The Front Lawn

THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

Friday 27th May, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM RICK

A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT

Dear Parents,

I'm writing to you from St David’s in Wales on the Year 6 trip with adventure company TYF. This trip has been a totally fantastic adventure for the children and has given them access to so many unique, fun and challenging experiences. It has also been an endless chance for personal development, self-challenge, teamwork and friendship building for all of the children.  These are all skills that are key for our Frensham children and areas we will be focusing on in the Junior School as we move forward across this term and into 2023.

I’d like to thank Honesty, Kelly and the Junior School staff for managing things while we have been away and believe the strength of knowledge, skills and expertise across the school has held us in very strong place and gives us the opportunity as a school to be adventurous in the experiences we offer as a Junior School.

I’d also like to say a thank you to all of you for coming to the first showcase event of the Summer Term, which feedback suggests was a great success. We hope that it gave you the chance as parents to re-engage with your children’s learning space and to see many of the inspiring outcomes your children are creating and producing.  The next showcase event will be the End of Year Celebration Assembly on 7th July in the Theatre (after morning drop off) and don’t forget Founders' Day on Saturday 2nd July. If you have never been to Founders' Day before then I’d describe it as a festival-style celebration of Frensham where we get everyone together as a whole school to celebrate this Spirit of Togetherness.

Next week gives everyone a circuit breaker of time to recharge and get ready for a jam-packed 5 weeks of learning, action and further unique events and trips. You may also be celebrating the Jubilee in some capacity, so please do have fun and enjoy your week. Nursery to Year 5 finished their week with a special assembly led by Kelly today with a Jubilee focus. Prior to this they received a royal invite to the assembly and there was even a special Jubilee themed snack. Great times!

Take care, have fun and see you soon.

Nick O-T

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SCHOOL MESSAGES

EMAIL COMMUNICATION

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*MUSIC LESSONS*MUSIC LESSONS*MUSIC LESSONS*

Timetables for individual music lessons will be finalised during the half term holidays.  Please don’t forget to check your child’s timetable via their Real Time Timetable which is accessible on the Parent Portal.  Timetables for children in year 7 and above will be available to them on Teams, and timetables for Junior School children will be sent to their tutors too.

 

If your child isn’t already having lessons with us, and would like to, then the click here for the application form.

Don’t forget that we offer the following:  Violin; Viola; Guitar, Piano, Vocal Coaching (classical, rock and pop, musical theatre and jazz); Drums; Trumpet; Trombone; Clarinet; Saxophone and Flute!   If the instrument that your child might be considering isn’t on the list, then click here to email Sally and we’ll see what we can do! 

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WELLBEING RESOURCES

We know there are a lot of students struggling with anxiety, either exam related or not. We hope they know they're not alone and can always reach out for support, but here are a couple of resources which may help you to support them at home.

PARENTS' GUIDE FOR CHILDREN WITH ANXIETY

EXAM STRESS TIPS

UKRAINIAN BURSARY APPEAL

We are delighted to tell you that our Ukrainian Bursary Appeal has been really successful so far. We would love to thank those wonderful families that have donated so far, it really will make a difference to allow us to get the extra support that these children need. If you haven’t donated yet, but would like to, please follow the link below. Every pound really will make a difference to these children. https://oldfrenshamians.org/supportus

CHARITY CYCLE FOR KNOYDART FOUNDATION        

They did it! Our fabulous Year 12 students cycled the Shipwrights way on Saturday to raise money for the benches which we are building on our trip to Knoydart next month. They all persevered over some tough hills and some slippery conditions, working brilliantly as a team to get each other to the end. If you would like to support them by donating to the cause, please follow the link: CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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DSLR CAMERA WORKSHOP

Sarah Farr is running an Understanding Your DSLR Camera Workshop on Saturday 11th June (Please note the change in date) from 10am to 1pm for Years 9 to 13. Please let Sarah know if you'd like to join.

ARE YOU FREE FOR AN HOUR ON 15TH JUNE TO DO "JOB INTERVIEWS"?        

We’ve had a fantastic response to our call for interviewers for a Y10 careers’ day on Wednesday, 15th June. I’m still looking for a few more to help ensure we can give the students a meaningful experience of job interviews. The day itself sees an OF give a talk, students get an interview tips blast before having a 15mins interview. If you’d like to be part of the interview team and grill the students (I have questions prepared for you) please get in touch. It’s on Wednesday, 15th June between 11am and 12.30pm. Email Lyall (Head of Careers) to sign up. This is part of a growing offering we’re looking to implement for the careers provision across the whole school – more details to follow.

