THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 5th May, 2023
A MESSAGE FROM LAURA
Today was Leavers Day. This was both a much-anticipated day of fun and surprises as well as a day of goodbyes.Upon arrival to school, students and staff walked around our campus with excitement about what awaited them. They found upside down classrooms, decorations, costumes and water pistols!
Following the Junior School assembly, Year 7 to Year 13 descended on the Aldridge for Morning Talk. The first order of the day was to say goodbye to Becks. After 12 years of Becks being at the heart of our school, it was sadly time to say goodbye and wish her all the best for her Cornish adventure. We thanked Becks for her kindness, wisdom, compassion and integrity. Amaryllis delivered a tear-jerking speech and Ben presented Becks with a lovely bouquet. Staff and students gave Becks a much deserved standing ovation. Her sunny nature will be greatly missed.
Hannah and Jo then said goodbye to Year 13 and Year 11 whilst photograpahs of students were shown. I had planned to share the results of the student survey, which received a great response however, before I could finish my sentence, I was interupted by the Year 13 flash mob! Click here to watch the performance - click to watch the Year 13 Flash Mob!
This was followed by a Year 13 music video - click to watch the Year 13 Leavers' Video - before Will A and the Year 11 student team held a whole school quiz where staff were questioned and soaked with water!
After a lunch of hotdogs, fries and churros, which had been chosen by Year 13, a Year 11 versus everyone else paint fight got underway on the field before a tunnel of clapping was formed by all staff and students as our leavers proudly walked through.
Today was a day of fun, a day of excitment, but as I said to the students, it was about them. Frensham Heights is not a building or a place, it is a community and wherever we may go in the world, we all have something in common; we were and will always be a part of Frensham.
ASSESSMENT WEEK - 15th to 19th May
Please can you make sure your child has the correct equipment for their end of year assessments - pens and pencils and particularly a calculator on Thursday 18th May for their maths (calculator) assessment. Thank you!
SCHOOL FEES PAYMENTS
Please could all outstanding fees be paid by Monday 8 May 2023 to avoid the possibility of Late Payment Charges being added. When making payment, please use your child's name and Pupil Number as the reference. Should you have any questions please email email@example.com - thank you.
FINAL CALL FOR MOCK INTERVIEWERS!
If you’re free on Monday 15th May between 10.45am and 12.45am and fancy supporting our Y10s careers’ workshop, please get in touch. The students will be undertaking mock interviews to develop their employability skills and experience. For many, this could be a chance to see what an interview is like for future college, university, or job interviews that are likely to come up in the next few years. With the questions provided to you, “the more the merrier” in terms of interviewer team is desired (you can even do part of the time if you can’t do both hours). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Thanks to have already volunteered.
PARENT VOICE REPS - YEAR 5
Parent Voice are pleased to welcome Anna Allgrove as the incoming Rep for Year 5.
This means we are saying goodbye and thank you to Helen Jones who is stepping down at the end of her term. Helen’s input and support over the last 3 years has been fantastic and we are going to miss her energy and passion.
PARENT VOICE - OPEN COFFEE MORNING
Parent Voice will be holding an open coffee meeting in the Aldridge Cafe after drop off on Tuesday 16th May.
If you would like to meet the team, discuss an issue or just find out more about PV and what we are doing, then please feel free to come along.
Everyone is welcome!
INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS
Timetables for individual music lessons are now available for the remainder of this half term. Please do check the timetables carefully as we have built the timetables around the variety of wonderful events, not to mention assessments and exams taking place before the May Holiday. Timetables can be found under your child’s Real Time Timetable on the Parent Portal, and are available to students in years 7 and above 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: email@example.com Thank you 😊
SHYNEFEST - 2nd & 3rd JUNE
A couple of our parents run the annual Shynefest music festival in Guildford. Click here for more info.
GALA CONCERT OF WORLD MUSIC 3rd JUNE
An International Prom - Gala Concert of World Music is happening at G Live in Guildford on 3rd June - free for under 18s. 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.
SAVE THE DATES
Please make sure to put the dates below in your diary, more information will follow:
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.
Due to low uptake, this event has been cancelled.
YEAR 8 SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP WORKSHOP
Saturday 13th May | 10am - 12pm
Drama Studios | FREE
Due to students no longer being able to attend, two spaces have become available for the Year 8 special effects make-up/wounds workshop on Saturday 13th May. RSVP directly to firstname.lastname@example.org Please note it is not suitable for anyone with make up/materials allergy.
HIGH ROPES WORKSHOP
Saturday 13th May | 10am - 12pm
High Ropes | FREE
We're looking for some students to help us show off our high ropes during our Open Morning on Saturday 13th May. If you're in Years 5 to 8 and can come along for a couple of hours, please get in touch at email@example.com
CERAMICS THROWING WORKSHOP
Saturday 13th May | 10am - 1pm
Ceramics Studio | FREE
Years 7 to 13. Get your hands messy and learn how to usethe potters wheel. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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 email@example.com to reserve your place.
