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  • INAUGURAL SURREY AND HAMPSHIRE TAIKO YOUTH FESTIVAL

    The Aldridge Theatre at Frensham Heights came alive on Wednesday 9th March to the energetic beat of Taiko drumming. On 9th March, we were so excited to open the Aldridge Theatre doors to the wider Farnham community for the first time since COVID hit. It was to a full audience that Taiko Meantime kicked off the first Surrey and Hampshire Taiko Youth Festival. The performance was partly a culmination of workshops hosted by our Outreach and Enrichment Programme for students and staff from Frensham Heights and Bordon Junior School. We were joined by Taiko Meantime groups from Potter’s Gate and Weydon schools. The workshops began as a way for Frensham to reach out into the community to share the school’s love of performing arts. Lynn Goodburne who heads this outreach project, said “We are very passionate about getting our students involved with the communities around us and sharing our amazing facilities. We feel this is a wonderful way to bring youngsters together, promoting learning across different platforms and most importantly having a lot of fun!” The workshops themselves were run by Mark Alcock from Taiko Meantime who first learned Taiko drumming when living in the Wakayama prefecture in Southern Japan. Taiko is a traditional form of Japanese drumming which comes from the temples and shrines and is performed in theatres and religious festivals. Taiko is an dynamic mix of music, martial arts, performance and drama. This comes through in the energetic workshops and the obvious discipline of the established Potter’s Gate and Weydon groups. After just two hour sessions, the Frensham Heights and Bordon Junior schools were confident and able to perform on the Aldridge stage. “I am really happy to bring the power, discipline, joy and fun of Taiko drumming to schools outside of the immediate Farnham area and to be back at Frensham Heights who have always been hugely supportive.” said Mark. For both, this isn’t just a one-off event, Lynn and Mark see this as just the beginning of an adventure, seeing Farnham grow as a hub for Taiko drumming bringing together schools from Surrey and Hampshire counties to master and celebrate this form of percussion.

  • Back on Stage!

    Despite Covid numbers rapidly rising and finding ourselves without a theatre manager, our incredibly resilient staff and students put on some outstanding performances in the Aldridge Theatre this last term. Although we couldn't have a full audience, and for some no audience at all, it was really uplifting to be back in our beautiful theatre again. Performing Arts are a big part of our curriculum with Nursery through Year 9 students taking music, dance and drama each week. GCSE, BTEC and A-Level options allow those with passion for the Performing Arts to continue as far as they wish. We don’t expect all our students to go on to become professional artists, musicians, dancers – although many do – but the creative-thinking and soft skills which develop best in these subjects are now more crucial than ever. The courage to stand on stage, to paint their dreams, compose their own songs – these are the experiences which will make them stronger, make them individuals and stay with them, no matter what they go on to do. Peter Pan A small group of Years 7 to 9 students created a wonderful production of Peter Pan. Sets and costumes were salvaged to keep the show as environmentally friendly as possible and all proceeds were donated to Great Ormond's Street Hospital. With two shows and careful stewarding, no one had to miss this lovely production. Christmas Dance and Music Concert As one of Frensham's most popular events, even before Covid disruptions, tickets for this event go incredibly quickly. Unfortunately, this time after ticket reservations opened, and had sold out, Covid numbers started climbing quickly and we had to go back and limit the audience to 2 tickets only for families of performers. A huge thank you to all the families who returned tickets to make sure that every performer had at least one person in the audience. The show was recorded and will be made available to all the grandparents, friends and wider community who had to miss the live performance. The students outdid themselves as always and the talent, strength and courage shown on stage was outstanding. The GCSE and A-Level Dance students command the stage with confidenc,e but many of the students performing would not naturally be drawn to the stage. Dance is compulsory at Frensham through Year 9. This is unique and important. It takes us through those awkward, self-conscious, inhibited teenage years. Spend those in an environment where you’re all feeling uncomfortable together – where you’re all told it’s normal, it’s fine, have fun and try not to take it so seriously – and the effect can be not only phenomenal for teenage wellbeing, but life-changing. We had to cancel our music stages at Founders' Day and Fireworks Evening this year, so this was a much needed opportunity for our singers and musicians to perform in front of an audience. Luckily, with Covid restrictions allowing, there is a full line up for the rest of the academic year including informal concerts and Rock & Pop gigs. Junior School Christmas Shows Unfortunately, despite having arranged an outside venue and multiple shows, we ended up having to cancel external audiences for our Junior School Christmas Shows. But although it is wonderful for children to have the chance to perform in front of their families, it is really important, and exciting, for them to have the opportunity to perform on the big stage. The courage to get on stage is encouraged here from an early age as is the ability to watch, listen and appreciate others. So the shows did go ahead on the Aldridge stage with Nursery to Year 3 performing for Years 4 to 6 and vice versa. Nursery to Years 3 put on the funny, uplifting Lights, Camel, Action: The Sequin while Years 4 to 6 shared a wide variety of their own poems, dances and musical pieces. Costumes, lights and sounds were as a live event and the children performed magically. Both shows were videoed for families to enjoy at home. Thank You! A huge thank you for the amazing effort as always from our dedicated staff behind the scenes organising and supporting in so many ways, many going far beyond their day job. A special thank you to Ryan Harris for stepping in at the last minute as theatre technician to make sure these shows could actually happen. Thank you to our incredibly supportive and passionate parents and community (particularly those who gave up tickets for others). And as always, most importantly, thank you to all our amazing students - there literally would be no Frensham without you! Happy New Year and we'll see you for more amazingness in 2022!

