winter season and making their way to Division 1.
Looking forward to the Spring season:
All winter teams will progress into Spring automatically.
Any new teams can join at this point - Entering a Swiss qualifying stage to determine their division.
We will also be hosting a series of "in house" tournaments for each year group at lunchtime. Students who would like to take part, compete, coach or spectate should message Tim Tester via Teams to register their interest. A sign up sheet will be distributed to all tutor groups in the new year.
For see more information on the British Esports Student Champs tournaments our team results here:
ECO FRIENDLY FIRELIGHTERS
Linus and Olli (Year 8) are selling eco friendly firelighters this winter will all proceeds going to Dementia UK. £5 for 6, collection will be available from Reception from 5th - 14th December. click here for more information.
MOCK INTERVIEW DAYS
Last year we ran a brilliant and successful set of mock job interviews with Year 10 as part of a full day of careers’ skills and workshops. This year we're already planning similar, but need to run two sessions – if you like the sound of putting our Year 10 or Year 11 students through their paces in a mock job interview, please get in touch with Lyall
They’re a while away yet, but it’s always good to start planning and booking things into diaries!
Dates and timing:
Year 11 on Tuesday, 21st March
Six interviewers required between 10.40am and 12.45pm (lunch can be provided). This is for the students’ coursework for their BTEC in Business qualification.
Year 10 on Monday, 15th May
A dozen or more interviewers required! Between 10.40am and 12.45pm (lunch can be provided). This is part of their careers’ day workshop.
SPRINGBOX GYMNASTICS WORKSHOP
Springbox Gymnastics are running a camp on 5th January 2023 at Frensham Heights. Please click here for more information.
SURREY MUSIC ACADEMY ORCHESTRA WORKSHOP
Surrey Music Academy will be running an orchestra workshop at Frensham Heights over on 13-14th February 2023. Please click here for more information.
SCL HOLIDAY CLUB
SCL will be running a holiday club at Frensham Heights over the Christmas holiday period. Please click here for more information.
MALAWI SCHOOLS TRUST QUIZ NIGHT!
Monday 23th January | 7pm
Rowledge Village Hall
Come along for a fun evening to raise funds for Malawi Schools Trust.
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
MUSIC & DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA
The music and dance concert on last night was a fabulous opportunity to see students from Years 2 to 13 performing to a packed Aldridge Theatre audience. It is always such a pleasure for parents and staff to see the students perform. The eclectic range of talent and performance speak to our ethos of championing all and trying every creative door. Students from Year 8 performing with Year 12s shows how beautifully a school without a culture of deference and hierarchy can lead students to flourish and become confident in a way that sets them on a road to be positive global change makers. A huge amount of congratulations goes to the dedicated staff involved supporting the students without whom these events would rarely happen. We could all witness the sense of vocation that staff have when they give with head, heart and hand at such events. The Sixth Formers semi-professional performances blended entertainment, fun and inspiration. Watching the show unfold is always both heart warming and slightly envious, as one wonders could I do what they do? From Soloists to Ensemble; well done to one and all.
Please find photos from rehearsals and performance night below.
CHRISTMAS COMES TO FRENSHAM!
On Monday 5th December, a lucky audience were treated to an evening on festive readings by Rowan Suart, an accomplished actress. Students from Zoe’s tutor group had been busy making jam tarts and mince pies at lunch time in readiness for the event. Many hands make light work and soon there were plates of pies and tarts ready.
Frensham is a beautiful place, especially for Christmas. The Long Gallery was decorated with candles and tinsel, the fire was lit, and the Christmas tree twinkled brightly in the corner. The scent of mulled wine filled the air, and the students made their way around, serving the delicacies.
Rowan has a lovely speaking voice, and she performed a varied set of readings: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Jerome K Jerome and many more, old and new. She shared little stories with the audience , including an account written by her brother from when he boarded at Frensham Heights!
The evening was rounded off by several musical numbers, including Aurora, Will, Finn and Lynne. One attendee said afterwards ”An enchanting Christmas evening listening to a beautiful reader and some amazing young musicians in lovely festive surroundings.”
Year 9 rose to the challenge and produced an excellent range of trench models. Some were made out of cardboard, some clay, some cake and some digitally. There was very imaginative use of materials to make a historically accurate first world war Trench, Well done to 9ABM!
YEAR 7 FLOWER MODELS
Students in 7ROJ and 7MBC tutor groups have created some beautiful flower models in Science.
SPANISH CHURROS & CHOCOLATE
Students have been learning how to make churros and chocolate in their Spanish lessons. Here are the resources you'd like to try it at home:
our supporting video https://youtu.be/X-tJBr1JoeQ and easy recipe https://www.recipetineats.com/spanish-churros-recipe/
YEAR 4 ENGLISH
This week in Year 4 in English the children have been learning about ‘Instructions.’ We set the children the challenge of following a set of instructions with no title to see if they could work out what the instructions were for. They worked really well in teams!
LONDON THEATRE TRIP
A group of students and staff headed up to London last Friday on an enrichment trip to see the musical Hex. Their behavior as a mixed age group, whilst traveling, watching the performance, and recognising the need to stay together in a busy venue; made us so very proud of them and helped make the evening the success that it was.
The show was an advertised ‘preview night’ and a fault mid-performance caused the show to stop for a few moments in the second half. An unexpected advantage as this meant our students got to see what happens to “professionals” when things go wrong/ don’t go to plan! The cast and crew were amazing; a calm announcement, actors off stage, repairs quickly made, and then all back on picking up where they left off as if nothing had happened! If that doesn’t show resilience and the value of rehearsals, what does!
