THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 4th November, 2022
A MESSAGE FROM RICK
I hope that all the students have enjoyed being back at school after a good half-term break. It is a really busy and exciting second half of term, with numerous events and activities for the whole community. The first of these is the Friends of Frensham Bonfire Night this Sunday – there is further information on the event elsewhere in the newsletter, but my plea to parents is to ask for further support for Friends of Frensham in manning the stalls. Do please click on the link in the information below to sign up – your help will be much appreciated!
This morning in the senior school saw a wonderful Morning Talk in the Aldridge Theatre from our own staff and students. We heard an excellent guitar solo from Liam in Year 9, and then Jack Talman spoke about the history of the United Nations and the role it plays in world affairs. This was followed by some of our students who are part of a Model United Nations (MUN) ECA. The MUN has been running for a number of years in schools across the world, and it provides students with an opportunity to learn about the workings of the UN (for further information, click here: https://www.un.org/mun) The students spoke to the school about the Commonwealth, representing some countries questioning the relevance of Commonwealth membership in a post-colonial world, a fascinating topic.
The talk ended with a moving and personal reflection by our wonderful Head of PRE and Head of the Human Perspectives Faculty, Flic Bains, on Black History Month, Britain’s colonial past and her own sense of identity. It was a brave and challenging talk, and I hope the students enjoyed it as much as I did.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Bonfire night on Sunday.
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM BONFIRE NIGHT
We hope you are looking forward to the Friends of Frensham Fireworks event on Sunday 6th November.
Rough schedule is stalls opening from 5:30 pm, students performing from 6 pm, bonfire from 6:45pm and fireworks from 7pm. Please make sure you bring your food tickets with you on the evening, this is required to get your colour coded tickets to pass over for your food order.
We have a range of activities on the night as well as the bonfire and fireworks. There will be:
a scarecrow competition-please bring your creations along with you
professional coffee van
Pocket money stalls:
The fireworks are a truly wonderful Frensham School community event and we are so thankful for you all helping to make this happen and supporting us. Many thanks to those who have already signed up to help out (either before, during, or cleaning up after) but don’t worry, it’s not too late if you haven’t had chance to sign up yet - please click on the link below if you would like to help. Stalls are closed during the fireworks so you won’t miss out.
Drink stall (4 people per time slot)
Food stall (Serving only- 9 people per time slot)
Face painting stall (2 people per time slot- stencils on hand)
Thank you for your continued support to Friends of Frensham- see you Sunday.
WHOLE SCHOOL CHARITY WALK
We walked together in the local countryside on the last day of half-term to raise awareness and support for Cancer Research UK. If you haven't yet sponsored your child, please click here to help us reach our goal of £1500.
WATERLOO COACH THIS SUNDAY
The Waterloo coach will be leaving Waterloo earlier than usual this Sunday. The coach will leave at 16.30 so that the students will be back in time for the fireworks (traffic permitting).
We are collecting donations again for Farnham Help for Refugees who are working with Global Aid Network
The school van will be open and in the bottom left corner of the Main Car Park on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th from 7 am – 9am for you to drop off any items on the flyer that you have and no longer have a use for. Click for donations flyer. Thank you in advance.
FREE 20 MINUTE MUSIC TASTER LESSONS!
MUSIC TASTER SESSIONS
Some of our amazing Visiting Music Teachers are offering free 20 minute taster lessons. If your child would like to try any of the following wonderful musical instruments, then why not get in touch with Sally
WEBINAR – HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD PREPARE FOR EXAMS
Elevate Education will be continuing their free parent support series on Tuesday 8th November at 6pm, with their webinar focusing on helping your child prepare for exams. Please feel free to sign yourself up to attend by clicking the link below. Elevate Education works with our students, delivering high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series you will learn how you can help better support your children at home through reinforcing the skills they learn at school. In this webinar Elevate will be showing parents how to:
Create a road map to maximize success in your child's exams
Structure their final week before exams
Stay on track & avoid cramming or stressing the night before
SELF EXPRESSION SAFARI INFORMATION EVENING
WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER
7pm in Aldridge Theatre
We are involved in creating new/recycled clothing to suit the desires of young people who would like to share their ideas and/or be models. This project has come from a desire to revolutionise the garments for anyone that needs their clothing adapted for some reason and how we can increase our inclusivity across the fashion industry by taking in the needs of everyone in society rather than the average person.
If you have any ideas to share or would like to listen to get more information please do come along as we are meeting to join together like- minded people and develop this further. Click to email Lynn Goodburne for more info.
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
SPANISH TRIP TO GRANADA
MFL students had a wonderful, sunny trip to Granada over the half-term break. Among other activities, they learned to cook some Spanish delicacies and enjoyed a walking tour to the Alhambra.
GREENPOWER INTERNATIONAL FINAL
41cm - That’s all!!!
On Sunday 9th October the Frensham Heights Greenpower Racing team competed in the International Final at Goodwood Motor Circuit, the pinnacle of the race season and a huge achievement to qualify from earlier race heats. There are approximately 1000 kit cars in circulation in the UK and the top 50 cars were invited to the finals to battle it out.
