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  • 2021 Whole School Charity Walk

    Friday 15th October was our Whole School Walk. The whole school took part in one way or other with Years 4 up walking 9K to the beautiful nearby Frensham Pond. Please help us reach our £8000 goal and really make a difference. HAPPY SPACE UK Happy Space UK is a preventative mental wellbeing charity. They provide students with a wellbeing toolkit in order to help protect the minds of a future generation. They achieve this predominantly by delivering guidebooks to students in transitional stages and by providing talks for students. They also partner with other mental health service providers, host events and carry out in-house research. Please click here to donate to Happy Space UK MALAWI SCHOOLS TRUST We believe every child in Malawi should have an education. MST work carefully in partnership with local communities on projects that make this possible. One school at a time. Learning isn’t really possible if you don’t have enough to eat or drink. Or if you don’t feel safe. They take a wide view of what it means to support education. If basic needs aren’t being met - especially for children - they look to see if they can be improved. They feel the best and only way to help is through partnerships - working with local people and asking them what they need and want. Please click here to donate to Malawi Schools Trust

  • Frensham is taking part in Glasgow COP26!

    Costa and Issy will be participating in Glasgow COP26! Costa in Year 12 has gained a place through UKSSN (UK Schools Sustainability Network) on a student team attending the conference COP26 conference in Glasgow. This is an amazing achievement and opportunity for Costa and Frensham Heights as only around 20 students across the UK have been offered places to attend the conference. Costa has been closely involved with our growing Eco Heights group and in the Surrey Environmental Actions School group. Issy C in Year 13 has gained a place as part of the wider UKSSN group of 35 sixth formers remotely supporting those students in Glasgow. Issy has really been enjoying the workshops leading up to the event. She’s learnt about importance of green spaces, sustainable finance, climate anxiety in young people and energy storage, for example the logistics of hydrogen powered cars. The workshops have allowed Issy to connect with like-minded young people from schools around the country involved in wider UKSSN group. She’s been particularly surprised and interested in the sustainable finance topics and it’s made Issy think about her own choices and those of her family and friends. She’s now keen to share her knowledge with our Eco Heights group and her fellow sixth formers. We caught up with Costa to find out how he feels about this great opportunity to attend COP26: 1. When/How did you first become interested in environmental issues? My interest in environmental issues is rooted in my enjoyment of nature, foraging, and sea fishing. From a young age, I started to become aware of the threats they faced, which led me to advocate for the protection of nature, and the more systemic solutions to human-caused climate change. 2. Can you tell me about the Eco Heights group? - Its aims and the work it's been undertaking in school? Eco Heights was set up in the spring term of 2019, and we have been working hard to make the connections in school to work on reducing our impact on the environment. In conjunction with this, we are and have worked on projects to help connect students to nature on the school campus. Last academic year, we helped to work on a project to introduce students to growing food, through dedicated eco days. This term our focuses are on working with the school catering company to reduce the amount of animal-based protein served in the school meal, introduce a new recycling system and a new bird box project. 10 bird boxes will be constructed by the Eco Heights team, and then assembled, painted, and installed by the Junior school students, who will then monitor them in the nesting season. Eco Heights is always looking for new members to join – and we have an exciting year ahead. 3. What are SEAS and UKSSN? How has your involvement in these groups alongside Eco Heights enriched your understanding of the Climate Crisis and the possible solutions? SEAS is the Surrey Environmental Actions School group, which consists of 5 other local schools which are keen on bringing positive environmental actions to the forefront of their schools. Students from these schools meet twice a term to network and support creative ways to address issues of sustainability and the climate and ecological crises. SEAS is leading a movement for real, student-led, ecological change. The UKSSN is the UK Schools Sustainability Network – it collates all the regional networks (such as SEAS) with regular meetings. Its primary aim is to promote responsibility towards the environment within schools and their wider communities through campaigns, events, publications, and activism. Working as part of both of these groups has been very insightful as we can learn from what other schools are doing, and also support our ideas and experiences within the group. (contact: Philip Leamon at 4. What will you be doing in Glasgow COP26 with UKSSN? My specific role in Glasgow at the COP26 event is going to become clearer over the coming week. I have had meetings with the other students going, as well as preliminary pieces of training organised by the UKSSN. I will be representing Frensham and the wider local community too – by asking questions and passing on the views and feelings of our community at the event. I will also be bringing back my experience and learnings which I will be communicating to Frensham, and the SEAS group. 5. Which part of the COP experience are you most looking forward to? I am most looking forwards to meeting students, educators, and those working in the industry who have a shared passion for environmental thinking. I believe it will be a very transformational experience and it is going to be amazing to network, learn and represent Frensham Heights School and the SEAS network at such an event. 6. You have a platform to persuade young people to be more environmentally friendly - what message would you like to share to encourage others to think about and act on climate crisis? I feel many young people become anxious when thinking about the climate crisis and seeing the effects of ecological breakdown in other parts of the world. Re-connecting with nature, be it at a local woodland, park, or even a walk along a hedgerow is very calming. Feeling in balance with the environment around you is the best way to put yourself into a mindset from which you can think about being more environmentally friendly. Everyone can contribute to changing how society impacts the environment; activism, art, music, science, cooking, raising awareness and making practical changes to the way they live. By playing your part – however significant, you make a real difference. Small steps create an active hope, which is essential to maintaining the energy behind the ever-growing environmental movement.

