THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 13th October, 2023
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SAFEGUARDING UPDATE FROM JO AND JACK
This week Jack attended Farrer's Annual Safeguarding Conference which had a focus on online safety. We were pleased to feel that we were ahead of the curve with most of the issues and topics that were covered although one new term did catch our eye - 'Digital Agency'. The speaker suggested that this should be the focus of online safety education in schools, encouraging students to take control of their online lives and give them the tools to manage this effectively. This is the approach that we try to take in much of what we do at Frensham - giving students freedom with responsibility and helping them learn from any mistakes they make on the way so that they grow into young adults capable of having agency over their own lives. Look out for this new buzzword in their online safety lessons going forward!
AUDITIONS FOR FRANKENSTEIN - YEARS 9 TO 13
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.
WHOLE SCHOOL WALK - 17TH OCTOBER
Following on from Lynn's email home, it's our Whole School Walk on Tuesday. Please remind your children to raise money for the Fountain Centre, this year's school charity.
STUDENT EXPERIENCE REVIEW
Next week (Mon 16th-20th October) we will be trialling a new initiative with year 8, our student experience review. It will involve a teacher tracking each tutor group for one day of the week to observe their daily experiences. We want to understand what it’s like to be a student in Year 8; what’s working and what we can do better from both an academic and pastoral viewpoint. Staff will also be observing Year 8 lessons throughout the week, alongside student book reviews to get a picture of our feedback process and a student survey so we can listen to student views. All of this information will be collated and reviewed on the Friday and we hope allow us to share good practise and make positive changes. If this is a success, we plan to roll it out across the school.
PARENT WEBINAR: STARTING THE CONVERSATION - TOOLS FOR TALKING ABOUT MISOGYNY WITH OUR TEENS - SAVE THE DATE!
This year we are working with Bold Voices to launch the Ambassador's programme in Year 12: students who have opted to be involved will be learning about misogyny and gender-based violence, and working on projects to help to tackle this. As part of this scheme, we are delighted to be able to offer two information webinars for parents on these topics. The first of these, on how to talk about misogyny with teenagers, is coming up soon, on 30th November, at 6pm (hosted on Zoom). We are able to offer 30 live places on this webinar, and the recording will be available for one month following the event for those who wish to view it at a later date. The second webinar, (The Digital Divide: Tools for talking about online sexual harassment with our teens) will run in March. If you would like to attend the first webinar live then please keep an eye out for the details. Once Bold Voices have released the information and sign up link we will share them with you in the newsletter.
LIVE PARENT WEBINAR: HOW YOU CAN HELP PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR EXAMS
Tuesday 17th October 6:00-7:00pm - Elevate Education will be hosting their next parent webinar on exam preparation. Elevate works with our students, delivering high-impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing, and exam preparation. By tuning into their webinar series, you’ll learn how you can help support your children at home by reinforcing the skills they’re learning at school. Learn how you can help your child to get ready for their assessments and walk into the exam hall feeling confident and prepared.
THE MURRAY PARISH TRUST CHARITY BALL
Two of our Year 9 parents are holding a charity ball on November 18, 2023 and there are still a few tables left to sell. This year The Murray Parish Trust is focusing on children’s mental health, fundraising to deliver projects which aim to improve early and innovative interventions. The combination of Covid-19, poverty and money worries, plus social media, school and other societal pressures have had a devastating effect on the mental health of our young people, and we have now reached a crisis point. Around 1.5 million young people – that’s one in 5 children and teenagers – are now likely to have a mental health problem: a shocking 60% increase over the last 5 years. Or to put it another way, 6 children in every classroom are currently struggling with their mental health.
Do you know anyone newly engaged or planning a wedding? Do let them know that there is a Wedding Fair being held here at Frensham Heights School in the Main House on Sunday 22nd October. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet lots of local suppliers, but also a chance to meet with the Frensham Hall Events Team and discuss any bespoke requirements or simply visit the beautiful venue. To register please go to www.prestigeweddingfairs.co.uk .
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.
