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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

Friday 18th March, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM RICK

Dear Parents 

 

Film fans of a certain age will remember ‘Groundhog Day’, in which Bill Murray is doomed to repeat the same day again and again, with hilarious results. Unfortunately, our version of Groundhog Day is far less funny, as Covid rears its head again and we are doomed to repeat some of the challenges we faced earlier in the pandemic. We have a number of students absent, but as you saw from my email this week, it is the staff absences that are causing significant operational problems. It is very likely that some of our normal activities will have to be curtailed, but we are doing our best to minimize disruption. Thank you for your support and understanding with this. 

On a brighter note, it was wonderful to see a full theatre this week for the Dance Concert on Wednesday. The evening was a sheer delight, from the joy of seeing Year 2 in their very first dance concert to seeing some of our hugely talented GCSE and A Level dancers. Our performing arts provision continues next week with ‘A Night at the West End’, a student-led performance at 7pm on Tuesday 22nd March. Tickets are free and are available here: https://www.frensham.org/events. Tickets can also be booked for the Creative Arts Exhibition and Science Fair on 28th March and the Rock and Pop Gig on the 31st March, so there is plenty going on to keep you entertained right up until the end of the term. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Best wishes 

Rick 

A MESSAGE FROM KATHERINE

Dear Parents,  

So, this seems to be our week for charity! We had a collection for the Farnham Food bank this week, Red Nose Day and the second Toy sale in aid of Malawi. Thank you to all the parents for your support with these events.  

With so much turmoil in the world it is important that particularly for children they feel like they can make a difference and something is within their control. It was lovely to see so many of our kids and staff in red today and making each other laugh. With rather a low number of staff across the board this week, the staff definitely needed a good lift in their spirits including myself! We have worked as a team as always and kept the plates spinning! Thank you to all of them, the Junior School staff are amazing.  

I thought I would share with you the amazing Michael Rosen performing his poem ‘Chocolate cake’ because this always makes me laugh and reminds me of my brother who is both cheeky and adores chocolate!   

A big well done to Lynn’s Performing Arts ECA group and one of Dan’s Year 6 Dance classes for their performances in the Theatre this week. They really were fab, and it brought a smile to everyone’s faces. Well done.  

I do hope that you all have a good weekend and just a fortnight until the Easter hols! 

Best wishes,  

Katherine 

A MESSAGE FROM HONESTY AND KATHERINE

Dear Parents,

 

Please may we request that if you and your children are in the Theatre coffee shop after 3.30pm that the learning of other students is respected. Unfortunately, when younger children are able to run about the theatre unsupervised at this time they disturb the learning of older students whose school day is still in progress. We are also concerned about safety of children in this space. 

 

We would kindly ask that parents support this request and help to nurture our 'Spirit of Togetherness' as we respect all students' learning. Thank you!

Honesty and Katherine

 

SCHOOL MESSAGES

PARENTS' VOICE         

Minutes from the last Parent's Voice meeting are available on the Parent Portal.

You can also find them here.

Parent Voice would also like to welcome new Year 2 rep Natasha Hill to the group. 

CAREERS OPPORTUNITY FOR YEAR 12        

Do you have an idea for an Etsy type shop?

Do you think you can sell more than your peers?

Do you have a flair for persuasion?

 

If you’re answering yes, come and speak to Lyall. On Founders’ Day in July, we have two stalls for Year 12 students to show off their entrepreneurial flair. This can be a solo-project or a team effort. Essentially, if you have an idea for a product or service that you could sell through a market stall then come forward. I want to add an element of competition – can you outperform the other team at the other market stall? Imagine you’re auditioning for The Apprentice; here’s your chance to shine. All ideas are welcome, speak to Lyall to help facilitate your vision.

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CALLING ALL GAMERS!        

Right now, we’re looking into the possibility of running an ECA involving gaming. Next year we’re launching the eSports qualification which will see a club set up with Tim and directly supporting those students. But what about everyone else? The chance to play games, socially interact, compare types of gameplay, and build in a little bit of maths to devise tournament play and handicap systems to enable everyone to have a fair chance, is a great way of enhancing students’ development and learning. We hope to be able to trial this ECA in the summer term but need a games console to play the games! If you can donate or let us borrow an Xbox of PS5 (with any games and controllers) that would be greatly appreciated and well-received. If we can get hold of one, the club should run! If you can help, let Lyall know.

