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OFSTED OUTSTANDING SINCE 2008 GCSE 2012: Average Points Score per student is at the 8th percentile of all schools in England. Outstanding.

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Congratulations to Laura Coleman (ex student). 1st Class Honours in Forensic Science from De Montford University, Leicester.

Focus on Year 9:

Focus on Music Technology:

Newsletter 38 - July 2013

I would like to congratulate the year 9s on their reports, I enjoyed reading their comments and was really impressed with the students effort levels and progress overall. Several students in particular achieved some outstanding effort levels, not only in this, our 3rd effort analysis of the year, but also across key stage 3 as a whole, from year 7 to year 9. The following students gained a ‘1’ effort score in every subject in our most recent analysis: Alice Beany, Lottie Allum, Holly Carlisle, Emma Critchley, Harry Foxton, Sammy Hallion, Lucy Kent, Reuben Morris-Dyer, Georgie Mullen, Katie Neenan and Benjamin Young. Congratulations to you all, this is a truly impressive achievement! The following students have demonstrated the highest average effort from year 7 to year 9: Lottie Allum (highest in the year group!), Lucy Kent, Reuben Morris-Dyer, Emilia Wotherspoon, Katie Neenan, Alice Beany, Fiona Eaton, Madeline Foster and Georgie Mullen. This is an outstanding achievement from these students, working consistently hard for the past three years just shows their determination to succeed. It was a pleasure to attend the Key stage 3 awards ceremony in June, congratulations to all students receiving awards it was great to see so many parents with very proud faces! Following the many vivo miles awarded, the current year 9 vivo miles league has been really shaken up and winners will be announced in the final assembly. Tutor group challenge winners will also be announced in the final assembly and will celebrate the tutor group which has performed the best in a variety of challenges including effort, progress, dodge ball tournament, year 9 quiz, teambuilding challenges, photography, uniform, equipment checks and vivo miles. The students were very competitive and again, I Iook forward to announcing results in the final assembly. Over the summer there are lists of activities students can take part in at home in order to continue learning through the summer. These can be found on the school website. Once again, congratulations on another fantastic year – there will be many new academic challenges when you return in September but I am confident that you will rise to these and continue progressing and achieving highly. Have a great summer.

Music Technology is a course run under the Music department and this year is shifting from BTEC to A level. The FCC Music department has a suite capable of running any Music Technology course, as well as a dedicated recording studio with live room and more recently the school has just bought a new sound system, which has been installed into the hall as a permanent fixture. This will give Music Technology students the option to run music events quickly and efficiently. We still have a portable system which again offers opportunities for the Music Technology students to run live events away from the school. Students have enjoyed learning about and what is required in order to work in the industry through the use of music technology, either by progression through university or direct employment. This has resulted in many students continuing their studies at HE level and more recently one student is now working in the industry for a lighting and sound company. Students gain invaluable experience in what is required to record and mix music as well as develop compositional skills through the use of technology and more recently the BTEC L3 course was focused on ‘events management’ which saw students prepare for a ‘real’ industry experience by booking Dreadzone, an internationally recognised and respected band for the last 20 years to perform at a local venue. This was a hugely rewarding insight in to the industry of which the students did exceptionally well of which they were highly commended by the band as well as providing some fantastic advertising and promotion for the gig as well as the school due to the fact that students were interviewed on the radio as well as for the press. It has been an exciting year for the Music department with regards to music technology. Well done to the Year 13s this year and I hope all my current students have a good rest and great summer and look forward to seeing you all next term.

Mr West

Mr Wells

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Freya Bunting


Mrs Ball

Excellent quality verbal repsonses in class.

Kye Orchard


Miss Hutchison

Good work on BTEC assignment.

Csenge Maro


Mr Wells

Excellent Zoo Quest Project.

The winner for last week is Kye Orchard who will receive 50 Vivo miles.

County Tennis Finals

ICT Progress and Champions Awards

A fantastic achievement!

Big congratulations to the following students who have been nominated by their class teachers for the most individual progress made or for an ICT champion award this year. Each student will receive a certificate and a £10 Amazon Voucher.

Our U13 boy’s tennis team of Guy Mobey, George James, Matthew Hunt, Harry Snozwell and Callum Holmes (reserve) beat Matthew Arnold in the County Final in Oxford, 6 sets to 0! Well done. Whilst our U15 boy’s team did not win their match, they took Henry Box to a championship tie break after finishing the match 3 sets all. Well played to Jonnie Stoner, Benji Proctor, Bertie Kiff, David Brabin and Jack Traynor (reserve).

