THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 7th July, 2023
A MESSAGE FROM LAURA
As we end another academic year, we look back on all that we have learned; the challenges that we have faced and overcome, the disappointments that have been turned into opportunities and the celebrations for our achievements. Throughout all of this, we have grown a little bit more into the person that we are meant to be. As we continue on our journeys over the summer, I wish you peace, rest and happiness. To those of you leaving us, remember you have played a very special part in Frensham's history and will continue to play a part in its future. To those of you who are returning in September, I look forward to welcoming you back to our wonderful Frensham.
SAFEGUARDING WITH JACK AND JO
As we end the school year we want to thank you for all your support as endeavour to do all we can to keep your children safe at school. Taking on this responsibility from Becks has been a big responsibility and taken a lot of time and effort but with something this important we know it is worth it. The new update of the government guidance for 2023 focuses on online safety and so as we release the children into your care for the Summer we thought it worth giving you a few pointers on where to get respected and trustworthy advice on this topic. The following websites are really good and have sections for parents as well as schools to help us all understand the online world and the risks involved: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ ; https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety; Parent Zone | At the heart of digital family life . Remember, that while your children may have more knowledge about apps or social media, you have more life experience and common sense to help guide them through this world. We hope you have a great summer and stay safe throughout. See you in September!
A MESSAGE FROM THE MUSIC SCHOOL
A few things for the last weekly newsletter of this academic year!
First and foremost: WOW!!! What an awesome array of performances we were treated to at Founders Day on Saturday. So proud of all of our students and teachers: All that hard work, dedication and commitment really paid off! Thanks to all of you too who came along and supported the wonderful talents of our fabulous Frensham Heights Music Department – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did 😊
On that happy note ♫ we wish you all a magical and sunny summer holidays – see you in September!
Now for the useful stuff:
Timetables for the new term will be prepared early in September ready for lessons to commence week commencing 18th September.
Please assume that unless you have given notice, lessons will continue.
If your child would like to start having individual lessons with us the link is here: https://www.frensham.org/music
We offer a wonderful array of tuition including:
Piano, vocal coaching (classical, rock and pop, musical theatre etc.) guitar (electric, acoustic) violin, viola, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone etc.
We also organise taster lessons:
Free twenty minute lessons for children who are unsure of the music that they would like to pursue. It’s a great opportunity to have a go! Please contact Sally to organise: SallyVivian@frensham.org
As another term draws to a close we have the pleasure of sharing all the wonderful feedback that Parent Voice have collated via the QR code throughout the term. Since half term we added another step to the process so that we now send a Thank a Teacher Postcard every time a post comes through on the QR code. This ensures that the members of staff are getting their thank you direct and at the right time. We have also provided Laura and Nick with a full version of the document so that they can be sure to thank each of the specific members of staff themselves aswell. Receiving positive feedback really does make a difference and really puts a spring in the staff members step so do please keep them coming. Click to read the feedback.
WORTHY EARTH FESTIVAL - 22ND TO 24TH SEPTEMBER
Worthy Earth, who partner with us on our eco kitchen garden initiative, are holding a festival at Dummer Down Farm on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September. There will be plenty of local fresh food, poetry, talks and workshops, fireside stories and music. Click here for more info.
NATIONAL YOUTH JAZZ COLLECTIVE COMPOSITION SUMMER SCHOOL
Have your music brought alive by a group of NYJC’s exceptional young improvisers aged 14-18, selected from NYJC’s national summer school audition tour. Click for more info.
SURREY YOUTH ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL
Calling all 11-16year olds that enjoy music, film, art and other creative industries to consider 2 workshops in July.
MARK JERMIN SUMMER SCHOOL
World-class acting school and agency, Mark Jermin, are hosting an amazing Summer School and is offering Frensham students an exclusive discount!! Last year several children were cast in lead roles in shows for the likes of Netflix and HBO! Don’t miss this great opportunity. Residential and non-residential spaces are available but limited! 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
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
FOUNDERS' DAY 2023
Students showed real resilience on the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in North Wales over the weekend. The weather was the worst that the staff had seen in over ten years. Very windy, cold and wet with often limited visibility. Hard to believe that it was July. The team of Caspar, Miles, George, Will and Louis did brilliantly. Their navigation and fitness were entirely suitable for the conditions. They developed well as a team and produced an extraordinary video about Snowdonia. A five day expedition that will stay with the students for years to come – hopefully in a good way.
Last week saw the culmination of a Years 7 to 9 Drama ECA led by Adam Jennings. It was an innovative, collaborative process which led to an amazing, brave, creative performance from all the students involved.
STUDENT V STAFF HOCKEY
This week nearly all Y7-Y10 took place in some interactive Maths workshops in Neville hall. These were great fun and got the students working collaboratively all a huge variety of problems. There was a real buzz as the students worked really hard solving problems and it was a lovely way to end the term. Well done to all those that took part.
YEAR 7 SCIENCE
Year 7 have had another great week in science classes, some have been making a pH indicator (to distinguish acids from alkalis) out of red cabbage. Others have been making hand cream, Methane bubbles and electricity circuits with buzzers.
On Founders Day we had our first boarding parent breakfast event. This was a lovely opportunity for boarding staff, students and parents to sit and chat. The event was well attended and will become a regular feature on Founders Day.
Thank you to everyone who came!
On Sunday 25th June the Frensham Heights Greenpower team travelled to the Lotus test track in Hethel, Norfolk to race against other schools, colleges and private entrants. The team were as enthusiastic as ever and worked amazingly well together to get the car through scrutineering and into the practice session. After the Goodwood heat the car underwent repairs and it was the first time getting it out on track again. David took the lead and carefully navigated his way out. He completed 3 laps of the Hethel circuit and commented that the car felt great, phew!
Race one went very well, the team finished in 3rd place (in class) and were narrowly beaten by two other very well organised teams. The race lasted 90 minutes and three drivers had the opportunity to negotiate the Hethel circuit.
After a slight gear alteration race two started well and the following pit stops were slick. With 12 minutes to go until the checkered flag Greenpower cut the race short for reasons we still don’t know! We finished in 4th place (in class) which was a bit disappointing as our races tend to come alive towards the final 10 minutes – careful preparation goes into ensuring the gearing and the overall car set-up is on point for the full 90 minutes. Greenpower then calculated the furthest distance from either race one or race two and the team finished in 3rd place (in class) overall. This is particularly exciting as they’ve now automatically qualified for the international final in October at Goodwood! Well done team!
Huge thanks to the parents that helped on the day with setting up and packing away, your efforts were much appreciated. The next races are at Dunsfold on 10th September and Castle Combe on 17th September, updates to follow.
Charlie (Year 9) and Max (Year 7) are both competed in the British Octopush Association Junior Nationals in Leeds on 1st July. It was an all day championship with Max competing in the U14 team for the South East and Charlie in the U16s. They both came 4th in their teams. Well done!