THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 28th April, 2023
A MESSAGE FROM LAURA
Thank you for your positive messages of support for myself and the new Leadership Team following my start of term letter. We are very much looking forward to talking to as many of you as possible on 15th May at the Town Hall event as we share our priorities for moving forward. For catering purposes, please do let Lindsey know if you are planning to attend firstname.lastname@example.org
We have started this term off in our usual busy way and I can’t believe that we have only been back at school for four days. This week we saw the tremendous talent of our students in the performance of Back to Broadway. This was a student led production which, for those of you who were lucky enough to attend, will agree was phenomenal. Congratulations to all those students involved. This week has also seen the launch of our new approach to food. Thank you to the 179 of you who completed the Food Survey. Over the Easter holiday I met with our catering team and shared your feedback. I am working with them to ensure that as much feedback as possible is incorporated and after week one, I have been informed by many of our students that, the food is already much better. This week some creative GCSE and A Level practical exams got underway and Year 10 and Year 12 have completed the first of their two weeks of assessments. Good luck to all of them. The students have been positive about their experiences so far, although the reality of exams and assessments can be the source of much anxiety. If your child, or family, requires additional support during this time, please do let us know. Finally, I was visited by two very excited Meerkats on Thursday who brought Year 1 with them. They explored the office and even had their photos taken, Year 1 were very excited to tell me and Beverley all about their new friends.
In the coming weeks I hope to send you a comprehensive staff list which includes a photo of each member of staff and their job title. This is as a result of parents wanting to know what staff look like. The impact of Covid and not being in school has meant that the usual teacher parent relationships that build year on year have been disrupted. There are many of you who know our names but, unless we have taught your child, you do not know what we look like. I hope that this document will not only help you to put a face to a name but also serve to aid communication and reconnect us moving forwards.
The Frensham Heights Arts Award for Sixth Form is attracting much attention. We have created a bespoke programme for students who are passionate about the Visual or Performing Arts. All of our current Year 11 students who are planning to study a Visual or Creative Arts A Level will automatically join this programme. We still have a few places left for September, so if you know anyone in Year 11 who may benefit from this programme, please do share this link https://www.frensham.org/artsawards
I wish you all a restful Bank holiday weekend.
EXAM STRESS TIPS
GREENPOWER RACE ON SUNDAY 30 APRIL
This Sunday 30th April is our first race of the season at Goodwood Motor Circuit. The Year 7 team have been working tirelessly to construct the car and get it race ready. This week they planned out the race strategy for the practice session, race 1 and race 2 to ensure everyone is in the right place at the right time.
If you’d like more information about the Goodwood heat or would like to support the team then feel free to join us, spectators are welcome and the event is free to attend.
11.30-13.00 Race 1
15.30-17.00 Race 2
For more information visit: https://www.greenpower.co.uk or email Giles on email@example.com
INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS
Timetables for individual music lessons are now available for next week, and please note that there have been several changes made! Please do therefore check the day/time on the Parent Portal on your child’s Real Time Timetable - these timetables are also available for years 7 and above to access on Teams.
As ever, if your child would like to have individual music lessons with us, then please do complete our application form here: https://www.frensham.org/music
Finally, should you need any help at all, then do contact Sally: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tick season appears to have now started so please make sure your child wears a long sleeved top and trousers in Forest School and other outdoor activities. Click here for more info and this NHS link is a useful link to read for further information.
MUSIC GRADE NEWS
Poppy received a Distinction in her Grade 3 Flute Exam with top marks in ‘Performance delivery and focus’.
SELF-EXPRESSION DESIGN COMPETITION
Make, adapt or restyle a t-shirt, hat or sensory soother for the Self-Expression Safari fashion parade on 10th June. Click here for more info.
LADIES BEGINNER DANCE CLASS - MONDAY EVENINGS
One of our parents, Claire Karitzis has started a dance class at the Farnham Maltings on a Monday evening. The class consists of a dance/yoga style movement warm up, plies, abdominal work, a short dance routine & we close the class with some guided meditation/breathwork. Click here for more info.
PHOENIX THEATRE - FOCUS GROUP THURSDAY 4TH MAY AT 6PM
Are you interested in theatre? Look at this opportunity at our local Pheonix Theatre in Bordon
Next week, they are holding the third session of our Young Person’s Focus Group. This was set up to give a platform whereby young people can tell us more about issues such as why young people don’t go to the theatre very much and what do they want in relation to arts and creativity in their community, particularly in relation to Phoenix Arts. The group is for young people aged 11-18 years and held every 6 weeks at the theatre. We have a lovely mix of young people already across all ages, interests, and geographical areas but we’d love to welcome new members.
