Ms Fox gets lifetime achievement award!

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In June 2018, our Head Teacher, Ms Fox, won the prestigious TES award for Lifetime Achievement!

The accolade came as a complete surprise to Ms Fox at the TES Awards night — she wasn’t even aware that she had been nominated!

Ms Fox, said: “I’m very touched to get the award for something I have enjoyed doing for the last 40 years.

“It’s the best job in the world. I have loved coming to work and I know I’m very lucky that’s the case.”

Ms Fox was nominated for a TES Lifetime Achievement Award by Ms Tully - Deputy Head at Fulham Cross. Ms Tully herself won one of Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Civic Honours in the most dedicated teacher category last year.

Ms Fox has worked in just two schools in her career, spanning several roles – both of them in Hammersmith and Fulham. She started as a home economics teacher at Hurlingham Girls’ School (now the Hurlingham Academy) in 1976 before joining Fulham Cross in 1985 as head of sixth form.

The Fulham resident has taught three generations of some families at Fulham Cross. Some pupils have had their grandmothers and mothers study there.

“I love this school, my heart is in this school,” she said.

“It never feels like coming to work. There’s something about this school that draws people in – it’s happy place. A happy and successful place.”

She said she is proud of Fulham Cross’ success. It’s rated outstanding by Ofsted and is consistently among the top two percent nationally for pupil progress.

The award was well-deserved - the dedication and commitment Ms Fox has shown to teaching and to Fulham Cross is evident to everyone who visits the school.

Watch the interview with Ms Fox here.

Year 7 trip to Walton Firs

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Our new Year 7s had a wonderful trip yesterday to Walton Firs! They spent the day team building, problem solving, and participating in various adventure activities, such as low ropes, climbing, crate stacking, and more.

The girls had a real chance to bond and make new friends - supporting each other through the challenges of the day.

Some lovely quotes from our Year 7s:

"I loved today, I really challenged myself and I succeeded!"

"I enjoyed working with people who I hadn't had the chance to meet yet."

"This really made us bond with our groups and we had so much fun".

 

 

 

Outstanding GCSE Progress, Once Again!

Our students have, once again, excelled in their GCSE results!

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Last week, our Year 11 leavers came into school to collect their much awaited GCSE results. There was disbelief accompanied by shrieks of joy as students opened up their envelopes and looked upon everything they had achieved.

Student progress has been outstanding this year and it places the school significantly above the national average. We pride ourselves on enabling students the opportunity to achieve beyond their expectations, and in light of the new grading system, the school couldn't be prouder of our Year 11 leavers.

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Head of School, Denise Fox, who is extremely happy with last week's results, said: "Once again, we have achieved absolutely fantastic results and the hard work of all the staff and students has paid off".

Students and staff set off party poppers and celebrated with flutes of sparkling cranberry as we toasted to their success.

Outstanding individual performance include a clean sweep of top grades for Lara Arif, who achieved 6 grade 9s and 3 grade 8s - results which have enabled her to secure a place at Putney High School. Alongside excelling academically, Lara was also a member of the Student Senior Leadership Team, and was passionate about Performing Arts - taking part in four school performances and representing the school in Glee Club - all whilst balancing her academic studies.

Reflecting on her time here at Fulham Cross, Lara said: "FCGS is amazing - not only do they push you academically, but they help you to develop as a person. I couldn't have achieved all this without the support of all the staff - I couldn't be happier."

Amongst the smiling faces last Thursday was Hiba Al-Moosawi, who was not only a member of the Student Senior Leadership Team, but also the former Youth Mayor for Hammersmith and Fulham. Hiba managed to balance her commitments with her studying and was thrilled with her results, she said: "It's important to have self-belief and to dedicate yourself to your work. The teachers [at Fulham Cross] give you so much support - they care so much about us and its thanks to them that we have done so well."

Delighted with her results, Head Girl, Jessica Krasniqi said: "I feel amazing. Fulham Cross has made me the person I am today. I can't express how I feel - for once, I am speechless."

Last Thursday morning say our last year's Year 11s take another significant step towards bright futures, with several of our students securing scholarships at Putney High School, and many others going on to study at excellent schools within the Borough, including Harris Westminster, Holland Park, Latymer Upper School and Lady Margarets. 

