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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.

The final rehearsals on stage at Sadler's Wells before

In November, four pupils auditioned for Matthew Bourne’s dance company and took part in an all day workshop. Recently they found out they had all been succesful and were invited to perform at Sadler’s Wells.

Four pupils took advantage of the opportunity to spend two hours workshopping with the company of Matthew Bourne, one of England’s leading choreographers. The day gave them experience working with a high-level choregrapher and taught them a range of exercises and technical skills used by professionals.

Due to their enthusiasm and skill, all four were invited back. In the second week of January, Year 7′s Obi and Year 9′s Rakim performed a Curtain Raiser on the opening night Bourne’s latest tour, Cinderella, at Sadler’s Wells. The performance previewed some of the sequences used later in the main show.

After the performance, Matthew Bourne himself appeared on stage to encourage the boys to pursue dancing and hopefully follow in his footsteps. He also congratulated the boys on the effort they had shown.


Winter Concert closes term

January 10th, 2018

The 60-strong Year 7 Choir opened the concert

On Tuesday 19th December, Music School helped bring the term to a close with their annual Winter Concert. 140 students, comprising 12 different music ensembles performed over an hour and a half of music, showcasing the diverse provision that Music School offers.


The evening began with the debut performance of the Year 7 Choir who sang Believe. There were many more contemporary songs throughout the evening with the guitar FretWrx group covering Bob Marley’s I Shot The Sheriff; Dance Electric, who combine synthesizer instruments with dancing and vocals, performing Poison and The Right Stuff and the new Samba band who played rhythmic drumming while walking through the audience.

Dance Electric provided a unique atmosphere to the evening with synthesizers and dance moves

Alongside contemporary music, classical pieces were interwoven through the evening. The Strings performed Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the 26-piece orchestra played Ron Goodwin’s 633 Squadron and John Williams’ Somewhere In My Memory.


Throughout the evening, a number of festive hits, both traditional and modern, were played by many of the different ensembles. The House Band played Winter Wonderland while the Junior Choir sang Carol of the Bells. The Senior Choir also sang the traditional song Little Drummer Boy, using the arrangement by Bing Crosby and David Bowie which also includes Peace on Earth.

The Concert Band closed the evening by playing Shakin' Stevens' Merry Christmas Everyone

The modern Christmas offerings came from the Chamber Choir who sang White Winter Hymnal and the Concert Band who, after playing Europe’s The Final Countdown, closed the concert with Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone.


The concert showcased the hard work and dedication the students put in every week during their music lessons which begin at 7:30 each morning as part of the School’s extra-curricular programme.

For more images from the concert, please click here.

Students reach Speak-Out final

January 9th, 2018

Central Foundation has a long history of achievement in public speaking, with our DebateIt team winning the Hogan-Lovell trophy last year and DebateMate team winning the national competition, and regularly placing in the finals in recent years.

As well as debating, the School encourages pupils to participate in public speaking. The English department regularly run activities so that students can grow accustomed to talking in front of an audience, both with pre-written speeches and with improvised speaking. This includes entering its best orators into The Jack Petchey Speak-Out Challenge, a non-profit competition that’s held throughout 32 London boroughs and parts of Essex.

18 speakers from schools all across Islington were given two minutes each to talk about a subject of their choice. Two students, Kidus and Percy from Year 10, made it to the finals. At the finals, Kidus’ speech – entitled Who Cares? – and delivery saw him place second in the competition.

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