January 31st, 2012
This week elections for the school council will take place during registration for Year 7, 8, and 9. Sixth Form students will be visiting every form to support the process. This Wednesday at Year 7 assembly candidates will present themselves to the year group.
The following week, on 9th February all students from Year 7 to 12 will be voting in the Islington Youth Council Election, we have two candidates from CFBS standing – Elliott Colley in Year 10 and Abdiaziz Shukri in Year 12.
Students will go through the candidate summaries for each of the 24 young people who are standing for election to become one of the borough’s first ever youth councillors. All students will be voting for the candidate they think will best represent them and other young people on ballot cards, using official polling stations in the indoor playground.
Candidates have been speaking to potential voters and letting them know why they would make a great youth councillor, through a range of promotional activity, including social media, film clips and posters.
The results will be announced at an event on Friday 10th February at the new healthy-living hub on White Lion Street near Angel.
To check out the candidates, visit www.izzy-info.com
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7527 2552.
January 29th, 2012
Lawyers from leading law firm Slaughter and May have been working with our Year 10 business students, helping them improve their understanding of the law. The sessions are part of the Lawyers in Schools scheme, developed by the Citizenship Foundation. The scheme places practising and trainee lawyers into the classroom to work with young people, providing an opportunity for them to discuss and explore various legal issues with students from local schools.
The sessions are based around laws and regulations and how they affect consumers and businesses. Once a week each class will have 6 Slaughter and May lawyers to work with the students in groups. The four sessions discuss various aspects of law including: criminal and civil law, copyright law, consumer law and employment law.
We are delighted our school has been chosen to be involved with the scheme. We know our students will find the sessions informative and useful.
January 23rd, 2012
The Mayhem Company’s most recent play – The Riot Act included 10 students from Central Foundation Boys’ School. The play was devised by company members over a three month period and written by CFBS student Tahmid Chowdhury in Year 12. Tahmid interviewed teachers, students, politicians, police officers and young people to inform the play of reasons, real and imagined, behind the riots on our streets last summer.
The Riot Act was performed at the Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre to packed audiences including many staff and students along with the play write and company Patron Edward Bond who endorsed the play, the company and its young writer.
A fine example of how boys at Central Foundation spend their time and imagination outside of school. Congratulations.
For more information on The Mayhem Company please visit their website: www.themayhemcompany.net
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January 23rd, 2012
We were recently pleased to welcome back former student Reggie Yates, a television presenter and radio DJ currently hosting the chart show on BBC Radio 1, who came into the school this month.
Reggie was there to speak with one of his former teachers about his time at the school, details of which will be used as part of an upcoming radio programme about growing up in a single parent family. Together they took a trip down memory lane, looking at his school work and comments made by old teachers.
Reggie last came to the school in November to give an inspirational talk as part of the annual Founder’s Day celebrations. We are thrilled to see him again at Central Foundation Boys’ School, interacting with our students and staff, and wish him all the best for his bright future.
The interview will be aired on BBC Radio 5 Live. Exact details at this time are not known.
January 9th, 2012
Central Foundation works closely with 8 primary schools in the Islington borough. We deliver a varied programme which includes curriculum support and inter school competitions.
In December Central hosted the first ever primary school festival, where 6 schools attended to compete against each other at tag rugby. The schools were: Hugh Myddleton, Clerkenwell, Rotherfield, Canonbury, Hanover and Rotherfield.
All pupils had previously received coaching by Centrals sports coordinator and on the day, received additional coaching from young leaders who refereed and played a key role in the successful running of the tournament. All pupils received certificates and medals with Canonbury Primary School receiving the trophy as winners.
The primary schools receive curriculum support from the sports coordinator at Central Foundation each term, which is decided based on the individual needs of the school.
During the autumn term all schools received Tag Rugby coaching leading to a tournament style festival at Central Foundation Boys School. With the Olympics drawing closer, schools have opted for fitness based curriculum support in the spring term leading to more Olympic Style whole school themes during the summer term.
January 5th, 2012
Central Foundation Boys’ School was recently featured in the London Evening Standard as one of the top ten schools in the city for our outcomes for economically deprived students.
The article comes after the discovery that state school pupils from poor backgrounds do better in London than in other parts of Britain despite the city’s high deprivation.
The report was produced by a think tank called Centre Forum and is based on the Governments National Database and official measures of poverty covering more than 600,000 pupils. Under the most improved section Central Foundation Boys’ School appears in the top ten schools with the improvement rate calculated by comparing pupils’ predicted achievements at the age of five with their GCSE results at 16.
The article states that researchers say good teaching could explain the success of London pupils, so we are particularly proud of the ‘over-achievement’ of our students and the hard work of our teaching staff.
January 4th, 2012
After the success of student-run restaurant ‘The Globe’ last year, Hospitality Diploma pupils were given another opportunity to wine and dine guests in their very own food establishment, this time named ‘Central Cuisine’. This year’s group of Year 12 students were responsible for the restaurant’s concept and design, producing a menu and preparing and serving the food to the VIP guest list of selected school staff and parent governors.
After being greeted at reception and escorted to their seats, the guests were given a formal welcome by the team. They were then guided through the impressive menu and shown some excellent audio-visual marketing materials – a television advertisement and even a ‘Central Cuisine’ rap!
The lucky guests were treated to a delicious 3-course meal:
Spiced parsnip gougeres – Crispy golden parsnips with a soft and cheesy center
- Main dish:
Chicken Korma and rice – Mouthwatering combination of creamy, succulent chicken pieces served on a bed of pilau rice
Wild Mushroom Risotto (veg) – Creamy Italian rice with wild mushrooms
Chocolate cheesecake – Rich, creamy and indulging chocolate dessert with a hint of crunch
*Followed by homemade after dinner mints*
All the guests agreed to have had a fantastic time. The team was particularly praised for their attentiveness and the high quality of the food – glasses were quickly topped up and there was empty plates all round after each course (including second helpings!)
Well done to the Hospitality students for working so hard on the day and thank you to the members of staff who gave a helping hand. The combined effort produced not only an outstanding event but also some very happy customers!