Finalist for the BioMedia Meltdown Competition

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We are pleased to inform you that our Year 9 student, Sakina, has been selected as a finalist for the Linnean Society’s 2019 BioMedia Meltdown competition.

The artwork was selected from over a thousand entries by young people from all across London. The winner will be announced at a celebration event on the evening of March 28th, which will take place at the Linnean Society headquarters in Central London.

Congratulations to Sakina, and good luck in the final!

Year 11 Tate Modern Visit

On Wednesday 30th January, Year 11 Art students had the opportunity to visit one of the most prestigious and world renown galleries in the world, the Tate Modern.  Set on the banks of the Thames and overlooking London’s busy cityscape, students visited the 10th floor of the Tate Modern to study the views and get inspiration for their exam projects.  Students had the opportunity to study a range of works from the various exhibitions at the Tate, many of which will be helpful for the development of their final GCSE projects.

Aphrodite 11F stated: “Visiting the Tate Modern was an effective was of exploring different themes within art.  It’s a great place to take photos pf landscapes and buildings from different perspectives.”

First Story

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We are delighted to be working in partnership with First Story this year. By working in partnership with them, our students and staff have joined a national community of young writers developing their voices, improving their confidence and discovering the pleasure and power of creative writing.

Throughout 2019 First Story will be hosting creative writing competitions, festivals and events and CPD opportunities for our staff! We will also get to launch our very own special First Story anthology.

We look forward to the next year ahead working with First Story and seeing what our amazing students and staff can produce!

Mental Health Champions

After receiving roughly 100 applications for our Mental Health Champion Training, 20 students were chosen, five from each Year group. All of them attended training on Tuesday 22nd January, which covered key symptoms, signs of prevalent mental health illnesses, confidentiality, child protection and referrals, listening skills, approaching and assisting students, steps to wellbeing and how to look after their own mental health.  

Students have been instructed that in case of any disclosure of self-harm or suicidal thoughts, the first and only step to take is a referral to staff who will follow the usual Child Protection Policy.

During the workshop, students had a visit from Jayne Kelly, a Psychotherapist based in West London, who spoke to them about her role and answered students’ questions. Thank you Jayne for you time and input. The girls really appreciated it.

We were impressed with how articulate and informed the students were, especially Year 8s who had such a mature and sensible attitude. Students suggested many ideas, such as a regular Tea and Talks, a worry box, discussions, half-termly assemblies, monthly mental health days, social media and how it could be used positively, etc… Students were asked to put their ideas in writing to us.

As it is important for the champions to get an opportunity to vent out their own feelings on a regular basis, we will be holding weekly check-in clinics for them to discuss any arising matters or even to just have a chat with a dedicated member of staff.

At the end of the session, students completed evaluation forms and feedback was extremely positive; students really enjoyed the training. They all received a yellow badge and certificates to award them for their dedication and hard work during the day.

 

Goodbye to our old Science block

We are pleased to announce that our brand new, state of the art Science building and gym is due for completion in Spring 2020!

Our building contractors, Morgan Sindall, have been busy over the Christmas period and our old building is now being demolished.

Yesterday, from the staff room window, we could all see Ms Woodroofe’s, one of our Science teachers, old classroom get torn down.

We can’t wait for when the builders start constructing the new build – we are so excited!

Make sure you keep checking the website to track the progress of our new building.

 

Staff Christmas Pantomime

On the last day of term, our wonderful staff put on an amazing pantomime for all our students!

The play this year was Jack and the Beanstalk! The girls absolutely loved the performance, and laughter could be heard across the entire school as the staff came dressed in all sorts!

From cow onesies to hairy giants the costumes had the girls in stitches – especially when Head of Maths, Mr Warris, came out dressed as Jack’s mother!

The girls all sang along to the music throughout the play and got involved when the villain of the show asked for a volunteer to feed to the giant!

It was a fabulous production and a great way to end the term! Thank you to all the teachers, especially Ms Brown, who gave up their time and effort to make us all laugh!

Winter Concert

On Thursday 13th December we hosted our annual Winter Concert at school.

Parents, staff and students heard wonderful solo piano and violin performances on the evening, alongside fabulous music from our string quartet, guitar group and school choir.

It was a great event and got everyone into the festive spirit – well done girls, you are all very talented.

Please see our wonderful performance videos below!

Here is Maria - she wrote the music for lyrics that were provided by the exam board:

Here is our Year 11 Music students ensemble:

Here’s Amie, who had a little mental block when she first tried to perform (it happens to all the best musicians!) but she persevered and had another go.  Listen to the support from the other girls at the end! 

Trust Christmas Lunch

On the last day of term, all our students left at 12pm to begin their Christmas holiday, and as a treat to all staff, we all participated in a whole Trust Christmas lunch.

Staff from Fulham Cross and from our Enterprise Studio made their way over to the Fulham College canteen to sit down and enjoy a lovely Christmas meal together.

Festive carols played during the lunch, alongside pulling of crackers and the handing out of all the Secret Santa gifts.

The traditional Christmas meal, followed by dessert, was truly delicious and we would like to thank our amazing catering team for providing us with this parting meal before we all made our way home for Christmas.