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 FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM
FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE NOW…
Remember, remember the fifth of November A bonfire, fireworks….the lot I know of no reason why this winters season Should not start off with a bang and with FOF We are looking forward to putting on the annual FOF Fireworks and bonfire night, there will be some fab music and food trucks alongside some FOF and charity run stalls. We do hope you can join us. As ever we are so grateful for all your help in volunteering to help this event run so smoothly- we couldn’t do it without you. So if you fancy getting involved please do! If you’d like to help on the FoF Bar, during the event, please sign up via the link below. N.B. You will need to sign an alcohol licence form before you can serve anyone. https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/e92Dx7Pa/vote We can’t run the Pick n Mix sweet shop or the chocolate lucky dip without helping hands so please help us, to make this happen, by using this Doodle link to offer your time. https://doodle.com/meeting/participate/id/axl2ZWEa/vote If you’d like to help set up, break down or even safety marshal on the night please contact us on email@example.com Lastly, the key components, that make this event a wonderful night, have seen a rapid increase in costs. We have made the difficult decision to charge for entry tickets. We promise that we have kept the prices as low as we can. Adult (18+): £4 Child (5-17yrs): £1 Under 5’s: Free Tickets will only be available online, please purchase yours using this link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/friendsoffrensham/1032074. Every ticket holder will be given an event wristband to wear. The wristbands can be collected, when you arrive, on the night.
DISCO TICKETS YEAR N-7
Last chance to buy tickets for JS disco and Year 7 Autumn disco on Monday 16th October please follow the link to book your childs place. JS Halloween Disco and Stalls https://www.tickettailor.com/events/friendsoffrensham/1015030 Year 7 Autumn Disco https://www.tickettailor.com/events/friendsoffrensham/1019766
Lovely to see so many of you at the FOF coffee morning this week, if you were unable to come but were interested in getting involved either as a one off, for a specific event or behind the scenes please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
STOPGAP DANCE COMPANY
On Tuesday 10th October Stopgap Dance Company came and led two workshops for our Year 9 and our Year 10-13 students. Stopgap are an inclusive dance company who work with both able and disable bodied dancers. Year 9 were led through a series of contact movements to understand pushing, pulling, leaning and rolling with another person. Year 10-13 were put through their paces being led through set sequences and creative tasks. All students had an amazing experience and one we hope to do again soon!!!
GREENPOWER INTERNATIONAL FINAL
Last Sunday 8th October we competed in the International Finals for Greenpower, as usual with race days we had a bright and early start but that didn’t stop the team from being on top form. In the morning we had a few struggles with getting tyres to the correct pressures and finalising race strategy but they got smoothed out pretty quickly. The weather was lovey, and we were set for a brilliant day of racing. Those who are familiar with the concept of Greenpower will know that at the finals the first race is a qualifier to determine your grid position for the final race. Our drivers (David, Elijah and Edward) on the day took the challenge and faced it head on which meant we placed 2nd which meant that we had a great opportunity to start well in the last race of the season. After a quick lunch break it was time for the grid parade which is something that has never been done before, but the team again, were amazing with just how organised they were - even when challenged with a giant banner! 15 minutes later the race started and yet again our drivers were amazing, it was only in the final 15-20 minutes that we jumped from 9th kit car to 7th and then again from 7th to 3rd kit car but that wasn’t enough and we ended up placing 4th overall in the F24 category by only seconds. The team did their best on the day and important lessons will be learned and passed onto the next keen Y7s that want to be part of this brilliant project, we had a superb day. There are a few special thankyous to be given: Firstly, to the supporters, then parents, friends and family, last years team who came to support us and Alex in Year 9 who has come to most races and meetings, and then finally the teachers behind it, Giles and Neil. This has been such an amazing experience to be a part of and has helped develop so many different skills like communication, teamwork, problem solving, leadership and management, creativity and time management – I’m sure I’ve missed loads of others too!! During the remainder of this term, we will debrief properly from the final and start to dismantle the car and prepare it for the new team. Look out Year 7s – we’ll see you in a notices in January! Written by Juno (Year 8)
ROBERTS HOUSE BILLIARD TABLE
Roberts House now has a new, very smart billiard table to this willing group team of Sixth Formers!
YEAR 5 PINWHEELS
In year 5, we created pinwheels as part of our stem well being project. It encouraged children to breathe out deeply to try to rotate the pinwheels,which in turn, helped take a deep breath in and that in turn improved oxygen in the body for wellbeing.
FEEL GOOD WEEK
The Junior School finished off their Feel Good Week with a massive Wake Up Shake Up in the sports hall.
Year 10 and 11 historians are currently midway through the 3 day battlefields trip to France and Belgium. It is wonderful to return after an enforced Covid break of nearly 5 years. The GCSE students are brilliant. They are gaining so much from the application of their knowledge to the locations of their studies. Deeply moved by the cemeteries; appreciating the kinaesthetic experience of the trenches. Kevin has been keen to demonstrate the application of physics to history: lens, forces and conservation of momentum. Visits to the V weapons factory at La Coupole, which despite epic tiredness, the students dug deep and found the resilience to explore the exhibits. Menin gâte tonight and the famous Leonides chocolate shop (who send us a Christmas card because we are such good customers) and Somme tomorrow . The coach has been entertaining too, with jokes a plenty and war movies. Well done everyone…. So far
UNDER 14s NETBALL v WEYDON
This week u14s played away at Weydon. The girls played very well throughout the game with a slight dip in concentration in the second quarter. Despite this dip the girls were still ahead at half time. In the third quarter our girls upped their game and pulled away and continued their excellent play into the 4th quarter. The girls came away with a well deserved 22-11 win.
