The Front Lawn

THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

Friday 20th May, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM RICK

Dear Parents,

I had the pleasure this week of meeting a number of Ukrainian refugee children living in the local area who had been invited into school to make pizzas and meet other children in similar circumstances. Lynn Goodburne and some of our wonderful Sixth Formers helped to facilitate this, and they will be doing so for the rest of the term every Wednesday afternoon. I am hugely proud of the continuing work of the school to support those in the local area, and I want to thank those in our community who have generously donated funds following my letter last week. As we are joined by more refugee children, we look forward to using these funds to support their educational and emotional needs.

This week in the senior school all students in Years 7-9 have been doing their end-of-year assessments, balanced with a wonderful programme of activities. I want to thank the staff who have worked hard to ensure that the week has not been too stressful for the students, and the many smiling faces I have seen around campus suggest it has been a success. Years 10 and 12 have had an interesting week as they look at next steps: Year 10 have been finding out about the amazing opportunities in our Sixth Form, while Year 12 have been looking at life beyond Frensham. I want to thank them for their enthusiastic participation.

Finally, we had a hugely successful Open Morning last weekend. We had over 100 families visiting the school, a record for us, and the combination of our wonderful student ambassadors, our passionate staff and the sunshine made it a day that the families really enjoyed.  

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Best wishes 

Rick 

A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT

Dear Parents,

I'm writing this from Tewkesbury on the Year 5 Residential and it has been magical to see our Frensham children back out adventuring. Simply seeing the children Katacanoeing (see video below) on the River Avon really was a brilliant moment and one that has been greatly missed. 

 

Next week, Year 6 head to St David's in Wales for their own adventures in the sea. There will also be lots of conservational exploration and discussion and a great deal of self-reflection. No doubt some wonderful memories will be made. 

 

Next Wednesday, we have our first Showcasing Event (Teaching and Learning focus) in Nursery to Year 5 when you will be invited into your child's learning space to be shown around to see some of their learning outcomes and highlights. This will happen straight after drop-off and you are invited to pop in between 8:30 - 9:15am. Please use the Main Car Park if you are intending to visit. Showcasing is very much on the agenda for the term ahead and beyond! 

 

Time is moving fast and I can't believe we are nearly at the end of this half term already. Have a lovely weekend and see you all very soon. 

Take care and have a fab weekend. 

Nick O-T 

 

SCHOOL MESSAGES

STUDENTS WALKING IN TO ROWLEDGE

Students should not be walking in to Rowledge either during the school day or after school when they should be in ECAs. The students know this, but please reinforce at home.

SUSTAINABILITY FAIR - SUNDAY MAY 22 AT 11AM

This Sunday Frensham Heights Charity and Outreach have a stall at Farnham sustainability festival highlighting the life of fabric in our world today. We have pre loved clothes for sale, beautiful hand-made items made by Debbie Hunt, Lynn Goodburne and students as well as presenting a talk in the talk tent at 1pm.

All monies raised will be used to provide essential items for our Ukrainian families who are settling in the Farnham area.

UKRAINIAN BURSARY APPEAL

As you all know, we welcomed our first Ukrainian student this week and are looking forward to welcoming more in the coming weeks. We launched our Ukrainian Bursary Appeal last week and have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and want to express our sincere thanks for this. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, to enable us to continue to support these children for as long as they need us, please follow the link below.

https://oldfrenshamians.org/supportus

“Our contribution feels like a drop in the ocean but together with other Frensham families, we hope to make a difference for future students who don't have the choices our children are given. To gift an education and encourage a future of possibilities and opportunities is the least we can do.” Anthony, Rachel and Sofia (Year 10)

CHARITY CYCLE FOR KNOYDART FOUNDATION        

On Saturday, our Year 12 Knoydart Project students will be cycling the Shipwrights Way to raise money to build some much-needed new benches for the Knoydart community, which they will build themselves when we go there in June.

Most of the students coming on the bike ride have not cycled in a long time or ever before so this really will be a huge challenge for them!

