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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

Friday 16th September, 2022

A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT

Dear Parents,

I hope your week has been a good one and that the run in to your weekend is looking decent!

It has been another fantabulous week in the JS. From Year 2 learning about shields and the colours of significance used within their design to Year 5 creating ‘Oracle Bones’ linked to the Shang Dynasty. In Early Years, they have been using their outside space to consider ‘Mermaids Under the Sea’ and Year 6 have been creating some mind-blowing sentences in their English module on ‘Origin of Species’. Not to forget Year 3 learning about and identifying the trees of Frensham and Year 4 making ‘Potion Smoothies’ in their DT session! What a week! 

 

This week has also seen our ECA programme up and running and the children’s energy and interests further heightened. I hope the feedback coming home has been positive and that the additional enrichment within the day has been enjoyed by all.

 

I will be feeding back on some of the core thinking behind our JS ECA programme (amongst other elements of the JS) at the

JS Town Hall event this coming Monday (26th September). It would be great to see you there. It will be in the Aldridge Theatre and runs from 7 – 9pm with some nibbles and drinks to keep you going!

 

We endeavour to give you plenty of scope to feed-in to the Junior School and for this term we are also seeking some input on several areas within our JS space. Therefore, please find a link to a JS Questionnaire below which seeks to harvest your input on several developmental areas for the JS at Frensham. Parents have the JS Parent Voice Reps. and the opportunity of the termly JS Town Hall to share feedback and ideas yet please do also use this important questionnaire to let us know your thoughts. 

Within this questionnaire there are several different sections which include:

  • Wraparound care in the Junior School (pre and post the school day)

  • Home learning

  • Reporting back to you

  • Timings of events

  • A space for general feedback
     

Please click on this link for access to the JS Questionnaire 

 

This questionnaire will be open until high noon on Friday 30th September 2022 when the JS Leadership Team will take away its content, digest it and factor it in to support our short and long-term plans moving forward. We really appreciate your time on this.

The JS Team all wish you a great weekend and thank you for your continued support.

Take care and see you next week.

Nick O-T

 

SCHOOL NOTICES

OPEN MORNING - 1ST OCTOBER - HIGH ROPES ACTIVITY
We have a whole school open morning on Saturday 1st October and we're looking for half a dozen students to take part in a high ropes workshop to help showcase the school to visiting families. The activity will run from 10:30am - 12noon. If your child is in Yr 5 and up, and would like to take part, please contact events@frensham.org
CHRISTMAS PUDDING LABEL DESIGNS

Friends of Frensham would like to ask Middle and Senior School students for their help in designing the labels for our charity Christmas puddings this year. They will be selling three types of pudding this year - traditional, sticky toffee and lemon. They have quite a tight timeline and have a closing date for all entries of October 12th. They understand that Yr11 and 13 students are very busy with their current coursework demands, but encourage all years to submit entries by 12th October if they can.

 

Here is the link for the template for students who would like to submit designs, and it gives the template and points to what standards of colours are required for a good print quality for the supplier. 

 

https://nebula.wsimg.com/07b2794015364c251063a1057ef22948?AccessKeyId=0EBAA11030375AD6D872&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

 

FOF is looking forward to receiving your entries which can be left at main reception where there will be a folder to collate. Thank you for your support in our fundraising this year!

CONGRATULATIONS LAMDA STUDENTS!
Some of our students have done amazingly well in their recent exams. Well done to everyone. 

Grade 7 Acting - Silver Medal exam:

Distinction - Mia C in Year 13

 

Grade 6 Acting - Bronze Medal exam:

100% Distinction (the only one in the UK) -  Beth N in Year 13

Distinction - Sofia C in Year 13

Distinction - Fran A in Year 11

PARENT INFO ON THE WEBSITE
As we start a new academic year, we just wanted to point out the Parent Info page on our website which holds a lot of handy links to information you may need throughout the year. Just click here.
WHO DOES WHAT?
We have updated our Who Does What documents for the Junior and Middle/Senior Schools, please have a read through to make sure you know who to contact in different situations.
PARENT VOICE COFFEE AND A CALL FOR REPS

Parent Voice are happy to announce that they have collaborated with Rick to find a solution to the temporary closure of the Aldridge Theatre cafe. Yr1 PV Rep Claire and husband Jamie have kindly organised for their Stable & Ground coffee company to serve parents in the mornings. They are awaiting DBS checks but watch this space for a start date!

