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City University Workshop

July 7th, 2011

City University Presentation


Ms Sarah Woods from City University held the final Sixth Form higher education workshop last month (24th June). The first session was spent looking at universities and their courses. To give an indication of the type of careers the students want to enter, they each wrote down their job aspirations on a post-it note. These were displayed and organised by subjects to see what type of courses they should be applying for. Typically for a business and enterprise speciality school, the majority aim to enter the business and marketing fields. A large proportion, it was discovered, would also like to become engineers.

Ms Woods explained the types of university courses available for each career and the factors that should be taken into account when selecting your university and course. The most important reason, yet one often overlooked, was decided to be– do something you enjoy. The students were able to search through the different courses available themselves in the next session when they looked at university prospectuses.

The final session was held by Head of Sixth Form Mr Meadows who discussed the way forward for the students. Law firm Slaughter and May are offering assistance to the students 3 weeks before the summer and 3 weeks after. Each student has their own volunteer to assist them. With their all their newfound information we hope that our students are feeling more positive about applying to higher education. We will continue to coach them throughout their remaining time at the school and are confident they will make the right choices in life.




Career Aspirations  City University Presentation


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Shadowing the Carnegie Book Awards

The school was host to the Shadowing the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenway Book Awards last month (23rd June), where Central Foundation students joined other Islington schools to select their favourite book from the awards shortlist.

The Shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal every year. The medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Children’s author Malaika Rose Stanley began the day with a talk about life as a writer, emphasising the importance of reading. After a question and answer session, secondary schools’ Elizabeth Garett Anderson, Highbury Gove, Mount Carmel and St Mary Magdalene joined Central Foundation students in giving a formal presentation on their preferred Carnegie Medal shortlisted book.

The presentations gave on overview of the book’s narrative, highlighting the students’ most enjoyed aspects. After the presentations, the students were given the opportunity to vote for the best book. The winner was the book our students gave their presentation on, Jason Wallace’s Out of Shadows, about the early years of Robert Mugabe set in what is now Zimbabwe.

In the afternoon Islington primary schools visited Central Foundation for the second part of the event, the Shadowing the Kate Greenway Book Awards. Emma from House of Illustration led the session. She showed the primary school pupils some of the most recognised illustrations from children’s books, mostly notable House of Illustration founder Quentin Blake. The pupils then had the opportunity to create their own illustrations of their neighbours in a comic book style.

The Central Foundation students who presented earlier that day were there to assist the primary school guests. Our students were frequently praised for their helpful, mature attitudes and we are pleased they were able to make such a positive impact on the day.

The winner of the CILIP Carnegie Book Awards this year was Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, and winner of the Kate Greenway Medal was FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith.

For further information about the Shadowing scheme visit the website:


Central Foundation Students Giving Their Presentation  House of Illustration

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Art Summer Exhibition

July 7th, 2011

Art Summer Exhibition

The school will be celebrating the talent of its young artists in an end of year Summer Exhibition. The show will run from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th July in Art Room 60 (access is directly from school playground).

The exhibition will be shown to groups of pupils during the school day but parents and friends are welcome to come and look around between Wednesday to Friday 3.15 to 5pm or at other times by appointment.

If you would like to attend the private view on Tuesday 12th July between 5.00 – 7.30pm please download the invitation below and RSVP to Miss Bishop by email –

Art Summer Exhibition Invitation

UCL Discovery Days Workshops

UCL is running a series of free activities in July for both young people and their parents/carers. These fun and interactive sessions are a great way to learn and discover something new together.

The aim of UCL Discovery Days is to enable young people and their parents/carers to explore and develop new skills together. UCL kindly requests that all adults are accompanied by a young person.

These sessions include:

Monday 25 July


All ages welcome


This two-hour session in personal safety awareness and effective physical defence techniques will cover different self-defence techniques ranging from stances to grab releases and will also include crime prevention tips. The session leader is a former Metropolitan Police Officer and Officer Safety Instructor.

Thursday 28 July


Ages 11-16


A fun and interactive taster session in basic photography skills. You will learn how to use a camera – what all those buttons and knobs do, the basic rules of composition and tips on taking pictures like the professionals.

Friday 29 July


Ages 7-12


Discover French language and culture through games and music. In this session you will learn useful and practical French phrases that you can use while on holiday in France, as well as learning more about French music and food.

To register your place, please email a completed Registration Form to Lisa Schappert:

For further details please contact Lisa Schappert.

Email: or Tel: 020 7679 1365

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Library Theatre Trip

Library workers rewarded a group of Year 10 and 11 students for their hard work on Monday with a theatre trip. They went to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to see Shrek the Musical. Staff and students had a great time seeing the new musical. Thank you to Mr Vosa for organising the trip.

Sixth Form Student Keith Ly

Sixth Form student Keith Ly has just completed an ultra-marathon to raise money for the Japanese Tsunami Earthquake Appeal. The run circumnavigated the whole London Underground Network, approximately 275 miles long, with an aim to raise £10,000 (approx. ¥1.35million). This had never been attempted or completed before.

Keith began the run last Friday at 1pm at Chesham Station, Buckinghamshire, and finished Tuesday 5.29pm at Victoria Station, London. His friend Ian Tang was running with him but unfortunately dropped out after 19 hours due to an injury.

The distance included all the twenty-six boroughs of London, the City of London, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Essex and Surrey which are covered by London Underground. Keith ran the distance in 5 days, in stretches of up to 24 hours.

Keith found the Japanese Tsunami Disaster in March very close to home and decided he had to do something help them. He has never taken part in an official marathon before but completed a previous charity event last year where he ran 100km for the Haiti earthquake (

A world record attempt was submitted to the Guinness World Records for verification but sadly the organisation decided not take it any further as they believed the run was impossible! We are glad Keith proved them wrong. Despite keeping a record of the time he arrived at each underground station and taking photographs along the way, this will have to remain an unofficial world record.

Keith was lucky to have nice weather on his side until the last stretch to Victoria Station (the 272nd stop) where it rained. He met many interesting people along the way who have inspired him to continue raising money for those in need.

The school is very proud of his incredible achievement and urges people to donate to this worthy cause.

You can donate money through the Tube360 website, which was set up for the event, here:

For further information please visit the Tube360 website:

Summer Holiday Activities

July 5th, 2011

We have put together a list of summer holiday activities for students to consider during the break.

These are detailed in the new Summer Holiday Activities section.

This will continue to be updated so please keep checking back. There is something for everyone!

Look Right Through Me Trailer

The drama department will be putting on a play next week in the school. The play is called Look Right Through Me and is based on a tragic event that occurred at the school during World War II. It is written by student Tahmid Chowdhury and directed by Mr May and Ms Southerden.

A trailer for the play is available to view on YouTube: Look Right Through Me Trailer

The play will show on:

  • Tuesday 12th July – 5pm & 7pm
  • Wednesday 13th July – 6.30pm

Tickets are available from the Learning Resource Centre at lunchtime. Please note tickets are limited to 50 per performance.