  • A New Coding Relationship!

    A group of our Years 9 and 10 students have started working with Bordon Junior School to share their skills in coding using tablet operated robots with the Year 5 Bordon students. It is a great opportunity for our students to get out into the community and share their passion. We'll share more as the project gets going!

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  • OUR GOVERNORS | Frensham Heights

    OUR GOVERNORS We are very proud to have a strong, involved Board of Governors who are dedicated to upholding the ethos of the school and work selflessly with the leadership teams to ensure that the school remains distinct and true to its founding principles. Many have children who have studied at Frensham Heights and some are Old Frenshamians themselves. They all bring with them their own expertise, experience and passion for our unique school ethos. OUR SCHOOL GOVERNORS – CURRENT GOVERNING BODY 2021/2022 Bill Bird Chair of the Governing Board MA (Cambs), MBA,MBCS,FRAeS, MBE. Joined in June 2015 and appointed Chair in November 2019. Management consultant, specialising in finance and programme management with background of chief executive roles in Defence and Aerospace following an RAF career. Two children (both Old Frenshamians). Gerry Holden Vice Chair MA, PGCE, CAPSE, FRSA. Joined in December 2016 and appointed Vice Chair in December 2017. Educational Consultant and former Head of Rendcomb College and Dover College. Also former Deputy Head at Frensham Heights. Angus Carlill Treasurer MA (Oxon). ​ Joined in June 2017 and appointed Treasurer in November 2019. Finance management specialist, former Head of European Equities Stifel Nicolaus Europe Ltd, currently Chief Operating Officer for Lorton Entertainment. Three children (all Old Frenshamians). Richard Fry Governing Board Member MA (Cambs), MEng, Engineering. ​ Appointed December 2018. Co-founder and now consultant to Titian Software Ltd producing software products for scientific research in the pharma-ceutical industry. Former Chair of Frensham Heights Parents’ Committee. Three children at Frensham Heights. Kate Love (OF) Governing Board Member MA (Oxon). ​ Joined in December 2020 and former OF (1983-1990). Career in academic institution development including Brasenose College, Oxford; University of Aberdeen and Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. Currently Director of Development and External Relations at Bath Spa University. Martin Lupton Governing Board Member MRCOG,MBBS,MA, Cert MEd,Dip MEd,MEd. ​ Appointed in December 2012. Obstetrician. Maternity Services Director C8W. Vice Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College. Two children (both Old Frenshamians). Sally Marriott (OF) Governing Board Member ​ Appointed March 2020.Paintings Conservator and Art Lecturer and Researcher. Currently works for the Watts Gallery, Compton. Three children, two at Frensham Heights. Will Marriott (OF) Governing Board Member ​ Appointed March 2020. Solicitor and Partner with Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Three children, two at Frensham Heights. Katy Poulsom Governing Board Member ​ Appointed in March 2013. Managing Director of a local Agricultural Contracting and Plant Hire business with accounting experience. Two children (one an Old Frenshamian). Jackie Sullivan Governing Board Member MRICS. ​ Appointed in December 2013. Chartered Surveyor and former Chair of Frensham Heights Parents’ Committee. Two children (both Old Frenshamians). Phil Ward Governing Board Member BEd. ​ Appointed in December 2012. Head of Thomas’s, Clapham. Former Head of Feltonfleet Preparatory School. Former Housemaster at Uppingham. Proprietorial Body The School’s Proprietorial Body is the Governing Body of Frensham Heights Educational Trust Limited Registered Office: Rowledge, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4EA Registered Charity No.: 312052. Company Registration No.: 207173 The Chair of Governors, who can be written to at the above address, is currently Bill Bird.

  • THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM | Frensham Heights

    THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM For current, old and future families alike, here's a look into life at Frensham. 15th - 19th Nov, 2021 22nd - 26th Nov, 2021 29th Nov - 3rd Dec, 2021

  • December Week 1 2021 | Frensham Heights

    THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM Friday 3rd December, 2021 CLICK TO NAVIGATE SCHOOL MESSAGES SCHOOL EVENTS THIS WEEK AT SCHOOL SPORTS REPORT MENUS NEXT WEEK A MESSAGE FROM RICK Dear parents ​ There was much excitement from the Nursery to Year 3 children yesterday as they told me in lunch that the Frensham elf had made an appearance outside their classroom. This addition to the festive cheer at the end of term has been well received by all students, even the grumpy teenagers who claim not to care! I want to thank the staff who have been working behind the scenes for the fantastic daily videos and daily treats for the students. Today is Christmas jumper day, and we have been treated to some wonderfully tacky examples of sartorial inelegance (and that’s just the one I was wearing...) ​ As you know, we are doing our best, despite COVID’s best efforts and not having a full-time theatre manager, to ensure that events continue in the theatre at the end of term. The first night of the Year 7 & 8 production of ‘Peter Pan’ went really well last night, and we look forward to tonight’s performance. We have implemented careful safety measures to ensure these events can happen, and we thank you for your support in making this happen. Of course, we continue to monitor events carefully, under guidance from the local authority, and we will inform you if we need to make any further changes to any of the published events. ​ I look forward to seeing some of you at various events before the end of term. Have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes Rick A MESSAGE FROM KATHERINE Spotlight on the Junior School ​ After what has been a few tricky years without any fun trips to arrange, we are very excited to be able to run proper trips for our children once again! Our Year 5 children had the opportunity to go to the Mary Rose earlier on this term followed by a Year 4 trip this week to Ufton Court. We want our children to explore the world around them and during COVID we have seen so many situations taken away from us all that it has been great to see our learners back out in the community where they belong - learning through experiences. It was lovely to hear that the children had an amazing time on their trips and we have another one next week for our Years 1 to 3 children. They will be going to Hampton Court Palace to explore. Year 6 had a different experience because learning about refugees does not really allow for a school trip but instead they had both a talk and a workshop to make sure that they are bringing their learning to life. They speak very passionately about others and their plight in this world and that is what we want - children who are compassionate and want to change things in the world for the better! ​ With Christmas fast approaching it's lovely to see lights twinkling and antler headbands being donned to make us all smile. As I write this our children are all wearing their Christmas jumpers and smiling with their friends excited for all the festive activities that we have planned over the next few weeks including their productions. I want to thank in advance the Friends of Frensham parents who are setting up our grotto for our special bearded guest in the last week of term. We will continue at Frensham to find opportunities to bring smiles to our children’s faces and bring learning alive! Here is the link to a Sway with all the information needed for Junior School parents including the link to book tickets for the productions. ​ Have a lovely weekend, Katherine SCHOOL MESSAGES Christmas Dates to Remember! ​ We're planning lots of festive things, big and little, things for the students in the run up to the Christmas break. Many will be a surprise, but here are a few dates to remember: ​ Friday 10th - Snuggly PJ Day Tuesday 14th - Yrs 4-6 Christmas Showcase + Yrs 7-9 Dinner Dance Wednesday 15th - Christmas Sparkle (clothing / outfits) + Yrs N-3 Chrismas Play + Yrs 10-13 Dinner Dance Thursday 16th - Junior School Christmas Lunch Year 10/11 GCSE History trip 11-12 March 2022 ​ Sadly, the increasing Covid regulations have meant two significant changes to the History GCSE trip this year. Firstly the dates have changed from 17-19 March to 11-12 March 2022 . Secondly it has become a UK-based trip rather than to France and Belgium. Read More Malawi 2023 Thank you to everyone who logged on to listen to Tom from True Adventure talk about the Malawi trip. We felt that it was important to share the organisational points of the trip early on as we are living in such different times and people are naturally concerned about foreign travel. We would therefore like to invite you to another Malawi evening where Rick, Lynn K and myself can talk about the Frensham side of the trip. There is so much going on as we near the end of term that this event may well be at the start of January. It would be great if you could keep an eye on the emails and newsletters as we hope to give you a date as soon as possible. Drinks and canapes will served and there will be a chance to ask