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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

Friday 31st April, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM RICK

Dear Parents 

The sudden change in weather this week, after the glorious sunshine recently, has not dampened the spirits at school and we have ended the term on a high. I want to pay tribute again to my wonderful staff who have laboured on this term in challenging conditions with so many staff absences due to COVID. They have covered for each other, and they have worked hard to ensure that your children’s education has had as little disruption as possible. They certainly deserve a good break now! 

 

ISI Inspection report 

I hope by now you have all had a chance to read our fantastic Inspection report. As I have said before, I'm delighted that ISI have endorsed my new vision, mission, aims and values for the school, but I want to reassure parents that we continue to work hard to improve all we do. I already have an action plan in place to address the recommendations that ISI have made and will share next steps with parents on this in due course. 

 
Recent events 

This term has finally felt a lot more like the Frensham of old, with numerous events for the community to attend. The Aldridge Theatre has been buzzing again, playing host to the fantastic senior play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, to the dazzling dance show, the joyous ‘A Night at the West End’ and the wonderful Rock and Pop gig last night, amongst other events. Together with regular lunchtime concerts, a teatime concert for the Junior School and a brilliant Taiko Drumming Festival with some local schools, our performing arts have been back with a bang. I hope you have all enjoyed the opportunity to see the children doing so well. 

A MESSAGE FROM KATHERINE

Dearest Frensham family,  

Frensham is a very special place and one I am very sad to be leaving. I never thought that taking over the Head of Junior School would be quite so eventful! I had just a term to get to know everyone’s names and then have a Christmas holiday before I was sitting in Becks's office at 8pm with Laura, Becks and Rick watching Boris’ announcement that he was shutting the schools. We sat there open mouthed! I never imagined in my wildest dreams that we would not be allowed to leave our houses and I still can’t quite believe it happened.

Then it really has been a rollercoaster of two years to ride the wave of government shut downs, guidance updates and risk assessments as well as to try and implement positive change in the Junior School. There really has been very little sleep for SLT and many of our holidays ruined with updates at the last minute. This really has been a storm we have weathered as a team and I could not have done it without the support and friendship of Laura and Becks. We said right from the beginning that we were still a Frensham family and that has prevailed.

 

SCHOOL MESSAGES

COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY        

We would really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to help us streamline our communications. Please click here to fill out a quick survey. Thank you!

STUDENT COUNSELLING SERVICE        

Many of you will remember our previous counsellor Sas. We're really pleased to announce that he will be back working at Frensham again after the Easter break. This means we will have a counsellor onsite 5 days a week.

PARENT VOICE        

Parent Voice are delighted to welcome two new reps to their group, Maki Fox for Year 6 and Fiona Turner for Year 8.

 

PARENT VOICE POSITIVE FEEDBACK LINK

Got something amazing to shout about? Click here to use our new Frensham Heights positive feedback link or look for our posters around school and scan the QRcode. 

INTUITIVE PAINTING WORKSHOPS - CALL OUT FOR STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN A UNIQUE ART EXPERIENCE        

Years 8 -13 – LIMITED SPACES

Students will attend one weekend (2 morning sessions)

14th/15th May – 2 sessions 10am – 12.30

18th/19th June – sessions 10am – 12.30

Would you like to explore some intuitive art techniques?

Discover ways to free your creative soul on large scale paintings. Each participant will create 2 large pieces.

Supported by the South Street Trust fund, Sonia will facilitate a safe place to discover ways to let go; to flow with the materials and tap into imagination.

To take part please tell me why you want to discover more about intuitive painting and how this will support your own creative work. This information will be used to help select students.

Send an email or Teams chat message directly to Sonia Percival by 29th April.

A THANK YOU FROM FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM        

Many thanks for all your support in donating to and shopping at, our 2nd Hand Sale this week, especially to Maki, Terry and Val for helping out on the day. Due to your amazing support, we raised approximately £450. As you are aware Covid has curtailed many of our fun activities and fundraising events, but every penny raised goes towards our goals of supporting Frensham and the local community as well as allowing us to put on events. Thank you!