JUNIOR SCHOOL EGG DECORATING EGG-STRAVAGANZA       

As we near the end of term we would like to invite all families to join in our Egg-stravagant, egg decorating eggs-hibition.. 

The aim is to create/decorate an egg or eggs in a theme or setting of your choice. All creations need to be no bigger than a shoe box (in order to fit on classroom windowsills and be carried by your child!) If you are an egg-free family please use craft or plastic eggs (seen recently at Squires Garden Centre). 

Whole family involvement is encouraged! Please see this article from The Guardian for ideas https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/mar/28/easter-egg-competition-winners-in-pictures

No prizes but plenty of glory for creativity and puns! 

All entries to be submitted to class teachers by Tuesday, 29th March at morning drop off. All creations will be returned to entrants on last day of term, Friday, 1st April. All entries will be photographed, and a gallery will be published in the whole school newsletter. We look forward to seeing your creations and using this to raise community spirits.

MALAWI CALLING!         

We are holding a Malawi Information Evening on Tuesday 29th March in the Ballroom at 7pm.

Anyone who has signed up for the trip next year, or who is still undecided, is welcome to come along as are parents. Remember, you need to be in Year 11 or above in September this year. Any queries, please email me, sallyheighington@frensham.org

Look forward to seeing you then,

Sally

WEST END FLOWER FARM FESTIVAL        

West End Flower Farm are holding a family friendly festival on 25th June. They have got in touch to say that any student bands that might like to apply to play a live set, should get in touch.

More details on the festival here

Get in touch here

SHYNEFEST

Run by Frensham parents, Shynefest is a family-friendly music festival happening on 3/4 June in Guildford. Click here for more info.

 

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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CREATIVE ARTS EXHIBITION AND SCIENCE FAIR OPENING NIGHT

28th March at 6pm

This is a real celebration of our students' work. Come along to the Aldridge Theatre to see our Year 7 & 9 Creative Arts Exhibition and our Years 7 to 9 Science Fair.

There will also be some small Years 7 & 8 drama performances.

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ROCK & POP GIG

31st March

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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! Early bird tickets end on 20th March.

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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

 

SCIENCE WEEK

Year 7s enjoyed a change to some lessons to celebrate Science week! They were challenged to create an egg cress-head and to think about what seeds need to germinate and the care of plants as they grow. We can happily share our egg heads are all growing a fine head of cress hair! 

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Year 7s also questioned their consumer choices in an enquiry based lesson called ‘Conscious consumers’. The task was to evaluate their food choices and to create a meal plan which had a greater variety of plant based products. They produced some fantastic ideas and suggested some simple, achievable changes! Well done Years 7s!

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Our Year 8s also got hands-on this week! Their activity was a design challenge, ‘Engineering and ecosystem’. Their teamwork discussing best design was translated into a mini terrarium in which they will grow a succulent plant. We’re hoping to see some newly grown succulents in a few weeks time! 

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While the challenge was called ‘Making microscopic machines’- achieving the goal of this challenge was anything but small! The Year 9s showed resilience and determination taking on content that was completely new to them and working together to solve the ribbon of amino acids to make a protein! Great effort Year 9s!

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The Year 6s got to enjoy some live chemistry experiments to celebrate Science week! From igniting gas bubbles to the whoosh bottle and screaming jelly baby, the oooohs and ahhhhs and excited chatter were really the best bits!

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Our lunch time activities for Science week have also captivated our students! The pig dissection created a lot of buzz before and after the event. We were able to sign up to a few online talks too which covered a variety of topics from physics and maths to STEM careers. In the beautiful sunshine we had some students measure and chalk out the length or height of some of the largest organisms on the planet! They used a measuring wheel and making some comparisons realised just how small we are! 

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DANCE CONCERT

And the award goes to…

All the brilliant and wonderful performers who danced, sang and performed their hearts out at this week’s Performing Arts Concert. It was a full house and there was magic in the air. 

Thank you to all the performers and those who gave up their free time to help. It was your talent, fierceness and enthusiasm which made it an evening to be proud of.

