THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 11th November, 2022
A MESSAGE FROM RICK
What a fantastic event the Friends of Frensham Bonfire Night was! I want to say a huge thank you to the FOF committee and to the many parents and staff helped out on the night. The weather was perfect after torrential rain earlier in the day, and the large crowd enjoyed great music from our talented students, delicious food and drink and, of course, a spectacular bonfire and firework display. Do please keep your eyes open for further FOF events – they are wonderful ways to bring the Frensham community together.
The whole school came to a standstill today as we honoured Remembrance. The Senior School heard from the history department about the importance of remembering the fallen, and we were treated to a moving rendition of The Last Post by Old Frenshamian Cael Goodburne. Students then learned about the Falklands conflict, the reasons for it, the impact on the country, the importance of honouring the fallen from all communities and the symbolic significance of the black poppy rose. With the war currently waging in Ukraine, and no end in sight, it was a poignant reminder of how history repeats itself.
I want to apologise for not clarifying when the recent parent survey will close. We had to close it at the beginning of this week to give us time to start analyzing the data, and I am sorry if this meant that some parents were unable to fill it in. Thank you to those parents who were able to fill it in; we do value your feedback, and I will be working with Governors and the leadership team on the results so that we can inform you of what is going well and key areas that we intend to improve.
Have a wonderful weekend.
There have been a few recent reports of head lice in Years 7 & *, please can you ensure you/your child checks their head after school today and treat if necessary. Although lice can be seen in dry hair, the best way to check is by the combing of wet hair with a fine toothed “detector” comb. Treatment of head lice can either be by a lotion you can buy over the counter in any pharmacy or the wet combing treatment below can also be a good way of treating them.
• Wash the hair in the normal way with an ordinary shampoo
• Using lots of hair conditioner and while the hair is very wet, comb through the hair from the roots with a fine tooth comb. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with every stroke, and do this over a pale surface, such as a paper towel or the bath
• Clear the comb of lice between each stroke
• Wet lice find it difficult to escape, and hair which is slippery from conditioner makes it hard for them to keep a grip - so removal with the comb is easier
• If you find any lice, then repeat this routine every 3 - 4 days for 2 weeks, so that any lice emerging from the eggs are removed before they can spread.
For further information please click here.
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS
Friends of Frensham are once again offering the following delicious range of puddings: Traditional Christmas, Zesty Lemon and Sticky Toffee flavour sponge puddings. Made by a family-run business since 1999, although their baking history goes back much further. Each pudding costs £8.50 and have proved very popular in previous years - so we suggest you get in early with your online order to avoid missing out! Tickets are available from Monday and a letter will be sent out with the link to buy.
CHARITY CHRISTMAS TREES
The Charity Committe will be selling Nordmann non-drop Christmas trees. Please click here for more information. The deadline for orders is Wednesday 23rd November.
Are you planning a clear out? We are accepting donations next Thurs and Fri … From 7-9am the school van will be in the far right of the car park for you to put your donations in. Please read this flyer for details and thank you in advance. Click for donations flyer. Thank you in advance.
ROWLEDGE VILLAGE CLEAN UP
The next village cleanup is on Saturday 12th November. All helpers welcome. Please meet at the Hare and Hounds at 10:00 and bring basic tools: gloves, pickers etc. Some spades would be useful for loosening debris at the side of the road.
CALLING MUSICIANS! PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY!
Grayshott Parish Council are looking for confident solo artists, musicians and bands to perform at the Grayshott Village Late Night Opening and Christmas Market on Thursday 8 December. If you're interested please click here for more information.
LOOKING FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY SLEIGH BELLS!
Farnham Brass Band are holding an evening of festive music on Saturday 3rd December and they are looking for children who would like to accompany on sleigh bells! Children come free and refreshments are included in the adult ticket price. Please click here for more information.
SCL HOLIDAY CLUB
SCL will be running a holiday club at Frensham Heights over the Christmas holiday period. Please click here for more information.