Parent Voice Members Needed

Parent Voice are seeking two new reps to join their volunteer team to cover Sixth Form and Boarding starting straight away. Joining Parent Voice 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. Click here for more info.

For more information and to put yourself forward, please contact: 

Chair Vicki Nixon   

Vice Chair Emma Tweed   

or Secretary Isobel Hanmer 

STABLE AND GROUND
ROWLEDGE COMMUNITY CHOIR

Rowledge Community Choir welcomes any new members, especially tenors and bases.  No auditions, just turn up.  We meet every Tuesday evening during term time 7.30-9.15pm in the Music Recital Room.  £5 per session, to include coffee and biscuit.  We are a very friendly choir, and perform in concerts a couple of times a year to raise money for charity.  Please see their website for more information.

FARNBOROUGH CONCERT BAND OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

Two of our teachers, Esme and Tamzyn, are part of the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion. They are a concert band of approximately 35 amateur musicians who play for pleasure. They are joining up with a local charity choir to raise money for The Topic of Cancer charity to put on a concert on Saturday 29th October.  They would love as many people as possible from the Frensham Family to come along.  Please click here for more information.

ABF - THE SOLDIERS CHARITY (SURREY BRANCH) - ANNUAL SPEAKER'S DINNER
Friday 28th October 2022, 6:45 - 10:00 pm At Frensham Heights School
Before Dinner, Major General Mungo Melvin CB OBE will talk about The War in Ukraine: Causes and Consequences  
Click here for more information.
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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.

 

OPEN MORNING

1st October 2022 

If you have any friends who are interested in finding out more about Frensham, they are very welcome to come along to our Open Morning on 1st October. 

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DARKROOM & PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

1st October 2022 

10am - 1pm

Photography Studios, Yrs 7 - 13

Booking essential!

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THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM

 

SURF TRIP 

We had an amazing weekend away with 37 students and 6 members of staff. We were lucky enough to get fantastic weather and it was brilliant to see students learning some new skills. We had a barbeque on the Saturday night and the students behaved really well around the camp site and with the surf instructors. We're really looking forward to the next surf trip in April.

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GREENPOWER 

Castle Combe & Dunsfold Aerodrome Race Days  

 

On Sunday 11th September and Sunday 18th September the Frensham Heights Greenpower team took to the track again to compete in the final two heats of the season. Previously they had raced at Goodwood motor circuit and the Lotus test track and come an impressive 2nd in class in both races, a phenomenal achievement.  Teamwork and having fun were the aims of both days, the hard work in constructing the car, working on pit stop changes, learning the track layouts and overall strategy had been done and the team were buzzing!   

  

At Castle Combe, Team FHS finished in 2nd place in the first race and 1st place in the second race, it was down to who had completed the furthest distance in either race one or two, and after a tense wait at the awards ceremony, team FHS bagged their first ever 1st place in the kit car category!   

  

Moving onto the final heat of the season at the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold, there was again tough competition, and the team were keen to emulate the success of the previous week.  This was a good testing day for the team to try to pin down gearing that will potentially be used in the final. Lessons were learned at Castle Combe, and subtle changes to the gear ratios were undertaken to try to extend the life of the batteries, whilst travelling as far as possible in an hour and a half, whilst undertaking two pit stops!   

  

Team FHS finished in 1st place in both the races and fought off a vast number of other kit cars to make it two 1st place finishes on the bounce. 

Another amazing achievement by all students involved and a big thank you to the Greenpower parents and staff for cheering and supporting until the very end, I think we were the loudest section of the crowd every time the car went past the final straight!   

