THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 6th October, 2023
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It's been another busy week with everyone taking advantage of the sun continuing to shine. There have been loads of exciting fixtures and this morning the front lawn was full of students having a go at boxing as part of a Horizons morning (more below).
Please make sure to have a look at the notices below and have a great weekend.
SAFEGUARDING UPDATE FROM JO AND JACK
Thank you to everyone who came along on Thursday morning for the Online Safety Coffee Morning. There was a good turnout and it was really great to share some information with you as well as hear parents thoughts, concerns and ideas. There was also some demand for an evening version and so we will find a time to do this in the future. We will also continue with Safeguarding Coffee Mornings and the next one will be in the diary soon. If there is a topic you would like this to focus on, please let us know. We have attached a handout given at the event which has a list of hyperlinks to useful sources of information. If any of this is unclear please just ask. The main message was that while they may have the tech expertise we, as parents and teachers, have the life experience and so working together we can do all we can to keep them safe.
GREENPOWER FINAL AT GOODWOOD - Sunday 8th October
Our Greenpower team will be racing in the international final at Goodwood on Sunday. Click here for more information on how you can go along to support.
MALAWI TRIP MEETING
After the success of our recent trip to Malawi in July we are pleased to announce that we are offering students in Year 10-13 the opportunity to go this summer. We appreciate that this is quite a tight turnaround to this expedition, but we are keen to build on the amazing work that was achieved in July after 4 years of not being able to go. There will be a meeting in the Ballroom for interested students and parents on Wednesday 11th October at 6.30pm. Tom, from True Adventure who are working with Frensham on this trip, will be there with Lynn G and Linn K. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
THEATRE TRIP TO METAMORPHOSIS
There is a theatre trip to see Frantic Assembly’s Metamorphosis on Wednesday 22 November for GCSE and A Level Drama, BTEC Performing Arts and 6th Form Dance students. A practitioner from Frantic Assembly Theatre Company will be coming into school on the morning of Friday 20th October to work with these students ahead of the theatre trip. Please look out for further information via email.
AUDITIONS FOR FRANKENSTEIN
Following our exciting news that we have secured the rights to “Frankenstein” as our Senior School production next term, we will be screening some sections of the live recording at the National Theatre, as performed by Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, for those interested in auditioning. The screenings will take place on Monday 9 October and Monday 16 October at 1.10 in the Aldridge Theatre and will be open to students from Years 9-13. An audition pack will also be available for students, and auditions will take place on MONDAY 6 NOVEMBER from 4.30 – 6.30. For further information please contact Amanda.
WATERLOO COACH ON 5TH NOVEMBER
The Waterloo coach will be leaving Waterloo at 15.30 on Sunday 5th November in order to get back in time for the Fireworks.
CAREERS UPDATE AND UNIFROG INTRODUCTION
Please click here to read a letter from Grant Gallacher, our Head of Careers, which introduces Unifrog and his plans going forward.
There is a clothing collection next week for Farnham Refugee Centre, please see below a list of things that they are asking for.
Please bring any donations into school on Thursday 12th October - the school silver van will be parked in the main car park ready to receive them from 7am until 8.30am. Junior School parents can also take donations to their child's drop off point in the Junior School.
SAVE THE DATE - YRS 11 & 13 CELEBRATIONS
Year 11 Celebration Evening – Monday 24th June
Year 13 Leavers Ball – Wednesday 26th June
NEW ASHGATE GALLERY - HALF-TERM CRAFT ACTIVITIES
As part of October Craft Month, the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham are offering a range of free craft activities during the first week of half-term. Click here for more information.
INSPIRE FOOTBALL CAMP
Inspire Girls Football (IGF) are running their girls football camps again in October and would love for any interested girls from Frensham to attend. The camp is for all abilities. Click here for more information.
SCL - HALF TERM HOLIDAY CAMP
Please click to find out more about the SCL half term holiday camps happening at Frensham over half-term: Active Discovery Camp and Football Development Camp.
ABF FARNHAM ANNUAL SPEAKERS DINNER - FRIDAY 3RD NOV
The Army Benevolent Fund are holding their Annual Speakers Dinner on Friday 3rd November. For more information and to sign up, click here.
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.
14th October | 10am - 1pm | Photography Studio
RSVP to Sarah Farr
SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING & ARTS AWARD LAUNCH
18th October | 6.30pm | Aldridge Theatre
For Year 10 and 11 students considering entry into our Sixth Form. This will be an opportunity to hear about our Sixth Form, see specialist facilities and tour Roberts House. We will also be launching our Sixth Form Arts Awards for 2024.
