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Year 7 Zoo Trip

July 29th, 2011

Whipsnade Zoo

On the 15th July Year 7 were taken on a trip to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, one of Europe’s largest wildlife conservation parks. The zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals, many of which are endangered in the wild.

This annual trip gives the students the opportunity to experience science outside the school environment. The aim of the visit was for the students to look at living things and see how they interact with each other and their environment. The students enjoyed the zoo’s vast range of exhibits including: the elephants, zebras, penguins, cheetahs, lemurs, lions and the discovery centre’s many exotic species.

The zoo is set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland on the Chiltern Hills. The location the group stopped to eat lunch allowed for the best possible view of the Chiltern Hills, enabling the students to fully enjoy the zoo’s breath-taking surroundings. Everyone had a relaxing and educational day escaping the city to the great outdoors of Whipsnade Zoo. Thank you to all the staff who helped out and Mr Gricia for organising the day.

Whipsnade Zoo  Giraffe at Whipsnade Zoo

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National Portrait Gallery Trip

On the 28th June a group of Year 10 art students were taken to the National Portrait Gallery to participate in a workshop.  Their task for the day was to create a self-portrait using acrylic paints. The students first drew a portrait using the art in the gallery as inspiration. They began painting the portraits after discussing and developing their ideas, with each student ending the day with a completed piece of work.

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Drawing foundation of portrait  Painting a self-portrait

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‘Look Right Through Me’

July 26th, 2011

'Look Right Through Me' Opening Evening

The drama department’s production ‘Look Right Through Me’ was well received during its 3 shows and praised for its performances and use of multiple locations. The play was based on a true, and very tragic, event that occurred at the school during World War II when 3 students were killed in an air raid.

‘Look Right Through Me’ saw these 3 students searching for revenge. The spectators were taken on a tour of the school, guided by the actors playing Central Foundation teachers. There they visited various locations within the school, from the science classroom to the playground, where strange things begin to happen. It was an entertaining and original piece of drama, written by one of our own students. Congratulations to everyone involved, the cast were excellent and were well directed by Mr May and Ms Southerden. We look forward to all future productions from the drama department.

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'Look Right Through Me' Opening Evening  'Look Right Through Me' Opening Evening

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Art Gallery Opening Evening

The school recently celebrated the talent of its young artists in an end of year Summer Exhibition. The show ran from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th July, with the opening private viewing being visited by many pupils, parents and friends. All were all impressed by the range of art displayed (from paintings and sculptures to stop-motion animation films) and the high quality of the work. Models from the recent Kings Cross Project also featured and there were even requests to buy some of the pupils’ art!

Thank you to Ms Bishop for all her hard work transforming the classroom into such a professional gallery space and Mr Butchers for such a smoothly carried out opening night and show run.

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Art Summer Exhibition Opening Evening  Art Summer Exhibition Opening Evening

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Kings Cross Project

July 25th, 2011

Kings Cross Project

The final presentations of the Kings Cross Project were held last Friday at the school. The six week project gave students the challenge to plan a development on plot B3 at King’s Cross Central, London.

Students were put into groups and then divided into two specialisms – Design and Business. The groups had to put together a business plan with Ms Begum, while the designers worked with Mr Cross to produce a model for their business’s building.

The groups had to decide:

  • What the building will be used for
  • What the building will look like
  • How much they will spend and estimation of profit that they will make
  • How they will market their business to potential occupiers

The groups then presented their business plans and models to a group of investors from property development business, Argent.

Group Axion with their wedding cake building were the overall winner. Congratulations to them and to everyone who took part in the project.

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Kings Cross Project  Kings Cross Project Presentation

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Theatre in Education Workshop

After finishing their exams 8 of our Year 11 students formed a theatre group. These pupils devised a production and workshop to take to primary schools. The production was set in a zoo and took the theme of friendship and looking out for one another.

The story involved a boy who doesn’t think he needs friends and goes around annoying the other boys on the trip.  When he falls asleep they leave him.  In his dreams he meets a monkey, a lion, a bear and two penguins who teach him the true meaning of friendship. The production froze at a crucial moment and it was the task of the primary school children to come up with a resolution.

