EMPOWER Awards Evening

On Thursday 29th June, we had our first EMPOWER Awards evening, to recognise and celebrate the outstanding commitment of Fulham Cross Girls’ School students to our EMPOWER charter.

The students receiving the awards had been nominated by their teachers for their commitment to one of the strands of EMPOWER, with eight winners for each year group plus an additional outstanding commitment award for the student in each year group who was nominated for the most categories.

Our formal ceremony started with a welcome from Mr Haylock, Executive Principal of Fulham College Academy Trust, who spoke about the challenge that we lay down to our students to be the leaders of the future.  This was followed by a warm and inspirational address from our guest speaker, BBC Broadcaster Mishal Husain, who spoke with passion about the challenges that she faces as a high profile, successful female professional and, more importantly, her determination to succeed and fulfil her aspirations.  Mishal spoke directly to our girls to advise them to believe in themselves, work hard, listen, persevere and follow their dreams and the audience was captivated by her passion as she paid tribute to our EMPOWER values.

The first award of the evening was presented by Mishal to Hiba Al-Moosawi in recognition of her commitment to representing young people through her role as Youth Mayor for Hammersmith and Fulham.  The evening then carried on with each girl receiving a glass trophy, a certificate and a book to mark her achievement as one of our EMPOWER winners.  Ms Fox, Head of School, was extremely proud of all the students as she presented their awards and had photographs with every winner.

The audience were treated to some great musical performances, which included a number from our upcoming school performance of Aladdin, a moving duet of the song True Colours and a lively and engaging performance from the Fulham Cross Street Dance Troupe.  The event was brought to a formal close by Ms Fox who, as always, spoke with pride about the “amazing young women that we are privileged to teach at Fulham Cross Girls’ School.”

At the end of the evening, proud parents rushed forward to have their photographs taken with their daughters and all remarked on how much the evening meant to their families.  Our EMPOWER winners for 2017 will be displayed throughout the school so that all our students can aspire to emulate their achievements and be the 2018 winners. 

Prom Night 2017

On the 16th June 2017 our year 11 girls had their prom at a beautiful venue in Hammersmith overlooking the River Thames; to say the view from the terrace was serene would have been an understatement. The girls looked absolutely amazing dressed in long glittery gowns and with hairstyles that would have given Lady Gaga a run for her money! Throughout the evening, the girls danced away to the sounds of Sean Paul and Justin Bieber, to name a few, testing both their dancing skills and vocal chords. They celebrated Best Dressed which was won by Ishwaq Ahmed and their 2017 Prom Queen went to Hamda Mire! It was a night filled with laughter, excitement and gratitude as the girls celebrated all together for the last time before beginning the next phase of their lives. Goodbye Class of 2017 and we wish you the best of luck!

Fulham Cross Girls Visit Lords - The home of English Cricket

On Monday 19th June a group of Year 7 students had the opportunity to participate in an inclusion day at Lord's Cricket Ground. The girls, all members of our increasingly popular cricket club, had a personalised tour of the grounds and the museum, before taking part in a range of workshop sessions to practice and develop skills with Middlesex cricket coaches.  After this, they had the chance to watch the first day of the Middlesex vs Yorkshire test match - a fantastic experience for girls who are developing a passion for the sport. The sun shone all day - great weather for cricket - and the girls thoroughly enjoyed the match, enthusiastically cheering the 'fours' and the 'outs'.  At Fulham Cross, we are keen to ensure that our girls have access to a range of sports and activities - watch this space for future news about our cricket club!

Year 10 Visits Universities

Year 10 students had a tremendous Empower Day as they visited five universities across London. Events included a tour of the university, an opportunity to quiz the student ambassadors as well as participation in team building exercises. The students reported back that they had really enjoyed the experience and that it was an excellent opportunity to see what university life was like first hand and to talk to the students about what it was like to be a university student in London. Maria in 10F said ‘I always knew I wanted to go to university but now I want to go even more!’ At the same time 10M’s visit to City University was made a lot smoother by the excellent navigational skills of Megan Jones who worked with staff to ensure that they found their way to the university having been there before!

The response of the universities has been overwhelming in their praise for the maturity, behaviour and intelligence of the girls who attended the trip and the school is already making preparations to repeat the visits next year. 

First Story Workshop Launch

The hall was transformed into a celestial scene awash with twinkling stars to launch the First Story Writing Workshop’s poetry anthology Our Words Run Deeper Than The Earth on June 15th.

The 23-strong group of Year 9 poets reduced many of the parents and teaching staff to tears by reading their raw, powerful and honest words on a range of topics from family life, grief, sexism as well as what it is like to be a Muslim girl today.

Poet-in-residence Rebecca Tantony told how the girls had “blossomed” during her weekly workshops producing intricate and heartfelt writing which made her feel “honoured” to have worked with them.

She added: “The writing is funny, it is brave and it truly has a wisdom beyond the years of the faces behind it.”

Lead teacher Ms Stone-Lee described how the girls had gained such confidence and skill they could “now fill the world – in fact the galaxy - with their amazing words”.