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
It was another lovely surf trip to Polzeath over the bank holiday weekend. Twenty six students and four staff were greeted with overcast conditions but it didn’t dampen the mood. It was so nice to put the tents up in board daylight after last years 7 hour journey and arriving in the dark.
The weather improved on Saturday and we were greeted with great waves for everyone. As usual the staff struggled to stand up, while the students made it look easy. How annoying for some of us older people on the trip!!!
The waves on Sunday were extremely powerful and made for great fun for the students. Sunday night we had some very tired bodies and everyone was asleep by 10pm.
The students were great fun and behaviour was outstanding.
Massive thank you to Lauren , Jon and Noel
GREENPOWER GOODWOOD RACE DAY
This week was our very first race which was held at the world-famous Goodwood motor circuit, 2.4 miles of tarmac with a rich motorsport history.
It was such a great experience to see the team play to their strengths. The team members who had a go at driving the car were amazing at doing so. The enthusiasm and energy they had (even early in the morning) really made the day even more memorable.
The race day had 2 separate races in our category, the first race Team Frensham quickly showed just how hard they had been working and finally finishing in 3rd place for kit cars out of approximately 50 on the grid.
We had a short break while another class raced but while we waited for our next race the rain set in, making the track slippery! As is the Frensham way, bravery was in no short supply and despite the conditions, we set out to race. Just at the end of the first lap the conditions got the better of our car and we crashed out, after a quick repair and another couple of laps it was clear that we would have to retire from this race.
But we will be back, we win as a team, we lose as a team, and we race as a team and as Team Frensham, we will dust ourselves off and be race ready for next time.
We had a brilliant turn out from friends, fans and family (Now unofficially known as the FRiends Of Greenpower or FROGS for short) and Goodwood made us feel at home and put on a well-organised event.
Likes: Dogs and her chickens
Favorite subject: Ceramics
Why I applied: I thought it would be a brilliant experience and to get to know the other tutor group members.
Written by Juno Page (7TJJ)
JUNIOR SCHOOL MUSIC
Year 4 had some fun and fresh air in their Music Makers ECA and Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a singing workshop with a choir leader from Farnham Youth Choir. For more information on Farnham Youth Choir, click here.
YEAR 4 BIKEABILITY
On Thursday and Friday members of Year 4 had an amazing time completing their Bikeability Level 1. They learnt how to complete safety checks on their bikes, how to safely control and ride their bike in addition to basic road etiquette in preparation for the Level 2. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the course and were eager to learn more about the level 2.
Using Biuret reagent to test for the presence of protein in a food sample.
In our last lesson moments before the end of wet lab teaching and the start of study leave for GCSE examination biology, the students decided to forfeit revision games and get ‘their two year most stubborn’ practical to work in one final last moment effort – Yyehh, SUCCESS!!!! – motivation, resilience, determination and working hard all help to make your own Good Luck.
Under 13s Girls Cricket v St Edmunds
A fantastic start to the season for the Under 13s girls cricket team. This was a softball pairs cricket match with each pair receiving two overs. This is a great format where each team starts on 200 and points are gained for runs, boundaries and extras. If a player is out either caught, stumped, bowled or run out they lose five points. Every player gets an opportunity to bat, field, keep wicket and bowl.
The girls lost the toss and St Edmunds started, the bowling was to a good standard and there were few extras. St Edmunds were good at running for tight singles that boosted their score. Frensham managed a couple of wickets, the highlight from Catherine who bowled middle stump to take the wicket of an experienced batter. A total of 269 for St Edmunds was competitive. Frensham in true England cricket mindset went on the attack and scored well in the opening overs with Georgia, Catherine and Dulcie. However, a few more wickets for St Edmunds was all the difference as Frensham finished with a total of 261 losing the game by 8 runs. A great first outing!
U10 Mixed Cricket vs Sherfield
It was the Year 5’s first cricket match this week. There were some nervous faces as for some it was their first ever cricket match but once they got into it that changed and they seemed to be really enjoying themselves. We were up to bat first which the team were nervous for but hit some brilliant shots. There was some brilliant batting from Rudy, Louis, Annela and Ruby who managed to score a few fours during their batting which was fantastic. After our batting innings Frensham scored an amazing 234 runs. After a quick team chat we were ready to go out to field. Ruby was first up to bowl had a brilliant over. It was great to see everyone in the team have the chance to bowl and be wicket keeper. I was really impressed with the teams fielding as we managed to stop a few fours which was brilliant. Even though Sherfield scored 330 runs and took the win, it was a great start to the season and I think the year 5 cricket team has some great potential. Well done to everyone that played and on to the next match.