Year 7 Most Improved: Champion:

Andrew Howell (7TF) and Jade Riley (7RW) Imogen Buckle (7CD)

Year 8 Most Improved: Champion:

Adam Kench (8PF) and Matt Chapman (8SB) Jenni Hay (8ME)

Year 9 Most Improved: Champion:

Ogi Balac (9JBe) and Freya Bourne (9SDi) Will Royal (9DC)

Year 10 Most Improved: Champion:

Jenny Fotheringham (10SR) and Jordan Page (10JWi) Megan Evatt (10CK)

A brilliant performance by FCC. Mr Sanderson

U-15 Cricket News The U-15s narrowly lost the County Final to King Alfred’s School on Thursday evening. Having been undefeated all season the U-15s lost by just 16 runs following some excellent batting by Jake ThackerPugsley and Pat Merryweather. King Alfred’s had a very strong team containing the opening County bowler and a number of other County players Well done to all the lads involved this year, in what has been a very enjoyable season for all those that have taken part. U15 Squad - Alex Warburton (C), Connor Johns, Matt Little, Tom Walsham, James Rainer, Chris Patterson, George Woodley, Pat Merryweather, Pat Slack, Jake Thacker-Pugsley, Nathan Draper, Alfie West and Sam May. Mr Austin

Two awards were made for the sixth form for subject champions in recognition of their consistent effort, hard work and excellent work ethic: Year 12: Year 13:

Jack Parker Becky Iles

Also well done to Sammy Hallion (9DC) and Chloe Palacio (9RHe), who were chosen to receive the KS3 ICT Award. Please note that next year ICT will be known as IT and Computing. Well done and enjoy the holidays. Mrs Sherriff, Mr Spoors, Ms Williams, Mr Cooper and Mrs Tomkins Year 11 ICT Coursework Moderation We are very pleased to report that the year 11 students who were entered and completed all their units for the core and option OCR Nationals Level 2 in ICT were successfully externally moderated. Your qualification certificates will be posted out to you at the end of term.

I hope you like the ‘new style’ newsletter. Our aim is to keep you much more informed about what the students are learning and, alongside this, be more up front in the celebration of individual student achievements. If you have any comments about the ‘new style’, please email them to the school.

Well done! The ICT Teaching Team


There were some moist eyes in Faringdon Community College on Thursday 4th July and Saturday 6th July, when a talented and highly dedicated group of students performed the stage musical ‘Annie’ to a full house. There were some inspired lead performances from Meg Thorpe (Annie), Beth Elliott (Miss Hannigan), George Saunders (Oliver Warbucks) and Nikita Thorne (Grace Farrell), and these were supported by a superb cast, representing every year group in the school. Some of our younger performers were extremely impressive, and there can be no doubt that there will be some very strong contenders for lead roles in our next musical. It was also a fitting way for the school to say farewell to Julia and Katherine Nelles, who will be returning to Canada this summer with the satisfaction of having given brilliant performances. We were deeply impressed by the professionalism and commitment of all of the young people who were involved in the production. The show was made even better by the excellence of our sound and lighting team, led by Mr Butler and Mr West, by the construction of an ambitious permanent stage extension by Mr Creaser and James Money, and by a stunningly colourful backdrop painted by Miss Thomas and a group of students and staff. We would personally like to thank all of the students, staff and parents who helped to make ‘Annie’ such a success, and our two wonderful audiences, who gave us the warmest of standing ovations at both performances. Dr Watson, Ms Kolodziej and Miss Gammon

Year 10 Geography trip to Christchurch Bay On Monday 1st July, the GCSE geography groups went on a field trip to Christchurch Bay to help us with our coursework. When we arrived, we went straight to Avon Beach where we measured the groynes from the nearest land down to the sea. We stayed here for around two hours and ate lunch on the beach. Next, we went to Highcliffe to take pictures and make sketches of the rotational cliff slumping. The view from Highcliffe was amazing and from here we could see Hurst Spit which is a key part of our coursework. It was very windy and we were keen to move on to the final destination of the trip; Milford on Sea. Here, we investigated the theory that stone sizes get smaller as you move along further East of Christchurch Bay. In order to do this, we had to measure the length and width of random samples of stones from the beach and give them a score on their roundness. After this, we walked back along the beach to the coach, ready to go home. We were very lucky with the weather all day so the trip turned out to be a huge success and we found out lots of information to support what we had learnt in the classroom. Alex Couves 10SR

WANTED This is a request for clean jam jars and other old glass containers (wine glasses, tumblers etc) for glass painting with Year 7 during Engineering Alive. Please could you send these to the English Department, room E3. Kind regards, Miss S. Beadle

