The Front Lawn

THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

Friday 17th June, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT

Dear Parents, 

I hope you have had a great week in the glorious sunshine. It has been fantastic walking around the site and being a part of the summer vibes that the children are exuding across the whole school. There is a real summer-infused buzz which I hope is resonating with you too.

 

It was great to see so many Junior School faces at the Parents Voice ‘open’ meeting on Tuesday and to hear all the constructive feedback. Please do keep engaging with your PV Class Reps as they are a highly valuable channel of feedback, ideas and opinions that can inform our development and planning in the Junior School. 

 

With time flying by I wanted to make you aware of plans for next year and to give you some idea of when we will be sharing key information. My plan is to communicate with you at the start of the week commencing the 27th June and to let you know your child’s class and teacher for next year. In that email I will also give you an overview of the teaching landscape across the whole of the Junior School.

 

On the Thursday of the same week (30th June) we will then have our ‘Move-Up’ afternoon where your child will have an afternoon experience with their new class and teacher and any new children who will be joining the Junior School. At the end of these sessions there will then be an Afternoon Tea for parents (old and new) up at Main House from 3.30pm, where you can come and say hello to their teacher, meet new parents and collect your child. If the sun is shining, this event is always very well received. 

 

The JS staff have spent a great deal of time and consideration deciding on the classes for next year - looking to create dynamic and strong foundations for learning, to promote positive and meaningful friendships and to be sure to have a lot of fun!

 

There is so much going on in the next three weeks of term. From school sleepovers to trips to Marwell and West Wittering - from the Year 6 Play in a Week to the JS Sports Day. Batten down the hatches because it’s going to be fast, exciting and a time when many memories will be made! I’ll be in touch again next week with more information on Frensham Founders' Day which is another stand out event in the school calendar.

 

Until then, have a fantabulous weekend in the sunshine and see you next week for more fun.

 

Take care,

Nick O-T

 

SCHOOL MESSAGES

REPORTING ABSENCES

If your child is going to be absent due to illness, please contact Reception on 01252 792561 or reception@frensham.org

UKRAINIAN BURSARY APPEAL

We have been delighted with the response so far for the request to help us to support the Ukrainian children that we have welcomed so far. If you have yet to give and feel that you can, please follow this link and give what you can. We are incredibly grateful for every penny.

https://oldfrenshamians.org/supportus

MESSAGE FROM THE ECO-HEIGHTS GROUP      

For Founders' Day this year the Eco-Heights ECA group will be running a stall selling eco-related goods made at school, in order to raise money to expand our ECA activities. Some of the wonders on offer will include birdboxes and batboxes made by the Year 5s and Year 6s; “fat balls” (for bird feed) made by the Year 5s; a plant sale and other items with an eco-heart.  

To help us out, we would be very grateful to any parents who can donate cardboard egg cartons to store the fat balls, or plants that we can sell.  

If you have any cardboard egg cartons please give them to your child to take to James Bell’s office in Flottage before the week commencing 27th June. And if you have any plants you are able to donate, can you please contact James by email to arrange collection.  

Many thanks for all your support and we look forward to seeing you at Founders Day!  

TEA AND BISCUITS WITH...      

From September, we're launching Tea and Biscuits with... A monthly session where students are invited to meet with an industry expert who will give a brief talk before an informal Q&A with students picked because of an interest in that field as a possible future career.

If you can spare an hour one morning at 8:30am and like the sound of a free cup of tea in exhcange for your insight - get in touch with Lyall.

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PARENT VOICE REPS NEEDED        

Parent Voice are seeking two new reps to join their volunteer team to cover Boarding and current Year 10 (so will be in Year 11 from Sept) starting in the Autumn Term. Becoming a rep is a positive way to get involved at Frensham.