It was a fabulous show it was - a classic story done in a unique musical format (almost panto-like at times) with mesmerising staging, great energy from the actors and in a stunning/classic venue.
WHEN THE HEAD'S AWAY...
While Rick was out of the office one day this week, Becks and some Year 11s made themselves comfortable in his office with hot chocolate and mince pies and left him a few quacky surprises.
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP
FOF would like to say a huge thank you to Paula from Floral Alchemy for her enthusiasm, patience and expertise on Tuesday at the parents/staff wreath-making workshop. Not to mention a massive thank you to those parents and staff that attended and made it so successful. It was a fun afternoon with much laughter and excellent creative ideas resulting in some amazing wreaths.
Many thanks from the FOF team
BUSINESS STUDIES TRIP TO CADBURY WORLD
Year 10 Business Studies students headed to Cadbury World in Bournville to attend a marketing lecture focusing on the value and importance of market research and its use in the marketing mix.
Acknowledging it was a long drive up there, the trip was a great success with students hearing first hand, from those in the industry, how important research is and the role it plays in keeping the right confectionary on the (right) shelves. In addition to the marketing lecture, there was also an opportunity to do a tour of the site, looking at the history of Bournville and the Cadbury brand along with a cheeky little bit of fun in the 4D cinema and the obligatory stop at the Cadburys shop!
If your child went on the trip; their behaviour was fantastic – they were a credit to the school and to you as parents. If your child is thinking of doing Business Studies as a BTEC – then they may get to do this trip (or something similar) in the future!
THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT
Under 10s Football
Two games this week to finish off the season for the Under 10s. First up on Monday evening under floodlights was a local derby against More House School. The team got off to a great start and started linking some passes together and creating a few chances. The More House goalkeeper made a few good saves. Louis scored a great goal to give Frensham the lead with a cool close range finish, he scored a second shortly afterwards which was a superb long range strike that left the goalkeeper with no chance. In the second half More House got themselves back in the game and pulled one goal back. Ethan in goal was fantastic and was keeping Frensham ahead with several great saves. Frensham extended their lead through Luca to give the team some much needed protection. More House didn’t stop and scored their second goal which created a nervous final few minutes. Frensham managed to hold on and take a 3-2 victory.
The second game of the week was an away trip to Bedales. It was an end to end game but Bedales managed to take a lot more of their chances winning the game 11-4. The scoreline was a harsh reflection on the performance as the teamwork, physicality and ability to keep fighting was the best it has been all season. Ruby was excellent going forward, Louis scored two more goals, Cassia was strong in defence, Ethan made some great saves, Nathanial was physical when tackling, Amos worked his socks off throughout the game and Luca was great running with the ball and scored a fantastic goal into the bottom corner. A good week for the Under 10s to close out the season of football.
U14 Football v Boundary Oak
This was a very one sided affair and we dominated from the first whistle to the last. We played some excellent football throughout the game. Harry B scored an excellent first half hatrick and Leo also scored a hatrick second half. We had many other goal scorers and it was a great end to our season.
U13 Football v Dunhurst
We played a very strong Dunhurst team this week and found the going tough in the first half. Their physicality was overpowering at times and we conceded 3 goals first half. We managed to score a good breakaway goal through Ben. The second half was a completely different game as we upped our effort levels and as a result started to pass the ball far faster. We played some excellent football and Otto and Ben were a constant threat up front. Will and Harry started to dominate the midfield and they linked up well with Matilda on the left and Richie on the right to create many opportunities. Ben scored another good goal after a great passing move. We then equalised after a great pass from Harry found Ben again who rounded off an excellent performance with a hattrick. We then hit the woodwork twice from Otto and Fraser. Special mention for our defenders and goalkeeper in the second half who kept a clean sheet which showed an amazing improvement. Well done to Alfie, Harry, Theo, Nell, Elijah, Loic and Harrison.
U16 Girls Football v Gordon’s
On the coldest night of the year so far we had our first girls football match at Frensham. The team worked really hard throughout the game against a much older opposition. We settled into the game and started to pass the ball well and a dominant run by Milly resulted in a goal for Laura. Gordon’s then had a period of pressure and Jamie pulled off some really good saves, but Gordon’s scored a couple of good goals. We soon responded with two quick goals of our own one great strike from Milly and another well taken goal by Laura. Second half we continued our good play with some great passing by Matilda, Nell and Jess but we were unable to get another goal. Gordon’s extra strength and power eventually told and they scored to more goals. I was so delighted with this first fixture and the girls commitment this half term and I hope we have many more fixtures next term.
U15 Football v Boundary Oak
On Tuesday afternoon the U15 football team made the journey down the South coast to Fareham to play Boundary Oak, in the reverse of the previous week's fixture. That game ended 2-1 to the visitors in an incredibly close affair and so the students were keen to exact some revenge and come away with a win. Frensham started the game stronger and pressured the opposition back into their own half and created dangerous chances but were unable to make these count. Boundary Oak, against the run of play, took the lead with an unstoppable strike from 30 yards out into the top corner. Frensham didn't let their heads drop and shortly after Arlo carried the ball into the box and after a deflection the opposition were penalised for a high foot and a penalty awarded. Freddie smashed the ball hard and low into the corner to make it 1-1 at the interval. In the second half it was all Frensham, a second penalty was awarded shortly after the restart for a challenge inside the box and up stepped Freddie with the same result to make it 2-1 Frensham. George topped off a great performance with a tidy finish following a rebound in the box and Frensham won the game 3-1. All 11 players could have been given the man of the match award and this was easily the best performance of the season in the last game of the term. Well done to all on a very enjoyable term of football.