Saturday Art Club

Since October, students in Year 10 have been participating in an Art Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The project will end in July and an exhibition of their work and other schools work will be shown at Somerset House.

The students involved are DeJuan, Tabishe, Callum and Ali. We are extremely proud of their commitment to the project, which they attend on their own initiative, and by being very proactive and creative with their work.

Our Art teacher, Mr Santos-Martinez, visited the boys one Saturday back in December and witness how much they are enjoying the project and also how well they are doing. They are very fortunate to be working alongside Art practitioners, from graphic designers to animators.

The V&A staff said they were very impressed with our students and that they would be really keen to take on more of our students next year!

Well done boys - we are extremely proud of you.

The Mayor Visits FCBS!

On 14th December, the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham visited the school to hand out awards to the winners of the competition to commemorate the centenary of World War I.

Students across the borough were invited to enter either an individual or whole class work on the theme of WWI. Students could submit poems, prose or art.

Tabbishe Ibrahimzadeh was one of the winners with his wonder piece of art which depicts the famous Christmas truce. Year 8 student Alex Sunderland was also a winner with his lovely poem titled “One World”.

Both these pieces were featured in the Remembrance Sunday Order of Service which took place on 11 November at the Fulham War Memorial.

Every piece of work submitted by our students was truly inspirational and we are extremely proud of all our entries.

The Mayor met with all the boys and handed out the awards to the winners. As an extra treat, the Mayor invited the boys outside to look at, and even sit in, her new Tesla!

Thank you Mayor for coming to visit our school, it was such a pleasure to meet you and we are pleased to be able to welcome you back for our ACHIEVE Award Evening in March.

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 to Fulham College 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.

Winter Concert

On the 19th December, we hosted our annual Winter Concert. Parents and guests from Lygon House joined us in celebrating the festive period.

We heard solo piano and guitar performances from a variety of our students, alongside a number from our school rock band!

The Year 7s took to the stage and recited wonderful Christmas poems for us all – and the event was topped off with everyone singing Jingle Bells with our very own Fulham College Santa.

Every guest who attended the event received a homemade FCBS bauble, courtesy of our DT department and also a homemade cake!

Thank you to all our guests for making the effort to support us in our concert and that you to all the students and staff who ensured the event was another success!

Christmas Fair

On the 19th December, our annual Christmas Fair commenced during the afternoon.

We had a plethora of activities for our boys, from our famous raffle, to our amazing sweet stands, to our ‘Beat Santa’ football competition.

All staff and students got involved and the excitement from all was palpable during the afternoon’s events.

Our raffle this year was a particular success – we had presents ranging from book vouchers and footballs, to board games and a cricket set!

Thank you to all staff and parents who contributed to our raffle prizes and who gave up their time to ensure we had another successful event.

Autumn Achieve Day

On Friday 7th December, the entire school participated in our termly ACHIEVE Day! Our ACHIEVE Days occur once a term and give the entire school a break away from the timetable to participate in various activities.

Our Year 7 students went into central London to play the ‘Monopoly Board Challenge’. Students had to race against each to make it to every location from the famous London monopoly game.

Next up, were the Year 8s who visited the National History Museum in the morning and then went on to explore the Science Museum!

Our Year 9 students had a naval day out! They spent the morning visiting the Cutty Sark and then in the afternoon they all looked around the National Maritime Museum.

Year 10 boys had a typical tourist day out in London! The morning was spent walking around Tower Bridge and the afternoon was a tour around the Tower of London.

Last, but by no means least, our Year 11 students visited Poetry Live! The boys were lucky enough to hear poetry recitals from Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, John Agard, Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker – what an impressive line up!

Everyone had a fantastic day and we were so impressed by the behaviour and conduct of our boys. We look forward to celebrating ACHIEVE in the Spring Term!

KS3 Basketball Champions

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Our KS3 boys were back after a three week layoff since their last game in the borough championships.

As Phoenix academy weren’t able to play for a week, we were in an awkward situation whereby we had to play three matches in our latest round instead of the usual two.

Eager for the challenge with an insatiable appetite for the game, three games in a row didn’t faze the team who got stuck straight in.

Phoenix Academy v FCBS

A good quality, high tempo end to end game. Phoenix showed impressive technical ability using effective set moves proving worthy of their three game unbeaten streak.

However, FCBS is not a team to be trifled with! We defended with excellence and attacked with all the speed accuracy and vigour you would expect from any FCBS athlete. A very good game!!