As a group they are hoping to raise £2000 for the community project. If you have a spare £1 or two to donate towards it, I'm sure they would be very grateful! CLICK HERE TO DONATE

THE PIERS MUDDLE CHARITY ART FESTIVAL - Saturday 21st May, 12.30-5pm        

Many of you will remember the wonderful Art Exhibition a few years ago at Rowledge social club, showcasing the amazing artistic talent of Piers Muddle (then aged 13yrs) where he raised a staggering amount of money for Brain Tumour Research, whilst battling cancer himself. Sadly Piers passed away last year aged only 15yrs and to honour his memory and love of art, the Piers Muddle Charity are holding a fundraising outdoor Art Festival in Rowledge School grounds, where he was once a pupil. 

This will be a unique interactive art event for children and their families to explore their creative side, take home their masterpieces, have fun playing the XL family games, purchase cards and bags with Piers’ own art work on, eat scrumptious food from The Surrey Horse Box and The Coffee Can, enjoy some live music and hopefully be lucky in the Mega Raffle - all whilst raising awareness and funds for Brain Tumour Research and families who have a children undergoing cancer treatment. Click here for more information

INTUITIVE PAINTING WORKSHOPS AND ECA      

If you would like to join an Intuitive Painting Workshop, Sonia will now be offering 2 weekend sessions on 18th and 19th June from 10am – 1pm.

She will also be running after-school sessions on Wednesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June from 4.30 – 5.30. Please message Sonia via Teams if you are interested and can make any of these dates and times, even if for just one session. Open to Years 7 and above.

ELEVATE WEBINAR ON 24TH MAY      

How to Help Your Child’s Essay Writing on 24th May from 6-7pm. They will be covering on the night: 

  • The biggest challenges in essay writing and how to overcome them; 

  • How to break down and analyse a question to understand what the examiner is looking for; 

  • The musts and must-nots of essay structure. 

Register here

PARENT VOICE REPS NEEDED        

Parent Voice are seeking two new reps to join their volunteer team to cover Nursery & Reception and Boarding 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  

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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.

INFORMAL FOF VOLUNTEERS GROUP        

FOF are looking to put on many more events as we begin to enjoy a return to a more normal life. 

To help with this we are looking to put together a group that we can contact to help out once in a while, either through WhatsApp and/or email. It's nothing permanent and can range from:

  • helping out at an event

  • taking in collections

  • selling 2nd hand uniform

  • meeting up with new parents 

  • or just having a catch up and a coffee. 

You can dip in and out as you like, but it would be a fun way to become more involved in this great Frensham community. 

If you are interested please click here to email Gayle.

ARE YOU ANY GOOD AT INTERVIEWS?        

On Wednesday, 15th June 2022, we’re running a Careers’ Day for Year 10. This will start off with a Morning Talk from an OF. There will then be an Interview Blast session covering what to expect at an interview and how to prepare for it. After break – with the students asked to dress appropriately for an interview – we’ll have a large Apprentice style group challenge running, and we will also call students individually to have a mock job interview.

Do you fancy grilling our Y10s for a generic job? We’ll provide the questions; you do the asking and record how they perform. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience interviews ahead of any future job or university applications (which will be coming up quite quickly) and for those students doing BTEC Business, it’s practice for part of their coursework in Y11! If you’re able to help and can spare an hour or two between 10.45am and 12.45pm on Wednesday, 15th June 2022, please get in touch with Lyall, our Head of Careers (lyallreynolds@frensham.org). Remember, you might even be able to put this down as part of your company’s CSR allocation; especially if you’re able to help on this day or with other careers’ related events – we’re always after speakers and guests to provide insight into the World of Work - for all year groups.

SHYNEFEST - 3RD-4TH JUNE        

Shynefest is a family-friendly music festival run by a Frensham family. Click here for more information.

SCL HALF TERM ACTIVITIES        

SCL will be running half-term activities at Frensham as usual, click here for more information.

 

NURSERY PLAY SESSIONS

10th June

If you know someone who would like to find out more about our Nursery, please tell them to book in to one of our upcoming Nursery Play Sessions for children 2yrs+.

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FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM SOCIAL EVENT

10th June at 7pm

 

Friends of Frensham Parents Bar Night 

Tickets on sale now! Please click on the link below to purchase tickets

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A-LEVEL ART EXHIBITION

13th June at 6:00pm

Please come along to the Creative Arts Studios and see the outstanding work created by our A-Level Arts Students - featuring work from Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography.

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SUMMER DANCE CONCERT

27th June at 7:00pm

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 and more info will be sent out before the big day.