JAPANESE EVENING AT THE RIKKYO SCHOOL - FRIDAY 5TH MAY
The Rikkyo School are opening their doors to guests for a Japanese Evening on Friday 5 May from 4-7:30pm. This event is to introduce Japanese culture to students from schools as well as people from the local community. Parents are also most welcome to attend. There will be a wide range of Japanese activities for visitors to participate in as well as a Japanese tea ceremony, Kendo display and presentations by the students. We will also be serving Japanese curry and rice for visitors to sample. RSVP to email@example.com by 2 May.
Splash Active run a swim and mermaid school here at Frensham Heights. Please click here for more info.
RESIDENTIAL TRIPS - LOOKING AHEAD
We are very lucky that we have a large number of staff who are very happy to run school trips that enrich our school experience – including over weekends and holidays. We know that trips require a lot of planning and in general residential trips are scheduled a year in advance so that we can organise them and allow you time to plan/save as neede. Below is a live link to our working document that shows our plans so far. The further ahead the trip – the less details we may have – but hopefully it goes someway to help give the overview.
THANK A TEACHER!
The Thank a Teacher campaign recognises all staff working in UK schools and colleges; school leaders, teachers, teaching assistants, and all support staff such as lunchtime supervisors, caretakers and cleaners. If you’re feeling shy you can send a card anonymously! Click here to send a thank you.
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM
Tuesday 25th April – Tuesday 2nd May
2nd Hand Uniform Collections have been taking place this week and drop off points will be open till Tuesday. If you have any FH sports uniform that you can donate to the next FOF 2nd hand sale please leave them in the collection boxes. Thanks for your continued support with this, without your kind donations the sale would not be possible.
Drop off points each day are:
At reception in main house, and
the Junior School office.
Wednesday 3rd May - 8am till 9am and 3:15pm till 4:30pm
FOF 2nd Hand Sale in the Aldridge Café
All items are being sold for £5 and all proceeds will go to FOF fundraising.
Thursday May 4th 8:20 am
FOF Coffee Meeting in the Aldridge Café. All welcome, feel free to come along for a coffee and catch up.
SAVE THE DATES
Please make sure to put the dates below in your diary, more information will follow:
Sixth Form Eve - Thursday 18th May at 6:30pm
An evening for all Year 9 & 10 families to come along and hear about our Sixth Form - meet the staff, talk to subject leads and visit Roberts House.
Sports Day 2023
It gives me great pleasure to invite parents to sports day this year. Great events to attend and I will be looking for some volunteers to get involved in some parent v teacher events!! - Phil
Senior School Sports Day (Year 7-13) – Thursday 8th June – Approx 1:00pm Start
Junior School Sports Day (Year 1-6) – Friday 9th June – Approx 1:00pm Start
Early Years Sports Day (Nursery and Reception) – Wednesday 7th June – 8:30am Start
Self-Expression Safari Family Activity Day - Saturday 10th June
Founders Day - Saturday 1st July
All students are expected to be here for our whole school celebration.
Saturday 13th May | 7:30pm
Ballroom | £25
Come and watch the Eurovision Song Contest while enjoying an international three course meal. There will also be musical entertainment and a quiz. Complimentary drink upon arrival. All in aid of Malawi Schools Trust.
Tickets are £25 each on tables of 10. When you book, you can choose your table.
Saturday 13th May | 10am - 1pm
Saturday 10th June | 10am - 4pm
Photography Studio | FREE
We need you! Shout out to Years 7 to 13 photographers for two workshops:
13th May - get to know your camera & camera skills
10th June - practical event photography
Own camera desirable!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
BACK TO BROADWAY
We were all so happy to see 8 months of hard work come to fruition in an amazing night of the best Broadway songs, we could not be prouder of the cast and crew for how hard they worked, and we can’t wait to see what they do next year! - Beth
As those of you who were there will know – Wednesday night's performance was something that I absolutely loved! To me it optimised everything that is Frensham! A school that is proud to be authentic, lets things organically develop and allows students to be brave and take on leadership. The four Sixth formers that lead this, as I said to those in School Notices (Yr7-13) on Tuesday and to the audience on Wednesday, are true ambassadors of Frensham - and they are fantastic examples of roles models that all our students could learn from. For eight months they have shown resilience; they have been brave, they have been creative; they have been kind and they have been bold. They have shared their high expectations with their cast (Years 7 to 9) and have helped them exceed their own expectations as to what they can do. They have been inclusive; making sure everyone had a chance to shine and they too have learnt a great deal about themselves and their own leadership styles. I am always in awe of our students when they go on the stage – and Wednesday night's performance was just a shining example of why!