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
EVENING OF FESTIVE READING
Monday 5th December
7 to 8:30pm
We are planning an evening of cosy Christmas literary readings to get us all in the celebratory spirit on Monday 5th December from 7.00-8.30pm. Cosy up around the roaring fire and twinkling festive tree lights in the Long Gallery. Munch on a mince pie and give the gift of supporting our Malawi charity at the same time. More details to follow shortly!
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM BONFIRE NIGHT
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part to support our event on Sunday. From the parents and students who helped run the stalls, to the teachers and staff who also signed up to help this year. Without all the help, we would not be able to run this awesome event. It was touch and go leading up to the event, whether it would rain, but luckily it stayed dry for us. I have received so many messages of thanks from parents, and feedback on what everyone thought was great and what could be introduced on future events. If you want to influence FOF, we would love for you to join us on future events, and if you would like to join the FOF team, please get in touch and let us know.
The fireworks event was a challenge this year with the cost of the fireworks increasing by £600 to £2400, from the previous year, but FOF run this event for benefit of the school community, and anticipate making no profit, but a loss on the event.
Junior school had a scarecrow competition leading up to the event. Thank you to Szilvia Varnai for all her work organising this event. The winning entries are:
Most creative scarecrow Baby Shark - Noah and Harper Yr1 and Nursery
Best dressed scarecrow - Princess Scarecrow
Name the scarecrow - Wendy Head-Wobble- Freya B yr2
Prizes will be left at Reception in Main House
Thank you for your continued support
Louise Wheeler, FOF Chair
RAWR! DINOSAURS AND FOSSIL HUNTING
As part of our careers programme, we need to provide opportunities for students to engage with the world of work; and what’s cooler than dinosaurs and the field of a paleontology.
On Friday we were delighted to welcome Steve Plater from Dinostar museum (http://dinostar.co.uk) to talk to us about dinosaurs and showing off some of his incredible artefacts. Years 2, 3, 6, and 8 all got to see and touch a 90-million-year-old dinosaur egg (unhatched!), a real casting of a T-Rex footprint, a Tricerotops fibular, and a perfect replica of an Allosaurus skull whose jaw can snap like a crocodile.
After playing with a T-Rex tooth, and a Camarasaurus claw (its toenail!), students became scientists to explore how paleontologists create fossils through interactive activities from fossil rubbing to making their own fossil replicas using Plaster of Paris. A thoroughly enjoyable event which enthralled and engaged everyone – even the teachers couldn’t resist having a look.
Year 6 recently completed their project on Evolution including a trip to the Natural History Museum and were able to exhibit their models and dioramas of dinosaurs which provided a perfect entrance hall to the workshops.
YEAR 6 EVOLUTION MUSEUM
The Year 6 focus on their topic of ‘Evolution’ continued this morning where the children opened their museum (based in the ballroom) to the rest of the JS and the Year 6 parents. The Year 6 children had their self- created exhibition pieces on display and the creativity and effort of the work on show was mind-blowing. Each JS class was given tickets to attend and it was a wonderful event.
Many senior school staff and students also visited the museum and were blown away by the quality of work and creativity on display.
Click through the photos to ake your own visit through the museum.
HORIZONS RSE IN YEAR 11
Last Friday Year 11 had their Horizons RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) Day and this week it was the turn of Year 10 on Tuesday. For both of those we were really grateful to Laura White from ItHappens Education who came in and delivered some excellent talks which the students responded really positively to and from which they learned a great deal of really valuable and helpful information that we hope will help them in the future. The sessions were interactive with students joining in thoughout and sharing their view via online polls and question times. Thank you as well to Nick B-A and Flic for delivering further lessons as part of these days and to all the students for engaging so well and helping to make the days such a success.
DINING HALL SMILEY FACE
At the end of last term, as part of Feel Good week, and following on from an assembly celebrating World Smile Day where we learnt that Harvey Ball created the original smiley face, Nursery through to Year 3 collaborated and created this amazing collage smiley face, which now has pride of place in the dining hall.
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
William Arthur Ward.