As part of the workshop our students organised warm-up games and then each took a group of Year 5 children to devise a short scene. They visited Grasmere School, Thornhill Primary, Argyle Primary and Clerkenwell Parochial, working with group sizes of up to 60 children.  Our boys were praised for their confidence and abilities of working with the Year 5 pupils. Congratulations to them for all their hard work.

As part of our on-going work with primary schools our Year 7 students visited Christopher Hattom, Hugh Myddelton, Winton, St Albans, Prior Weston, Hanover, St Lukes and St George the Martyr.  There they delivered a speech about their emotions when moving from primary to secondary school, sharing all their highlights and experiences at Central Foundation. They were asked questions by the primary students and spoke to the Year 6 pupils so they would have a friendly face when they begin secondary school.

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Theatre in Education Workshop   Theatre in Education Workshop

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Year 9 Enterprise Day

July 20th, 2011

Enterprise Day

Last Tuesday and Wednesday were big days on the school calendar – the Year 9 Enterprise Days. This year business students worked as companies producing, packaging and marketing banana cakes.

Throughout the two days the companies collected investment money for good work. As part of the challenge each of the 15 companies had to produce a website and advert promoting their banana cake and brand. At the end of the two days they had to present to venture capitalists to persuade them to invest money in their business.

The students presented to several major organisations including:

  • Organisation
  • Henderson Global
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Electrodoc Virtual Administration Solutions and Business Support
  • Amey
  • Senior Principle Trading Standards Officer LBI
  • Deputy CEO Islington Council
  • CEO Islington Chamber of Commerce
  • Barbers Livery Company
  • Common Purpose
  • Engineering UK
  • Kier
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • DMW Group
  • No Name Design Ltd
  • Business in the Community
  • Bank of America

The winning company with the most investment funds at the end of the two days gained capital to help launch their idea.

There was a winner from each form and an overall winner who had gained the most money in total.

The overall winner this year was Banana Cobana (9G). Watch their advert.

The winners of each form were:

  • 9B: Horizon
  • 9P: Yellow Bakery
  • 9Y: First Class
  • 9R: Banana  Blast

Thank you to everyone who took part. We hope the students enjoyed the opportunity to work together and gain some valuable business planning, research, marketing, branding, and packaging and website design skills.

Photographs:

Making the Banana Cake  Receiving capital for hard work

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British Library Trip

July 20th, 2011

Science Fiction

Last Wednesday the 13th of July the library monitors were taken on a trip to the British Library. The students took part in the “Out of this World: Science Fiction but not as you know it” workshop.  

There they explored some of the ways in which writers, artists and filmmakers have imagined alien worlds, perfect worlds and future worlds.

Thank you to Mr Vosa for organising the trip, everyone involved had an excellent day.

Greenwich Science Trip

July 18th, 2011

The National Maritime Museum

The whole of Year 8 were taken on a Science trip to Greenwich on the 8th of July. There they visited the National Maritime Museum, the Queens House and the Royal Observatory. 

The students were able to experience the world-famous Greenwich Meridian Line, which represents the Prime Meridian of the World – Longitude 0°. At the Observatory they saw the rise and fall of the bright red Time Ball, which is one of the world’s earliest public time signals, distributing time to ships on the Thames and many Londoners.

The museums also boast London’s only public camera obscura, the 28-inch telescope housed in the Taj-Mahal-like Onion Dome and the Queen’s House ghost which was famously caught on camera on the Tulip Stairs in 1966.

Despite the frequent rain, the students had an excellent time observing the sights of Greenwich and learning about its fascinating past. Thank you to Mr Gricia for organising the trip and to everyone involved in helping execute such a successful day.

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The National Maritime Museum  Greenwich Trip

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Please note the school finishes at lunchtime on Thursday 14th July due to the Year 7 and Year 10 parents evening.

Sessions for the parents are 2 – 3.30pm and then from 4 – 6pm.