Year 7 First Aid Training

On the 18th and 19th July, Felpham Community College successfully hosted First Aid workshops for all year 7 students.

Led by the Sixth Form Leadership Team and year 12 Health and Social Care students, the practical workshops gave students an opportunity to learn, or refresh their knowledge, of some vital first aid life-saving skills. These included CPR, bandaging, the recovery position and dealing with life threatening conditions such as choking.

Mr Treharne, Business and Vocational teacher commented: “Year 7 were on a rota for 3 lessons each to complete the course. Well done to all students for their hard work and enthusiasm, we hope they learnt some valuable skills. Also, a big thank you to our year 12 students who successfully ran the events and supported the younger ones with their learning”

Year 12 and 13 Summer Social

On Friday 8th July, Felpham Community College held a Summer Social for Year 12 and 13 students. Held at Fontwell Park, it was a delightful evening to say goodbye to year 13 and celebrate the end of the academic year for all sixth form students.

Mrs Brixey, Sixth Form Year Leader commented:“It was a lovely evening. Students have worked really hard this year and achieved so much, this was a great chance to have some fun. Everyone had put in lots of effort with their outfits and they all looked amazing. It was fab to see everyone dressed up and enjoying themselves, especially after no school events like this for the last few years. We are now looking forward to seeing year 13 for results day in August and welcoming year 11 to our Sixth Form in September.  We have also started planning for the next Sixth Form Open evening at the beginning of October. Our FCC sixth form is going from strength to strength and evenings like this are great to see the students so relaxed and enjoying themselves.”

Summer Arts Evening

On Thursday 14th July, Felpham Community College were delighted to open their doors and host the hugely popular Summer Arts evening, for the first time since 2019.

The event has always been a firm favourite in the school calendar, and it was great to welcome students, parents and carers, staff, Governors, students joining FCC in September and the local community for a fantastic evening showcasing some of the wide range of talents students have shown this year.

The evening was a celebration of art, photography, drama, music, textiles, resistant materials and food technology and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Mrs Tompkins, Curriculum Leader for Art and Photography commented: “Thank you to the students who had their work displayed and for their hard work this year. We have such huge talent at FCC and it was fabulous to be able to show it off again after a couple of years of keeping it behind closed doors! We were really busy, thank you to everyone who supported us by attending, we received some great feedback on all the work. It has been a busy year and this was a lovely way to showcase it”

A busy week for Youth Action!

Felpham Community College held their annual Youth Action Week this year from the 11th – 15th July. This was a brilliant week full of activities – with the aim to fund raise and have fun at the end of the school year. Year events took place on the Monday and Tuesday afternoons, including literature hunts, football tournaments, a summer fair, rounders, badminton, gaming rooms, films and even a colour run!

On the Wednesday was the sponsored swim at the Arun Leisure Centre, which was as usual a popular event, especially with the recent heat wave. Over 70 students and staff and their dogs were due to walk 10 miles on the Thursday, this has been postponed to next term due to the heat. Other activities included sponge a teacher – with Mrs Marques-Darling,  Mr Summers and Mr Davies kindly volunteering to be soaked by sponges and even buckets of water. A tuck shop, run by the year 12 Charity Committee, ran every day selling a wide variety of refreshments – including selling out of 500 pick and mix bags and 300 ice pops!

Year 12 students are getting involved and are hosting their own year event on Wednesday 20th July – a primary school sports day which will see teams battling it out to win the trophy in the egg and spoon race, bean bag throwing and the muchly anticipated tug of war. The final event of Youth Action 2022 will be the non-school uniform day held on the 21st July, where students and staff will be encouraged to pay a £1 donation to wear what they want for the day.

Mr Anstiss, Headteacher commented:

“We have had a really busy and productive school year and the Youth Action week has been a great chance to let off some steam, have fun and fundraise for some excellent charities. It has been great to see students out enjoying themselves in the glorious sunshine. This year the school community voted to support Chestnut Tree House, Macmillan Cancer Support, Blue Cross for Pets and improving outdoor facilities for students at FCC. Money is still being collected and counted, but the aim is to raise over £3000. A massive thank you to all the students, parents / carers and staff for their support with our charity programme for this academic year – we have done so much and we couldn’t do it without everyone’s support”

Thankyou to Cheeky Panda for sponsoring the pick and mix and to The Lobster Pot Café for donating ice creams as prizes! Bamboo Toilet Paper, Straws & Bamboo Products · Cheeky Panda   The Lobster pot

Headteacher’s letter – End of term

As we approach the end of the summer term, and school year, I thought it timely to give details of the end of term, and start of term, arrangements.

Warm weather

Our students have been very sensible managing the warm weather this week. As you know, we have temporarily relaxed our uniform requirements with blazers and ties not required, and top buttons undone.