The girls were thrilled to take home copies of their first books to treasure forever and felt incredibly proud of overcoming their nerves to perform in front of the audience.

EMPOWER Breakfast Talks

The Careers Department offers EMPOWER Breakfast Talks on Tuesdays throughout the year.  Initially they were offered to Year 10 and 11 girls but now are open to all students in any year.  The latest two talks have been fascinating very well attended. 

On 13 June Dr Paul Winter came to talk to us about his careers as a neuroscientist.  Dr Winter told us about his education in South Africa during apartheid and how his family was deported.  He talked about his career developing new medicines in a range of therapeutic areas.  He also talked about the teenage brain.  There was standing room only.

Fulham Cross Sail to Canary Wharf

‘On the 31st March the Year 11’s took a trip along the Thames to the far eastern reaches of our great city to the economic heartland of Canary Wharf. The girls took the Clipper ferry from Putney Bridge all the way to our destination and were able to see the huge changes occurring along the banks of the Thames. The trip was an excellent chance for the girls to see a hugely developed area that has changed drastically over the last century from a thriving Docklands to a deindustrialised wasteland and now into a globalised economic neighbourhood. Upon arrival we visited the London Docklands Museum and managed to collect excellent information to help the girls with their GCSE topic ‘Changing UK Economies.’ This was a great opportunity for the girls to get out into the field before the onset of exams and we were very proud of the way they behaved and conducted themselves. Well done girls!’

Mr Hudson

West London Cricket Tournament

On Friday 26th May the Year 7 & 8 Cricket Team attended the annual West London Cricket Tournament at William Perkin School. The team were excited from the off, with many of the girls arriving 15 minutes early and practising bowling.

 It was clear from the start that many players from the other teams were much more experienced than our brand new team, but we in true Fulham Cross Fashion took this in our Stride.

Our first game against Belvue School went incredibly well with a win of 273 to 206, calming the nerves slightly. The next game was against Cardinal Wiseman, a very close game throughout taking it right down to the final over. At the final ball it was unclear who had won, the umpire went to a count back both teams were 236 for 4 wickets, a draw….but this soon changed with a bowl out with 45 players from each team selected to free bowl at the wickets, each needing to hit to score a point for their team. 

A special mention must also go to Asal Ali, who was spotted by a scout from the county Team of Middlesex, and asked her to attend some training sessions for the county team, thinking she would be an asset.

KS3 Stamford Bridge - Sports Day

On Tuesday 6th June 10 pupils from a combination of Year 7, 8 and 9 attended a Girls’ Sport day At Stamford Bridge- the Home of the Premier League Champions. It was an inspiring day full of a variety of workshops. The girls spent time thinking about how fortunate they were to be taking part in sport and how still unfortunately the stereotypes exist in women’s sports and in particular football. They worked on scenarios of how to combat these and practical things they themselves could do in certain situations.

The most inspiring activity involved a question and answers session by Katie Chapman (Women’s Chelsea Captain), providing the girls with an insight to the dedication and commitment needed to overcome challenges and really make it to be one of the best.

There was also a chance to visit the pitch, which the girls enjoyed as well as a practical session involving key skill development.

All in all a great day empowering our girls’ to be involved and always be involved in sport.

Year 7 EMPOWER Day

On our Empower day, ‘Let me play’ came in and ran fun sports activities throughout the day. The 5 activities that took place were:  Football, Dance, Tennis, Handball, and Basketball. We started off with Dance and we learnt a dance routine from the musical Hairspray, it was a very cheesy routine, but we still had lots of fun. After that, we did football where we learnt different skills and played short matches, and the mentor Toby helped us and gave us tips on how to improve our skills. After a short break, we moved onto handball, where we started off with mini games to help prepare us for the exercises that were coming up.  The mentor cheered us on as we played a very exciting match of handball. Next up was basketball, where we practised shooting and dribbling. We then played a game called the hot seat which got us all excited and very determined to score. Last but not least, we went out into the main playground and to learn tennis skills. The tennis mentor gave us advice on how to serve and when we improved, we went onto perform rallies and did much better than the first time. After all the activities, we headed up to the hall and had an awards assembly where all the mentors gave out certificates and form tutors gave out empower postcards. Over all, it was a fun day and we would gladly do it again.   

Inas Nejjari 7F and Meriem Boucha 7F

Year 8 EMPOWER Day Visit to London Zoo

On Friday 12th May, Year 8 went took a trip to London Zoo to explore the animals living in different climates around the world. After a long ride on the underground, students arrived at London Zoo and headed off to different locations. Particular highlights were the penguins which we could see swimming through the glass fronted pool, Sumatran tigers who are an endangered species and the giraffes who were hiding inside from the rain. Many students also enjoyed the weird and wonderful creatures in the BUGS centre; we saw ants making their own habitats by carrying leaves across ropes and some faced their fears by going into a room full of giant spiders! It was a long and tiring day after walking around 12 kilometres (!) but it was enjoyed by all.

"High Five" English Student Conference

On Tuesday 9th May 2017 fourteen year 11 students travelled to the Dominion Theatre, in Tottenham court road, for the annual English PIXIL Conference. The conference focused on the AQA Language Paper 1 and Paper 2. PIXIL staff members identified the key questions pupils are struggling with nationally, showed pupils how to approach the most challenging questions, explored the mark scheme and used various strategies to help build the pupils’ confidence.