Re-use is even better than re-cycling! Have you got any empty plastic sweet tins or Chinese/Indian takeaway containers? If so, please donate them to the Food Technology Department, they will be gratefully received. Thank you. Ms Pardy

WIMBLEDON TRIP On 3rd July the tennis team, having done very well the previous day playing tennis went to watch the men’s quarter finals on court 1. At first we saw Novak Djokovic the world number 1 from Serbia playing the Czech Republic’s Thomas Berdych in a great three set battle. Djokovic got the match in three close sets, many of them going to a tie-break decider. All of us were amazed at the standard of tennis and the pure eruption when the world number one hit a great shot, which he did on many occasions. Before that match finished I left with my friend and we ventured around the grounds seeing really good junior (U16) matches along with getting autographs. When we went back to court one there was the second quarter-final. This was between the both Polish players, Jerzy Jancowicz and Lukasz Kubot. Sadly it was a quick match as Jerzy overpowered but it was amazing seeing Jerzy nailing 140mph serves! Then we went around the grounds and watched a few more junior matches and then left the beautiful grounds of Wimbledon. Guy Mobey (7RW)

CAREERS CHILD CARE APPRENTICESHIP ANNABELLE’S NURSERY GREAT COXWELL Vacancy Description • Day to day caring for children • Helping support learning and development through play and interaction • The position will involve playing with children • Communicating with parents • Tidying • Helping with meals and snacks Qualifications Required Ideally GCSE A-C in English and Maths or equivalent Personal Qualities • Friendly and caring with a genuine liking for children • Good time keeper • Enthusiastic and motivated • Reliable • Trustworthy • Energy and passion To find out more and to apply go to If you need any help please see me. Tina Belcher Careers Adviser 2013 GCSE and A Level Art Exhibition 4th July for 2 weeks in the Main Hall. All students are represented. Miss Robins

OXFORDSHIRE SCHOOL GAMES Congratulations to Jake Thacker-Pugsley, Will Crisp, Ogi Balac, Tom Bird, Kasia Micklem, Lydia McKenzie, Martha Drew and Deanna Stamp who put in a fantastic performance in the County Rowing Final at Iffley Road. There was some tough competition, mainly for the City of Oxford Rowing Team and although we did not win this competition we won the ‘Zumba’! The ice –creams were nice too! Mrs Kenyon Theme for the week commencing 15th July CELEBRATION - ENGINEERING ALIVE

SEGAIS HAIR FARINGDON The apprentice's role will include supporting the current stylists by shampooing, making refreshments and keeping the salon clean and tidy. We are offering a opportunity to train with Segais up to NVQ Level 3 and beyond if you wish. You will attend college for training as well as 5 hours training in salon. Skills Required Good communication and customer service skills and ability to work under pressure. Qualifications Required GCSE grade D (or equivalent) in English and Maths Personal Qualities Well presented and hard working. Future Prospects With multiple sites Segais offers a career for candidates to grow as a stylist and is ideal for those wishing to expand into training and management. To find out more and to apply go to if you need any help please see me. Tina Belcher, Careers Adviser

Friday 19th July. The school day will finish at 12.45pm. Buses are booked for 1pm.

Junior Golf Lessons for 7 to 15 years at the Defence Academy this Summer Learn to play or improve your golf with local golf Professional Marc McCracken Every Mon, Wed & Fri throughout the Summer 2.00 – 4.00 pm Cost £12.00 per Day Dates as follows: Mon 5/8, Wed 7/8 & Fri 9/8 Mon 12/8, Wed 14/8 & Fri 16/8 Mon 19/8, Wed 21/8 & Fri 23/8

• Allequipmentprovided • Wearwarmclothing/trainers • Bringadrink

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SummerBadmintonTraining Twiceaweekfor3hoursasessionatFaringdonLeisureCentre

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THERE WILL BE NO LATE BUS SERVICE RUNNING FROM 15TH - 18TH JULY FCC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and individuals

RE competition for all Year 7 and 8 pupils! “Refugee Boy” by Benjamin Zephaniah Benjamin Zephaniah is a creative writer and poet who is a British Jamaican Rastafarian. He was a musician who struggled to become an author due to his dyslexia. Zephaniah wrote a book about a refugee who was abandoned in England. To enter the competition you need to read the book and then create a piece which reflects the story/ message of the book. This could be in any form: a poem, storyboard, comic strip, book review, picture or any other creative style. All entries will be awarded VIVO MILES and more for those who ‘win’. Hand in to your RE teacher by Friday 13th September. The books can be taken out from Mrs Hudson in the library!

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