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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

Friday 25th February, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM RICK

A MESSAGE FROM KATHERINE

Dear parents,

 

It has been so lovely to see the sun this week and our children have been out and about as normal at Frensham. We had a lovely delayed Christmas swap shop this week and I want to thank all the parents for going out to buy such thoughtful items. Who knew we would still be celebrating Christmas in February?

Our children have also got the exciting Toy sale this afternoon in aid of Malawi, thank you Sally for coordinating. 

Next week we have the Teatime concert for the Y4-6 children on Wednesday at 3pm and all the children will be taking part. Please do come and join us to watch them if you can. The Junior School class teachers will take all the children over and then hand them over to you as parents. Anyone who needs to be in Late Stay will be taken back to the Y4-6 area as normal. I am sad to miss the event as I am on a conference next week. I look forward to hearing all about this from the staff and children when I return. 

I hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend,

Katherine 

 

SCHOOL MESSAGES

DONATIONS FOR FARNHAM HELP FOR REFUGEES

Sarah Cull’s tutor group Year 7 – would like any donations you can spare.

Please drop off from 7am – 9am on Wed 9th, Thur 10th  and Fri 11th March - the school’s silver van will be in the main car park for any donations you can provide. Please find a list here of items they can accept.

MALAWI INFORMATION EVENING - TUESDAY 29TH MARCH

I am pleased to say that there will now be a Malawi Information Evening on March 29th at school in the Ballroom. Students and parents who are interested in the trip, or who have already signed up for the trip next year, are invited to join us for drinks and canapes at 7pm. It will be a chance to come and hear about the trip from the Frensham point of view. I am also hoping that some of the students who came on the last trip will be able to share their experiences during the evening.

The trip is open to those students who will be in Year 11 and above in September this year.

Please have a think about joining the team – it is a trip that stands out for everyone who goes on it. In addition, it is good for a personal statement when the time comes.

Any issues, please email me – sallyheighington@frensham.org

Sally

WORLD BOOK DAY:
SENIOR SCHOOL GET YOUR BONNETS ON!

World Book Day is fast approaching us! On Thursday 3rd March, we invite the Senior School community to dust off their Regency dress and enter into the spirit of the day. Our morning talk is from Dr Kim Simpson, who has been the Postdoctoral Fellow at Chawton House since 2016. She will be embracing all things Jane Austen and the social etiquette of the time.

JUNIOR SCHOOL: DON'T FORGET TO DRESS UP!

World Book Day is fast approaching and takes place on Thursday 3rd March. We would love for your child to dress up as their favourite character on this day. On WBD, we will be having lots of storytelling activities and opportunities to share favourite books.

As an optional extra, we would love children to create a mystery box/bag (they can put items, pictures, and written clues inside) all about a book that the class can work as detectives to identify together.

We will be running the Frensham Book Swap for any children that would like to take part, they can bring in a book that they have read and think others might enjoy and swap it for one from another student.

CALLING ALL POTENTIAL POETS - FARNHAM NEEDS YOU!

Write a poem for Farnham and be in with a chance of winning £25!

Could you write a poem about Farnham – what you like about the town, your favourite places and things, what it means to you? If so, enter theFarnham Literary Festival’s new Poetry Competition which the parish is running, and you could win a prize of £25 or £10 for a runner up. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to our poetry evening on March 12th at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale. 

There’s a competition for under-16s and an adultone. The under-16s poetry will be judged by poet Coral Rumble and the adult one by poet Ellora Sutton.

All you have to do is write your poem about Farnham and send it to poetry@badshotleaandhale.org or by post to Poetry, St Mark’s Church and Community Centre, Alma Lane, Farnham, GU9 0LT to reach us by Monday, February 14th at 5pm.

Please send your poems typed and double-spaced.

Have fun and good luck!                                                                     

You can find out more about the Farnham Literary Festival here: https://farnhamliteraryfestival.co.uk/

HAVE YOU GOT THE “X-FACTOR” TO ENTER THE “DRAGON’S DEN”?

Here at Frensham, we’re all about giving our students the opportunities to challenge themselves and gain valuable experience. And in our values, we’re also keen to be a valuable part of our wider community. So why not give them something just a little bit better than the normal? 

In the summer term we’re planning to host an event providing our Year 9s with a look at the world of work. The Year 9s will be form small teams and be asked to pitch a product or service that either has environment or the benefit of society at its heart.

What’s happening

A competition that’s loosely based around Dragon’s Den, with hints of X-Factor. In our school, teams will create their idea, put together a presentation – maybe even create a prototype – and pitch it to a panel of judges. They can work on it at break, lunch, after school, at home, and with some dedicated time in tutor sessions. We’re inviting other local schools to take part; with each school putting forward their winners to compete on a grand final hosted in our Aldridge Theatre.

But how’s this different?

This is where you come in. We’d like to offer a mentor/sounding board to each group and have expert judges on hand for the finals. When students come up with their idea, we’d love you to offer feedback, guidance, and advice on their plans. The commitment from you can be minimal, the impact and excitement you’ll be helping to support will be immense and tangible.