 

Parent Voice is made up of volunteers whose role is to provide a point of contact for feedback, to represent wider parent views fairly and without bias, provide help on general issues and develop opportunities to collaborate with parents and staff to support the joint interests of the school community. Find out more here

For more information and to put yourself forward, please click on one of the names below to email: 

Chair Vicki Nixon   

Vice Chair Emma Tweed   

 Secretary Isobel Hanmer  

LISTEN TO BBC RADIO SOLENT TOMORROW        

One of our peripetatic guitar teachers, Alex Canadine, released a new song last week "Love is an Energy" under his artist name Dan Aciné which will be featured on the BBC introducing show - which showcases up and coming artists and new music etc - on Saturday night. They recorded the vocals here at Frensham. Be sure to listen to BBC Radio Solent tomorrow evening or find the song online.

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FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM COFFEE MORNING - FRIDAY 24TH JUNE         

After drop off in the Aldridge Theatre Café

A great chance to meet some new people and get involved in our wonderful school community. Come see what we are about, how we work and what we would like to achieve. We will be looking at our fundraising goals as we finalise our charity status and begin to plan some of the next FOF events and would love to hear your ideas. 

Hope to see you there!

SCL SUMMER CAMP         

SCL holiday camp is running at Frensham again over the summer holidays. There is also a 10% early bird discount included with this flyer.

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK        

Got something amazing to shout about? Click the logo to use our Parent Voice Frensham Heights positive feedback link.

 

SUMMER DANCE CONCERT

21st June at 6:45pm

Please come along to a student-led dance production in the Aldridge Theatre.

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FOUNDERS DAY

2nd July 

Founders Day is back on site! Please save the date. More info will be sent out before the big day, but here's a general day plan:

10am - OF Netball Tournament & Creative Arts Exhibition opens

11:15am - Rick's Review of the Year & Guest Speaker in the Aldridge Theatre

12:15pm - Music starts on Main Stage

3pm - Performing Arts Programme starts in the Aldridge Theatre

4:15pm - Afternoon Tea

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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

 

YEAR 12 KNOYDART TRIP 

Last week was the first Year 12 trip to Knoydart. It was a unique trip focusing on personal development, organisational skills and leadership training - really taking the students out of their comfort zones and getting them to stretch and challenge what they think they can do, really strive and thrive in a different environment. 

After an 11 hour drive on Sunday, they settled in to their accommodation and headed for a swim in the Loch. Monday saw the start of the first phase of the trip - Outward Bound - with a climb up Ben Nevis followed by zipwiring in the evening. Tuesday, after a thorough safety briefing, they spent five hours gorge walking - sliding off, climbing on and jumping off rocks and into pools. This phase finished off with team games plus marshmallows around the fire pit.

The second phase - Community Project - kicked off on Wednesday with a 9k trek from Bracanory to Tarbot to catch the ferry to Inverie. This phase involved building picnic tables, benches and firepits for the local community. The students were fantastic - 100% engaged - and they celebrated by swimming in the river and sea and toasting marshmallows over the firepits they had built.

Friday saw the start of the third and final phase - Expedition/Sea Kayaking. For the next two days and night, they needed to be completely self-sufficient so careful planning of meals and supplies was needed before setting off sea kayaking and wild camping. The weather was unfortunately not safe enough for sea kayaking so they kayaked instead in the Loch which was still very unsettled with the odd glimpse of blue sky amongst the high wind and rain.

Saturday they arrived at their hostel with surprise entertainment from a ceilidh band whose ferry had been cancelled - the whole restaurant was up dancing and it was the perfect ending to an amazing trip. A life-changing trip which gave each student the chance to lead and gave all the chance to review each phase and learn from what went right and what hadn't and they undoubtedly all came back stronger for it.

"This was my first overnight school trip in the UK and it has truly been an experience I will never forget. To anyone considering going on the next Knoydart trip, I would 1000% encourage you to do so, as it is unmatchable to anything I have experienced in the past. Not only did we get the chance to partake in incredible, physically demanding activities like hiking up the to the top of Ben Nevis (the highest peak in the UK), gorge walking in Scottish streams we had the opportunity to help the Inverie community with our project of building picnic tables, benches and fire pits at the beach for locals and holidaymakers to enjoy. Despite all the physicality, the week was filled with moments of pure joy and it gives you a new side of the people you go to school with every day. Plus, on a more subconscious level you get to develop the aptitudes of a leader, but also understand your strengths and weaknesses in a team setting. By having the leadership program (In which every day a new leader for the group was delegated) it was made sure that everyone got the chance to develop their skills in this domain. Overall, it was a blast, really, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat." Sofia C

