THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 6th May, 2022
A MESSAGE FROM RICK
I am pleased to let you know that our first Ukrainian student joins us shortly, and I am hopeful of some other students joining us soon. You will appreciate, I am sure, that choosing which students can come to Frensham is a very hard task as we know that all students in such difficult circumstances would benefit from an education here. We are working hard to do our best to match applicants to the school to ensure that they thrive.
Last weekend we played host to our second TEDx Frensham event, and it was an absolute triumph. I want to thank the wonderful group of parent volunteers and staff members who made it all happen. We had a wonderful array of speakers who spoke on the theme of ‘Human Together’. Topics ranged from celebrating autism, dyslexia and those who stutter, to combating youth violence and how to cultivate an interest in schoolchildren for design and architecture. One of the most memorable was a talk delivered by Old Frenshamian Steven Frank, a Holocaust survivor. Steven has spoken to our students before, and his story of surviving the horrors of war perpetrated by an egotistical and ruthless dictator could not have been more relevant with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. I am sorry that more members of our community were not there to hear Steven and our other amazing speakers as I know that all who attended were deeply moved.
On Saturday 14th of May, we hold our next Open Morning at school. If you know of families who may be interested in attending, please do tell them to register as soon as possible as space is limited. With a highly successful inspection report achieved, interest in the school is high and we would love to welcome as many families as we can next Saturday.
Have a wonderful weekend.
A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT
The Junior School is now in full flow, the sun is shining and it’s been an exciting week for all. There have been many highlights in the Junior School learning spaces this week that are just too good to not share. Year 5 has been showing their understanding of pollination and plant life-cycles through some excellent art and comic strip work and Year 2 has been researching the rainforest layers and making chameleons. Nursery and Reception children have been visiting new countries in a real inflatable canoe and all I need to say for Year 1 is ‘Tadpoles’!! Year 6 has been exploring the Ancient Greeks and are in the process of writing incredible character descriptions of Hades (God of the Underworld) and Year 3 has been on the seed germination trail and is potentially expecting some interesting results! To cap it all off Year 4 has had an inspirational week considering plastic pollution and creating River Raps.
The theme of plastic pollution also transcended into the Year 4-6 assembly on Tuesday where visiting speaker Danielle challenged the children to think about our use of plastic as human beans. She shared alternative ways that could be used when planning a party (e.g amazing paper pom-poms instead of balloons, steel straws instead of plastic and all-natural bath bombs instead of plastic party bag favours.) The children were particularly taken by a sandwich bag made from mushrooms! Certainly food for thought and inspiration for this generation to engage with. Hopefully one of many impactful future talks across the whole Junior School.
This Monday we have the next Junior Town Hall event. You should have received an email invite to this event earlier in the week (with an attached form to fill in please). Rick and I are keen to build on the success of the last event as the feedback, ideas and questions gleaned from it have proven to be highly supportive across this last term.
I wanted to finish off my communication this week with the exciting news of two new appointments in the Junior School. These appointments see Meghan Guy take up the role of JS Assistant Head of Pastoral and Wellbeing and Jade Lefevre take up the role of JS Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning. These roles will be pivotal in the JSLT (Junior School Leadership Team) and I am very excited by the skills, dynamic thinking and energy that both Meghan and Jade will bring to the team. They will both be at the Town Hall event for you to meet and chat with on Monday, as well as Honesty (Head of EY) and Kelly (Head of JS Learning Support).
I hope you have all had a lovely week and that you have a great weekend in store.
Take care and have fun,
PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Yr.9 – 13 Pinhole Photography workshop – come along a make a pinhole camera from a beer can! No experience required!
Email Sarah Farr to reserve your place!
HELEN EVANS IS LEAVING
We are really sorry to tell you that Helen Evans, our school secretary, will be leaving Frensham next Friday. Helen has been indispensable over the last 10 years and will be very sadly missed. Please still contact email@example.com
EXAM STRATEGIES WEBINAR
This webinar on 12th May will offer revision and exam room strategies to facilitate optimum performance at exam time and would be appropriate for all students, not just those with dyslexia. Click here to find out more and sign up.
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM SOCIAL EVENT
10th June at 7pm
Save the date - more details to follow
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Year 13 Biologists have been cloning cauliflower as part of their A-Level course. This year we have had some amazing success. All cloned from a single cauliflower head/floret with about 30 new plantlets growing! The students used aseptic techniques and then propagation to ensure no contamination and left them over the Easter to grow. They had over 95% success rate.