Christmas Raffle

Thank you to the generosity from our parents, staff, students and the local community – our end of term raffle was a resounding success!

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These were our amazing raffle prizes:

  •          Dinner for two at The Rylston

  •          Dinner for two at Kanada-Ya Ramen Restaurant

  •         £40 florist voucher

  •          Nando’s voucher

  •          £50 voucher for Locale Restaurant

  •          £15 voucher for The Little Sourdough Kitchen

  •          £15 voucher for The Crepe Factory

  •          Haircut and finish at The Grooming Lounge

  •          Two tins of sweets from Duck n Dive Gift Shop

  •          Box filled with various items from LOreal UK Ltd

  •          Wash and cut at Hairloom Hairdressers

  •          Manicure at 3J Nails and Beauty

  •          Voucher for Retro Sofas and Cafe

  •          Voucher from Kanari Pharmacy

  •          Two loaf cakes from Gail’s Artisan Bakery

  •          Six vouchers for a meal at Chicago Grill

  •          Pries from the Card Factory

  •          £60 Asda hamper

  •          £50 Monkey Temple Nepalese Restaurant voucher

  •          £5 Loco Convenience Store Voucher

  •          Large box of Ferrero Rocher from Newsmart

  •          Mini Manicure from Alishba Beauty and Hair Salon

  •          Tin of Quality Street from Tesco Express

  •          WP Fish and Chips voucher for two

  •          Two £10 Sainsbury’s vouchers

  •          Large bag of gifts from Flying Tiger Copenhagen

Thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket – we will let you know the final total raised later on this week!

Christmas Foodbank

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In the weeks leading up to Christmas students in every year brought in food and toiletry donations for the homeless shelter.

Every form room in the school had a donation bucket and students were encouraged to bring in items such as non-perishable foods and toiletries such as toothbrushes and shower gel.

After just three weeks the amount of donations we had raised were truly astounding – we almost filled the delivery van!

Every item donated was greatly received by the Hammersmith and Fulham foodbank and we thank all parents that assisted and helped provide much needed resources, especially during such a difficult time for many families.

Year 11 Psychology

Last term, Year 11 Psychology students attended Year 10 and 11 PSHEE lessons to teach their fellow students about the psychology of optimism and gratitude.

Having an optimistic and positive mindset can help bring more positive emotions into your life, as well as developing a more balanced frame of mind.

The girls enjoyed the sessions and in particular, having a lesson from their peers. Thank you girls for provided wonderful insight into the psychology of optimism!

Empower Reward Day

Yesterday, 20 students were picked from each year group to have an afternoon of pizza and film!

Girls were picked based on their impeccable attendance, outstanding behaviour and how they have embodied our Empower ethos.

The afternoon began with a delivery from Pizza Hut! The girls all tucked into their pizzas and had an opportunity to sit with their friends and enjoy the canteen to themselves.

After the pizza had all been cleared, the second part of the afternoon commenced.

The Year 10 and 11s headed to the library and were treated to crisps, chocolates and a soft drink. Together, they decided they wanted to watch The Greatest Showman. It was a fabulous film and the girls really enjoyed it.

The Year 7, 8 and 9 students went to the hall where they were also treated to treats and got to pick a film. They decided on the festive classic - Elf!

It was a great afternoon and it was such a pleasure to reward the girls for their outstanding performance this term, we are extremely proud of all of them.

Courtauld Gallery Workshop

On Friday 23rd November, Year 9 Art students participated in a colour workshop with an artist from the Courtauld Gallery. The aim of the workshop was to give a brief history of colour, its science, palette and symbolism in Art and to introduce students to a variety of ways artists use colour. 

Students were encouraged to experiment with colour using a range of styles and techniques. It was evident from the workshop that students developed their confidence and decision-making skills when talking about and making art.

Aya, a student in 9M stated: “This was a very enjoyable workshop where we learnt about the history of Pointillism and its significance in the development of modern art. I liked experimenting with this style and learning about the importance of colour throughout art history.”

Reham, a student in 9U said: “I enjoyed learning about the different art styles and techniques, as well as learning different facts about colour.”

Christmas Jumper and Christmas Lunch Day!

Today, all students and staff celebrated Christmas Jumper Day! It was great to see everyone get into the festive spirit and come into school donning their favourite Christmas Jumper!

At lunch today, students all received a Christmas Dinner and crackers, all whilst listening to Christmas carols.

Thank you to everyone who made an effort and dusted of their festive jumpers - you all looked amazing.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Year 7 Cupcake Decorating

Today, Year 7 students with zero behaviour points were treated to an afternoon of cupcake decorating and carol singing.

The students all worked together and created lots of festive designs – some decorated cupcakes to give to their parents and siblings.

The festivities didn’t end there! The girls all stood around today and sang various Christmas carols. Well done girls, your impeccable behaviour has paid off!

Student Sariah said: “Cupcake making was so good. I made new friends and it was nice to do something away from lessons. It was a real incentive to have good behaviour.”