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YEAR 8 VILLAGE 

This week has seen the inaugural Frensham Heights Year 8 Village. What a pleasure it has been to see Year 8 students build, live and manage their own independent community in the woods. A month ago Year 8 spent their afternoons making tools, building shelters, learning fire management, exploring concepts of teamwork, leadership and societies, and a crack team worked with Holroyd Howe cooking a menu in preparation for this week’s Village. The weather has been incredible. The woods are cooler than in direct sun, so it has been the perfect temperature. The smoke rising from the fires catches the sunlight as it streams through the leafy canopy of sweet chestnut leaves creating the most stunning tranquil atmosphere. The students have proved their metal resolving differences, problem solving, cooking, splitting fire wood, foraging for food and a range of other activities proving that young people can do anything if motivated in the right way. Many staff have come and gone over the week, some staying the night, others just visiting, but everyone wants to stay for longer. At the beginning of the week a team built a pizza oven from clay, chicken wire, metal supports and fire bricks. All week they have been making pizzas successfully. That’s not all that they have eaten of course. Marshmallows have proved essential around the fire after dinner. There has been a range of food on offer, all vegetarian. One of the themes of the week has been consumption. Living in the woods with only the most essential equipment has proved liberating and helped the students recognize how consumerism impacts on them and the world around. The freedom to choose how to manage their time has proved that young people can be free of the trappings of the modern world and be children: free to explore, play and create. A good example of this is that one of the girls has refined the washing station with a range of different water outlets depending on the required flow. This is an addition to the three bears story: the chair, the bed, the porridge and now a wash stand with water flow that is ‘just right’ for Goldilocks.

We are very happy with the success of this project and already have ambitious plans to refine it for next year. There is a gentle coolness mixed with a dappled light that makes the Village the place to be. Perhaps there will be a Yoga retreat there before we know it. All is well in Frensham Woods.

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YEAR 12 PHOTOGRAPHY 

Carla has been busy being very creative in the Photography Studio using translucent paper and a long exposure camera technique- fantastic result!

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YEAR 10 CAREERS DAY  

This Wednesday Lyall organised a really valuable and fun Careers Day for Year 10 students giving them a range of experiences and information to help them in the future. First of all we have to thank OF Sara Richardson for coming in and speaking to the students about her career path and life after Frensham. We also have to thank all the current parents who came in to interview the students. Each student had a one to one 15 minute interview for a fictional position as a Trainee Manager at the local Coop – somewhere that some students were able to speak knowledgeably about! Some students were nervous but all did really well and were complimented on their manners, confidence and interesting answers. I loved hearing about the answers some gave to questions about which superhero or animal they might be: “A wolf since they are strong and powerful, but also work well as part of a team” was a great one. They then went on to work on their CVs and also put together a Dragons Den style pitch for a possible drink product. The team behind ‘Punch’ were particularly impressive and would certainly have been awarded the cash needed to start their business in the real Den. Thank you again to everyone who helped out with this day. We hope the students appreciated it and that it helps them in any future interviews and career choices!

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“It was a pleasure and I think I speak for all of us interviewers - we were very impressed with the students. They were confident, well prepared, eloquent and articulate.  I would hire them! Thanks for organising the day. It’s very valuable experience and happy to help with any follow up. Particularly for sixth formers if they are exploring their options for the future.” – Jane (Y10 mum)

 

“I loved it- thank you for letting me join in and well done on a great day!” Emma Judge (Frensham marketing guru)

 

“It was an interesting exercise for me, as usually interviews are 20/40 year olds ! so getting younger perspective, was actually refreshing.” Mike (Y10 dad)

 

“Thanks very much for the opportunity to assist you today and to spend time with the students. I really enjoyed meeting and interviewing with them and I hope they all learnt something from it.  I’d also like to say how inspired I was by their engagement, curiosity and desire to learn what a career might look like and they all said how much they were enjoying the day which was also great to hear.  Please pass on my thanks to them for the time and effort they’d put into preparation which shone through in how they answered their questions.” Kevin (Y7 dad)