A THANK YOU FROM FARNHAM FOODBANK        

Many thanks also for your kind donations to the Farnham Foodbank (and to the Volunteers who helped coordinate the collections). 

Harriet at the Farnham Foodbank sent us the following message:

“On behalf of the Foodbank I would like to thank Friends of Frensham Heights PTA for their wonderful donation of food items last week which amounted to 103.55kg. We were able to restock our shelves with the abundance of food which will go towards helping us meet the needs of many of the area’s poorest families during a very difficult time.”

FRENSHAM HEIGHTS SCHOOL TRIPS TO BE CARBON NEUTRAL        

The school are aware of the impact on the environment of our activities. Student voice in the form of Eco Heights and many dedicated staff are working on a strategic environmental plan. This is being developed to cover all aspects of the school’s carbon footprint. There are many aspects to this. From April all school trips will include a small charge in most cases around 1-2% of the cost of the trip that will offset the travel of the trip. In 2021 the Year 7 Hadrian’s Wall trip and the 2022 Iceland trip were both offset. Rather than using a third party the school will be doing the offset itself in the form of tree planting on the school estate. The fund will also be placed in an ethical bank account.

SHYNEFEST

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

 

TEDxFRENSHAM

30th April: 10am to 6pm

Head over to Twitter or Facebook for your chance to win two tickets. The winner will be announced on 6th April.

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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

 

YR 7-9 ART & DESIGN EXHIBITION

Like many galleries and museums we were thrilled to be able to celebrate the Art, Design and Ceramics work of our talented and imaginative Year 7 and 9 students after such a long covid induced absence. 

The Aldridge Theatre as ever did not disappoint as a stunning space to showcase the endeavours of our young artists and designers. Frensham students have all been busy working to develop highly personal, thoughtful well crafted pieces, in a broad variety of materials (machine sewing, cardboard construction, ceramic slip trailed, glazed and hand built pieces, painting, drawing and collaborative large scale works).  Our young creative makers have really stretched their learning and developed their confidence and self belief.  What a lovely evening to finally meet again and share experiences.

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SCIENCE FAIR

Thank you to everyone who entered the Science Fair:

Year 7:

Fergal – Does Sugar Affect Academic Performance?

Negu – Funghi

Harry – Estimating Absolute Zero

Kathryn – Which Rocket Will be Quickest?

 

Year 8:

James – Capacitors

Lily and Kate – The Large Hadron Collider

Liam – Is Surface Tension Related to Viscosity?

Laura – How Much do Horses Eat?

Scarlett – Sleepwalking

Maddie - Microbes

  

Year 9:

Mason – Black Holes

Alex – Wind Turbines

Rufus – Causes of Climate Change

George – Growing Funghi

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AND THE WINNERS...

Rufus’s presentation on Causes of Climate Change. His prize was upgraded to joint 1st for Year 9

George's presentation - Growing Funghi - won joint 1st in Year 9

Liam's presentation - Is Surface Tension Related to Viscosity? - won 1st in Year 8

James's presentation - Capacitors - won 2nd in Year 8

Harry's presentation - Estimating Absolute Zero - won 1st in Year 7

Negu's presentation - Funghi - won 2nd in Year 7

Lily and Kate’s project on the Large Hadron Collider

ROCK AND POP GIG

Senior Rock and Pop musicians put on an outstanding show last night featuring songs from ‘Six’ to ‘Skyfall’. The performers were universally amazing, and it was a real treat to see some of the children on stage for the first time in a number of years. They were very professional in rehearsals and backstage, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Well done to the performers, and a big thank you to the backstage team.

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GREENPOWER

This week our talented engineers worked on the brakes and brake light microswitch to work when the brake lever is pulled. Once the steering assembly was finalised too, we made sure the wheel tracking was aligned correctly so the car runs as smoothly as possible!

 

The last pieces of bodywork were fitted and secured, along with the padding and safety foam, and the car really started to look complete! We pumped the tires to the correct pressures (100PSI) and worked on some Frensham Heights Promotional banners for when we race.

 

We are excited for next term as our first race is coming up soon!!