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HISTORY TRIP TO CANTERBURY

Year 10 and 11 Historians in lieu of a trip to France and Belgium Battlefields trip, the students were taken to First and Second World War sites in Kent. Sites included the very moving military cemetery at Shorncliffe, the Battle of Britain museum and the Hawthorn Trench. This trench is a replica of one in France and was used in various films during lockdown and been visited by lots of other schools. This gave the students a real sense of trench life. At the same farm, they had been lambing. The students had the bonus opportunity to cuddle the lambs. The students behaved brilliantly particularly at the YHA. On the Saturday, the team explored the tunnels at Dover Castle which have a rich History from Napoleonic times through to the nuclear age, then the Spitfire museum and the tunnels under Ramsgate where the town sheltered during the war. Overall it was great for the students to get out on a rich and varied experience.

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GERMAN PLAY: HOROSKOP

Students of German enjoyed a play by the Onatti theatre company in the Aldridge theatre on Wednesday. The play was all about whether we should believe our horoscopes or not, and was great fun and very interactive! Students understood most of the language and it was great to hear them interacting in German with the actors!

This play was performed by two native German actors. The spoken German was delivered slowly and clearly. We wanted our students to be able to follow the story, sustain their enjoyment and above all boost their confidence. 

The plot highlighted many similarities to our student’s lives, but in a humorous and exaggerated manner, making them relatable and increasing their enjoyment by empathising with the characters and storylines.

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SPANISH PLAY: EN EL CAMPAMENTO

This week Frensham Heights welcomed the Onatti Theatre group to the Aldridge Theatre. 

On Thursday, our year 8-13 students were treated to a highly engaging and entertaining play conducted entirely in Spanish. 

This play was performed by two native Spanish actors. The spoken Spanish was delivered slowly and clearly. We wanted our students to be able to follow the story, sustain their enjoyment and above all boost their confidence. 

The plot highlighted many similarities to our students ‘lives, but in a humorous and exaggerated manner, making them relatable and increasing their enjoyment by empathising with the characters and storylines.

The play was accompanied with worksheets. They contained a synopsis of the play, some extracts from the written script and some useful words and phrases.

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A-LEVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Years 12 & 13 photography students have been very creative in the Studio this week.

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YEAR 9 ART

Looking at the positive in our world. Year9 have designed and made post cards this week.

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JUNIOR SCHOOL CERAMICS ECA

Our Junior School ceramicists have been busy creating some wonderful Easter egg cups and dishes

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GREENPOWER UPDATE

This week we finished off the chain guard that protects the driver from the chain breaking and the spinning axel sprocket and motor sprocket. This was prototyped in card, then lasercut in card and then finally laser cut using fluted polypropylene, this is both good for protection and lightweight.  

 

The engineers worked on setting up the steering wheel with the throttle mechanism, hand grips, horn and press button for pit to car communications. Getting the steering set up was very fiddly and quite time-consuming but we managed it! We will need to make sure the tracking is aligned, maybe next week, to ensure the wheels are parallel to each other and give the best rolling resistance possible.  

 

Alex researched the transponder and telemetry company that will be supplying live times during race days. He looked at the previous season data and got familiar with navigating the website, ready for when we race on Sunday 8th May at Goodwood.   

 

Next week we hope to remove the rear axle and front end now we know it works and fit the bodywork.  

 

Written by Callie 7SVC 

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FARNHAM HELP FOR REFUGEES

Tutor group 7SVC we were inspired after the morning talk covered the Holocaust and the issues refugees continue to face today.  Trish from Farnham Help for Refugees came to talk to us during tutor time to help us organise donation collections for the charity.  We ended up with around 200 bags filled with clothes and toiletries to send and it took us over 4 hours to sort through it all and load the van!  Linn, Sarah, Barnaby, Polly and Theo went to the church on Friday after school to help unload the van and sort donations at the church.

 

The charity were inundated with donations and ran out of boxes so more work is needed.  As our first fundraising effort to support the ongoing work of this charity, Farnham Help for Refugees are asking for a donation of £6 per box to help continue their efforts.   7SVC will continue to support the efforts by continuing to sort donations as an when boxes arrive.