NEWS FROM PARENT VOICE
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM AND PARENT VOICE
Both Friends of Frensham and Parent Voice consist of parent volunteers and are part of the school community, but they each have very different roles and objectives. Parents often ask what the differences between Friends of Frensham (FOF) and Parent Voice (PV) actually are. FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM Friends of Frensham is a charitable parents’ association that brings together, parents, staff and students through various fun social events, nurturing the community spirit and raising funds for the school and local charities. We are an ever growing team, with a Board of Trustees and committee and we have an amazing group of volunteers who help plan, organise and run events and communicate reminders and answer queries around FOF events and activities through the year group whats app groups. Anyone wanting to get involved in FOF in any way either helping out, working at events, organising collections or behind the scenes planning events, work on accounts, media or fundraising you are always welcome. Come chat to Friends of Frensham. For further information or to get involved please contact Gayle at email@example.com PARENT VOICE Parent Voice (PV) is a team of elected parent volunteers (known as reps) who are passionate about the school and its community. We meet with the school’s Senior Leadership Team once a term to represent wider parent views and feedback and also to collaborate on topics of interest. With at least one member in each year group, we are a useful point of contact for new and existing parents on all school related matters. For further information please don’t hesitate to contact the PV rep for your year or Jo directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM UPCOMING EVENTS
Thursday 12th October - FOF Coffee Morning – 8:30am Aldridge Café- We do hope that you can make Thursday's coffee morning. It is a great way to not only make some connections but find out more about how FOF works and learn about some of the events that are planned for the 2023 / 2024 school year. Hopefully you can join us and meet some of the FOF team. Monday 16th October - Junior School Halloween Activities and Disco – tickets on sale now https://www.tickettailor.com/events/friendsoffrensham Monday 16th October – Year 7 Autumn Disco - tickets on sale now https://www.tickettailor.com/events/friendsoffrensham Sunday 5th November – FOF Bonfire and Fireworks night – Tickets on sale soon
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
TEACHING ASSISTANT APPRECIATION DAY
Last Friday was Teaching Assistant Appreciation Day and the children and teachers were set a ‘Top Secret Mission’ to make a short video with a message of thanks, for our wonderful Teaching Assistants and the staff who also support us in the daily running of the Junior School. We can safely say the mission was a success, as they were all completely surprised and didn’t suspect a thing. We would like to say a really big heartfelt ‘Frensham thank you’ to Debbie C, Debbie H, Gemma, Judith and Kate our Teaching Assistants and to Tania and Liz in Nursery and to Liv in the office for everything they do for us every day. We truly do appreciate you all.
Y12 RADICAL SUBSTITUTION LESSON
In A-level chemistry this week, Y12 have been learning about the reaction between halogens and alkanes. They worked together to produce an excellent model showing the radical substitution mechanism.
SEPTEMBER SURF TRIP
The leafcutter ants are back and happily settling into their nest in the Science block. Their food will gradually be moved down the tubes to the feeding tank at the far end of the building.
SILVER DUKE OF EDINBURGH PRACTICE EXPEDITION
Last weekend, a team of 15 students from Frensham Heights embarked on their Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) Practice Expedition in the New Forest. During this expedition, the students showcased impressive navigation skills, demonstrated excellent campcraft, and made sound decisions to ensure a safe and successful journey. The experience was a testament to their preparedness and commitment to the DofE program. The team is now eagerly anticipating their qualifying expedition, scheduled for March 22nd to 24th where they will have the opportunity to further hone their outdoor skills and demonstrate their readiness for completing their Silver DofE Qualifying. The Benefits of Embarking on a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition at Bronze, Silver & Gold The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) program is a renowned and prestigious personal development initiative that empowers young individuals to challenge themselves and explore their potential. One of the most exciting and memorable components of the program is the expedition phase. This outdoor adventure not only offers participants a chance to explore the great outdoors but also provides numerous valuable benefits such as: Developing Resilience One of the foremost benefits of undertaking an expedition is the development of resilience. Participants are required to navigate challenging terrains, often in adverse weather conditions, and carry all their supplies. This experience teaches them to persevere through difficulties, develop problem-solving skills, and cultivate a strong sense of determination. Enhancing Teamwork Teamwork is a crucial aspect of their expedition. Participants work together with their teammates to plan routes, set up camps, and ensure the safety and well-being of the entire group. This fosters communication, cooperation, and collaboration skills, which are essential in both personal