Heads of Houses organised a mock vote today ahead of the General Election tomorrow. All students were given the opportunity to vote and went from indifferent to highly vocal in the preparations before they cast their votes.

Students were heard to debate a range of issues including tax, housing benefit, defence and immigration. The process was a wonderful preparation for their adult life, and next time they will be voting for real.

Click on the table below to see the students’ results:

 

 

 


 

Heads of Houses organised a mock vote today ahead of the General Election tomorrow. All students were given the opportunity to vote and went from indifferent to highly vocal in the preparations before they cast their votes. Students were heard to debate a range of issues including tax, housing benefit, defence and immigration. The process was a wonderful preparation for their adult life, and next time they will be voting for real.

The students’ results are as follows:

 

 

 


Our annual 'Later with Frome College' concert at the Cheese & Grain is on Tuseday 18 July.

All students and staff who would like to particpate, please contact Mr Nicholls, Mr Hampson or Mr Waterhouse as soon as possible.

We look forward to another outstanding 'Frome College' event!

Further information will follow soon.

 

A commemorative plaque to celebrate the work on the Last Tree Dreaming project was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Mr Ball on Wednesday 17 May, for all the artists, young people and organisers who have supported the project from its conception in 2013.

The 250 year old, 17.3 meter, 11 tonne, Oak tree has been erected at Frome College’s Bath Road entrance. It fell in Turner's Paddock at Stourhead, and was featured in the painting 'View over the lake at Stourhead' by JMW Turner in 1798. The Heritage Lottery awarded the project £40,000 to involve Frome's young people in the tree's historical and ecological heritage. The sculpture signifies the depleted great forest of Selwood, first recorded in 898, which once covered the whole Frome area. The tree is lit up at night to highlight the students hand carved tattoos into the heartwood of the tree making it a beacon of hope for the future.

Sculptor Barry Cooper said “I would like to thank all those who have made this project happen. In particular: My wife Kath Cooper, who initially found the tree at Stourhead in 2013. Gavin Ball, for hosting Last Tree Dreaming at Frome College. Anthony Rogers, for enthusiastically collaborating with me on this sculpture; for carving the tree with Frome's young people. Grant Gellatly, for overseeing the design and engineering of the sculpture; was collaborating with our structural engineer Austen Cook from Momentum in Bath. Azeema Caffoor, who host-directed the project in Young People Frome. Angela Yeoman, our Patron who has supported the project wholeheartedly from the beginning. Kim Portnell, who arranged for the tree to be donated to the Frome community and approached Henry Hoare to provide our initial funding.  Dougie Williams and the core group of Frome College students who led the project. Open Story Tellers, who initially led on the film about Selwood Forest. The Duke of Edinburgh and Selwood Academy students who actually made the film. Matthew Marshall for providing an enthusiastic and active partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust. Helen Moore for working with young people in poetry, script; Forest School.  Howard Vause who made two outstanding films about the project.

Also, I would like to thank the Frome College staff who have helped us achieve planning, supported the project administratively over the last 3 years, provided all the College support on the ground, and whose idea it was to place the tree in this particular location. Mark Riley who provided 2 cranes for the erection of the tree. Claire Marsland, for facilitating the employment of 60 first school children in carving the tree, and organising a procession for them to replant Selwood with sapling trees. Diana Walker for donating 60 native sapling trees from Barters Farm Nurseries. Ruth Knagg for facilitating the planting of the saplings in Whatcombe Fields. Andrew Hopkins who provided over 50 tons of concrete, to support the tree. John and Allan Brown for their hours of work preparing the tree and making the reinforced structure to support the tree. Pete Aylesbury, who was responsible for getting the tree from Stourhead to the Frome College campus, Julian Height, who is promoting the revival of Selwood Forest, and to Michael McGarvie, who provided the historical perspective on Selwood Forest."  

You can download the films by following the links below:

 

Students from local schools along with 8 Frome College students from Years 9 & 10 entered the Rotary Creative Writing Competition. 

The students were asked to write a style of text of their choice on the theme ‘Reflection’. 
Ms Franklin, teacher of English said:  ‘I am very proud of the efforts of my young writers.  Their work displays talent and confidence and I am sure that it will serve them well in later years.’

All the work was judged by a panel in Bath, and after much deliberation, Abi Thorne in Year 9 won the Intermediate Event.  She will go through to the Regional Final later in the year. 

On Tuesday 21 March, David Gerhardt and Gerry Atkinson from the Rotary Club, presented certificates to the winners at an award ceremony at Frome College.

Daniel Hopkins aged 10, from Springmead School in Beckington, also won his category, and came to the presentation at Frome College. 

 

Both Abi and Daniel received their awards, and spoke to the Rotarians about what inspired their creative writing, and what their interpretation of the theme meant to them. Principal, Mr Ball said how proud he was of their achievements and how important articulate literacy skills are in all aspects of life. 

Congratulations to them both!

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