And the grand final?

If you’re able to give up some time (I’m sure we’ll get you a tea and coffee!) to watch the pitches and help judge a winner – then get in touch. You may even be able to put this against your company’s CSR policy.

In short?

If you’re interested in helping, or simply want to find out more before you can put your name down, then please email Lyall, our Head of Careers. You don’t specifically have to be a parent of a participant – we’d happily receive interest from all parents able to offer their time.

YEAR 6 FLEXI-BOARDING IN HAMILTON HOUSE

Year 6 parents will have received an email from Sian today announcing that we are now offering flexi-boarding to Year 6 children. There will be some trial evenings in Hamilton House on Monday 28th February and Monday 7th March. Please check your email and get in touch with Sian if your child is interested.

 

YEARS 4-6 TEATIME CONCERT

Wednesday 2nd March

Parents are invited for tea and cake from 3 o’clock in the Ballroom with the concert starting at 3:30 and ending around 4:15.

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DANCE CONCERT

Wednesday 16th March

The theme this year is Growth and there will be a lot of activities planned throughout the school so keep an eye out for more information closer to the event.

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A NIGHT AT THE WEST END

22nd March

A wonderful array of musical theatre numbers that have been directed and choreographed by Frensham Sixth Formers for a committed group of Year 7-12 to perform for you.

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TEDxFRENSHAM

30th April

An inspiring local community event bringing together a diverse array of speakers to share ideas and stories.

Tickets are on sale now!

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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

 

Climate Coalition Campaign

 

And here are the green hearts students in the Junior School and Early Years, which were donated (alongside our green heart aerial photo taken before half term) to Zero Carbon Guildford as part of the Show the Love campaign. Hearts will be up all around the local area in the coming weeks - look out for yours! Please find out more and write to your local MP to show your support by using the link below. 

Show The Love — The Climate Coalition

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Outreach at Bordon
Junior School

 

Outreach at Bordon Junior School

Students from yr 9 & 10 volunteer to mentor yr 5 students at Bordon Junior School led by Tim Tester to learn coding. They all enjoy using Robots to learn these skills.

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Behind the Scenes

 

We always share loads of photos of our productions, but they couldn't happen without everyone who is hidden behind the scenes. Here are a couple of photos behind the scenes at Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Children's Mental Health Week

 

Before half-term, for Children’s Mental Health week Years 8, 10 and 11 and some Sixth Formers took part in a variety of activities aimed at giving them a chance to relax at the end of the half term and find some calm. The students made the most of these opportunities to engage in some self-care and really enjoyed having a Morning Talk devoted to their wellbeing. Some took part in yoga, some decorated biscuits, some went for a walk outside and some enjoyed mindful colouring or just reading a book. All of these activities help us to be a bit more mindful and take a break from all the demands of every day life. Taking time for ourselves and finding out what enables us to relax is really important we hope they continued with some of these activities over the half term.

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Greenpower

 

This week our communications team worked on installing communications to remaining helmets. Everyone tried on the helmets and race suits so our team leader Olivia could record the correct sizes, we needed to order a few smaller sizes. Some of us worked on designing custom hoodies and t-shirts for our team clothing and the others looked at electrics to see what needed to be done, they then attached new cables and connectors to batteries and assembled gearing more accurately as there was an issue with the original alignment. The engineering team started to put the front steering end together and will continue with this next week as Its quite a fiddly time-consuming job!

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Informal Acoustic Concert

 

This week saw another wonderful informal acoustic concert in the recital room. Another full audience and another wonderful line up of very brave and talented performers. Thank you to everyone who performed this week.

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Year 4 Science

As part of Science this week the children had an introduction to our topic ‘Electricity’ by exploring different electronic devices/ toys and trying to work out how they work. The children did a carousel of activities and wrote post-it notes with their theories about how  they thought each one worked.

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Climate March

 

To mark Fair Trade Fortnight students in Years 7-13 investigated how Fair Trade works and the benefits this can bring to farmers across the world producing products and also to the climate as a whole. They also looked at how climate change will unfairly affect those in developing countries, such as the many farmers whose crops we rely on, while the cause of this is predominantly from developed countries. After learning about this, students were encouraged to make placards and join a Climate Change Demonstration outside Neville Hall and march through the campus calling for change and promoting environmental causes. Students enjoyed this introduction to activism and it we hope that it may one day help the students to stand up for what they believe in and embody the Frensham value of ‘Courage to Try’ as they become global citizens of tomorrow.

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Year 10 Kartoffelpuffer

 

Year 10 German students made Kartoffelpuffer today! They followed the recipe in German and learnt some new cooking skills along the way. They also had to request every new ingredient from the recipe in German to practise some speaking skills too! They looked and tasted delicious! 

As part of the German food experience they also tried some traditional Bayerische Brezeln which went down a treat.