ROWLEDGE PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION - SUNDAY 5TH JUNE

All Rowledge Residents are invited to join the festivities to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 year reign. The event starts at 12noon with a family-friendly Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s service to the nation. They are also in need of bunting if you have any to spare and there is a scarecrow competition in the lead up to the celebration. Please find further information by following these links:

JUBILEE CELEBRATION

BUNTING REQUEST

SCARECROW COMPETITION

SUPPORTING LOCAL FAMILIES

Ukrainian families are settling locally and we have held events to support them and their hosts.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help in the donation shop alongside our volunteer parents or plan an event, please do contact Lynn Goodburne. The atmosphere created is one of ease and comfort which we know has been appreciated.

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.

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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.

 

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

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 - 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 10 HORIZONS HEALTHY LIVING MORNING

On Monday Year 10 were out of lessons for a series of talks and lessons on topics aiming to help them to be healthy and stay safe. We called on some of our in-house expertise to deliver these and it was good to see the students engage with the different topics and ask some brilliant questions to help them understand more. Carys spoke to them first about how to develop a healthy lifestyle encouraging them to eat healthily, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. While some of the students wanted to argue for later bedtimes and lie-ins they all accepted that her knowledge and expertise were to be respected even if they did not like some of the facts! They then looked at ways to manage stress and had a first aid workshop from Linn. Finally, we were really grateful to welcome OF Ollie Harding back to talk to the students with his Mum, Louise, about online security and how to stay safe online. Louise’s expertise was invaluable, and Ollie was able to connect with the students really well and enjoyed being back on the Frensham stage. Thank you to Louise, Ollie, Carys, Linn K and all the staff who helped with this morning. While it was a shame this had to be postponed due to our outside speaker having to pull out at the last minute, we have managed to book a replacement who will talk to the students during the afternoon of June 13th and revisit the topic of Healthy Relationships with them. We look forward to that.

YEAR 7 ECODAYS 

On Friday 20th May, Year 7 enjoyed a day reconnecting with nature, as a light start (post exams) to our Eco Days. They started in our local woodland walking with their tutors, listening to the rain fall on the trees and playing games.  A drying off session in the theatre for a talk and viewing of Our Planet followed.  

The groups went to Farnham Park to be taken on a tour by Nick Macfarlane, the Park Ranger, who gave us a fascinating insight into the ecology, management and history of the park.  We were all surprised to hear that a Roman aqueduct once ran through the park and had fun pulling Himalayan balsam (an invasive species) and studying the meandering stream as we walked through it.

Back at school, groups also engaged in some fun games, playing table tennis and swimming pool volleyball, which was a big hit! 

The second Eco Day for Year 7 will take place on the school site on Wednesday 29th June. 

Over the next half term, Geography and Science lessons will have an Eco slant as we examine habitats, conservation, and issues of waste. 

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"I loved venturing through the rivers – it felt like we were in a jungle."

"I liked trying to find the fairies."

"I loved the swimming volleyball – it was the best to play with all my friends, not just the boarders

Walking in a field with cows was fun."

"I enjoyed jumping across the banks of the river."

"It was really interesting to see how the pebbles were shaped by the stream."

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY EXTRACURRICULAR PROJECT

As part of an extra curricular club I wanted to extend my knowledge of jewellery making, something that interests me and maybe an area of interest for the future. The first step in making this ring was to sketch out some designs and then use the design software 2D design V3 so that, based on the initial sketches, a mould could be designed and cut with the laser cutter. Once the mould was cut from 9mm laser MDF, the next step was to melt down the metal (pewter) to pour into the mould. After it had hardened and cooled, the only remaining task was to file the edges to achieve a wavy pattern and polish the ring using different grades of emery cloth. I’m very happy with the final outcome and have developed new skills and processes.   

Written by Carla – Year 12 student  

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YEAR 4 DT

Year 4 have been looking at reusing and recycling materials this half term for DT. They worked hard on designing a marble run, thinking carefully about different materials for friction, and angles for gravity to enable a clear run down.

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YEAR 9 TRIP TO THORPE LAKE

Year 9 had a great trip to Thorpe Lake last week for some wakeboarding and inflatable fun - despite the wet weather. 

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NURSERY –  YR 5 JUBILEE CELEBRATION

What a wonderful end to half term on such a glorious morning, celebrating Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses and everything red, white and blue!

