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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.

Kung Hei Fat Choi

February 28th, 2019

In early February, 24 Mandarin students from Year 7 celebrated Chinese New Year with a day out in London.

In September, Central Foundation joined the Department for Education’s nationwide Mandarin Excellence Programme. Now in its third year, the intensive language programme is supported by the UCL Institute of Education and aims to see at least 5,000 pupils in England on track to fluency in Mandarin by 2020. The language is taught as part of the curriculum and in a series of after school sessions, open to advanced speakers and to newcomers in Years 7-9.

The new year tour began with a visit to the British Museum. At the museum, the group of 24 were split into smaller groups and given research projects designed to make them explore Chinese history and culture through the artefacts in the building.

Upon leaving the British Museum, the pupils travelled to Chinatown for lunch. Throughout the afternoon, pupils were encouraged to speak Mandarin while ordering food to develop confidence in speaking the language, as well as reading it. After lunch they were set a treasure hunt activity in the area to encourage them to discover information about Chinese New Year.


Term dates 2019-2020

February 26th, 2019

Autumn term 2019

Monday 2 September 2019 – Thursday 19 December 2019

Arrangements for the start of the academic year

Monday 2 September – INSET day (staff only)

Tuesday 3 September – Year 7s only

Wednesday 4 September – Whole school back; normal school hours 8.55am – 3.15pm

Half-term holiday

Monday 21 October 2019 – Friday 25 October 2019

Public Holidays

Christmas day: Wednesday 25 December 2019

Boxing Day: Thursday 26 December 2019

New Year’s day: Wednesday 1 January 2020


Spring term 2020

Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 3 April 2020

Half-term holiday

Monday 17 February 2020 – Friday 21 February 2020

Public Holidays

Good Friday: Friday 10 April

Easter Monday: Monday 13 April 2020


Summer term 2020

Monday 20 April 2020 – Friday 17 July 2020

Half-term holiday

Monday 25 May 2020 – Friday 29 May 2020

Public Holidays

May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 4 May 2020

Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 25 May 2020


Dates for the current academic year, 2018-2019, can be found by clicking here.


Holocaust Memorial Day

February 6th, 2019

The World Harmony Orchestra performed music at the Islington Assembly Hall

Year 9 historians observed Holocaust Memorial Day in the last week of January with two events in the local community.

The Emirates Stadium invited schools from across Islington to attend a morning of lectures and workshops where they heard in-depth accounts of life under the rule of Nazi Germany and how the Holocaust happened. They also learned about more recent genocides such as those that took place in Rwanda and Cambodia.

After this the schools separated into groups so they could discuss with each other what those experiences may have been like for school children of their own age.
The discussion at the Emirates Stadium was in preparation for the official Memorial Day service at Islington Assembly Hall. At this event the boys heard from Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, Emily Thornberry MP, the daughter of a Holocaust Survivor and the World Harmony Orchestra, which is comprised of refugees from around the world.

Alongside the keynote speakers, Shane from Year 9 was asked to join in reading a pledge to fight discrimination in whatever form it takes.

Dear Parents/Carers,

There have been five nominations for the Parent Governor post. Personal statements of the candidates, ballot papers and a cover letter have been emailed to the parents and carers. A ballot paper can be downloaded by clicking here. A hard copy of the ballot paper, candidates’ statements and envelopes are also available from the School reception.

To vote, please print off the ballot paper, vote for your chosen candidate and seal it inside an unmarked envelope. Place this envelope in a second outer envelope clearly marked with your name. You will then need to return the double envelope to the School office or by post to the Clerk to the Governing Body, Central Foundation Boys’ School, Cowper Street, London EC2A 4SH by 3.00pm on Friday 15th February 2019.

To read more about the role and its responsibilities, click here.

The Old Vic led the GCSE dramatists in a two-hour workshop

After ending last term on a high with a performance of Lord of the Flies, the Drama Department has had a busy start to the new year through their involvement with the Old Vic.

In the first week of term, Year 10 dramatists welcomed professionals from the Old Vic Theatre who led them in a two-hour workshop. During the workshop the pupils explored different ways of presenting theatre, such as with an audience in the round or on either side, as opposed to the traditional end-on setting. This links in with the Old Vic’s current production, A Christmas Carol which has a non-traditional staging.

A week after the two-hour workshop, the Old Vic invited the Year 10 group to the theatre to watch A Christmas Carol. The students enjoyed the performance immensely and spent the following lessons honing their analytical and evaluative skills by discussing the production.

Meanwhile the Drama Society, which is open to all Year groups as an after school club every Wednesday, have welcomed their own professional visitors. In the middle of January, Company 3, a youth theatre company who direct and produce plays with and for young people, led a workshop. In it they explored the differences between adult theatre and youth oriented theatre.

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