Year 10 Geography Students Field Study at Walton on the Naze

On 27th June, Year 10 Geography students took part in a field study at Walton-on-the-Naze. The purpose was to study how management schemes have affected the natural processes at work along the coast. Fieldwork in an essential component for their GCSE final exams and in order to be adequately prepared, they carried a series of techniques to collect primary data. Walton-on-the-Naze is a particularly good place to visit as it has very dramatic coastlines. One side of the coastline is protected whilst the other is not, therefore comparisons can be made.

The trip was very successful! The students were able to see in action the different coastal processes and defences they had learnt about in class. The student’s behaviour was as perfect as the weather!

Year 8 Students Visit to Kingston University

On Thursday the 14th June 21 Year 8’s visited Kingston University. Students had a tour of the campus, met students studying Financial Economics, Maths, Social work and Sports Science and learnt about University Life.

Students enjoyed lunch in the university canteen where pizzas, burgers and chips were made freshly for them and they got to sit and eat with students and lecturers and really soak up the atmosphere of university life.

In the afternoon students worked in groups to design and present their ideal university. There were universities in space, the amazon and under the sea teaching subjects such as astronomy, zoology geology and marine biology.

Year 9 EMPOWER Day - PMNW

Year 9 really enjoyed their crime safety day, they watched a play on the consequences of anti- social behaviour, met police dogs who search prisoners for mobile phones and contraband, looked at the work of the London Fire Brigade and met an ex prisoner who had made something of his life after a conviction.

The day was about making the right choices in life and how society deals with people who make the wrong choices. Students experienced what is was like to be in prison as they took a look at what a prison cell looked like and spoke to prison officers who currently worked in prisons across the country. The day was invaluable for the students and made them think about crime and punishment.

Year 7 PE EMPOWER Day

On Friday 11th May, our year 7 girls had an engaging, challenging and interactive PE Empower Day.  They had the opportunity to learn some new skills whilst developing their fitness and having fun.  The day consisted of 5 different workshops which were Martial Arts, Break Dance, Football, Basketball and Fitness.  A company called ‘Let Me Play’ came in to run these exciting workshops.  The program enabled pupils to take progressive steps in their attainment and achievement.  At the end of the day, a number of students were awarded prizes for their commitment and sportsmanship.

Year 10 GCSE Spanish Class visit to BFI - Southbank

In May, Ms Iggoute and Ms Fearon took the Y10 GCSE Spanish class to the BFI in Southbank to take part in the Spanish film workshop which showcased a variety of Spanish films. The students were engaged throughout the lessons, which were conducted only in Spanish. The best part of the day was watching a full length movie called 'No Se Aceptan Devoluciones' which the students really enjoyed. Without naming names, there were a few tears due to the shocking twist in the ending!

Year 9 Business and Enterprise Day - CFC

On Friday the 11th May Year 9 spent the day at Chelsea Football Club working on a Business and Enterprise project. Using business skills, marketing and social media they had to come up with a plan to get people who did not like football to visit Stamford Bridge the home of Chelsea.

Business plans included fashion, perfume, exercise and nutritional trackers and working with charities.

At the end of the day Students presented their ideas to the Marketing Team at Chelsea Football Club who were impressed by the students Business Plans.

Enrichment Programme - Art

This year has seen the first, whole school, Enrichment Programme being rolled out. In addition to the traditional sports and drama clubs, every member of staff has offers a different enrichment club for the girls to attend. They have had the option of attending during lunch or after school. The clubs have ranged from chess to debating to Zumba. There are now over 35 clubs in total. A particularly popular club is ‘Cooking Club’ which is run by Ms McKeever. Indeed, it is so popular that students are having to be turned away and asked to come back the following term. The clubs continue to add so much to the culture and atmosphere of the school and have led to dance shows and debating competitions. There are also plans for the Ultimate Frisbee Team to compete in the nationals in Birmingham.

Next year, the intention is to expand the Enrichment Programme further to include even more activities such as rugby and football. If your daughter doesn’t already attend a club (or even if she does!) please do encourage her to try a different activity on one of the regular taster days that are held at the beginning of each term.