Written by Callie 7SVC

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AHOEC GOLD STANDARD

Achieving the AHOEC Gold Standard in Outdoor Education is a huge achievement and we have done it again! This award reflects our complete commitment to the values of the AHOEC (Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres) and to Outdoor Learning. We are really proud to be the only school in the UK to hold this award.

The Gold Standard process is a serious undertaking and requires a deep look into every process and procedure within the Outdoor Education department. It is unique in that it is built upon detailed self-evaluation, and exposes every piece of our work to evaluation and inspection. A huge thank you to Linn K for her lead on this amazing accomplishment.

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JUNIOR SCHOOL EASTER EGGS

What an egg-cellent Eggs-hibition! 

Thank you for supporting this event and crafting the wonderful eggs-hibits that were sent in. We had a cracking assembly in N-3 where children were able to egg-splain their creation. Since then, children from across the school have been in to admire these eggy wonders! Enjoy the photos!

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YEAR 7 CERAMICS ECA

Inspired by The Great Pottery Throwdown, Year 7 have been making clocks in their Ceramics ECA

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ECOHEIGHTS BIRD BOX

This week saw the completion of this year's Bird Box Project by the Eco-Heights ECA, as the last remaining bird boxes were put up at different sites around the school. One of the longest-running projects undertaken by the ECA group, the bird boxes were an entirely student-led initiative, utilizing the support of Year 6, the DT department and Gordon (Estate Bursar) to bring it to fruition.
 

One of those involved was Sebastian of 8SJS, who had this to say about the project:   

“We ran the bird box project as part of Eco-Heights because we wanted to give the younger years the opportunity to explore different ways that they can help preserve and improve the environment around them. The number of wild birds in this country is in decline and that is predominantly down to habitat destruction and we want to make sure that birds continue to nest and thrive in our school grounds. After all, who doesn’t like watching a bird fly past their window?” 

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GOLD DofE

A huge congratulations to our Gold DofE students who successfully completed their Gold DofE Practice Expedition last weekend in the Brecon Beacons. Their training day took an unexpected turn when we had to make the decision to divert the team from their intended route due to brush fires in the locality which gave them a great opportunity to look at hazard avoidance and how we go about putting plans in place to divert and evacuate when needed. Their remaining days saw them cover a distance of 35 km with a summit of Pen Y Fan on their final day and I’m pleased to say that after a few navigational errors early on in the expedition both teams managed to do a fantastic job in terms of decision making, route finding, pacing and looking after each other. Well done everyone!

TRIP TO BROOKLANDS MUSEUM

On Thursday Years 1-3 had a fabulous trip to Brooklands Museum. The weather was cold but the childrens’ interests were soon kindled with all the wonderful vehicles. The highlight was a visit to Concorde where despite the weather we all enjoyed pretending to be an aeroplane flying through the sky.

A fabulous time was had by all!

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YEAR 4 RESIDENTIAL

Year 4 went on their first residential trip this week to Henley Fort. They had an AMAZING time learning about time in WW2. The children ate and cooked wartime food, they completed Homeguard and ARP Training which included putting out fires, experiencing blackouts and air raids, practising marching and handling weapons. The children slept in Yurts and had to make their own beds. The trip was brilliant and the children were impeccably behaved, they were assets to Frensham!

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OLD FRENSHAMIAN REUNION

On Saturday, we welcomed around 30 Old Frenshamians who left in either 2011 or 2012.

The afternoon kicked off with an impressive afternoon tea in the Long Gallery, after which they were taken down to Roberts House. They then went off wandering the grounds - down to the arts block, the sports hall and Hamilton House. After a satisfying hour of wandering, they returned for a drinks reception in the Long Gallery which spilled out on to the Front Lawn. The evening continued at a local pub and we have been assured that the festivities continued throughout the evening.

 

This is the first of hopefully many OF reunions.

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THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT

Sports Tours – Final Call!

We have seen really strong numbers for the tours. If you were still thinking about it for your son/daughter; a reminder that the closing date in the end of the day today! (Friday 1st April) 

Football Tour to Manchester City FC - (Fri 18th Nov – Sun 20th Nov 2022).

