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The Year 7 football team are through to the semi-final of this year’s Inner London Cup after a goal-filled game on Monday 25 March, that saw them qualify with a 5-3 score line.

Drawn against St Aloysius for the quarter-final, Central Foundation were relentless in attack throughout the game. Despite conceding as many as they had scored in the previous round, Pedro Dias and Ezra Ndukuba both scored two while Alfie Lusardi added a single.

Spirits are high in the team with only three other sides left in the competition and everyone looking to make it to the final at the end of May.

Last week Central Foundation won the London final of the Young Consumers of the Year Award, organised by the Trading Standards Institute.

As in the past three years, Central Foundation outperformed all-comers from Islington at the local competition held in Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium. The school was invited to the O2 Arena where a number of high profile sponsors support the nationally run competition. Ms Begum entered a team of four boys from Year 10. These students are George Riley, Taief Miah, Zaheer Alam and Fuad Ganjiyev, with Aiden Ha in reserve.

The competition, open to teams of four 14-17 year-olds, tests students on their awareness of  consumer law, food and health, safety, credit and the European dimension. At a time when trading standards are making national front page news, the competition could not be more relevant and topical.

The team will be heading to Brighton next for the national finals for the second time in four years.

Exercise is an important and fun part of Central Foundation’s curriculum, with a plethora of sports clubs to complement PE lessons. However, last Thursday boys from Year 9 decided to switch roles from students to mentors.

As part of a sports festival aimed at inspiring very young children, 10 Central Foundation boys helped run multi-skills sports festival for over 200 students from Year 1 and 2 of Hugh Myddleton and Hanover Primary Schools. The boys mentored lessons that helped with co-ordination and stamina, as well as synchronisation.

The Year 9s were impressed with the energy and excitement of the 5-7 year-olds, while parents and staff of the two primary schools gave a lot of positive praise to the responsibility and maturity of the ten young sports leaders.

Debate team third in country

March 25th, 2013

Central Foundation has jumped over ten places to find themselves placed third in the national Debate Mate league. The school recently hosted the final league portion of the competition before it moves into a knockout tournament regionally and then nationally.

Several schools came to take advantage of our facilities, with debates taking place in numerous rooms throughout the afternoon. The motion—This House believes that performance enhancing drugs should be allowed in professional sport—provided a platform for well-reasoned and complex arguments.

Later on, a surprise secondary motion—This house believes UK police should be armed—was revealed to the students in order for them to debate without preparation, drawing passionate responses on the topical subject.

Having finished so high in the table, the team will go on to compete in a regional knockout tournament this Wednesday hosted by LSE and seek to gain qualification to the national final later on this year.

More pictures can be found in our gallery and the league table can be viewed on the DebateMate website.

On Tuesday 19th March, students from a range of age groups performed a mix of popular songs and scenes from a diverse collection of musicals.

After intensive rehearsals, two hour-long shows were performed to a packed audience who watched some of the most loved hits from Oliver!, Grease, Bugsy Malone and High School Musical reenacted by students from Year 7 to 11. Both the afternoon and evening performance were well received, in part due to the students and in part due to the special appearance by staff.

The night was not only a success for the Drama department, but also Business Studies. The events planning, ticketing and refreshments were all organised and executed by BTEC students to gain a greater understanding of business in action.

Students with an interest in performance can take part in drama club after school every Tuesday at 3:15, while those with a flair for dance might prefer the breakdance club which runs at the same time each Thursday.

More photos from the evening can be seen in the website’s gallery section.

Central Foundation’s Year 10 football team beat the elements as well as City of London Academy: Islington in a 4-0 victory on Monday 11th March.

The Islington and Camden Cup match was played amidst a strong wind in the first half with snowfall adding to the dogged conditions. The weather left both teams to struggle in the first half, with Central Foundation eking out a single goal going into the break but the half-time talk must have inspired the boys who came out with renewed vigour for the second half. With a two goal lead, a win looked likely but the team didn’t risk settling into a defensive focused game, putting another two more across the line to end on four goals.

Abdul Abdulahi and Jordan Spearman netted one goal each, with Mohammed Mohammed missing out on a hat-trick in the strong performance. The win set up a meeting with Haverstock in the next round, due to be played on Tuesday 26th March.

Our newly established Music School, a comprehensive programme of before school musical clubs, has already seen its first triumph this month. The school choir and strings ensemble were invited to perform for the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster at a special lunchtime service on the last day of February at Wesley’s Chapel.

Reverend Hall travelled from Westminster Abbey, his usual parish where he officiated the marriage of William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to deliver a sermon about tradition and making history. His service was based around the piece performed by the Central Foundation Boys, Handel’s Zadok the Priest which was commissioned by George II for his coronation in 1727 and has been used in every English, and then British coronation since.

He noted the school had chosen an apt piece in 2013 as it will be the 60th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in June. He also shared some memories of the Queen’s coronation as a young boy.

Zadok the Priest is a notably complex piece, using a static layering of soft strings followed by a rousing entrance augmented by trumpets and choir with four vocal ranges. The congregation were so impressed by the choir and orchestra’s performance, many were moved to applause despite this being against etiquette in the 18th Century Methodist church.

The Music School has a variety of clubs that are open to pupils of mixed ability where everyone is encouraged to take part. All the groups start before school, with a free breakfast provided at 7:45

Chamber Choir: Tuesday & Thursday 08:00 – 08:45

Senior Choir: Tuesday & Thursday 08:00 – 08:50

String Ensemble: Wednesday 08:00 – 08:50

Broken Voices Choir: Wednesday 08:00 – 08:45

Year 7 Singers: Tuesday & Thursday 08:00 – 08:45

FretWrx Guitar Group: Thursday 08:00 – 08:45

After Easter

Brass Ensemble: Wednesday 08:00 – 08:50

Woodwind: Wednesday 08:00 – 08:50

Central Foundation’s creative writing initiative has been featured in this week’s Times Educational Supplement. The after school club, headed by published authors Stephanie Williams and Sarah Glazer, allows pupils to share their stories and learn to better express themselves. TES applauded the school’s efforts in encouraging the boys to be creative and highlighted the importance of the club in improving chances of being accepted into Oxbridge and other elite universities.

The full story can be found here.

Newsletter Issue 7

March 5th, 2013

The February edition of the Central Foundation Boys’ School newsletter is now available online. To read more about the latest goings on at Central Foundation, with a special look at the extra-curricular activity in the school, click here.

Central Foundation Boys’ football team are through to the quarter-finals of the Inner London Cup for the Year 7 age bracket after a tightly contested match with Highbury Grove yesterday.

The victors never went behind, with Pedro Diaz opening his account early on in the game. The Grove soon equalised in what was to become a goal-filled first half. Pedro put another past Highbury but they equalised straight away, taking the game into half time as a stalemate.

The 2-2 goal line pushed both teams to play a much tighter, defensive based second half. Only one goal was scored, with Central Foundation’s Alfie Lusardi stealing the ball in midfield before taking a strike 20 yards from the goal line and launching the ball straight into the top corner to seal victory.

The Year 7s hope they will inspire their Year 10 counterparts to victory for their cup match on Monday 11 March.