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Central Foundation's band - Dance Electric - performing in front of seven other schools


On Wednesday 5th July, Central Foundation hosted 125 pupils from eight schools for the second annual Restore The Music Battle of the Bands.

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 second 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.

Throughout the day, pupils heard from Hackney New Primary, Mitchell Brook Primary, Reach Academy, Corelli College, Greenwich, Skinners Academy, Oasis Academy Shirley Park and Mulberry School for Girls as well as Central Foundation. The genres varied from Hackney New Primary playing a classical style to Central Foundation’s electronic, synth-infused rock band.

The day also served to help warm-up the Central Foundation band ahead of the Summer Concert next Thursday 13th July at 6pm.

The Year 9 artists and Verity Jane-Keefe standing in front of their work


In the final week in June, the Wellcome Collection unveiled the large print that a group of Year 9s have spent the past few months making for the Making Nature exhibition.

The Wellcome Collection, an art gallery and trust in Bloomsbury, has been working with a group of 15 pupils since February. The project is in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition – Making Mature – which examines the various ways in which the natural world is imitated or reproduced by man. Tuesday 27th June saw the opening of the second part of the exhibition.

After close work with artist Verity Jane-Keefe during in-school projects and field trips, such as to Rainham Marshes nature reserve, the boys produced a print that reflects their natural environment. It contrasts the nature that they have seen with the man-made world that they see on their way to school each morning.

Muntasar and Alex interviewed on Springwatch Unsprung


Two boys also appeared on the BBC’s flagship nature programme Springwatch to be interviewed about the making of the piece. It can still be viewed on iPlayer at the following link, beginning 10 minutes into the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08vfkfw/springwatch-unsprung-2017-episode-6

The final piece can be viewed at the Making Nature exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road until October.

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