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Christmas Showcase

December 19th, 2014

Scrooge being visited by the ghosts of the past

On the Tuesday before the winter holiday, Central Foundation presented a drama evening with a mixture of performances from all Years.

The first half of the show was an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol which saw Gabriel Rogers-Mullen play the lead of Ebeneezer Scrooge. The play was performed by members of the drama club, which meets every Tuesday after school and is led by Ms Dawson. Other pupils played the parts of the three ghosts and Scrooge’s family as he is made to reconsider his selfishness and become more generous.

After an interval, Year 10s performed a series of monologues. As part of the GCSE coursework, they have each written their own monologue on a subject of their choosing and had to decide how best to perform it. The series of soliloquies were framed within a narrative where a group of boys were telling each other stories to distract themselves from Christmas excitement.

Cabinet Minister visits school

December 12th, 2014

Rob Wilson MP became Minister for Civil Society in September

Earlier this week, Cabinet member Rob Wilson MP visited Central Foundation Boys’ School to take a closer look at The Key Project and the work they do with The Access Project and Slaughter & May.

Mr Wilson assumed the office of Minister for Civil Society in September of this year. He visited the school to see how the partnership with the educational charity The Access Project and law firm Slaughter & May has positively affected the school, where the rate of 5 A*-C GCSEs including English and Maths has broken Islington records of above 80% and A Level and BTEC pass rates are at 99%.

Mr Wilson heard from Mr Brownhill, Headteacher; Andrew Berwick, Access Project Director and John Nevin, Slaughter & May partner about how the relationship works behind the scenes and the organisation that goes on. He then spoke to volunteer tutors involved in the project and a number of pupils from Year 11 to Year 13 currently receiving academic tuition and support with the university applications, who shared the ways in which their involvement with The Key Project had a positive impact on both their current work and their aspirations for the future.

Christmas at Wesley’s Chapel

December 12th, 2014

In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, Central Foundation’s Music School Choir performed at the City Carol Service of Wesley’s Chapel on Thursday.

Former Headboy Derek Nightingale reading "The word made flesh"

Reverend Jennifer Potter led the service, which began with local primary school St Luke’s singing a Christmas carol followed by a contemporary pop song. After this, former head boy and current sixth former Derek Nightingale read from “The word made flesh” from the Book of John.

He was then joined by the rest of the choir who sang Ring Christmas Bells to the congregation. The service finished with a message from Superintendent Minister Leslie Griffiths, who thanked Central Foundation for their continued contribution to the chapel.

The choir singing "Ring Christmas Bells"

The service was attended by members of the public and also people from Inmarsat, a business that runs opposite Central Foundation. Last month, the school and Inmarsat co-produced an evening of entertainment that saw groups from both parties sing and perform music.

Both this event, and the City Carol Service helped raise money towards the school choir and its visit next year to Italy for a series of international performances.

Central Futures bulletin

December 10th, 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.