The start of next week is currently forecast to be even hotter, with Monday and Tuesday potentially 30°C. As a further measure to keep students comfortable, should they wish, in addition to no blazers and ties, they can wear their FCC PE shorts in school in place of skirts or long trousers.

So, from Monday to Wednesday next week students have the option to wear: normal white school shirt, FCC PE shorts, normal school black shoes and black socks. (For PE lessons, students will need their normal full PE kit.)

End of term – Thursday 21st July 2022

We finish at 12:30pm next Thursday with students having normal lessons periods 1 – 4. Period 4 will finish at 12:20pm when all students will return to their form rooms for a final registration and to be dismissed at 12:30pm.

The last day of term will also be a non-school uniform day, raising money for Youth Action week. Students can bring in £1 on the day or ParentPay is open to pay in advance.

Return to school – September 2022

Friday 2nd September – new Year 7 and new Year 12 only

  • Year 7 spend tutor time and period 1 with their tutors
  • Lesson 2 – 6 follow a Friday week B timetable
  • Normal school times: 8:30am – 2:50pm
  • Year 12 students will attend for a bespoke Induction Day. This will be published separately.

Monday 5th September – all students return

  • All students will spend tutor time and period 1 with their form tutors
  • Normal lessons begin for a Week A timetable
  • Normal school times: 8:30am – 2:50pm

And finally…

After all the disruption over the last couple of years with the pandemic, it has been very good to return to normal operation in school this year. Although we are still living with COVID we have been able to return to normality in most respects and have had a very successful year. Year 11 and year 13 coped brilliantly with the inevitable stress of exams, other year groups have been making very good progress and we are delighted to be over-subscribed and to welcome 300 students into Year 7 in September.

Successful schools do not run without trust and collaboration between parents and school. I would like to thank parents / carers for your support over the last 12 months and wish you, and your families, a peaceful and relaxing summer break.

Mark Anstiss

Year 11 Prom

After 2 years absence, FCC were delighted to host the year 11 prom on Friday 1st July.

Students arrived in style, cheered on by family, friends and staff.  It was a lovely evening full of glitz and glamour, karaoke, awards and dancing.

All of the students looked amazing and the event was a fabulous way to finish year 11, after all their hard work with their exams. We are now looking forward to seeing them back for results day in August, and welcoming them back to the sixth form in September!

Felpham Community College turns Magic…

Felpham Community College are celebrating after hosting 6 hugely popular ‘Magic Days’ for year 5 primary school students. Held over 2 weeks in June, it was great to get back to the events after 2 years of restrictions and proved hugely popular this year with a record number of students and staff attending – over 560 students and 36 visiting staff in total over the 6 days!.

This year we welcomed year 5 primary school students from Nyewood, Bersted Green, South Bersted, Edward Bryant, Downview, Rosegreen and Bishop Tufnell. The visiting students took part in a number of cross curricular activities led by the maths, science, computer science and drama departments.

Supported by our year 9 students, the year 5’s thoroughly enjoyed conjuring dragons in the science, solving mythical puzzles in maths, developing bloodcurdling spells in drama and creating their own computer games and animated creatures. The year 9 students were a big hit with all the visitors this year. As well as supporting the younger students in the activities, they were on hand throughout the events to answer questions about the school and the differences between primary and secondary education.

The days were a fantastic opportunity for students to experience a secondary school environment, meet Felpham teachers and students and try out some new equipment, activities and skills.

It is a busy term for younger students visiting Felpham, as well as the year 5 magic days, the year 6 students who are joining in September attend a welcome day, transition day and new intake evening. On welcome day they get to take part in taster lessons and learn about the schools Rights Respecting Schools ethos, visit the library and complete some curriculum activities. On transition day students find out their class for September and meet with their form tutor as well as getting familiar with the school campus. New intake evening is a chance for parents to meet Form Tutors and ask any questions, as well as sampling some canteen delights and having the opportunity to meet with the uniform suppliers and visit the school shop.

Mr Anstiss, Headteacher commented: “We have really enjoyed hosting the primary events this year and getting back to meeting the younger students face to face instead of virtual events. The students who have joined us for the day, both from year 5 and year 6, have been fantastic – it is great to see their enthusiasm with the activities and learning about secondary school life. Our FCC students helpers who have been on hand throughout to support the younger students have been brilliant and a real credit to FCC. We are now looking forward to welcoming our new year 7’s in September and we hope the magic day students come for another look round on our open evening on the 27th September.”

The Scribbler

The writing in this booklet has been undertaken by students from across every year group; some has been completed as part of their English work, some for fun and some as part of our very own creative writing club. You will find poetry and short stories. Some of the writing is wholly original and others have been created in response to the reading of a published text, using a similar style or developing a character to present a new idea.

This is just a small sample of the writing that we undertake in English at FCC and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have.

English Department Summer take-away activities

Summer take-away activities to help you in your new school year from September. Some of the activities below are linked specifically to the topics we will be covering in English; some of them are simply just fun ways to help you while away the time!