December 17th, 2015
In the final week of term, the drama department produced a Christmas showcase with a number of pieces from Years 7, 10 and 11.
In their first public production for the school, the Year 7 drama group reinterpreted Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as a dance performance. Set entirely to music by Skunk Anansie, with no dialogue, the performers learnt the power of physical expression and the need for meticulous rehearsal in their choreographed play.
Year 10 staged two different Christmas themed performances. The first was the traditional pantomime Cinderella. The second Year 10 performance was a re-enactment of the Christmas truce that took place in the First World War from Oh! What A Lovely War. The scene is an interpretation of what may have led to the famous football match that took place between opposing British and German armed forces in No Man’s Land.
The evening closed with a revival of the Year 11 Shakespeare Schools Festival performance of Othello. Rewritten for an all-male cast by Ms Maher, Head of Drama, the play was previously performed to a sold out audience at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington.
To see more images of the performance, click here.
December 7th, 2015
On the last Friday of November the school held its annual Founder’s Day – an event to celebrate the school’s founder, Reverend William Rogers, and the achievements of its students.
The ceremony started with Music School’s string quartet performing Rondeau from Purcell’s Abdelazer. Further music was provided by the concert band who performed an instrumental version of Come Fly With Me in the middle of the event. The house band closed Founder’s Day with Michalis Patrinos’ arrangement of the traditional song Misirlou.
This year’s guest speaker was the Reverend the Lord Griffiths, Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel and Chair of the Trustees. Lord Griffiths spoke passionately about the special relationship between Central Foundation Boys’ School and Wesley’s Chapel as being the centre of the Old Street community, representing the history of the area as it undergoes changes and modernisation. His theme of community continued as he reminisced about his time teaching in an impoverished area of Haiti, focussing in the importance of education being accessible by all levels of society, echoing Reverend Rogers’ mission statement upon opening the school in 1866.
Speeches were also delivered by Mr Brownhill, the Headteacher, Mr Balfour, the Vice Chair of the Governers and by Leunor Xhemshiti, the new Head Boy. Ms Valvis, Head of English, hosted the event.
In between speeches, awards were presented to pupils across the school to recognise their hard work and achievement throughout the year. 177 pupils were awarded prizes for both attainment and progress in each subject in every Year group. After this, a series of special prizes were awarded for extra-curricular achievement before the most senior awards were announced.
The Bendy Scholarship, which is awarded to the top performing A Level students who go on to study engineering at university, was presented to Mohamed Abanour, Tsz Hey Lam, Robbie Humphreys-Becker. The Dr Beck Scholarship for exceptional progress was awarded to Luis Stephen Guayco Heredia, Jonathan Quevedo-Analuisa and Tsz Hey Lam in the lower school, upper school and sixth form, respectively.
The Montcalm Scholarship for vocational learning was awarded to Jennifer Haller. The John Boston Scholarship for exceptional attainment was awarded to Abubakar Buwe in the lower school and Andrew Li (who achieved 11 A*s and 1 A in his GCSEs) in the upper school. Finally, the John Boston Scholarship for the top performing A Level student, whose 2 A*s and 2 As took him to Pembroke College, Oxford, was awarded to Otto Sumray.
For more images from the event, go to the gallery or click here.
December 7th, 2015
In the first half of the Autumn term, the history department ran a competition for Year 7s to build a model of a mediaeval castle.
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, with some castles featuring animals and workers, while others featured hand drawn detailing to represent the stone and brickwork.
However, one boy added his own spin the competition. Possibly inspired by the latest series of the Great British Bake-Off, Taha Mobeen made a delicious chocolate cake castle to enter into the competition.
After much deliberation, the history team of Ms McMahon, Mr Samuel and Mr Russell picked six winners: Dylan Gregory, Karl Knox, Jago Forster, Kit Nasmyth, Hadi Yassine and Taha Mobeen. Their reward will be a day trip to the Tower of London, where they will see a lot of what they learnt through the project in action.
More photographs of the model making competition can be viewed in our gallery by clicking here.
December 4th, 2015
A team of Year 10 designers have been shortlisted in the top 10 entrants of this year’s Design Ventura competition, hosted by the Design Museum.
Earlier this year the Design Museum held a schools competition under the banner of their design and enterprise project Design Ventura, who were involved in the design of the 2012 Olympic Torch. The competition, available to pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11, was entered by 251 schools. The challenge was to create a new product that could be sold in the Design Museum shop and it had to be inspired by the word move.
The competition seeks to inspire those with skills for designing, but in a real world context. Therefore the design has to consider the cost of production as well as retail value and encourages team work to produce the best possible product. The winning competition will then be produced and go on sale at the Design Museum gift shop, with profits going to charity.
The shortlisted boys – Mohammed Rahman, Nasir Khan, Mickyas Oumer and Hamza Mamoon – have called their design Project X. The idea was to make a model toy out of pencils and rubbers so that it could be used both for building and for drawing.
Having now been selected from 251 entries, they have been invited to make their design and present it to a panel of judges at the Design Museum before the judges pick a winning entry to be produced for sale in the gift shop.