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Ceramic Clocks

 

In our ceramics ECA, senior school students have been creating clocks. They're in the initial stages with glazing and firing still to come.

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Yrs N to 3 Express Themselves

 

On the Friday before half term, our youngest students expressed their happiest selves with lots of rainbows, glitter, wings, unicorn horns and princess dresses.

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THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT

Under 16s Netball

 

The U16's played another match this week in a bid to get some more great GCSE footage. The first quarter ended 6-6 was some competitive play by all. Some girls had to play out of position to match the strength of the opposition.

U18 Basketball v Morehouse

We had another close match against Morehouse with the lead changing hands many times.  We are starting to pass the ball better and controlling the play on offense.  Both Martin and AJ controlled the tempo of the game well when dribbling especially near the end of the game. 
U11/10 v Duke of Kent

Brilliant afternoon of fixtures with over 20 U11/10’s out on the hockey pitch. The camaraderie and team spirit shined through, despite facing a tough Duke of Kent side. Superb defensive pressure from both sides, meant that DOK had to fight through the circle to get any shots off. Some great passages of attacking play meant that Frensham had plenty of shots at goal. A fantastic afternoon of sport!
U15 Girls Hockey vs Duke of Kent

 

In a 6 a-side game against a strong Duke of Kent team, it proved to be a game of two halves for the U15 girls on Tuesday. Despite the opposition starting brightly and enjoying 90% of possession, heroic defence from the Frensham girls kept the attacks at bay.

U13 Basketball v Heath End

This was a very competitive match that was played at a tremendous pace throughout the 40 mins.  We had several players playing their first Basketball game for the school whereas Heath End had played plenty of matches before.  

Under 14s Girls Rugby v Heath End

I was so proud of the girls for their performance in their first ever game of competitive contact rugby. Even more so after several of the girls had already played in a hockey match before this, showing great commitment to sport at Frensham. 

Swimming – Surrey County Championships

Last weekend we had three students from Frensham who took part in the Surrey County Swimming championships at the London Aquatic centre. The home of swimming for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN

 
Food for thought

There was a sugar display this week showing how much sugar was in our everyday foods, which lots of students found very interesting. We now have an allergy awareness display, to show hidden allergies that aren’t always obvious.

Street food

Vietnamese crispy style pork with noodles and stir fry vegetables were the street food offering this Friday. There was of course the traditional fish and chips, bubble and squeak cake with a poached eggs, pea and mint soup and delicious salads and sides.

Tasting table

Kale was the vegetable to try this week in the form of smoothie, crispy kale, salad and frittata.

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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

 
Monday 28 February

Year 12 Politics Trip to the Houses of Parliament

14:30:  U11 Hockey v More House School (Home)

16:30:  U12 & U13 Mixed Hockey v Alton School (Home)

17:30:  Year 11 Creative Arts Parents’ Evening on Teams

18:30:  Parent Voice Meeting (Billiard Room)

 

Tuesday 1 March 

Age 12 to 15 Year Old Covid Vaccinations

14:30:  U15 Rugby 7s Tournament at Ditcham Park School

14:30:  U14 & U15 Mixed Hockey v Duke of Kent School (Home)

 

Wednesday 2 March 

14:30:  U18 Hockey v Bedales (Home)

15:30:  Year 4 to 6 Teatime Concert (Ballroom)

15:50:  U18 Basketball v Bedales (Home)

 

Thursday 3 March  

World Book Day

 U12 Rugby 7s Tournament at Ditcham Park School (Time TBC)

09:30:  Morning Talk: World Book Day – Jane Austen Talk

11:00:  Year 13 British Film Institute Online Course: ‘Amy’

14:30:  U12 & U13 Mixed Hockey v The Royal School (Home)

15:30:  U8 & U9 Hockey v Alton School (Home)

17:30:  Year 10 Academic Parents’ Evening on Teams

18:00:  Scholars’ Trip: ‘Small Island’ at the National Theatre, London

Friday 4 March 

Netball Training Tour to Manchester

Maths Competition (Aldridge Theatre)

 

Saturday 5 March 

Netball Training Tour to Manchester

Sunday 6 March 

Netball Training Tour to Manchester

13:00:  Outreach: Farnham Assist Lunch (Central Farnham)

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL

You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook. We also have several Twitter accounts around the school where you can find resources and school info:

Main School account - @FrenshamHeights

Rick - @rickclarke72

Becks - @becksscullion

 

Business/Economics - @getontheeconbus

Careers - @FrenshamCareers

Creative Arts - @ArtsFrensham

Charity, Outreach and Community - @FrenshamCharity

Design & Technology - @FrenshamDT

Junior School - @FrenshamJuniors

Geography - @FrenshamGeog

Maths - @Frensham_Maths

Modern Foreign Languages - @Frensham_MFL

Music - @FHMusicSchool

Outdoor Ed - @Frensham_OE

PE & Sport - @Frensham_PE

PRE -  @FrenshamPRE

PSME/PSHE - @FrenshamPSME

Science = @FrenshamScience