  • Championing the Environment at COP26 and at School

    Students at Frensham Heights School, like their peers around the world, are standing up for the environment and their future through their voices and actions at school and beyond. Young people around the world are gathering momentum in their challenge to society and government to do something about the climate crisis. Students at Frensham Heights are acting at school and beyond to make changes and have their voices heard. Two Sixth Form students were selected by UKSSN (Sustainable Schools Network) to take part in COP26 in Glasgow. Costa in Year 12 gained a place to attend the conference, representing both Frensham and Surrey Schools. Costa connected with many likeminded climatarians and took part in a live-streamed webinar panel alongside a nuclear expert discussing innovation in energy, education and the student experience at COP26. “Attending COP26 gave me an amazing opportunity to represent my school and students from across Surrey on an international platform. My highlight was meeting the MP and President of COP26, Alok Sharma. I was able to talk to him about the UKSSN’s approach and how young people at Frensham Heights and across Surrey feel about our current climate situation and what we can do to help solve some of the problems. At COP, I learnt far more about the plight of indigenous people, the important role they play in safeguarding biodiversity and how we can learn from them to live more harmoniously with nature.” - Costa, Year 12 Frensham Heights Student and COP attendee. Sixth Former Issy was also selected as part of the virtual satellite group of students who took part in the conference virtually. Alongside the real event in Glasgow, Frensham Heights also had a seat at the ZeroCarbon Guildford Mock COP on the 20th November - representing Brazil. They gave a bold and informed opening statement to the country delegates at Guildford Council Chambers. Their questions and answers demonstrated excellent preparation and the ability to think on their feet. It was a fantastic opportunity for students from many schools to come together discussing and negotiating their positions. The Frensham Heights students performed admirably and succeeded in establishing early alliances and making reasonable pledges to find a collective solution to the climate crisis. "Being on Team Brazil at Mock COP gave me a deeper understanding of different countries’ situations, the difficulties they’ve faced because of climate change and the complexities of finding a solution upon which everyone can agree. For me, the relevance of the Mock COP26 was the realisation that it instigated. By dedicating ourselves to the research of countries' policies, governments, politicians and economies and by attempting realistic negotiation with other nations, you realise how embedded into corruption and bureaucracy our global 'response' to climate change is. You realise that if we want to achieve relief for our planet, urgent adjustment to our efforts is needed. But rather than filling us with scepticism and worry, it should serve as a motivation for our younger generations and passionate public that we are the change of the future, and we must not rely on current policies to save us. Thank you to ZeroCarbon Guildford for making it possible." Kathleen, Year 13 Frensham Heights Student and Mock COP participant. Back at school, determination and passion are just as high. Eco issues have been introduced across the curriculum, from Year 5 students writing letters to the local MP offering their voices to the climate debate - to Year 10s considering the importance of social responsibility and government policies in Business Studies - to discussions around renewables in Science - to environmental thinking in A-Level Philosophy. Alongside are dedicated Ecodays for Years 7 to 9 that focus on the local environment and the impact the school community has upon it. Even the school production of Peter Pan is showcasing upcycled sets and costumes. EcoHeights, the student-led environmental group, keeps interest high and focused - encouraging all students and staff to consider and change the way they use resources and to respect the environment around them. They hold productive discussions with the Estates and Catering teams about food waste, waste disposal and recycling - always focusing on encouraging manageable student, staff and community change. The message being that every little action can make a difference. As a founding member of SEAS (Surrey Environmental Action in Schools) Frensham Heights have also been working with other local schools to find shared solutions to current climate problems. “It’s been fantastic over the last two years to see our eco initiatives develop and watch our students gain a passion and deeper understanding of the climate crisis we face. As a school, we are passionate about educating our young people about this issue and giving them the understanding and tools to be the changemakers of the future. We want to instil hope in young people who can so often be left despondent, feeling that the climate rhetoric is terrifyingly apocalyptic and another generation’s fault.” - Amanda McCallum, Frensham Heights Head of Faculty of the Physical World.