YEAR 8 LINOCUTS
Finally we are at the fun stage of printing from the lino cuts. Such a wonderful set of outcomes. Some on rust dyed fabric squares. Lovely work.
A WEEK OF FOREST SCHOOL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Reflecting back on last week, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the warmth of the fire pit on offer, sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows, as part of their overnight stay in preparation for their residential trip. On the Friday, they took on Jacob’s ladder and the ‘pizza challenge’ using our recently purchased soft archery equipment.
On Friday afternoon, Year 1 ventured away from their own forest school site and ended up playing a big game of ‘eagles eye’ by the Mushrooms, later using their hawk eyes to spot any new developments as we are now well into spring.
Year 3 kick-started their week back with some amazing art prints using Plaster of Paris, whilst a handful of children learnt how to tie a ‘clove hitch’ and a ‘square lash’ to make a base for a treehouse platform. Amazing work Year 3!
Year 4 got close and personal and were challenged to find the ‘coolest thing’ in the forest, using our powerful microscopes, analysing every detail on their top 5 items, before sharing it with their peers.
Finally, Years 5&6 unexpectedly had to apply a large amount of maths during their outdoor education lesson, taking on more epic soft archery challenges; the Points Challenge and Level Up!
The community TEDx event on Saturday was a wonderful day for everyone who came - speakers, attendees and volunteer team alike. The Aldridge was buzzing with inspiring talks and discussion. Here's a quote from Old Frenshamian Steven Frank who was one of the speakers:
"I kept thinking of Trevor Aldridge and this wonderful theatre legacy in his memory. If only he knew what was in store when we were there at school together all those years ago...
It was one of the most memorable and inspiring days in my life, giving hope to mankind during these troubled and somewhat lawless times. A real tonic."
THIS WEEK IN HAMILTON HOUSE
The summer term is always the best one for boarders ….. such beautiful grounds to live within and lots of time spent exploring them.
And this week, birthday time too …
Please contact Lynn Goodburne with any boarding requests this term.
YR 7 & 8 VENTURED OUT & VOLUNTEERED
So off we went to Gostrey Brightwells to share a singing session this week with a guest, Munro (the golden retriever)
Everyone enjoyed meeting him and he behaved well as we shared our voices together. Grand Old Duke of York, Sound of Music, What do we do with a Drunken Sailor, a solo from Amber, rounded off with Sweet Caroline.
It was a delightful afternoon and the children were wonderful at listening and sharing time with our elderly friends.
SUMMER TERM BREAKTIME
Breaktimes in the warmer seasons give everyone a chance to have a little down time outside.
THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT
National Rowing Success
Last weekend the Pendred family all attended the Junior Sculling Regatta at Dorney Lake. This is a national rowing event for the best rowers in the country, over 500 crews attended over the weekend.
Continue his fine form. Morley, secured Gold in the J16 single event representing his club Tideway Scullers in London.
Henry and Dulcie also won gold in the J14 quad event (with Dulcie coxing) their crew from Guildford Rowing Club.
A outstanding achievement for the trio of Frensham students! Well Done!
Under 18s Cricket Vs More House
Please see David Lloyd’s video match report for the under 18s match. Many of the students leaving soon for exams but it will be great to welcome them back once finished for the returning staff v students contest before we break up for summer!
U11 Cricket v St Edmund's
Frensham 167 - 150 St Edmund's
The U11 cricket team made a winning start to the season beating St Edmund's by 17 runs in a well spirited afternoon of cricket out on the field. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and were looking to score runs quickly.
U15 Girls Cricket v The Royal
Frensham 129 - 151 The Royal
On Tuesday afternoon the U15 girls cricket team played their first game of the season in an incredibly competitive affair against The Royal School.
NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN
We had a Mexican theme day this Thursday, with lots of delicious dishes to try such as chicken/vegan fajitas, prawn and avocado quesadillas and a very popular ‘hot’ chocolate cake
Beef brisket burgers were on our street food stand this week, for those not wanting the traditional fish and chips. Also on offer summer bean soup, battered tofu, pea falafel with minted yogurt, honey and mustard chicken and lemon drizzle cake.
Elderflower was on our tasting table this week, with smoothies, cake, panna cotta and a salad
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