YEAR 5 & 6 MODERN LANGUAGES
As part of our language lessons, year 5 and 6 have been looking at Fantastic (Norman) French using the World of Languages, Languages of the World (WoLLoW) course. From Proto-Indo-European (and prototypes and protoceratops!) to a frisbee Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry, we considered how history has influenced English today and filled our language with wonderful patterns, synonyms and cognates. We also saw how language divided people in England after the invasion; how French was used by the rich upper classes and English used by the poor. WoLLoW is offering years 4 – 6 a linguistic insight to the world and not only supports English and language lessons but also History, Geography and PSHE.
TEA & BISCUITS WITH... A CAREER UPDATE FROM LYALL
Last week saw the second careers talk of the academic year, and we’ve been blessed with the depth of guidance, conversation and support we’ve received. Our Tea and Biscuits sessions see parents discuss their profession to students who are interested in finding out more about that career.
We started with Priyanga Burford, a successful stage and silver screen actress who answered an endless stream of questions from our curious students. Topics included filming locations, the different roles in the industry and a desire to know what the catering is like. We even found out that if you have a passion to be a vet, you could still work in the movies as a horse wrangler or be a vet contracted to the production company.
Our second talk welcomed Debbie Kempton to discuss her life as an engineer, working on all kinds of design projects. Students were fascinated and inquisitive with Debbie delighted to answer questions and explain everything from designing a phone, wearable tech in the military, and routes into degree apprenticeships.
My huge thanks to both for offering their time and insight.
Next up is Paula Page – a cyber security expert – who’s coming in on Tuesday, 6th December. If any student (Y7-Y13) is interested in finding out more, let me know. Spaces are limited and you won’t want to miss out! The talks take place after school in the drawing room (from 4.15pm). And if any parent is interested in giving an hour to talk to a small group of students on their profession, also let me know as I’m starting to put together a schedule for next term.
YEAR 4 TRIP TO UFTON COURT
This week Year 4 went to Ufton Court near Reading. We spent the day learning all about Vikings and learning Viking skills, like how to make a shield wall, fighting skills, bow making and raiding from a Viking longboat. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip and were impeccably behaved.
SELF EXPRESSION SAFARI
Wednesday 9th November saw the launch of the Self Expression Safari. Like-minded individuals came together in person and online to gather ideas for our 5 month project starting in January. We will create, develop and display new clothing created by designers and students alike to be modelled by people of different ages in society to feel confident to express themselves through their clothes.
We are working with a few different establishments and are looking forwards to the challenges we will face together.
THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT
U11 Churcher's Football Tournament
On Wednesday afternoon the U11 football team attended the annual Churcher's College Junior School football tournament. We were in a group with Meoncross, Churcher's B and Sherboune B and played each team in the group stage. We drew the first two games with Meoncross and Sherbourne, 3-3 and 2-2, and then beat Churcher's 2-0 with Otto and Rudi the goal scorers over the three games. These results put us in second place and into the semi-final with the winners of group 2, Bedales Dunhurst, a tough ask. The boys were keen to put our defeat to the opposition earlier in the season out of their minds and put on an absolutely superb display. George and Finn in defence were immense, letting absolutely nothing through, making several brilliant tackles. Otto and Rudi linked up well in midfield, along with Lila to control the middle of the field and Jack and Kyle led the line brilliantly holding up play and bringing others into the game. Finally, Louie made a couple of great saves with his feet to deny the opposition. The game was back and forth but Frensham broke the deadlock with a mazey run from Otto who fired a shot towards goal and Rudi put in the rebound following a good save from the keeper to win the game 1-0. Into the final we went and queue huge celebration! Meoncross were the opposition, who we had previously drawn to, and spirits were high that we could come out victorious after our game with Dunhurst. When I thought I had seen Frensham's finest performance of the season I was wrong, they saved this for the final. Again, the game was extremely tight with the ball going back and forth and a couple of last-ditch defending was required, which George and Finn duly obliged with some outstanding tackling. The team battled hard in the midfield to gain possession of the ball and played some great football to move the ball around the opposition. Chances were few and far between but when we needed it Otto took his chance well after the ball fell to him on the edge of the box following a corner and fired the ball into the top corner. Frensham held on for the last remaining minutes to win the tournament and send the team into a wild celebration. Well done to everyone involved in a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