 

Click here to sponsor a box if you would like to help to support the amazing work of this charity.

 

Thank you to our whole SVC team with all the help and to the other year 7’s who came to help sort through donations.  Go year 7!  Well done everyone!!!

 

Callie 7SVC

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SMALL ISLAND AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE

We were fortunate enough to be able to secure a small number of tickets to the press preview event of Small Island earlier this month. Limited by availability, we were only able to take a small group, where we approached, in the first instance, those who were on the scholars list for academics or drama (in Year 11 and sixth form), and then those boarders who were felt have contributed to the wider life of school and would benefit and enjoy this amazing opportunity.

A fabulous evening in an amazing theatre - an adaptation of a great book. Challenging in some places as we were reminded of some parts of our history, that today do not sit comfortably with most of us.  However the play also had some amazing humour and showed a lovely side to characters and their genuine compassion and care.

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THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT

National Rowing Competition

It was great week for the Pendred family with all three siblings in action at a National rowing competition (The Junior Sculling Head) at Dorney Lake yesterday. There were over 520 crews competing from around the country. A tough competition with fantastic results for the whole family.

Under 15s B Miched Hockey V The Royal

Off the back of a fantastic comeback win last week, Frensham B team were setting out with confidence as we welcomed The Royal School back to Frensham. This game was an 8 a side match and both teams played with great spirit.

Under 15s A Mixed Hockey V The Royal

Off the back of a tough defeat last week and with the season drawing to a close, the U15 A mixed hockey team were hungry for a win against a well-matched team from The Royal. 

Frensham started brightly – some great interplay between Toby and Eva in the midfield, and some forays by Jake

Under 13s A Mixed Hockey V Sherfield

Frensham 5  Sherfield 2

On Thursday we faced a long trip down to Sherfield School for one of our last fixtures of the hockey season. The match was played on a 3G pitch and provided some interesting bounce and pace. Good stick skills would be needed to be successful.

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U14/15 Mixed Hockey vs Duke of Kent

Head of Hockey Lloydy with a video match report for the Under 18s from Wednesday.

Under 13s B Mixed Hockey V Sherfield

Head of Hockey Lloydy with a video match report for the Under 13s Hockey, a great win! Well done!

NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN

 

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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

 
Monday 21 March

13:00:  Year 12 UCAS Conference at Farnborough College

16:20:  Student Led Musical Theatre Dress Rehearsal

16:30:  U18 Girls Basketball v Bedales (Home)

 

Tuesday 22 March 

Year 13 A Level Business Studies Tutor2u Grade Booster Course (Hammersmith)

14:15:  Year 11 Biology Mock Exams

14:30:  U14 & U15 Mixed Hockey v St Edmund’s School (Home)

14:30:  U14 & U15 Mixed Hockey v St Edmund’s School (Away)

14:30:  U14 & U15 Rugby v St Edmund’s School (Home)

19:00:  Student Led Musical Theatre Performance: A Night at the West End (Aldridge Theatre)

 
Wednesday 23 March 

Year 13 Sociology Tutor2u Grade Booster Workshop (London)

14:00:  A Level Drama Exam Performance/Technical Dress Rehearsal (Aldridge Theatre)

14:15:  Year 11 Chemistry Mock Exams

15:30:  U9 Hockey v Bedales (Home)

16:00:  U10 & U11 Swimming Gala at St Catherine’s School

17:30:  Year 11 and 13 Tutor Parents’ Evening on Teams

 

Thursday 24 March  

Year 10 and 11 Music Workshop (Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead)

14:30:  U12 & U13 Mixed Hockey v Ditcham Park School (Home)

17:00:  Level Drama Exam Performances (Aldridge Theatre)

17:30:  Year 12 Academic Parents’ Evening on Teams

Friday 25 March 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition to the Brecon Beacons

Year 5 Planetarium Trip to the South Downs Institute in Chichester

09:30:  Year 13 Reflexology Session (Staff Dining Room)

10:50:  Year 13 Reflexology Session (Staff Dining Room)

 
Saturday 26 March 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition to the Brecon Beacons

10:00:  GCSE and A Level Photography Open Art Studio

15:00:  OF Reunion

Sunday 27 March 

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition to the Brecon Beacons

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