Will be an unbelievable football tour to one of the best training environments in world football. This venue cost more then £200 Million to create with the best pitches and technology available to Elite atheltes. This will be great experience to see behind the scenes of how football at the highest level is delivered. Lots of activities, tours and training sessions from club coaches are included!

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Netball Trip - (Fri 30th Sept – Sun 2nd Oct 2022).

For this trip we have decided to venture over the boarder to Wales to see how fellow Netball Super League team the Celtic Dragons approach their style of play. Building on the recent tour to Manchester Thunder it will be a great comparison and will be perfectly timed at the start of our school netball season!

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Under 13s Rugby

It’s a difficult one to set the scene for Thursdays Under 13s rugby match. We had every weather condition imaginable during the game which made for horrendous playing conditions! We welcomed Mayville over to school for the first time so its great to get a new school for us the compete against. It was a thrilling contest, and the boys had a great time. 

U11 Hockey v Churcher’s College

The U11 hockey team played their last game of the season on Wednesday afternoon at home to Churcher’s College. Both teams were very evenly matched, and it made for a very enjoyable fixture. During the game Frensham moved the ball well showing great close control and stick skills and passed the ball well to create several attacking opportunities. In defence, Dulcie, Erina and Loic were solid and made several crucial tackles.

Under 11s Community Football & Netball Tournament

 

Our sixth form sports leaders have spent the last few weeks planning to run a Football and Netball Tournament for our local primary schools. The tournaments were a great success and ran very smoothly. 

 

After several weeks spent organising the Netball tournament, it was great to be able to host Potters gate, Rowledge, South Farnham, and Bordon primary school who played against each other as well as two Frensham teams. It was fantastic to watch so many great skills and excellent teamwork on the courts, especially as it was the first time playing 7 a side for many of the teams having only played high fives previously.

Under 15s Hockey Vs Ditcham Park
Staff v Students Hockey Match

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Football Representation

OA special mention to Alfie, Ben and Will who this week have attended a training camp for London lions. In the summer Alfie will be off to Sweden to represent England in the world famous Gothia Cup which will be a great experience. Ben and Will currently in the development programme will be looking to impress for future seasons. Well done boys!

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On 26/27th March 2022 Elijah and Isla competed in the Guildford City Regional Qualifier. In their age groups, Elijah won silver in the 50m freestyle and 400m freestyle, and Isla won gold in the 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 50m backstroke.

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NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN

 
Theme Day

Asia was our destination this week with some delicious dishes including Chicken tikka masala, Chinese noodle soup, Thai tuna mango and coconut rice pots.

Street Food

We had Chicken gyros on the street food counter this week as well as vegan gyros. There were also some delicious Easter

Treats

Chef Demo

The students enjoyed a sushi taster this week, which always proved very popular.

Why not follow us on Instagram @Frenshamkitchen

 

Or on twitter @standing_karen, @ashep64

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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

 
Monday 25 April

Staff Conference 

19:00:  Boarders return 7pm onwards 

 

Tuesday 26 April 

Classes begin 

Year 10 and 12 Revision Week 

GCSE Drama Exam Performance Rehearsals 

14:15:  Year 9 Elevate Education Session  

 
Wednesday 27 April 

Year 10 and 12 Revision Week 

08:30:  GCSE Dance Exam Recording (am only) 

14:00:  Year 11 and 13 Pre-Exam Fun 

14:00:  A Level Drama Trip: Punchdrunk ‘The Burnt City’ (Greenwich) 

17:00:  Hamilton House New Joiners Event TBC 

Thursday 28 April  

Year 11 British Film Institute Study Day (Southbank) 

Year 10 and 12 Assessments begin 

Year 6 Camp onsite 

09:30:  Morning Talk: Rights Respecting School (Aldridge Theatre) 

17:00:  GCSE Drama Exam Performance (Studios) 

Friday 29 April 

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Training Day (Brecon Beacons) 

Year 6 Community, Eco and Venture Day 

Year 10 and 12 Assessment 

17:30:  Boarding Houses close 

 
Saturday 30 April 

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition (Brecon Beacons) 

May Bank Holiday Exeat Weekend 

10:00:  TedXFrensham Event (Aldridge Theatre) 

Sunday 1 May 

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition (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