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The boys overlooking the Spanish coastal town of Comillas

To finish their year of Spanish cultural and language studies, a group of 20 students who study Spanish visited Santander, in the Cantabria region of Spain.

The group arrived in Pueste Viesgo on Monday by lunch time. After eating, they visited a nearby mediaeval town called Santillana del Mar. While there, they were encouraged to put their Spanish to use by competing against each other in a scavenger hunt which was made easier to complete if they talked to locals.

Later in the week the group travelled to Ontanedo. While there, they visited Alceda Adventure Park which hosted a number of outdoor activities including tree climbing and involved a number of games that promoted team work. On Wednesday they visited the capital of Cantabria, Santander. As well as relaxing on the warm beaches, they were given a tour of the natural beauty of the Magdalena peninsula and later visited the shops of Santander in order to practice the Spanish that they were learning every morning.

The group learnt prehistoric hunting techniques while in Spain

As well as modern culture, the group visited the prehistoric caves of Puente Viesgo. In the afternoon, the tour was complemented by a practical lesson in prehistoric hunting techniques where both the boys and their teachers tried their hand at spear throwing. The trip ended with a final Spanish lesson on Friday morning before going to the airport to make their way home more proficient in Spanish.

To see more images from the trip, please click here.

Mr Brownhill opened the third annual competition, welcoming nine visiting schools

In the first week of July, Central Foundation once again hosted the annual Battle Restore the Music of the Bands competition.

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 third 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.

Central Foundation's band performing Bound To Lose

In an increased competition, well over 100 students from 10 schools all across London came to Central Foundation to perform their own music, representing diverse musical genres. Throughout the day, pupils heard from Harris Academy, Oasis Academy, Westminster Academy, Reach Academy, Skinners Academy, Mulberry School, Hackney New Primary School, Mitchell Brook Primary School and Surrey Square Primary School.

The day also served to help warm-up the Central Foundation band ahead of the Summer Concert this Wednesday 11th July at 5pm.

Central held St Aloysius at bay by four runs to win their second match in as many weeks

The U13 cricket team recorded back-to-back victories in pursuit of the U13 Islington Cricket League championship.

In the penultimate week of June, they faced Holloway who batted first. Although Central Foundation’s bowling took a very strong nine wickets, it was at a cost of 79 runs setting the team a high score to beat.

In their batting innings, Central Foundation lost two wickets for one run. However Year 8′s Thomas, who had taken three wickets when bowling, and Daniel took the team almost all the way to victory with a 78-run stand before Daniel was caught. With seven wickets left in play, Central Foundation easily scored the remaining run to win the match.

The following week the team met St Aloysius and this time were sent into bat first. With six wickets taken throughout the 14 over game, most of the team contributed towards the 90-6.

St Aloysius, on the other hand, started with a strong opening partnership but after 22 runs they came unstuck as four wickets fell, including a run out. Year 7′s Francis took a wicket in this flurry and displayed economic bowling at the end, leaving St Aloysius requiring 11 runs from the last two overs and eight runs from the final over.

Thomas, the captain, bowled the final over with every outcome possible from the final throw. In the final moment of the match, Thomas produced a dot ball to secure a thrilling Central Foundation win by four runs.

Loughborough University

July 4th, 2018

The week after half term, 23 GCSE PE students visited Loughborough University to find out where studies in sport can lead.

Loughborough University, based on Leicestershire, is regularly ranked in the top 10 universities of the UK and recently ranked the top university in the world for sports provision. During the day, the students had the chance to tour the campus and witness leading sport technology and facilities in action.

As well as touring the campus, the students experienced a sample of life studying at Loughborough University with a seminar entitled The Life of an Elite Athlete. The seminar was delivered by a Loughborough professor and showed students the academic side of sports science and PE.

Throughout the day, the boys took part in two practical seminars. One of them was a field-based fitness test and the other was a training session of handball. Both of them will help towards their GCSE practical moderation next year.