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!

Year 7 - International Themed EMPOWER Day

On Tuesday 21st March Year 7 took part in an International themed Empower Day. With help from their teachers, girls went around the world through a range of activities which allowed everyone to learn something new. As part of the day girls learnt some Bollywood dance moves, decoded words in Greek, learned how to spell their own names in Arabic and became one step closer to becoming Japanese calligraphy masters. Our students were also lucky enough to learn African drumming and how to make delicious French crêpes which everyone enjoyed! The day was a great success thanks to the enthusiasm displayed by both students and staff.

Jack The Ripper Museum Trip

Year 10 History students enjoyed a gruesome tour through the darkened streets of Whitechapel this term, hot on the trail of Jack The Ripper. The students, currently studying Crime and Punishment in preparation for their exams next year, took the opportunity to investigate some of the most, wicked crimes in history. The tour retraced the steps of the infamous criminal as students learnt about the wider aspects of what life was like in one of the poorest areas of London at the time. The knowledge and first-hand experience of seeing what Whitechapel was like in the 1880s gave the girls an excellent context in which to base their historical enquiry. Although we left with sore feet from the walking, an excellent time was had by all!

World Book Day

Day. We raised money for the charities Book Aid International and All Our Children and students had the opportunity to get involved in different ways.

We held a sponsored Readathon for KS3 students to raise money for children in hospital. This has been a great success; 50 keen readers from year 7, 8 and 9 signed up and have aimed to read more than 350 books between them in just two weeks!

On Tuesday 28th February all students had the opportunity to bring in cakes and other treats for a bake sale. We received lots of tasty baked goods that went down well with staff and students alike.  Special thank you to Isabel Clarke of 8L who brought in some beautiful homemade book-themed cupcakes – they tasted as good as they looked! We also held a book sale in the library where students could buy books from just 10p. There were lots of bargains to be had.

On Thursday 2nd March staff and students dressed up as characters from some of our favourite books. The English Department came as well-known characters from Dickens while other characters that were spotted about the school were Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen and The Woman in Black! There were some excellent costumes and prizes will be awarded for the best.

We also held an art competition for students to design a front cover for a book they love. There were some really fantastic and imaginative entries. Miss Brown had the very difficult task of selecting the winners, who were: Aisha Alam 7H, Inaya Salam 7M and Athena Allawan, 9L. Runners up were: Jemimah Pardito 7F, Siciida Muse 8H, Marieleynne Laban 7Q and Sakina Bean 7M.

Thank you to everyone who supported the events and made World Book Week such a success!

London Youth Games - Volleyball Team

U15s Volleyball team representing Hammersmith and Fulham at the London Youth Games.

The girls were amazing and represented the school and our borough with pride.   They got through Round 1 with outstanding performance and subsequently qualified to play in the final 12 out of 32 teams.  This in itself was a great achievement and we were very proud of the girls.  In the next round, they then won a number of matches and lost a few, but all defeats were very close.    It really could have gone either way.  Unfortunately, we did not get into the final, but we could not have been more proud of them.    The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day. 

First Story - Poetic Inspiration

Where better to go for poetic inspiration than the Grant Zoology museum at University College London?

The members of Fulham Cross Girls’ School First Story poetry group sized up a ginormous elephant skull, a terrifying Python skeleton and came eye-to-bulbous-eye with a porcupine fish to help them create some amazingly profound poetry with the expertise of performance poet Michelle Madsen. It was a proud moment when four of our group were chosen to read their creations, which were commended by the university's Head of English professor Mark Ford, who said he hoped our students would consider applying for places at UCL. 

Our aspiring poets also loved hanging out with English undergraduate Emma, who gave them a tour of the historic campus and the low down on university life and workloads. The girls were all sad to leave the North London campus but many confessed they are determined to continue their studies there. Watch this space!  

Year 11 Art Trip - Tate Gallery, Britain

On Wednesday the 1st of March Year 11 Art students had the opportunity to visit the Tate Britain in Pimlico, this art gallery trip contributed to their GCSE studies as they took photos, did observational drawings and took notes on the pieces of art that related to their chosen exam themes.

The students independently observed the art work in the gallery. The work on show was all by British artists from 1500 to the present day and includes work from artists like JMW Turner to more contemporary artists like Richard Hamilton and Tracey Emin.

The notes and observations the students took allowed them to further their coursework by including images and photos they took in their art books. This will count towards their final grades in August, as it shows the students are studying a variety of artists and different styles of art from different periods of time.

Over the course of the day the students enhanced their knowledge on art, and additionally enjoyed a really fun afternoon looking found the gallery!

Year 9 Empower Day - Chelsea Football Club

Year 9 had an exciting time visiting Chelsea Football Club. They completed money management activities with the support of a local accountancy firm who enjoyed working with our students. After the activities the students had a tour of the ground.