Theme of the week is: Celebration 🎉
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The exam season has started in earnest at FCC and I have been so impressed by the attitude and behaviour of all students who have been sitting exams. Whilst hard work has been going on in the leisure centre where the exams are sat, physical endeavour has also been in evidence on the tennis courts, athletics field and swimming pool! I am delighted that many of our students are taking up the many opportunities to participate in physical activity and the PE staff have reported that between 50-60 students of all ages have regularly been attending the Monday afternoon multi sports sessions. It is fantastic that so many have been able to benefit from the wide range of resources that we have on site and let off steam, exercise and relax – all really important aspects of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Up a sporting level, and individuals and teams from FCC have been having a hugely successful summer season. I was delighted to watch the U15 boys win their tennis matches at Wood Green school last week which included some convincing victories over Shiplake school from Henley. The Year 7 and 8 boys have also won all their tennis matches which has meant that they have finished as League winners. Even more recently, FCC hosted the Vale tennis finals and we fielded many competitors across all the age groups. I was proud to hear that the Year 9 and 10 girls won and are going on to represent the Vale at County level and the Year 7 and 8 boys were just beaten – playing valiantly against a national standard boy. Furthermore, our Year 7 girls showed true grit and determination as they raised their game and battled against a player from another school who currently plays at international level! However, it is not just tennis at which FCC are excelling at the moment – we have also had victories in the Vale aquathon which sees our U13 mixed team proceed to the County Championships and our U13 girls came second in the County basketball competition held at Blackbird Lees in Oxford. Whilst the students deserve to be congratulated for their hard work and time spent practising I am also mindful that I owe a debt of gratitude to the whole PE team who give up so much time organising, supporting and providing transport to ensure that we are able to participate at so many competitions.
Finally, this week has also seen a very successful Dance GCSE moderation evening. Miss Whenray has coached her Dance class through a huge number of pieces of contemporary dance and the students performed up to 6 pieces each over a 6 hour period. Many of the students are actually taking this qualification a year early and conducted themselves with energy and professionalism throughout the whole assessment process.
It is very easy to get completely over-whelmed by the focus on academic study and be driven by a results based culture and that is why the past few weeks at FCC have been so refreshing. I am really pleased that the staff here are able to be so generous with their time and create such a variety of ways for the students to develop their interests and talents beyond traditional book work! This past week saw a very successful STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) project during which a team from the DT department worked with selected Year 9s. These students had been invited as a result of their hard work and high effort levels over the past year and they were rewarded by having the opportunity to work collaboratively on a robot design and construction project…a bit like FCC’s version of Robot Wars! The external facilitator who supported the event commented on how well behaved and motivated the students were and it is always fantastic to receive feedback of this nature.
The school has also been a hive of creative activity over the past couple of weeks. I was really impressed by the high quality and diverse nature of the art work produced by the Year 11s in their practical exam which spanned a couple of days. I have already requested a couple of pieces of the art that was produced to be framed and hung in my office – maybe one day I will be in possession of a really valuable work of art?! Of equal merit was the work of the drama GCSE students who excelled themselves at Buscot Park theatre when they performed to parents and other students. Having the opportunity to act and manage professional sound and lighting equipment in a venue other than the school must have been daunting but they really rose to the challenge. In addition to this, the Year 11 musicians have been performing their final assessment pieces, often with students from other years acting as their accompanists and both GCSE and A Level DT students have now completed and submitted their extensive and varied portfolios. There have been some really interesting and diverse projects this year and the students should be congratulated for their long term commitment to their work.