Felpham Community College raises money for the NSPCC

Felpham Community College have completed a busy and productive half term by holding a non-school uniform day, fundraising for the NSPCC.

Held on Friday 24th May, students and staff were invited to pay £1 and wear non-uniform, with everyone being encouraged to wear green in support of the NSPCC logo. Student Council Reps supported the fundraising by helping to collect in the donations, and the Sixth Form ‘Make a Difference’ committee co-ordinated and promoted the event.

It has been a busy Spring term at Felpham with charity work, with the Charity Talent Show taking place just before Easter and a group of our students also supporting the ‘Save The Post Office’ evening event at the beginning of May.

Imogen Orde, Student Leadership in charge of Charity commented:

“We hold lots of charity events throughout the year and it is a great way to raise awareness, have fun and fundraise at the same time. We are now busy preparing for the busy and popular Youth Action Week which takes place in July.”

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FCC Students Support Local Charity Event

On Tuesday 14th May, a group of FCC students supported a local community charity event, held at St Mary’s Centre in Felpham Village.

‘Save the Felpham Post Office’ – a local community initiative, held the event as part of their ongoing campaign. The sold-out event was ‘An Audience with Bill Nighy’.

A group of year 12 FCC students helped with the setting up of the event and welcoming guests. They also provided, along with a student from year 8, the musical entertainment for the beginning of the evening. Karina Natkinis – year 8 student, and Eloise Lyons and Libby Wood – both from year 12, performed their winning pieces from the hugely popular ‘Felpham’s Got Talent’ show which took place last term in support of the campaign.

The evening was a fantastic success and it was brilliant that our FCC students were able to join in. They were also lucky enough to meet Bill Nighy and chat to him about all thing’s showbiz!

Year 8 students win national competition!

Congratulations to Bella Cook and Athena Maltby, both year 8 students at Felpham Community College, who have joined other writers around the county with their winning entries to the ‘Screen Your Story 2024’ national competition.

‘Screen Your Story’ runs annually, giving young people the opportunity to submit a story of 1500 words – with this year’s theme being ‘an unforgettable place’. Entries are split into age categories, with FCC submitting 200  this year. Nationally, thousands of stories were submitted across the age ranges. The winning entries chosen by the judges are then published in a book – ‘Stories from the Young’.

As well as being published, the winners are invited to a Gala in London at the end of June where they are presented with a copy of the book. One overall winner from the book – announced at the Gala – will have their story made into a film later this year.

Mrs Wills, Assistant Curriculum Leader for English, commented:
Well done girls, your stories were brilliant and thoroughly deserve to be published! Good luck with the Gala, we are keeping our fingers crossed that one of yours is the winning one which is going to be made into a film. An FCC student won this prize previously so we want to go for it again!”

Felpham Community College support ‘Save the Post Office’

Felpham Community College held a cheque presentation ceremony on Tuesday 30th April, to present the ‘Friends of Felpham – Save the Village Post Office’ committee with a cheque for £1000.

The fundraising for the community project took place last term, with FCC hosting a Talent Show on the 26th March. The event was a sell-out performance to family, friends and the local community. A wide variety of acts from across year groups took part in the show. Feedback from the audience, judges and staff was fantastic with everyone commenting how talented the students are and how good the show was.  

The students who performed at the event met with Lizzie Mickery, from the Friends of Felpham Committee, on the 30th April to present her with the cheque and find out how it will support the campaign.

Lizzie Mickery commented:
“It was a privilege to be on the judges’ panel at the Talent Show. The standard of talent was extraordinary and all the students who took part did exceptionally well. Felpham Post Office is an integral part of village life and keeping it open will support both the community and local businesses. Thank you to Felpham for joining us with your fundraising.”

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Felpham Hero Awards

Congratulations to Felpham year 13 students – Toby Clegg, Olivia Vine and Isabelle Isitt – who won a ‘Felpham Hero’ award on Saturday 27th April.

The Awards were organised by Felpham Parish Council, to celebrate local people who deserve to be recognised for their outstanding work with assisting others. Toby, Olivia and Isabelle won the 11-18 category for their charity and community work.

Mrs Chester, Charity Co-ordinator at FCC commented:
“Toby, Olivia and Isabelle were part of the sixth form Student Leadership Team at Felpham Community College. They supported younger students, led events and activities for students from a variety of age groups, and showed kindness, support and compassion to students. They were influential with our charity events helping fundraise and organise/run events including our youth action week, charity dog walk, non-school uniform days, foodbank donation drive, Christmas Fayre and the charity talent show. They have helped the school raise over £10,000 for various charities and FCC in a year.
They are a real credit to their families and the school community, as the time, effort and enthusiasm they have put in has gone above what we expect from them within their Student Leadership role. Well done guys, you thoroughly deserve the award.”

The FCC Dance Team mean Business!

Well done to the Felpham Community College extra-curricular Dance House Team who performed at Worthing Pavilion on Tuesday 23rd April as part of the Dance House showcase, along with a number of other local schools.

The FCC team of year 7-10 girls had been learning their routine since the beginning of the Spring Term – a hip hop piece titled ‘The Business’, based around determination and reaching for your goals.

Miss Crocker, Teacher of Dance, commented:
“The show was a sell-out, it was great to see the team performing to a packed live audience after working so hard for months learning and perfecting the routine. We have received some fantastic feedback following the performance – with other schools and parents even contacting us to comment how incredible the Felpham performance was! Well done girls, fantastic work.”

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Year 12 attend UCAS Discovery Day

On Thursday 18th April, year 12 students spent the morning at Winchester University, attending the UCAS Discovery Day.

It was a great way for students to get an insight into life after sixth form – whether that means university, apprenticeships, volunteer work, a gap year or career opportunities.

There were representatives from a wide range of higher education institutions (universities and colleges), as well as the National Apprenticeship Service, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and all the British Services. Workshops were also available to help students with UCAS applications and answer questions about university life. Feedback from our year 12s was really positive and they were a credit to FCC at the event