Final score:

Phoenix Academy 16

FCBS 26

West London Free School vs FCBS

After a 5 minute break from the Phoenix match, we were back to business!

The early realisation that WLFS were not quite as polished as Phoenix and Hammersmith Academy meant we could afford to practice energy saving methods by moving the ball quickly and sensibly. This reduced the need for any high energy manoeuvres, allowing us to successfully complete our objective and remain in reasonable condition ready for our third game of the evening.

A successful well executed exercise....well done!

Final score:

FCBS 18

WLFS 0

Burlington Danes Academy v FCBS

We had trouble – a very tall athletic BDA crew turned up to play us in our third and final match!

Due to the absence of their Year 8s, a full fresh legged Year 9 BDA squad was on offer. They were not an ideal team to meet after an hour of Basketball, but we were still good for the challenge.

A very tight, low scoring first half saw both teams tied going into the second half at 8-8.

A real positive team spirit and quick succession of points from FCBS started to take its toll on BDA as we opened a nine point lead with just five minutes left to play.

Determined not to be rolled over in their own backyard BDA fought tirelessly pulling back to a three point deficit before time.

Final score:

BDA 24

FCBS 27

Well done FCBS – what a superb results! Playing third games back-to-back and coming out as the champions – we could not be prouder.

Cobham Football Tournament

We took a mixed squad of Year 8s and 9s from the ‘Elite Team’ to the Cobham Football Tournament.

With Mr Davies as their coach, the boys played extremely well and managed to get the second best record in the group stages going into the semi-final. After winning the semi-final 2-0, they came up against a strong Chelsea Academy side who took the 1–0 lead early on.

The boys showed great togetherness and fight to get back into the game with Carlos equalising after going around the keeper for his 14th goal of the tournament. Chelsea Academy came back with a well worked goal to give them the lead (2-1). Again, our boys persevered to equalise again with a well worked move down the left with a combination between Omar and Jeffrey, in which Jeffrey cleverly finished to tie the game up at 2 -2. Despite some great saves from Archie, the boys gracefully lost on penalties.

Overall, the boys represented the school exemplary – great behaviour and attitude throughout. Great scenes of togetherness after losing the final and good sportsmanship towards the opposition and referees. There were even comments from the other Chelsea staff about how well they played and how respectful they all were.

Well done boys, we are extremely proud of you!

Christmas Jumper and Christmas Lunch Day!

Yesterday, 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.

It was so nice to see the Year 7s embrace the festive spirit - we have loved welcoming them to the school this term, they truly are part of our family now.

For lunch yesterday, 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 from everyone at Fulham College Boys’ School.

Year 8 Football Results!

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ARK Burlington Danes 2 – Fulham College Boys’ School 2

A tense first match brought a tense first point of the season for FCBS. Some very smart play around the BDA penalty area allowed Tyrell to break free and slot the ball past the keeper to make it 1 - 0 in the first half. As both teams traded chances, it was BDA who took theirs, scoring two goals in quick succession to take a 2-1 lead and leave FCBS shell shocked. With BDA on top, a quick counter attack allowed Tyrell to double his tally and make it 2-2 before half time. Despite lots of chances in the second half, both defences held out and the game finished 2-2.

Goal scorer(s) - Tyrell Noel-White

Man of the match - Tyrell Noel-White

Hammersmith Academy 1 – Fulham College Boys’ School 2

FCBS started the game very strong, creating chance after chance but, unfortunately, not being able to take any of them. Mid way through the first half and with their only chance of the game, Hammersmith Academy took a shock 1-0 lead. After the game restarted, FCBS continued their push for the equaliser and spent the rest of the half camped inside the Hammersmith area. A shot by Alex, with a big touch from the goalkeeper, made it 1-1. As FCBS continued, a good finish from Brooklyn brought the winner.

Goal scorer(s) - Alex Sunderland, Brooklyn Caicedo

Man of the match - Tyrese Balde

Table Tennis KS3 Borough Champions!

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Last week, our KS3 Table Tennis Team put on a blistering performance, beating ARK Burlington Danes Academy and Hurlingham Academy.

The competition was played in a round robin format with players ranked 1-6 based on ability. We beat ARK Burlington 5-1 and Hurlingham 5-1 to be crowned KS3 Borough Champions 2018 once again - proudly retaining our title from last year.

Our team now moves on to play in the regional finals in the new year.