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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

 

YEAR 10 SIXTH FORM EXPERIENCE & YEAR 12 LIFE AFTER FRENSHAM

Year 10 had a Sixth Form Experience week and Year 12 a Life after Frensham week. The two dovetailed in part but also provided valuable thinking space for our students in terms of opening up possibilities for their futures.

 

Year 10 experienced a week as a Sixth Former with increased freedom, but also accompanying responsibility. They registered at Roberts House and got to use it as a base in between their various bespoke taster A-Level lessons. Meeting new teachers and teaching styles and studying new material in small classes really helped them see what areas will interest them in the future. They are now starting to consider A-Level choices and starting to envisage the path forward after GCSEs. We also had an entrepreneurial workshop, run by 8 Billion Ideas, on Thursday where they learned how to create new ideas, disrupt industries in a positive sense and pitch their new product in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type environment. It was amazing to see both year groups working so well together and some of the ideas were incredibly impressive from innovations in Hoover technology to medical diagnostic tools and even an underwater submarine to regenerate coral.  They had a speed-dating session where they developed interview skills and learned how to communicate better with people that they didn’t know so well.

 

On Monday, Year 10 students and their parents came in the evening to listen to an enthusiastic student panel of Year 12 and 13 students talk about life in the Sixth Form and answer questions. We are very proud of their commitment to the Roberts House community, and it speaks volumes that when we asked for 6 students, we got 11 turn up! They spoke passionately and confidently and then led the tours around Roberts House.

 

Year 12 engaged in a week of activities focused around UCAS applications and how to do them; we also looked at how to use Unifrog as an online platform to research the next steps after Frensham. There were personal statement sessions, seminars on apprenticeships, and Year 12 played a lead role in the entrepreneurial workshop on Thursday. They teamed up with year 10 and guided them throughout the day. Again, we were really impressed with the leadership skills Year 12 displayed throughout the week.

 

Today, both Years 10 and 12 are at Thorpe Park for the day to unwind and relax, embrace new friendships and bring the week to a close in a fun fashion.

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YEAR 8 VILLAGE 

Year 8 have spent afternoons this week training for the village project. The Village project is going to be starting on the 13th June and it will see Year 8 build and manage their own community in Frensham Heights woods. In a carousel, Year 8 students have taken part in various kinds of training all focused on team work and independence. These have included safe tool use, shelter building, fire building, orienteering and had in depth discussions about the nature of a functioning community. Overall there has been a great deal of positivity and the students have taken a lot from being in the woods each day. Today – they will continue this training with tool making, more shelter building, first aid and preparation for the village in June. Spirits are high at the time of writing…

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MFL TRIPS TO LONDON BFI

Over the past two weeks, the MFL students in Year 10 and 11 spent a day at the British Film Institute to explore and study languages through short films. The morning was packed with interactive activities in French, German and Spanish, followed by an enjoyable break at lunchtime on the Southbank, and an afternoon when we sat back and relaxed to discover a classic foreign film. The Spanish short films definitely caught our attention and left some of us perplexed, even horrified! This is what it is all about: to discover something different, to make us question what we see. All we can say is that the continental 7th art just did that!​

In true Frensham spirit, the students were great. ​​

Merci – Gracias – Danke to everyone for your engagement in the film days.​

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PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Saturdays Pinhole Camera Workshop produced some really successful images – can you identify who the students are in the selfies or where they have captured their images ?!

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YEAR 6 CERAMICS

Year 6 took part in a ceramics workshop today with Ash, they had the chance to learn about different aspects of ceramics, watched Ash show them how to throw and then carved faces into their own artwork. 

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FAREWELL YEAR 11s

We said good luck to our Year 11’s last week as they headed off on study leave. It was mocktails and music inside as the weather was not on our side. Students went off with some wise words from their tutors and an exam survival pack. They have been an amazing cohort who have shown great resilience over the past two years. We wish them all the very best of luck in their upcoming exams and look forward to seeing them in their finery for Prom on Monday 27 June. A letter detailing this event will be coming home soon.

An here's a link to "Exam Season Parenting: A Crash Course" to help parents support their children during their exams.

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EXAM STRESS POEM

It has been a week of assessments for many of our students and although we balance this out with a lot of fun activities in the afternoons, it can still be stressful for many.

Here's a poem on of our Year 7 students wrote, in his own time, on exams. Thank you for sharing Alfie.

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YOU'RE HIRED! 