questions after I have explained the trip in full. Rights Respecting Schools Bronze Award – ACHIEVED! ​ We heard this week that the paperwork we submitted to UNICEF has been approved. This means that Frensham Heights is now recognised as a Rights Respecting School. In due course we will receive a certificate and, more importantly, the logo, which we can put on our website, emails and marketing information. We will not be resting on our laurels as the important work to do with gaining Silver now begins. Our assessor looked at the school website and has commented that we are already doing a certain amount of what is required. As a school we should be proud of this recognition and what it means in the wider community. Sally and Jade GCSE Drama students & BTEC Performing Arts student ​ PLEASE GET YOUR PERMISSIONS AND MONEY IN FOR THE TRIP ASAP!! The trip is on 17th March 2022. Christmas Raffle ​ It is nearly time for us to complete the draw for our Christmas raffle. Our raffle concludes on Monday 13th at 17.00. There are some amazing events and gifts donated to us from some of our parents, from festival tickets for a family of 4 to Shynefest, a case of wine, to gifts from the Universal Soul company, who sell a stunning range of non-toxic vegan fragrance products of candles and room fragrances and we also have a Christmas hamper, wine gifts and much more. The raffle tickets can be bought on the link here: Christmas Raffle Tickets Christmas Puddings ​ Thank you for your support with Friends of Frensham Christmas puddings this year. We have beaten the past 2 years figures! If you have not ordered your puddings in the set timeline, do not worry. We have ordered some additional puddings to sell in the last week of term in the Aldridge theatre during the Junior School Christmas performances, and also at the music and dance performance on 9th December at the Aldridge theatre. Year 11/13 Exam Prep Resources ​ Here's a free online resource that can help all students make their revision and exam preparation more effective, Effective Revision Skills Booster is a free self-paced online course which draws on learning research to provide a highly practical, step-by-step guide for students to help make their study and revision more effective throughout their courses. Read More UPCOMING SCHOOL EVENTS JUNIOR SCHOOL PERFORMANCES ​ ​ Tuesday 14th December at 9:15am and 2:30pm: Aldridge Theatre Year 4-6 Christmas Showcase ​ Book a place here Wednesday 15th December at 2:30pm: Aldridge Theatre Nursery - Year 3 Christmas play ‘Lights ,Camel, Action - The Sequin’ ​ Book a place here TEDxFRENSHAM ​ ​ TEDxFrensham is coming back to the Aldridge on 30th April, 2022. Tickets have not been released yet, but save the date or head to their website - - to sign up for news. ​ There is a great line up of speakers but they still need volunteers to bring everything together. If you would like to get involved supporting the speakers - reading outlines/drafts and coaching where necessary - or with fundraising and getting local businesses involved - please contact the event team on THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM FRENSHAM CHRISTMAS ELF The Frensham Christmas elf has been entertaining the staff and students this week with naughty antics all over the school. ​ Have a look at what he's been up to so far. A new video will be added every school day until term ends. Enjoy! CLICK FOR THE ADVENT CALENDAR YEAR 9 TRENCH MODELS Year 9 had been set a project to produce a trench model. The criteria was to be historically accurate and creative. There was a great range of work from cakes to stop motion animation and detailed models. One model actually captured a real trench with the stories of the soldiers who served there, including mini biographies. As always the students showed that with commitment and focus great work can be achieved. Out of gallery SNOWY MORNING WALK What a lovely time Years 1 and 2 had on Monday morning! We wrapped up in our warmest coats, hats and gloves and went off to see how beautiful our school looked. It was just magical! Out of gallery YEAR 12 PHOTOGRAPHY Here's some work inspired by the Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander’s series of work Jarred and Displaced. YEAR 4 TRIP Year 4 had an amazing trip to Ufton Court yesterday to be vicious Vikings for the day. The children had a great many experiences, like being sworn in as a Bezerker, making shield walls, learning why and how Vikings used axes. The children then took a ‘trip’ on a Longboat and did some pillaging, finding out what treasures the Vikings took from different countries. Following our fireside lunch in the roundhouse, the children made their own bow and arrows out of natural materials. It was a great day and the children really did Frensham proud! Out of gallery CHEMISTRY CHEMISTREE ​ Y12 and 13 Chemists made a Chemistree by using different chemicals and reactions to create the different coloured baubles. YEAR 11 HORIZONS DROP DOWN MORNING On Monday Year 11 were out of lessons for a series of talks and workshops on Mental Health and Wellbeing. The students engaged really well with the morning and came away with a number of practical techniques to help them to manage this and boost their resilience. These included considering their ‘stress bucket’ and healthy strategies in order to let some of the stress out of the bucket so that it does not overflow