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Parent Governor elections

January 10th, 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are holding Parent Governor Elections to fill a current vacancy. This is an opportunity to get involved in the work of the Central Foundation Boys’ School Governing Body. Deadline for nominations is 25th January 2019.

To read more about the role and its responsibilities, click here. To download a nomination form, click here

Winter Concert closes out term

January 7th, 2019

On the last Thursday of term, Music School brought the autumn term to a close with their annual Winter Concert.

10 music ensembles, comprised of 74 students in total, performed over the course of the evening, playing a wide variety of genres to an audience of over 150 people in The Great Hall. The Samba Band opened the show with their own improvised piece of music before the evening took a more classical turn as the Orchestra performed a duo of Russian compositions from Larianov and Tchaikovsky. More classical music was heard later in the show as the Strings Section played Chopin’s Etude in G.

The House Band brought the evening to life with their cover of the Rolling Stones’ rock ‘n’ roll hit Jumpin’ Jack Flash. The contemporary trend was continued by the Chamber Voices vocal group who sang Hall & Oates’ I Can’t Go For That and the Concert Band who performed a brass inspired version of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. Meanwhile the FretWrx guitar group played Vince Taylor’s Brand New Cadillac and the Choir sang James Taylor’s Lonesome Road.

The audience were treated to festive offerings throughout the evening. The Junior Vocal Group sang John Rutter’s Nativity Carol, a choral song about the nativity written in 2015 while the choir sang Gaudete, a sacred Christmas Carol written in the 16th century. The Concert Band closed the show with an uplifting jazz-medley of Christmas carols assembled by composer John Strommen under the title A Big Band Christmas.

The high quality of music throughout the evening was testament to the hard work and dedication shown all year by both the music teachers and the 100 strong pupils who arrive at school an hour early for music lessons every day of the week.

Lord of the Flies

January 7th, 2019

Deserted on an island, the boys use glasses to make a fire

During the final week of term, the Drama Society presented an adaptation of William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies.

The Drama Society worked on the piece throughout the autumn term with direction from Ms Russell, Head of Drama. The play saw the actors take on the roles of a group of schoolboys who crash land on a deserted island without any adults and try to establish their own society.

The play began with a mime-piece, conveying an aeroplane crash

The play was performed by 20 boys from Years 7 – 10. Four more boys contributed by directing the actors and producing the lighting and audio technical work. The piece was enjoyed by parents, students, staff and partners of the school. The production incorporated a number of dramatic devices that will be invaluable to the Year 10 students who are studying Drama at GCSE and have to perform as part of their exam. The play gave the younger pupils a chance to gain experience in public speaking and working together as a team.

Founder’s Day

December 12th, 2018

Former pupil Tahmid Choudhury returned as guest speaker

As is tradition, Founder’s Day took place on the last Friday in November in order to celebrate the School’s founder, William Rogers, and to commend our students’ successes in the last academic year.

Prizes were awarded to the individuals in Year 13 and 11 who made the highest achievement and the most progress. The pupils who have the highest achievement and most progress across each Year group also received scholarship awards, as did the highest achiever in vocational subjects and STEM subjects. Special prizes were also given to those pupils who excelled in extra-curricular activities such as debating, music, sport, acting and art.

Music pieces were played through the ceremony, with the Concert Band closing the event

 

The day began with an address from Headteacher, Mr Brownhill, followed by a speech by the Chair of Governors, Mr Gurney, and remarks from School Captain, Sally in Year 13. In between the speeches, the String Quartet played March of the Priest from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Music also closed the ceremony with the Concert Band performing Coldplay’s Viva La Vida.

In line with the School’s tradition, we have invited one of our alumni to be a guest speaker at the ceremony. This year’s guest speaker was Tahmid Choudhury. Tahmid left the School six years ago, when he was awarded a prize at Founder’s Day for services to the community.  When a student at Central Foundation, Tahmid was involved in a range of activities including the School Council, debating and drama. He now works with a specialist public affairs agency that helps governments and NGOs tackle complex international problems such as drug trafficking and terrorism.

Over 80 students were awarded prizes and scholarships for a range of subjects and extra curricular activities

After awarding prizes, Mr Choudhury delivered his speech in which he recounted his journey from leaving Central Foundation to where he is today. His speech sought to inspire the students who have just left for university and work, as well as those in younger years, to not limit their aspirations, to take advantage of the support the School offers in a diverse range of interests and to be the best that they can be.

 

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