YEAR 4 TRIP TO ARUNDEL WETLAND CENTRE 

This week Year 4 went on a trip to the Arundel Wetland Centre. Our trip linked closely to our Science topic of ‘Habitats and Living Things’ and also with our overarching topic in class of ‘Rivers.’  The children had an amazing time pond dipping and using spotter guides to work out what they’d found. They had a little competition for who could find the most Ramshorn Snails – well done Isla and Edith who found 15! The children loved exploring the wetland centre and spotting a huge variety of birds which they wouldn’t normally see. We finished the day with a guided boat ride through the wetlands, which was a highlight for most children. The children were amazingly well behaved – what a brilliant day!

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INTUITIVE PAINTING 

Here are the starting canvases of our intuitive painting sessions. There is still time to join in if you wanted to try out a different approach to making art.

Wednesday 22 and 29 June at 4.30 - 5 30.

Sat and Sun 18 ad 19 June at 10 am - 12.30

The magic of letting go ad layering paint on big abstract work.

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WARHAMMER CLUB 

Having spent weeks meticulously painting, the Warhammer figures were finally ready for battle. Matt from Warhammer Guildford kindly came to show us the ropes and share his expert battle knowledge. 

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YEAR 5 ITALIAN COOKERY 

As part of their English unit, Holiday Brochure – Sicily, Year 5 had an experience afternoon with Kate, Chris and Andrew in the kitchens. They made spinach and ricotta pasta parcels, pizza and tiramisu. Once finished, everyone sat down to sample the food, washed down with cloudy lemonade. Big thank you to Holdroyd Howe for making this possible.

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NURSERY - YEAR 3 LIBRARY 

We have been enjoying ourselves looking at the wonderful new books in the Junior School library. We especially loved the books about art and revolting parts of the human body!

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YEAR 10 HORIZONS WORKSHOP 

On Monday Year 10 had a Horizons workshop focused on topics related to RSE (Relationships & Sex Education). This was delivered by Laura White from an organisation called ItHappens who was knowledgeable and connected well with the students. The feedback that we received afterwards was all positive and they especially liked the interactivity in the workshop. Students were able to use their phones throughout to participate in online polls and surveys with the results appearing instantly on the projector so they could see how they felt as a group which really helped bring the workshop to life and helped them to understand some of these important issues.

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THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT

Sporting Achievement 

Congratulations to Kira from Year 13 who on Saturday was flying the flag for Frensham Heights as part of the Waverley Athletics team at the Surrey Schools’ Championships. Kira is an established athlete and gained selection through her qualifying time at club level. Kira was up against the finest athletes in the county in the sprint hurdles. She comfortable won the race by 4 seconds and as a result has qualified for the English Schools Championships, the pinnacle for national level school athletes. Well done Kira!

Sports Day Reminder 

A reminder of sports days this year, full programme to be included in next weeks newsletter but both days start promptly at 2:00pm so please ensure if you are coming to watch you arrive in plenty of time to get settled. Please also bring any camping chairs, picnic blankets and refreshments for the afternoon.

Nursery and Reception Sports Day – Weds 22nd June – 8:30am Start

Year 1-6 Junior School Sports Day – Mon 27th June – 2:00pm Start

Senior School Sports Day – Tues 28th June – 2:00pm Start

Under 9s Cricket Vs St Edmunds

Game 1 - On a hot sunny afternoon the U9’s faced St Edmunds at a lovely game of cricket. Frensham fielded first, and made a great start with Herbie taking the only two wickets of the game. After the first innings Frensham were chasing 244. Some superb batting from Sophia and Herbie, both scoring a total of 22 runs, made the chase a lot easier. Eventually, the game finished with Frensham taking the win by 2 runs. A fantastic effort by all. POM – Herbie  

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U10’s Cricket v St Edmunds

On Wednesday Frensham played another warm sunny cricket fixture against St Eds. Frensham went in to bat first, were they were up against some impressive bowling, the girls defended their shots well, with Erina scoring two 4’s to push the chasing score. After the first innings St Eds needed to beat 236 runs, an impressive score from the Frensham team. Despite some superb bowling from the girls, St Eds picked us to the post with an overall score of 241. Well played all.