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  • May Week 1 2022 | Frensham Heights

    THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM Friday 6th May, 2022 CLICK TO NAVIGATE SCHOOL MESSAGES SCHOOL EVENTS THIS WEEK AT SCHOOL SPORTS REPORT FRENSHAM KITCHEN NEXT WEEK A MESSAGE FROM RICK Dear Parents I am pleased to let you know that our first Ukrainian student joins us shortly, and I am hopeful of some other students joining us soon. You will appreciate, I am sure, that choosing which students can come to Frensham is a very hard task as we know that all students in such difficult circumstances would benefit from an education here. We are working hard to do our best to match applicants to the school to ensure that they thrive. ​ Last weekend we played host to our second TEDx Frensham event, and it was an absolute triumph. I want to thank the wonderful group of parent volunteers and staff members who made it all happen. We had a wonderful array of speakers who spoke on the theme of ‘Human Together’. Topics ranged from celebrating autism, dyslexia and those who stutter, to combating youth violence and how to cultivate an interest in schoolchildren for design and architecture. One of the most memorable was a talk delivered by Old Frenshamian Steven Frank, a Holocaust survivor. Steven has spoken to our students before, and his story of surviving the horrors of war perpetrated by an egotistical and ruthless dictator could not have been more relevant with the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. I am sorry that more members of our community were not there to hear Steven and our other amazing speakers as I know that all who attended were deeply moved. ​ On Saturday 14th of May, we hold our next Open Morning at school. If you know of families who may be interested in attending, please do tell them to register as soon as possible as space is limited. With a highly successful inspection report achieved, interest in the school is high and we would love to welcome as many families as we can next Saturday. ​ Have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes Rick A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT Dear Parents, The Junior School is now in full flow, the sun is shining and it’s been an exciting week for all. There have been many highlights in the Junior School learning spaces this week that are just too good to not share. Year 5 has been showing their understanding of pollination and plant life-cycles through some excellent art and comic strip work and Year 2 has been researching the rainforest layers and making chameleons. Nursery and Reception children have been visiting new countries in a real inflatable canoe and all I need to say for Year 1 is ‘Tadpoles’!! Year 6 has been exploring the Ancient Greeks and are in the process of writing incredible character descriptions of Hades (God of the Underworld) and Year 3 has been on the seed germination trail and is potentially expecting some interesting results! To cap it all off Year 4 has had an inspirational week considering plastic pollution and creating River Raps. The theme of plastic pollution also transcended into the Year 4-6 assembly on Tuesday where visiting speaker Danielle challenged the children to think about our use of plastic as human beans. She shared alternative ways that could be used when planning a party (e.g amazing paper pom-poms instead of balloons, steel straws instead of plastic and all-natural bath bombs instead of plastic party bag favours.) The children were particularly taken by a sandwich bag made from mushrooms! Certainly food for thought and inspiration for this generation to engage with. Hopefully one of many impactful future talks across the whole Junior School. This Monday we have the next Junior Town Hall event. You should have received an email invite to this event earlier in the week (with an attached form to fill in please). Rick and I are keen to build on the success of the last event as the feedback, ideas and questions gleaned from it have proven to be highly supportive across this last term. I wanted to finish off my communication this week with the exciting news of two new appointments in the Junior School. These appointments see Meghan Guy take up the role of JS Assistant Head of Pastoral and Wellbeing and Jade Lefevre take up the role of JS Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning. These roles will be pivotal in the JSLT (Junior School Leadership Team) and I am very excited by the skills, dynamic thinking and energy that both Meghan and Jade will bring to the team. They will both be at the Town Hall event for you to meet and chat with on Monday, as well as Honesty (Head of EY) and Kelly (Head of JS Learning Support). I hope you have all had a lovely week and that you have a great weekend in store. Take care and have fun, Nick O-T SCHOOL MESSAGES PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP Yr.9 – 13 Pinhole Photography workshop – come along a make a pinhole camera from a beer can! No experience required! Email Sarah Farr to reserve your place! HELEN EVANS IS LEAVING We are really sorry to tell you that Helen Evans, our school secretary, will be leaving Frensham next Friday. Helen has been indispensable over the last 10 years and will be very sadly missed. Please still contact admin@frensham.org EXAM STRATEGIES WEBINAR This webinar on 12th May will offer revision and exam room strategies to facilitate optimum performance at exam time and would be appropriate for all students, not just those with dyslexia. Click here to find out more and sign up. SCHOOL EVENTS - see all upcoming events here GCSE ART EXHIBITION ​ 11th May at 6pm ​ Please come along and see the outstanding work created by our GCSE Creative Arts Students - featuring work from Fine Arts, Graphic Communication, Photography and Product Design. RSVP HERE SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING 16th May at 6:15pm ​ Please come along to hear about Life at Frensham Senior School, see relevant facilities, take a tour of Roberts House and meet Sixth Form tutors