March 19th, 2015
As part of a special partnership with Islington dance theatre Sadler’s Wells, the Year 10 GCSE drama group completed a term-long project with professional dancers as part of DanceQuest.
Since the first week of January, two professional dancers have been working on weekly workshops with the group to explore different styles of dance and how it can be incorporated into performance. Initially the dancers showed them professional moves before the boys suggested their own and over the course of two months, the whole class composed a dance sequence to be performed in front of an audience.
The boys were also saw performances of BalletBoyz and Cirque Éloize’s Cirkopolis as part of the project.
The project culminated with a day-long visit to Sadler’s Wells in the second week of March. The day started with a technical rehearsal of the performance, with the boys using professional stage lighting and sound for the first time as well as being directed by professional directors. They then spent an hour talking to experienced dancers in small groups to ask them questions about pursuing dancing and performing and both the positive and negative aspects to a life in theatre. They spoke to dancers who had danced with Matthew Borne, Kylie Minogue, Rita Ora and at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.
After lunch the group warmed back up with a hip-hop dance session, focussed entirely on modern dance styles. They followed this with a group discussion about the DanceQuest project, how it had changed their perceptions on dancing and also how the course had influenced them outside of performance.
The day closed with the Year 10s performing in front of an audience on the Sadler’s Wells stage with full lighting and music. As well as being a rare opportunity to perform on an internationally renowned stage, the experience will help the boys as they enter their final year of GCSE drama, both from a theory and practical perspective.
More images from the day can be seen in the gallery.
March 9th, 2015
Early in February, group of lower school boys sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge, an annual extra-curricular maths exam taken by pupils across the country by students who show an extra flare for mathematics.
Following on from last year’s success, a number of boys received certificates meaning that they ranked highly in the national competition. Abubakar Buwe won a gold certificate, while Dylan Nguyen, Shivom Gun and Kokob Kidane won silver and Thomas Crickmar, Anas Abdulle, Kearny Ajai-Ajagbe Phillips, Muhammad Roshid and Mateusz Kopiec won bronze.
The school is proud of all the boys who received a certificate, recognising their effort and commitment to maths, but some of their efforts didn’t stop there.
Having performed well in last year’s Junior Maths Challenge, four boys were selected to represent Central Foundation at the UK Maths Team Challenge at the City of London School. Abubakar Buwe, Mateusz Kopiec, Isaaq Tomkins and Abubakar Finiin competed against 28 other state, academy and fee paying schools.
The competition mixed mathematical skill with team work, communication and athleticism. They started with a group round of ten questions, deciding any method to answer them as a group before splitting into pairs and answering a numerical crossword puzzle where one group had across and the other had down clues. They then had to complete four questions in pairs, but with the first answer being part of the later questions.
The final round was a hectic race against the clock, involving a relay race as pupils ran around the room solving problems and moving on to the next station.
Central Foundation’s team finished in the top half of schools, placing 12th.
March 5th, 2015
School will close at 12:55 on Friday 13th March for staff training. Lunch will still be served.
March 4th, 2015
In February the business department continued their five-year long reign in competition with other schools in Islington by winning the Young Consumer Award.
A team of four Year 10s – Josh Stepien, Imtiaz Uddin, Brandan Josiah and Mohamed Idris – entered the competition, which is organised by the Trading Standards Institute. As with the past four years, the group went to Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium to compete against other teams in answering questions about their awareness of consumer law, food and health, safety, credit and Europe.
The competition is open to teams of four 14-17 year-olds, meaning that the winning group were at the youngest end of the age bracket for the tournament.
By winning the Islington competition, the boys have earned Central Foundation a place in the London finals to be staged later on this year at London City Hall.