International Women’s Day is always a special event at Fulham Cross because it embodies everything we believe in as a school. Students had a week of assemblies in the run up to the day where they were talked to about the importance of us being brave as women and girls in order to smash the glass ceiling that can exist for us. We looked at how women’s inner voices mean that we often hold ourselves back and looked at strategies to mean we don’t do that! Students ended the assemblies by each making a pledge on how they will empower themselves and other women in the future. Students also nominated their Sheros in form time all week – enabling them to reflect on positive female contributions. On the day itself two large groups of students completed an interactive workshop with Threads Equality which looked at women’s history and the history of the feminist movement and the gains it has made. We celebrated female historical figures from the female Vikings, Hypatia in the 5th Century, to Greenham Common and the Women’s March and the #Metoo movement. All students involved were mature, passionate and articulate!
Fulham Cross saw two of our own spectacular chefs take home awards for the Hammersmith and Fulham Chef of the Year annual event at the Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College on 22nd February 2018. SydneyRose Jordan-Dilks cooked a delicious chicken stir-fry accompanied by a seasoned rice and for dessert, a white chocolate and lemon mousse with a passion fruit coulis. Rufayda Djilali cooked a flavoursome prawn curry with fragrant rice and for dessert a chocolate mousse with a raspberry coulis top. SydneyRose was awarded an ‘Outstanding Chef Award’ and Rufayda picked up a runner up prize. The judges gave a special mention to both students emphasising their culinary talent and skills they displayed. Some of the prizes the students picked up included; Westfield vouchers, a signed Rivercafe recipe book, a glass trophy, a voucher towards cookery lessons at one of the Jamie Oliver cookery schools and many more.
On Thursday 22nd February 2018, 14 Year 10 students attended a live debate at White City studio, organised by Votes4Schools, on the topic of “Our Education, Our Hands.” The event was enjoyable and insightful, and Fulham Cross students asked some very interesting and mature questions. The panel was comprised of journalists and MPs, and explored whether young people should be involved in having a say on educational legislation passed by the government, as well as whether young people aged 16 should be allowed to vote in elections. It was a pleasure to work with Votes4schools and our students on such an interesting topic that affects all of us in school every day.
Before Christmas the whole of FCGS were involved in raising money for Camfed. The school raised £3165 which, once doubled under the government’s aid match scheme, is enough to pay for 35 girls to be educated for a whole year. Here, in their own words, is how the students reached such a fantastic total.
Year 7 were given the task of completing a sponsored walk around Lillie Rec. Students were asked to find sponsors from amongst their family, friends, neighbours and teachers. All the students were determined to raise as much as possible to help give young women in Africa a chance to be educated. Ikraam Hassan 7M
Year 8 and 9 raised money for Camfed by taking part in a sponsored readathon. All of the students brought in their own books and it was amazing to see such a range of genres. Suhair and Akira 9L
Fulham Cross joined forces to create a tremendous Christmas fayre filled with a variety of wonderful stalls. The goodies on offer included delicious hot chocolate, breath-taking 3 tier cakes and handmade festive gifts. Oh, and let’s not forget the magical Christmas songs that were performed by our gifted vocalists Lama 10H
Year 11 enjoyed the inaugural FCGS sleepover. The night started with a two hour long dance party with the best music and huge doses of fun. We want to thank all the teachers who helped make this possible. We’re so lucky to have been able to share this experience with all of our closest friends. Shatoo and Maria 11H
On Wednesday 31st of January the whole of year 8 went to visit the Science Museum to explore the links between Science, Maths and IT. When we arrived at the museum we first went to the Winton Gallery. Decorated on the ceiling was a bright display of an artist impression of what the forces acting on a plane would look like . Next we went to a science show where Jasmine (8L) blew a beach ball high into the ceiling with a massive leaf blower! We also made a large fire using magician’s flash cotton and the power of maths. Year 8 had the opportunity to visit the WONDERLAB where they had weird experiments to try out and cool inventions to play with. The most popular one was the three slides made out of wood, grass and ceramic. My favourite activity was a long metal pole attached to a hidden speaker. You slid a straw through and put your finger in your ears to cut out any noise. Then you had to bite the pole where your straw was AND YOU COULD HEAR MUSIC!