U14 Football v The Royal
The U14 football team were back in action on Tuesday, playing in their second game of the season as a year group due to Year 10 being on their Horizons day. The Royal were the opposition and brought over a physical side. The boys started the game really well and got straight into the pace of the game, showing great improvements in their control of the football and their passing. It was quickly apparent that we were finding lots of joy out wide on the wings and this led to the first goal with a well worked passing move to find jack on the edge of the box and he unleashed a venomous shot across the keeper finding the back of the net. After going ahead, we didn't sit back and added to the lead before half-time with a brilliant whipped in corner from Elliot, and Ben falling backwards away from goal headed the ball back over the keeper into the far corner to score a superb goal. In the second half The Royal put a little more pressure on our back line pulling a goal back, but Frensham never looked in doubt for this game quickly adding a couple more goals with Jack closing down their defence well to steal the ball and score his hattrick. There was a final flurry of pressure from the visitors in the last few minutes, but Zach pulled off some brilliant saves along with the defence making crucial interceptions and clearing the ball up the pitch. The game finished in a 4-2 victory for Frensham in an impressive display. Well done all.
U9 Football v More House
The U9 football team continued to show massive improvements in their football skills against More House this Thursday. More House brought over two teams to play a triangular. Both games were incredibly tight, with possession constantly changing from team to team and chances at both ends of the pitch. From defence to attack the boys worked hard to space out and find a pass to their teammates and Mack pulled off some brilliant saves in goal to keep a clean sheet in both halves. This was helped by his defence who made several important challenges and released the ball to our attackers, but unfortunately the opposition defence was just as good and stopped us scoring. Both games ended in hard fought draws, which i think was a fair result on the day. Well done to all involved.
Under 10s Football
This week we played two more of St Edmunds teams, after last week’s fantastic last-minute winner the team were keen to get out on the pitch again today to continue the good work. A new addition to the team with Cassia making her debut did a fantastic on in her first football match for Frensham. We were also without Rudy who was called up to the Under 11s team after some consistently good for performances recently. This week we played a triangular, in the first game we did a great job against a big team who really used their physicality to take charge of the game. We found it difficult offensively but defensively were good with positioning and supporting each other. Luca and Cassia with some wonderful interceptions and tackles. In our second game we more offensive and with Ruby up front with Ethan we were more of a threat, on a few occasions we managed to get the ball wide and forward but just didn’t having our shooting boots on today. A tough afternoon but we continue to learn every game and we look forward to the home game against Duke of Kent next week.
U11 Netball Tournament at Churchers College
The first netball tournament for the U11’s was this week at Churchers. The students were really excited to be going away to a tournament and to be able to play six matches in one afternoon. Once we arrived we set up a base and the team got straight to warming up ready for our first game. The tournament was great practise for all the team as it allowed us to switch up the positions and allowed everyone to play somewhere different. All of the team were supportive of each other and showed great enthusiasm in every game. It was great to see their game developing through the six games we got to play. Overall we won one, drew two and lost three. U11’s you all did really well and I hope you enjoyed your first tournament! On to the next game!
U16 Netball Tournament – Heath End
The U16’s played against Heath End this week and from the offset we showed some great movement and managed to score the first goal. After the first two quarters the score was 3-0 to us. Our defence was very strong and showed some great defensive skills which prevented Heath End to get a goal. In the third and fourth quarter the team worked really well moving the ball up and down the court and worked really hard to keep the lead in the game. We did some really lovely interceptions in the centre third which gained us possession again. The U16’s worked really hard throughout the whole game and all played really well. The final score was 10-7 to Frensham with the players of the match being Ines and Anna. Well done!