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The squad comprised of the following players:

Year 7:

  • Rikki Kapoor

Year 8:

  • Dion Ebora

  • Abdulhakim Amtouti

  • Ossama Bouazza

  • Dior Roberts

  • Chidi Ike

  • Keiven Pasco

Year 9:

  • AJ De Torres

  • Elais Abek

We are extremely proud of our boys and wish them every luck in the regional finals!

Journalism taster session

Journalism taster session

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Last month, a group of boys were lucky enough to receive a tailored journalism taster session by Jessie Grace Mellor.

Jessie has 25 years’ experience as a national film journalist and entertainment writer. She began her career at the News of the World as the film editor and columnist, moving to the Daily Mirror where she then stayed for 11 years. She has contributed to highly regarded platforms such as Empire, Total Film, The Radio Times and The Huffington Post.

Now a senior tutor at the Press Association, Jessie came and gave our boys a real life insight into the world of journalism.

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The first part of the day started with Jessie talking about her extensive career, how she got into journalism and what being a journalist entails.

The boys were then encouraged to take the information they had learned and to put this into practice with a reviewing task.

The students were asked to pick a restaurant, film, book or play that they had experienced recently and write a review about their experience of this. She encouraged the boys to choose something that they really like or “vehemently don’t like”.

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After the boys had written their reviews, Jessie then did a one-to-one session with each student, highlighting what they had done well and where they could improve.

One Year 9 student said: “Today has made me think about maybe becoming a journalist. I love to write and be creative and I think this is a career I would enjoy.”

It was such an honour to have Jessie come to our school and it was clear our boys thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

Bank of England come to FCBS

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In October, Linda O’Toole from the Bank of England visited the school to talk to the boys about what they do and what career opportunities are available.

Linda talked about her career and how she came to work as a Senior Legal Counsel at the Bank of England.

The boys were quizzed on various trivia to do with the bank, such as “Who is the current Governor?” and “Who was the first monarch to appear on the Bank of England note?”.

Linda explained to the students what the Bank of England actually does – from printing banknotes, to storing gold, to maintaining the value of the pound.

The boys were amazed at the different career opportunities that are available to them and it was clear that the inspirational talk by Linda had ignited a passion for finance and a few of the boys.

It was such a pleasure to have Linda visit the school, her impressive resume, alongside her passion for the Bank of England was an honour to witness.

International Evening 2018

Thank you to all students, staff and parents who contributed to another successful International Evening!

Our International Evenings are the highlight of the academic year – and this year was better than ever.

We celebrated the wealth of cultural diversity within our school; it was an evening of entertainment and culinary delights from around the globe.

The evening started off with our piano solos from Head Boy, Yonotan, Alfie and Stephan and guitar solos from Patrick and Alen. Following on was a performance from our Year 10 band, ex-students and poetry recitals by our Year 7s.

Last, but by no means least, was a performance by our very own staff band! The rendition of Johnny B. Goode got everyone singing and jiving along.

All the performances were truly spectacular and it was heart-warming to see how hard each boy had worked at preparing their pieces. It was also a pleasure to see guests from Lygon House attend the event!

The evening finished off with our Cultural Food Event which was held in the school canteen. Everyone was able to sample a variety of delicious foods from around the world. The wonderful food was prepared and generously donated by parents and carers and the staff enjoyed serving it to all our guests.

One parent said: “I’d like to congratulate the school for a wonderful and cheering party yesterday. I thought the children were amazing, so polite and welcoming and talented.”

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Philadelphia Eagles

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On Sunday, students and staff from Fulham Cross, Fulham College and our Enterprise Studio went to Wembley Stadium to watch an NFL match.

A record-breaking 85,870 fans turned up to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The atmosphere in the stadium was magnificent and it was a great experience for all our staff and students, especially as for some, this was their first experience of an NFL game.

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Every Wednesday, students from Fulham Cross, Fulham College and the Enterprise Studio play Jag Tag – a game created by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jag Tag is a simplified tag version of American Football and taught by professionals from the Jacksonville Jaguars – it encourages players to work tactically and as a team.

Tickets to the NFL game were awarded to students who have shown dedication to Jag Tag by attending and getting involved in all the sessions.

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The students were extremely well behaved and fully immersed themselves into the NFL culture and game! To top it all off, graduates from our Enterprise Studio Tasnim and Eryk, received a congratulatory applause from all the spectators for winning the Jaguars UK and LGTVestra US Gridiron Grant earlier this year. The award means that neither of them have to pay for their university fees for the next three years!

