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The Jesters and Music School performing together

In January, a Tel-Aviv rock group called The Jesters visited the UK to perform. While here, they spent two days at Central Foundation rehearsing as well as jamming with Music School’s own house band.

The Jesters’ tour was partly facilitated by a charity Restore The Music. The Jesters visited the school the day before the concert to show some of the boys in Music School how they rehearse and exchange tips and tricks. After rehearsing separately, they spent the afternoon and following day rehearsing.

The rehearsals led to a concert performed in front of the students’ peers, teachers from both London and Tel-Aviv, parents and staff. The Jesters and Music School performed four songs each, followed by a finalé of two songs – Rockin’ In The Free World and Free Fallin’ - by both bands together. It gave the boys another opportunity to perform in front of a large audience, as well as an opportunity to play music with musicians with different experiences to their own.

For more images of the rehearsals and performance, please click here.

Holocaust Memorial Day

February 6th, 2018

The students heard form one of the survivors of Nazi persecution

In late January, 12 GCSE historians attended Holocaust Memorial Day at the Islington Assembly Hall to comemmorate those who have suffered in genocides such as the Holocaust.

The pupils heard from Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Secretary of State Emily Thornberry among other high profile speakers on the day.

As well as contemporary speakers, the boys listened to the testimony of Ernest Simon. He was raised in Austria but fled from there to England on the Kindertransport effort at the age of eight. He talked first hand at his experience of the rise of Nazism, but also growing up in Leeds as an outsider and how he put his efforts into an economics degree and starting a business.

After the speeches, the boys formed a poem based around the diary entries written by survivors, helping them to empathise with their experiences.