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AS Fine Art Exhibition

May 30th, 2012

Please join us for the AS Fine Art Exhibition:

AS Fine Art Private View Invitation

Title: AS Fine Art Exhibition
Location: Art Room 60, Central Foundation School, Cowper Street, EC2A 4SH
Date: 2012-06-22
Start Time: 16:00 End Time: 18:00

Emirates Joy

May 30th, 2012

After CFBS Year 8s impressive match at the Emirates Stadium, the Islington Gazette reported the game in the newspaper. Twice.

Thursday May 10th, 2012: “Emirates Joy For Schoolboys”

Thursday May 17th 2012: “Corrigan Shield Final”

“Central Foundation School shared the Year Eight district cup with St Aloysius after a battling display at the Emirates Stadium. The boys from the school in Cowper Street, Finsbury came back from behind to draw the Corrigan Shield final, which was played on the hallowed Emirates turf. Some fine saves from keeper Edgar Paxicato kept Central in the game in the first half, but they conceded early after the break. However, Romeo Akinola then set up Josh Garrett to equalise, and although St Aloysius again took the lead, Central Foundation levelled it up at 2-2 with a fine individual effort from Darnell Goather-Braithwaite, and the sides shared the trophy afterwards. “I’m really proud of how far the boys have come since year seven,” said the team manager Daniel Wood. “Last year we lost out to St Aloysius and the team’s development through the league games this year is a real credit to the boys.”"

Read the full article by clicking on the press cutting below…

Cricket Victory

May 30th, 2012

The Cricket nets recently installed has obviously had a positive effect on the pupils. The U14s beat Stoke Newington scoring 126-6 – 67-5. Man of the match was clearly Abdi Buwe for taking 2 wickets with a run rate of 1.5 per over.

In addition, the year 10s beat Mossbourne scoring 130-4 – 38 all out. Man of the match was Mateen Abbas for taking 4 wickets with a run rate of 2 per over.

 Sufian Miah(yr9) Scored 54 not out for the U14s and scored 30 not out for the year U15s, leading them to a fantastic win. Congratulations to the teams!

A group of Year 5 pupils and their teachers from Hanover Primary School visited CFBS for 3 Art workshops this term. Miss Bishop led the sessions with the invaluable help of Enzo Bocchino from Year 7, Ashraf Cuerdo and Ibrahim Uddin, both from Year 8, who acted as student ambassadors for CFBS.
The Year 5 pupils used the work of Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor to inspire their own creations. They looked at ‘Orbit’, the huge steel sculpture that Kapoor has created for the 2012 Olympic Park and then designed and made their own sculptures for the Olympic Park.
A lot of messy fun was had by all!
The sculptures will now go on display at Hanover Primary School and the pupils who visited CFBS will be teaching their fellow pupils about the project back at the school.

The Sixth Form were lucky enough to enjoy some live music earlier this month when upcoming band, “Clement Marfo & The Frontline” performed a live gig in the Sixth Form Assembly.

Whilst you may expect a six-man, one-woman band to create a seven-piece diplomatic nightmare, the band benefits from such a diverse range of sounds. Clement Marfo & The Frontline are based around a grime and hip-hop core which straddles genres at will as they season their music with pop hooks, sweet neo-soul vocals and a rush of energised rock dynamics. The band has been described by critics as “The sound of the city streets…the sound of a multi-cultural community uniting rather than dividing.”

Throughout the press, positivity, motivation and inspiration are the key buzz words being used to describe the band and with Sixth Formers getting geared up for exams over the next few weeks the messages made by the band’s music could not have been more relevant.

With lyrics such as,

“The drive and mentality of a Royal Marine

Take a good look at my face

I ain’t taking no break

The only spot I got my eyes set on is first place.”

Hopefully the Sixth Form will learn by example and find inspiration in Clement’s words as they find the motivation and aspiration to fulfil their potential in their AS and A2 Levels this year.

Across RE classrooms in CFBS you could hear the faint hum of a singing bowl, followed by blissful silence. No, it’s not the summer holidays already but a new project called “Breathing Space” where classes are offered meditation as part of the curriculum.

Breathing Space is a programme from Bodhi Tree which introduces the practice of mindfulness and meditation to students as part of a weekly routine. The key element is the ‘Three Minute Breathing Space’, a mindfulness meditation where the students are taught to pay attention primarily to their body and breathing. Mindfulness is awareness of the moment.

Meditation is a way of cultivating more awareness and is shown to aid development of emotional, cognitive and social skills that support effective learning, positive behaviour and general well-being. This meditation also helps children to:

  • Relax
  • Reduce Stress Levels
  • Concentrate Better
  • Learn and Work More Effectively
  • Develop Emotional Intelligence
  • Improve Self-Awareness and Empathy
  • Work Together More Co-operatively
  • Expand Skills and Creativity

With the older students taking important exams at the moment the Breathing Space Programme could not have come at a more relevant time. Hopefully the students involved will remember all that they’ve learned and apply their skills again when they reach Year 11.

Fulfilling Potential

May 15th, 2012


In January, CFBS began an exciting new programme, ‘The Key Project’. This initiative was designed to ensure that Central Foundation students fulfil their full potential. The project is a collaboration between the school, the leading city law firm, Slaughter & May and the Charity, Access.

It is vital that as many of Central Foundation students go to the country’s top universities as possible. However, it seems that some of our Key Project Students have aspirations that extend overseas.

Tahmid Chowdhury, 17 has recently learned that he has been accepted on the Sutton Trust Summer School Programme at Yale. The Yale Summer Sessions offer courses for students about to enter their final year of school. Tahmid will spend one week in the UK, preparing for the programme, one week studying European Languages and Literature in the USA and a third week at UCL (University College London).

Getting onto the course was no easy feat, with only 80 people per course and over 800 applications Tahmid has done exceptionally well. Although, with 15 GCSEs (8 A*s and 7 As) and a broad range of extra-curricular activities under his belt. It’s not surprising his application was taken seriously. Alongside an exemplar CV, applicants needed to write three essays which Tahmid explains were challenging but interesting.  

Tahmid is looking forward to meeting all of his contemporaries on the course and learning with likeminded individuals. Despite the potential jetlag he is keen to get the most out of the course, making valuable contacts along the way and decide whether studying in the US is an option he wants to explore.

If Tahmid chooses to study in the UK, his first choice will be the University of Oxford where he hopes to read English Literature and History. After university Tahmid would like to go into politics or teaching, careers where he can influence, shape and help others to reach their full potential. “I see how my teachers have had a positive impact on me and would like to help others in the same way.”



Four months of hard work by the CFBS AS Fine Art Group was celebrated on Friday 4 May at the Private View of The Object- Forum, an artwork display celebrating collections and collaboration at Wellcome Collection. The five students made sculptures of charms inspired by an exhibition at Wellcome Collection Miracles and Charms. These were displayed alongside art work by second year art students from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.


The event was well attended by family and friends of the young artists; Mohammed Chowdhury, Solman Khan, Kamil Sekerali, Tony Lu, Tamara Beharry-Bisnauth and by CFBS staff, Chair of Governors Mr Gurney and Governors Lord Griffiths and Mrs Becker.


The Object-Forum was a partnership project involving artist Verity Keefe, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Central Foundation Boys’ School, and Wellcome Collection. The project gave the students an opportunity to visit a major London gallery and art college and participate in four workshops led by the artist in school. The second year CSM students also acted as mentors to the Year 12 students so they could exchange ideas and find out what art college was like.