and professional life. Building Self-Confidence Completing a Silver DofE expedition is a significant achievement. Participants must rely on their own abilities and judgment to successfully navigate the journey. This self-reliance boosts their self-confidence and self-esteem, making them more resilient in the face of future challenges. Connecting with Nature The expedition takes participants out of their comfort zones and into the heart of nature. It allows them to disconnect from the digital world and connect with the natural environment. This not only offers a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life but also fosters a greater appreciation for the beauty and importance of the natural world. Discovering Leadership Skills During the expedition, participants take turns leading their group. This experience helps them discover and develop leadership qualities, such as decision-making, communication, and problem-solving, which are valuable skills in various aspects of life. Strengthening Physical and Mental Health The physical demands of the Silver DofE expedition contribute to improved physical fitness. The mental challenges, on the other hand, sharpen participants' focus and mental resilience. This holistic approach to well-being promotes a healthier lifestyle. A Valuable Addition to CV’s and College Applications Completing the Silver DofE expedition is a noteworthy achievement that can enhance a participant's resume or college application. It demonstrates qualities such as commitment, leadership, and a willingness to step outside one's comfort zone, which are highly regarded by educational institutions and employers. Conclusion The Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition is a transformative experience that offers a multitude of benefits to young individuals. It helps them develop crucial life skills, including resilience, teamwork, and self-confidence, while also fostering a deeper connection with nature and a broader cultural perspective. Ultimately, the Silver DofE expedition is not just an outdoor adventure; it is a journey of personal growth and self-discovery that can shape the future of its participants in profound ways. Gold DofE Launch 23/24 - Open to Year 12’s & 13’s To learn more about the Gold DofE program and how you can sign up, please join us for an informative session at the Wallace Lab next Thursday at 1:10pm This launch event will provide you with all the information you need to embark on this life-changing journey and become a part of the esteemed Gold DofE community. Don't miss this opportunity to challenge yourself, develop valuable skills, and make memories that will last a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you there!
SETTLING IN AT NEVILL HALL
We have welcomed back new and old students into Dance in Nevil Hall. Year 7 and 8 have been looking at the different physical skills needed in dance and have been exploring these in their own choreography. Year 9 have embarked on Contact Improvisation where they have been learning how to move with and around each other and even showing their skills in lifting one another. Year 10 have made an excellent start to their GCSE dance course exploring ways to perform and choreograph. Year 11 have come back with a bang refining their skills as performers and choreographers. Year 12 and 13 have had a busy start, not just learning their new courses but being part of the new Arts Award. These students have made a fantastic start to their sixth form, and we look forward to seeing their amazing performances throughout the year. The dance department have been impressed with the work already achieved and look forward to another year of great lessons and fantastic performances.
In advance of next week’s World Mental Health Day, Years 7 to 10 had a Horizons morning on Friday. We were joined by Jez Belas who runs the YouHQ app used by our Years 6 to 8 students. Jez and Danny Williams, a former GB Olympian and Commonwealth Games Judo Gold Medalist, delivered a morning of inspirational talks and workshops. Years 7, 8 & 9 heard from them as a Morning Talk with a focus on values-based wellbeing, while Year 10 had a talk about the impact of physical health on mental health and also some boxing based workshops. Flic also talked to them about strategies they can use to boost their wellbeing and manage difficulty. The children seemed to really enjoy the talks and workshops and we hope they will take some of this advice with them as and when they may need it in the future.
Congratulations to Felix in Yr10 who has been selected by the Great Britain cycling team to become a National Gravity Academy Rider for 2024. This is a phenomenal achievement and is one of only four places available nationally. This will as part of the MTB Downhill Specific programme.
“Felix has been identified as a hardworking, skillful bike racer who has the potential to develop into a successful world class athlete in the future. “
A fantastic opportunity for Felix and a bright future ahead. Well done!
U14 NETBALL VS ALTON
This was a competitive game played at home. With many of the team unable to play after school, it meant we had to be versatile in our positioning. The girls worked hard and fought for the ball. Alton dominated from the start but Frensham battled through every quarter to win the ball back. The final score was 18-12 to Alton, players of the match were Anna for her accurate shooting and Cydney for her flying intercepts. Cydney joined the school last term and has been a welcome addition to the squad. She always works hard and contests for every ball. A great performance and one to be proud of. This squad has a bright future ahead.