as well as looking at their wellbeing wheel and considering the different elements that make this up. Hopefully this will help them to be better able to reflect on their own mental healthy and recognise when they need to find more support. The students also learned some mindfulness techniques including a sitting meditation called a Fofboc and a meditation aimed at helping them to sleep called a Beditation. These are all from the mindfulness in schools project and more details about them can be found online here: Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) - Bringing Mindfulness to Schools . Things the students said they valued about the morning included the following: ​ Learning that it’s normal to have mental health issues and that you’re not alone The techniques we were taught to relieve stress Learning about the importance of gratitude Spreading awareness of mental health issues Empathy the teachers had Today’s session gave people good information on how to handle it, reduce their stress with different mindfulness techniques, and taught people more about mental health and how common it is Thank you so much for the discussions today. I really value the acknowledgement of mental health for everyone in our community ORCHID PROJECT Thank you to everyone who supported the Orchid Project Art Auction last Friday. Chloe, Fifi and Amara worked together hosting an evening with canapes and wine for Yr 11 -13 and their families. From the art work created by their friends and teachers, the hosts, Phoebe Cowell and her band Colour Blind Monks and Richard Arthur’s piano playing and an informative talk from Tania Adib it was an event they can be proud of creating. It raised in excess of £500 and we are still working on selling some of the art pieces. Out of gallery THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT U13s Football Frensham U13B v Morehouse U13 ​ It was great to have another match, and everyone was looking forward to it especially after the excellent match we played a couple of weeks ago. Morehouse brought a slightly stronger side over and we found the going very tough from minute one. Read More U13s Football Frensham 6 - 0 More House ​ On Thursday of last week, Frensham U13 football team played More House for a repeat fixture following a victory a few weeks earlier in the season. Read More U18s Football ​ We played a very strong Bedales team this week and we were missing several players due to injury and illness, so it was always going to be a difficult task which wasn’t helped by a slow start where we conceded two early goals. Read More U13s Netball ​ Last Thursday the U13's had a very competitive and exciting match against a strong All Hallows team. They have been unbeaten all season and welcomed a good game against our very versatile U13 team. Read More U15s Football Frensham 3 - 5 More House ​ Frensham welcomed More House on Tuesday afternoon for the penultimate football fixture of the season. The game was an extremely close affair and both teams were on top for different spells of the game. Read More Cross Country ​ We put out a strong team of runners across years 6-9 for a cross event at St Edmunds School last week. It was typical cross-country weather; cold, wet and windy and the students all performed fantastically well in appalling weather conditions. Read More SPORTING SUCCESS ​ ​ Congratulations to Noa (Year11) who has been selected for the Hampshire Girls Under 18s Winter development cricket training. This is a fantastic achievement for Noa as this will be a strong squad of experienced cricketers aged between 16-18. Noa now has an opportunity to work hard with the best cricketers in the county; aiming for selection into the summer playing squad which will be announced in March 2022. Good luck Noa! BASILDON & PHOENIX SWIM MEET ​ On 27th November, Isla took part in the Basildon & Phoenix 1500m County/ Regional Qualifier and achieved bronze in her age category with a time of 18:56.76 NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN Theme day This week we were whisked off to Mexico…virtually. We had Spicy bean soup, chicken with quinoa and bean, South American bean burger, chilli con carne and some super bunuelos. ​ Street food This week on offer at the street food counter we had some delicious Pitta pizzas with meat free and vegan options too. Tasting table This week the students got to try Cauliflower on the tasting table. They could try it in the form of battered cauliflower, cous cous, salad, rice and soup. 1/1 NEXT WEEK'S MENUS lunch Nursery to Year 3 Lunch Supper lunch 1/6 WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK Monday, 6 December Year 12 and 13 PRE Trip to London POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING TERM Tuesday, 7 December 14:30 - 16:00 – U15 A&B Football v Duke of Kent School (Home) 16:30 - 18:30 – Performing Arts Concert Rehearsal (Aldridge Theatre) Wednesday, 8 December Year 12 NCS Skills Booster Workshop 12:45 - 16:00 – U18 Netball v Sir William Perkins School (Away) 14:30 - 16:00 – U12 & U13 Football v Bedales (Home) 15:30 - 16:00 – U9 Football v Bedales (Home) MOVED FROM 1 DECEMBER Thursday, 9 December Year 1 to 3 Trip to Hampton Court ADDITION 19:00 - 21:00 – Performing Arts Concert (Aldridge Theatre) ​ Friday, 10 December Year 12 and 13 Psychology in Action Day (Online Event) ADDITION

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