Under 16s Football
A great encounter with local rivals More House under lights on Thursday evening for the Under 16s. With the game starting a little later the boys had a fantastic warm up and were really sharp for the start of the match. They took an early lead through Nate who made an excellent run for Patrick through ball before rounding the goalkeeper. More House began to play themselves into the game and equalised shortly before half time. The second half was more open and end to end with chances for both team; cameron with several good saves to keep us in the game. More House took the lead at 2-1 but Nate hit straight back with his second of the game when he leaped highest from a long throw to equalise and a few minutes later finished of an excellent hat-trick when he connected with another through ball. Aiden and Sam were solid at the back throughout and in the closing stages More House scored to finish the game 3-3. On reflection this was probably a far result and was certainly entertaining.
Under 14s Netball
A tough game for the U14’s against Duke of Kent today. Frensham took a while to settle but when focused, swiftly moved the ball down court. The defence was strong and Jemima and Isobel worked well in the circle. Overall a solid win for Frensham and glimpses of some outstanding netball.
Under 12s Football v The Royal
The U12B team hosted The Royal for a 7-a-side game on Wednesday afternoon. A quick counterattack, started by a slick through ball from Saxby, led to Ollie opening the scoring after 5 minutes. The Royal pushed forward for the rest of the first half, putting us under extensive pressure and were rewarded with 3 goals to take a first half lead. The aim for the second half was for Frensham to use the space out wide, and to focus on their positioning when not in possession. They players took this on board and quickly got the game back to 3-3, Ollie completing a hat-trick. A couple of late Royal goals could have been more, if not for a string of stunning saves by Charlie in goal.
NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN
This Thursday we enjoyed a delicious vegetarian lunch. With lots of different dishes to try such as meat free chilli, Shepherds pie, goats cheese risotto, vegan sausage rolls and a Thai squash soup with lentils.
The street food this week was hoi sin stir fried chicken with special fried rice. As well as this there was battered cod, macaroni cheese, tomato soup, salads and sandwiches. Hopefully something for everyone.
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK
Monday 14 Nov
Departing 8.00 - Year 12 Politics Parliament Tour
15.30 - U11 Swimming v More House (Home)
16.30 - Year 11 GCSE Drama Rehearsal
Tuesday 15 Nov
9.00–12.00 - Mini Open Morning
8.30–9.25 - Year 9 Parkour Workshop (9PBG and 9PDS) (Neville Hall)
9.30–10.25 - Year 9 Parkour Workshop (9ABA and 9ABM) (Neville Hall)
14.45 - U15 & U14 Netball v Ditcham (Home)
16.30 - Year 11 GCSE Drama Rehearsal
Wednesday 16 Nov
12.00-14.00 - Brightwells Gostrey Student Lunch / Games (Ballroom & Long Gallery)
14.30 - U13B Football v More House (Home)
14.30 - U11 & U10 Football v DOK (Home)
14.30 - U11 & U10 Netball v DOK (Away)
15.30 - U12 Netball v Alton (Home)
17.00 - Year 11 GCSE Drama Performance
Thursday 17 Nov
7.00–9.00 - Clothing & Shoe Collection - Farnham Help for Refugees (school van in main car park)
14.30 - U16 Netball v Mayville (Home)
15.15 - U9 Netball v St Ed's (Home)
16.30 - U18 Football v RGS (Away)
16.30 - U13 Netball v Alton (Home) (Sports Hall)
18.30 - 6th Form Social Events
Friday 18 Nov
Sixth Form Entrance Exam and Interview Day
7.00–9.00 - Clothing & Shoe Collection - Farnham Help for Refugees (school van in main car park)
Departing 8.00 - Football Tour to Manchester City Football Club
9.30 - Year 7 to Year 13 Morning Talk: Tutor Time
16.15 - Students sorting clothes & shoes donations after school (William Cobbett School)
Saturday 19 Nov
14.00 - Gostrey Lights Switch On - Year 11 Band performing
Sunday 20 Nov
9.00pm approx - Football Tour to Manchester City Football Club returns
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