  

The team will compete in the final on Sunday 9th October at Goodwood motor circuit. Spectators are welcome to join and support us, please feel free to get in contact if you’d like more information. 

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 

The cast of Beauty and the Beast met for their first rehearsal on Thursday. There were approximately 40 students from Years 8-13 onstage, with plenty more from the same year groups signed up to work backstage. This year we’ve been delighted to allocate some of the lead roles (including the Beast!) to students who are brand new to us, as well as recognise the excellence in some of our returning students who were also rewarded for their outstanding auditions.

Watch the newsletter for updates and for tickets for the performances in March.

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FOREST SCHOOL AND OUTDOOR ED 

Within this short week, we have still managed to have some great fun. EYFS and Year 1 continued their troll themes, making magic wands , flags, developing their den and reading about all about trolls. Years 3 and 4 completed a challenging scavenger hunt for a number of items around the forest site, finished off with a piece of art work created from their new found items. Year 5 and 6 are still rising to the challenge and working hard within their climbing module.

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YEAR 4 POTION SMOOTHIES & SCIENCE

Katie's Year 4 class went into to cookery room this week and made the ‘Potion Smoothies’ that they designed last week. They had lots of fun using a variety of skills including cutting, scooping, blending and they even did the washing up! The smoothies were a big hit, and they loved the flavours they created. Well done everyone.

In Esme and Jon's class this week, during Science, the children have been experimenting to find out whether gas weighs anything. They investigated to find out which fizzy drink is the most fizzy by weighing each drink, shaking it to release the CO2 and then weighing it again and comparing the difference before and after. The winners were Coke and Iron Bru!

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THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT

Under 14s Netball 

It was s tough start of the season for our U14's who had a very competitive match against Alton this week. Alton were a strong side and our lack of practice and fitness as a team was evident from the starting whistle. The girls worked hard though and showed some great attacking play resulting in some good goals. Unfortunately, we could not always get the ball in the net. There is so much potential in this squad and with practice and determination, I see a successful season ahead. Girls of the game were Jamie in defence and Jemima in attack. I hope to see them all at netball club on Monday after school on the courts.  We will have an extra practice on Tuesday lunchtime in preparation for their next game on Tuesday 27 October which is versus Ditcham away. Final score - 17-8

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U9s Football v Alton 

What a difference a week has made for the Under 9s. Last week was their first match representing Frensham and it was a tough encounter. That said some key characteristics were on display with their hard work and courage. This week in only their second game they brought more of the same and so much more! The boys were far more organised and disciplined with their positions and really responded to the jobs they had been set. We asked Crofton to stay high on the pitch so we had a target from defence and he did a fabulous job, he held the ball up really well and created a few opportunities for himself. Remy and Ethan worked very well together in the middle of the pitch, they were asked to be more physical and go and win the ball from the opposition; they both showed great physicality and made life very difficult for the opposition. Finally, Mack in goal producing several fine saves; one of which was indescribable, and I still don’t know how he managed to pull off the save low down to his left. The game itself was end to end, Frensham did go 2-0 down but that didn’t really reflect their efforts and did create a few chances in the first half. We managed to score a fantastic goal through Clark who calmy found the bottom corner and the crowd quite literally went wild. The energy this created really encouraged the boys and in the closing stages Frensham were dominating possession and created several chances, the Alton Goalkeeper made four superb saves. We may have lost 2-1 but it certainly felt like a win and the boys and spectators all left with smiles on their faces! Well done boys!

U11 Football v Alton 

The U11 football team travelled away in their second game of the season in a thrilling encounter with Alton. Frensham kicked off and must have set a school record for the fastest goal with Otto scoring a long rage effort straight from receiving the centre pass. The game continued in exciting fashion with the ball travelling from team to team and goal to goal like a basketball game. It looked as though Alton had stolen it at the death with a well taken goal, however Frensham fought back and scored the equaliser with the last kick of the game to make it 4-4. It was a very enjoyable match with two evenly matched sides and some good football on display. Well done all.

