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Four students spent the morning learning technical skills

Last weekend, four students from Years 7 – 12 auditioned for the newest show by acclaimed English choreographer Matthew Bourne. Owing to the school’s close relationship with dance theatre Sadler’s Wells, four students were invited to take part in an audition and workshop for Matthew Bourne’s company. The two hour workshop gave the students the opportunity to be mentored by a high-level dance choreographer. After learning a number of different exercises and technical skills, the students were taught part of the repertoire of Bourne’s upcoming production Cinderella. The morning gave the students an insight into professional-level training and exposed them to different areas that drama and dance can lead to.

Founder’s Day

November 29th, 2017

Founder's Day awards prizes to current and former pupils

On 24th November, we celebrated our annual Founder’s Day. It is a special day when we looks both backwards and forwards celebrating the School’s Founder, William Rogers, and the achievements of students. The school welcomed back one of its alumni as the guest speaker, Mr Joseph Adesunloye.

Former pupil Mr Joseph Adesunloye was the guest speaker

Mr Adesunloye was a student at Central Foundation in the early noughties. He left the school to read English Literature and Film Studies at the University of Aberdeen followed by a course at the London Film Academy. As well as curating film festivals, Mr Adesunloye has received a number of accolades for his short films, leading to his first feature film, White Colour Black, playing at the London Film Festival last year to much acclaim. Mr Adesunloye’s speech talked about his time at the school, the hard work and dedication which has led to his success and he encouraged today’s pupils to take advantage of the increasing opportunities the school provides.

The day also featured speeches from Mr Brownhill, the Headteacher, Mr Gurney, the Chair of Governors, and the School Captain. Between the speeches were three pieces of music: a brass fanfare from the Brass Quartet; Mozart’s Allegro by the String Quartet and You Can’t Stop The Beat by the Concert Band.

The main section of the event, though, was the presentation of prizes. Over 70 students were awarded prizes for progress and attainment in individual subjects as well as special awards for extra-curricular activities. The Year 8 football team collected three trophies they won last season after their 100% win record; these trophies were awarded alongside prizes for music, debating, drama, public speaking and community support.

Music School performing at the ceremony

The prize presentation concluded with the awarding of a number of scholarships including the Bendy Scholarship which went to the four highest achieving pupils in STEM subjects who are now studying engineering at university. Scholarships were also awarded to those who made the most progress and the highest attainers in the Lower School, GCSEs, vocational learning and A-levels.

More images of the day can be found by clicking here.

The Year 7 castle competition winners in front of the Tower

Last month, Year 7 were tasked with building their own mediaeval castle. This month, the ten winners of the castle competition, run by the History department, were rewarded with a trip to the nearby Tower of London.

The Tower of London dates back to the 11th century and is an example of the type of castle that the boys were encouraged to create in the competition. so that they could compare it to their own models and see a piece of history first hand. Inside the Tower are a number of exhibitions showing many aspects of the last millennium of British history from the Norman Invasion all the way to the Kray Twins being held prisoner in the Tower for desertion.

The focus of the day was on mediaeval history, with the museum’s exhibition on life in the feudal system. The students also saw the crown jewels and the White Tower, which houses Henry VIII’s armour. The exhibitions gave the students a thorough understanding of mediaeval life and a better context for their history lessons.

Interview Practice

November 22nd, 2017

Sixth Formers took turns interviewing each other for the workshop


Central Foundation provides guidance and helps students secure a pathway they wish to take through further education, employment and apprenticeship. In early November a professional camera crew visited the school to record stock footage of interviews, giving the Sixth Formers a chance to practice and watch back job interviews.

The camera crew spent two hours with Year 12 during their enrichment sessions – periods of time dedicated to learning life-skills and activities. The students were given job titles and company names by the camera crew and then had to assume the role of either the interviewer or the applicant.

The exercise of swapping roles between being interviewed and asking the questions meant they not only had practice in having job interviews, but thought more critically what kinds of questions an interviewer would ask and the answers they want to hear. As the interviews were recorded, it gave students the opportunity to watch the interviews back and evaluate their own performances in interviews.

Remembrance Day assembly

November 10th, 2017

The String Quintent performing Dido's Lament

This morning, Central Foundation honoured the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day with a whole school Remembrance Day assembly.

The assembly saw an address from Mr Brownhill, explaining the significance of Remembrance Day and the symbol of the poppy. This was followed by a reading from pupils of the poems In Flanders Fields and Rudyard Kipling’s My Boy Jack. Mr Brownhill discussed the history of In Flanders Fields and how it has come to be used in memorial services as well as the personal nature of Kipling’s poem, in part about his son who was lost in the First World War.

A musical piece followed each poem, with the Chamber Choir singing Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and the String Quintet performing Dido’s Lament by Henry Purcell.

The assembly concluded with the laying of three wreaths by the First World War Memorial

The two minutes’ silence commenced with an extract from The Fallen by Lawrence Binyon. After this Tommy from Year 9 played The Last Post to begin the silence. During the two minutes’ silence, three wreaths were laid at the school’s  War Memorial, which displays the names of all former pupils who lost their lives in the First and Second World War.

A wreath was laid on behalf of former pupils by Mr Borsak, a student at the school between 1948 and 1955. He was orphaned during the war when he lost his parents in the Blitz. He subsequently did his national service in the RAF, serving in Egypt during the Suez Crisis. A second wreath was laid by Ms Harrison on behalf of the employees of the school and a third wreath was laid by the School Captain on behalf of all the current pupils of the school.

 

The Drama Society learning to sing 'Master of the House'


In the final week before half term, the Drama Society welcomed Musical Youth London to experiment with adding singing to their acting performances.

The Drama Society meets every Wednesday after school and is open to all Year groups. They usually rehearse short acted pieces together, monologues or workshop physical theatre. However, on 18 October they welcomed Musical Youth London – a not-for-profit group who encourage 10-22 year-olds to perform and sing.

The hour long workshop saw the group taught a number of exercises to help them sing in the musical style. They also improvised movements and poses to help them explore characters. It led to them singing Master of the House, from Les Miserables, at the end of the session. It helped the group explore another way of expressing themselves and experience in how to introduce a different style of theatre into their pieces.

More images from the workshop can be found by clicking here.

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The consultation period is from 02 November 2017 until 14 December 2017. Please send any comments to:
Agata Obirek
Cowper Street
London
EC2A 4SH

E: obireka@cfbs.islington.sch.uk