U9 Mixed Cricket vs St Ed’s
This weeks match was against St Ed's and was the Year 4's first game of the season. There was a lot of excitement in the team, with starting a new sport. Most of them have never played cricket before so it was something very new to them. At the beginning we had a team chat and sorted out batting pairs. Once everyone was happy and felt confident we went into bat first. Our first batters up were Angad and Isabelle who had a brilliant over and managed to score our teams first 15 run which was a brilliant start to the game. Once the game was in play it was brilliant to see everyone enjoying themselves and grasping how the game works. There was some brilliant batting with some fantastic fours scored by Clarke. After everyone had a brilliant batting innings it was time for a quick team chat and then it was time to get onto the field. It was great that everyone was able to bowl and be a wicket keeper. First up to bat was Clarke who bowled brilliantly and showed some great talent. Clarke also managed to get his first wicket of the season. Ben was our wicket keeper first and did a brilliant job of stopping the ball when the batter missed the shot. After both innings were played it was a fantastic finish with both teams drawing at 246 runs. It was great confidence for the team to get a draw in their first game. Well done to Angad that got player of the match and well done to everyone that played, on to the next match.
On Rory's pitch the team approached the fixture with an excellent attitude and by the end of the game showed a huge improvement in their knowledge of the game and the rules. We played pairs format and Frensham batted first, setting St Ed’s a total of 138 to win. This included boundaries from Mack, Woody and Crofton. In response, St Ed’s scored 175 to win the game. All students showed willing to try and bowl an over and showed great improvement, Georgia did particularly well with the opposition scoring just one run off her over. Well done to all involved, we are looking forward to the next one.
Girls U15 Cricket v St Edmunds
The U15 girls cricket team played in a very enjoyable fixture against St Ed’s on Tuesday afternoon. It was great to see such a keen group of girls who wanted to play hardball cricket. The visitors won the toss and bowled first and Frensham set them a target of 48, Lexie was top scoring with the bat closely followed by Jemima. In response, St Ed’s reached out total in the 15th over after taking 6 wickets. Heidi, Jemima, Lexie and Jamie all taking wickets. Well done all.
U11 Cricket v Sherfield
The U11 cricket team played in their first game of the season on Wednesday afternoon in the bright sunshine. We played a pairs format game on the astro and Sherfield won the toss and batted first. They set us a total of 198 with Finn, George and Otto all picking up wickets. In response, Frensham scored 150 falling short of the visitors total. Xander and Grace scored a brilliant 20 off their partnership. All the team showed a great attitude and willingness to improve their game understand throughout, well done all.
Under 14s Cricket V Alton
Under 13s Cricket V The Royal
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 26th March
Year 11 and Sixth Form Silver and Gold Practice Expedition
Monday 8th May
BANK HOLIDAY – Kings Charles III Coronation
19.00 - Boarding Houses open
Tuesday 9th May
Year 6 Bikability Week (Tuesday to Friday)
Year 11 and Year 13 Study Leave Starts
Year 7 to Year 9 Revision Week
8.30 – 10.00 - Junior School Town Hall event (Ballroom)
13.00 - U13 Girls Football (ISFA Regionals @ Claremont Fan Court) (Away)
13.55 - Year 7 to Year 13 School Notices (Theatre)
15.00 - U12 & U15 Mixed Athletics (Waverley Athletics Trials) (Away)
14.30 - U15 & U14 Boys Cricket vs Ditcham (Home)
15.30 – 16.30 - Junior School Coronation T-Party (Front Lawn)
17.30 – 20.30 - Year 12 Academic Parents Evening (on Teams)
Wednesday 10th May
14.00 - 16.00 - Years 9-13 Drama Scholars’ Workshop (Aldridge Theatre) Gerard Logan
14.30 - U13 & U12 Boys Cricket vs Ditcham (Home)
14.30 - U10 Mixed Cricket vs Alton (Home)
19.30 - Drama / Theatre event "Hauntings" by Gerard Logan
Thursday 11th May
Friday 12th May
Departing 08.15 - Year 12 Geography Field Studies Centre trip Slapton Lea
8.40 - JS Assembly (Aldridge Theatre)
9.30 - Morning Talk: Guest speaker from Chawton House (Years 7-10 & Year 12) (Aldridge Theatre)
Saturday 13th May
Year 12 Geography Field Studies Centre trip Slapton Lea
9.30 – 13.00 - Open Morning for Prospective Parents and Students
10.00 – 12.00 - Year 8 Special Effects Casualty make-up workshop (The Studios)
10.00 – 13.00 - Photography workshop (Photography Studio)
10.00 – 13.00 - Ceramics workshop (Ceramics Studio)
10.00 – 12.00 - High Ropes workshop
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
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