Our children arrived to start the day dressed in glorious costumes and clothes fit for royalty!!! Our grown ups also took the opportunity to embrace their inner Monarch.

After our assembly in the Ballroom, the children gathered out on the front lawn and in the style of many street parties of the past sat in two long lines to have their morning snack. The snack this morning was also fit for royalty, the most amazing Jubilee cup-cakes provided by our catering team, not a crumb was left over!!!

It was a wonderful sight to see, all our pupils from nursery to year 5 enjoying the morning spring sun. The Frensham ‘Spirit of Togetherness’ was definitely in full force today.

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YEAR 9 AND 10 WAKEBOARDING

A group of Year 9 and 10 students have been spending their Tuesday afternoons kneeboarding and wakeboarding with Linn K at Thorpe Lakes. We managed to get a few photos of them this week.

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SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL

Frensham Heights had a stall and a stand in the glorious sunshine last Sunday.

Two of our students had their own stall selling items that they had made or gathered too.

There was a talk about Sustainability at Frensham Heights where we led with a message about fabric and how once it is made it can become a number of things ongoing and almost have at least nine lives, the same as a cat!

Thanks go out to Debbie Hunt for the large amount of items she personally made from recycled fabrics for us.

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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS

Our outreach has changed this half term and is focussed on teenagers from Ukraine who have not been given a school place. A growing group of Ukrainian visitors between the ages of 12 and 18 are meeting with a few of our 6th formers, Lynn G and Katya(Yr 7 parent) to socialise, follow Happy Space’s well being programme and take part in activities. Drama, cooking, an art tour and a walk have all been enjoyed so far. We share a lot of laughter when we meet.

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CLIMBING ECA

On Wednesday afternoons, Linn K takes a group of Yr 7 - 13 students to Surrey Sports Park for some bouldering and rope climbing.

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OUTREACH YRS 7 & 8

Yesterday, we visited Gostrey Brightwell to begin decorating their hall by making ROYAL SCARECROWS.

It was a tremendous amount of fun, we all learnt the National Anthem again and here were our scarecrows.

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THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT

Under 15s Rounders Vs Ditcham Park School 

We played our first rounders fixtures of the season away at Ditcham this week, in-between some very heavy rain!  

The U14 team were dominant from the start and batted particularly well throughout. To mention some, stand out performances - Lulu bowled accurately and consistently, Lexie batted strongly and there was some confident fielding by Willow and Grace on the bases.

Under 13s Girls Cricket Vs Alton  
Under 13s Cricket Vs The Royal 

The U13s played cricket against The Royal on Thursday. We won the toss and elected to field first. We showed real improvement in our bowling and fielding restricting the opposition to 76-8. Special mention for Zac and Jack who both claimed 2 wickets each.  We then chased the runs really well with excellent innings from both Harry B and Harry C. It is great to see how much they have all improved this half term.  Well done, a great win! 

NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN

 
Jubilee 

The Junior school had a Jubilee assembly this week so we made them a treat fit for a Queen J 

Tasting table 

Wild garlic was on the tasting table this Thursday, we had risotto, pasta salad and gnocchi

Street Food 

Beef burrito bowls were on the street food counter this Friday. Also available, we had battered fish or tofu, homemade soup, pea falafels, chicken wings and salads. 

Why not follow us on Instagram  @Frenshamkitchen 

Or on Twitter @standing_karen or @ashep64 

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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

 
Sunday 5 June

16:00 - Boarders Return 

Year 12 Knoydart trip departs 

Monday 6 June

13:10 - Year 7 and 8 Student Progress Meeting (Staff Room) 

14:30 - U10 & U11 Mixed Swimming v More House School (Home) 

17:00 - U13 to U15 Swimming v Duke of Kent School (Away) 

17:30 - Junior School Parent Evening in Person 

 

Tuesday 7 June 

14:30 - U14 & U15 Boys Cricket v More House School (Home) 

17:30 - Year 8 Academic Parent Evening on Teams 

 
Wednesday 8 June 

08:30 - Year 4 WWT Arundel Wetlands Centre (return 3.25 pm) 

13:00 - U13 Girls Cricket Festival at Bedales School (return 5.30 pm) 

15:30 - U10 Mixed Cricket v Duke of Kent School (Home) 

15:30 - U11 Mixed Cricket v Ditcham Park School (Home) 

Thursday 9 June  

09:30 - Tutor Time:  Pride Month (Tutor Bases) 

14:30 - U12 & U13 Boys Cricket