and current students. ​ ​ RSVP HERE A-LEVEL ART EXHIBITION ​ 13th June at 6:00pm ​ Please come along to the Creative Arts Studios and see the outstanding work created by our A-Level Arts Students - featuring work from Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography. ​ ​ RSVP HERE NURSERY PLAY SESSIONS ​ 20th May and 10th June ​ If you know someone who would like to find out more about our Nursery, please tell them to book in to one of our upcoming Nursery Play Sessions for children 2yrs+. ​ ​ BOOK HERE FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM SOCIAL EVENT ​ 10th June at 7pm ​ Save the date - more details to follow ​ THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM CLONING CAULIFLOWER Year 13 Biologists have been cloning cauliflower as part of their A-Level course. This year we have had some amazing success. All cloned from a single cauliflower head/floret with about 30 new plantlets growing! The students used aseptic techniques and then propagation to ensure no contamination and left them over the Easter to grow. They had over 95% success rate. 1/2 YEAR 8 LINOCUTS Finally we are at the fun stage of printing from the lino cuts. Such a wonderful set of outcomes. Some on rust dyed fabric squares. Lovely work. A WEEK OF FOREST SCHOOL AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION Reflecting back on last week, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the warmth of the fire pit on offer, sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows, as part of their overnight stay in preparation for their residential trip. On the Friday, they took on Jacob’s ladder and the ‘pizza challenge’ using our recently purchased soft archery equipment. On Friday afternoon, Year 1 ventured away from their own forest school site and ended up playing a big game of ‘eagles eye’ by the Mushrooms, later using their hawk eyes to spot any new developments as we are now well into spring. Year 3 kick-started their week back with some amazing art prints using Plaster of Paris, whilst a handful of children learnt how to tie a ‘clove hitch’ and a ‘square lash’ to make a base for a treehouse platform. Amazing work Year 3! Year 4 got close and personal and were challenged to find the ‘coolest thing’ in the forest, using our powerful microscopes, analysing every detail on their top 5 items, before sharing it with their peers. Finally, Years 5&6 unexpectedly had to apply a large amount of maths during their outdoor education lesson, taking on more epic soft archery challenges; the Points Challenge and Level Up! 1/10 TEDxFRENSHAM The community TEDx event on Saturday was a wonderful day for everyone who came - speakers, attendees and volunteer team alike. The Aldridge was buzzing with inspiring talks and discussion. Here's a quote from Old Frenshamian Steven Frank who was one of the speakers: ​ "I kept thinking of Trevor Aldridge and this wonderful theatre legacy in his memory. If only he knew what was in store when we were there at school together all those years ago... It was one of the most memorable and inspiring days in my life, giving hope to mankind during these troubled and somewhat lawless times. A real tonic." 1/18 THIS WEEK IN HAMILTON HOUSE The summer term is always the best one for boarders ….. such beautiful grounds to live within and lots of time spent exploring them. And this week, birthday time too … Please contact Lynn Goodburne with any boarding requests this term. 1/6 YR 7 & 8 VENTURED OUT & VOLUNTEERED So off we went to Gostrey Brightwells to share a singing session this week with a guest, Munro (the golden retriever) Everyone enjoyed meeting him and he behaved well as we shared our voices together. Grand Old Duke of York, Sound of Music, What do we do with a Drunken Sailor, a solo from Amber, rounded off with Sweet Caroline. It was a delightful afternoon and the children were wonderful at listening and sharing time with our elderly friends. 1/2 SUMMER TERM BREAKTIME Breaktimes in the warmer seasons give everyone a chance to have a little down time outside. THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT National Rowing Success Last weekend the Pendred family all attended the Junior Sculling Regatta at Dorney Lake. This is a national rowing event for the best rowers in the country, over 500 crews attended over the weekend. Continue his fine form. Morley, secured Gold in the J16 single event representing his club Tideway Scullers in London. Henry and Dulcie also won gold in the J14 quad event (with Dulcie coxing) their crew from Guildford Rowing Club. A outstanding achievement for the trio of Frensham students! Well Done! Under 18s Cricket Vs More House ​ Please see David Lloyd’s video match report for the under 18s match. Many of the students leaving soon for exams but it will be great to welcome them back once finished for the returning staff v students contest before we break up for summer! Watch Lloydy's video U11 Cricket v St Edmund's Frensham 167 - 150 St Edmund's The U11 cricket team made a winning start to the season beating St Edmund's by 17 runs in a well spirited afternoon of cricket out on the field. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and were looking to score runs quickly. Read More U15 Girls Cricket v The Royal Frensham 129 - 151 The Royal On Tuesday afternoon the U15 girls cricket team played their first game of the season in an incredibly competitive affair against The Royal School. Read More NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN Theme Day We had a Mexican theme day this Thursday, with lots of delicious dishes to try such as chicken/vegan fajitas, prawn and avocado quesadillas and a very popular ‘hot’ chocolate cake ​ Street Food ​ Beef brisket burgers were on our street food stand this week, for those not wanting the traditional fish and chips. Also on offer summer bean soup, battered tofu, pea falafel with minted yogurt, honey and mustard chicken and lemon drizzle cake. ​ Tasting Table Elderflower was on our tasting table this week, with smoothies, cake, panna cotta and a salad ​ Why not follow us on Instagram @Frenshamkitchen Or on twitter @standing_karen, @ashep64 To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. 