U13 NETBALL VS THE ROYAL
The blue team took a while to settle against The Royal away, we dropped a lot of balls and used too many overheads against a tall Royal defence. After a few positional changes and a reset, the girls started to find their groove. They started to drive forward for the ball, using the width of the court and focus on their own game. We took the lead by the end of the second quarter and then the goals kept coming. In the final quarter we played versatility with Maria (GK) as C, shooters in defence and defence in the goal circle. They smashed the last quarter despite playing out of position with a final score of 20-3. It was a proud coaching moment for me! Players of the match were Myla in the centre and Marnie in defence. The Red team also came along for some court time. It was only a short game so the girls did not have the time they needed to settle into the game. They struggled to open up opportunities despite moving the ball well from end to end. Unfortunately, the tall Royal defence were too quick and turned over the ball before we could get it in the net. It was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter but the Royal ran away with it in the second and scored 4. A good outing for the newly formed team with plenty of talent and potential to work on. Players of the match were Lily H in the centre who has made massive progress as a centre court player, and Ava who worked hard in defence and read the game well, picking up loose balls and putting pressure on the Royal attack. A well deserved choice. Great work girls, keep going, lots to work on in preparation for our next game.
U15 B FOOTBALL VS ST EDMUNDS
U10 FOOTBALL VS ST EDMUNDS
A fantastic first win of the season for the under 10s. An energised team after a couple of difficult games was great to see. The boys started well and were peppering the oppositions’ goal early on, unfortunately the St Edmunds goalkeeper was in sensational form and made several great saves from Clark, Remy and Crofton. On the occasions we did beat the GK the woodwork stopped us on at least three occasions in the opening ten minutes. The team smelt an opportunity and continued to push, some great passing and linking play ensured chances continued to be generated. The goal finally came through Clark who certainly deserved this with his fine dribbling skills throughout. Sound performances by Ethan who was strong in his tackles, Oscar with a goal and great passing, Mack in goal saving a penalty and many more positive to take from this game. A final score of 3-1 to Frensham was certainly well deserved!
U15 FOOTBALL VS DUNNATOR (ISFA CUP ROUND 1)
Despite the final score in this game, it did represent how well the girls performed in this very tough opening game. It finished 9-1 with 5 late goals as the girls began to tire. The start was ferocious, and the team soaked up some early pressure from some experienced female players. A through ball from Holly in midfield found Jamie on the left and she was strong to protect the ball from a tackle and fired the ball into the top corner for Frensham to take the lead. It was a difficult game but some highlights included the work rate of everybody on the team, Dunnator needed to earn every one of their opportunities because there was always a Frensham player closing down. Jemima and Holly in midfield were strong, Abbie and Katherine defended superbly well and Sophie in goal made some unbelievable saves. So many positive for us to take forward when we start our football season next season.
U15 FOOTBALL VS DUNNATOR (ISFA CUP ROUND 1)
The U9 football team made it two wins from two in dramatic fashion yesterday against Alton. The game was end to end and brilliant to watch. The team are learning fast and understanding the importance of space and passing the football forwards to create chances and showing some brilliant finishing. In defence the marking is improving and some brilliant tackling has been shown. There was a flurry of goals with Lex scoring the opening goals. Alton fought back and we found ourselves 4-4 with a minute left. Up stepped Aubrey with a brilliant long range free kick which sailed into the goal and Frensham won 5-4.
U13 FOOTBALL VS ST EDMUNDS & BOUNDARY OAK
The U13B team played their opening games of the season yesterday with a triangular fixture against Boundary Oak and St Ed’s. Considering this was the first time they have played as a team they put in a great performance and tried to play football the right way with lots of energy. In both games Frensham won 1-0 with some tidy finishing from Freddy in the first game and a late dramatic winner by Edward in the second game. We look forward to welcoming the Royal next week.
U15 FOOTBALL VS ST EDMUNDS
The U15 football team were unstoppable this week winning comfortably on Tuesday to St Ed’s. The midfield combo of Adnan, Elliot and Harry C worked brilliantly together to get the ball down on the floor and play between the lines. Leo ran the defence and they dealt well with any St Ed’s pressure and Jack showed some great finishing using the space well out wide. Adnan and Jack both picked up hattricks. They will face a tough test in the ISFA trophy next week against Dunottar.
U13 FOOTBALL VS ST EDMUNDS
We played really well and dominated the game against a well organised St Eds team. Our passing throughout the game was on the floor and quick which meant we opened them up on numerous occasions, however we struggled to put the ball into the back of the net. We then conceded with St Eds only attack which was hugely frustrating. The boys showed excellent determination and got back into the game and scored two well worked goals and ended up winning 2-1.