U14/15 Cricket vs Alton School 

Frensham 120-6 (15 Overs) beat Alton school 66-7 (15 Overs) by 54 runs

On Tuesday afternoon we welcomed Alton School to Frensham as the u14/15 boys for yet another cricket fixture. Skippered by Patrick, Frensham won the toss and elected to bat first on what was a green but extremely dry wicket. The opening pair of Toby and Patrick looked to get the innings off to a positive start. Patrick made a productive start scoring lots of quick singles with the odd boundary. Unfortunately for Toby he was bowled middle stump for 3 runs at the end of the second over. Next to the crease was Coops who made a handy 26 (Out LBW) with Patrick also scoring frequently at the other end. Some brilliant batting by these two putting on a partnership worth 51 runs.

U15/ 14 Girls Cricket v St Edmund's 

On Tuesday afternoon the U15 Girls Cricket team travelled to Broxhead Common Cricket Ground to take on St Edmund's in the glorious sunshine. St Ed's won the toss and decided to bat first. The girls have shown massive progress in their bowling ability from the start of the season, and it was a joy to see them bowling good line and lengths with fielders all alert and straight on to any ball hit into the outfield to put pressure on St Ed's batters for the entire innings.

Farnham Schools Junior Swimming Festival 

Last week we took a small squad and entered the Farnham school swimming championships. All local primary schools including South Farnham, Potters Gate, St Peters, Rowledge and several others all attended.

In traditional Gala format we entered several races from year 4-6, all strokes and some relays to finish. Against some larger squads and schools, we did very well. Mia, Elijah, Erina and Ava all winning their heats. With two heats it was difficult to gauge the progress. However, after all the individual races Frensham were a very impressive 3rd Place overall. We struggled a little in the relays to place tied 4th overall.

However, as a school we did take the points to school size victory which highlights we did extremely well consider a much smaller junior school. Well done to everybody involved!

The Mountain Biking Downhill season started in April. So far, Felix, Year 8, has managed to get a few 2nd and 3rd places in regional events and then in the National races; he came 6th at Fort William, then 2nd at the GT National in Llangollen. Here are a few photos from Llangollen.

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NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN

 
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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

 
Monday 20 June

Year 6 Play in a Week

08:30 - Year 9 Residential Trip to the Peak District (returning Sunday 26th)

08:30 -10.30 - Year 12 Photography Practical Workshop – Waverley Abbey Ruins

16:00 - Student directed Dance rehearsals

16:00 - U11 Mixed Swimming v Duke of Kent School (Away) return 17.30 hours

 

Tuesday 21 June 

Year 6 Play in a Week

13:30 - New Reception Pupils’ Induction Afternoon

14;30 - U14 & U15 Boys Cricket v Duke of Kent School

19:45 - 22:00 - Year 12 Photography Practical Workshop – Devils Jumps

 
Wednesday 22 June 

Year 6 Play in a Week

08:20 - Year 8 Geography trip to Frensham Ponds

08:30 - Early Years Sports Day - Astroturf

10:00 - Junior School Class Photographs – Sally Grace Photography

Thursday 23 June  

Year 6 Play in a Week

09:30 - Tutor Time:  World Refugee Day (tutor bases)

14:30 - U13 Boys Cricket v Ditcham Park School (Home)

15:30 - U9 Mixed Cricket v Duke of Kent School (Home)

15:30 - Year 4 Camp on Site (overnight)

Friday 24 June 

Year 6 Play in a Week

09:00 - Year 12 Talk by Dick Moore (Ballroom)

09:00 - Year 1 to 3 Trip to Marwell Zoo – returning 3pm

16:15 - Year 6 Play in a Week Performance – Aldridge Theatre

19:00 - Year 12 and 13 Leavers’ Event

Sunday 26 June 

15:00 - Year 9 Residential Trip to the Peak District returns

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