After exploring we headed to the gift shop and bought some souvenirs. Lava putty, badges and thermometer key rings were among the popular items.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational trip. MASSIVE thanks to the Maths Department for organizing this trip!! - Maliha Ibrahim, 8L
A group of 17 students went to visit the University College London (UCL) as part of their First Story Trip. We arrived at Euston square station and made our way to the Welcome Museum where we had a tour around the museum, we learned about medicines, the body dietary books and healthy eating. After lunch Fulham Cross was lucky enough to be able to have a tour guide with the head of First Story (Jay) introduced himself and what we were writer to help us. We were told that we were able to visit two museums and then write poems or stories about the objects and items we had seen in the museum.
I was in Group 2 and so we were able to go to the Library and Egyptian Museum where we saw plenty of ancient Egyptian writings and we were lucky enough to see the oldest piece of clothing in the world. We saw mummy tombs and we even a skeleton in a pot! We then wrote poems about the objects we had seen.
All of us had finished our poems and were asked to perform our poems and stories in front of three other schools, First Story leaders and Jay! In fact, we were able to perform in a room were Leonardo di Caprio had filmed a scene in his film. - Leiyah Lawrence
On the 31st of January Year 7 had their Empower day at KidZania in Westfield. Just after 9am we were escorted by our teachers to this magical world of reality where we would experience an adventure where we could independently choose from over 60 real-life entertaining activities.
When we reached our destination we had to wait a while as the staff were getting us registered. It wasn't long until all the security stuff was over and done with; the only thing that was holding us back was getting our wrist bands on - they looked like watches that we had to adjust on our wrists; if anyone had accidently got themselves into danger or wanted to leave the premises the watch would go off sounding a bell like ringtone. And last but definitely not least they handed us 50 “KIDZOS” (kidzanian money) and then let us explore this ‘interactive city’ and try out a variety of jobs. Some of the jobs I really enjoyed were a chocolate factory worker and a surgeon. Some of the other professions we had a go at were: dentist, actor, firefighter, singer, police officer, journalist, shop assistant, etc.
At 12pm we had our lunch and then after 2 more hours you would think that we would head back to school but the day was not over yet, oh no, we had a chance to spend the money that we had earned in a REAL SHOP, this time actually buying real things that we could treat ourselves.
By Yumna Barhamji, 7U
Some of FCGS girls represented the school on Monday evening in the borough Indoor Athletics Competition. They performed to a very high standard and this was noted by the event organiser, who specifically commented on their excellent sportsmanship and their resilience. They came 2nd out of 6 schools and lost to Godolphin and Latymer.
On a dreary January day, Year 9 set out to visit three local churches: Twynholm Baptist Church, All Saints Church of England and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church. They came armed with questions about faith and ethics for each religious leader they met.
Their goal was to begin to formulate how to approach the central GCSE theme: why don't all religious believers agree with each other, even when they come from the same religion?
The pastor, vicar and priest all gave candid explanations for their differing viewpoints and the girls used their 'academic excellence' to challenge them with though-provoking questions such as:
"If humans have souls, how do you know animals don't?"
"If we all deserve punishment according to the Bible for being sinners, why don't we just do all the fun but bad things since we'll still deserve the same?"
"Why do you think that communion is symbolic but the other churches believed the bread transforms into something miraculous and special?"
As ever, their astute observations of the places of worship, religious curiosity and perfect behaviour impressed all three churches and made for a perfect (though wet and cold) day out.
On 11th January, the Key Stage 4 Music and Drama students went on a visit to the Prince Edward Theatre, Soho, to see the amazing musical, Aladdin. The play was absolutely captivating, and thrilled the audience from start to finish! It was filled with stunning singing, energetic dance routines and some fantastic stage work.
Our wonderful students were great ambassadors for Fulham Cross Girls’ School, as always, demonstrating our EMPOWER values and representing themselves and the school wonderfully well. Staff and students alike really enjoyed the performance. Thank you to the staff that volunteered their time to supervise the visit despite the late finish, and of course, the year 10 and 11 students for being a pleasure to take out on this visit.
Fulham Cross Girls' School was pleased to welcome the British Council and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for Zimbabwe and her team as they toured a number of outstanding British Schools in order to see which examples of best practice they could take back to Zimbabwe. Fulham Cross was chosen because of its outstanding outcomes and our reputation for developing well rounded students who are happy and successful.