U13 FOOTBALL VS BOUNDARY OAK
We played our second game of the afternoon against a physically strong side who used their power and pace well. This didn’t phase us and we continued to play our passing football and opened them up several times scoring two great team goals finished off by Richie and Otto. We then conceded a headed goal from a corner which we were unable to stop due to the size of our opponents. Boundary Oak then scored a good second goal and although both teams had some chances neither could convert, and it stayed 2-2 which was probably a fair result.
U11-9 SWIM GALA VS DUNHURST
A great event for our students in Years 4 to 6 to attend so early in the year. We witnessed some great swimming which was made even more impressive by having to swim either 20m or 40m depending on age! We were up against some tough competition, but we still came away with some great results and some smiley faces after a great swim! For the U10s, Isabel came 1st in the 40m backstroke and also came 2nd in the 40m freestyle. For the U11s, in the 40m backstroke Ayla Sandlin came 2nd and Edith came 3rd, Louis came 2nd in the boys 40m freestyle and in the girls 40m freestyle race Ava placed 1st and Edith placed 3rd. A great competition in the relays across all year groups with a close competition through to the end. Well done to all who swam!
U18 NETBALL VS ALTON
It was a tough match at home today for our U16 netball squad against a very skilled and drilled U18 Alton side. Our girls worked hard though and did not allow the strong Alton defence to disrupt their flow. They moved the ball well smoothly up the court and fought hard to won it back when it was overturned by the fast pace of the Alton side. The girls did not give up though and fought for every goal until the final whistle. A special mention to Willow for her accurate shooting and great movement in the circle, and to Lulu who was outstanding at centre and goal attack. Some excellent movement, fabulous work rate and some lovely movement up the court. Well played girls, you worked hard and deserved a better score line. It was a final score of 40-15 to Alton, who were incredibly slick. Frensham must not be disheartened, they are a great side, who have made massive progress in a short space of time. Keep up the hard work girls.
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.
Don’t forget to pop in to the Aldridge café, the opening times are
Mon-fri 8-10am & 3-5pm (4.30pm on Friday)
We sell fresh pastries, toasted paninis, freshly made cakes and coffees, hot chocolate and cold drinks.
We look forward to seeing you soon
Sunday 8th October
Bronze DofE Qualifying Expedition (Year 10) South Downs (return approx. 5pm)
Greenpower Final (Goodwood) (return approx 19.00)
Boarders – afternoon tea
Monday 9th October
Junior School Feel Good Week Commences
13.55 - Year 7 to Year 13 School Notices (Aldridge Theatre)
16.30 - U16 Boys Football vs Alton (Home)
15.15 - U9 – U11 Mixed Swimming v Rowledge (Home)
19.30 - Malta Tour Parent Information Evening (via TEAMS) (Rescheduled from last week)
Tuesday 10th October
09.00 – 13.00 - Stop Gap Workshop (Aldridge Theatre)
13.00 - Whole School Photo (Astro)
14.30 - U15/14 Boys Football Vs The Royal (Home)
14.45 - U15/14 Boys ISFA Football Vs Dunottar (Home)
15.30 - U15/14 Girls Netball Vs Weydon (Away)
19.00 - Parent Voice Meeting (Billiard Room)
Wednesday 11th October
14.30 - U13/12 Boys Football Vs The Royal (Home)
14.30 - U11/10 Girls Netball Vs DOK (Away)
14.30 - U11/10 Boys Football Vs Sherfield (Home)
18.30 - Malawi Parent Meeting (Ballroom)
Thursday 12th October
03.45 Departure - Year 10 & Year 11 GCSE Battlefields Trip
08.20 - FOF Parent Coffee Morning (Aldridge Cafe)
14.30 - U16 Boys Football Vs Mayville (Home)
15.30 - U9 Girls Netball Vs DOK (Home)
15.30 - U9 Boys Football Vs DOK (Home)
16.30 - Drama / Musical Rehearsals (Studios)
Friday 13th October
08.30 - Junior School Wake Up / Shake Up (4-6 Playground)
9.15 – 10.25 - Year 7 to Year 12 Morning Talk: Topic – Biking with Andrew Ellison (Aldridge Theatre)
09.30 – 10.25 - Year 13 UCAS Workshops (Ballroom)
Saturday 14th October
Year 10 & Year 11 GCSE Battlefields Trip - 8pm return
09.30 Departure Boarders Activity - The Line - Olympic Park to Greenwich Peninsula
Sunday 15th October
Boarders – On Site Activities
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