It was both inspiring and engaging, with pupils stating that it had really helped them prepare for the exams.

Year 9 EMPOWER Day Visit to Bognor Regis

On Friday 12th May, the whole of year nine embarked on a day trip to the seaside as part of their current geography topic – Coasts. With three full coaches of students, together with thirteen teachers we set off under cloudy skies and it wasn’t long before we had to stop at the services on the A3 due to somebody already needing the toilet. However, this was a welcome break as both students and teachers were able to stretch their legs, buy refreshments and get some fresh air.

On arrival in Bognor, students had five minutes on the beach before they were each given a booklet and set off to do their different activities – Coastal defences with Mr Hudson, History of Bognor with Mr McIntyre and Coastal Poetry with Mr Kelly.

A respite in the weather we thought as blue skies appeared and the sun came out. By this time everyone was hungry and the queue for fish and chips outside the fish and chip shop next to the pier was nearing fifty or sixty.

After half an hour of rain, the sun really came out and everybody had a great time on the beach. Students played Frisbee, went for a paddle or just soaked up the sun as well as buying ice-creams from the local beach café. At 4pm we all got on the coaches and headed back to London. On the journey home, some girls sang, some slept after a really enjoyable day at the seaside.

Mr McIntyre

PIXL Conference Visit

 

 

 

The Pixl conference invited Year 11 students from schools around London with the aim of advising strategies to reach a high grade 5 and beyond. Mr Cullen and Mr Hassell accompanied the girls to The Dominion Theatre in Tottenham Court Road and were treated to free Pixl resources along with an extensive coverage of methodologies to apply across a range of GCSE Maths topics, including solving equations, percentages, ratios, area and perimeter. The conference then ended with a hilarious stand-up performance from comedian David McQueen, who helped to motivate the students with this final push before the GCSEs in May/June. The whole day proved to be an encouraging, entertaining and most of all, enlightening day for all FCGS members involved.

Step into Dance Spring!

The street dance group showcased their work at the Step into Dance Spring Sharing’s at Grey Coat Hospital School in Westminster.  They performed a dance choreographed by Nina Soutsou (street dance instructor) from Step into Dance, sponsored by Jack Petchey.  The girls have been attending street dance club for over a year.  They performed to a high standard and represented the school with prowess and style.   

Red Nose Day Challenge

On Friday 24th March, Fulham Cross Girls’ School participated in Red Nose Day for Comic Relief, a UK charity.  As a school we took part because it is an opportunity for pupils to learn valuable life skills, pupils gain understanding and empathy for others in the world and it brings the whole school community together. Our school has helped make a difference to people’s lives.

This year we ran a Destination Challenge for year 7-9 and Lunch sporting competitions for year 10-11. There was also a cake sale run by the challenge club at lunch time. Everyone worked super hard. 

Competition Winners: Leyla 9H, Yasmina 10F, Leona 8H, Tanjida 10U, Naziniah 10U, Aya B 10M, Dana 8H, Aaliyah 10U, Christelle 10F, Inas 7M, Lily 7F, Lorraine 11L

Cake Sale Winners: Year 7 Challenge Club.  Total Amount Raised: £584.31

Year 9 EMPOWER Day Workshop - PMNW!

Prison me no way joined Fulham Cross to engage year 9 to look at the consequences of choices that young adults can make. Students watched a role play group on antisocial behaviour and took part in a debate about making effective choices and the consequences of such choices. Students also undertook workshops on internet and social media safety. Students were given a tour of a prison cell to understand the reality of what actually prison is like, especially having your privacy taken away from you.

The highlight of the day for many students was getting to meet an ex-prisoners who through telling their story to help students understand the consequence of the choices that they made and the impact not only on their life but their family and friends.

Year 8 EMPOWER Day- Soap Designing

Year 8 designed brand new brands of soap and bath bombs for their Empower day.  Students were given the brief to design a new brand, deciding their target audience, costing, marketing and brand information as well as manufacturing the products Bubble Gum was the most popular flavour this year!  The students creativity shone through with amazing brand ideas and products designed and made.

The students especially enjoyed the making of the products and the science rooms at the end of the day were left smelling like Lush!  The students especially enjoyed being able to take their brand new creative products home, many providing handmade gifts for mother’s day!

Year 11 EMPOWER Day Workshop - "Preparing for Life after Fulham Cross"

On Tuesday 21st March, year 11 participated in their final EMPOWER day, “Preparing for Life after Fulham Cross.”  Throughout the day, year 11 students participated in a variety of exciting workshops to help them in the next stage of their journey when they will sadly leave us this summer. It was really encouraging to see everyone so engaged with the day and we would like to thank Integrate UK for their fantastic and thought provoking workshops on the day.

The day provided students with a valuable opportunity to ask questions and gain new skills with us before they move onto their colleges and sixth form providers. Thank you to all of the staff that ran sessions and thank you to year 11 for being excellent ambassadors for the school!