1/6 WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK Monday 9 May Year 7 to 9 Revision Week Spanish GCSE and A Level Speaking Exams 14:30 - U10 Cricket v St Hillary’s School (Home) 19:00 - Junior School Town Hall Event (Aldridge Theatre) Tuesday 10 May Spanish GCSE and French A Level MFL Speaking Exams 08:30 - Year 7 Parents’ Drop in Session re Curriculum (Aldridge Theatre) 09:00 - Nursery to Year 6 Hedgehog Visit and Talks (Ballroom) 13:10 - Afternoon Acoustic Informal Concert 14:30 - U14 & U15 Boys Cricket v Ditcham Park School (Away) 14:30 - U14 & U15 Girls Cricket v St Edmund’s School (Home) 15:00 - Waverley District Athletics Trials at Charterhouse School 15:30 - Year 8 Parents’ Drop in Session re Curriculum (Aldridge Theatre) 19:00 - Main House Leavers’ Party Wednesday 11 May Year 10 Geography Field Work: River Wey French GCSE Speaking Exams 13:45 - Study Leave Farewell and Applause (Year 7 to 13) Main House Lawn 16:00 - U11 Mixed Cricket v St Catherine’s School (Home) 16:10 - Year 11 Study Leave begins 18:00 - GCSE Creative Arts Exhibition Open Evening ​ Thursday 12 May Year 10 Spanish British Film Institute Study Day GCSE and A-Level German Speaking Exams Year 5 Sleepover in Junior School Classrooms 09:30 - Morning Talk: Noel and Jack (Aldridge Theatre) 14:30 - U12 & U13 Boys Cricket v Ditcham Park School (Away) 15:30 - U9 Mixed Cricket v St Edmund’s School (Home) 17:30 - Year 7, 8 and 9 Tutor Parents’ Evening on Teams ​ Friday 13 May Year 10 Horizons Health Day GCSE and A Level German Speaking Exams 08:30 - Year 5 Activity Morning 16:10 - Year 13 Study Leave begins 18:00 - Year 11 German Class Trip to Zizzi’s Saturday 14 April Open Morning for Prospective Parents and Students 10:00 - Intuitive Painting Workshop (Art Canopy) 10:00 - Photography Workshop: Pinhole Photography 12:00 - Outreach: Farnham Assist Lunch (Hale) ​ Sunday 15 April 10:00 - Intuitive Painting Workshop (Art Canopy) FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook . We also have several Twitter accounts around the school where you can find resources and school info: ​ Main School account - @FrenshamHeights Rick - @rickclarke72 Becks - @becksscullion Business/Economics - @getontheeconbus Careers - @FrenshamCareers Creative Arts - @ArtsFrensham Charity, Outreach and Community - @FrenshamCharity Design & Technology - @FrenshamDT Junior School - @FrenshamJuniors Geography - @FrenshamGeog Maths - @Frensham_Maths Modern Foreign Languages - @Frensham_MFL Music - @FHMusicSchool Outdoor Ed - @Frensham_OE PE & Sport - @Frensham_PE PRE - @FrenshamPRE PSME/PSHE - @FrenshamPSME Science = @FrenshamScience ​

  • May Week 2 2022 | Frensham Heights

    THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM Friday 13th May, 2022 CLICK TO NAVIGATE SCHOOL MESSAGES SCHOOL EVENTS THIS WEEK AT SCHOOL SPORTS REPORT FRENSHAM KITCHEN NEXT WEEK A MESSAGE FROM RICK CLICK FOR RICK'S MESSAGE A MESSAGE FROM NICK OT Dear Parents, The week started in great style with an insightful and informative Junior School Town Hall event. It was interesting to hear the key thoughts on parents’ minds and to have some good discussions around several central themes and topics. The rest of the week has seen the Junior School charging full steam ahead and tomorrow sees us host a very busy-looking Open Morning for prospective families. Next week sees the Year 5’s head out on their residential adventure to JCA in Tewkesbury and it is very exciting to see residentials back on the agenda and access awesome experiential learning away from the Frensham landscape. The week after sees our Year 6 tribe head to St David's in Wales for a residential with adventure company TYF. Coasteering, surfing, mud runs, conservation and self reflection will be some of the highlights that the children will get to explore. It really is a trip to see the Year 6’s end their time in primary education in style! I sent out a Key Dates communication to you earlier today to ensure you have all the exciting and key moments of the summer term on your radar. Here's the link again here if you need it: https://sway.office.com/blMlMGmGAUvhga86?ref=Link It is going to be a busy rest of the term, yet one where we can really begin to rekindle the chance for us all to get back together and share in the experiences of the children. Have a lovely weekend and see you next week. Take care. Nick O-T and the Junior School Staff SCHOOL MESSAGES FRENSHAM IS A SILVER RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL! We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Silver level Rights Respecting School which means that we are Rights Aware. We are proud of this endorsement as a school that puts the Rights of the Child at it’s heart. As the only school in the area to have achieved this it really does set us apart. The Silver award was gained through submitting evidence, both written and photographic to our UNICEF assessor as well as going through an intensive inspection process. Members of staff were interviewed, followed by a random group of students from across the Junior and Senior School. We received some fabulous feedback however, the strongest was about our students who were so confident and knowledgeable about their rights. She was blown away by their strong student voice. We will be receiving a full report and certificate very soon as well as a big banner – look out for it in Flottage at some point. The next step is to achieve Gold which we plan to achieve by summer 2023! This is a great achievement for Frensham and the whole community feel proud to have received the Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award. SURF TRIP The Year 8 to 13 Surf Trip is taking place from 16 to 18 September. This is for all students currently in Year 7 to 12. Places are limited and it is usually a very popular trip, therefore they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To give everyone advance warning, the letter will be sent to parents on Monday 23 May and