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U15 Football v St Edmunds 

The U15 football team got their season off to a winning start in emphatic style against St Ed’s on Tuesday afternoon. Considering it was their first game together they quickly adapted to each other’s playing style, moving the ball quickly into attacking areas. It was quickly apparent that Jack and Freddy were getting lots of joy on the wings and this is where most of our goals came from with Jack scoring 4 and Freddy scoring 2. Despite a brief fightback from the visitors, scoring two in quick succession, we dominated the game. Both the midfield and defence backed up the impressive display from the front three. The game ended in a Frensham win and the team are showing lots of potential for the season to come. Well done all.

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U15B Football v St Edmunds

This was our first match of the season with very little time to train. I have to say I was delighted with all the teams efforts throughout the game.  We conceded early on but after the goal, our defence really started to work well together with an excellent performance from Ollie Rook.  Also they were ably backed up by Zac Bolman who marshalled his box really well.  We then started to dominate and scored a good goal by Nils. In the second half George scored a great 30 yard shot into the top corner.  St Ed’s responded quickly but then Nils picked the ball up in his own half and dribbled around 4 players and calmly finished past their keeper.  It was a good first performance with many positives and plenty to work on. 

U16 v Ditcham

It was our first game of the season, but the effort levels were fantastic. Ditcham had some very good players and after conceding we replied with an excellent finish from Wutaro.  We held it at 1-1 for some time with some resolute defending and pressing higher up the pitch. Second half we started to tire a little and conceded a couple of goals.  We continued to create our own opportunities, but we were unable to take them.  Special mention for Nate and Nathan’s work rate which was excellent throughout. 

NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN

 

Theme Day 

This Thursday we had a tasty tour of Greece at lunchtime. There was plenty to choose from and it tasted delicious.

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Street Food 

On the street food counter this Friday lunchtime we had some tasty breaded pork with hoi sin vegetables and special fried rice. Also on offer we had freshly battered fish, tomato soup, macaroni cheese and some super salads, lots to choose from.

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WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK

Sunday 25 Sept

Year 7 Hadrian's Wall Trip Returns

 

Monday 26 Sept

13.45 - Year 11 PRE trip: St James Church

15.30 - U9-U11 Mixed Swimming v St Ives (Home)

16.00 - U13 Football v ISFA City of London's Freeman's (Away)

16.30 - U15 Netball v Alton (Home)

19.00 - Junior School: Town Hall (Aldridge Theatre)

Tuesday 27 Sept

European Day of Languages

14.00 - Year 10 Elevate Education Study Sensei (Ballroom & Dining Hall)

14.30 - U15 & U14 Football v Mayville (Home)

14.30 - U15 & U14 Netball v Ditcham (Away)

 

Wednesday 28 Sept

Reception to Year 6 Nasal Flu immunisations (Ballroom)

 Year 8 HPV immunisations (Ballroom)

14.15 - U11 Netball v St Nicholas (Home)

14.00 - U13 & U12 Football v Bedales Tournament (Away)

14.30 - U11 & U10 Mixed Football v Sherfield (Home)

14.30 - U13 & U12 Netball v Boundary Oak (Home)

15.15 - U10 Netball v Boundary Oak (Home)

17.30 - Year 8 Overview of the year and Catch up with Tutors (Long Gallery & Ballroom)

 

Thursday 29 Sept

14.00 - Year 11 Elevate Education Study Skills Session (Ballroom & Dining Hall)

15.30 - U9 Football v Bedales (Home)

18.30 - Sixth Form Social Events Night

 

Friday 30 Sept

9.00 - Netball Tour to Cardiff

9.30 - Year 7 to Year 13 Morning Talk: Greig Trout on Mental Health

 

Saturday 1 Oct

Netball Tour to Cardiff

9.30 - Open Morning for Prospective Parents and Students

10.00 - Year 7-13 Photography Workshop

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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