On behalf of both the British Council and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Education I would like to send our heartfelt thanks to the pupils and staff of Fulham Cross Girls' School.
Our visit was excellent and the detail in which you had prepared for us was astounding. The ministers were bowled over with your hospitality and the fact that you knew their research areas and were familiar with their work was icing on the cake.
As a school your dedication to outstanding outcomes for your girls is obvious on every level. We were all impressed by your professional development systems and your detailed assessment strategies and the girls were a credit to the school.
I have copied in my colleagues John Rolfe and Adrian Fenton as I think that developing a relationship with the British Council may be mutually beneficial.
Once again, thank you so much.
On Thursday 18th of January 125 students and their parents attended our annual academic EMPOWER awards evening. The event was hosted to celebrate academic achievement for the year 2016/17. It was a formal event also attended by Governors and an inspirational guest. The speaker this year was Laura Kennington who is an Adventure Athlete. She spoke about following the path that her heart wanted even though it wasn’t necessarily the easiest path. She gave up her career in insurance to go on adventures funded by writing and speaking. She has cycled, swum and run her way around much of the world; pushing herself to go beyond her comfort zone constantly. Following Laura’s speech our fantastic students received their awards along with a carefully chosen book to challenge their thinking in the future. We awarded prizes for the top 10 students in each group for both attainment and progress and welcomed back 40 of our Year 11 Leavers to celebrate their GCSE success. A fantastic evening for some wonderful students who have a lot to be proud of!
On Wednesday 17th January members of Year 9 Challenge Club travelled to the Houses of Parliament for a tour and workshop on creating a campaign. This was to support the work that Debate Club have been doing around how debating works in our society and the preparation of our first debate for ESU Schools Mace; ‘This house proposes that MPs should be paid the median wage’. During the tour we stood in Westminster Hall which is almost 1000 years old and learnt about its history, including speeches from the Queen and Nelson Mandela. We saw a new art installation which commemorates the Suffragettes and their fight for women to gain the vote. The best part was going into the viewing gallery in the House of Commons and seeing a real life debate taking place about Britain leaving the EU. Before we left we met the MP for our school, Greg Hands, and quizzed him on some of the issues that we feel strongly about such as youth services in our area and school funding.
The second empower day for year 7’s was a fantastic day with pupils experiencing the delights of The Lyric Theatre showing a fun filled performance of Jack and The Beanstalk. On arrival to the theatre, the girls’ could not wait to open their popcorn and start munching, whilst waiting for the performance to start the students danced and sang along to the music as loud as they possible could. The performance was fantastic with amazing costumes and excellent audience participation. The students particularly enjoyed the part Mr Lossetto had to play with Mrs Trott Alot, who seemed to take a particular shining to him and of course being thrown sweets at various points during the performance. Year 7 truly had a fantastic experience. When returning to school they put their creative sides to the test, with a choice of competitions; either a review of the production or a ticket selling poster. There was some beautiful work created, even with pop out posters, and glittery letters, pupils should be incredibly proud of their afternoon’s efforts. An overall year winner will be announced in Assembly.
Soap day involved year 8 students designing winter theme soaps, hand creams and bath bomb products. They had to work collaboratively in their teams to produce a logo, name, product and pitch. Students used a variety of fragrances to find a target market such as bubble gum, winter spice, cool angel and cinnamon.
Students had a positive review of the day. They loved the soap making day and felt like they were like professionals in the soap industry. Students confidently all participated in a pitch at the end of the day where the rest of the class watched and scored their product and overall performance. Winners in each form were awarded winter prizes for being empowering students.
On Tuesday 14th November, Year 11 GCSE Art pupils visited the Tate Britain in Pimlico. Pupil’s main objective whilst there was to extend their knowledge about a variety of different artists and practice their observational drawing skills. Pupils fully enjoyed this experience and found visiting the gallery inspiring and beneficial to each of their projects. Pupils spent time studying and evaluating art work linked to their coursework themes.
Feedback from pupils:
“Tate Britain was very interesting. It displayed Art work from the 1500s to the present day. It showed a diverse range of artwork, from painting, sculpture, photography and video art. I found it very inspiring that artists could use such a wide range of media and materials to express their ideas.”
The visit to the Tate Britain helped me identify the many techniques that artists used within their work. It inspired me to experiment more with new techniques in my artwork.”