will contain a link to the form to give permission and make a payment. Please put this date in your diary and know to expect the letter then. PARTY ON BOURNE VILLAGE GREEN FOR UKRAINIAN FAMILIES A small group of Farnham friends are organising a free event for all local Ukrainian refugees and their host families on 3rd July 2022 in the marquee on the Bourne Village Green. This is a great opportunity to get together with fellow nationals, communicate in their own language, meet people in the same situation, share experiences, enjoy some British hospitality and also to say thank you to their hosts who have opened their doors and hearts to visitors from war torn Ukraine. It may be that you have sight of these families and I therefore attach the poster invitation for you to kindly distribute accordingly, perhaps in your PTA newsletters? Entrance will be for those who have replied before 13th June and please address any queries you may have by email to Irenie on ukranianrefugees@gmail.com . INFORMAL FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM VOLUNTEERS GROUP FOF are looking to put on many more events as we begin to enjoy a return to a more normal life. To help with this we are looking to put together a group that we can contact to help out once in a while, either through WhatsApp and/or email. It's nothing permanent and can range from: helping out at an event taking in collections selling 2nd hand uniform meeting up with new parents or just having a catch up and a coffee. You can dip in and out as you like, but it would be a fun way to become more involved in this great Frensham community. If you are interested please email me on Gayle@Fofrensham.com . CERAMICS EXHIBITION Teacher Ashley Howard is exhibiting his ceramics at the Bircham Gallery, Norfolk in a group exhibition called Colour Fields https://www.birchamgallery.co.uk/visit/exhibition/colour-fields-201/ SCHOOL EVENTS - see all upcoming events here SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING 16th May at 6:15pm ​ This is a really good opportunity to come in and hear about Life at Frensham Sixth Form, see relevant facilities, take a tour of Roberts House and meet Sixth Form tutors and current students. ​ There will be an academic subject fair in September, but this is your chance to find out about the social and pastoral side of our Sixth Form. RSVP HERE A-LEVEL ART EXHIBITION ​ 13th June at 6:00pm ​ Please come along to the Creative Arts Studios and see the outstanding work created by our A-Level Arts Students - featuring work from Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Photography. ​ ​ RSVP HERE NURSERY PLAY SESSIONS ​ 20th May and 10th June ​ If you know someone who would like to find out more about our Nursery, please tell them to book in to one of our upcoming Nursery Play Sessions for children 2yrs+. ​ ​ BOOK HERE FRIENDS OF FRENSHAM SOCIAL EVENT ​ 10th June at 7pm FOF Drinks and Nibbles outside the Aldridge theatre. Tickets go on sale next week THIS WEEK AT FRENSHAM GREENPOWER Goodwood Heat 08/05/2022 On Sunday 8th May our Greenpower team entered the first race of the season at Goodwood Motor Circuit. It was a glorious day; the sun was out, and the team were excited and a bit nervous or their first proper race day. The team arrived at the Goodwood track at 7.30am and helped unpack the car and kit from the van and prepared for scrutineering. The car has to pass strict safety measures before being allowed out to practice and we’re glad to say it passed with flying colours! Phew! This was down to all the hard work since January that the team have been putting in every Thursday after school to get the car race-ready, along with preparing the pit to car communications, writing newsletter articles, analysing previous race data, pit stop practices and of course, driving practice on the Astro. Olivia, our team leader was pivotal in devising a racing strategy for the day and had to make sure the team knew their duties, where to be and at what time, and ensure the team communicated effectively. Linus, George (GVC), Olivia and Archie got the car out in practice which was an important part of the day. Throughout the practice session, the team were able to polish up on last minute pit stops, get used to the live telemetry data system, check the pit to car communications and make sure they were happy with the smooth running of the car. Thankfully, practice was successful, the team were becoming more confident with the task ahead of them, and excitement grew around the paddock area, not long until their first proper race! Race 1. Drivers: George, Leo, Theo. George started us off and had to negotiate a number of scratch build and kit cars from the starting line, our modified soft start speed controller meant that some cars overtook us from the off but we quickly caught up with them and overtook the majority. The modified speed controller is used to conserve battery power, something that is key to last the entire race off two 12V Greenpower batteries. After four laps, George pitted and in jumped Leo. Just like George, he drove brilliantly, overtaking many cars and making his way up the leaderboard. Finally, our last driver of race 1, Theo. Team FHS pitted for the last time, Theo jumped in and was away. This was the smoothest pit stop of the day, the team working like a well-oiled machine, you wouldn’t have guessed this was only their first race! Theo had the longest stint in the car and again, climbed the leaderboard to put us in 3rd place overall out of 54 kit cars, a huge achievement by all involved. Unfortunately, the race was red flagged as there was an accident with 3 minutes to go, and didn’t restart, this meant that the gear ratios and calculations we worked on prior to the race were not as accurate as we would have wanted them to be, but that’s racing. Race 2. Drivers: Callie, Rafi, Negu. During the break, we altered the gearing slightly to increase the speed. This was a bit of a gamble as over gearing a car can lead to taking too much out of the batteries and not finishing the race, we altered the ratios with