THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
Friday 22nd September, 2023
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ANOTHER BUSY WEEK
It's been a really busy week, kicked off by a great Open Morning last Saturday. Thank you to all the students and parents who came along to take part in activities or chat to prospective families. There was a wonderful, positive vibe and the site looked beautiful. Evenings have been busy with Meet the Tutor events and a great Sixth Form dinner. We've also been out to visit other schools and spread the word about our Senior School and Sixth Form. Classes are in full swing, as are ECAs and fixtures. Auditions and rehearsals have started for We Will Rock You and the Surf Trip headed off this afternoon. Never a dull moment! We hope everyone has a well-earned, relaxing weekend.
SAFEGUARDING UPDATE FROM JO AND JACK
A date for your diaries is October 5th when Jack will be running an Online Safety Coffee Morning in the Aldridge. Please come along if you are free! Online Safety is something that crops up all the time in our Horizons lessons where we have an opportunity to discuss this kind of issue with our classes and help them to develop skills of self-awareness, social awareness and hopefully responsible decision-making. Horizons lessons happen throughout the school. There are lessons in the Junior School, one lesson a week on the children’s timetables in Years 7, 8 and 9 and then special Horizons events in Years 10 and 11. Year 10 have a morning focused on Mental Health and Wellbeing planned for October 6th. We hope that giving the children the time and opportunity to talk about these issues, ask questions, share their concerns and find out ways to protect themselves will help them when they face a difficult choice, challenge or temptation in their lives and hope these lessons equip them to deal with these things now and in the future. Hopefully, we will see you on October 5th so we can have a chance to do the same.
SINGLE CONSENT FORM - FINAL REMINDER
We are still waiting for a number of parents to fill in the Single Consent Form sent out at the beginning of the year. It is really important that you fill in this form and it only takes a couple of minutes. Please click to fill in the Single Consent Form now. Please note that if we don’t receive your update form by Friday 29th September, we will assume there are no changes from last year.
The obligation to test for Covid-19 was removed some time ago. However, if, your child is unwell, and unable to be in school they are to stay at home and can return to school when they are feeling better. If there is a strong suspicion of covid infection or your child has tested positive for covid, we ask that your child stays at home for 3 days - day of symptoms starting/day of positive test is day zero and your child can return to school on day 4.
DfE Advice: What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
For children and young people aged 18 and under who test positive for COVID-19, the advice is to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for three days. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
SCL - HALF TERM HOLIDAY CAMP
Please click here for more information on the SCL Holiday Camp at Frensham in October half-term.
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.
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
Thank you to all who donated, manned, and shopped at the 2nd Hand uniform sale last week. It is such a great opportunity to pick up a bargain, do your bit for the planet, and all while contributing to FOF - thank you! We raised £848 which is a great start to the year. It was fantastic to see so many familiar and new faces at the Back to School drinks on Friday. We were treated to some amazing vocals by one of our fab students, Jasmine, as well as enjoying a few canapes and drinks. So glad so many of you could join us at the start of a very busy term and we look forward to seeing you at Bonfire Night, if not before. Upcoming Dates for your Diary: Monday 16th October - Junior School Halloween Activities and Disco – tickets on sale now https://www.tickettailor.com/events/friendsoffrensham/1015030 Sunday 5th November - Bonfire Night, showcasing the talents of some of our fabulous music students If anyone is wanting to get involved in FOF in anyway, either helping out a stall, working at events, organising collections or behind the scenes planning events, work on accounts, media or fundraising – you are always welcome- please contact email@example.com
THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM
GAMES DESIGN ECA
BAFTA award winner Arlo is putting his knowledge to good use and is working with another Frensham student, Toby, to deliver a Games Design ECA where students are learning all about the art of games design. Toby and Arlo are able to use this initiative towards achieving their silver DofE award. The BAFTA Young Games Design competition offers the opportunity to either create a games concept on a storyboard or to develop this concept fully into a game using different gaming engines. All students in the club have opted to challenge themselves by developing their games in full. Every week, they will develop new creative and technical skills to help them with this journey and many have already have ideas on what the theme of their game is going to be. Any submitted game designs provided at the end of February will be shortlisted to be entered into next years BAFTA Young Games Design competition. We am really looking forward to seeing what the students come up with. To find out more about the BAFTA YGD competition click on this link or if you work in games design and think you can help inspire the students please contact Sarah Cull.
