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Fatima Zaman explains Kofi Annan's mission to the Sixth Form

In March, the sixth form welcomed Fatima Zaman as a guest speaker to hear about her work with Extremely Together.

Year 12 students who study sociology, history and government and politics were invited to listen to a lecture from the East London activist, though the seminar was open to all interested sixth formers.

Ms Zaman detailed her professional journey that took her from growing up in Tower Hamlets to working for former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. Her work with the Annan foundation focusses on anti-extremism and de-radicalisation, something she also talked about passionately to the students, but this work was not always her dream career.

Ms Zaman revealed that making the most of her opportunities going to university set her on this pathway, having taken advantage of an opportunity at SOAS University to study in Chicago in the US, and there joined the Obama Foundation. While in the US she also took advantage of the opportunity visit Canada and attend the One Young World Summit. It was there she met Kofi Annan, alongside Emma Watson, Meghan Markle and Justin Trudeau.

Ms Zaman concluded her seminar by explaining how her aspirations and willingness to take advantage of opportunities was what had led to her success.


Sports round-up

March 15th, 2019

The Year 9 football team have the chance to win the Islington & Camden Cup for the second time

March has been a successful month for Central Foundation in their sporting endeavours.

The Key Stage 3 handball team placed second in a round-robin league competing against other schools across Islington & Camden. Although the school were runners up based on points, they also had the added bonus of defeating the overall champions.

The Year 11 football team have secured a place for themselves in the final of the Islington & Camden Cup. By defeating Holloway School 2-0, with a goal in either half from Lorenzo and Kevin, they have the opportunity to go into their GCSE exams as football champions.

The Year 9 football team have also made it to the Islington & Camden Cup final for their age bracket. Their semi-final was a much more cagey affair against St Aloysius with Marley scoring the game’s only goal in the 13th minute. This result gives them the chance to win the trophy they last held in Year 7.

Finally, the Key Stage 3 basketball team also entered a round-robin league against Islington & Camden schools gaining third place in the tournament.

Abilities ranged from first-time skiiers to three-year veterans

During the February half term, some 40 pupils travelled to Austria to enjoy a week of skiing in the Alps.

39 pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 took part in the annual Ski Club trip in the middle of February, with staff and pupils departing the school on the Friday night after school broke up for the half term holidays. They travelled through the night by coach and ferry to Austria, arriving in the Ziller Valley section of the Alps mountain range by midday Saturday.

During the week away, the pupils were split into groups based on their previous experience, with newcomers taught how to ski. More experienced skiiers took to the slopes and challenged themselves on different terrains. While they spent the days skiing, in the evening the hotel offered other activities such as indoor football and basketball pitches.

After just under a week in Austria, the group travelled back to England during the weekend before the second half term commenced.

e-Safety Evening for Parents

March 10th, 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

On Tuesday 26th March we will be hosting a talk from Connected Minds on the subject of e-safety. This talk is aimed to provide parents/carers with some guidance relating to keeping children safe online.

More information about the event can be found in a letter sent home to all parents, which can be viewed by clicking here.

All parents and carers are encouraged to attend. The event will start promptly at 6:15 in the Great Hall.

Keble College, Oxford was one of three universities visited throughout February

Throughout February, a number of different Year groups visited universities around the south east as part of Central Foundation’s commitment to preparing its pupils for life beyond school.

On 12th February, 20 students from Year 10 visited St Catherine’s College, Cambridge and spent the day there learning about university life on campus. After an ice breaker they were given a talk by a resident of the college, describing what daily and termly life is like there.

After lunch they received two taster lectures on STEM and humanities subjects, to understand the difference between school lessons and university lectures. This was followed by a tour of nearby Gonville & Caius college to discover the difference between colleges at Cambridge and further experience the differences of living at university.

The following week, during half term, Goldsmiths University hosted a group of Year 12s as they start to focus on their UCAS applications. The day was spent learning about city university life and the courses that are available to them.

Towards the end of February, 15 Year 12 students travelled to Oxford and were welcomed at Keble College. Students toured the college campus, the dormitories and library. After this they were given a lecture to better understand the Oxbridge application process and how to have the best chance at being successful in applications.

All three university visits were organised in partnership with The Key Project, a collaboration between Central Foundation and other charities. The Key Project allows the school to provide individual tutors and workshops for students focussed on work and university applications, interview preparation and planning a professional career.

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