Year 8 EMPOWER Day - The Crystal London

Year 8 had a very enjoyable day out in East London for their Geography Empower Day Trip. This term we have been studying urbanisation and how quality of life can be improved in cities. We visited The Crystal London, which is one of the world's most sustainable buildings. Inside, we had a tour of the sustainability exhibition and students were able to take part in several interactive features of this. Following this, we went on the Emirates SkyLine cable car and explored the area around the O2. A great day was had by all!

CWIZZ Competition

On the 25th April, 8 students from Year 7 in Fulham Cross Girls’ School and Fulham College Boys’ School were chosen to take part in a very exciting quiz; CWIZZ by CWISL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators for Stories and Literacy). The 4 chosen from FCGS were: Fatima 7F, Zahra 7U, Fahima 7H and Ikram 7M. CWIZZ is a contest between many Hammersmith and Fulham schools focusing on books as they compete against each other to win the title of CWIZZ Champions (and a big trophy!).  This year about 25 schools took part in the quiz at Latymer and Godolphin School. When we arrived at the venue we were all extremely excited to see so many other contestants. It was finally time for the quiz, so we began reading the questions. There were six rounds of questions, each focusing on a different theme. The questions were challenging, but everyone tried their best to complete as many as we could.

It was quite nerve-racking, as we were the representatives for Fulham Cross; we didn’t want to let the school down.  The scores were in, and we were a little bit disappointed as we did not win; however, we were motivated to do better next year. Zahra from 7U said, “Despite not winning, I was really grateful for the experience”. It was a lot of fun and we would all certainly recommend this for others to take part in this exhilarating competition. We were also privileged to meet some famous authors: Patricia Elliot, Sarah Grant, Ross Montgomery, Jo Franklin, Margaret Bateson-Hill, Mo O’ Hora, Sarah Mussi and Karen Owen, who read out extracts from their latest books. Thank you to Miss Dale for organizing our trip!

Sports Leaders with CFC Activities Day

Recently the P.E department of Fulham Cross Girls School collaborated with Chelsea Football Club. This collaboration helped in many different ways, the main focus was to put all stereotypes such as the idea that girls not allowed to play football after primary school away. This event was held in primary schools, Sir John Lillie and Fulham Primary, and this was hosted by Sport Leaders like myself. Being a Sport Leader you need follow many aspects like being a good leader, listener and always making people feel worthy. The Sports Leader went to primary schools at 7:45 a.m. for all sessions to begin at 8:00 a.m., the sessions were for girls in Year 5 and 6. At all times the Sports Leaders we supervised by a member of Chelsea Football Club Association.

However, this was not the end. On February the 27th, an event took place in Fulham Cross Girls School. This event was open to any school in the borough and of course the schools that the Sports Leaders went to. The event consisted of two main activities on of them was a physical one where the girls developed their confidence by playing a friendly game of football with other schools. The other activity was more focused on Women Empowerment or Women Achievements. Every single girl was asked to write a postcard to a female in their life that has helped them it could be someone like their mum or even Michele Obama, Chelsea Football Club had their connections and they had sent all of the letter to whom they were written to.

Before the end everyone came together and some people shared their post card and before there was a Q&A session with a former Chelsea Ladies player her name was Claire Rafferty. Her answering questions inspired girls to follow their dreams. Overall the day was inspiring and I hope has an impacts in those girls’ lives.

Regional Final Debate Competition

On Thursday 19th April, 6 students attended the regional final of the ‘Up For Debate’ competition. This competition is one that we have been preparing for since Christmas in Monday afternoon ‘Debating club’. We competed in 3 debates; 2 of which we prepared beforehand on taxing junk food and returning cultural treasures their country of origin. The third debate was an impromptu debate and we only had 20 minutes to prepare. It was on assisted suicide which luckily Year 9 had been learning about recently in RS! We won all 3 of our debates and came 3rd overall of over 30 schools, narrowly missing out on the grand finale between the top two teams. Asiya Majid in 9M was also named one of the ten top scoring debaters of the day! We all had a great time and gained lots of confidence in speaking in front of other people and standing up for our own opinions.

