Each academic year, Felpham Community College host a number of events in support of local, national and international charities. Organised and co-ordinated by the sixth form student charity committee, under the direction of the Student Leadership Team, the events are held across year groups to support various charities which are nominated for by FCC students and staff.
On the 21st October, FCC held one of the first activities of the year, a non-school uniform day in support of My Sister’s House. Celebrating the end of an incredibly busy half term, students and staff were encouraged to pay a £1 donation to ditch the uniform and wear what they want for the day. Sixth formers got involved and were encouraged to come in Halloween fancy dress!
Georgia Robson, Sixth Form Leadership Team in charge of charity commented: “It is great that students and staff at FCC want to support charity and help others and we enjoy sorting out a programme of events which is fun and gets everyone involved. Thank you to parents and carers and families who support our students with the events as we couldn’t do it without them either!”
On Tuesday 18th November, over 70 students and staff from Felpham Community College completed a 10 mile charity dog walk around the local area. Organised as one of the many charity events of the school year, the walk was a brilliant success with students raising over £1200 through getting their dogs sponsored to take part.
The event was the final activity from the annual FCC youth action week that the school holds every Summer Term. It was agreed safer to walk the dogs in October than the July temperatures, and the dogs definitely seemed to enjoy their outing which took them from Felpham to Middleton to Aldwick to Felpham!
Money is still being counted, with FCC hoping to raise over £4000 as a combined amount from the Youth Action Week activities. Students and staff voted to support Macmillan Cancer Support, Chestnut Tree House and Blue Cross for Pets.
Mark Anstiss, Headteacher commented: “we run an excellent programme of events for charity throughout the school year, which we couldn’t do without the amazing support from our students and their parents / carers. On, and following, the dog walk we received positive praise from the public on both the event and our students, which was great to receive. Our students are always enthusiastic about giving something back to the community and to charity and we are already planning our events for next half term”
More information on the charities the students were fundraising for is available on the following links:
The Geography Department are celebrating being awarded the nationally recognised Secondary Geography Quality Mark and Centre of Excellence. This reflects the high level of geography education students at FCC receive.
The department has been working towards this award for the last acaedmic year, undertaking an assessment framework to review the geography provided at FCC. This collaborative process enabled the teachers to assess the standards and provide a portfolio of evidence that supported all areas that follow a structure of Intent, Implementation and Impact (Ofsted framework). The evidence is assessed by the Geographical Association and judged against a high-level set of criteria to ensure rigour in the awarding process.
Feedback from the assessors stated: “The Geography Department at Felpham Community College is forward-thinking and constantly eager to change and develop to improve the offering to students, showing a desire to continue to innovate and improve. The department supports all students to achieve and feedback to students is geography-specific, innovative and responsive to change. There are innovative approaches to classroom learning. Opportunities for the development of geographical skills are widespread, and inclusive fieldwork is clearly well-established and embedded within their curriculum”
Mrs Bloomfield, Assistant Headteacher commented: “Under the excellent guidance from Gayle Sloggett (Curriculum Leader for Geography) and her department, FCC were able to complete a comprehensive evidence portfolio to achieve this award, which we will have until 2025. Now we have the award we want to move further forward and provide students with more virtual, onsite and off-site experiences to enhance what they learn within the curriculum. Well done to the department and also to our geography students who work hard and show great enthusiasm for the projects and curriculum we run at Felpham across year groups”.