Throughout the season, the team have designed, developed and constructed an electric racing car and competed at the following race events:
Goodwood Heat: 2nd place Kit Car
Lotus Test Track Heat: 2nd place Kit Car
Castle Combe Race Circuit Heat: 1st place Kit Car
Dunsfold (Top Gear Test Track) Heat: 1st place Kit Car
The day started off with scrutineering, very similar to a car MOT, to check all regulations were being adhered to and the car was safe to race, thankfully we passed this with flying colours, credit to the students that constructed the car! The team once again checked the car for race preparation and sent out 3 drivers for practice. The car drove very smoothly throughout the practice session and gave us some essential race data, including potential gear ratios to be used for race 1 and 2 which was dependent on the weather conditions.
Race 1: Team FHS raced superbly and finished in 1st place covering just over 38 miles. All 3 drivers pushed the car to its limits and overtook lots of other kit cars on the remaining 2 to 3 laps, proving the gearing decisions vs battery consumption were spot on.
Race 2: Again, a similar story, Team FHS gradually picked up positions and moved up the leaderboard in the final stages of the race to secure 2nd place in their category, finishing just behind another team. The drivers covered just over 38 miles again and they knew it would be extremely close for the final podium positions.
The final winners were decided by overall race distance from either race 1 or race 2, whichever is the furthest after 90 minutes, The Greenpower Education Trust timing team used a formula based on lap times, circuit length and other factors to decide this. The team drove amazingly, completed excellent pit stops and really gelled together for the final races. Overall team FHS finished in 2nd place, in the kit car category, a phenomenal result and one they should be very very proud of. After working out the race distance calculations, they were pipped to 1st place by 41cm over an hour and a half of racing, that is literally the difference of taking one of the corners on the inside racing line or not! So very close! For the full TSL timing information, visit: https://www.tsl-timing.com/Event/224019
A very big thank you and well done to the team:
Rafi Yr 8: Communications
Theo Yr 8: Principal Engineer
Leopold Yr 9: Engineer
Callie Yr 8: Media
Archie Yr 10: Engineer
George Yr 10: Engineer
Negu Yr 8: Communications
Linus Yr 8: Engineer
Olivia Yr 8: Team Leader
Edward Yr 8: Engineer
George Yr 8: Engineer
Alex Yr 8: Data Analysist
The above students will now take the car apart after a race debrief session and prepare it ready for the new Year 7s in January. Giles will be attending a Year 7 notices in January and advertising the project so they can apply to be part of the 2023 team.
Finally, a massive thank you to Neil Martin (DT Technician and teacher) and the Frensham staff that have given up their time/weekends to help run the Frensham Greenpower project – without their superb support, the project wouldn’t have happened. A big thank you to the Friends of Frensham and others who have helped financially to get the project up and running, again, without your input the project wouldn’t be as successful as it is today. And lastly, thank you to the Greenpower parents, grandparents and friends. You’ve been full of encouragement, enthusiasm, humour and support, you’ve supported the school and your children amazingly and for this we are really grateful!
Giles and the Greenpower Team 😊
DRAMA TRIP TO OTHELLO
The Drama department were pleased to run a trip this week for 44 of our exam students to see Frantic Assembly’s Othello at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre. Students were intrigued to see this Shakespeare text reimagined for the 21st century and firmly rooted in a society we recognise, set in a pub with a track-suited cast in a “ world of broken glass and broken promises, of poisonous manipulation and explosive violence”
We are delighted that our students were not only engaged and inspired by what they saw, but also impeccably behaved, to the point that the coach driver expressed a wish that all his groups were as well-behaved as ours!
As you can see, your donations before half term have made a difference at the Foodbank. When Sally went down in half term, all our donations were weighed before they were dated and put on the warehouse shelves.
With Christmas on the horizon, many families will be wondering how they can make Christmas special. From now to the end of the month we will be collecting the following:
Chutneys or pickle
Collection points as usual – Liv’s office or the 4-6 atrium.
Last night, eighty Year 11 and 12 students attended a card and casino games evening in the ballroom. The teachers were croupiers and the games included Poker, 21s, Black Jack, Yahtzee, Roulette, Snap, Cheat, Uno and Rapid Roulette. It was a fun and entertaining evening and maths skills were tested. The students embraced the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a social event where they had opportunities to form new friendships and celebrate old ones.
BRIGHTON GEOGRAPHY TRIP
Year 9 Geographers braved the elements on Tuesday to explore four different areas of Brighton to conduct human fieldwork. Despite the wind and the rain and thanks to use of Teams forms (no soggy booklets!) students compared the quality of the environment in each area and who it best served. We finished the day getting an overview of our study area on the i360. Thankfully the torrential rain eased up just long enough for us to appreciate the views!
Data will be analysed in lessons this week as part of a mini project.
Following on from the careers spotlight in cybersecurity session, a year 12 team of budding cybersecurity detectives have entered the prestigious CyberCenturion competition. The competition is designed to excite, educate and motivate students to pursue careers in cybersecurity and the students compete against the clock in 3 online rounds where they are challenged to emulate real life cyber issues by finding and resolving security vulnerabilities.
In round 1 the students successfully found and resolved an incredible 18 out of the 20 vulnerabilities they were tasked to find and have been working hard to prepare themselves for round 2 which takes place on the 4th November. The students taking part are George Saker, Dylan Scott, Bertie Deane and Ivan Peretiatko and have been lucky enough to be mentored by a security expert at the London Stock Exchange as well as Frensham Heights parent Tim Page who has kindly given up his time to help the students prepare for the competition.
HALLOWEEN IN RECEPTION
In Reception, we have had lots of pumpkin fun with designing our own pumpkin faces, scooping out the seeds and having a go at carving out our designed face. Spookytastic!