Although we were disappointed to see the Jaguars lose the match we still had a thrilling day out.

Don’t forget, Jag Tag is on every Wednesday 3-5pm at Fulham College Boys’ School Astro turf.

Famous Dr Alex comes to Fulham College Boys’ School

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On 10th October, in honour of World Mental Health Day, Dr Alex – famous for being a contestant on Love Island – visited the school to talk about the importance of mental health.

Boys from every year group were invited to sit down with the Doctor and listen to advice and tips on how to look after and maintain positive mental well being.

The day consisted of a presentation by Dr Alex which aimed to break down the stigma attached to young boys and the importance of looking after their mental well being.

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Dr Alex told the boys to always “Ask twice” – if they know someone is suffering, or is maybe not acting their usual self, then they should always make sure they check in twice with their friend to see how they are getting on.

The boys got the opportunity to ask the Doctor any mental health related questions. The boys asked questions such as “Can there be different triggers for mental health illnesses?” and “Will there ever be cure?”.

Taking on board the information given to them, the boys then worked together to come up with new and inventive ideas that could be implemented within the school to ensure a whole school community ethos towards positive mental health.

Ideas such as “spotting the signs” posters to having mental health ambassadors in the school were all debated and discussions were had on how to implement these ideas within the school.

With the help of Dr Alex, the boys were able to come up with different strategies to ensure the valuable information they learned within the session could be embedded within school life.

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It was a fantastic event which got the boys talking about a previously taboo topic.

Andy, a Year 10 student, said: “Today I learnt that mental health is just as important as physical health and that we should all take some time out during the day to focus on our mental well being, just like we do physically.”

Head Teacher, Sally Brooks, said: “It has been such a pleasure welcoming Dr Alex to Fulham College, especially on such an important day. At the school, we ensure our robust pastoral system and support from the staff breaks down the stigma attached to young boys and mental health and we are so pleased that a famous face could come and talk to the boys and reinforce our positive mental health ethos.

“It has been a thoroughly enjoyable day and the boys have clearly enjoyed themselves.”

Chelsea FC Scholars Launch!

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Last Friday, players from Chelsea Football Club U17s, as part of the Chelsea Foundation Programme, visited Fulham College Boys’ School to give students a talk on healthy living and the benefits of exercise.

The boys looked in awe as the scholars stood before them dressed in their official kit. The theme of the session was “Stay fit, stay healthy”.

For the theoretical part of the session, the boys were split into three teams and worked alongside the Chelsea players – gaining insight into the healthy lifestyles and food choices that they make.

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The boys then had to use this knowledge and pretend they were an elite chef planning meals for a player – using the insight gained to plan the following meals:

·         Before a training session

·         Before a match

·         Recover after a match

The players assisted the boys in talking about the different food groups, and what the body needs for fuel, energy and recovery. The students used this opportunity to ask the players different questions, such as “How often do you train?” and “You must be so happy to be a professional player - how did you get there?”.

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After the theoretical workshop, the practical then began - the part of the day that the boys had all been waiting for! They went onto the pitch and played alongside the scholars, developing their knowledge further by discussing fitness and exercise.

Alex, a Year 8 student, said: “We have had such good fun. We have learnt a lot about food and I feel very lucky to be here today.”

The excitement was palpable as the boys began their warm up session with the players and then played a match!

There were shrieks of excitement as one of the boys managed to score a goal against one of the players, who we later found out was actually the goalie!

Troy, a Year 9 student, said: “Today has been great – I can’t believe we actually met the Chelsea players and then got to play football with them!”

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The Chelsea Football Club Foundation programme is currently available in three London schools – with Fulham College Boys’ being one of them. Set up in January 2018, the programme is designed to develop resilience and emotional wellbeing in students.

Foundation programme mentor, Ashley Watson, works full time at Fulham College and Fulham Cross Girls’ School and uses the power of football to excite and motivate learners of all ages.

Ashley said: “The scholars launch was a fantastic day for the students. They gained insight about the diet of an elite athlete through healthy lifestyle workshops and activities. This led onto an outdoor practical activity which allowed the students to showcase their talents and build more of a rapport with the scholars. The students seemed to be inspired by young relatable athletes and they were extremely thankful for the opportunity.

“Overall the event was undeniably meaningful for the students as they received valuable information about healthy lifestyles and fitness which will positive impact their energy, concentration levels and overall lifestyle.”

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