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History model making competition

November 24th, 2014

Year 7 winners Ciaran Brennan, Muhammad Boudemagh and Giovanni Molinaro

In the first half of the Autumn term, the history department ran a competition for Year 7s, 8s and 9s to build a model of a mediaeval castle, the Battle of Naseby and First World War trenches, respectively.

 

Year 8 winners Zakariya Thain, Shay Thompson and William Bannerman

The department was overwhelmed with entries, leading to a lunch time exhibition of the short list of models in the Year 7 common room.

 

The level of detail in many models was particularly impressive. Specific tactics of the Battle of Naseby from the Civil War was represented in a variety of ways, some of the castles had hand drawn detailing to represent the stone and brickwork, while the trenches featured not only soldiers but also representations of barbed wire, fallen trees and mud.

Year 9 winners Kit Lee, Andre Deen-Swaray and Mateusz Kopiec

After much deliberation, the history team of Ms McMahon, Mr Samuel and Mr Russell picked three winners from each Year group.

 

Their reward was a day trip to the Tower of London, where they will see a lot of what they learnt through the project in action. It is also a particularly timely visit as the Tower of London is still displaying the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red instillation, featuring a porcelain poppy that represents every British soldier who died in the Great War planted in the tower’s moat.

More photographs of the model making competition can be viewed in our gallery by clicking here.

Talking Points 1: Tim Leunig

November 20th, 2014

On Tuesday, the school held the first of a series of Talking Points lectures. The first guest was Tim Leunig, Chief Analyst at the Department for Education and Associate Professor of Economic History at the London School of Economics. In the lecture he analysed apartheid as well as speaking to the pupils about their aspirations and providing university application tips.

To watch the lecture, please click here.

Students investigating downstream changes to a river channel in the Lake District


For the second half of the week after half term, 15 geography students from Year 12 visited Blencathra mountain in the Lake District, Cumbria, in order to put the theory they had learnt in the classroom into action.

The group arrived at midday on Wednesday and studied the glacial features of the hills and considered how much erosive force they have as well as drawing and annotating field sketches.

After producing hypotheses in the evening, the group headed out early on Thursday to collect data at various sites along the river channels in the valleys. After dinner they used their collected data in presentations and analysed the statistics.

As well as witnessing Geography in action, the students had a lot of exercise


On the final day the group trekked through the valley of Borrowdale to observe glacial features. They discussed how they could describe and explain features in their exams. Students again developed an understanding of the scale of the features and the forces needed to create them by glaciers.

After three days of walking, hiking and learning, the group departed the Lake District by train just after lunch.

To see more photographs from the trip, view our gallery by clicking here.

The Year 9 pupils at the news conference desk


In the second week of November, a group of 15 pupils from Year 9 visited Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium for workshops on mental and physical well-being.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of young people and as part of their Citizenship lessons, 15 pupils from Year 9 visited the Emirates Stadium to take part in all day workshops engaging with these issues.

The involvement of Arsenal FC, through their Arsenal in the Community programme, also meant that the students heard from specialists about physical health and diet, as well as the importance of sport in maintaining a healthy body and mind. As a bonus treat, after the workshops the pupils were treated to a full tour of the Emirates Stadium, receiving an inside look at the changing rooms, trophy cabinet and VIP suites.

More photographs of the day can be found in our website gallery by clicking here.

Year 11s over the River Cam


Last week, a group of Year 11 science students who are interested in studying physics at A level and university visited Cambridge University on Friday.

The pupils were invited to Corpus Christi College, where they spent the morning learning about the Oxbridge application system and how to improve their chances of being selected to one of the world’s leading universities. They learnt about the history of the college system and how the interview process differs from other universities, along with the importance of not only good grades but extra-curricular activities.

The pupils spent the morning learning about the university and the afternoon conducting experiments


In the afternoon, they visited the Cavendish Laboratory, the name for the Department of Physics at the university. With over 140 years of history behind it, and 29 Nobel Prize winners having researched there, there was certainly plenty on show for the pupils.

Specifically they spent much of the afternoon learning about the uses of light in physics through studying lenses and telescopes. For more images of their experiments, visit the gallery by clicking here.

Guest history lecture

November 7th, 2014


On Friday 7th November, the history department was pleased to welcome Dr David Sim of the University College London as a guest speaker in the school.

Dr Sim visited Central Foundation Boys’ School in January to promote the benefits of history as a degree and academic endeavour. He was so impressed with the attentiveness of the boys, he returned in November to deliver a lecture covering the life, death and influence of American civil rights campaigner Malcom X.

The lecture led to a variety of opinions in discussion and a range of questions being asked and was attended by history students from Year 11 up to Year 13. As a published historian on US history, Dr Sim was in a position to give complex answers in response, encouraging the students to pursue responses considering all angles when taking writing their own assessments.

Entrepreneur Lecture

November 7th, 2014

The four speakers having a discussion with the pupils

On the first week of November, Central Foundation welcomed four entrepreneurs, who had all founded their own businesses in different fields, to deliver a guest lecture to Year 10 boys.

The event was organised in conjunction with Founders 4 Schools, who want to promote entrepreneurial attitudes in secondary schools. The guests included Debbie Wosskow, CEO of Love Home Swap; Nick Francis, Creative Director of Casual Films Ltd; David White, who founded internet data service Import.IO Ltd and Alicia Navarro, CEO of Skimlinks, a company who manage online content monetisation.

The lecture was given after school with over 50 business pupils from Year 10 staying until after 5pm to hear from the entrepreneurs. The speakers gave their personal stories behind how they came up with their business ideas and the method in which they made them successful, allowing pupils to compare each business and identify what common methods between all of them worked and led to a sustainable, growing business.

The theme of success recurred throughout the night, with one speaker saying “Be the best, but always try to better the process of being the best” while another gave their five lessons for success:

1) Love learning
2) Learn your craft
3) Ask for help
4) Start young
5) Be the best (and eat your vegetables)

Central Futures bulletin

November 4th, 2014

The latest edition of the Central Futures bulletin, from the Central Futures team who are dedicated to finding appropriate pathways to every student who leaves Central Foundation, can be read by clicking here.