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Year 7 visit Epping Forest

July 20th, 2017

A group of Year 7s making notes in a forest

Year 7 made notes on Epping Forest's ecosystems

In late July, all of Year 7 visited Epping Forest to expand upon what they had been learning over the course of the term.

The forest is London’s largest open space at nearly 6,000 acres and sits on the border between Greater London and the county of Essex. It is an ancient woodland that is both a site of special scientific interest and a special area of conservation.

Over the course of the week, Year 7 visited the forest in small groups to study the ecosystems of the deciduous woodlands in the forest. They also used the opportunity to test out their map reading and orienteering skills which they had learnt earlier on in the year.

As well as studying the natural ecosystem of the forest, they also considered the impact of visitors on the forest and the way in which the growth of settlements surrounding the forest has changed it.

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Sixth Form scientists being shown testing equipment

In early July, ten Year 12 scientists visited Salamon and Seabar’s laboratory to expand their understanding of science in the working world.

Salamon and Sebar is the only fully independent laboratory in London. It provides analytical testing services and consultations to clients all over the UK and the rest of the world. They particularly work in testing for commodities used in animal feed, such as soya beans, kernels and sunflower seed.

The students were shown the whole testing process, from the receipt of the samples in the post room, and how they are couriered, through to the testing process. This included the weighing method and how different products are ground up for different tests. These testing methods have been studied by the students in recent months, but it was their first chance to see a fully operational wet lab and dry lab with sophisticated equipment.

The technical manager of the laboratory delivered the tour to the students, explaining all of the equipment and the importance of each part of the process. He also took questions from students about the laboratory and general queries on careers in science.

Central Foundation's band - Dance Electric - performing in front of seven other schools

On Wednesday 5th July, Central Foundation hosted 125 pupils from eight schools for the second annual Restore The Music Battle of the Bands.

Restore the Music, a charity which supports music in schools, helps Central Foundation provide its diverse music provision which includes daily music lessons for over 100 pupils before school in a variety of instruments and vocal styles. For the second year, Central Foundation hosted a concert to encourage a number of schools which Restore The Music also supports to perform for each other, giving pupils experience in playing in front of an audience and also encouraging them to write their own music.

Throughout the day, pupils heard from Hackney New Primary, Mitchell Brook Primary, Reach Academy, Corelli College, Greenwich, Skinners Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park and Mulberry School for Girls as well as Central Foundation. The genres varied from Hackney New Primary playing a classical style to Central Foundation’s electronic, synth-infused rock band.

The day also served to help warm-up the Central Foundation band ahead of the Summer Concert next Thursday 13th July at 6pm.

The Year 9 artists and Verity Jane-Keefe standing in front of their work

In the final week in June, the Wellcome Collection unveiled the large print that a group of Year 9s have spent the past few months making for the Making Nature exhibition.

The Wellcome Collection, an art gallery and trust in Bloomsbury, has been working with a group of 15 pupils since February. The project is in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition – Making Mature – which examines the various ways in which the natural world is imitated or reproduced by man. Tuesday 27th June saw the opening of the second part of the exhibition.

After close work with artist Verity Jane-Keefe during in-school projects and field trips, such as to Rainham Marshes nature reserve, the boys produced a print that reflects their natural environment. It contrasts the nature that they have seen with the man-made world that they see on their way to school each morning.

Muntasar and Alex interviewed on Springwatch Unsprung

Two boys also appeared on the BBC’s flagship nature programme Springwatch to be interviewed about the making of the piece. It can still be viewed on iPlayer at the following link, beginning 10 minutes into the programme:

The final piece can be viewed at the Making Nature exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road until October.

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