Year 7 Kew Gardens Adventure

The Science Department took year 7 to Kew Gardens for their Spring Enrichment Day. It was freezing, as the second Beast from the East had made an appearance, otherwise it was a beautiful sunny day.

The girls enjoyed exploring the grounds and greenhouses. The highlight was the Princess of Wales Conservatory which had wonderful, colourful displays of orchids. The centerpiece of the conservatory is a big pond with massive dogfish swimming in it, we talked about food chains as there were lots of smaller fish which were the fish food.

Even though it was cold we climbed the treetop walkway and saw the views of London through the tops of the trees. It was amazing to be so high up, the girls really enjoyed the sense of freedom.

Our day out in Kew was fun, all ended well even for the student who dropped her I- Phone down a ventilation shaft! We are looking forward to the next trip.

Lord's Cricket Ground Visit

A group of 16 students from year 7 and 8 went to Lord's Cricket Ground on Tuesday 24th April.  They were selected to attend as a reward for their excellent participation and commitment to extracurricular sports clubs.  At the stadium students got to watch two T20 women’s matches which included the Middlesex Women’s Team.  Throughout the day students were able to take part in various cricket activities and five students completed a selfie challenge and won tickets to return to the stadium with their families in the summer.   The girls had a great day!

Year 11 - Geography Field Trip - Walton-on-the-Naze

In March 2018, Year 11 Geography students took part in a field study at Walton-on-the-Naze. The purpose was to study how management schemes have affected the natural processes at work along the coast. Fieldwork in an essential component for their GCSE final exams and in order to be adequately prepared, they carried a series of techniques to collect primary data. Walton-on-the-Naze is a particularly good place to visit as it has very dramatic coastlines. One side of the coastline is protected whilst the other is not, therefore comparisons can be made.

The trip was very successful! The students were able to see in action the different coastal processes and defences they had learnt about in class. The student’s behaviour was outstanding and the sun shined too!

EMPOWER Day - Year 8 Language Day

On Tuesday 20th of March was Year 8 language day. Our year group split into two groups: Spanish and French. First we went to the computer room to research one of the two stories we were going to see performed in the afternoon: Don Quijote for Spanish and the Three Musketeers for French. Then in class we drew comics about them. We learnt a few key words to give us some context and to reuse in our comics. We also made costumes of the main characters. When we had finished, a lady came and performed the story we just had studied. Some students were asked to come in the middle, carry a prop and act with her in front of everybody and everyone had to sing songs with the performer. It was really funny and very easy to understand with all the props and the lady spoke slowly. I enjoyed that day because I am a creative person and I discovered something new.

School Visit from Levi Roots

We had the great opportunity of meeting the entrepreneur Levi Roots. His whole journey started in a little village in Jamaica where he was the youngest of six children. Since he was the youngest this led him to spend quality time with his grandma who taught him the art of flavours when cooking traditional Caribbean recipes (this included the famous Reggae Reggae sauce).  When he finally came to England he wanted to become a musician and played his reggae themed music.  However, this unfortunately did not work out for him so he decided to take a new path as a chef.  He and his family put love and affection into the 67 bottles of sauce they made and sold them at the Nottingham Carnival but never really made a large profit. Levi then took the next step by going on Dragons Den.  He got an investment from Peter Jones and Richard Farleigh to invest £50,000 in return for 40% of his company. However, he said Peter was invested in Levi himself whereas Richard was invested in the sauce. After gaining attention from Dragons Den he was given an opportunity to sell his sauce in Sainsbury’s on a scale of a quarter of a million bottles, which was a major jump from the 67 he made in his kitchen. The next challenge he faced was producing the 250,000 bottles of sauce Sainsbury’s needed. His whole journey showed how a brilliant idea helped a humble man from humble beginnings in Brixton become the entrepreneur he is today. Not only does he make a range of sauces and Caribbean drinks sold in a different shop, he recently opened up a restaurant called Levi Roots Caribbean. This opportunity allowed the Business and Food and Cookery students to question him about the difficulties he faced and where his passion for food came from.

Written by Sagal Hassan Year 10

International Women's Day

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!