THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 3rd February, 2023
Ideas Amnesty: we would like to hear your ideas!
At Frensham we value originality of thought and encourage everyone to bring fresh thinking to our community. During the past few years we have faced some challenges and we haven’t always been able to consider or implement your ideas.
We would like to invite anyone from our community to share with us any ideas or suggestions they believe in, whether or not they have been suggested before.
Please send all your ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!
A MESSAGE FROM NICK
Happy Friday! Hope you have all had a great week.
The Junior School has certainly had a productive week and it has been great to see the children out of their learning spaces and using our amazing landscape to aid and inspire their different activities and projects. This culminated in the whole Junior School linking up across year groups to complete the RSPB Spring Birdwatch audit this morning in their assembly time and what fun it was!
Other educational adventures this week have seen Year 4 out and about, visiting different parts of the school where they were set and solved a number of maths division problems from members of the Frensham staff. Year 2 have completed some collaborative work with Year 6 and made and tested paper helicopters before also jointly dreaming up new ideas for Transport of the Future. The EY children have completed a volcano experiment which in turn linked into a look at dinosaurs and Year 1 have been exploring the scientific concept of blubber in polar animals. Year 3 having been making their own Buddhas in their PRE and exploring prisms in their maths. Reception children have been making and painting their own space helmets and Year 5 have been making ammonite fossils using salt dough. What a week!
Next week sees the start of our run of Year Group Assemblies. Year 6 lead the way on Monday 6th February with a performance based around their Refugee inspired theme of ‘Conflict, Crisis and Courage’ and then Year 5 will be following up on Friday the 10th February with their assembly reviewing their work on both Space and David Attenborough. Assemblies are a great way to both creatively showcase the children’s learning from their educational adventures while also getting a chance to perform on the stage, express themselves and build self-confidence.
I wanted to offer an update on Performance in the Junior School as we head toward the Spring 2 Half-Term. Due to staff illness, we have had to alter the staffing within the Junior School for our performance sessions. Moving forward your child (or children) will have their session with either Lorna (who is currently our Film Studies Teacher, an EPQ leader and who has been a Head of English and Drama for many years), Niah (who is our dance specialist graduate gap) or Albert (who is a LAMDA trained drama teacher). The coverage for Performance will therefore continue to be led by strongly skilled performance specialists who will work hard to give the children of the Junior School the best opportunity and guidance in this field possible.
I have talked a lot about Changemakers over the course of this half term and I am excited to announce that our new tribe of trained-up Peer Mentors will be out and about after half-term, supporting and guiding the children of both the N-3 and 4-6 play-spaces. The Changemakers ECA has come up with two great causes to champion next term (still top secret at this point I’m afraid) and today has also seen the first Outreach event, a lunch and entertainment showcase run by the Year 6 children in Jade’s class, for the members of the Brightwells Gostrey Senior Centre. This was an event that really shone the beacon for everything that Frensham represents.
On a busy Friday, I also had a productive and enjoyable meeting with the Junior School Parent Voice Reps. These meetings are valuable and a great way to keep up the key dialogue, conversations and feedback (in both directions) with you, the parent community. We discussed many key areas and ideas and it was also great to celebrate all of those elements to the Junior School that are working well, having an impact and making a positive difference. I also really enjoyed being part of a meeting where everybody carries the same passion and interest for what is going on in our fabulous Junior School!
Next week is the final one of this half-term and within it we will be celebrating and recognising both Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 and Safer Internet Day 2023. This will be done through morning activities, assemblies and my Emerging Horizons sessions throughout the week. On the Safer Internet Day front, you should have received an email from Katie (Year 4 Teacher and ICT Lead) on a free Webinar being run by Natterhub, earlier in the week. My encouragement is to try and access this webinar if you are able as Natterhub run great sessions and this one is aimed at supporting safety online with Junior School aged children.
Thank you for all of the energy that you bring as parents to the Junior School and I hope that whatever your adventures this weekend, that you have good one!
Take care and see you on Monday.
Please could we remind you that there should be no aerosols in school.
HISTORY GCSE TRIP: Battlefields of France and Belgium, October 2023
Current Year 10 History students and Year 9s who want to study GCSE History have the great opportunity to visit some of the main battlefield sites of the First and Second World Wars. Please click for further details. The closing date for replies is next Friday (10th February).
INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS
Please could we remind you to check your child’s timetable(s) regularly via the Parent Portal (under their Real Time Timetable) just in case we have had to make any updates to accommodate changes due to events in the School Calendar.
As ever should your child wish to have individual music lessons with us, then please click here to complete our application form.
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
SELF-EXPRESSION SAFARI WORKSHOP
Saturday 4th February | 10apm - 4pm
You are invited to the second Self-Expression Safari workshop taking place in the Music Hall at Frensham Heights. Please let us know if you can make it by RSVP by Friday 27th January to this email or completing the form of how you can get involved.
This is an informal and fun relaxing get together to share ideas from students from the school and makers and designers who are on board to start to bring together outfits that we have now sorted that can be used to show sustainability and more importantly adaptable clothing and we will have a workshop on tie dyeing and other activities taking place. There will be lots of information for you to get to know more about this amazing event.
Tea , coffee and refreshments will be provided, and we ask you to bring your own lunch.
If you have anything you might have that you want to contribute, please feel to bring – see list on form
You are more than welcome to bring anyone along with you just let us know and please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might want to get involved.
As well as advertising this opportunity to students, if any parents have a background in fashion, adaptive clothing and equipment or sustainability regarding textiles – please contact Lynn and consider coming to one of the workshops coming up to share your ideas too.
We are looking for clothing and shoe donations, for teenagers to adults of all ages and genders to adapt or add to an outfit too. If you have any offerings of clothes – please drop them off under the green canopy in the car park next week and thank you.
MFL GCSE MASTERCLASSES
Saturday 11th March | Aldridge Theatre
10am - 1pm: Spanish Masterclass
1pm - 2pm: Lunch
2pm - 5pm: French Masterclass
These sessions will provide students with motivational, informative and valuable revision techniques for GCSE French and/or Spanish. The sessions are specifically designed by a current senior examiner, who will give expert advice, guidance and examples - focusing on key points to maximise students’ exam achievements. The masterclasses are targeted at AQA and Edexcel GCSE students.
In celebration of the wonderful talents past and present at Frensham Heights, our Creative Arts Department would like to invite everyone in our Frensham Community to be part of a printed Art Exhibition. Covering Art, Photography, Ceramics, Graphics and DT. There will be a launch event and the exhibition will be up in the Aldridge Theatre until Founders' Day.
Please click here to submit your artwork by 31st March, or email OF@frensham.org for more info.
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM BALL - TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!!
We really hope you can come along to our first big indoor event since lockdown. Featuring:
a bar (card only)
three course meal
….this is a night you don't want to miss. Buy your tickets and get ready to glam up for the big night.
FOF are currently raising funds to purchase a garden pod for the students to meet in and use during the day. In addition, 10% of all profits will be going to the Eikon Charity who provide a wide range of wellbeing support for young people in Surrey. The ball is kicking off these efforts and promises to be a fun night while raising money and getting together.
We have had some fantastic donations already- a stay in a hotel, glider flight for two, Shynefest tickets, pilates and PT sessions, football corporate hospitality tickets, wine tasting and restaurant vouchers to name just a few already - thank you!
Are you able to sponsor the event at all, or offer a prize for the auction to be held on the evening? If so, please let us know. Details of all donations / sponsorship will be on the programme which will be sent out via email ahead of time and available on the evening. If you would like to donate to the auction or sponsor this event please email email@example.com.Thanks for your support.
FOF SWEET SALE - FRIDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
The ever-popular FOF sweet stand will be back next Friday 10th February, 3:15pm- 4:30pm under the gazebo in the main car park.
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
BEAUTY & THE BEAST
It's getting close! Rehearsals are taking place every day for Beauty and the Beast, and cast and crew are preparing to perform in just a few weeks.
It has been another busy week in the Maths department. On Wednesday over 60 students in Y9, Y10 and Y11 took part in the UKMC. UKMC is a national Maths Challenge and is designed to make students apply mathematical reasoning and precision of thought to interesting mathematical problems. We look forward to finding out how all the students got on.
On Friday we welcomed 13 schools from all over Surrey and Hampshire competing in "The Maths Feast" in the Aldridge theatre. Frensham had 2 year 10 teams competing and it was great to see all the schools battling it out solving interesting and sometimes complex (!) Maths problems. Well done to all those that took part.
Arlo H has auditioned and won a place with the very prestigious Tomorrow's Warriors Young Artists Development Programme. He is having lessons with Sam Jones, one of the UK's best kit players and attends sessions and masterclasses every week at the Southbank Centre.
FRENSHAM HALL WEDDINGS AWARDS
A lot of you will know that during school holidays, our beautiful school is available for weddings and events. We are very proud to say that due to receiving all five star ratings from couples on Bride Book and Hitched our wedding service has recently been awarded gold standard awards.
YEAR 5 SPACE MODELS
In year 5, as part of our Space topic, we created the heliocentric model of the solar system which created a colourful display of planets in class.
On Thursday 26th January we had our first Greenpower ECA session. As part of the application process Giles came in and gave us a talk about Greenpower and what to expect. To apply for a place on the team we had to write an application outlining why we would be good for the team and to include any prior experience we might have, this wasn’t essential though.
Some of the roles are:
The Team Leaders: Harrison P and David SF
The Principle Engineers: Ava S and Edward S
The Engineers: Aragon AL, James F, Frankie M and Elijah I
The Communications Engineer: Richie S and CJ O
The Data Analyst: Sully F
The Media Officer: Juno P
We discussed what Greenpower was all about and what we should expect on race days, we also discussed what everyone would be doing throughout the season and in the run up to events.
Over the next few months, we will be constructing the car and developing areas which include: Aerodynamics, gearing, weight reduction and the cars panel graphics.
Written by Juno P (7TJJ)
YEAR 4 TOOTH DECAY
This week in Year 4 we’ve been looking at tooth decay. The children had two practical sessions in the lab investigating how different drinks affect the health of teeth. The children used eggshells for this experiment. The were interested to find out that apple juice had the worst affect on the eggshells, most of them had predicted correctly.
JUNIOR SCHOOL BIRDWATCH
The Junior School children enjoyed taking part in the The Big Garden Bird Watch. The 30 minutes they spent doing Big Garden Birdwatch is a big help to the RSPB work as a conservation charity, monitoring well-loved birds in the face of the nature and climate crisis.
YEAR 10 LUNCHTIME JAM SESSION
Year 10 lunchtime jam session turned into a impromptu concert.
U11 Touch Rugby Tournament - Winners
On Wednesday afternoon the U11 tag rugby team travelled to St Edmund’s to play in their annual tag rugby tournament. 9 schools participated in a great afternoon of rugby. This was our first fixture of the season and a chance to put the skills the students had learned in PE lessons into practice. The group stages started with a victory against the hosts and then a victory over Boundary Oak, both 4-2, which gave the team some belief that they could have a really successful afternoon. The final game of the group also ended in a victory against Ditcham, winning 3-1. There was some impressive tacking on display with some last-ditch diving tackles to turnover play. There was also some superb running with the ball showing great speed and agility. We made it to the semi final and were drawn against Boundary Oak, this was a tough fixture against a great rugby side, however they couldn’t deal with the impressive runs of Otto who managed to break the lines on two occasions to score. This was followed by Finn who powered over the line following a tackle to score our third try. The game ended 3-1 and we were into the final, with Prebendal standing in the way of glory. The final was an incredibly tough game and the team had to dig in having played 4 games in quick succession. However, they didn’t let this affect them and opened the scoring after another great run from Otto. The teams traded scores with the visitors replying every time we scored, the visitors scoring a try in the last minute to draw 3-3 and send the game to golden try. It was never in doubt and Frensham attacked in waves until the opposition finally wilted and Rudy carried the ball over the line following some great play from Finn and Otto. The final whistle blew and the team celebrated their win wildly. Well done to Louis, Rudy, Otto, Xander, Kyle, Finn, Lila and Luca. I’m sure it will be the highlight of their rugby season, a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
U9 Hockey V Duke of Kent
The U9 hockey teams played in their first hockey fixtures of the season following some training sessions in their Friday games afternoon. Everyone was really excited to play and they took this enthusiasm into the game. On Rory’s pitch Frensham won 1-0 in an incredibly tight affair. The team showed some brilliant individual dribbling skills and then worked hard to pass the ball into space to move possession up the pitch and towards the opposition goal. Some great defending from Georgia led to Mack picking up the ball and dribbling down the wing before crossing into the path of Ethan to score our goal.
U15 Mixed Hockey vs St Eds
This weeks game was fantastic. The team worked really hard and worked really well as a team from the start of the game. Straight away Frensham had possession and were pushing for a goal. The team worked hard to get past St Ed’s defence and showed some great Hockey skills. A few minutes in we scored our first goal which was a lovely goal scored by Luke. Once we scored our first goal the team was on a roll we managed to score another three goals in that second half. After a quick team chat we were on to the second half feeling confident as we had already scored four goals. The team kept pushing and working hard which led them to score another two goals. During the second half St’ Eds managed to break down our defence and score three goals. It was a fantastic game and the team have shown that they have great potential. The final score was 6-3, well done to everyone that played.
U10 Mixed Hockey vs St Nick’s
This week year 5 had their second game of their Hockey season which they were extremely excited for. As soon as the team started playing you could see the progress they had made in just a week. Their game understanding and position on the pitch was so much better this week. Straight away the team started to work toward to oppositions goal to try and score their first goal. Betty showed some great dribbling skills up and down the pitch, taking it from our defensive line all the way forward. Maela showed some great passes up and down the pitch which led up to our first goal. Even though we had scored one goal the team did not stop trying and wanted to get another goal for their team. Edith and Lillian were very strong at the back defending our goal and not letting anyone pass. After the first half the score was 2-1. After a quick team chat, we got back on side and played the last 15 minutes of the game. In the last 15 minutes of the game the team did not give up and kept working hard to score another goal. Unfortunately, St Nick’s managed to break down our defence and score another goal which took the score to 2-2. Frensham worked hard to try and gain possession and move up the pitch which they successfully did. In the last 10 minutes Frensham managed to score another two goals which made the final score 4-2 to Frensham. It was a great game and brilliant to see the improvement in their game play. Well done to everyone that played!
U11 Mixed Hockey vs St’Nicks
This was the second Hockey match for year 6 which was against St’Nicks. Frensham started off the game applying pressure to the other team and not giving them a lot of options to pass or dribble. Both teams were equal in their ability so for a while their were no goals scored by either of the teams. Frensham showed some great dribbling skills and were able to move around the defenders successfully. We had George back in defence who played extremely well and showed some great defensive skills as well as coming up the pitch to attack when needed. Jack was upfront eager to score a goal for the team. Lola played really well in midfield trying to push the ball up towards the goal for Jack to receive but also running back to defend when it was needed. Everyone played really well and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. In the first half Frensham managed to score three goals and St Nick’s scored four goals. During half time we had a quick team chat to discuss our game plan for the second half. With a few substitutions we were back on side. Everyone worked really well as a team and came together to score another five whilst St Nick’s scored another two. It was a great game to watch with many goals being scored by both teams. The final score was 8-6, well done to everyone that played and onto the next game.
U9 Mixed Hockey vs Duke of Kent
The U9’s first game was this week against Duke of Kent. The team were very eager and excited to be playing their first hockey game of the season. There was some lovely Hockey played with some great passing and dribbling up and down the court. Remy played really well upfront and showed some great dribbling skills. Duke of Kent were playing really well and pushing towards our goal but Ben and Isabelle showed some great defending skills. However, Duke of Kent did not stop pushing for a goal and managed to break down our defence and score one goal in the first half. Fortunately, the team worked together to pass the ball up the pitch to Remy who did some brilliant dribbling round their defenders and score our first goal. In the second half both teams were working really hard to gain possession and score another goal. After some great passing from the team we managed to score another goal which took us to a 2-1 lead. Duke of Kent were still working hard until the last 5 minutes of the game when they broke our defence and managed to score an equaliser. The final score was 2-2 which was a great result for the year 4’s first game. Well done to everyone that played.
U16s Rugby V More House
What a fantastic first game for these boys. Depleted squad with injuries and restricted contact playing time due to mocks and weather could have been easy excuses but this didn’t bother the boys at all. They were ferocious in the contact area from the first minute and had some early territory in and around eth try line. The lack of playing time telling when we needed that final pass to move the ball quickly. More House ran in a couple of trys in an entertaining first half. Some great running from Aiden, Jamie and Will S who were causing problems all over the place. Combined with some huge hits from Wataru and Jamie proved there was nothing between the two sides. Wataru scored a coupe of try’s and More house went in at half time with a narrow 3-2 lead.
In the second half we managed to get Nate on the pitch with a late addition of a gumshield and what a difference this made. Technically perfect tackling made it impossible for More house to break to gain line and he was incredibly strong running with the ball. SO much so he scored a second half hat-rick. Another try for Wataru and one for Will S secured a well deserved 7-5 victory. By the end of the game, we were playing some good rugby and the boys did a great job in competing in this game. Well done!
Under 15s Rugby vs Bedales
With the frozen pitches finally thawed, the U15s played their first fixtures of the season against More House and Bedales. Considering the disjointed preparation the team have had due to the weather they played really well and there are some very encouraging signs going forward. They started with a strong win over More House, running in 5 tries, before a tougher game against Bedales, who boasted a couple of academy players in their ranks. A loss there, but definitely some positive to take away from it, as well as a debut for two boys playing their first ever rugby matches!
Under 18s Basketball
This was our first game of the season and in the first quarter it showed as we allowed the opposition get off to a flying start with some easy baskets. We then really picked up our zone defence and this made a huge difference in restricting them to having to shoot from distance. We started to create better opportunities and we started to score regularly inside the key. It was a very close game throughout and we almost pinched victory right at the end. We finally lost 31-26. Curtis had a great game scoring 22 of our points. Special mention for OJ, Lewis and Miller who were playing well above their age group.
U14s Girls Hockey Vs Box Hill
U12s and U13s Girls Rugby Vs Boundary Oak
Under 18s Mixed Hockey Vs King Edwards Witley
Opportunities to get involved in:
Ava in year 7, alongside her sailing partner, were selected last year to represent team GB at the Cadet World Championships in Melbourne Australia. Over the new year period they fought tricky weather conditions, including 37 degree heat, 1.5m swell and dodged a few container ships in Port Philip! Over 12 races they got some great results and finished 25th overall. A GB sailor took first place, which demonstrates the high level of sailing in the GB team.
Would your child be interested in having fun and learning new skills in a boat? A brilliant opportunity has come up to crew for an 11 year old with lots of experience. Weekly Saturday coaching at Frensham Pond and racing against other youngsters. Would suit water confident 8 - 12 year old, no sailing experience necessary. Contact Jo Jones for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN
We enjoyed a taste of Cuba this week, with some delicious dishes to try.
Dirty fries were on the street food counter this Friday, with lots of other options to choose from too.
The tasting table was overflowing with apple delights this week. Cake, salad, granola and mulled apple were just a few.
Unfortunately the Cafe will be closed on Wednesday morning. We hope that after half term that the staffing issue will be resolved.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Monday 6 February
U11 & U10 Girls Football v Ditcham (Home)
Tuesday 7 February
9.30 – 10.30 - Year 7-10 German Play: Im Alten Saloon (Aldridge Theatre)
14.30 - U14 Boys Hockey v Ditcham (Home)
14.30 - U15 & U14 Boys Rugby v St Eds and Ditcham (Away)
15.50 - U15 & U14 Boys Basketball v St Ed's (Home)
17.30 – 20.30 - Year 11 Academic Parents Evening (Mocks feedback) (on Teams)
Wednesday 8 February
Year 9 DTP/MEN ACWY immunisations
14.30 - U13 & U12 Boys Hockey v Bedales (Home)
14.30 - U10 Mixed Hockey v Bedales (Home)
Thursday 9 February
13.10 – 13.45 - Year 7 to Year 13 Informal Rock and Pop Concert (Music Recital Room)
15.30 - U9 Mixed Hockey v Boundary Oak (Home)
15.45 - U16 GCSE Netball v Ditcham (Away)
16.15 - U18 Boys Basketball v More House (Away)
16.40 - U16 Mixed Hockey v DOK (Away)
19.00 – 21.00 - Parent Voice Reps Only Spring Meeting (Billiard Room)
Friday 10 February
8.40 - JS Assembly (Aldridge Theatre)
9.30 - Year 7 to Year 13 Morning Talk: Guest Speaker Tim Maltin (The Titanic) (Aldridge)
16.10 - Half Term begins
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