U11/10 SWIMMING v ROWLEDGE
We could not have asked for a better afternoon for Monday's swim gala with Rowledge. Our Year 5 and 6 students swam valiantly against two teams from Rowledge. It was great to have so many people wanting to swim different races this week and it created some exciting competition. In the U10 category, Isabel came 1st in Backstroke and Crofton came 1st in Freestyle. In the U11 category, we saw a 1st from Louis in Backstroke, a 2nd place for Ayla Sandlin in Breaststroke and a 1st place for Ava in both Freestyle and Butterfly! Great work to all who took part in this, it was very close in each race!
U11/10 NETBALL v DUKE OF KENT
The U10s were markedly improved this week, playing as more of a unit and working cohesively. This saw us gaining possession of the ball more easily and making our way to the attacking third regularly. The players enjoyed the added assistance that playing 7-a-side brings and grew to understand their positions. We had multiple attempts at shooting, but a well-matched Duke of Kent team were quick to intercept at the last minute. In the first quarter, Duke of Kent scored 3 goals, but this did not stop our team from working hard to dominate the second quarter in which they scored two goals (Woody & Clara). The final two quarters were fierce with a further goal from Duke of Kent. The U10s managed to score a 3rd goal (Woody) to finish strong! The under 11s worked really hard against a much taller opposition that makes a big difference in the younger years in netball. The girls got off to a shaky start but certainly grew into the game and improved as each quarter developed. In the opening quarter the team were up against a lot of pressure but were resilient in closing down the opposition and making the game difficult for Duke of Kent. Star player throughout was Edith who was zoned in and was relentless in intercepting the opposition and breaking down there attacks. Aneela and Elsa shared the role of GK which was a difficult task against tall shooters but did a sterling job in rebounding and having arms up as a distraction when shooting. As the girls gained confidence in the game they were more comfortable going forward and with some quick passing from Isla and Ruby we started to get into the final third more often and have the opportunity to score some points. A 3-0 defeat on this occasion but lots to take forward into the next match.
UNDER 15s NETBALL v WEYDON
The U15's were away to Weydon this week. It was always going to be a challenging game and Weydon were quick to show us how good they were. Frensham worked hard to match their speed and movement and after the first quarter, Frensham had taken the lead. Weydon showed us their drive and determination though, and quickly worked hard to take the lead. Our game lacked composure today, and we rushed the ball, causing simple errors. By the fourth quarter, the Weydon side had ran away with a win, fighting for every ball. The final score was 22-14 to Weydon. Plenty to learn from in preparation for our next game. Players of the match were Maleah and Jemima. Onwards and upwards!
UNDER 15s ‘B’ FOOTBALL v THE ROYAL
A really great performance from this team to make it back-to-back wins playing a really positive attacking brand of football. The opening ten minutes we created a huge number of chances but the woodwork and the royals goalkeeper were keeping us out. Some highlights included Max, playing only his second game was a relentless pest for the opposition, always at them when they had the ball and battled superbly well throughout. Captain Tibor led the tea by example with his calm and physical display at the back and finally a host of great goals finally arrived. On the scoresheet this week was Milo with a brace, Yash, Rafi and a brace for Talha secured a comprehensive 6-2 victory, well done!
UNDER 14s NETBALL v ALTON
The u14s faced Alton last week. We were missing a couple of our regular players and it did make a difference with girls filling in positions they wouldn’t normally play. During the first quarter Frensham matched Alton goal for goal with the score 5-5 at the end of the first quarter. At the start of the second quarter the game was very scrappy with lots of balls turned over by both teams. The girls finally settled into a rhythm and the game became more controlled. In the second half Alton really upped their game and were better at chasing the ball down. This led to them having a larger number of shooting opportunities. These opportunities were rarely missed, and Alton pulled away from us. The girls fought hard until the end of the game where sadly on this occasion Alton were victorious. Well done to all the girls.
UNDER 12s NETBALL v THE ROYAL
The u12s played two games away at The Royal last week. We were lucky enough to take away almost two full teams. It is great to have so many students keen to play netball this season. We are still finding the best fit in terms of positions for the teams however we found a good fit on Wednesday against The Royal. Our attack was great with Poppy, Juliette and Tilly scoring 20 goals between them. Anya, Lila, Evelyn, Becky, Tusia and Abi did a great job bringing the ball through the court and turned over a number of balls for us which created more attacking opportunities. Annabelle, Lili and for the last quarter Abi did a great job in defence. The girls defending was tight and meant The Royal didn’t have a lot of shooting opportunities. Frensham won both of their games winning 7-1 and 13-5. Well done to everyone who played.
UNDER 13s FOOTBALL v THE ROYAL
On Wednesday The Royal brought over two small sided teams to play in a tournament with four mixed Frensham teams from year 7 and 8. Each team played 5 games in a league format to crown the overall winners. The games were played in a brilliant spirit with the teams taking responsibility to organise themselves into line ups, formations and lead each other through the competition. The Frensham non bibs took the victory securing 12 points from a possible 15, finishing just one point above Frensham Green. Well done to all who took part.
UNDER 9s FOOTBALL v DUKE OF KENT
The U9s continued their impressive start to the season remaining unbeaten after their third game week. Duke of Kent were the visitors this week and they brought over 2 teams to create a triangular. In the first game Frensham won 2-0 with Lex scoring and Thomas making some brilliant saves to keep a clean sheet. In the second game Frensham won 3-1 with Jess and Lex scoring. In both games the team showed they are getting a greater understanding of spacing around the pitch and passing and moving rather than holding onto the ball too long. In defence Frensham put their bodies on the line and tackled brilliantly, led by Magnar who was then able to find a pass brilliantly into midfield to start our attacks. Both Delilah’s, Ezra and Jess did not give the opposition any time on the ball to settle and they all played brilliantly. Next week we have our first away game of the season against St Hillary’s, we are looking forward to it.
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
We helped the junior school celebrate the end of ‘Feel good week’ with lots of smiley biscuits at breaktime this Friday.
Sunday 15th October
Boarders – On Site Activities
Monday 16th October
Year 8 Student Experience Review Week
13.55 - Year 7 & 8 School Notices (Ballroom)
13.55 - Year 9 to Year 11 School Notices (Aldridge Theatre)
14.30 - 15.10 - Year N & Year R Halloween Disco & Activities (Ballroom)
15.20 - 17.00 - Year 1 to Year 6 Halloween Disco & Activities (Ballroom)
17.15 - 18.30 - Year 7 Halloween Disco (Ballroom)
16.30 - U16 Boys Football Vs Sherfield (Home)
19.00 - Boarding Parents' Teams Meeting
Tuesday 17th October
09.00 - Whole School Walk
14.30 - U15/14 Boys Football Vs Winchester College
14.30 - U15/14 Girls Netball Vs Tormead (Home)
Wednesday 18th October
Year R to Year 11 FLU Immunisations (Ballroom)
13.00 - U13 6-a-side Boys Football Tournament Lancing College (Away)
14.30 - U10 Boys Football Vs St Hillarys (Home)
14.30 - U11/10 Girls Netball Vs The Royal (Home)
14.30 - U13/12 Boys Football Vs Sherfield (Home)
15.30 - U13/12 Girls Netball Vs Weydon (Away)
18.30 - Sixth Form Open Evening & Arts Awards Launch (Aldridge Theatre, Studios, Art Block, Roberts House)
Thursday 19th October
08.15 Departure - Year 12 & Year 13 Graphics, Photography and Fine Art trip to the Tate Modern
09.00 - Mini Open Morning (Main House & Site Tours)
14.30 - U18 Boys Football v More House (Home)
15.20 - U16 Girls Netball Vs Heath End (Away)
15.30 - U9 Boys Football Vs St Hillarys (Away)
16.00 - Year 6 Sleepover in Classroom
16.30 - Drama / Musical Rehearsals (Studios)
19.00 - Sixth Form Social Event (Roberts House)
Friday 20th October
07.45am meet at LHR T4 - Year 8 to Year 13 Netball Tour to Malta
07.30am meet at LGW South Terminal - Year 8 to Year 13 Football Tour to Real Madrid
08.15 - 08.45 - Junior School Book Look (Your Child's Learning Space)
08.45 - 09.15 - Junior School Assembly (Aldridge Theatre)
09.00 - Frantic Assembly Workshops (Nevil Hall)
9.15 - 10.25 - Year 7 to Year 12 Morning Talk: Topic – Black History Month (In form rooms)
09.30 - Year 13 UCAS Workshops (Ballroom)
16.30 - Half Term Ends
Saturday 21st October
10.00 - Boarding Houses Close
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