YEAR 1 TRIP TO ROWLEDGE VILLAGE SHOP
We kicked off our English unit with an Experience Day. We hiked through the school woods, down the road and into the village of Rowledge. The children did a brilliant job of sticking together and noticing the flora and fauna along the way. When we arrived at the coop the children were encouraged to look around at the fruit and vegetables and other products. They were asked to record some words and find some answers to simple questions. We also searched for the Supertato! The most exciting part of our little trip by far was spending our money! The children had £1 to spend. They carefully searched the shelves for an item they could buy. Some children couldn't believe they actually got some change back from the very patient shop assistants. Next we start to unpick the story of Supertato and have a go at creating our own versions of the story. Well done, Year 1 and thank you Rowledge Village Coop!
LIFE IN ROBERTS HOUSE
Roberts House boarders have had a great start to the year! There has been a wonderful atmosphere in the house as the new students have settled into their new 'home from home,' learnt new routines and got to know one another.
UNDER 15s NETBALL
It was great to start the netball season this week with our U14 and U15 teams kicking us off at home against Ditcham. Due to an amazing number of students wanting to play netball we were able to field three teams and run a mini tournament with Ditcham. Each team played three matches and all the matches were very close. Our u14 team started us off with their game against Ditcham. Several of the girls on our team are first time netball players this year who slotted into the team perfectly. Our defence was very tight, and we turned the ball over a number of times. Our centre court players did an excellent job moving the ball through the court but played a few wild balls into the shooting circle that sadly drifted off court. This game was very tight all the way through with Ditcham scoring a single goal close to the end to win 1-0. Next up was the turn of our u14/u15 team. Again, we had a number of new players in this team who complemented our returning players brilliantly. Our girls played well throughout the game with some excellent defence and attacking play. On a wet, cold afternoon we made a few understandable mistakes when playing with a wet ball and Ditcham were able to turn a couple of our centre passes and score from these opportunities to win 7-5. Our final team to play Ditcham was our U15s. These girls have played together as a team for three years now and have really found their form as a team. They understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses and can adapt well as a team to any opposition. The girls didn’t disappoint and played brilliantly together, they dominated play and even when Ditcham ‘upped the ante’, the girls worked harder to keep the lead. The girls came away with a well deserved 9-4 win. Whilst our girls were not playing Ditcham they had the opportunity for more game play and faced each other. These games were all very close with our U14s really holding their own against our U15s who kindly played versatility netball against their younger peers. Overall it was a great afternoon of netball. The weather was disappointing, but the girls’ efforts were not. Jo and I are looking forward to the season ahead.
UNDER 11s FOOTBALL
On a very wet afternoon the Under 11’s played a great first fixture of the season against Ditcham Park. Fantastic attacking play by Luca, Rudy and Amos upfront with able support and link play from Lylee, Lucas, Louis and Nathaniel. A brilliant defensive effort by Betty and Cassia and honourable mentions to Louis, Luca, Lucas and Nathaniel who rotated in goal. It was a tough afternoon, and the children never gave up and at the end of the day football was the winner.
UNDER 10s FOOTBALL
In the end it was a great first game of the season for the Under 10s. A slow start really cost the team and with five minutes we were three goals down. Perhaps first game nerves, but after that start the team did really well and gave a serious fight to get back in the game. Remy was strong in winning the ball and Ethan proved difficult to tackle. Clark was working really hard as a box-to-box midfielder and did several strong runs with the ball and interceptions. Mack made some fine saves and in the second half the team were creating chance after chance. Crofton went close on a couple of occasions, and you could sense a goal was coming. And that it did, Oscar with a find finished brough Frensham back into the game at 3-1. The team were good value today and I’m sure will grow in confidence after the shaky start display!