Thank you to Iola Yr 10 for the stunning photos
Our recent Barcelona trip was jam packed with cultural gems. We visited Montserrat Monastery which dates back to the 11th century, indulged in tapas tasting, took the cable car to Montjuic Mountain and visited the castle. There was a trip to the Olympic stadium, Flamenco dancing, the Non Camp museum and stadium, Gaudi's Parc Guell, a market, the Picasso museum, and a Paella Masterclass. It was an incredible trip and we fitted in so much. No wonder we all came home needing a rest!
Year 7 Worthy Earth Project
The Year 7 Worthy Earth project is now well under way. The students each spent two hours down at the site this week bringing the kitchen garden to life. Working in rotation, they built up the raised beds outside and planted trays of seeds in the poly tunnel. All the students were engaged in their tasks and worked really well as a team. We are incredibly lucky to have the expertise of the Worthy Earth team and the generous use of the land to allow our students to have the opportunity to be part of this initiative. We'll keep you updated as the project develops.
Easter Ski Trip
Here are some photos from the Yr 6 - 13 Easter break ski trip.
ROCK & POP
Before the Easter holidays, we had a wonderful Rock & Pop gig. Thank you to Sabine in Year 10 for these amazing photos.
Here are some photos of the cloning experiment that Y13 Biologists set up before leaving for the Easter break, these are the results. Genetically identical cauliflower clones!
PRE Visit to Oxford University
During the Easter holidays, a small group of students from Years 5, 10 & 12 visited Oxford University to take part in a discussion group led by Professor Keith Ward, hosted at Christ Church college. Professor Ward spoke about Biblical interpretation & translation, life after death, and his own ideas on Personal Idealism, all of which were fascinating. This was followed by an excellent group discussion with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Even though our students were the youngest in the room, they were brilliantly engaged, inquisitive & critical. Professor Ward was really impressed with their ability to think deeply & articulate their own ideas, as well as their willingness to listen readily to the reflections of others around them. Everyone came away feeling inspired & ready to start the new term! A huge thank you to the Kenyon family, particularly John, for inviting us along.
Year 8 Village Chefs
A cooking ECA for Year 8 chefs, getting ready for the Village project in June.
Please see the collection of items currently in the lost property office. If anything is yours, please contact Amy at email@example.com
Please have a look at the current collection of items in the lost property office. If anything is yours, please contact Amy on firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that you can see all fixtures for the half term on the SOCS sport frensham website, team selection activates on Thursdays the week before matches. Website can be found here.
Sunday 30th April
Bank Holiday Exeat Weekend
6.30 - 18.30 - Greenpower - Goodwood Motor Circuit
Monday 1st May
19.00 - Boarding Houses open
Tuesday 2nd May
08.30 - Classes begin
13.55 - Year 7&8 Notices (Ballroom)
13.55 - Years 9 to 11 Notices (Theatre)
14.30 - U15 & U14 Boys Cricket vs DOK (Home)
14.30 - U15 & U14 Boys Cricket vs Alton (Away)
14.30 - U15 & U14 Girls Cricket vs St Ed's (Home)
16.00 - 18.00 - Year 6 Maths Masterclass at Halstead Prep
17.30 - 20.30 - Year 7 to Year 9 Tutor Parents Evening (on Teams)
Wednesday 3rd May
08.15 - 09.15 - FOF 2nd Hand Uniform Sale (Aldridge Cafe)
09.25 - 10.30 - Year 7 to Year 10 Spanish Play: Mi Personalidad (Aldridge Theatre)
14.30 - U11 & U10 Mixed Cricket vs Sherfield (Home)
14.30 - U13 & U12 Girls Cricket vs St Ed's (Away)
15.30 - 16.15 - FOF 2nd Hand Uniform Sale (Aldridge Cafe)
16.15 - 17.45 - Star Warts (film showing) (Aldridge Theatre)
16.30 - U13/12 Mixed Cricket v The R