Students Anais and Lara both said they have such fun and can’t wait to go home later and share the cupcakes with their siblings.

Year 10 Work Experience

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On the 3rd December our Year 10 students commenced their two weeks’ work experience.

We had girls attend work experience at various schools across West London, including:

·         Fulham Primary School

·         Sir John Lillie Primary School

·         Melcombe Primary School

·         St Gabriel’s Primary School

·         Normand Croft Primary School

·         Evergreen Primary School

·         Alec Reed Academy

·         Thomas’s Academy

·         Christ Church Primary School

·         Avonmore Primary School

·         Date Valley School Trust

·         Jack Tiazard School

·         Notting Hill Prep School

·         St Barnabas and St Philips CofE Primary School

·         St John’s Walham Green Primary

The girls behaved exemplary, and Ms Boon from Fulham Primary School, who took nine of our students, said: “The girls have been absolutely delightful. They have all pitched in and have bene such a help to the class teachers. Quite a few of them stayed later on Wednesday to help out at our Christmas Fair, which was lovely. They’ve all written us a lovely card today, brought in some baking and gave us flowers – which is so sweet and very unexpected. They have been a credit to your school.”

We also had many students attend other companies within West London, including:

·         Shepherd’s Bush Families Project

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·         Kite Studios

·         Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre

·         Imperial College, Student Recruit

·         The Bush Dental Clinic

·         The Dental Gallery

·         Wormwood Scrubbs Pony Centre

·         Bloomgberg

·         Ghauri Dental Surgery

·         Fulham Library

·         Bishop’s Bark

·         Anita Lawrence Haridressers

·         Shelter

·         St Quintan’s Children Centre

·         Ralph Creative Limited

·         Fulham Cross Medical Centre

·         Hogarths Architects

·         Currys

Again, the girls excelled themselves, and we received the following feedback from Douglas who works at Currys. He called the school in front of our work experience student to tell us that is the BEST student that they have ever had. He mentioned that she was super sharp, mega polite and had a phenomenal ability to problem solver – she has been offered a job for when she is 16!

We are so proud of how our girls conducted themselves and we hope that the skills they learnt during their two weeks they can transfer in later life.

EMPOWER Awards Evening

On the 29th November we hosted our first EMPOWER Awards Evening of the year. Our Award Evenings are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate students who embody our EMPOWER vision.

The evening started off with a wonderful piano solo by Amie Patel, one of our Year 11 students, followed by a warm welcome by Deputy Head teacher, Ms Tully.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Eleanor Tubman – a physicist at Imperial College. Ellie wowed the audience with her impressive academic career – having studied Physics at the University of Sussex, followed by a PhD in fusion energy from the University of York. Ellie is now at Imperial College doing research as a post-doctoral associate in the plasma Physics group. She is a firm advocate for young women in Science and Academia and implored the girls to take risks and to seize every opportunity – even if you are outnumbered by men. It was a truly inspirational talk and it was clear the impact it had on our girls.

We then moved on to the prize giving, and our categories for the evening were as follows:

·         Year 8 – Attainment

·         Year 8 – Progress

·         Year 9 – Attainment

·         Year 9 – Progress

·         Year 10 – Attainment

·         Year 10 – Progress

·         Year 11 – Attainment

·         Year 11- Progress

·         Year 12 – Attainment

·         Year 12 – Progress

Prizes were awarded to the highest achievers in each year and also to the students who had made the most progress since being with us. Each girl received a certificate and a book – carefully picked out by staff.

After the awards were handed out we were all treated to a wonderful solo flute performance by Year 9 student, Emma Kaabachi.

Following on from the performance, Head teacher, Ms Fox, gave her closing remarks. Ms Fox proudly told the audience that due to the grades achieved my last year’s Year 11 we are now back in the top 1% of the country for progress. Upon hearing this, the girls all cheered and were so delighted at just how well they had performed.

Fulham Cross Girls’ School is an outstanding school and we firmly believe in our strong EMPOWER ethos, which is embedded throughout the school.

Thank you to all the students, staff and parents that supported us on the evening, we had a phenomenal turn out and it was truly a night of celebration.

Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out’ Challenge

Jack Petchey’s ‘Speak Out’ Challenge is a programme run by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The Foundation work with schools to help develop the skills, confidence and desire for young people to speak in public.

The training scheme is offered to 25 students in every school in London and Essex in Year 10. Within each Borough, just 20 students were picked to participate in the Regional Finals. We were honoured that our Year 10 student, Douaa, was picked to represent us.

The Regionals took place on 6th December at Phoenix Academy in Shepherd’s Bush. Staff and students attended the event to show support for Douaa and also to Seliman and Connor – Year 10 students from Fulham College Boys’ School.

The speeches, passion and confidence that we heard from every young person was truly astonishing and it was a night that will be remembered. Douaa wowed the audience with her speech “Words Hurt” – securing herself second place! Seliman, with his speech “Man Up?”, ensured he was able to take home the 3rd place trophy.

Douaa’s speech was inspirational, powerful and the audience were completely captivated by her words. We are extremely proud of her efforts and will continue to encourage her natural talent for public speaking.