UNDER 16s NETBALL
The U16s had a fantastic start to the season with a 27-16 win over Ditcham Park School. The girls were dominant from the starting whistle with some strong end to end play. The girls at times rushed the attack and gave the ball to the Ditcham defence, but we soon won it back. Willow and Millie shot accurately throughout the game and made a fierce shooting duo! Lulu then put some more in the net in the final quarter. Esther, Lexie and Zara have improved so much in defence, and put a lot of pressure on the Ditcham attack, turning over the ball and effectively blocking the Ditcham ball out of the circle. We played a range of centre court combination's, it is great to have so much versatility within the team. Sophie, Matilda, and Heidi did not disappoint and were confident hands in the middle, feeding the ball between attack and defence. An amazing first match and great team effort. One to be proud of.
UNDER 15s FOOTBALL
The U15 football team started their season off with a first round ISFA cup game. This is traditionally a very tough tournament, and this year was no different as we were drawn at home to Sherborne School who travelled from Dorset. It was clear that the opposition were going to enjoy large spells of possession in the game and Frensham had to work hard off the ball to try and disrupt their play and break up the waves of attack. Sherborne took an early lead and Frensham were immediately on the back foot, however the team dug in and started to play football and control possession of the ball. Adnan got the team back in the game with a superb strike from the edge of the area, which sailed over the keepers head. Jack then tried his best to match this with another brilliant goal from range. Sherborne went into the half a couple of goals up. Frensham were the better team at the start of the second half with Harry scoring a header from a corner and Jack tucking the ball home after a good through ball. Unfortunately, we couldn’t contain the opposition centre forward.
UNDER 13s FOOTBALL
On Monday the Under 13s had a tough start to the season with an ISFA cup game against Westminster Under School. It was a great journey into central London and the boys were lucky enough to play on a resurfaced pitch that was like carpet. The boys got off to a slow start and Westminster scored a couple of superb goals. The boys did grow into the game as the cobwebs of summer blew away! More opportunities were created but we just couldn’t find the net in the first half in windy conditions. Alfie scored a fantastic free kick, firing into the top corner to make the game 3-1 and for the next 10 minutes it was end to end. In the bid to find another goal, gaps did begin to open. Alfie scored a second from distance, but Westminster finished very strong and ran out 8-2 winners. Onto the next game!
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 24th September
Surf Trip due to return by 6pm
Boarders Trip to Farnham Food Festival
Monday 25th September
13.55 - Year 7 to Year 13 Student Notices (Aldridge Theatre)
15.30 - U9 - U11 Mixed Swimming Vs St Ives (Home)
16.30 - U13/12 Boys Football Vs Alton (Home)
19.00 - Junior School Town Hall (Aldridge Theatre)
Tuesday 26th September
09.00 - Mini Open Morning
14.30 - U15/14 Boys Football Vs Sherfield (Home)
16.45 - U15/14 Girls Netball vs The Royal (Home)
18.00 - Year 9 Meet the Tutor Parents' Evening & Overview of the Year (In person) (Main House)
Wednesday 27th September
14.00 - U13/12 Boys Football Vs Bedales Tournament (Away)
14.30 - U11/10 Boys Football Vs Alton (Home)
14.30 - U11/10 Girls Netball Vs Ditcham (Away)
16.30 - U13/12 Girls Netball Vs Alton (Home)
18.00 - Parent Voice / SLT Evening Social / Facilitated Workshop (Ballroom)
Thursday 28th September
14.30 - U16 Boys Football v Mayville (Away)
15.30 - U9 Boys Football Vs St Eds (Home)
15.30 - U9 Girls Netball Vs Ditcham (Home)
16.10 - U16 Girls Football Vs The Royal (Away)
16.30 - Drama / Musical Rehearsals (Studios)
Friday 29th September
8.30am Departure - Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice – The New Forest
08.40 - Junior School Assembly (Aldridge Theatre)
9.15 – 10.25 - Year 7 to Year 13 Morning Talk: Topic - Time & Free Will with guest speaker Colin Stuart (Aldridge Theatre)
17.00 - Boarders Evening Activity - Spanish Baking
19.00 - Boarders Evening Activity - Whodunnit Murder Mystery (Billard Room)
Saturday 30th September
Boarders Day trip to Borough Market + Southbank (London)
Sunday 1st October
Silver DofE Practice - 6pm return
Boarders on site activities
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