As part of the exam/activities week, twelve future business leaders were given the ultimate advertising task – to come up with a new brand for Frensham Heights School. They were challenged to design a new logo and slogan; to design and print a prospectus; to create a social media teaser; and to run a tour for prospective parents. Some people might find such a marketing challenge a daunting prospect – not our students.

 

Split into two teams of six, they allocated a team leader and apportioned responsibility to the skills and expertise of their colleagues. Some worked on logo design, some work on the digital teaser, while others took photographs and prepared the tour route. They all worked brilliantly, with enthusiasm and passion for the task – it bodes well as they’re all doing BTEC Business Studies next year. The results were fantastic from the teaser that included drone footage captured by the team, to a chatty and friendly approach to the tours.

 

Those taken on the tour commented; “the first tour guides were polite, answered my questions confidently and came across as genuine and good advocates for Frensham”. The second tour leaders were also praised with one mum commenting; “George and Alex were outgoing and chatty. Their sense of pride in the school was very apparent – and it was a lovely personal tour.”

 

My thanks to the “mums” taken on tour – Emma and Lexi of our marketing team – and to the boys themselves. Brilliant advocates for the school who were rightly proud of their efforts this week.

 

Emma is head of the school’s marketing, and she also said the prospectus invited you to want to read more, with a great tone of voice, their own images used, and a focus on the ‘who’ rather than ‘what’ (linked to our values); which definitely left me with a sense of what the school is about.”

 

Great work!

Lyall

Head of Business and Enterprise, and Head of Careers – these guys have a future in marketing!

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THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT

Under 12/13s Cricket Vs Alton
Under 15s Cricket V St Edmunds 
Under 11s Cricket Vs Dunhurst 
Under 11s Mixed Cricket Vs More House

Frensham 232 Runs  More House 274 Runs

On Tuesday we welcomed More House School back to Frensham for an U11B pairs cricket fixture. Frensham won the toss and elected to bat first. Our first pair was Johnny and Leo who regularly rotated strike and hit the occasional boundary with some lovely shots over the mid-wicket region. They only lost 1 wicket for 18 runs from their 2 overs which provided a solid platform our middle order consisting of Sienna, Lily, Otto, and Finn.  

Under 15s Girls Cricket Vs Duke of Kent 

On Tuesday afternoon the U15 girls cricket team travelled to Duke of Kent in the bright sunshine. The home team won the toss and decided to bat first. The bowling attack of Frensham made a great start with Heidi and Lexie taking two wickets in the first two overs. Duke of Kent then dug in and took advantage of a short leg side boundary scoring several boundaries, which they continued to do through their innings finishing on 212.

Under 9s Mixed Cricket Vs Dunhurst 

Frensham 212 Runs  Bedales 284 Runs 

On Wednesday we welcomed Bedales school to Frensham for an U9 pairs cricket fixture. The sun was out, and it was set to be a fantastic afternoon of cricket.  

Bedales won the toss and elected to field first much to the delight of our batters. The first pair of Amos and Noah started well only losing one wicket and scoring a few singles with a boundary to finish. Some good intent was shown by the boys with some nice loud calling. 

U11 Softball Cricket v Bedales 

The U11's were back in action with another cricket game in quick succession following the fixture against More House at the start of the week. It's great to see the improvement in cricket skills from everyone over the course of this half-term and those who are less confident willing to still give fixtures a go and demonstrate some brilliant batting and bowling skills.

U12/11 Swimming v More House

On Thursday we took a group of year 7 and 6 swimmers to More House for our first swim gala of the Summer term. Everyone competed in at least three events in a schedule that included backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and relay races for both age groups. 4 points were awarded for a win down to 1 point for a 4th place finish in each race.

Ava in Year 6 has just qualified to be in the GB team for the world championships in Melbourne over Christmas this year! She will be sailing with her helm in the Cadet class of boat. Amazing achievement!

NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN

 
Theme day 

We were whisked off to Chile this week on Thursday lunchtime, with lots of flavours, smells and music.

Tasting table 

Students were invited to taste the rainbow at this week’s tasting table. Who could resist!

Salad bar 

There’s always a delicious variety on the salad bar with proteins and sandwiches for those wishing to have a lighter lunch. 

Why not follow us on Instagram  @Frenshamkitchen 

Or on Twitter @standing_karen or @ashep64 

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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK