THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 13 January, 2023
A MESSAGE FROM RICK
Welcome back to school. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break and that your children returned refreshed and ready for a new term. January is a challenging month with dark, cold mornings, dreadful weather and the post-Christmas slump, but I reminded the senior school students in school notices this week to look out for bulbs around the school site: they are a reminder that despite the dark and cold, spring is on the way!
Tomorrow sees our annual entrance day for all prospective students looking to join Frensham next year. It promises to be a busy day, with close to 80 children attending for places in Years 7-10 in the senior school. With more applicants than places, we are faced with the challenge of finding the right candidates for the school, but the fundamental guiding principle for me is this: who will benefit most from a Frensham education. Of course, there is much involved in the process of selection, but the experienced Frensham staff will be spending much of the day getting to know the candidates so that we can make a holistic judgement. We also look forward to welcoming our current Year 6 students who will spend time getting to know the prospective students, and I want to thank our Year 6 parents who will be joining us for tea and mingling with the prospective parents at the end of the day.
After the wonderful service we had from Stable and Ground coffee last term, we have now installed a new coffee machine in the Aldridge Theatre café. This week, and for the whole of next week, we will be grinding different beans from our new coffee provider, and we invite any parents who like a good cup of coffee to pop in and try the different coffees. We will be asking for feedback on the different beans each day, and next Friday 20th January we invite any parents who are able to join us from 8.30am for the grand reveal of the chosen bean and for the official re-opening of the Aldridge Theatre Café. Of course, other drinks and refreshments will be available too, so do pop in if you can.
Finally, for your calendars: the wonderful Friends of Frensham are organising a number of social events for our community this term. Do please look elsewhere in the newsletter for the dates as we would love to see as many of you as possible at these events.
Have a wonderful weekend.
A MESSAGE FROM BECKS
Just a reminder that there is a Staff Training Day on the Monday after the February Half term. This means our boarders should be arriving at approximately 7pm on Monday 20th February and lessons resume for all on Tuesday 21st February.
In the summer term we now have two bank holidays (thanks to the King’s coronation). Therefore, the school has a full closure from Friday 28th April (school closes at 5.30pm) until Monday 1st May. Full boarders are expected to return home or go to their UK guardians returning to school after 7pm on the Monday evening (no catering services are available for Monday evening). Lessons resume Tuesday 2nd May.
The second bank holiday then starts Friday 5th May and schools will be closed until Monday 8th May. Again, we expect our boarders to go to their UK guardians (or a UK based family friend) or return home. We will not have catering or medical staff on site during this period as we want our staff to also be able to enjoy this special weekend. If there are any problems with this later weekend, then please do contact Becks directly as we appreciate that this was an unexpected weekend away from school. Lessons resume Tuesday 9th May.
Due to the number of Mondays missed, we will be looking at some Monday catch up days; where we swap (for example) Monday’s lessons with, for example, a Wednesday to try and balance out the different lessons that are regularly missed. More on this nearer the time.
Winter germs: NHS advice we have received:
As we are aware, there are high levels of various germs in and beyond our community at present. We have today received the following advice to share with you as parents on some of the more common illness we are experiencing (as a country – not just as a school):
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
If your child has a fever (a temperature 38 degrees or above) please keep your child at home until at least the fever has gone down and they feel well enough in themselves to be able to take part in a busy school day.
Coughs and colds
Encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly.
If your child has impetigo, they will need treatment from a GP, often with antibiotics.
Keep them off school until all the sores have crusted over and healed, or for 48 hours after they start antibiotic treatment.
Encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and not to share things like towels and cups with other children at school.
If your child has scarlet fever, they will need treatment with antibiotics from a GP. Otherwise, they will be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks.
Your child can go back to school 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all the spots have crusted over.
This is usually about 5 days after the spots first appeared.
There is no need to keep your child off school if they have a cold sore.
Encourage them not to touch the blister or kiss anyone while they have the cold sore, or to share things like cups and towels.
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school until they have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days (48 hours).
Please remind your child to bring in a water bottle to school each day please. We are all aware of the importance of staying hydrated throughout the school day.
ZOE'S YEAR 9 ENGLISH CLASS
A reminder to parents to complete their ‘perfect mate’ forms that have been emailed this week and return to Zoe by 17th January. We are all excited to see your answers. Email Zoe.
SELF EXPRESSION SAFARI
The Self Expression Safari on 7th January was a huge success. If your child came to Frensham partly because of being able to choose what to wear each day, this project would suit them. Designing, making and/or modelling adaptive clothing to make the fashion industry look at the limitations of what they currently offer. To sign up for and come to our next workshop on Sat 4th February, please email Lynn G.
PARENT VOICE MEMBER NEEDED - YEAR 6
Parent Voice is looking for a Year 6 parent to join their volunteer team starting immediately!
Joining Parent Voice is a positive way to get involved at Frensham.
Parent Voice is made up of parent volunteers. Their 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 in order to support the joint interests of the school community.
Vicki, Emma and Jo will be in the Aldridge Cafe after drop off on Tuesday 17th January to meet with anyone who is interested in the role, would like further information or has any questions. Please feel free to drop by and have a chat!
Alternatively, you can contact any of us directly:
FOF TERM DATES AND NEWS
Monday 16th – Friday 20th January
2nd Hand Uniform Collections will be taking place next week. 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:
Inside the entrance to main house, and
the Junior School office.
Tuesday 17th January 8:20 am
FOF Coffee Meeting in the Aldridge Café. All welcome, feel free to come along for a coffee and catch up.
Tuesday 24th January - 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.
Friday 3rd February
Friends of Frensham Silent Auction and Ball tickets go on sale.
As part of this FOF evening we are running a silent auction and are looking for a few volunteers to help source items for this whether large or small. If you are interested in being part of this team, or have any auction items you would like to offer up can you please contact Gayle. Thank you so much to those of you who have already kindly donated.
Saturday 18th March
Friends of Frensham Silent Auction and Ball
Date to be confirmed
After school tuck shop sale.
CHANGE IS GONNA COME - A CONCERT FOR UKRAINE
Saturday 21st January | 7pm - 8:30pm
Old Frenshamian Ella Sofiya is bringing together singers, bands and performers for a concert to raise money for Disasters Emergency Committee and their emergency support work in Ukraine. Tickets are free but we will be collecting donations on the night. Please click here to read Ella's story.
MALAWI SCHOOLS TRUST QUIZ NIGHT!
Saturday 28th January | 7pm
Rowledge Village Hall
Malawi Schools Trust are hosting a quiz night on 28th Jan 7pm-11pm at Rowledge Village Hall. Andrew Fisher will be quiz master extraordinaire for the night!!
£16 per ticket including food
Teams of 8 - we will be creating a team if you don’t have a team to join. Each team to dress their own table and a prize for the best dressed table!
Bar on the night - no cash/card payment only
Tickets can be purchased through Malawi Schools Trust website
NEXT WEEK'S MENUS
Monday 16 January
Second Hand Uniform Sale (Main House & Junior School Office)
Year 11 and Year 13 Mocks
13.55 - Year 9 to Year 11 School Notices (Theatre)
13.55 - Years 7&8 School Notices (Ballroom)
14.00 - 17.00 - U13 & U12 Girls Netball (Tormead Netball Tournament) (Away)
16.30 - U15 Girls Football v Alton (Home)
Tuesday 17 January
Year 11 & Year 13 Mocks
8.15 - FOF Coffee Morning (Aldridge Theatre)
8.30 - 12.00 - JS Wellbeing Check-In Morning (Classrooms)
14.30 - U15 & U14 Boys Rugby v Ditcham and Bedales (Away)
15.10 - U14 Mixed Hockey v Alton (Away)
15.50 - U15 & U14 Boys Basketball v Boundary Oak (Home)
Wednesday 18 January
Year 11 & Year 13 Mocks
14.30 - U13 & U12 Boys Rugby v Ditcham and Bedales (Away)
14.30 - U13 & U12 Mixed Hockey v Ditcham (Home)
14.30 - U10 Mixed Hockey v Alton (Away)
14.30 - U11 Mixed Hockey v Boundary Oak (Home)
18.30 - Year 9 GCSE Information Evening (Main House)
Thursday 19 January
Year 11 & Year 13 Mocks
Friday 20 January
Year 11 & Year 13 Mocks
8.25 - JS Assembly with Dog Safety Education Talk - "Be A Tree" programme (Aldridge Theatre)
9.30 - Year 7 to Year 13 Morning Talk: Wellbeing activities in form rooms
9.30 - Year 10 into Sixth Form Event (Roberts House)
Saturday 21 January
10.00 – 13.00 - GCSE Photography Workshop
10.00 – 15.00 - Ukrainian Concert Rehearsals (Aldridge Theatre)
10.30 – 18.00 - Ernest Bevin College Volleyball Trip
12.00 - Boarders Shopping trip to Winchester
19.00 – 20.30 - Ukrainian Concert (Aldridge Theatre)
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