caution and because of the data Alex had collected from the first race, we were confident of the change. Callie started us off this time, luckily the team managed to get to the front of the grid, with all 87-scratch build and kit cars behind us – superb planning on their part! Callie drove fantastically, getting the car around in the quickest time on her second lap, a personal best for team FHS at Goodwood. She pitted a lap early as the pit lane was quiet, this was a difficult call but the right one, as the next lap the pit lane was chaos! Next in was Rafi, he drove with confidence, a brilliant stint and put us in a really good position with only one more pit stop to go. Next up was Negu, the secret weapon! Negu had the longest spell in the car and did the team proud, team FHS and our brilliant supporters were willing him on lap after lap. Cars around us were slowing down, many cars had to be recovered because of over gearing, poor battery care or mechanical failures. Thankfully, Negu powered around with little sign of slowing down, we were spot on with the gearing changes and this played into our advantage in the final stages of the race. In the last few laps, we went from 5th place kit car to 2nd place kit car and were catching up 1st place quickly. Our last lap took just under 6 minutes to complete, compared to our quickest lap of 5 minutes and 12 seconds. The car in front of us took just over 12 minutes to complete their final lap and their quickest was 5 minutes, that’s what people at Greenpower call ‘falling off a cliff!’ – as far as battery consumption/care is concerned! We were so close to catching them and with another lap we would have. We finished the race in 2nd place in the kit car category, an amazing achievement. To decide the overall results, the furthest distance was taken from either race 1 or race 2, whichever was greatest. In race 1 we completed 36 miles, this was cut short by 3 minutes because the race was red flagged, we would have travelled further under normal circumstances. In race 2 we completed 37.16 miles, only 1.42 miles short of the kit car that finished in first place. Now that the team have raced the Goodwood circuit and have a greater understanding of what is involved, we all agree that tweaking our gearing further could give us an advantage in future races. FHS was still putting in very competitive lap times and the batteries still had some spare capacity at the end of the race. An excellent learning curve for all involved, including us staff! Our overall standing, including scratch build cars was 9th out of 87, not too bad considering scratch build cars can use much lighter materials and adapt the aerodynamics considerably. The twelve students involved in the day were Alex W, George VC, Archie M, Linus R, Theo H, Rafi G, Callie J, George M, Negu O, Olivia S, Edward S and Leo H. They all deserve a huge amount of credit for the way they approached the day, represented the school and came together as a team, we were thoroughly impressed with them! A big thanks to Neil M, Sarah C and Joanne VC for giving up their Sunday to enable us to race! Our next race day is at the Lotus test track in Hethel, Norfolk on 19th June. Giles 1/11 1/10 Comments from the Greenpower team: George VC: ‘I am looking forward to driving in the next race and it was very fun to drive the car and take over other kit cars.’ Linus R: ‘I enjoyed helping with the pit stops. I also enjoyed using the TSL timing website to track our live progress.’ Edward S: ‘I liked watching the cars come into the pits. I'm looking forward to using a phone in the next race to track the live progress.’ Alex W: ‘I enjoyed being able to see the timings and encouraging the team with our car's place. I am looking forward to racing again at Lotus and hopefully getting a podium again.’ Rafi G: ‘I enjoyed driving the car as it was an exhilarating experience and working as a team was fun. I always felt like I was helping the team whenever I did a job. I liked the pit stops and pushing the car in and out while the power was off.’ Olivia S: ‘At first, the day was a bit hectic as we all arrived, but we soon settled into place. I volunteered to not race at Goodwood because we could only have 6 drivers and 7 of us wanted to drive, I helped to organise the team and am looking forward to driving at the Lotus test track in Hethel.’ Theo H: ‘I really enjoyed the experience at Goodwood. I drove third in the first race and loved the driving. I also liked the atmosphere of the paddock and the pits and the way everyone worked as a team.’ Negu O: ‘I enjoyed driving in the car, it was very fun. I enjoyed the weather as it wasn't too hot or too cold and the sun was shining. I enjoyed working together as a team. I enjoyed doing the pit-stops and helping the next driver get in, I felt like I was contributing to the team.’ Archie M: ‘I found it really fun even though I was injured from a cricket match the day before. I did a practice run in testing and it was awesome and good to drive the Goodwood circuit. The team worked really well together.’ George M: ‘I have really enjoyed Greenpower from the very beginning. The whole team has been really supportive and fun. The races have been great and I’m happy with the end result for the first race of the season.’ Leo H: ‘I enjoyed the teamwork and the celebrations after, I can’t wait to improve on our next race!’ Callie J: ‘My favourite part of the day was racing the car because it was such an exhilarating experience, racing round a 2.4mile track with loads of other cars around me! Coming into the pitstop was hard but fun at the same time. It was so amazing to see the ranking of our car and we all cheered when our drivers went past.’ FOREST SCHOOL AND OUTDOOR ED On Monday, the Year 3 & 4 Soft Archery ECA was a great success and a perfect way to start our week of adventure. All the children were challenged to set up their own individual range, consisting of getting the targets assembled, bow and arrows in order, and placed correctly. Within a couple of minutes all children were firing away and developing their skillset. ​ Year 5 Outdoor Education worked well on the high ropes course completing the gladiator rings, leap of faith and seesaw, whilst Year 6 continued their module in archery, putting their maths knowledge to great use. ​ In Year 3, Luca, Woody and Remy continued their hard work developing a platform, learning how to use a sawhorse, bow saw and hammers. Georgia and Amelia saved a caterpillar and made a luxurious house out of leaves, whilst the remainder continued their plaster of Paris experience or developed a den. ​ Nursery built a den and had a little tea party, accompanied by another caterpillar. We shared tea, ate cake and finished with a story of two about the mini beasts around our site. 1/7 OPEN MORNING Middle and Senior school students were treated to a beautiful flute duet from Joanna D and Tori Edwards at morning talk yesterday. GEOGRAPHY TRIP TO THE RIVER WEY Year 10 Geographers enjoying being knee-deep in the River Wey, conducting fieldwork as part of their GCSE course. 1/4 FAREWELL YEAR 11s We said good luck to our Year 11’s today as they headed off on study leave. It was mocktails and music inside as the weather was not on our side. Students went off with some wise words from their tutors and an exam survival pack. They have been an amazing cohort who have shown great resilience over the past two years. We wish them all the very best of luck in their upcoming exams and look forward to seeing them in their finery for Prom on Monday 27 June. A letter detailing this event will be coming home soon. ​ An here's a link to "Exam Season Parenting: A Crash Course" to help parents support their children during their exams. 1/6 MAIN HOUSE BOARDERS Main House boarders having fun, playing a spot of volleyball, toasting marshmallows on the fire and enjoying the lighter evenings. 1/3 IN THE RECORDING STUDIO Sonny, Oscar, Arlo and Henry recording a rap in our amazing recording studio. 1/1 SIXTH FORM BIOLOGY DISSECTION Our Year12s &13s had a great afternoon observing a dissection. A big thank you to Emma from @VetPartnersLtd who shared some really interesting information about veterinary science. ​ **WARNING: THE PHOTOS ARE QUITE GRAPHIC Click to see the photos YEAR 8 TEAM DRAWINGS 1/1 THIS WEEK'S SPORTS REPORT Under 15s Girls Cricket v St Edmunds St Ed’s (241 Runs) beat Frensham (226 Runs) ​ On Tuesday afternoon we welcomed St Ed’s to Frensham as the u14/15 girls had their second cricket fixture of the season. Skippered by Heidi, Frensham lost the toss and were put into bat first. The opening pair of Imogen and Heidi made a productive start scoring lots of quick singles with the odd boundary. Read More U10 Cricket v St Hillary's ​ Monday afternoon was a perfect example why the sports department love the Summer term so much with the sun shining on the field and Astro bursting with activity. Cricket was the order of the day, and we were lucky enough to have four U10 cricket matches happening simultaneously against St Hillary's. This was the first game of the season for the year 5's and it was amazing to have every single pupil in the year involved and giving cricket a go. Despite missing their last Monday cricket session to the bank holiday, they still showed plenty of promise with some great batting, bowling and fielding skills in these pairs cricket fixtures. The games finished in a win, two draws and a loss for the Frensham teams in some well-spirited displays. Well done to all involved. Under 15s Cricket V Ditcham Park ​ Please watch the video match report from head of cricket David Lloyd! Watch Lloydy's video Waverley Athletics Trials ​ On Wednesday afternoon Frensham took an athletics team to the Waverley District trials at Charterhouse School. This is an annual event that helps select a team to represent Waverley borough in the Surrey Championships at Kingsmeadow stadium in Kingston on Saturday 11th June. Read More Boarders Trip Last Saturday the boarders were given the opportunity to try their hand at golf with a trip to Topgolf Surrey. It doesn't matter what your golfing ability is anyone can give it a go and win, except when you're playing against Phil and Rory. Read More On the 7th/8th May 2022, Isla competed in her second week of the south east regional championships. In her age group, Isla won gold for the 200m and 1500m freestyle. Isla has also been invited to compete in the British Summer Championships in August 2022. NEWS FROM FRENSHAM KITCHEN 1/6 WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK Monday 16 May GCSE Exams begin Year 7 to 9 Assessment Week (Activities in the Afternoon) Year 10 into Sixth Form Week Year 12 Life After Frensham Week 16:10 - U12 & U13 Boys’ Cricket v Alton School (Home0 19:00 - Year 10 into Sixth Form Parent and Student Evening Tuesday 17 May Year 10 into Sixth Form Week Year 12 Life After Frensham Week 14:30 - U14 & U15 Girls’ Cricket v Duke of Kent School (Away) 14:30 - U14 & U15 Boys’ Cricket v St Edmund’s School (Away) 16:30 - U10 & U11 Mixed Cricket v More House School (Home) 17:30 - Year 10 Academic Parents’ Evening on Teams Wednesday 18 May Year 10 into Sixth Form Week Year 12 Life After Frensham Week Year 5 Residential Trip to Croft Farm 15:20 - U9 Mixed Cricket v Bedales School (Home) 15:20 - U10 & U11 Cricket v Bedales School (Home) ​ Thursday 19 May Year 10 into Sixth Form Week Year 12 Life After Frensham Week Year 5 Residential Trip to Croft Farm 08:30 - Year 10 and 12 99 Billion Ideas (‘Change Makers for Tomorrow’) 16:30 - U11 & U12 Mixed Swimming v More House School (Away) ​ Friday 20 May Year 12 Life After Frensham Week Year 10 into Sixth Form Week Year 7 Eco Day Year 8 Survival Skills Training Day Year 9 Water Sports Trip to Thorpe Lakes Year 10 and 12 Trip to Thorpe Park Year 5 Residential Trip to Croft Farm ​ Saturday 21 April Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Fundraising Bike Ride for Knoydart ​ Sunday 22 April Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Year 6 Residential Trip to TYF, Wales FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook . 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